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2 weeks ago · by · 0 comments

Dems to honor Dave Truscott

Delhi – Delhi resident Dave Truscott will be honored as the Francis P. Kipp “Man of the Year” awardee at this year’s Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) dinner. The dinner will be held at SUNY Delhi Alumni Hall Hospitality Center on Thursday, May 24th at 5 p.m.

This year’s speakers will include several of the Democratic candidates running for the NY House of Representatives District 19. The keynote will be delivered by Joyce St. George of New Kingston who is running for NY State Senate District 51. St. George is the first woman from Delaware County to run for state office. The DCDC will also recognize past Chair and State Committee member Tom Schimmerling for his many years of service and contributions to the committee and to many Democratic causes.

Oneonta native

Born and raised in Oneonta, Truscott and his wife Nancy moved to Delhi in 1969, when both got jobs teaching math; he at SUNY Delhi, she at Delaware Academy. Truscott never anticipated becoming politically involved —- “never in my wildest imagination” —- but in the 1970s, Delaware County purchased the Youmans House on Main Street in Delhi, with the intention of tearing it down to build what is now the county office building.

“I was an admirer of old things, old buildings, and so I stood my foot firmly in the door and got my thousand dollars down as a retainer for a Binghamton law firm,” he said. Dave and a core group of supporters fought the county for about five years. Though they lost that battle, Dave learned: “I really could fight city hall.”

He went on to run city hall, serving as Delhi’s mayor from 2005-2011. The project he’s most proud of spearheading was establishing the Delhi Joint Fire District that now serves the entire town of Delhi, half of Hamden, and part of Meredith. Previously, these areas were covered by a patchwork of fire services sponsored by the village and rural fire districts.

Conservation pricing

Truscott also masterminded the idea of conservation pricing of village water. New York City regulations limit the amount that the sewer treatment plant can discharge, so Dave conceived a plan to limit the village’s water use, so less goes down the drain to the sewer plant. Large water users, such as the college and the hospital, pay more per gallon than small, residential users, like a graduated income tax.

Additionally, Truscott wrote the grant application that netted the village $714,000 to build sidewalks. These included the sidewalks connecting the senior apartments on Main Street to the Price Chopper plaza, the sidewalk along Route 10 out to Hamilton Trailer Park, and the sidewalk up Prospect Street hill. The activist joined the Delhi Democratic Committee 10 years ago, and has served as the Delaware County Democratic Committee treasurer for six years.

Keynote Speaker Joyce St. George earned her bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a master’s degree from NYU. In the 1970s she became the first female investigator to serve in the New York State Attorney General’s Special Prosecutor’s Office on Anti-Corruption. During her career in law enforcement in New York City, she fought corruption and trained others in crisis and conflict management.

St. George later founded an international training company, PACT Training, that taught workshops on crisis and conflict management to police agencies like the NYC Police Department, government agencies like the NYS Department of Corrections, and several private corporations.

St. George moved to the Catskill region of upstate New York where she has lived for the last 30 years with her husband Frank in New Kingston. She has served as chair of the board of Margaretville Hospital and as a trustee on the board of Health Alliance Hospital.

Works as an activist

St. George now works as an activist to fight corruption and help the poor and disenfranchised with a variety of local community programs, including The Community Pantry, a food pantry in the town of Middletown that serves about 500 local families. She is a court mediator for Delaware-Otsego Counties, and coordinates a multi-agency coalition to address addiction and substance abuse in the towns of Middletown, Andes and Roxbury.

There will be a pre-dinner reception period starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are by presale only, available from committee members until May 16th. Interested parties should contact their town committee chair or visit the county committee website at www.dcnydems.org. Seating is limited.

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