P.O. Box 854, Binghamton NY 13902 607-773-8369 Fax 607-772-0183
From the Chairman's Desk:
For many years, I taught government at Johnson City High School and Broome Community College. Among the biggest challenges in a government classroom wasn’t the discussions about the Constitution or the confusing charts describing federalism. The most difficult thing to convince a young American in our modern era is that their single vote counts and that their participation makes a significant difference.
When I wasn’t yet 10 years old, President John F. Kennedy opened his all-too-brief tenure in office with a call to duty: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” That call to duty inspired an entire generation. Years later, the nobility of public service has been supplanted by a cynicism that has reduced voter turnout, reduced the number of people seeking office, and ultimately reduced our confidence in a system that President Abraham Lincoln so rightfully declared to be “of the people, by the people and for the people.” It is time to turn the corner.
I join my Republican counterpart in calling for you to step up to the plate in 2015 and become involved. There are elections in November that willhave a greater effect on your life than the so-called “on-year” elections. Every seat on Binghamton City Council is up for election this year. Vestal will elect a supervisor and members of its council. Endicott votes on a mayor and trustees, and trustees will be elected in Johnson City. We will have the ability to reelect an outstanding district attorney. The direction of our community is up for election. It is our opportunity to take hold of the reigns and help steer our future.
I am proud to be Broome County Democratic chairman. Our party has stood loudly and proudly for fundamental rights: civil rights, women’s rights, gender equality, every American’s right to collectively bargain, every American’s right to affordable health care, every American’s right to opportunity. We are the oldest political party in the world and we have a very proud tradition.
I invite anyone who wants to participate in any of a number of ways, to please contact me at 773-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.- Jim Testani, County Chair