The New York State Democratic Rural Conference will hold its twenty-first annual gathering this Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The “DRC” brings together Democrats from all of the 47 counties in New York with populations under 250,000 to network, attend training and informational sessions, and to hear from New York’s Democratic leaders.
There is unprecedented interest already in this year’s DRC, even though 2017 is considered an “off-year” meeting: over 300 people have registered to attend. Scheduled to speak throughout the conference U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, Congressman Paul Tonko, New York State Democratic Committee Chair Byron Brown (Mayor of Buffalo), and State Committee Executive Director Basil Smikle. The Governor’s reception will include Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.
Conference registrants will also have the chance to attend sessions on the upcoming state constitutional convention vote in November, campaign social media best practices, fundraising, and labor in New York State. The membership will also hold elections for officers and members of the Board of Directors.