“The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of the middle class, or do we fight for a progressive agenda that creates jobs, raises wages and takes on the economic and political power of the oligarchy?”

— Senator Bernie Sanders

2021: Where we stand

We survived 2020.

The pandemic is still with us, and Donald Trump is like a re-occurring nightmare that just won’t go away. President Biden is failing to be bold and inspirational, but we pretty much expected that. At least we’ve re-joined the Paris Accord and the country is addressing a few other bare essentials.

Bernie Sanders is on fire, as Senate budget chair, which we also expected… and I don’t know about you, but that is one of the few things that gives me hope for our country over the next few years.

And hey, what about that Perseverance landing on Mars?

Locally, progressive New Yorkers are fighting again to try to pass the New York Health Act, along with a whole package of bills being supported by the Invest in Our New York coalition. One of the major roadblocks to progress on both of those fronts is our own Governor. He is in some hot water right now, around a cover-up of nursing home deaths from the pandemic. As they say, “stay tuned.”

I like the sound of “Governor Jumaane Williams” myself.

Very locally, progressives in Tompkins County are preparing for local elections, with petitioning to get on the ballot weighing heavily on everyone’s mind. The governor *did* agree to reduce the number of signatures needed, but he also shortened the time we have to get them, without taking into account either winter storms or virus variants. TCP’s parent organization, NYPAN, is actively involved in a lawsuit against the Governor and the state, to stop in-person petitioning. “Safety over Signatures.”

TCP has joined forces with the Working Families Party, with many of our members helping to charter a WFP-Ithaca club. The club has held four intensive interview sessions and recommended many candidates. The first race, where we are actively involved, is a special election on March 23 to fill the legislative seat of Anna Kelles, a TCP founding member who recently won a seat in the NY Assembly. Our endorsed candidate to take Anna’s place is Veronica Pillar.

TCP continues to hold meetings, by zoom, and take actions, by email, and engage in discussion, via our list-serv. We welcome new members! Please join us.


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Our Mission

“The Tompkins County Progressive Committee is a grassroots organization dedicated to the promotion of progressive issues at the local level. We are inspired by the political movement started by Senator Bernie Sanders but are open to participation from all progressives regardless of their political-party affiliation. Our leadership members meet regularly to plan activities (including public outreach and education around the issues), to build networks, and to recruit and support candidates for public office. We are a chapter of the statewide umbrella group New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN).”
       – Bylaws of the Tompkins County Progressives (Adopted January 5, 2017)



New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) website

NYPAN & TCP on the issues

Bylaws of the Tompkins County Progressives

changes to bylaws, as discussed and approved at the July 2018 meeting.


Executive Board Officers

       Chair: Emily Adams

       Treasurer: Jason Cortell

       Secretary: Mario Hernandez


Steering Committee

       (Updated August 2020)

Kris Hodges
Cait Darfler
Ted Laux
Martha Laux


Executive Board Meeting Minutes