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Washington, DC (June 19, 2011) – The University at Albany College Democrats have been chosen as the College Democrats of America’s 2011 Chapter of the Year. The award is a national honor that recognizes the outstanding work a single College Democrats chapter has accomplished in promoting Democratic ideals and values.
Over the past year, the University at Albany College Democrats knocked on over 7,000 student doors to get out the student vote, campaigned in federal, state and local races, hosted numerous campus-wide events, helped register over 1,000 students to vote, and coordinated issue-based lobbies in the New York State Capitol. Most recently, along with the College Democrats of New York, the University at Albany College Democrats gained national attention when they knocked on over 3,500 doors for Congressional candidate Kathy Hochul (NY-26) helping ensure a Democratic victory in the May 24, 2011 special election.

Of their success, University at Albany College Democrats President Colleen Kutney stated, "I am so proud of all that we have accomplished this year. Our achievement proves that a small group of dedicated individuals can affect change that matters. We cannot wait for next year. This award motivates us to work harder for the Democratic cause.” Kutney shared her presidency with University at Albany student Meghan Nyman who added, "It is a great privilege to have the efforts of our many committed members recognized by the College Democrats of America."
College Democrats of New York President Elsie Raymer said, “CDNY recognizes the University at Albany College Democrats as one of its strongest chapters and is thrilled to see it nationally recognized. U Albany consistently takes the lead on campaign projects and issue advocacy in New York State.”
The College Democrats of New York are a state federation of the College Democrats of America, the official college arm of the Democratic National Committee. With over 1,000 members in over 30 chapters statewide, the College Democrats of New York’s young voters and activists have left their mark on Democratic races and issues at the local, state, and national levels.