Kathy Mario honored as Dem woman of the year
Margaretville — Kathy Mario of Delhi was honored as “Woman of the Year” at last Saturday’s Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) dinner. Mario, a licensed social worker, retired state worker, and member of the Public Employees Federation is also Chair of the Delhi Democratic Committee, past Vice Chair of the DCDC and member of the New York State Democratic Committee.
The dinner was held at the Hanah Mountain Resort. Middletown Supervisor Marjorie Miller welcomed the attendees. Eliza Watts, Kathy Mario’s seven-year-old granddaughter, lead everybody in the flag salute. DCDC Chair, Tom Schimmerling, was master of ceremonies.
Richard Stinson, the 2012 honoree, presented Mario with a plaque from the DCDC. Stinson described the honoree as a woman who goes “through life at Mach II, with (her) hair on fire.”
Former DCDC Chair, Cynthia Lockrow, presented Mario with letters of congratulations from Comptroller DiNapoli, Attorney General Schneiderman and Senators Gillibrand and Schumer. “What strikes me most about our honoree is her incredible amount of energy and passion … this woman is a moving force in Delaware County and beyond.” Lockrow also noted that Mario’s “…never wavering commitment to Democratic values, Democratic programs, Democratic government is second to none.”
Mario thanked the committee but said, “the real honor here is Delhi — Delhi is what’s being honored tonight” and called on Delhi Democrats to stand for recognition. She recalled moving to Delhi and not being able to find the Democratic line on the ballot. “We didn’t have candidates.” She said this got her motivated. “People need a choice… you get sloppy when there’s not somebody looking over your shoulder.”
Mario applauded her Delhi team’s successes not only in orchestrating an Obama rally and inaugural Ball, but also for creating, for the first time in many years, a full slate of Delhi Democratic candidates 2011. One of those candidates, Al Perkins, won his town council seat with a 100-vote margin. Mario encouraged County Democrats not to be discouraged by the 2 to 1 registration disadvantage and recounted recent elections where returns indicated significant cross over voting.
Also on hand was Kevin McCabe, regional director for the governor, who presented a letter of congratulations from Andrew Cuomo.
The special guest and keynote speaker for the evening was Rodney Capel, executive director of the New York State Democratic Party. He reported that the state Democratic Party is updating and streamlining communication and delivery of tools and support. Capel reassured upstate Democrats to recall the Biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. “We are bound together in the fiery furnace. If we fight for what we believe, we will prevail.”