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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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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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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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