Networking, Educating, and Advocating for Progressive Action in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Progressives (HVP) is a grassroots alliance of organizations and individuals who network, educate and advocate for a national and local progressive agenda. We are joining forces to amplify our political clout and to strengthen and grow the grassroots movement for a participatory democracy that works for everyone. (More…)

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Stop the Pilgrim Pipeline

Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline


Two parallel pipelines, 178 miles, between Albany, NY and Linden, NJ
Bakken shale oil will be sent south; refined products (including kerosene) will be sent north.


Crosses 5 N.J counties, 30 N.J. towns, & environmentally fragile areas/sources for water. See the maps here.
Much of route to use existing utility rights of way, but additional tracts required.


-Major impact on environment, public health and property values.
-Communities bear all of the burden along the path.
-No upside, only negatives. Emergency response. Property values.
-Cements regional reliance on risky fossil fuel and oil infrastructure.
-Susceptible to corrosion and leakage problems.
-Transported products dangerous to humans and environment.
-Bakken shale oil is highly volatile, involved in many accidents.
-Damaging effects on urban communities and open spaces through which it passes. Areas include the Hudson Valley, Catskills, NY/NJ Highlands.
-Could see wetlands destroyed, critical habitats leveled and impact to waterways.
-Endangered and threatened species affected. More erosion due to construction.
-Leaks threaten the water supply for our homes, businesses, and schools.
-Federal inspection/regulation insufficient.
-Just 135 inspectors oversee 2.6 million miles of pipeline. Only 1/5th has been inspected in the past 8 years.
-Shale oil fracking has harmful impact. Contributes to climate change crisis.
-Water depletion, toxic air emissions, waste-water, methane release.

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NY Primary Election Ballot – September 9, 2014


Click here to find your poll site

Governor  (Vote for 1)
1.  Zephyr R. Teachout
2.  Andrew M. Cuomo
3.  Randy A. Credico

 Lt. Governor (Vote for 1)
1.  Kathy C. Hochul
2.  Timothy Wu

Judge of the UC Family Court (Vote for 1)
1.  Kevin Bryant
2.  Gilda Riccardi
3.  John Beisel

Republican Party – 101st AD, Towns of Denning, Hardenburgh, Shawangunk and Wawarsing
1.  Christopher P. Farber
2.  Claudia Tenney

Conservative Party, Town of Saugerties
Judicial Delegates, 3rd JD, 102nd AD (Vote for Two)
1.  Michael Buttino
2.  Richard Bruno
3.  George D. Heidcamp

Working Families Party – All Towns  (Vote for 1)
 Judge of the UC Family Court

1.   Gilda Riccardi
2.   John Beisel
3.   Kevin Bryant

 Independence Party – All Towns (Vote for 1)

Judge of the UC Family Court
1.  Keri Savona
2.  Gilda Riccardi
3.  Kevin Bryant
4.  John Beisel

Female Member of the State Committee 46th Senate District  (Vote for 1)
1.  LInda Adams
2.  Martha Michelson

 GREEN PARTY – City of Kingston, Towns of Esopus, Hurley, Kingston, Lloyd, Marbletown, Saugerties, Ulster and Woodstock  

 Member of the State Senate, 46th Senate District
1.  Opportunity to Ballot (Write in)



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Fellow Progressives: Meet Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, Democratic Candidates for NYS Gov and Lt. Gov

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
7 – 8 PM
Ulster County Dem Headquarters
32 John St., Kingston, NY Map
Hosted by UC Dem Women

Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu will be challenging Governor Cuomo and Kathy Hochul in the Democratic Primary. Ms. Teachout’s breakout appearance was at the Working Family Party’s convention in May. She is an organizer, educator and scholar, currently a professor of constitutional law at Fordham University, and best known for her efforts to limit the influence of money in politics. She has worked on political campaigns at every level, and was the head of online organizing for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Mr. Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School, and has written for Slate, the NY Times and Wall Street Journal. His best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory.

From their website:

“We are running to lay out a bold vision and provide a real choice for voters. New York can have an economy that works for all of us — not one which works only for the wealthy and well connected. We believe in a New York where wages are rising, small businesses are thriving and our public schools are the best in the nation….We will force Governor Cuomo to defend his record of deep education cuts, his tax cuts for banks and billionaires, his refusal to ban fracking and his failure to lead on the Dream Act. He has also failed to deliver on his core campaign promise from four years ago: cleaning up Albany.”

UCDW does not endorse during primary elections but serves to help its members make informed decisions.

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