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

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.

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Vote Row A – Tues., Nov. 7.

Slate image17(Robert Langley, Phil Tolmach, Pamela Richardson, Maureen Fleming, Jason Makely, Stephen Papas)

The Kent Democratic Committee supports Maureen Fleming for Town Supervisor, Jason Makely and Stephen Papas for Town Board, Pamela Richardson for Town Justice, Christi J. Acker for State Supreme Court, Richard Othmer for Kent Highway Superintendent, Phil Tolmach for Putnam County Legislature District 3 and Robert Langley for Putnam County Sheriff.


The 2017 League of Women Voters “Meet the Candidates Forum” is scheduled for Monday, October 23, 6 – 8 pm, at the Mahopac Public Library, 668 Route 6, Mahopac, NY.

Candidates for Sheriff, County Legislature, Town Supervisor, Town Council and Town Justice are expected to attend.  Additional information here.

Become an educated voter.


DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RESULTS: Richardson (248), Douchkoff (151), Curtiss (98). The top two will appear on the Democratic line in November. Congratulations.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, there will be a primary for Town Judicial Candidates. We urge you to vote for Pamela Richardson*. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at your usual polling place. Have questions or need help with transportation? E-mail us at

*Unquestionably qualified, as an attorney with almost 20 years of experience representing a wide variety of proceedings in the types of cases that come before a Town Court, Ms. Richardson has also been president of the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association, is a member of the Carmel Central School District Core Planning Committee and is the mother of two children. She has a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, degree from Brooklyn College.

Candidates’ Cook-Off

In addition to administrative, legal, artistic, grant writing and legislative skills,

our candidates can cook.


Saturday, August 26, 4-7 pm

Lake Carmel Community Center

10 Huguenot Road, Lake Carmel, NY

Family Friendly Games   Pastas, Salads and Desserts     Live Music

This Cook-off Party is a chance to meet other Democrats, your neighbors, your friends and the Kent Candidates for political office, while also raising funds for the Kent NY Democratic Committee.

Rain or Shine.

$10 per person or $15 per family

(Children under 12 free)

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Thinking of Public Life?

“The Advantages of Running for Office”

In response to an increased interest in effective government, NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will share the What, Why, How, When and Who of running for elective office.


Kent Volunteer Firehouse, 2490 Route 301, Kent Cliffs, NY 10512

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7 pm

(Reception will begin at 6:30 pm in the Firehouse Assembly Hall.)

Reservations may be made, but are not required, via email to

We Support

The KENT DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE supported TERRY GIPSON for State Senate, SANDY GALEF for State Assembly, SEAN PATRICK MALONEY for Congress, CHARLES E. SCHUMER for United States Senator for NY, GINA CAPONE for Putnam County Judge and, at the top of the ticket, HILLARY CLINTON and TIM KAINE for President and Vice-President. With pride in all our candidates, we congratulate SANDY GALEF, SEAN PATRICK MALONEY and CHARLES E. SCHUMER on their convincing reelection victories.

Local Election Results and Plans Reported in Recent Email – 12/16/16

Subj: Local Election Results and Plans


If you’ve read this far, you know the national results. Although Hillary Clinton is ahead by about 2,600,000 votes, because Article II of our constitution provides that the President shall be elected by electors from the respective states, Donald Trump is appointing his cabinet.

The New York State electors will vote next week for Clinton/Kaine who won in NY with 57.89% of the vote vs. 36.83% of the vote for Trump/Pence.

But in Putnam County, the Trump/Pence ticket carried 55.30% of the vote vs. 39.63% for Clinton/Kaine. (4.45% went to other parties or write-ins.)

Kent (except for the far west) was in line with the county results.

If you wish to see how your election district voted, LoHud has prepared an interactive map.

In other races, incumbents won, challengers lost.

Senator Charles Schumer (D) was reelected with 66.9% of the statewide vote. He carried Putnam with 50.4% and Kent with 49%, proving you don’t need road signs to win an election.

Sean Patrick Maloney (D) carried the 18th Congressional District (which includes Orange County) with 28,089 more votes than his opponent, but was 725 votes under in Putnam and 96 votes under in Kent, better than in previous years.

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D) was reelected with 61.5% of the vote (which includes Northern Westchester) and carried Kent by 10 votes. Consider one of those votes as yours.

Although Terry Gipson (D) received 887 more votes in Kent than when he ran two years ago and 136 more votes than when he won four years ago, it was not enough to overcome the Trump turnout and State Senator Sue Serino (R) was reelected with 52.8% of the vote.

In Kent, 77% of registered voters voted. For comparisons, 73% voted in the presidential election of 2012, 46% voted in the gubernatorial election of 2014 and 29% voted in the municipal election last fall.

Turnout by affiliation was 79% for Democrats, 81% for Republicans, 85% for Conservatives, 64% for Greens, 75% for Working Families and 72% for voters who hadn’t chosen a party.

If you wish more information, Putnam results are here and NYS results are here.


The Kent Democratic Committee meets on Wednesday, January 11, at 7 pm in the Kent Firehouse on Route 301 to organize for 2017. We have twelve election districts in town, not all of them well-represented. We hope to field a full slate of candidates for the fall municipal elections. If we can successfully connect with even half of those who just voted, we could win in a landslide. The job of the committee – in case you’re thinking of it – is to meet more of our neighbors in each district, engage in more communal activities, to build bridges across the divide that exists. With your help, it can be done.


Many of you knocked on doors, hosted events, made calls, contributed funds, and voted. Although not all the results were the ones we sought, participation in a democracy can be its own enabling virtue. “Government of the people” means government of you, me and our neighbors. It is not easy, but it is better than the alternatives.

The Kent Committee wishes all a new year filled with successes beyond even what we can imagine.

James Shearwood, Chair, Kent NY Democratic Committee

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