Cynthia Appleton: Democrat for SD-59

14 Jun

There is, at long last, a Democratic candidate for Dale Volker’s Senate Seat of Unfathomable Anger®.

Cynthia M. Appleton of Warsaw, Wyoming County, declared her candidacy for the 59th State Senate District yesterday at the annual Wyoming County Democrats’ Flag Day Party. The 59th District consists of portions of Erie, Livingston, and Ontario Counties, and all of Wyoming County.

Appleton is a critical care nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital and has worked in health care, including over a decade at the Wyoming County Hospital, for thirty-five years. She and her husband Gary raised their son Gregory in Warsaw, where Appleton is now serving her third term as a Village Trustee. She is also a mainstay of local theater productions as an award-winning director and actor. A member of the Warsaw Grange 1088, the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer with the local grandparents program, among other commitments, Appleton is a true leader in her community.

Appleton addressed the crowd of supporters and explained her reasons for running for State Senate this year. She pointed to the problems of high taxes and the recent budget impasse to demonstrate that Albany is in desperate need of reform.

Appleton drew on her professional background to explain how Albany could change for the better: “I would contend that our government needs more teachers, more farmers, more business people, and, yes, more nurses to replace our career politicians. Elected officials are often called public servants, but all too often they serve only special interests, with their lobbyists and large campaign contributions. Nurses, on the other hand, serve everyone.”

The approach Appleton brings to her career is one, she explains, she would bring to public service in the State Senate. “Nurses don’t treat people differently because someone happens to be a Democrat, Republican, or an independent. We aspire to be objective professionals who put our job above any sort of personal or partisan interests, in order to best serve our communities. Unfortunately for us all, many of our New York State Senators have often stubbornly refused to demonstrate such professionalism, and instead choose partisan gridlock over public service, resistance over reform.”

As she concluded her remarks, Appleton stated, “I’m a Wyoming County native from a family which has been farming for generations and from parents who successfully managed a small business in upstate New York for many years. I know this district, and I know Albany is failing this district and the entire state.” Appleton said, “ I want us to do better, to make New York State great again: a place where our young people want to and are able to stay, live, work, and raise their families. I believe together we can do better, and I pledge to go to work for you to do just that.”

Rochester Mayor and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was on hand for Appleton’s announcement. He urged the crowd to sign on to Andrew Cuomo’s New New York agenda. After Appleton did so, Duffy endorsed her to the audience, saying, “I’m really excited about her candidacy.” Noting her community roots, he said, “It really is about getting folks elected who represent people.”

20 Responses to “Cynthia Appleton: Democrat for SD-59”

  1. Christina Abt June 14, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Wow. An intelligent woman with the background to seemingly get the job done. What a great candidate. If she has the staying power, it will be interesting to see if the voters actually use their heads to vote rather than their recognitive powers that traditionally encourage them to vote for the recognizable name.

  2. Mike In WNY June 14, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    After reading your 2 posts this morning, I can only conclude that if a Democrat makes statements lacking substance that it’s OK with you. How exactly is her professional background relevant? Is she going to stick Albany in the ass with a giant shot of penicillin? Or, is she going to apply acute, emergency care to a critically ill system? That would kind of be like the steamroller approach that you said doesn’t work.

    Her statement clamoring for more teachers is all I needed to here. She is just as clueless as the rest. Education isn’t suffering from a lack of resources, it is suffering from a lack of accountability, powerful unions and no meaningful parental choices.

    • john June 14, 2010 at 9:31 am #

      I have three kids enrolled in the public school system, the teacher’s union, parents, and administration act as partners.  The union has enacted real reforms for their members that get results.  Despite being one of the smallest districts in the area, we have some of the highest outcomes for our kids.  We have accountability, a powerful union, and VERY meaningful parental choices.  I am so sick of the constant sniping and carping that goes on- not all schools, unions, teachers, and administrators are bad.  In this scenario, we are suffering from a lack of state resources.

      • Mike in WNY June 14, 2010 at 10:12 am #

        Just by virtue of living within one of the smallest districts, you have a bit more accountability.  That doesn’t hold true across the board.  As for your choices, what are they?  Can you pick the school your child attends without reaching further into your wallet?  Didn’t think so.

      • john June 14, 2010 at 11:11 am #

        no I can’t and don’t want to-like I said, the school is all my kids need. where does this school choice argument come from?  Why should we have school choice?  Should we have “town” choice or fire department choice too?  
        Even if I had a choice, my kids would need transport to the chosen school.  How much would that cost?  Should that cost be bourn by me or the public?
        It’s one thing to have choice- it’s entirely another to have the ability, funding, and infrastructure to implement it.  It might work in a densely populated area.  Sounds to me like you want me to pay for your ability to choose to send your kids to whatever school you want.

    • john June 14, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      and she also said we need more farmers and business people.

      • Historical Pessimist June 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

        Yes, she was speaking about the need for more non-politico types in office, not about needing to hire more teachers.

