Town of Aurora Democratic Committee

Town of Aurora Democratic Committee The Democratic Party is dedicated to promoting candidates who share progressive and democratic values

The Aurora Democratic Committee is a community of Town of Aurora residents who seek and embrace input and participation from all local Democrats in establishing and communicating our message, recruiting, supporting and electing good Democratic candidates to office. We believe that local government exists to serve local people and are committed to promoting candidates who share democratic and pro

gressive values that voters can proudly support. Our goal is to increase participation in the electoral process, raise awareness and promote related events. We are committed to a collaborative process of open government that gives voice to everyone in the community. How you can participate:
-Attend open monthly meetings generally held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm*
-Volunteer for neighbor-to-neighbor canvas teams going door to door across the town and village talking to voters about our endorsed candidates
-Place lawn signs in your yard and those of your neighbors, family and friends
-Help with mailings
-Work phone banks
-Join in Voter Registration and other get-out-the vote efforts
-Run for office
-Become an Election Inspector
-Drive voters to the polls

If you’re interested in helping a campaign or in joining the Town of Aurora Democratic Committee, or in just understanding what’s happening politically in our community, you can learn more by emailing: [email protected]

Donations are gratefully accepted. Visit our Donate page at: www.eadems.org/make-a-donation or mail your check payable to “Town of Aurora Democratic Committee” to PO Box 261 East Aurora, NY 14052. Please note that donations are not tax deductible.

*For further information visit: www.eadems.org/events.

12/15/2023

🚨 🚨 🚨 Attention Erie County Democratic Committee Members: we have just received the petitions for President Joe Biden and have begun mailing out 2 copies to each committee member. Please collect as many signatures from Democrats within your Congressional District as you can and plan on returning them by January 7th. We have a short window to get the President on the ballot and we need you!

12/11/2023

Don’t forget about our Diaper Drive!!! 😃

If you are interested in serving as an alternate member on the Town of Aurora Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appe...
12/04/2023

If you are interested in serving as an alternate member on the Town of Aurora Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Town Board would love to hear from you. Please email your resume or a brief biography to: [email protected]. You are also encouraged to email the Town Board with any questions you may have.

The role of an alternate member is to take the place of members who are ill or on extended vacation or find they have a conflict-of-interest situation on a specific matter before such Board.

Visit the Town of Aurora website for more information.

http://www.townofaurora.com/boards-and-committees/planning-and-conservation-boards/
http://www.townofaurora.com/boards-and-committees/zoning-board-appeals/

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Happy Thanksgiving!
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you, Chairman Zellner!  We are so grateful for the tremendous support shown to this campaign by all the great folk...
11/21/2023

Thank you, Chairman Zellner! We are so grateful for the tremendous support shown to this campaign by all the great folks at the Erie County Democratic Committee. This victory would not have been possible without that support and that of so many dedicated Aurora Democrats working together towards a common goal. Of course, having THE VERY BEST candidates in this race didn't hurt. Our sincere thanks to Luke Wochensky and Ray Wrazen for their courage and their commitment to serving our community. It has been our honor to be a part of your success. Congratulations, Team!

I am so proud of the work Chair Michelle Schoeneman and the Town of Aurora Democratic Committee have been doing. On Election Day Ray for Aurora - Ray Wrazen and Luke for Aurora - Luke Wochensky were elected making each Councilmember a Democrat! Congratulations Luke and Ray and thank you all for all you do for our Community!

11/20/2023

Sending sincere condolences to the entire Carter Family.

