The Economic Issues team was created in June 2018. The team identifies issues that would benefit from local actions and provide information to assist people with economic challenges. To date, the team has focused on learning about the current local, state, national and global economic issues that are not being addressed by other DCPAA teams. We seek to share our knowledge with DCPAA members at the general membership meetings.
The Environment Team, working in conjunction with national environmental grassroots organization Mothers Out Front, acts to ensure we have a livable climate. We believe that we need to end our reliance on fossil fuels and move our communities to 100% renewable energy.
The Democracy Team of DCPAA has been focusing on election law reforms in New York State in cooperation with the state-wide coalition Let NY Vote https://letnyvote.org . We also work for campaign finance reforms in NY with the Fair Elections coalition https://fairelectionsny.org . On a local level, we have been circulating a petition addressed to the Dutchess County Legislature to end pay-to-play in county government by passing a local law to institute public financing of county-level elections. The team is also involved in voter registration through tabling events, canvassing and working with other organizations. We also support an end to gerrymandering at federal, state, and county levels, and we cooperate with efforts to use ranked choice voting in all elections when there are 3 or more candidates.