Category Archives: Event

January Meeting

Hello All:
I hope your holidays are full of good health, cheer and plenty of Love.
Our next meeting will be January 8th, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  We will be meeting at
We will discuss and set forth our agenda for 2018 including fundraising.
Gladys I Figueroa
UCDW – Chair
Following is message from our Campaign Chair, Otia Lee
Happy Holidays to All and a very big Thank You to the wonderful, tireless, persistent and effective volunteers helping with the 20l7 elections. We look forward to continuing our mission: pro-active resistance to protect and win back our democracy!United We Stand,
Otia Lee, Campaign Chair/UCDW

Post Election Thanks!

I would like to thank all the candidates that worked so hard during this race.  In general we did very well throughout the country.  It has also been a victory for diversity throughout our country and in our county with our first Afro American Legislator, Mr. Julius Collins. I am very happy for all that won. For the few of us that did not make it I will use Maya Angelou’s  famous quote that I like so much
“You will face many defeats in your Life, but never let yourself be defeated”.
I would especially like to thank Ms. Otia Lee and the many volunteers that gave so selflessly of their time.
On another note I am also writing to inform you that we will not be having a meeting this month as I am taking a trip to Puerto Rico.  I am leaving tomorrow morning. I need to see what is going on there personally. I also need a big break from politics as I know many of you need as well.   We will meet again on our next meeting  date of December 11, 2017.
Strength and Peace Always
Gladys I Figueroa
Chair – UCDW
“You will face many defeats in your Life, but never let yourself be defeated.”

Full GOTV Mode!

Starting this Monday 10/23 until November 7th we are on full GOTV mode.
Members of our committee will be at the Kingston Democratic Headquarters
at Broadway and Cedar  3 days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from
1-5pm.  Please do whatever you are able to do to support your candidates.
Bring your cellphones and help with the democratic cause.
We must turn Ulster Blue. We must reject any politics of Division and Bigotry.
Gladys I Figueroa
Chair – UCDW


It has been confirmed that Rev. Collins of Ellenville will be addressing the group on Monday the 9th.  I would like to also remind all candidates to please bring your call lists to the meeting.
Looking for to seeing you there.

Gladys I Figueroa
UCDW – Chair
Our next monthly meeting will be on 10/09/2017 at 6:30pm at 759 Broadway. Our main concern at this point is to get out the vote (GOTV). That office will be open daily Mon – Fri until election day. We will be asking for volunteers to staff the office a few days a week. All candidates are responsible for their own phone lists. If you want calls to be made for you please bring your lists.
We will also have a discussion on Proposition #1 The constitutional convention and referendums 1 & 2 which will be on the ballots on November 7th.
I have invited Julius Collins of Ellenville to address the group.  Many of us made calls for him for the primary and he did very well.  We need to get him and the rest of our candidates elected.  We have a bunch of great candidates including myself here in Plattekill.   We must come together/work together as ONE.
As Democrats we need to be inspired and sparked up…
Light the fire!!!
Gladys I Figueroa
UCDW – Chair

Primary GOTV

Dear Members:
Due to the primary on September 12, 2017 we will not be having our regular monthly meeting.  We will however be having phone banking for all Democratic candidates on the day of the meeting and everyday up until the primary. Phone banking will be held at 579 Broadway from 6-9 pm.  Please feel free to drop by during those hours.  There will also be weekend hours; when I receive that information, I will gladly share.
If you would like to further volunteer your time to do some phone banking, please call our Campaign Chair, Otia Lee 845 688 2866.
This is the time to step up and show support for all our local  candidates. Please find your best way to support them.
Gladys I Figueroa
UCDW – Chair

August Events

Dear Members
We are having our monthly meeting on Monday August 14, 2017 at 6:30pm at the new offices of the Kingston Dem. Committee and Elliot Auerbach’s new campaign office, located in Downtown Kingston – Cedar Street and Broadway.
Our guest speaker will be Antonio Delgado, one of the NY 19th district congressional candidates. The remainder of the meeting we will be discussing fundraiser efforts and ways that we can assist any local candidates with their campaigns.
Please note the following events:
Citizens March organized by Citizen Action August 12, 2017 12:00 noon at Academy Green Park (triangle) Albany Avenue Clinton Avenue and Main Street.  The march is a protest against The Trump budget plan. A plan that offers tax cuts to the wealthy.
The Old Dutch Church 272 Wall Street, Kingston, Wednesday, August 23rd,
6:00 – 8:00 pm NY 19 Candidate Forum  8 candidates will be available to present their platform and answer questions.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the march on Saturday
Gladys I Figueroa
UCDW Chair

August Happinings

Dear Members:
The next event coming up is the Ulster County Fair….Scheduled from 8/1 – 8/6.  We need participants to staff our Democratic booth.  Karen Markisenis is handling the schedule of the participants.  In addition, it is most important that the candidates pick a time to be there with their literature; any and all exposure is imperative.
Our next monthly meeting will be a Campaign Committee meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  It will be a work session for qualified Row A candidates.  I  am encouraging, especially first time candidates to attend.  We will share and learn techniques in presenting a campaign platform, establishing a glossary for speeches for a target, sharing concerns and issues related to local election districts. Fundraising, Press Kit, media control and how to buy media efficiently. Bulk mail updates and procedures will also be discussed.
We will be meeting at the new Campaign Offices of Elliot Auerbach & the Kingston Democratic Committee, located at Cedar Street and Broadway, Kingston, NY.  There is a parking lot in the rear of the building.
Please join us, your help and input will be appreciated.
Otia Lee is Campaign Committee Chair – Her contact # 845 688 2866
Thank you in advance for getting involved.
Gladys I Figueroa
UCDW – Chair

July Happenings

Dear Members:


In Place of our monthly meeting of July, we will be sponsoring a forum on the Constitutional Convention. On Nov. 7, 2017 NYS voters will be faced with the question “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same? (NY Constitution, Article XIX, section 2).  This comes up every 20 years.


To explain what this all means, we have invited two guest speakers: Professor Gerald Benjamin of SUNY New Paltz, who will present the argument for the Constitutional Convention and there will be (3) three union representatives presenting the opposition:


Ron Diaz, President of HVALF and BA of UA21

Mike Grubiak, NYSUT Mid Regional Political Organizer

Beth Soto, Executive Director HVALF


Questions are encouraged after the presentation.


It is imperative that voters go to the polls this November to support ALL of our local candidates and also have an understanding of the process and the consequences of a Constitutional Convention. Please share this with your family and friends.


When:  6:30 pm on Monday, July 10, 2017

Where: Old Dutch Church

Bethany Hall

272 Wall Street

Kingston, NY


Gladys Figueroa

UCDW- Pres

917 716 9033


June Meeting

Dear Members
This is a reminder that our scheduled monthly meeting will be on Monday June 12, 2017
at 6:30pm. The meeting will be at the Democratic HQs  275 Fair Street, Kingston, NY  suite 78.
We are in campaign mode and must show our support for all our candidates. Candidates are welcomed to address the membership.
We will also be discussing fund raising ideas.
Gladys I Figueroa

May Meeting

Dear Members:
Our next membership meeting will be Monday May 8th 2017 at 6:30 pm at Dem HQ, 275 Fair Street, Suite 17E, Kingston NY.  We are in strong campaign mode. All potential candidates are welcomed.
Expected guest speakers are; Elliot Auerbach, UC Comptroller, who is up for reelection,
Julian Schreibman, who is running for State Supreme Court
and Antonio Delgado, who is running for the 19th Congressional District.
Come and meet the candidates. We need to show our support.
In Unity there is Strength.
Gladys I. Figueroa