11/13/2023

A Message of Gratitude-Deb Seeber
This last half year has been a wild ride, at times incredibly difficult and problematic, but also a time of incredible highs. The outpouring of love and support I have felt from many of you has sustained me and made me realize that although I did not win the 10th District seat, pursuing it was the right thing to do. And I could not have run this race without the people and groups that made my surprisingly close numbers possible. I owe my thanks and gratitude to......My "family" - the Town of Aurora Democratic Committee and friends, all of you, but especially, Claire and Jim, Joe, Peggy, Susan, Joel, Brad, and Ellen. And a huge congratulations to Luke and Ray, who ran an amazing campaign - our town is better for your strength and efforts...The other Democratic committees of the towns of the 10th, and their chairwomen, both official and unofficial, Sandy, Jess, Amanda, Lara, Mary, Lia, and especially Amy and Michelle. At the risk of being a reverse sexist, I think it's worth noting that every committee chair is a woman. It's long past time to step up and take our rightful place in the power structure. And special thanks to the Erie County Federation of Democratic Women and to The Women's TAP Fund - thank you to all...And to the Democratic Committee of the Town of West Seneca - Molly, Kim, Jason, Tina, Chris, it has been an honor hanging with you guys - you are courageous fighters, fighting the good fight. Don't ever give up - next time!..And to the sisters and brothers of the labor unions - the Western New York Area Labor Federation and to the Buffalo Central Labor Council, meeting with you, feeling the love and support from you, has been truly inspiring, and helped me to continue with this race even in the darker moments. I've been singing "Joe Hill" a lot these days! Collective bargaining is a beautiful thing!..And to Western New York Independent Living - what a great organization. Meeting with you was another inspiring moment in my journey. Advocacy, support, intelligence and lending a helping hand, isn't that what Good Government is about? Thank you for you encouragement and support...And to all of you, my Facebook Friends and Family. I must confess, I was not adept, not a fan, of social media but my experience here has been so overwhelmingly positive that I have been won over. Please bear with me as I endeavor to get better at this, and thank you all for the tremendous love and support you have shown me...And to all of you who have donated time and money to an idealistic soul, tilting at windmills - you know who you are, a Big Thank You!..And to the Erie County Democratic Committee and Jeremy Zellner for getting me on the ballot in the first place, and for the help and support - thank you. Hurray for Mark Poloncarz and for the Democratic majority returning to the Legislature. But remember, rural areas matter - we flipped Aurora and we can do the same in the rest of the Southtowns!

11/11/2023

On Veterans Day, we honor the brave Americans who have selflessly sacrificed for our nation.

11/10/2023

Not just here, but in battleground states around the country, the Republican Party paid a price for its commitment to chaos and extremism.

11/08/2023

Thank you Erie County for believing in our team's message of moving our community forward and providing us the privilege to serve, once again, as the captain of our communal ship.

I know, with our great team working on your behalf, the best is yet to come!

Thank you,

Mark

ELECTION DAY IS HERE! We know many of you have already voted, but there are still a lot of voters who haven't, so please...
11/07/2023

ELECTION DAY IS HERE! We know many of you have already voted, but there are still a lot of voters who haven't, so please--text, call, or email your friends and family and remind them to vote!

If anyone needs a ride to the polls, call the Erie County Democratic Headquarters at (716) 853-2511.

To find your polling place and view a sample ballot, visit the Erie County Board of Elections Voter Portal at:
www.elections.erie.gov

With your help, we'll be celebrating BIG VICTORIES for our Democratic candidates tonight!

Remember: On Election Day voters must report to their assigned polling site.
11/05/2023

Remember: On Election Day voters must report to their assigned polling site.

This is the final weekend and Day 8 of Early Voting - Polls are open 9 AM - 5 PM
11/04/2023

This is the final weekend and Day 8 of Early Voting - Polls are open 9 AM - 5 PM

It's Day 6 of Early Voting and Polls Are Open 12 PM - 9 PMVote Row A all the way!
11/02/2023

It's Day 6 of Early Voting and Polls Are Open 12 PM - 9 PM

Vote Row A all the way!

Help keep us moving in the right direction. Re-elect Luke for Aurora - Luke Wochensky!Elect Raymond M Wrazen
11/01/2023

Help keep us moving in the right direction. Re-elect Luke for Aurora - Luke Wochensky!
Elect Raymond M Wrazen

Hi everyone. I have worked very hard for four years for the Town of Aurora. I am often modest, because everyone plays a role in things, but it’s time to be honest and talk about the many initiatives I thought up, implemented, and completed. I drafted new zoning laws for commercial districts to prevent overgrowth, keep out big box stores, and help local businesses. I worked with Erie County to deliver backup ambulances that will save lives. I negotiated for South Wales to be included in the contract for paid ambulances when no one else was thinking about it. I created the Climate Smart Community Task force and led it to receive bronze status. I created the West Falls advisory board and personally drafted the grant application for $4.5 million (and successfully lobbied for new sidewalks and curbs and a road redo). Oh, and I also am responsible for putting up the welcome to Wf sign. I reconstituted the open space committee. I initiated zoom/YouTube board meetings and even personally ran them for years. I drafted and implemented our social media policy and pages. I got us Code Red so we can text residents in emergencies and update them on matters that are important to them. I’ve done many other things and been a part of many other things. There is a lot you can say about me (and some surely are ha ha), but you cannot say that I did not personally do these things. But government can be slow. We have a lot more to do to preserve Aurora today and plan our progress. We received a grant to make a comprehensive plan. We need to do it, and we need to do it in a smart way. We need to improve our primary ambulance solution. We need to improve our environmental record. We need to reduce the costs of our garbage collection and do it in a way that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. We need to stay within the tax cap while continuing to stay competitive with employee wages. We cannot hand over the keys now while we have so many important things to do. Just like a historical building, it takes hard work to keep something special. Please vote for me to continue the work I do for our community thank you for your support! Now go vote!!!

