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Welcome to the ICNY Update

Working together to resist the Trump agenda and fight for democratic ideals.

Chiquita Trump

Sadly, J. Crew has hit the dust but Banana Republic continues incarnate in the Trump Administration. Following upon his meddling in the Roger Stone case, in which he overrode his prosecutors’ sentencing recommendations, Attorney General William Barr has sought to end the prosecution of Michael Flynn. Barr defended his decision in a CBS interview, saying that “It’s sad that nowadays these partisan feelings are so strong people lose any sense of justice.” When asked how history would view his decision, he chuckled that “history is written by the winners, so it largely depends who’s writing the history.” Barr is right: he is rewriting history. And the next step in a banana republic, after letting off your cronies, is to pursue your enemies. That means Biden, Schiff, Pelosi, and, of course, the holy grail: Hillary Clinton. As Eugene Robinson wrote in the Washington Post back in February, “South America’s past has become America’s present.” 

 

Zoom On!

First, we would like to extend our appreciation to Jody Bolluyt, co-owner and operator of Roxbury Farm CSA, Darcy Connor, Director of Salvation Army’s Hudson Service Center, and Neil Howard, Superintendent of Taconic Hills Central School District for making up the expert panel at last week’s Zoom Community Meeting on the subject of Food Insecurity During Coronavirus. It was an informative and important discussion and we appreciated all the good questions you asked.


Up Next!

On The Ground: The Economic Outlook


On May 20th, we continue our series of interactive Virtual Community Meetings, with a look at the COVID-19 economic effect on our county and local businesses.  Join Columbia Comeback committee members Columbia Economic Development Corp President & CEO Mike Tucker, New Lebanon Supervisor Tistrya Houghtling and Hudson City Mayor Kamal Johnson to answer your questions.  Columbia Comeback is an advisory council formed as a resource for county businesses as they navigate this difficult time.  We'll also have a number of county small business owners and stakeholders to offer their perspective.

 




Postcards Prevail!

All together, one at a time. That is the motto of our Postcard Brigade, which sent out close to 1,000 postcards during last week.  In this time of curtailed activity, we’re doing what needs to be done, increasing turnout of Democrats and assisting with special elections, all from home. Amazing!

 

To join in this useful work, contact: 
Tobby Cassuto,  tcassuto@gmail.com or Valerie Wallin at pawallin@fairpoint.net.

 

Food Programs that need and deserve your support

The Backpack Program at Ichabod Crane
Ichabod Crane Primary School
2910 Route 9
Valatie, NY 12184
Make Checks payable to: Regional Food Bank of NENY
Attn: Sandra Funk

This program sends food home for children that need meals over the weekend (and now during the week).  Please note "Primary School", "Middle School", or "High School" on your check to direct your donation to a specific program.

 

Columbia County Recovery Kitchen
(see below)

 
Endorsement

IndivisibleColumbiaNY is proud to join the national organization in endorsing Joe Biden for President.

American democracy cannot survive another four years of Trump,” said Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of Indivisible. “Vice President Biden wasn’t among the top candidates for most Indivisible members in the primary. But as the presumptive Democratic nominee, he is demonstrating a commitment to building bridges to the grassroots. We may not always agree, but the Vice President will hear us out. We know we can partner with him to save our democracy and make big structural changes next year - but only if we elect him president this year.”

This is why 95% of Indivisible’s membership voted to endorse the Vice President.” 

In April 2019, Indivisible released the “Indivisible Pledge” committing to support the eventual Democratic nominee. Every major candidate, as well as over 33,000 local Indivisible leaders, signed it. 

“A year ago this week, we launched the Indivisible Pledge that has since been signed by thousands of grassroots activists, Indivisible leaders from every state, and every major Democratic candidate for president. The pledge was a commitment to make the Democratic primary constructive, to rally behind the winner of the primary, and do the work to beat Trump in the general election,” said María Urbina, National Political Director. “We were proud to have been a part of a constructive, dynamic Democratic primary. Indivisibles helped drive support on key issues like democracy and immigration that will shape the platform and Democratic governing agenda. And today, we are ready to uphold the second part of our pledge to deliver for the communities whose very lives are at stake -- and join the Biden team to beat Trump in November.”

The national endorsement follows a rigorous voting process involving group leaders and members across the country from April 23rd through May 3rd. Biden passed through the voting stage with over 95% of the vote from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Local businesses need your help!
Columbia County Business Continuity Fund


In Columbia County, small businesses are essential to our daily lives. The unique character they bring to our community is part of what makes our region the special place that it is. From restaurants and coffee houses to home goods, flower shops, book stores, and one-of-a-kind blends (think Spotty Dog or Moto), these small local businesses are the reasons we choose to call Columbia County home. Right now, these Columbia County businesses need your help to get through these critical weeks of the PAUSE and pandemic.  To this end,  the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), in partnership with Assemblymember Didi Barrett’s office, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the Hudson Business Coalition, have established the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

It will provide cash grants to small businesses in our city and town centers with fewer than 10 full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue. These businesses can apply for grant funds from $1,000 to $5,000 to cover diverse costs related to retaining employees, rent and other fixed operational costs.  Many of these businesses, as you know, are owned and run by our friends and neighbors.  Please consider contributing. Donations can be made at: BerkshireTaconic.org/BusinessContinuity.

Emergency Fund Drive
Columbia County Sanctuary Movement
 

CCSM has created the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund to provide financial support to immigrants in Columbia and Greene County. We’ve strengthened our mutual aid and rapid response programing to keep our communities and movement nourished. 
 

To make a contribution or to learn about CCSM’s mutual aid programming during COVID 19 visit us here.


Important Links

Columbia County Department of Health COVID 19 page here.

Representative Antonio Delgado's website here

Governor Andrew Cuomo's website Novel Coronavirus page
here

 
CALENDAR

ICNY Events

Gratitude Car Parade
Help thank our county healthcare workers
Thursday, May 14th.  Meet at the Columbia County Mental Health Parking Lot at 325 Columbia St, Hudson at 6:30pm.  Drive off at 7:00pm
Make signs, bring balloons, wear masks to honor our healthcare workers.  The hospital requests that we do not honk horns.


ICNY Virtual Zoom Meeting
On The Ground: Columbia County Economic Update
When: May 20th at 7:00 pm
Where: Join us from wherever you are.

See details above and watch for a follow up email  next Tuesday with Login and Password information and a primer on using Zoom.

 
Community Events

Live local events have been postponed due to COVID19.
 

Contact us at IndivisibleColumbiaNY@gmail if you have an event you think the community should be aware of.


Information about community events is provided as a service to our readers. This should not be construed as endorsement of any event, organization, or political candidate and was not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Matt Davies-Newsday and Andrews McMeel Syndicate

Resources

Columbia County Board of Elections.  Download an application for an absentee ballot or voter registration here.

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