<![CDATA[Stonewall Democrats of Western New York - News]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 19:17:57 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Vanessa Glushefski for Erie County Comptroller]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 04:23:21 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/vanessa-glushefski-for-erie-county-comptrollerPicture

     SDWNY is thrilled to announce our endorsement of Vanessa Glushefski for Erie County Comptroller.

     "Vanessa Glushefski has the experience, having worked extensively in the fields of law and accounting, and the determination to make the Erie County Comptroller's Office one that works for the people and to the best of its ability," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Vanessa Glushefski has the knowledge and independence we need in the Comptroller's office, and we are proud to work to help her election." 

     For more on how you can help elect Vanessa Glushefski the next Erie County Comptroller, contact us at info@sdwny.org. 

Candidate Questionnaire 

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<![CDATA[Acea Mosey for Erie County Surrogate Court]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 04:12:31 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/acea-mosey-for-erie-county-surrogate-courtPicture


     It is with great pride that SDWNY announces our endorsement of Acea Mosey for Erie County Surrogate Court Judge.

​     "The Surrogate's Court handles some of the most important and sensitive issues people face in life. The LGBTQ community-- and all people-- know that we will have a Judge in Acea Mosey who will stand up for the equality and dignity of everyone who comes into contact with the court," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Acea Mosey has long walked the life of an ally, and we are so proud to stand with her in this election." 

     For more on how you can help elect Acea Mosey to the Erie County Surrogate Court, contact us at info@sdwny.org! 

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<![CDATA[CONNECT with us in Buffalo Pride!]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/connect-with-us-in-buffalo-pride
The Buffalo Pride Parade is Sunday, June 4! Pride's theme this year is CONNECT and we hope you will join us and CONNECT with your power to resist, persist, rise and make change. We are still looking for volunteers who would be able to help with tabling at the Pride Village at Canal Side, and also help during the parade with visibility and help carrying our banner. If able and interested, let us know at info@sdwny.org . 

 The Pride Parade steps off at noon, and if you are marching with us from the beginning we ask that you arrive between 11 AM and 11:45. As close to 11:45 as possible we will be taking our annual group photo with all our members, allies, elected officials and candidates. Even if you won't be marching with SDWNY but are part of our SDWNY family, we want you in the photo! 

 Also, this year thanks to our Pride Committee, we have SDWNY Pride shirts (and other great things) available at https://www.zazzle.com/swdwny . Order yours today to make sure you have it in time to CONNECT with us and show your Pride! 

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<![CDATA[May Meeting Reminder]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/may-meeting-reminder
As a friendly reminder, our May meeting is this Tuesday, May 23. Our agenda includes the beginning of our endorsement season with endorsement interviews for Erie County Clerk, Erie County Comptroller and Erie County Surrogate's Court.  


SDWNY May Meeting
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 
at 7 PM 
Brent House 
3105 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214


We will again be meeting at the Brent House, 3105 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214. Parking is available in the lot around the back, off of Lisbon Avenue. Candidate questionnaires will be made available on our website and released via social media as they are received. 

​We hope to see you there!​



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<![CDATA[SDWNY Denounces Democratic Candidate for Erie County Clerk ]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:02:59 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-denounces-democratic-candidate-for-erie-county-clerkFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

March 29, 2017

STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF WNY DENOUNCES DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR ERIE COUNTY CLERK 

NYS Assemblymember Michael Kearns' voting record is homophobic, transphobic 


 
This week, the race in the Democratic Primary for Erie County Clerk began to take shape. NYS Assemblymember Michael Kearns, a registered Democrat, announced that he had received the endorsement of the Erie County Conservative Party.

"Mickey Kearns' voting record is well know to LGBTQ people and families," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Since his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Mr. Kearns has voted against the GENDA bill every year, most recently this past month, when GENDA again passed the Assembly with historic levels of support. In addition to voting against the civil rights of transgender New Yorkers, Mr. Kearns has since 2014's introduction of the bill to ban conversion therapy voted against protecting our children. What makes his record even more troubling is his documented past pledges to support LGBTQ civil rights, including a pledge to support the GENDA bill Mr. Kearns made when courting the LGBTQ community for votes in a past Buffalo mayoral primary election. In all his time in office, Mr. Kearns has refused, time and again, to support the civil rights of LGBTQ people, and LGBTQ people should refuse to support him." 

 Currently, candidates Janique Curry and Steve Cichon are also running in the primary election for Erie County Clerk. SDWNY will hold candidate endorsement interviews for this office in June 2017. 

