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Welcome to the New York County Democratic Committee website! Here you’ll find important information regarding upcoming events, relevant news and photos, and information about how to get involved.

New York County is the most historic and important democratic region in America. Each day we carry the banner for progress while fighting to make our borough one of inclusivity and pride. We are elated to welcome you to that fight.

Democrats believe that all people deserve the ability to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential. We fiercely protect and promote access to opportunity for all New Yorkers, and we believe in lending a hand when necessary and unifying to meet our community’s collective challenges.

Join us.

Keith L.T. Wright
County Leader, New York County Democratic Committee

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Why All The Elections?

The next Election is June 28th for the Congressional Primary. Why are there so many this year?

Although the NY Presidential Primary was concluded in April, our State still has three more elections ahead of it:

- A Congressional Primary Tuesday, June 28
- A State Primary Tuesday, September 13
- The General Election Tuesday, November 8

Why all the elections? The Presidential Primary is set by the Democratic Party and has been around the same time every four years for decades; that was expected. The General Election, too, happens in early November every four years.

The packed schedule is the result of Congressional Primary splitting with the State Primary. In 2009, Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act to ensure military personnel (and anyone else abroad) would get their absentee ballots with enough time to vote.

Specifically, the MOVE Act requires ballots to be sent out 45 days before a Federal election (primary or general). And, of course, you can’t send out a General Election ballot until you know who won the primary. Since the State Primary, Sept 13, is not 45 days before Federal General Election a new date was required. The legislature decided to make it the old State Primary date of June 28.

That means this coming Tuesday there are four Manhattan Districts with primaries:

  • 7 (Nydia Velazquez); Lower Manhattan
  • 10 (Jerry Nadler); Lower/Midtown Manhattan mainly W. side
  • 12 (Carolyn Maloney); Lower/Upper Manhattan mainly E. side
  • 13 (Former Charlie Rangel); Harlem

 Find your congressional district here.

You might wonder “why not move both primaries to a new day?” Well, that was tried. It passed the Democratic Assembly and failed in the Republican Senate. Sadly, this will likely result in much lower turnout. Unless, of course, you help us get people out to vote!

Lone Voter
Let’s hope voter turnout doesn’t suffer.

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5/22/16 Executive Board Meeting Recap

This past Sunday, May 22, the County Executive Board met to endorse candidates in the primary election for Civil Court Judge and approve the Party Call.

Civil Court Endorsements
Josh Hanshaft Esq. and Emily Morales-Minerva Esq. have received the endorsement of the NY County Party for the Countywide Civil Court vacancies.

They will run in the upcoming primary with the support of the Democratic Clubs and county organization which will help them petition and turn out voters for their win.

Should they win the primary, they will then proceed to the general election as the Democratic candidate.

The Party Call
The “Party Call” lists all of the available Judicial Delegate, Judicial Delegate Alternate and State Committee positions.These party positions will be elected during the Primary in September.

Judicial Delegates are proportional to the Democratic voter turnout (how many ppl vote for the Dem) in the last Gubernatorial election by district.

State Committee is two per Assembly District (Male and Female).

Meeting Live Tweets

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Democratic Clubs III: It’s That Easy

Last time, our friend Keiko decided to get involved with a local Democratic Club. But there are two Clubs in her Assembly District — which one represents her?

To be an official Club, the Club has to be affiliated with an elected Democratic District Leader. You can find a list of the district leaders elected in Manhattan County HERE.

Each District Leader represents a neighborhood which is called an Assembly District Part. Figuring out the Part lines can be a bit tricky, so it may make the most sense to e-mail our County Secretary at manhattandems@gmail.com and ask which Part you live in.

In Keiko’s District, there are four Leaders representing two Parts: Kim Moscaritolo & Adam Roberts, and Jill Eisner & John Halebian. Remember, each district leaders’ job is to engage with the Democrats in their district, so you should never feel hesitation in reaching out.

Keiko, lives in the Part jointly represented by Kim Moscaritolo and Adam Roberts. She remembers Adam — when he was gathering signatures last year, she bumped into him and traded e-mails. Now it’s as easy as reaching out! She finds his information on the District Leader page (or, if it’s missing contacts manhattandems@gmail.com) and send hims a note.

“Dear Adam,” Keiko writes, “I’m a Democrat and I live on 80th & 2nd. Am I in your district? Which club am I in? I want to get more involved, what should I do next?”

Now, we just wait for Adam to write back — and then we take it from there.

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How a Judge Becomes a Judge Part 1: Civil Court

One of the most honorable duties of the New York County Democratic Committee is to endorse candidates in the Democratic Primary for Civil Court Judge races. Since Judicial races are often under most peoples’ radar, these endorsements can be very important.

In Manhattan, we have a marquee process. The Judicial Committee, a sub-committee of the County Committee composed of a District Leader from each Assembly District (AD), creates an independent screening panel, attended by representatives from third party organizations. The panel proceeds with a thorough review of all applicants and endorses between two and three candidates for each open seat; some of which are County wide and some of which fall within specific districts (but we’ll get into that another time).

Next, the County Executive Board (composed of all the District Leaders and the elected County Leader) votes on which of these candidates will be the endorsed candidate in the Primary. The winner of that, of course, goes to run in the general election. The winner of that, is a judge.

Sound complicated? Here’s a handy graphic.

