June 2, 2013
What a Pride! A big, enormous, heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out and marched today with our Stonewall Democrats of Western New York! I have unending pride for all of you, and was honored to march alongside our memebers and supporters. It was my honor to march alongside my Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellnerand his family, with my Senator Timothy Kennedy, my Assemblymember Sean M. Ryan and one of my heroes Jamestown Council President Greg Rabb. To all our candidates who marched, attended or were reprsented in the parade thank you- especially our newly endorsed candidates Lynn Szalkowski CPA for Erie County Comptroller and Mary Giallanza Carney and Paul Crapsi - For Erie County Family Court Judge. And a huge thank you to everyone who signed one of our GENDA letters or Law Enforcement Sensitivity traning petitions at Canal Side. We have all come such a long way; the journey here has been amazing, and the journey forward will be all the more!
SDWNY Pride 2013 Group Photos
Group Photo #2
June 1, 2013
Dear Stonewall Democrats of WNY and Allies,
Happy Pride Week!
As a reminder, Stonewall will be marching with our members, elected officals, candidates and allies in the Pride Parade, and having a table at the Pride Festival. Line up for the parade begins at noon on Sunday, June 2, at the intersection of Elmwood and Lafayette in Buffalo. For any further information or to help with the Pride parade or our table, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we all may be pulled in different directions on Parade day, we will be taking as big a group photo as possible during the line-up, around 12:30PM. We hope if you are partaking in the parade you will come be a part of our photo!
Also, it is with great Pride that we announce our first endorsements of the 2013 election season. SDWNY is thrilled to announce our endorsement of Paul Crapsi and Mary Giallanza Carney for Erie County Family Court, and Lynn Szalkowski for Erie County Comptroller. You may read our full endorsement annoucements, as well as all candidate questionnaires on our website.
And finally, we hope that you will join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, June 25 at 6PM where we will hear from candidates for Buffalo City Court, Erie County Legislature, City of Buffalo Mayor, Niagara Falls City Council and Erie County Sheriff.
It is with great pride that Stonewall Democrats of Western New York announces our endorsement of Mary Giallanza Carney for Erie County Family Court. Throughout her career, Mary Giallanza Carney has proven herself as an attorney and citizen, which will prove her to be a terrific Family Court judge once elected.
"Mary Giallanza Carney is an ideal candidate, qualified above and beyond what it will take to be a Family Court judge," said Bryan Ball, president of Stonewall Democrats of WNY. "Mary is a proponent of fairness and the human dignity of all people, and understands fully and intricately the needs and concerns of the LGBTQ community. I am so proud to annouce Stonewall's support of her campaign."
For more information on how you as a Stonewall Democrat or ally can become more involved in helping to elect Mary Giallanza Carney to Erie County Family Court, please contact us at email@example.com. There are two open seats for the court to be filled in this year's elections. Currently, there are four Democrats running in a primary, and one Repulican candidate. SDWNY has also endorsed candidate Paul Crapsi in the Erie County Family Court elections.
May 29, 2013
It is with great pride that Stonewall Democrats of Western New York annouces our endorsement of Paul Crapsi for Erie County Family Court. A distinguished and accomplished attorney, Paul Crapsi has spent his career working for our community and the issues of the people.
"Paul Crapsi will make an incredible Family Court judge," said Bryan Ball, president of Stonewall Democrats of Western New York. "An attorney who worked on the first case involving NYS's Sexaul Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, Paul Crapsi knows and understands the needs of the LGBTQ community, and the unique needs of all who deal with the legal system and Family Court. We are absolutely thrilled to support Paul in his election."
For more information on how you as a Stonewall Democrat or ally can become more involved in helping to elect Paul Crapsi to Erie County Family Court, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are two open seats for the court to be filled in this year's elections. Currently, there are four Democrats running in a primary, and one Repulican candidate. SDWNY has also endorsed candidate Mary Giallanza Carney in the Erie County Family Court elections.
Stonewall Democrats of Western New York proudly annouce our support of Lynn Szalkowski for Erie County Comptroller. An accomplished CPA and force in her community, Lynn Szalkowski will bring the needed change Erie County needs to the Comptroller's office.
"Lynn Szalkowski is, in her own right, an ideal and perfectly qualified candidate for the Comptroller's office," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Lynn provides a stark contrast to the current Comptroller, who currently lacks everything she will provide: experience, qualifications and a true sense of independence."