Today is Day 5 of Early VotingCast your vote for experience, integrity and honesty. Re-elect Mark Poloncarz
11/01/2023

Today is Day 5 of Early Voting

Cast your vote for experience, integrity and honesty.

Re-elect Mark Poloncarz

Did you see this morning's Buffalo News? The News overwhelmingly endorsed my candidacy for reelection based on my strong record of accomplishments and that my "inexperienced – and, frankly, wacky – opponent in office would plunge the county into chaos."

Thank you to the Buffalo News Editorial Board for your strong support of my efforts to create the best county possible!

You can read the editorial in full below, and then vote later today, starting at 9 am, at any one of the 38 Early Voting Centers across the county.

The Buffalo News
October 29, 2023

Editorial

Re-elect Poloncarz
Incumbent boasts a strong record against a raw and unserious political opponent

There's good news and bad news for Erie County residents who value the cleansing power of competitive elections. Bad news first: The race for Erie County executive is, in terms of the candidates' qualifications, one of the least competitive in memory. One candidate boasts a long record of achievement while the other has never held any public office and revels in conspiracy theories.

The good news is that the incumbent, Democrat Mark Poloncarz, has shown himself to be an able, thoughtful and committed public servant. Not only does he deserve re-election, but to put his inexperienced – and, frankly, wacky – opponent in office would plunge the county into chaos.

Poloncarz is seeking a fourth and, he says, final term as county executive, aiming to finish work that was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since he was first elected county executive 12 years ago, he has reduced taxes while maintaining or improving services. This winter, based on a bipartisan agreement with the Legislature, county residents will be spared the cost of sales taxes on heating costs. He led county efforts to build a new stadium for the Bills. That's a strong record. In a final term, he says he wants to attend to work needed at the 27-year-old KeyBank Center, pursue health equity for all residents and finish work at Renaissance Commerce Park, on the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna.

Poloncarz's opponent, Chrissy Casilio, has no business in this race. That she is the Republican Party's nominee betrays a shocking level of political bankruptcy within the Erie County Republican Committee. Indeed, Casilio, herself, seems in some way to recognize the preposterousness of her candidacy by dodging forums where she would have to answer detailed questions, including an endorsement meeting with The News' Editorial Board, which she declined. She also rejected an invitation from the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists. Poloncarz spoke with The News' Editorial Board about his campaign early this month.

Casilio has criticized Poloncarz for refusing to declare a phony emergency as a pretext for shutting asylum-seekers out of Erie County. It would have been immoral, as Poloncarz has said, as well as utterly unnecessary. Legislator Jeanne Vinal, D-5th District, recently put the matter in clarifying context: "… we're talking about 500 people, and this is a county of 950,000 people. We can handle 500 people."

Now, it turns out, the presence of many Venezuelans seeking asylum, here and elsewhere in New York, may help bolster the economy by filling jobs that now go begging. That adds to the tax base.

Yes, two of the asylum-seekers sent here from New York City have been charged with crimes, for which they should answer. Their alleged assaults, however, do not mean the county should have pulled up the drawbridge for the rest of these brave people whose only "offense" is legally seeking asylum.

Casilio promises to cut the county tax levy by 9% but doesn't say how she'll pay for it or where she'd make those cuts. Most of the budget is mandated by state and federal governments. So, will her ax fall on the libraries? Cultural institutions? Snow clearing? What? Nine percent isn't chump change.

At a September forum hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, she offered no specific answers, but spouted party platitudes – government is the problem, we need to tighten our belts – and then asked her own questions, which she also didn't answer: "I'm not all about slashing services, but what can we do to be smarter about how we spend our dollars? What can we do to be more efficient in what we are doing, and what can we do to try to ease the burden on taxpayers right now?"

Good questions: What? If she's not about slashing services, what does this apprentice trainee think she can do that Poloncarz isn't already?

