Civics classes in Woodstock examine role of local government

Have you ever wondered who you should contact when you have a question about your local government or want to get more involved in its issues?

Who do I call if there are potholes on my route? How do I stand for election?

These questions will be answered in a series called Civics Teach-In 2022, a series hosted by the Woodstock Democratic Committee for six consecutive Thursday nights beginning March 31 for voters informed about local, state and federal government.

Speakers will include County Executive Pat Ryan, County Comptroller March Gallagher, State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, State Senator Michelle Hinchey, County Legislative Majority Leader Ulster Jonathan Heppner, Woodstock Supervisor Bill McKenna, Councilor Laura Ricci, Clerk Jackie Earley and many more.

The six-part series aims to educate voters, regardless of political affiliation, about the government and its leaders.

Q&As will follow and video of the sessions will be available on YouTube and other platforms.

The 90-minute sessions are held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock. The schedule is as follows:

March 31: Town of Woodstock

Supervisor Bill McKenna

City Clerk Jackie Earley / Staff

Councilor Laura Ricci

April 7: Town of Woodstock/Onteora

Fire Chief Kevin Peters

Superintendent of Roads Scott Bonestell

Library Board Chairman, Jeff Collins

School Board Chairman Kevin Salem

April 14: Ulster County

County Executive Pat Ryan

Legislative Majority Leader Jonathan Heppner

April 21: Ulster County

Office of Sheriff Lt. Chad Storey

Ashley Dittus, Board of Elections Commissioner

Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack

April 28: New York State/Ulster County

MP Kevin Cahill

March Gallagher, Ulster County Comptroller

May 5: United States, federal and state

State Senator Hinchey

Meg Glander, representative of US Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (TBD)