For more information on how you as a Stonewall Democrat or ally can become more involved in helping to elect Lynn Szalkowski as Erie County Comptroller, please contact us at email@example.com. There are currently no other annouced Democratic candidates running for the Comptroller's office.
May 20, 2013
As a reminder, our May meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28. We will start at 6PM, due to endorsement interviews. We will be hearing from candidates for Erie County Family Court and Comptroller. Questionnaires and interview times will be posted as soon as they are available and scheduled.
We hope to see you there!
The following Offices and Candidates have been scheduled for interview this Tuesday 5/27, as follows:
Erie County Family Court:
6:15PM: Mary Giallanza Carney (View her questionnaire here)
6:30: Paul Crapsi (View his questionnaire here)
6:45: Joe Jarzembek
Timothy Pawarski, candidate for Family Court, has not yet responded to our endorsement questionnaire.
Erie County Comptroller:
7:00: Lynn Szalkowski
SDWNY Buffalo Board of Education Endorsements 2013; We recommend votes for Gillick, Harris-Tigg, Hernandez and McIntyre
May 5, 2013
At our Buffalo School Board Candidate Forum, our membership heard from the following candidates and issued the following endorsements, by district:
-Dr. Susan Gillick, candidate for the North District, ENDORSED. View her questionnaire here.
-Dr. Wendy Mistretta, candidate for the North District. View her questionnaire here.
-Jason McCarthy, incumbent board member. View his questionnaire here.
-Ralph Hernandez, Incumbent Board Member, ENDORSED. View his 2013 questionnaire here.
View a copy of Ralph Hernandez's Dignity for All Resolution passed by the Board of Education submitted with his questionniare.
-James Sampson, Hernandez's opponent, responded to our questionniare that he is not seeking the endorsement of group's that aren't entirely made of parents.
As of this writing, Ralph Hernandez will not be on the election ballot this Tuesday, and is running a write in campaign for the West District.
-Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg, candidate for the East District, ENDORSED. View her questionnaire here.
-Rosalyn Taylor, incumbent board member, did not respond in any way to SDWNY's endorsement questionnaire.
As of this writing, Rosalyn Taylor will not appear on Tuesday's ballot, but is waging a write-in campaign.
-Bryon McIntyre, candidate for the Central District, ENDORSED.
-Mary Ruth Kapsiak, incumbent board member, did not respond in any way to SDWNY's endorsement questionnaire. Joseph Mascia, who had been running in the district and has since been removed from the ballot, also did not respond to our questionnaire.
-Neither candidate-- Carl Paladino or Adrian Harris-- running for this open seat responded to SDWNY's questionnaire.
-The only candidate in the Ferry subdistrict, Sharon Belton-Cottman, has not responded to our questionnaire. On May 3, in The Buffalo News, it was reported that Rev. Kinzer Pointer is being targeted by a write-in campaign to elect him to the district seat. As he was neither an announced or filed candidate this year, he did not receive an update questionnaire. However, Rev. Pointer has not responded to our questionnaire when he ran for the seat previously in 2010.
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Stonewall Democrats of Western New York is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer Democratic voice in western New York. Our mission is to advocate for the LGBTQ community within the WNY area government and the Democratic Party.
Stonewall Democrats of WNY is an affiliate of the National Stonewall Democrats.
We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at:
El Museo Gallery
91 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14202-1320
Bryan Ball, President
Kitty Lambert-Rudd, Vice President of Community Affairs
Terry Purdue, Vice President of Political and Party Affairs
Bruce Kogan, Secretary
Ronald Groth, Treasurer
National LGBTQ Organizations
Human Rights Campaign
State LGBT Organizations
Empire State Pride Agenda
Marriage Equality New York
WNY LGBT Organizations
Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York
Spectrum Transgender Group of Western New York
Pride Center of Western New York
Outspoken for Equality
PFLAG, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter
Imperial Court of Buffalo
LGBT Archives of Western NY
Tim Kennedy for State Senate
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
Library of Congress: THOMAS
New York State Senate
New York State Assembly
Sen. Tim Kennedy
Assemblymember Sean Ryan
Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Erie County Legislature
City of Buffalo
City of Jamestown
Town of Amherst