County Leader Keith L.T. Wright
Invites you to attend the
New York County Democratic Committee
Thursday, August 29, 2013
SEIU 32 BJ
25 West 18th Street
6:00pm to 8:00pm
$1,000 – Friend
$2,500 – Sponsor
$5,000 – Host
$10,000 – Chair
Please RSVP to Matthew Rubin
On July 8th, the New York County Democratic Committee 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 State Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District (New York County), which will be filled in the November general election. The heads of numerous bar associations, community organizations and law schools nominated the following members to the panel, which will be directed to report a total of no more than the nine (9) most highly qualified candidates for the three (3) vacancies:
|The New York City Bar
|Association of Black Women Attorneys
|Puerto Rican Bar Association
|LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
|Dominican Bar Association
|Columbian Lawyers Association
|Jewish Lawyers Guild
|Brehon Law Society
|Cardozo Law School
SRO Law Project
|NAACP Mid Manhattan Branch
|Womens Bar- NYC Chapter
|Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
|Asian Americans for Equality
|Asian American Bar
Association of New York
|New York State Trial Lawyers Assn.
|Metropolitan Black Bar Association
|Commercial Litigation Section, NYSBA
|Association of Legal Aid Attorneys
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
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
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
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:
MANHATTAN DEMOCRAT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
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
HERMAN ‘DENNY’ FARRELL CLUB OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
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
YOUNG DEMOCRAT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Sascha Puritz Owen
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
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.
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.
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:
Sabrina Setareh Kraus
We extend our gratitude to the Panel and its Administrator, Martin E. Adams of Adams & Commissiong LLP, for their diligent work.
Curtis Arluck and Louise Dankberg