The little she does say is alarming. The Poloncarz campaign unearthed tweets that had been deleted from her account on Twitter, now called X. To call them bizarre is to undervalue the word. In one, she deduces that more people voted in the 2020 presidential election than are registered, based solely on the figures provided by the two main parties. But her deceptive conclusion ignored the votes of Americans who are members of other parties or of no party, at all. Think of that sloppiness as a clue to how she would govern. In another tweet, she implied – with no evidence or hint of embarrassment – that the illnesses of Bills co-owner Kim Pegula and safety Damar Hamlin and Bills announcer John Murphy were, in some nefarious fashion, connected. To what, she didn't say, although she separately linked legal abortion to slavery and the Holocaust. Earlier this month, at an appearance with Poloncarz, she tried to walk back her online craziness, but who should voters believe: the Casilio who spouted absurdities when only her rightwing compatriots were paying attention or the one who, under pressure, suddenly backed off the same nonsense? The late poet Maya Angelou said it best: "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." Maybe next time, Republican leaders can show a little respect for voters. In the meantime, Poloncarz is not only a wise choice, but the only credible one.

11/01/2023
Day 4 of Early Voting - Vote Row A for Aurora's Democratic TeamPolls are open 12 PM - 9 PM
10/31/2023

Day 4 of Early Voting - Vote Row A for Aurora's Democratic Team
Polls are open 12 PM - 9 PM

It's Day 2 of Early Voting and polls are open till 5 PM.  Your EV location in the Town of Aurora is the  Aurora Municipa...
10/29/2023

It's Day 2 of Early Voting and polls are open till 5 PM.

Your EV location in the Town of Aurora is the Aurora Municipal Center at 575 Oakwood Ave.

Early Voting Starts Tomorrow - Make A Plan To Vote!Early Voting: October 28 - November 5 Weekends 9AM - 5PM, Weekdays 12...
10/27/2023

Early Voting Starts Tomorrow - Make A Plan To Vote!

Early Voting: October 28 - November 5
Weekends 9AM - 5PM, Weekdays 12PM - 9PM

Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 6AM - 9PM

Luke and Ray for Aurora! Vote Row A all the way, because Aurora doesn't just happen.
10/26/2023

Luke and Ray for Aurora!

Vote Row A all the way, because Aurora doesn't just happen.

We need proactive board members that work to preserve the Town of Aurora as the special place we love. I have updated our zoning laws to preserve green and open space, keep out national chains, promote local businesses, encourage walkable/bikeable centers, and preserve our rural character. Thanks to our efforts, Erie County gave us funds to complete our comprehensive plan that will determine our town for the next generation. Help me keep our town on the right path. I am asking for your vote on Nov. 7 (or early voting Oct. 28 - Nov. 5).

10/26/2023

"The Republicans appear to be planning to go before the voters in 2024 with a presidential candidate who is deeply enmeshed in trials over allegedly criminal behavior, whose hastily appointed Supreme Court justices overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision recognizing the constitutional right to abortion, and who tried to steal the 2020 election. Alongside him, they have now elevated a fervently anti-abortion House speaker who backed the former president’s effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election." -HCR

10/23/2023

Today is the last day for the Board of Elections to RECEIVE an absentee portal request for a General Election ballot.

10/21/2023

Working for the Falls. It was a lot of fun (and a lot of time) writing the application and working with West Fallsians. This is the type of proactive work I bring to the Aurora Town Board and I hope you give me four more years! Full application here:http://www.townofaurora.com/files/7916/9625/3209/West_Falls_New_York_Forward_2023_Grant_Application.pdf

Bring your questions and your positive energy.  See you there!
10/16/2023

Bring your questions and your positive energy. See you there!

Serving voters and the public in the greater metro region of Western New York state (WNY).

10/15/2023

When you run for executive you are running to represent everyone in our county. I'm disappointed my opponent rejected an invitation to debate the issues that matter to our African-American neighbors on any one of multiple days offered by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalista. It says a lot about her priorities.

Coming up - Let's have a little fun and support my run for Erie County Legislature - Wednesday, October 11, 6 to 8pm at ...
10/11/2023

Coming up - Let's have a little fun and support my run for Erie County Legislature - Wednesday, October 11, 6 to 8pm at the home of Ellen and Dave Moomaw, 423 Oakwood Ave. East Aurora

Come one, come all,
We'll have a ball,
We'll have a lot of fun.
The cause is just,
So come you must,
Let's set young Lindsay on the run!

Thanks!
Deb Seeber

10/10/2023

Aren’t they cute? And the candidates aren’t bad either.

As Luke says, reach out to get yours.

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