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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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The 2019 Democratic Nominees for NYS Supreme Court 1st Judicial District are…

During a well-attended and lively convention held at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan on Monday, August 12th, the Judicial Delegates of the 1st Judicial District met to nominate judicial candidates for State Supreme Court. After all votes were counted, the Manhattan Democratic Party was proud to announce that the following candidates were selected as the Democratic Nominees for seats to be filled on the November 5th election:
Hon. Martin Shulman
Hon. Shawn Kelly
Hon. Jennifer Schechter

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Announcing the Results of the 2019 Supreme Court Independent Screening Panel

On August 1, 2019, the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Supreme Court reported the following candidates as most highly qualified for two (2) Supreme Court vacancies. On behalf of the Manhattan Democratic Party, County Leader Keith L.T. Wright and Judiciary Co-Chairs Curtis Arluck & Louise Dankberg sincerely thank the panel and its administrator for their diligent work; and we congratulate the candidates.

Hon. Shawn Kelly
Hon. Jennifer Schechter
Hon. Carol Sharpe
Hon. Tatanisha James
Hon. Gerald Lebovits
Hon. Paul Goetz
Hon. Melissa Crane
Hon. Lisa Sokoloff
Hon. Machelle Sweeting
Hon. David Cohen
Hon. Dakota Ramseur
Hon. Sabrina Kraus
Hon. Martin Shulman
Hon. Louis Nock
Hon. JJ Kelley
Hon. Cori Weston
Hon. Lyle Frank
Hon. Margaret Chan
Hon. Althea Drysdale

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Support the Manhattan Democrats’ Judicial Nominees

Join the Manhattan Democrats and support our efforts to maintain the most diverse judicial bench in the nation! On Thursday, August 1, 2019, the results of the Supreme Court independent screening panel will be released. Purchase your tickets below!

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2019 Supreme Court Independent Screening Panel

The New York County Democratic Committee has announced the formation of an Independent Screening Panel to report on the qualifications of candidates seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party for two (2) vacancies on the New York State Supreme Court to be elected in the November 2019 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 six (6) most highly qualified candidates for the two vacancies.

Candidates for the Court may obtain applications from Ms. Shirley Kornreich, the panel administrator for the New York County Democratic Committee, via email at manhattandems@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting completed applications is June 10, 2019, 12 P.M. Questions concerning this year’s panel should be directed to Ms. Kornreich via email.

The panel designees and their designating organizations are as follows:
Armenian Bar Association, Irina Hovhannisyan
Asian American Bar Association of New York, Tristan Loanzon
Asian Americans for Equality, Timothy Wong
Brehon Law Society, Charles Martin
Columbia Law School, Colleen Shanahan
Columbian Lawyers Association, Rosanne Elena Felicello
Defense Association of New York, John McDonough
Dominican Bar Association, Shantel Castro
Hellenic Lawyers Association, Chrisanthy Zapantis
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc., Steven Perelman
Jewish Lawyers Guild, Shoshana Bookson
Legal Services Staff Association, Catherine Frizell
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL), Jaime Leggett
Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Anton Robinson
Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP, Deborah Yates
Muslim Bar Association of New York City, Yasmin Dwedar
New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Marc Dittenhoefer
New York Women’s Bar Association, Dawn Cardi
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, Marc Valinoti
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, Helene Blank

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2018 Supreme Court Independent Screening Panel

The New York County Democratic Committee has announced the formation of an Independent Screening Panel to report on candidates for the nomination of the Democratic Party for three (3) vacancies on the New York Supreme Court, First Judicial District (New York County) to be nominated at its Judicial Convention, to 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 vacancies.

Candidates for the Court may obtain applications from the administrator of the panel, Mr. Ricardo Oquendo, via email at reo@odpllc.law beginning July 20, 2018. The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 9, 2018, 12 P.M. Questions concerning this year’s panel should be directed via email to the Panel Administrator or the New York County Democratic Committee office at (212) 687-6540.

