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

December 18 - Holiday Party

CFD Holiday Party

Thursday, December 18th

7:30pm – 9:30pm

The Bromley
225 West 83rd Street, 2nd Floor

Admission is free

Come and enjoy the fun, festivities and food.

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.

October 30 - Eric Debate Party & More



Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 to 9 a.m.
96th and Broadway


Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
At Blondie's, 212 W. 79th St., between Columbus and Amsterdam.
CFD is a sponsor of this fun event. (To RSVP, see invitation.)
The debate is in Buffalo, and you'll hear us cheering for Eric all the way up the Thruway!


Evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 at DiNapoli HQ, 52 Broadway, 12th floor.
Weekends, 1 to 4 p.m. at Schneiderman HQ headquarters, 120 Broadway, 33rd floor.
RSVP to Allegra Scheinblum,


Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fordham University School of Law at Lincoln Center
150 W. 62nd St. (@Columbus Avenue).

Rep. Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal and Borough President Gale Brewer are just a few of the sponsors of this information-packed annual confab.

Free breakfast and lunch for all participants!

RSVP: 212-716-1659 or

If you want to volunteer to pass out literature at our pollsites Tuesday, Nov. 4, contact District Leaders Joan Paylo ( or Marc Landis (

Schneiderman Phone Banking, Oct. 18–23

Schneiderman Phone Banking

Below are the available phone bank times:

Saturday (10/18): 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday (10/19): 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday (10/20): 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday (10/21): 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday (10/22): 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday (10/23): 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Weekday phone banks are at 52 Broadway, 12th floor.
Weekend phone banks are at 120 Broadway, 33rd floor.
Both are just a few blocks from the Wall Street subway stops.

Let us know which times work for you — e-mail

September 10 - CFD's Annual Judicial Forum

CFD will hold its annual Judicial Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Goddard-Riverside Community Center, NE corner of 88th and Columbus. As is traditional, candidates for the State Supreme Court nomination will present themselves and their qualifications to delegate and alternates, District Leaders and other interested members and friends. It's an interesting aspect of our judicial system. The event is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please email Thank you for your interest.

~District Leaders Marc Landis, Joan Paylo, Nick Prigo and Shari Gottheim
~President Jason Haber
~The CFD Judiciary Committee, Lloyd McAulay, Chair; Alan Flacks, Secretary

Weekend Petitioning in the 67th and 69th with CFD

We'll be out again this weekend at multiple spots in both the 67th and 69th Assembly Districts.

Friday, June 20th

10am-11am:  Greenmarket on West 97th Street
Captain: Joan Paylo (

Saturday, June 21st

9am-11am: Zabar’s on West 80th & Broadway
Captain: Jason Haber (

10:30am-12noon: Gristede's Supermarket at West 97th & Amsterdam Ave
Captains: Joan Paylo ( & Nick Prigo (

Weekend Petitioning with CFD District Leaders Joan Paylo and Nick Prigo and CFD candidates

Friday, June 6
8:30 a.m.–10 a.m. at the West 97th Street Greenmarket
West 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam
Contact: Joan Paylo, 212-864-7033,

Petition at the Greenmarket near PS 163 with State Senator Bill Perkins, as he chats with parents and neighbors of Park West Village about local issues.

Saturday, June 7
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at Zabar's
Broadway and West 80 Street
Contact: Jason Haber,

ALSO: Saturday, June 7
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. at Gristedes
Columbus Ave. and West 84th Street
Contact: Joan Paylo & Nick Prigo, or

Weekend Petitioning

Join our Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, State Committee candidate Jason Haber and the rest of your CFD friends as we petition for our endorsed candidates.
Saturday, May 31: 11 am – 3 pm: Pick up your petitions, grab a slice of pizza, and join us outside of Zabar’s, 2245 Broadway (between 80th-81st) as we kick off the petitioning effort! RSVP to Jason Haber, or 212-203-9561
Sunday, June 1 : 12 noon – 3 pm, southwest corner of 86th & Broadway. RSVP to Marc Landis, or 212-724-8300.