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<![CDATA[Take Action: Help Pass the Conversion Therapy Ban in Erie County- now! ]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:12:01 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/take-action-help-pass-the-conversion-therapy-ban-in-erie-county-nowPicture

Now that Erie County Legislator Pat Burke has introduced legislation to ban anti-LGBT conversion therapy on minors in Erie County, we have a chance to finally make history and pass the ban locally in Erie County. In order for the legislation to become a reality, we need the rest of the legislature to act, and hold a public hearing on the bill.

Help pass the ban-- contact your legislator today!


What is the best way to contact my County Legislator? 

  You can contact your Legislator by phone, email or regular snail mail. 

 It only takes a moment to call your legislator's office, or write them a letter or email of support. 

 In addition to calling your personal Legislator, contacting the leadership of the Legislature 

How can I write or email my Legislator?  

While personal stories and handwritten notes are preferred, our SDWNY support letter is available here, as well. We also have links to note card templates at the end of this post if you are able to write out a note to your legislator letting them know who supporting the ban is important to you!

​Help make change today by telling your story. Let them know that protecting LGBTQ youth is not a partisan issue, and in this election year, we will be watching on whether and how they take action on banning conversion therapy. 

How can I call my County Legislator? 

 Your County Legislator is available to you at their office, by phone or email. If calling your legislator's office, a staff member will likely answer the phone. You can leave a message with them to pass along to your legislator that you support of the conversion therapy ban. If you are comfortable doing so, be sure to leave your name and any additional contact the legislator's office may ask for.

 If you get an answering machine when you call- don't worry! Leaving a message with your name, contact and support for banning conversion therapy works just as well!
  
How can I find out who my Legislator is? 

 Find your legislator online here. 

 Still unsure who your legislator is? Contact us at info@sdwny.org for help. 


Contact Information for the Erie County Legislature 

Legislature Leadership 


EC Legislature Chair- John Mills
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8850
john.mills@erie.gov

EC Legislature Majority Leader- Joseph Lorgio
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8922
joseph.lorigo@erie.gov 

EC Legislature Minority Leader - Tom Loughran 
4549 Main Street, Suite 203
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: 836-0198
Fax: 836-0199
Email:Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov



Legislator Contact Information: 
District No. 1: Hon. Barbara Miller-Williams District Office: 427 William St., Buffalo 14204 - Phone: 842-0490; Fax: 854-5722; E-Mail:Barbara.Miller-Williams@erie.gov

District No. 2: Hon. Betty Jean Grant District Office: 790 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo 14215 - Phone: 894-0914;Fax: 896-1463; E-Mail: Betty.Grant@erie.gov

District No. 3: Hon. Peter J. Savage, III District Office: 1701 Hertel Ave., Buffalo 14216 - Phone:  832-0493; Fax: 832-0494; E-Mail:Peter.Savage@erie.gov

​District No. 4: Hon. Kevin R. Hardwick Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8672; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Kevin.Hardwick@erie.gov

District No. 5: Hon. Thomas A. Loughran District Office: 4549 Main St., Ste. 203, Amherst 14226 - Phone: 836-0198; Fax: 836-0199; E-Mail: Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov

District No. 6: Hon. Edward A. Rath, III Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8676; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Edward.Rath@erie.gov

District No. 7: Hon. Patrick B. Burke District Office: 469 Abbott Rd., Buffalo 14220 - Phone: 823-0752; Fax: 826-2870; E-Mail:Patrick.Burke@erie.gov

District No. 8: Hon. Ted B. Morton Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8856; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Ted.Morton@erie.gov

District No. 9: Hon. Lynne M. Dixon Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8671; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Lynne.Dixon@erie.gov

District No. 10: Hon. Joseph C. Lorigo Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8922; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Joseph.Lorigo@erie.gov

​District No. 11: Hon. John J. Mills Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8850; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: John.Mills@erie.gov




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<![CDATA[SDWNY 1st Annual Winter Cocktail Fundraiser]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:01:32 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-1st-annual-winter-cocktail-fundraiser

SDWNY has begun our 2017 membership drive, and will be holding our 1st Annual Winter Cocktail Fundraiser. All funds raised will go toward helping our legislative efforts in 2017. 

SDWNY Winter Cocktail Fundraiser 
January 21, 2017
Encore Restaurant 
492 Pearl St
Buffalo, NY 14202

$45/Person - $80/Couple 

Sponsorships Available: 
$100- Ally / $200- Advocate / $250-Champion / $300- Gold Champion 


For those of us not participating in the Women's March in Washington-- come, have fun and raise awareness for the work of SDWNY. This event is the perfect opportunity to come and see exactly what Stonewall Democrats is about-- and how you can help us make and keep progress in our society in government. Discounted memberships to SDWNY will also be available. SDWNY will also be participating in local events around the inaugural and Women's March, and more details will be made available soon.