Civil Court Infographic 3

 

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2016 Civil Court Independent Judicial Screening Panel Report

On April 5, 2016, the Independent Judicial Civil Court Screening Panel met and began the process of screening candidates for the nomination of the Democratic Party for two (2) New York County-wide Civil Court vacancies, one vacancy in the 4th Civil Court District, and two incumbents in the 2nd and 4th Civil Court Districts, to be filled in the November 8, 2016 General Election. The following individuals were designated to the panel:

  • Albert Barruceco, Hispanic National Bar Association, Region II
  • Dana M. Catanzaro, Columbian Lawyers Association
  • Stacey Charland, Neighborhood Defenders Service of Harlem
  • Joshua Crespo, New York Urban League
  • Khalil El Assaad, New York Law School
  • Patricia Fersch, New York Women’s Bar Association
  • Alan Greenberg, Jewish Lawyer’s Guild
  • Irving Hirsch, City Bar Association of New York
  • Emily Hoffman, Community Service Society of New York
  • Chris Kwok, AABANY
  • Arnold Levine, Criminal Bar Association
  • Cynthia Liang Weaver, Asian Americans for Equality
  • David Oddo, New York State Trial Lawyers
  • Wanda Sanchez Day, Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Chul Pak, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
  • Karol Robinson, Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Crystal Shipp, NAACP Mid Manhattan Branch
  • Asha Smith, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • Nasreen Syed, South Asian Bar Association of New York
  • Michael Weiner, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (Le-Gal)

On May 3, 2016, the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Civil Court reported that the service of incumbents, Hon. Eileen Rakower in the 4th Civil Court District and Hon. Margaret Chan in the 2nd Civil Court District merit continuation. The Panel also reported the following candidates as most highly qualified for two (2) county-wide Civil Court vacancies and a single vacancy in the 4th Civil Court District:

  • Judy Kim, Esq.
  • Phaedra Perry Esq.
  • Josh Hanshaft Esq.
  • Emily Morales-Minerva Esq.
  • Robert Rosenthal Esq.
  • Nicholas Moyne Esq.
  • Shahabuddeen Ally Esq.

Thank you to the panel and its administrator, Lucas A Ferrara, Esq. for their diligent work.

Sincerely,
Curtis Arluck and Louise Dankberg
Co-Chairs, Judiciary Committee

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NYCDC 2016 Civil Court Independent Screening Panel

The New York County Democratic Committee has announced the formation
of an Independent Screening Panel to report on candidates for nomination by the Democratic Party for two (2) New York County-wide Civil Court vacancies, one vacancy in the 4th Civil Court District, and two incumbents in the 2nd and 4th Civil Court Districts, which will be filled in the November general election. The chief operation officer of numerous bar associations, community organizations, and law schools designated the following members to the panel, which will report no more than the nine most highly qualified candidates for the three Civil Court vacancies.

Albert Barruceco, Hispanic National Bar Association, Region II

Dana M. Catanzaro, Columbian Lawyers Association,

Stacey Charland, Neighborhood Defenders Service of Harlem

Joshua Crespo, New York Urban League

Khalil El Assaad, New York Law School

Patricia Fersch, New York Women’s Bar Association

Alan Greenberg, Jewish Lawyer’s Guild

Irving Hirsch, City Bar Association of New York

Emily Hoffman, Community Service Society of New York

Chris Kwok, AABANY

Arnold Levine, Criminal Bar Association

Cynthia Liang Weaver, Asian Americans for Equality

David Oddo, New York State Trial Lawyers

Wanda Sanchez Day, Puerto Rican Bar Association

Chul Pak, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York

Karol Robinson, Association of Black Women Attorneys

Crystal Shipp, NAACP Mid Manhattan Branch

Asha Smith, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Nasreen Syed, South Asian Bar Association of New York

Michael Weiner, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (Le-Gal)

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Downtown Congressional Endorsement Meeting

On Sunday, April 28 four Democratic Clubs held an endorsement meeting for Congressional candidates.

Village Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democrats and Downtown Independent Democrats hosted Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Rep Carolyn Maloney wasn’t able to attend, but sent a representative.

Read the live tweets from our Secretary Ben Yee below.

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2016 Civil Court Independent Screening Panel

The New York County Democratic Committee has announced the formation
of an Independent Screening Panel to report on candidates for nomination by the Democratic Party for two (2) New York County-wide Civil Court vacancies, one vacancy in the 4th Civil Court District, and one incumbent in the 4th Civil Court District, which will be filled in the November general election. The heads of numerous bar associations, community organizations and law schools have been invited to nominate members of the panel, which will be directed to report a total of no more than the nine most highly qualified candidates for the three Civil Court vacancies.

Candidates for the Courts may obtain applications, via email, from the administrator of the panel, Lucas A. Ferrara, Newman Ferrara LLP, 1250 Broadway, 27th Floor, New York, New York 10001 telephone number 212-619-5400; Email: lferrara@nfllp.com. Questions concerning the panel should be directed to the Panel Administrator, or the New York County Democratic Committee at (212) 687-6540.

Please note: the deadline for submitting completed Civil Court applications is Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:00P.M.

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#TransparencyTuesday Summary

The Democratic Party is the party of The People. We fight for inclusivity and demand solutions to the inequities that plague communities big and small. Here in Manhattan, we’re using our platform to emphasize the importance of getting involved.

This #TransparencyTuesday we have so much we have to do it over two weeks! This week:

  • Watch a quick video of our Secretary, Ben Yee, explaining how County Committee selected a Democratic nominee for the special Assembly race on the Lower East Side.

Next time:

We’ll update manhattandems.org, with all of the State Committee members – democratic voters’ representatives to the State Party. We’ll also publish an article explaining the importance of their role in the democratic process.

A new map with electoral information everyone needs to know, but many don’t! And who doesn’t love maps?

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The Election You Never Heard Of

Secretary Ben Yee breaks down one of the most important functions of the County Committee and what happened last Sunday.

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