About the White Plains Democratic City Committee

About Us

On the local level, the White Plains City Democratic Committee works to elect Democrats to all levels of government and to lobby for positions that we believe the Democratic party should espouse.
The local party is led by the City Committee Chair, Tim James, and our other officers:
•   Don Buchwald: 1st Vice Chair
•  Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, 2nd Vice Chair
•  Terry Degatano: 3rd Vice Chair
•  Evelyn Alicea-Santiago: 4th Vice Chair and Web Page Editor
•  Charlene Raynor: 5th Vice Chair
•  Andrew Brotmann: Corresponding Secretary
•  Kathy Marks: Recording Secretary
•  Paul Schwarz: Treasurer
•  Rich Payne: Organization Chair
The party and its members have contributed greatly to the White Plains community. Each year, the local party awards White Plains residents with service awards, honoring the memory of great Democrats who preceded us.
The Ted Benjamin Award is presented to a resident who has made an outstanding civic contribution. The person for whom the award is named, Ted Benjamin, a publisher by profession, was an early White Plains Democratic activist. He championed the preservation of open space in our growing city and served as the Chair of the Open Space Committee for the original Comprehensive Plan Committee. The recipient of the 2020 Ted Benjamin Award is Ms. Lorraine Buonocunto.
The Marilyn Stagg Award is presented to a resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the party. The person for whom the award is named, Marilyn Stagg, a designer by profession, was an early White Plains Democratic activist. A woman with endless energy and amazing organizational skills, she was a major architect in building the local party structure that serves us well to this day.The recipient of the 2020 Marilyn Stagg Award is Ms. Cheryl Melton.
Congratulations Ms. Buonocunto and Ms. Melton!  Their biographical information is included below. Click to view the full-sized PDF file: WPDCC 2020 Annual Dinner Invite FinalFinal vx3
To learn more about the Democratic party, you may want to visit the State Party website at www.nydems.org or the Democratic National Committee Website at https://democrats.org.
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