Women’s Rights Under Assault

Join us on Sunday September 16 from 3 to 5 pm at Clinton Vineyards as we gather to focus on the challenges to women’s rights and the actions we can take to prevail in November.

Meet the 2018 Candidates Endorsed by the DDWC:
Karen Smythe, NYS 41st Senate District
Didi Barrett, NYS 106th Assembly District
Laurette Giardino, NYS 105th Assembly District
Tara Longworthy, Dutchess County Legislative District 22
Greetings from Lacy Delgado on behalf of Antonio Delgado
Democratic candidate for US Congressional District 19

Enjoy fine wine and festive food amid fellow activists.
Hear inspiring songs of women’s power.

Individual contribution $25. Click here to purchase a ticket 
or click here to become a sponsor for the event.

Event sponsored with the support of Indivisible and Hudson Valley Strong

This November, it is critical that Democrats take back the New York State Senate, increase our majority in the New York State Assembly, and take back control of the US Congress. We need to ensure that women’s voices and perspectives are heard at every level in this country and that we elect politicians that respect and support women’s rights.

If Roe is overturned, women in New York cannot rely on our own state laws to protect a woman’s right to choose what is right for her body, her family and her future. Republicans and other rogue members of the NY State Senate and Assembly have consistently blocked attempts to codify into state law the protections provided by Roe.


Festive Tea and Champagne Reception: Saturday May 12 2018 3pm

Join us for a Festive Tea and Champagne Reception
Saturday, May 12, 2018  3:00 to 5:00 pm
At the Red Devon Restaurant – 108 Hunns Lake Rd, Bangall, NY 12506

We will be honoring Elisa Sumner with the Lucille Pattison Woman of the Year award.  As the chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee, Elisa has worked and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of our candidates.

The keynote speaker is Ruth-Ellen Blodgett
CEO Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Action Fund

Young Dems $25  DDWC Members $50  Guests $65
You can pay online
or mail a check made out to DDWC to PO Box 5284, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Located in the charming hamlet of Bangall just south of Stanfordville, Red Devon is at the site of the former home of the James Cagney’s Stage Stop Steakhouse. 

From Poughkeepsie, take Route 44 past the Taconic State and then turn left on Route 82 north. Hunns Lake Road is at a fork on the right after about 7.3 miles. We will have a DDWC sign at the turnoff.  Once on Hunns Lake Road the restaurant is about a quarter mile ahead on the right. Picture

DDWC Annual Meeting and Issues Forum

Please Join Us for Our 2018 Annual Meeting
And the first 2018 Issues Forum
Saving Democracy in the Trump Era
Saturday, February 3, 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Snow date Sunday, February 4 – same time
Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie NY
Co-sponsored with the Dutchess County Democratic Committee
There will be a short business meeting from 2 to 2:45 to review 2017 accomplishments and challenges, to review the 2017 financial report, to approve the 2018 proposed budget, and to preview our plans for 2018 in cooperation with other activist groups in the Hudson Valley. Following the business meeting, the forum will begin at 3 after a short break with refreshments.
Saving Democracy in the Trump Era
Moderated by DC Legislator Giancarlo Lleverias
with speakers Shannon Wong and Joan Mandle
Shannon Wong is the director of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Wong previously served as an Orange County legislator. She was the policy and communication specialist for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is currently vice-president of the Board for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. Wong holds a Masters in Social Work with a focus on public policy and community organizing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joan Mandle is the Executive Director of Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization working to develop the next generation of leaders. Joan is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Emerita, at Colgate University. She was the first women to be the campaign manager for a winning member of Congress.

Reception for Robin Lois with State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Wednesday, September 13, 6pm to 8pm
Join State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
and the Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus

for a reception supporting Robin Lois,
candidate for Dutchess County Comptroller.

Vassar Alumnae House – 161 College Ave., Poughkeepsie NY
$10 * $100 * $200 * $500
For questions or to RSVP
contact Ernest Klepeis at ernest@robinlois.com

Saturday May 13 Celebrate Local Women Making a Difference

Please join us for our annual festive tea and champagne reception to honor local women making a difference and to remember the original meaning of Mother’s Day as a call to women’s political activism.

The event will be held on Saturday May 13 from 3 to 5 pm at the historic Kenyon House at the Poughkeepsie Day School.

We are honoring three local women with the Lucille Pattison Woman of the Year Award: town supervisors from diverse areas in Dutchess County who had the courage to step up and run and run again in areas previously dominated by Republicans:
  • Aileen Rohr, Hyde Park town supervisor since 2012
  • Elizabeth Spinzia, Rhinebeck town supervisor first elected in 2013
  • Linda French, Dover town supervisor elected in 2015

Guest – $65 DDWC Member – $50
You can mail your reservation to our PO Box or you can pay online

Defending and protecting our democracy starts here in our cities and villages and towns with local boards and councils, local offices, and town supervisors; and in our county with restoring Democratic control of the County Legislature and winning county wide offices.
The money we raise at our May event will be used in this local election year to support Democratic women candidates and the county-wide get out the vote effort.
Lucille Pattison was the first woman elected County Executive in New York State and the first Democratic woman County Executive in the United States. She was a founding member of the Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus

Local Political Activism Forum

Get the inside scoop on local Dutchess County politics
and participate in a discussion on how to get involved starting now.

Monday evening April 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Boardman Road Library in Poughkeepsie, Greene Rooms 2 & 3.

We will be joined by Diane Jablonski, former Dutchess County Comptroller, Debbie Wright, chair of the Washington town Democratic Committee, Elisa Sumner, chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee, and Sandy Goldberg, former Democratic leader in the Dutchess County legislature.
Topics to be covered include:
  • Dutchess County Voter Demographics
  • Local Election Patterns
  • Dutchess County Political Structure
  • Town and City Structure
  • The Petition Process
  • Local Issues
  • Working on a Local Campaign
RSVP appreciated at eventrsvp@ddwc.org so we can plan the light supper. But come even if you have not RSVPed. And bring a friend.

2017 Annual Meeting

Please Join Us for Our 2017 Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 28, 1 to 3 pm
Vassar Alumnae House, College Avenue, Poughkeepsie NY

In 2017, we will need to organize, demonstrate, raise a ruckus, and reach out to everyone in Dutchess County to forcefully but peacefully resist the Republican anti-woman anti-democracy agenda.

There will be a short business meeting to review 2016 accomplishments and challenges, to review the 2016 financial report, to approve the 2017 proposed budget, and preview our plans for 2017.

Our guest speaker is Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization working to develop and mentor the next generation of leaders. Joan recently relocated to Poughkeepsie after retiring from Colgate University where she directed the Women’s Studies Department. She was the first women to be the campaign manager for a winning member of Congress.

Directions to Vassar Alumnae House

From Route 9: Exit at Spackenkill Road (Route 113). Proceed about 0.5 miles on Spackenkill Road. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Wilbur Boulevard. Turn right when Wilbur ends at Hooker Avenue. Turn left at first traffic light onto Raymond Avenue. Travel about 1.5 miles and turn left at the second traffic circle onto College Avenue. The Alumnae House entrance is approximately 100 yards on your right.

From Route 55 traveling west: Make a left turn onto Route 376 Extension/Van Wagner Road (which becomes Raymond Avenue), and proceed less than 1 mile. Turn right at the second traffic circle onto College Avenue. The Alumnae House entrance is approximately 100 yards on your right.