    • pirate's code June 14, 2010 at 10:48 am #

      I read the reference to teachers (and farmers, business people and nurses) as being replacements for career politicians in Albany, not more teachers to teach. However, your point regarding the apparent double standard for campaign rhetoric set by BP is, I think, valid. While Ms. Appleton may be a fine nurse, dedicated community leader and a nifty dancer, I saw little of substance in this post in the way of ideas — beyond her endorsement of Cuomo’s agenda.

      • Alan Bedenko June 14, 2010 at 10:52 am #

        Mostly because (a) I never pretended to be an objective reporter; and (b) I didn’t attend the event, so I basically just re-hashed the two press releases that arose from it. HTH.

      • Ward June 14, 2010 at 11:19 am #

        So that’s why the post read like a press release. It was.
        Do we do that for Evil R candidates also?

  3. Peter A Reese June 14, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    This is an extremely tough seat for a Democrat to win, especially one without a strong base in Erie County. She seems like a fine person and I wish her well.

  4. Starbuck June 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I don’t know anything about Quinn, but I just looked at his campaign website and see what looks like some serious proposals about public employee pension reform:

    Click to access JQ_PensionPlan.pdf

    E.J. McMahon, of the Manhattan Institute contributed to the Times’ article and specifically mentions Quinn’s proposals in the report, “Republicans and Democrats alike in Albany have long treated fundamental pension reform as a political third rail. But there is at least one tiny crack in the wall of fear. State Assemblyman Jack Quinn, a Buffalo-area Republican running for state Senate, just unveiled the most far-reaching and comprehensive pension reform proposal we’ve seen from any member of the New York Legislature in decades. Mr. Quinn’s plan represents the kind of approach New York needs — before it’s too late.”

    The 21st Century Pension Relief Plan, which Quinn debuted yesterday at a press conference held at the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo, is a multi-faceted reform plan that will eliminate taxpayer provided pensions for politicians and political appointees, create a new pension benefit delivery system for new public employees, eliminate double-dipping, stop end-of-career pension padding, and demand transparency and accountability for the entire pension system.”

    So, Quinn is a lightweight offering no substance and only wants power, while his Democrat opponent sounds great because she’s never held office in Albany and she signed her name under Cuomo’s agenda?

    • bill June 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      Quinn is running against Stachowski….she is running for the Domagalski/Gallivan winner.

      Although Alan does call Quinn a “do nothing” assemblyman. But then again Alan is a dishonest writer

      • Alan Bedenko June 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

        Sorry, in what way am I a “dishonest writer”?

      • Starbuck June 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

        Thanks, bill, I did mix up the districts earlier. Appleton and Quinn are running for the same office, although not the same seat.

    • Alan Bedenko June 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

      Quinn could propose anything under the sun, to no avail, because he is a minority Assemblyman.  It’s quite easy being a minority Assemblyman because you have no power to do anything, and so you can make whatever great proposal you want, get kudos for it from anonymous blog commenters, and then come home to Hamburg with oversized checks.  

      • bill June 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

        So why not go after the problem….our upstate democratic assembly members and senators instead of taking cheap shots at jack quinn calling him names for showing up at a meeting?

    • Stabuck June 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

      easy being a minority Assemblyman because you have no power to do anything

      Yes, by that definition every minority party Assembly member is automatically “do nothing” no matter what. The Assembly operates like a parliamentary system in which the majority party writes legislation themselves. So, it’s easy to be in the minority there yet he’s trying to do something more difficult by moving to the senate where he might have more impact. That’s automatically wrong too because he’s only seeking more power. The lady from Wyoming County isn’t, however.

      You also wrote

      that Jack Quinn is part of the problem he claims to want to reform

      How can Quinn simultaneously be totally powerless and be an important part of the problem in Albany (important enough to be criticized as such)? How does that add up?

      Your post complained “He didn’t explain exactly what he has done as a minority Assemblyman to effect those changes”, while now in your comment above you point out he’s without any power to make any changes. Consistent? I think I get it now – he’s wrong no matter what. If he proposes serious reform it’s dismissed as irrelevant, and if he didn’t do that he’d be wrong too. Other than flipping to D, anything he could do would be bad. Any amount of power he has or tries to obtain is either too little or too much.

      As to “what he might do in an evenly split Senate”, isn’t him making a serious pension reform proposal a major campaign issue one way he’s saying what he might do? That doesn’t count, because…. why, again?

      • Alan Bedenko June 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

        His totally awesome pension reform proposal is worthless unless there is fundamental reform in the way in which both houses (to the extent we still need two houses) do business. I think it’s pretty fucking safe to say that if there was a sudden bipartisan wellspring of support for the Brennan Center rules reforms, they’d get implemented. For some reason, however, that doesn’t happen. Can’t risk losing member item money or lulus, dontchyouknow.

        So, there is something Jack Quinn could do that would enable not just his totally incredible life-altering pension bill to make its way to actual debate, deliberation, and vote – but for any variety of bills to make it there. Making the legislature run more fairly, openly, and democratically is not a partisan issue and could easily appeal to legislators from all parties, and to voters. Quinn has done nothing along those lines. Lots of others haven’t either. But this thread is about Quinn, innit.


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