Sunday, August 10, 2014


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Comprehensive Plan Committee would like to get the opinions of residents on roads, parking, traffic and recreation in the Spencertown Hamlet. The idea is to analyze the situation as residents see it and look to make changes if they can be accommodated.

There is a survey on the town's website that can be answered quickly with 7 questions. It is most helpful if there is a good response in numbers since that weighs more to the Governor or to the state agencies that need to be involved in any suggested changes.

Besides this survey, the town's website has been improved and has a lot of information that is good for residents to know.

Thank you and best regards,
Your Austerlitz Democratic Committee

Below is the notice of the CPC survey as well:

ABOUT:     A short, simple, important….

on  ROADS,  TRAFFIC, PARKING, RECREATION in the Hamlet of Spencertown. 
Your comments about the areas listed below will be
helpful in the analysis toward improvements.

     St. Peter’s Church, Spencertown Academy, Country Store, Spencertown Post Office, The Town Hall, Recreation Park

Hard copy: Town Hall
Computer copy at:
On the Town of Austerlitz website scroll down to Spencertown Hamlet Survey.  Fill in those areas meaningful to you and use spaces provided for any further comments.   (Due date:  Sept.15th.) In addition you will find on that website other important information, Letter to Governor Cuomo about dangerous condition of Route 203; Information on proposed power lines on Rigor Hill Rd.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Dear Friends and Neighbors, a message from our town supervisor:

The town has been given a generous donation for the purpose of updating our Town Park.  The Town Board decided to have a community event on June 7th from 12:00 - 1:30.  Hot dogs and beverages will be served.  Please bring your thinking caps as all suggestions are welcome.  The Town Board will compile all suggestions and ideas and move forward in the direction that best fits the needs of our community.  Looking forward to a large turnout.

Please spread the word.

Rob Lagonia
Town Supervisor

Friday, February 21, 2014


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Speed limit success!

The community's efforts to reduce the speed limit on Route 203 in the Spencertown hamlet have finally succeeded.  Kudos to all involved and to our new town supervisor Rob Lagonia for getting this over the goal line. Below is a link to the Chatham Courier on this, or go to:

Thank you, the Austerlitz Democratic Committee

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Please join us for our 2014 kickoff Austerlitz Democrats Meeting on Saturday February 15 at 1:00 in the Town Hall.   We will be discussing how to keep the momentum going, and growing, through this non-election year.
On the agenda is planning for our spring event, and capitalizing on the work Tobby did for last Fall's event booth on home safety and aging in place.
We will also discuss the groundwork for selecting candidates for 2015 when 2 more town board seats are up for election.
Please come out for a cup of coffee and to have your voices heard on these important matters.

Stay warm and we look forward to seeing you on the 15th.

Eileen Fusco
Chair, Austerlitz Democratic Committee

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you may already know or believe, Route 203 in the Spencertown hamlet is unsafe. Bi-partisan efforts to convince the New York State Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit have not been successful. Along Route 203 there are several families with small children, people walking their dogs or going to the Spencertown Store on foot, and many who tend to their lawns right alongside cars speeding by at 50 miles or more per hour. 

There is also no shoulder along the route. But we may be upon a breakthrough. A bill has been introduced in the New York Senate (S278-2013) to allow more local control over speed limits. Will you help?  Please contact the below state legislators and encourage them to support this bill.  

  • Sen. Kathleen Marchione, or 455-2381.
  • Assemblyman Steve McLauglin, or 455-5777.
  • Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee Charles Fuschillo, or 455-3341.
  • Senate bill sponsor John Bonacic, or 455-3181.
  • Senate bill sponsor William Larkin, or 455-2770. 

Please also see a wonderful letter to the editor in last week's Chatham Courier.  It's good reading, and can be found at Chatham Courier Letter to Editor.  Thank You !!!


Your Austerlitz Democratic Committee

Friday, November 8, 2013


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The votes are tallied and the results are in from our recent victorious election. Since the caucus, we spent much of our time going door-to-door to meet our constituents. It is now time to reflect on the support we received from all of you and express our heart-felt appreciation.

We recognize that an election takes a lot of support for candidate events, letter writing, an absentee ballot drive, the "get out the vote" initiative, financial support, communications, and involves many volunteers and callers pitching in right up through Election Day. Of course your vote on Election day itself is the ultimate support for our candidacies.

We appreciate your generous giving of your valuable time and resources, and pledge to represent all of our constituencies well as we take our elected offices early next year. We are interested in your issues, so please contact us in the interim if there is an issue on your mind. Let's keep up the positive independent-minded energy from the election!

Thanks for all you do and look for an announcement of a celebratory event.


Rob Lagonia, Greg Vogler, Sharon Grubin and your Austerlitz Democratic Committee

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WE WON !!!!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The results are in and our candidates have been elected! Rob Lagonia is our new Austerlitz Town Supervisor, Greg Vogler will join the Town Board, and Sharon Grubin is our new Town Justice. Congratulations to the candidates and all who worked so hard to support them!  

The vote counts so far, i.e. without the absentee votes counted, are:

For Town Supervisor:

Rob Lagonia [D] - 371
Jeff Braley [R] - 216

For Town Board (top two vote counts win):

Matt Verenazi [R] - 373
Greg Vogler [D] - 301
Carol Pinto [R] - 298

For Town Justice:

Sharon Grubin [D] - 387
Karen Kellogg [R] - 178

Of course, the over 100 absentee ballots have yet to be counted, but the numbers there are in our favor.  We are quite confident that the absentee ballots, when counted in two weeks, will add to our margin of victory.