MAHOPAC, N.Y.— New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and former Congressman John Hall spoke to a crowd that filled the Patriot Room at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac on Tuesday, Sept. 8, as part of an event sponsored by the Carmel Democratic Committee and attended by committee members, new supporters and local candidates.

DiNapoli talked about the importance of electing local government leaders who are committed to ethics and transparency. He said he is able to do his job better at the state level when he has smart county legislators and town board members, as well as involved citizens who ask the right questions to make sure public funds are being spent with the utmost integrity.

Carmel Democratic Chair Jennifer Colamonico asked guests to channel their enthusiasm to local government where critical decisions are made that really impact day-to-day lives.

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“I think we can put a final nail in the coffin and bury the idea that Republicans around here are the party of low taxes and fiscal integrity,” she told the crowd.

Hall described the night he voted to help pass the Affordable Care Act in Congress. He and a few other members of Congress went up on a balcony and serenaded protesters outside the Capitol with an improvised version of “The Times They Are A-Changin.’”

Hall also signed copies of his new book, “Still the One: A Rock and Roll Journey to Congress and Back.”

State Comptroller DiNapoli shared stories of growing up in all-Republican Nassau County that has now swung back to a two-party county.

He emphasized how important it is for Putnam’s Democrats to continue their efforts to elect local officials, even in the face of challenges. He also shared his story of running for school board, and winning, when he was only 18 years old.

When asked why Carmel Democrats would hold an event at the golf course after criticizing its finances and lack of oversight, Colamonico said “Well, Democrats also pay the taxes to run the place, so we might as well get to use it.”

Andrew Falk, a candidate for State Senate District 40, addressed the crowd, noting he has been endorsed by the Carmel Teachers’ Association, the Carmel Democratic Committee and the Putnam County Democratic Committee. He said he knows all the challenges faced in Putnam County,

“I will always be here for this community that I love,” he said.

Alison Boak, of Pound Ridge, who is also a candidate for State Senate District 40, emphasized her commitment to ending corruption in Albany, her experience gained through her not-for-profit dedicated to the elimination of human trafficking, and her concerns for our environment.

Brian Higbie, candidate for State Assembly District 94 stated, “I am honored to have been chosen to represent the 94th Assembly district by the Democratic Party and the Working Families Party, and I am grateful for the endorsement and support of the Carmel Democratic Committee as well as many other important committees and organizations. I trust that once the voters evaluate the experience and integrity that I bring, they too will choose me on Nov. 8.”

Article provided by Jennifer Colamonico, chair of the Carmel Democratic Committee