His weekends include shuttling among forums, meet-and-greets, and festivals where he can chat with voters. On weekdays, he goes to meetings with local Democratic committees and groups representing specific issues such as opioid recovery or Medicare for all. “This Tuesday, we hit meetings in all five counties,” Flynn says.
Ryan believes his profile as a U.S. Military Academy graduate, combat veteran and Kingston native with deep roots in his hometown is the right mix to present progressive ideas, like single-payer healthcare and an assault weapons ban, to a largely rural district split near-evenly between Republicans, Democrats and non-party-enrolled voters.
Gareth Rhodes recently completed his Winnebago trip to all 163 towns in the NY-19. The Ulster County native and former Cuomo aide shares many positions with his competitors for the Democratic nomination. What makes Rhodes different is he spends just as much time talking about local issues that don’t map neatly on to the left vs. right divide, including the lack of a maternity ward in three counties in this district, dealing with falling numbers of volunteer EMTs and firemen and fixing sidewalks damaged by snow plows.
NY-19 candidate Dave Clegg says he is “one person removed from just about everyone I meet.” He’s been a Hudson Valley resident for 36 years, and he’s hoping those local connections are enough in a race against better-financed and more polished opponents who have spent little of their adult lives living and working in the district.
“I’m for those values I was raised with: compassion, understanding, sympathy and shared prosperity,” said Delgado, more than once.
Town of Shandaken resident Harris Cohn told the town board on June 4 that dwellings in the R1 residential zone “should not be handling transient people,” whether in the form of bed-and-breakfast businesses, short-term rentals such as Airbnb, or wedding venues. He has been disturbed by trespassing on the part of renters occupying nearby homes.
The Ryan campaign said it had nothing to do with the polls, which were conducted by outside political action commitees. “We cannot coordinate with them. That’s illegal,” said Ryan campaign manager Tim Wagner.
Attorney Chris Kraft got the endorsement of the Saugerties Democratic Party for Town Justice after earning over 50 percent of votes between three candidates at June 5’s Democratic caucus.
The decision by nearly all of the county Democratic committees in New York’s 19th Congressional District to stay out of the battle royale for the party’s nomination has set off a scramble by the seven Democratic hopefuls to nail down endorsements from individual elected and party officials across the sprawling 11-county district.
“I will not lose,” declared Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum to cheers and applause as he accepted the unanimous endorsement of about 125 Republican committee members at the Best Western Hotel.