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<![CDATA[January Monthly Meeting]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/january-monthly-meeting​   SDWNY meets this month on Tuesday, January 24th. We will again meet at the Brent House, 3105 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 (parking is available in the rear lot, off of Lisbon Avenue.) We will start at  7PM and our agenda will include officer elections and discussion of the year ahead, politically and legislatively. 

 SDWNY January Membership Meeting
Brent House 
3105 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

7pm 

We hope to see you there! 

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<![CDATA[SDWNY STATEMENT]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:19:40 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-statementSTONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF WNY STATEMENT ON BUFFALO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER PALADINO'S HATE SPEECH 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Bryan Ball, SDWNY
716-541-5557 
bryan_ball@sdwny.org

"Stonewall Democrats of Western New York vehemently condemns Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino's recent hate speech in the publication "Artvoice." Once again, Mr. Paladino has gone on public record with vile, racist, misogynistic and transphobic comments-- and SDWNY is again calling on his resignation from the Buffalo School Board. No person who holds such hate should ever be in a position to affect our children's schools and futures. As Stonewall Democrats, we have always stood against hate in whatever form it takes, and we stand united against Mr. Paladino."

Bryan Ball
President, Stonewall Democrats of WNY 
Bryan_ball@sdwny.org 
716-541-5557

Source of hate speech:
http://www.dailypublic.com/articles/12222016/paladinos-racist-hateful-totally-unfunny-2017-wish-list#
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<![CDATA[Take Action: Support the Conversion Therapy Ban in Erie County ]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 03:05:21 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/take-action-support-the-conversion-therapy-ban-in-erie-county



December 12, 2016


Now that Erie County Legislator Pat Burke has introduced legislation to ban anti-LGBT conversion therapy on minors in Erie County, we have a chance to finally make history and pass the ban locally in Erie County. In order for the legislation to become a reality, we need the rest of the legislature to act, and hold a public hearing on the bill. Help pass the ban-- contact your legislator today! Take a moment to call your legislator's office, and/or write them a letter of support. While personal stories and handwritten notes are preferred, our SDWNY support letter is avaialble here, as well. We also have links to notecard templates at the end of this post if you are able to write out a note to your legislator letting them know who supporting the ban is important to you!

​Tell them our story by telling your story. Let them know that protecting LGBTQ youth is not a partisan issue, and in this election year, we will be watching on whether and how they take action on banning conversion therapy. Find your legislator here. Unsure who your legistor is? Contact us at info@sdwny.org for help. 


Take action-- contact the Erie County Legislature's leadership today. Let our legislators know that you support protecting LGBTQ youth by passing the ban. 

EC Legislature Chair- John Mills
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8850
john.mills@erie.gov

EC Legislature Majority Leader- Joseph Lorgio
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8922
joseph.lorigo@erie.gov 

EC Legislature Minority Leader - Tom Loughran 
4549 Main Street, Suite 203
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: 836-0198
Fax: 836-0199
Email:Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov


Full Contact for the EC Legislature 
(Unsure who your Legislator is? Email us at info@sdwny.org for help!)mailto:info@sdwny.org

Legislator Contact Information: 
District No. 1: Hon. Barbara Miller-Williams District Office: 427 William St., Buffalo 14204 - Phone: 842-0490; Fax: 854-5722; E-Mail:Barbara.Miller-Williams@erie.gov

District No. 2: Hon. Betty Jean Grant District Office: 790 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo 14215 - Phone: 894-0914;Fax: 896-1463; E-Mail: Betty.Grant@erie.gov

District No. 3: Hon. Peter J. Savage, III District Office: 1701 Hertel Ave., Buffalo 14216 - Phone:  832-0493; Fax: 832-0494; E-Mail:Peter.Savage@erie.gov

​District No. 4: Hon. Kevin R. Hardwick Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8672; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Kevin.Hardwick@erie.gov

District No. 5: Hon. Thomas A. Loughran District Office: 4549 Main St., Ste. 203, Amherst 14226 - Phone: 836-0198; Fax: 836-0199; E-Mail: Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov

District No. 6: Hon. Edward A. Rath, III Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8676; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Edward.Rath@erie.gov

District No. 7: Hon. Patrick B. Burke District Office: 469 Abbott Rd., Buffalo 14220 - Phone: 823-0752; Fax: 826-2870; E-Mail:Patrick.Burke@erie.gov

District No. 8: Hon. Ted B. Morton Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8856; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Ted.Morton@erie.gov

District No. 9: Hon. Lynne M. Dixon Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8671; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Lynne.Dixon@erie.gov

District No. 10: Hon. Joseph C. Lorigo Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8922; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Joseph.Lorigo@erie.gov

​District No. 11: Hon. John J. Mills Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8850; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: John.Mills@erie.gov
 




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