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2018 Civil Court Independent Screening Panelists Announced

The New York County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce the formation of an Independent Screening Panel on March 5th, 2018, to report on candidates for nomination by the Democratic Party for three vacancies on the New York County Civil Court, which will be filled in the November 6, 2018 general election. The panel will also report on whether the service for the last 10 years of current sitting Civil Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo merits his continuation in office. The panel has received 25 designees from participating bar associations, law schools, and community groups, demonstrating the extensive outreach on behalf the Manhattan Democratic Party to the legal community and the vitality of the civil society surrounding the judiciary here in Manhattan. The panelists will review applicants to the Civil Court and report out those candidates they deem to be most qualified for election to the Civil Court. The designees and their designating organizations are as follows:

Joseph French, Brehon Law Society

Colleen M. Meenan, National Employment Lawyers Association/NY

Devi Vairavan, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys

Schuyler Carroll, New York City Bar Association

Joam Alisme, New York Law School

Dana Stutman, American Academy of Matrimonial Law

Song Kim, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Anais Aguilar-Schiro, Columbian Lawyers Association

Inie Park, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York

Tiffany Femiano, MFY Legal Services

Evelyn Gong, Asian Bar Association of New York

Pamela B. Goldsmith, The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (Le-Gal)

Sean Farrow, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Tina Wells, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Allison Hobbs, Association of Black Women Attorneys

David Kaminsky, Jewish Lawyers Guild

Carlos Mulles, Dominican Bar Association

Stanley Gleaton, Mid Manhattan Branch of the NAACP

Benjamin Metsch, Fortune Society

Ruben Stepanian, Armenian Bar Association

Carolyn M. Caccese, Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus

Kimberly Warner, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation

Brandon Hicks, National Action Network

 

On May 1, 2018, the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Civil Court reported the following candidates as most highly qualified for two (2) county-wide Civil Court vacancies and a single vacancy in the 5th Civil Court District:

Shahabuddeen Ally
Lawrence Bosley
Ariel Chesler
Erik Gray
Hilary Gingold
Elsa Marie Hampton
Elyssa Kates
Ilana Marcus
Valentina Morales
Nicholas Moyne
Grace Park
Robert Rosenthal

Thank you to the panel and its administrator for their diligent work.

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

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2018 Civil Court Independent Screening Panel

February 17, 2018

The New York County Democratic Committee has announced the formation of an Independent Screening Panel to report on candidates for the nomination of the Democratic Party for two (2) vacancies on the New York County Civil Court and two (2) Municipal Civil Court District vacancies, 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 twelve most highly qualified candidates for the four vacancies.

Candidates for the Court may obtain applications from the administrator of the panel, Mr. Joshua Brian Irwin, via email at joshuabrianirwin@gmail.com beginning February 17, 2018. The deadline for submitting completed applications is March 5, 2018, 12 P.M. Questions concerning this year’s panel should be directed via email to the Panel Administrator or the New York County Democratic Committee office at (212) 687-6540.

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Announcing 74th Assembly District Committee Meeting to Select Democratic Nominee for Member of the New York State Assembly for the April 24th, 2018 Special Election

Due to the election of former State Assemblymember for the 74th Assembly District Brian P. Kavanagh to the State Senate for the 26th Senate District, the Democratic Party will convene a meeting of the 74th Assembly District Committee to select the Party’s nominee for the April 24th, 2018 Special Election as proclaimed today, February 5, 2018, by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Any individual interested in seeking the Party’s nomination for the position of State Senator from the 74th District, New York County, should email the New York County Democratic Committee at manhattandems@gmail.com for more information.

Proclamation of 2018 Special Elections by Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Announcing 26th Senate District Committee Meeting to Select Democratic Nominee for Member of the New York State Assembly for the November 7th Special Election

Due to the resignation of former State Senator Dan Squadron, effective on August 11th, the Democratic Party will convene a meeting of the 26th Senate District Committee to select the Party’s nominee for the November 7th General Election. Any individual interested in seeking the Party’s nomination for the position of State Senator from the 26th District, New York and King’s Counties, should email the New York County Democratic Committee at manhattandems@gmail.com for more information.

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Announcing 71st Assembly District Committee Meeting to Select Democratic Nominee for Member of the New York State Assembly for the November 7th Special Election

The New York County Democratic Committee is proud to salute Assembly Member Herman “Denny” Farrell, upon his resignation, from 43 years of service  to the people of the State of New York and our great Nation. Due to his resignation, effective on September 5th, the Democratic Party will convene a meeting of the 71st Assembly District Committee to select the Party’s nominee for the November 7th General Election. Any individual interested in seeking the Party’s nomination for the position of Member of Assembly from the 71st District, New York County, should email the New York County Democratic Committee at manhattandems@gmail.com for more information.

Assembly Member Farrell Resignation Letter

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