2013 Demmy Awards

The first ever Demmy Awards was an absolute success! With a unique and fun-filled Broadway theme and an outstanding turnout of democrats from across New York, the ceremony is being referred to as the “gold standard” for political events.

The New York County Democratic Committee was thrilled by the opportunity to honor so many hardworking individuals and organizations committed to improving their communities and pushing the democratic agenda forward. Whether they are fighting for every day New Yorkers or making our City a more just place, these folks are truly the spirit of this party. It’s because of them that New York County is the democratic capital of the nation!

The Courage Award: New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

Lifetime Achievement Award: Tony Bennett

Canyon of Heroes Award: Mike Fishman and Randi Weingarten

Bella Abzug Award: United State Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Spirit of New York Award: Actors Equity Association

Heart of New York Award: Born for Broadway

Governmental Scholar Award: United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Rookie of the Year Award: West Harlem Progressive Democratic Club

Manhattan Democrat of the Year Award: Louise Dankberg and Stuart Shorenstein

Young Democrat of the Year Award: Camille C. Joseph

Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Democratic Club Award: Broadway Democrats and Three Parks Independent Democrats

Major Civil Rights Victory and Set Back in Supreme Court Decisions This Week

This has been quite an eventful week for the United States Supreme Court, as we have experienced great highs and lows.

On Tuesday, the Court struck down a critical component of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, one of the towering achievements of the Civil Rights Era. This was a truly sad day for this country. The Court deemed that the criteria used to determine areas in which voter discrimination is prevalent no longer applies today. In effect, the Supreme Court gutted voting rights protections for millions of Americans and some states are already moving to implement voter suppression laws.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been a great success. Voter discrimination has decreased in recent decades because of this great legislative achievement. To remove this provision of the Act indicates that voter discrimination is no longer an issue in this country, and that is simply not the truth. Too many people have worked too long and too hard to see the Supreme Court make a decision like this one.

After the disappointment of Tuesday’s events, the Supreme Court made the right decision on Wednesday. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

A movement that began in our great state of New York, and where two years ago Governor Cuomo signed a law that ended marriage discrimination, has finally received the national attention that it deserves. The time has come for America to join the list of progressive nations that promote marriage equality. There is still much work to be done in this fight, but yesterday was a great day for this nation. I commend the Court for this decision.

-County Leader Keith Wright

Nominees for the First Annual Demmy Awards

New York County Democratic Committee is proud to announce the finalists for the first ever Demmy Awards on Broadway at American Airlines Theatre. Winners of the Manhattan Democrat of the Year Award, Herman ‘Denny’ Farrell Club of the Year Award, Young Democrat of the Year Award, and Rookie of the Year Award will be announced at the awards ceremony on July 15th. Congratulations to:

District Leader Cordell Cleare
District Leader Louise Dankberg
District Leader Mary Dorman
State Committeewoman Trudy L. Mason
District Leader Harry Rodriguez
Stuart Shorenstein, Attorney at Law
District Leader Frank Wilkinson

Broadway Democrats
Frederick E. Samuel Democratic Club
Lexington Democratic Club
Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change
Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club
Three Parks Independent Democrats
United Democratic Organization

Emily Arsenault
Sarah Galli
Camille Joseph
Alex Leopold
Cathleen McCadden
Domenico Minerva
Steven Newmark
Sascha Puritz Owen
Sara Valenzuela

Jenna Adams
Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa
West Harlem Progressive Democratic Club

Compliments to all of our incredible nominees! Stay tuned for other awards and finalists later this week. We look forward to seeing you all at the Demmy Awards. To purchase tickets to the event please click here.

The Demmy Awards!

New York County Democratic Committee invites you to join us for a night of regalia and celebration on Broadway at American Airlines Theatre.  The Demmy Awards will honor individuals and clubs who have made significant contributions to the Democratic Party and have worked to improve the lives of New Yorkers and people all across the nation.  Join hundreds of New York Democrats and help us honor the stars of the Democratic Party at an all out bash complete with celebrities and performances from some of New York’s leading talent!


The New York County Democratic Committee is proud to announce our endorsements for the upcoming elections.

For New York City comptroller, we enthusiastically support Scott Stringer, who currently serves as Manhattan Borough President.

For District Attorney, we have endorsed Cy Vance.

Finally, we have endorsed John Kelly, Mary Rosado, Ann O’Shea and Dakota Ramseur for civil court.

We feel that each of these candidates is the correct choice for their respective positions. We offer our full support and look forward to seeing them elected in November.