Join us for CFD’s 48th Annual Gala on Sunday, April 2

Dear Friend of Community Free Democrats,

Please join us as a sponsor of CFD’s 48th Annual Gala on Sunday, April 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Arte Café, 106 West 73rd St. Our Gala is a highlight of the New York political calendar, where we break bread and chat with activists and leaders who make us proud to be Democrats working together for progressive values. Especially this year, consider it a much-deserved break from the marching and lobbying that’s required of us all in these unsettling times. Let’s gather to toast the resistance thus far, and to prepare for the city-wide campaigns later this year.

Each year, we honor those who make our city and community a better place. Our Outstanding Leadership Award will recognize the pivotal role Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is playing to thwart Donald Trump and the destructive Republican agenda. Marc L. Greenberg, Executive Diirector of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing will receive the Michalski-Leutner Community Leadership Award.  Make The Road, will be honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award and our Leon Davis Labor Award will be given to the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and received by its President Ernest Logan.

CFD leaders like Congressmember Jerry Nadler, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal have contributed to the Upper West Side’s nationwide reputation for creative, outspoken Democratic leadership. CFD hopes to open the future to new, similarly-principled leaders.

The deadline to be listed as a sponsor is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. We look forward to seeing you on April 2nd.


Stephanie Lasher
President, Community Free Democrats

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You can also pay by clicking, indicating ‘Gala sponsorship’ in the ‘note’ box, or make checks payable to Community Free Democrats and mail to Suzanne Jacobson, CFD Fundraising Director, 40 West 75 Street, #1B, New York, NY 10023. Direct any questions to Suzanne Jacobson at or 212-873-5187.

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Sep 29 – Bi-Annual County Committee Meeting

Attention all County Committee Members in the 67th and 69th Assembly Districts!

New York County has issued a call for all County Committee Members in Manhattan to attend the 2015 County Committee Meeting.

Tuesday, September 29
Doors open at 6 p.m., meeting begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd St. between 8th & 9th Avenues.

As you know, once every two years all members of the New York County Committee are summoned to attend a county-wide meeting that elects officers and sets rules for the County that will be in effect until after the 2017 public and party primaries.

We suspect that many of you have not received a notice of this meeting, which is usually sent out by the County after the fall primaries.

Many of you petitioned this past summer to qualify yourselves for County Committee. Even if you didn’t petition, but you agreed to be on County Committee when we contacted you last May, you should attend this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact your CFD District Leaders, (Joan Paylo) or (Nick Prigo).

June 1 – CFD’s Petitioning Launch Party at The Parlour

CFD’s Petitioning Launch Party

The Parlour
250 West 86th Street
Monday, June 1, 6:30PM

Join us for appetizers and drinks as we get ready to hit the pavement for petitioning season. Petitioning runs from Tuesday, June 2 to Thursday, July 9.

With County Committee, District Leaders, and Judicial Delegates all collecting signatures, this summer will be another busy season for CFD as we ensure all our endorsed candidates get on the ballot.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!

CFD Endorsements 2015

On May 28th CFD voted to endorse the following candidates for the 2015 election cycle.

District Leader, 67th A.D., Part C – Female
Shari Gottheim

District Leader, 67th A.D., Part C – Male
Marc Landis

District Leader, 69th A.D., Part B – Female
Joan Paylo

District Leader, 69th A.D., Part B – Male
Nick Prigo

Judicial Delegates, 67th AD
Susan Gwertzman
Ray Hodell
Robert Gottheim

Alternate Judicial Delegates, 67th AD
Hilda B. Classon
Bridget Amatore
Theresa Baiano

Judicial Delegates, 69th AD
Judith Bader-York
Sharon Silberfarb
Irene Dess

Alternate Judicial Delegates, 69th AD
Lloyd McAulay
Joan Mendez

May 14 – March to Save 1 Million Homes! Join CFD at Foley Square

We are glad you were able to join our April general meeting Affordable Housing in Peril: Will Albany Renew Expiring Rent Regs.

As you heard up-to-date reports from Sue Susman, affordable housing advocate, Ellen Davidson, Legal Aid attorney, Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, and Comptroller Scott Stringer who all provided updates on proceedings in Albany. The time to act is now!

Please join CFD on Thursday, May 14 at 5pm at Foley Square! Look for our CFD banner.

Please email us at if you can make it or just meet us by our banner.

Again, with June 15 quickly approaching and rent laws expiring now it the time to show your support!

Click here for additional information, call Darren at 212.608.4320 Ext.316 or email him at

See You There!

March 26 – CFD Annual Meeting

Community Free Democrats Annual Meeting 2015
Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Goddard Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Avenue
(between W 88th and W 89th Sts)

Election of Officers and Board of Directors

Javier El-Hage
Human Rights Foundation

Incorporated in 2005, the HRF conducts advocacy, education, and direct outreach to closed societies, providing the activists and citizens of those countries with education, technology, food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs. In recognition of National Women’s History Month, Mr. El-Hage will pay special attention to global violations of women’s rights.


