Protesters, Non-Rural Democrats Coming to Democratic Rural Conference

ALBANY—All of New York’s Democratic elected officials will be gathering, or at least stopping in, at the Democratic Rural Conference being held this weekend at theGideon Putnam hotel. The crowd includes many definite and potential candidates for statewide office.

The schedule is below. Of particular note are David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo, whose campaign committees will both host receptions tonight, and Representative Steve Israel, who represents a district that is far from rural but who will speak at a Saturday luncheon with Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.

“The state is being looked at more and more as one state,” State Senator Darrel Aubertine, a Democrat who also works on his family farm, told me by phone. “I think that rural New York, as being demonstrated by the Senate races nationally and the congressional races here, it’s obvious that rural New York and upstate New York can’t be overlooked. Counties that were in the past looked at as small and maybe not so significant in the grand scheme of things are now very much players. This is really an opportunity for rural parts of the state to be on the radar of potential statewide candidates.”

Aubertine will not be able to attend this year’s conference, however, due to a family commitment.

Protesters from the public employees unions of CSEA and PEF will also be outside the conference, CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz said, to “let the governor know that we’re there and not pleased with what he’s doing” by threatening public employee layoffs.

Schedule below:

2009 Convention – Tentative Agenda
WINNING RURAL CAMPAIGNS
Winning Strategies, from Petitions to Polls
April 17-18, 2009, Saratoga, NY

FRIDAY, April 17

2:00 – 6:00 PM

Convention Registration

3:00 – 5:00 PM

NYS ELECTION LAW: Overview for First Time Candidates and use of AutoDialers in Rural Campaigns

 

Presenter: William Scriber, Oswego County Election Commissioner

6:00 PM

OPENING RECEPTION With Governor David A. Paterson 6:00 p.m.

 

Sponsored by Paterson for New York

7:00 PM

DINNER WITH NEW YORK’S ELECTED DEMOCRATS

9:00 PM

DESSERT RECEPTION With Atty. General Andrew Cuomo

 

Sponsored by Andrew Cuomo 2010

SATURDAY, April 18

7:00 – 9:00 AM

Convention Registration

 

 

7:30 – 8:45 AM

BREAKFAST With Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

 

Sponsored by Thomas DiNapoli

9:00 – 10:30 AM

WINNING RURAL CAMPAIGNS (choose one session)

 

CAMPAIGN TRAINING, presented by Democracy For America
1. Electoral & Field Work: Vote by Vote
2. Campaign Fundraising: Tools & Tactics
3. Communications: Crafting your Message, Using Media

10:30- 11:00 AM

Morning Break: Coffee, Chatter & Connections

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

WINNING RURAL CAMPAIGNS (choose one session)

 

CAMPAIGN TRAINING, presented by Democracy For America
1. Electoral & Field Work: Vote by Vote
2. Campaign Fundraising: Tools & Tactics
3. Communications: Crafting your Message, Using Media

1:00 – 2:30 PM

LUNCHEON with Malcolm Smith

 

Sponsored by Senator Malcolm Smith

2:30 PM

Program Adjourns, Safe Travel

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED, Thanks!

Protesters, Non-Rural Democrats Coming to Democratic Rural Conference