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.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013


It's Election Day!

The candidates' campaigns are done, the absentee ballots are (mostly) in, so now it is your turn to get out and vote. Each and every vote counts in our local elections, and this year will be no exception. Polls are open today from 6 am until 9 pm.  The Spencertown Firehouse is the polling place.

Please get out, bring a friend, and vote Line A all the way!

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Polls are open at the Spencertown Firehouse, 6am - 9pm…

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In case you missed this in the Columbia Paper and the Chatham Courier, here is a letter from our party chair about our three candidates:

To the Editor:

There is an important local election in Austerlitz this year.  The Austerlitz Democratic caucus nominated an energetic, well qualified, independent minded slate of candidates that deserves serious consideration and constituents' votes this coming Tuesday, November 5th.

At the top of the ticket is Rob Lagonia for Town Supervisor.  Rob and his family are long time members of our community; he is well respected, has experience as a local businessman and is know to the public through his service as a town justice in Austerlitz and Philmont.  His combination of public service and private business experience makes him an ideal choice to deal with the important local and county issues facing our community.  These issues include safety (the roads, the town court, and the Austerlitz firehouse), the need for a supervisor who will be engaged and speak up at the county level, and ensure enforcement of current local laws in a fair and even-handed way.  If you know Rob, you know he is energetic, well spoken, a good listener, not afraid to speak up, and holds himself and his colleagues to the highest ethical standards.  Austerlitz would be well served at the local and county level with Rob as our supervisor.

Greg Vogler, another long time member of our community, grew up in a town not unlike ours. He is running for a seat on the Town Board. Our current Board has representation from only one party, and this is not reflective of our constituencies. Greg's election to the Board would add more representation of different constituencies than is currently reflected.  He has a business and finance background working as an internal auditor, which means his job is to make sure his employer is doing their job for the key stakeholders, and staying within their budget.  He would do the same thing for Austerlitz: make sure that the local government is doing its job for all of its constituents, and staying within its budget. He is comfortable with financial matters, used to asking the tough questions and making sure that projects stay cost-efficient.  These are terrific skills to bring to our Town Board.

Sharon Grubin is the Democratic candidate for Town Justice, and she too is a long time community member. She is an attorney by education and experience and was a Federal Magistrate for many years.  Justice, fairness and balance are critical for someone to bring to the bench, whether they are at the Federal level or the local level, and Sharon has proven she knows how to do this.  An experienced judge for Austerlitz will ensure that the law is applied properly and in an evenhanded manner to protect individuals, our families and our neighborhoods. Sharon has a real sense of what the law requires and will make sure everyone gets a fair shake in the pursuit of justice.

Support these superb candidates who will represent their constituencies well for Austerlitz. Please vote for Rob Lagonia, Greg Vogler and Sharon Grubin on Line A this coming Tuesday, November 5th.


Eileen Fusco, Chair of the Austerlitz Democratic Committee