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.

2013 Independent Judicial Screening Panel Report

Manhattan Appelate

In addition to Honorable Peter J. Moulton and Honorable Ann O’Shea being approved, the following were approved by the Independent Screening Panel for the three (3) County-wide Civil Court vacancies:

Denise Dominguez
Josh Hanshaft
Ta-Tanisha James
John Kelley
Sabrina Setareh Kraus
Dakota Ramseur
Mary Rosado
Carol Sharpe
Richard Tsai

We extend our gratitude to the Panel and its Administrator, Martin E. Adams of Adams & Commissiong LLP, for their diligent work.

Thank you,

Curtis Arluck and Louise Dankberg
Judiciary Committee