Notes from March 13 Meeting

Meeting Notes

There were 10 attendees at last night’s Zoom meeting. Highlights:

Olivia Dwyer, candidate for Jay Town Council, spoke to us and answered questions about her campaign. She said she has more confidence with running again after a narrow loss in 2021. Olivia is a native of Upper Jay, Cornell graduate and works as a communications specialist at the Adirondack Land Trust. She serves the town as chair of the Parks Committee and is on the Wells Library board. Her focus as council member would be to focus on basic needs, such as food and shelter; ensure the town pursues a Comprehensive Plan, listen to constituents, work with the Au Sable River Association and the business community to continue Jay’s progress in a sustainable way. The committee pledged to help her campaign in any way possible.

The committee is interested in hosting Pints and Politics, the ECDC’s initiative to have a monthly social gathering at restaurants across the county. Knut will check with 20 Main and we’ll invite elected representatives such as Billy Jones. Stay tuned.

We’re also interested in staffing a table for Jay Day, August 19. More to come on that, including a call for volunteers.

We should also start thinking about a candidate forum after petitioning season ends. Then we’ll know who the candidates are for local office.

We discussed and approved a letter to be sent to Gov. Hochul, calling for replacing the Democratic State Party leadership team and reforming the process to elect a chair. At least two other town committees are interested in co-signing this letter.

Our communications strategy, currently centered on social media, will change to incorporate “push emails” and place more emphasis on this website.

Next meeting will be April 10, in person.