Candidate List:

Note: List in formation

President: Stephanie Lasher
Treasurer: Robert Gottheim
Vice President for Communications: Arlene Karole
Vice President for Membership: Hilda Classon, Mark Diller
Vice President for Programming: Ray Hodell
Vice President for Fund Raising: Suzanne Jacobson
Recording Secretary: Irene Dess
Corresponding Secretary: Ronald Walton

Bob Amsterdam
Jean Lee Anderson
Judith Bader-York
Alec Barrett
Zvi Bassan
Renee Goodstein
Susan Gwertzman
Valerie Horst
Sam Hudis
Jack Kellner
William King
Rachel Landis
Micah Lasher
Lloyd McAulay
Joan Mendez
Janice Oppenheimer
Richard Oppenheimer
Erica Overton
Maggi Peyton
Gabriel Rosen
Ben Schachter
Sharon Silberfarb
Ana Singh
Milagros Stanley
Joan Yazmir

November 20 – Honoring David Dinkins (Note Special Location)

The CFD meeting on Thursday, November 20, will be a joint meeting with PRID (Park River Independent Democrats).

Note that the meeting will be held at the community room of Schwab House, 285 West End Avenue at 73rd Street.

PRID is honoring former mayor David Dinkins, who is expected to arrive at 7:50 PM. CFD has invited a speaker from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, whom we expect to introduce at 8:30 PM. We are asking CFD members to come at our club’s usual start time of 7:30 PM. PRID and CFD have also invited Ansonia club members to join us for this exciting meeting as well.

Please help us spread the word to everyone you know in the club and to anyone else who might be interested.

Mourning Hon. Louis B. York; Funeral Thursday, 11/20

With deep sorrow, we inform our members and friends that our beloved State Supreme Court Justice Louis B. York, a past president of Community Free Democrats, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, at age 76. He had been in declining health the past year.

The CFD family extends our heartfelt condolences to his wife Judy Bader York and their daughter Elizabeth, as well as to his court colleagues who were like family to him. Another great light of the Upper West Side has been extinguished and we feel a great loss.

His funeral will be held at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Plaza Funeral Home, 630 Amsterdam Ave. (at West 91st Street), Manhattan. Shiva will be held at their home, 320 Central Park West, Apt. #6-H (southwest corner of West 92nd Street:

Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21, 2 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22, 5 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 to 8 p.m

Many of us have meaningful personal memories of Lou. He officiated at many of our weddings, and we all have stories to share about him that span four decades or more.

Lou’s successful race for Civil Court in a Countywide race in 1986 made for a hot heyday summer of CFD campaigning that represented the best of what a progressive political club can achieve. You couldn’t miss the colorful subway ads that lined the #1 train platforms. They read, simply, “Lou York for New York.” It was all CFD hands on deck – led by Assemblyman Jerry Nadler, District Leader Scott Stringer and president Linda B. Rosenthal – in a tough battle that went into a Board of Elections recount. We all shared in Lou’s victory and delivered a great gift to the New York bench. But the greatest gift was working beside Lou and getting to know his upbeat personality, quick wit, discerning mind and patient temperament.

A graduate of City College, Cornell Law School (JD) and New York University (LLM), Lou worked at the Federal Trade Commission and several law firms, before becoming Chief Counsel to Manhattan Legal Services and then going into private practice with partner Eugene Prosnitz. In 1987, Lou assumed the Civil Court bench, was appointed as an acting Justice in 1995, and was elected to State Supreme Court in 2005.

In a statement, John Werner, Chief Clerk, NY County Supreme Court, Civil Branch, said: Lou loved the court, was devoted to all of his colleagues on the bench and was always supportive of the staff. “If he ever raised his voice, he must have done it while alone. Always modest and self-effacing, Lou long served with quiet dignity, seriousness of purpose, and in the finest traditions of the New York State Supreme Court.”

Compiled by Joan Paylo, District Leader

November 4 – General Election!

Ask your friends and neighbors to vote Democratic on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find the pollsite and Election District for a certain address, go to which is also available as mobile phone app. Don’t forget to TURN YOUR BALLOT OVER and vote “NO” on Proposal 1.

Community Free Democrats has endorsed the following candidates:

Andrew Cuomo, Governor and Kathy Hochul, Lt. Governor
Eric Schneiderman, NYS Attorney General
Thomas DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller

Jerry Nadler, U.S. Congress, 10th District

State Assembly
Linda B. Rosenthal, 67th District
Daniel O’Donnell, 69th District

State Senate
Jose M. Serrano, 29th District
Bill Perkins, 30th District
Adriano Espaillat, 31st District

State Supreme Court
Kathryn Freed

Civil Court, NY County
Arlene Bluth
Louis Nock

“NO” on Proposal 1

Once you’re at your polling place, make sure you are at the correct polling site and Election District (E.D.) for your address.