My letter to Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioners seeking re-election

I believe in transparency in my role as Onondaga County Elections Commissioner. That is why I started this website. In that spirit I am releasing the letter I have emailed and mailed to Onondaga County Democratic Committee members. The vote is October 6th and I have learned I am unopposed however I think it isContinue reading “My letter to Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioners seeking re-election”

Statement on Release of census data and proposed hearing during Early Voting Hours and unusual interference by the County Executive in Reapportionment Committee process.

Statement from Dustin M. Czarny Onondaga County Elections Commissioner (D) and member of the Onondaga County Re-Apportionment Committee Date: October 16, 2021 Subject: Release of census data and proposed hearing during Early Voting Hours and unusual interference by the County Executive in our process. Late Friday evening I much of the Census Data I haveContinue reading “Statement on Release of census data and proposed hearing during Early Voting Hours and unusual interference by the County Executive in Reapportionment Committee process.”

CNY Inspirations: Accomplishing the best you can is more important than perfection

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY. It was part of a three part series and can be found here:  https://www.syracuse.com/living/2021/08/cny-inspirations-accomplishing-the-best-you-can-is-more-important-than-perfection.html My vocation for many years was live theatre. I retired from theater on Feb. 29, 2020, just days before our world changed. I took on theatre with no formal trainingContinue reading “CNY Inspirations: Accomplishing the best you can is more important than perfection”

CNY Inspirations: Protecting the dreams of citizens through the right to vote

I agreed to do a 3 part series on inspiration for Interfaith works and syracuse.com.  This article is the 2nd of 3 and appeared on syracuse.com here:  https://www.syracuse.com/living/2021/08/cny-inspirations-protecting-the-dreams-of-citizens-through-the-right-to-vote.html The practice of democracy is not just a vocation for me, but it is also an inspiration. Becoming a Commissioner of Elections in 2013 was the culmination ofContinue reading “CNY Inspirations: Protecting the dreams of citizens through the right to vote”

CNY Inspirations: Drawing inspiration from a heritage that chose me

I agreed to do a 3 part series on inspiration for Interfaith works and syracuse.com.  This article is the first of 3 and appeared on syracuse.com here:  https://www.syracuse.com/living/2021/08/cny-inspirations-drawing-inspiration-from-a-heritage-that-chose-me.html When my parents were divorced, I found out the man I always knew as my father was not my biological father. Over the next several years, I struggledContinue reading “CNY Inspirations: Drawing inspiration from a heritage that chose me”

To preserve fair elections, Onondaga County needs to invest more money (Commentary)

This originally was published by syraucse.com on April 26, 2021 https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2021/04/to-preserve-fair-elections-onondaga-county-needs-to-invest-more-money-commentary.html I am reporting it here to add to my essays on my Tumblr blog on elections. It was welcome news that the American Rescue Plan had direct aid to local governments as part of its overall relief package passed into law in early March.Continue reading “To preserve fair elections, Onondaga County needs to invest more money (Commentary)”

Joint Letter from NYSECA Caucus Chairs on the challenges for Boards of Elections in 2020

New York’s Board of Elections (BOE) Commissioners and our staff-members are dedicated public servants, duty sworn to administer free and fair elections, and our work this year was nothing short of miraculous.  In our selected careers, we endeavor to make elections better in New York for the 13 million voters we serve in each ofContinue reading “Joint Letter from NYSECA Caucus Chairs on the challenges for Boards of Elections in 2020”

The Federal Government needs to fund Elections to protect voters this fall.

The Covid-19 crisis has had a detrimental effect on just about every aspect of our society.  Its insidious and prevalent nature has changed how we interact with each other in every facet of life.  This is especially true in our most basic tenant of our Democracy, the right to vote.  Election Boards, inspectors, campaigns, areContinue reading “The Federal Government needs to fund Elections to protect voters this fall.”

State Legislature needs to open up absentee balloting

On March 29, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo postponed the planned presidential primary and special elections to June 23. The postponement was supported by both Republican and Democratic elections commissioners throughout New York State. The move protected poll workers and voters from exposure to Covid-19 and the combination of both elections saved local governments much-needed funds.Continue reading “State Legislature needs to open up absentee balloting”

NY voters have spoken on election reforms

This past November the citizens of New York turned out in record numbers to reform and reshape New York state government. Driving many to the polls was an effort to change our antiquated election system in New York state. Often these reforms were blocked by the GOP leadership in the state Senate. The voters rebelledContinue reading “NY voters have spoken on election reforms”