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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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Manhattan Democratic Party Calls on Cuomo to End Petition Challenges Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

As we all act to readjust our everyday lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that we recognize that the lives and well-being of all are paramount. This includes the government employees tasked with ensuring free and fair elections in our modern democracy.

While elections are an essential part of society—especially in an important election year—we must be thoughtful about how we exercise democracy while protecting human life.

As stated by Keith L.T. Wright, County Leader of the Manhattan Democratic Party, “it’s time to shut down the Board of Elections offices, as a matter of public safety. People are dying. We need to end petition challenges now and let the hardworking staff at the Board of Elections focus on preparing for the June primary safely.”

The Manhattan Democratic Party calls on New York State—either through legislative action or executive order of the governor—to end all petition challenges for the 2020 election cycle; and ensure that government employees are fully protected against this virus and only called upon to provide truly essential services in preparation for our upcoming elections in June and November.

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Announcing the Results of the 2020 Civil Court Independent Screening Panel

On the evening of February 11, 2020, the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Civil Court reported the following candidates as most highly qualified: David Cohen, Michael Katz, Leticia Ramirez, Carol Ruth Feinman, Seth Steed, Eric Schumacher, and John Wang. On behalf of the Manhattan Democratic Party, County Leader Keith L.T. Wright and Judiciary Co-Chairs Curtis Arluck and Louise Dankberg sincerely thank the panel and its administrator for their diligent work–and we congratulate the candidates.

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2020 CIVIL COURT INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL SCREENING PANEL

January 22, 2020

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 New York County Civil Court and/or 1st Municipal Civil Court District vacancies, which will be voted on 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 no more than three of the most highly qualified candidates for any vacancies.

Interested candidates for the Court may obtain applications from Mr. Kyle Ishmael, the Executive Director of the New York County Democratic Committee, via email at manhattandems@gmail.com beginning immediately. The deadline for submitting completed applications via email is January 29th at 5:00PM. Questions concerning this year’s panel should be directed to Mr. Ishmael via email or the New York County Democratic Committee office at (212) 687-6540.

The panel designees and their designating organizations are as follows:
Armenian Bar Association | Taline Sahakian
Columbian Lawyers Association | Ralph Cosentino
Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York | Steve Fils-Aime
Jewish Lawyers Guild | Eric Buckvar
Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York | Richard In
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) | K. Scott Kohanowski
Mid Manhattan Branch of the NAACP | Charles Johnson
New York State Trial Lawyers Association | Fred Schulman
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation | Laura Steven
Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus | Victoria Wickman
Asian American Bar Association of New York | Eric Lee
Metropolitan Black Bar Association | Lance Clark
Asian Americans for Equality | Siuling Pun

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A THOUSAND NEW YORK COUNTY DEMOCRATS GATHER TO ELECT PARTY OFFICERS DURING LIVELY MEETING AT STATE PARK NAMED AFTER FORMER COUNTY LEADER

NEW YORK, NY (October 8, 2019) – On Thursday, October 3, 2019, upwards of 1,000 Manhattan Democrats gathered at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park for the County Committee Organizing Meeting. This meeting—statutorily required to occur once every two years—provides the opportunity for the elected New York County Democratic Committee members to gather in order to elect their internal leadership and set the Party on its course for the next two years.

As many have noted, this year’s meeting was the first after New York State law moved up the date of the primary elections to match the Federal elections. This change in statute enacted language that was not definitively clear with respect to which County Committee members would be able to vote—those elected during the 2017 primary election, or those from 2019. While individuals differed on the interpretation of the statute, the Manhattan Democratic Party sought to achieve clarification so as not to run contrary to the law. Thankfully, due to the helpful actions of District Leaders, the Party was able to obtain a Judicial Order that clarified the statute and ensured that County Committee members elected in 2019 would be the voting body at the organizing meeting.

“It’s important that passionate, local leaders who stay active in their communities and petition to obtain a seat on County Committee have an opportunity to vote to set the direction of the Party,” said County Leader Keith L.T. Wright. “But as County Leader, it’s also important that I do all I can to ensure that the organization abides by the letter of the law and avoids legal trouble that would have detrimental effects. I’m glad we were able to resolve this issue in time for our meeting, and that we could come together to execute what was a raucous but essential exercise in democracy.”

Thursday’s County Committee Organizing Meeting hosted lively and passionate elections for several officer positions within the Party. After over 750 votes were cast, the members of the New York County Democratic Committee elected the following leaders for the next two years: Domenico “Nico” Minerva, Chairman; Barry Weinberg, Secretary; Charlette Mimiasie, Treasurer; Kyle H. Ishmael, 1st Vice Chair; Louise Dankberg, 2nd Vice Chair; Kelmy Rodriquez, 3rd Vice Chair; Ny Whitaker, Vice Treasurer; Robert Jackson, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Steven Skyles-Mulligan, Parliamentarian.

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MANHATTAN DISTRICT LEADERS RE-ELECT COUNTY LEADER KEITH L.T. WRIGHT TO A SIXTH TERM

NEW YORK, NY (August 29, 2019) – On the evening of Wednesday, August 28, 2019, the duly elected District Leaders of the Manhattan Democratic Party—otherwise known as the Executive Committee of the New York County Democratic Committee—gathered for their monthly meeting. These regular meetings, open to the public and simultaneously streamed via Facebook Live, provide the leadership of Manhattan’s local Democratic Party the opportunity to conduct internal business, plan events, select dates, and otherwise carry out the statutory functions of the party.

On the agenda for the August meeting was the task of electing the Executive Committee leadership to serve a new two-year term. Upon motions from the floor, Keith L.T. Wright (70th AD), Louise Dankberg (74th AD), and Tiffany Townsend (74th AD) were re-elected to serve as County Leader, Executive Committee Chair, and Executive Committee Vice-Chair respectively.

“It has been an absolute honor and a privilege to serve you all. We probably have one of the most diverse counties in New York City,” said County Leader Keith L.T. Wright. “It’s been an honor trying to keep our county together and make sure we stay as cohesive as possible. We have a lot of work to do. We’ve become very transparent in a lot of ways. And we can reel off all sorts of successes; but certainly, the big thing is, this time next year—and the time to start is now—we need to make sure that Donald Trump is a one-term president,” he said to applause from those in attendance.

The Manhattan Democratic Party is wrapping up what has been a busy summer, from executing a truly independent screening process to evaluate Supreme Court candidates, to the 2019 Judicial Convention held earlier this month, electing several new District Leaders throughout the island, to launching a new online store where supporters can purchase merchandise. In the coming weeks and months, the party will host its biennial County Committee meeting, and the much-anticipated Demmy Awards.

Those who wish to get involved and support the grassroots work of their local Manhattan Democratic Party are encouraged to visit: ManhattanDems.org.

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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!

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nydemsjudicial

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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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