Running for Office: What We’ve Learned

As the 2019 election cycle gets under way, join the Kent and Carmel Democratic Committees as Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, 2018 Legislative Candidate Scott Reing and Others share the experience of running for elective office – what worked and what didn’t.

Whether you’re interested in running or just like to be social, save Thursday, February 21. It’s at 7 pm at McCarthy’s Grill House, 374 Route 52, Lake Carmel.

No admission fee, but feel free to come early to order food and drink.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required, via email to


Celebrate the time change with brunch.

On Sunday, March 10, from 11am to 1pm, celebrate the first hours of Daylight Savings Time with a really good brunch at the home of Michele Berdy and Drew Howland, 1408 Peekskill Hollow Road.

You’ll be with neighbors, friends and maybe future candidates.

Since it is a fund raiser for the Kent Democrats, the suggested contribution is $35 a person or $60 per couple, but gifts of any amount are appreciated.

Rsvp to  or click the Donate button to give in advance.



MAUREEN FLEMING for Putnam County Executive, GARY LINK for Kent Town Board, SANDY GALEF for NYS Assembly, KAREN SMYTHE for NYS Senate and SEAN PATRICK MALONEY for US House of Representatives.

[Election Night Update: MaryEllen Odell was re-elected County Executive, Christopher Ruthven was elected to the Kent Town Board, Sandy Galef was re-elected to the Assembly, the absentee ballots will determine the outcome in the Smythe/Serino race but Serino is ahead and Sean Maloney was re-elected to Congress.]

You Are Invited to a Party

Enid and John Van Couvering, 16 Old Forge Drive on Sagamore Lake in Western Kent, are hosting a fund-raising party for the Kent Democratic Committee on Sunday, October 7, 3 – 5 pm — a chance to meet candidates and support the outreach of the Kent Committee. Please rsvp your acceptance to

Candidates expected are Maureen Fleming for Putnam County Executive, Gary Link for an open seat on the Kent Town Board, Sandy Galef for NYS Assembly, and Karen Smythe for the NYS State Senate.

While suggested donation levels are $25, $50, $75 or more, it is most important that all feel comfortable attending. So feel free to donate as you are able.

If you cannot attend, but want to support our efforts, you can click on the Donate button below.


Save the Date – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

Come for the food, stay for the dancing.

5 – 7 Supper

7:30 – 9:30 Salsa with DJ Harry T. of Salsa Warriors.

Dance instruction provided.

$10 per person, $15 per family.

Family games for children and good conversation with neighbors for adults.

RSVP to or buy a ticket in advance using the Donate button below.

Event at Lake Carmel Arts Center (AotL), 640 Route 52, Kent, NY 10512

It’s Kent Community Day, so bring the family.

Todos son Bienvenidos!

A Raising of the Green!

Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party – proceeds to provide a scholarship for a graduating Carmel High School student.

Friday, March 23, 2018, 6 pm – ?

McCarthy’s Grill House, 374 Route 52, Kent, NY

Dinner will include McCarthy’s well-known corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, pasta, vegetables, salad, Irish soda bread, soda, coffee and tea.

Have fun with neighbors. Argue with people who might know what you’re talking about.

Contribution Suggestion: $30 per person.

Rsvp to or enter an appropriate amount after clicking on the Donate Button below.

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