What Is 99 N’ Counting?
Earlier this month, Washington Wizards Point Guard John Wall sat down with former Washington Wizards Forward Caron Butler to discuss a myriad of topics including politics. During their conversation, Wall expounded upon his thoughts upon the importance of local elections.
“Our voice turns into votes, and our vote should go to a candidate that stands and fights for the issues that affects our communities and our culture. People don’t understand it’s not just our Presidential elections … it doesn’t start there, it all starts in your city, your state, where you’re at,” he said.
Often times, entertainment media personalities and outlets will echo Wall’s sentiments. However, we often do a poor job of covering those local elections and informing our readers about the ins and outs of those elections. In an effort to not only educate others, but also ourselves we have launched the “99 And Counting” series. With 99 days left until election day, we strive to highlight a local election each day leading up to November. The goal of these articles is not to sway voters in one direction or another, but rather inform readers about who’s running and resources they can use to learn more. Each day, we’ll take a look at a local election in the 100 days leading up to November 3, 2020. Today, we start with the congress race in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
What is New York’s 19th Congressional District?
The 19th Congressional District is located in the eastern part of New York. It includes Columbia, Delaware, Green Ostego, Sullivan, Ulster and Schoharie counties. It also includes parts of Broome, Dutchess, Rensselaer and Montgomery counties.
How Can I Register To Vote?
To register to vote, visit the New York state’s website here.
What Are Candidates Running For?
Candidates are running to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District. Each representative serves a two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other things, representatives create bills and resolutions while serving on committees. Representatives also vote on important matters such as impeachment.
Bio: “Since 2003, Dr. Victoria Alexander has lived in Dutchess County with her husband and son. She is an organic farmer, a novelist, director of an arts foundation and a researcher in complex systems science and self-organization. This research informs her theory of free markets and decentralized government. In 2020 she served as a Fulbright Scholar in St Petersburg, Russia, working on articulating the differences between biological intelligence and artificial intelligence. As part of the U. S. State Department, the Fulbright Program has the mission to use intellectual exchange as a path toward peace,” Alexander writes.
Party: Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Serve America Movement
Bio: “Born and raised in Schenectady, Antonio is a native of Upstate New York. His parents worked for General Electric and benefited from a better regional economy. They worked hard to pursue the American Dream of building a better future for Antonio and his little brother. Antonio attended Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York, where he graduated with high honors and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. From there, he went to law school at Harvard, which is where he met his wife Lacey, a native of Woodstock and Kingston,” Delgado’s campaign writes.
Bio: “Steve Greenfield is 58 years old and lives in New Paltz, NY since January 2001. Prior to that, he was born and lived in New York City. Since moving to the Hudson Valley, Steve has been a volunteer firefighter for 16 years (Secretary and delegate to the Ulster County Firemen’s Association most of that time), a two-term elected school board member, and has held numerous appointed positions with the Town of New Paltz and the school district, where he currently serves as a community member of the Legislative Action Committee, which he chaired while on the board. He is married with three teenaged children, and the family belongs to the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz, where Steve serves as de facto fire safety officer. Steve graduated from Columbia University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He has been a professional musician on sax and keyboards since he was 17, and has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He serves on the Executive Board of the Hudson Valley’s Local 238-291 of the American Federation of Musicians,” Greenfield writes.
Kyle Van De Water
Party: Republican, Conservative, Independence
Bio: “While at UMass, Kyle earned the Airborne Paratrooper Badge in 2000 and rose to the rank of Cadet Battalion Commander in 2001, making him the highest ranked cadet responsible for training the freshman, sophomore, and junior cadets in military tactics and leadership. Upon graduating, Kyle joined the Army Reserves and began attending Albany Law School, graduating in 2005. After passing the Bar exam he became an active duty member of the United States Army in 2006, assigned to the Judicial Advocate General’s Corps. This service included working as an Administrative Law Attorney at the United State Military Academy, West Point before being deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star in 2011. He received the Meritorious Service Medal and his honorable discharge from the Army in 2014. He continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corps, holding the rank of Major, and works as a Litigation Attorney at Corbally, Gartland & Rappleyea, LLP in Poughkeepsie,” his campaign writes.