E-cigarette Rally, Dem Debate Watch, Stringer on housing and more!

Happy 2016, CFD Members and Friends!

Mother Nature may have tossed us into the dead of winter, but that just gives us reason to huddle together for warmth. Bundle up and come out to these events.

Rally Against E-Cigarette Advertising That Targets Children and Teens
Sunday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m.
Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. @ 88th St.

Join NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James, along with co-sponsors US Rep. Jerrold Nadler; Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal; State Senators Adriano Espaillat, Brad Hoylman, Bill Perkins and Jose Serrano; the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and the NYS American Academy of Pediatrics District II.
To RSVP for the rally call 212-669-8736. This is a child-friendly event, so bring the young people in your life.

NYC Grassroots Debate Watch for Hillary!
Sunday, Jan. 17, 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Stitch Bar & Lounge, 247 W. 37th St., Manhattan

CFD members and other Manhattan Democrats, Secretary Hillary Clinton supporters, local elected officials and special guests will gather to watch and cheer on CFD’s endorsed candidate and to Tweet along during the fourth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate broadcast live from South Carolina. The debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.; doors open at 7:30.

We will be joined by special guests.
– This is a FREE event.
– There will be a cash bar (food and drinks available for purchase).
– This venue is accessible.

RSVP is recommended to https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/1338155/

NYC Comptroller to Speak at Central Park Gardens
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m.
50 W. 97th St., Community Room

Jan. 20 is the traditional date for the POTUS’ State of the Union Address, but since that happened Jan. 12, you have a chance to hear Scott Stringer speak at CPGardens’ Tenant Association meeting, hosted by housing advocate Sue Susman.

This is not a political campaign meeting. RSVPs would be appreciated since light refreshments will be served. Email Sue@janak.org.

CFD January Meeting – Voting Reform, US Senate & House endorsements, club nominations
Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. @ 88th St.

Panel discussion: Voting Reform in New York.
Denora Getachew, Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Douglas Kellner, co-chair of the New York State Board of Elections, are our distinguished speakers. Come learn why our city and state haven’t implemented early voting or other innovations to improve voter turnout, why your local poll site may have been moved, and what we can do to bring our fair city into the 21st Century!

Club endorsement votes for US Senator from NY State and Congressmember, 10th District, seats currently held by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Jerry Nadler, who both must run again in 2016. You must be current with your dues in order to vote.

Nominations for CFD officers and board members for the coming year.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s 2016 State of the Borough Address
Sunday, January 31. Doors open 1 p.m.; program begins 2 p.m.
The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

RSVP: 212-669-8300 or info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-the-borough-tickets-20528242526

CFD Endorses Hillary Clinton

Community Free Democrats, one of the oldest, strongest, and most influential reform Democratic clubs in Manhattan, voted at its June 25th Membership Meeting to endorse the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States. The tally was 59% to endorse Clinton; 34% to endorse Bernie Sanders; and 7% for no endorsement.

Club President Stephanie Lasher said, “I am so proud CFD is the first political club in New York State to officially support Secretary Clinton, who served us so well as our US Senator, in her campaign for the Presidency. Community Free Democrats eagerly anticipates the excitement and energy we know we will find when we campaign on our neighborhood streets in 2016.”

District Leader Joan Paylo added, “So many Americans have been waiting for a uniquely experienced candidate to emerge who is tough, compassionate, and very, very smart. Like many women, Secretary Clinton has paid her dues and done her homework many times over; she will be a great President. That we have a chance to elect a world leader who will speak with a strong and clear woman’s voice is a dream come true for so many, young and old alike, at home and abroad.”

District Leader Nick Prigo, who supported an endorsement vote for Senator Bernie Sanders, commented, “Bernie Sanders is a wonderful progressive with a clear vision for the future of our country. I appreciate how seriously CFD took his candidacy and the spirited and positive dialogue that ensued. This entire endorsement process was a testament to the Democratic activism of the Upper West Side. While I’m disappointed he didn’t win the club’s endorsement, he remains an overwhelmingly positive influence on the Presidential campaign.”

Community Free Democrats was founded as a reform Democratic club in 1969. It is the home club of Representative Jerry Nadler, NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal. Membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month, except during the summer months.