The DRC has sought to take NY's urban downstate based Democratic Party and made it more attuned to upstate issues. Results have been mixed as the party leaders have made trips up here and have devised programs for upstate like the Regional Councils. But on many issues like SAFE Act or minimum wage, it's still stacked against us.
Look at the recent Presidential primary in which 52 of 62 counties voted for Bernie Sanders, but Hillary Clinton won the state easily based on the counties the Democrats owe their existence to.
Nonetheless, if we are going to have parties, Mr. Schell is to be commended for his efforts over the years.