Celebrate Hillary's Victory with CFD!

LET'S RAISE A TOAST TO HILLARY 
ON HER NIGHT OF NIGHTS
as she shatters that damned glass ceiling once and for all. Celebrate a Democratic sweep with Community Free Democrats and like-minded Upper Westsiders on Election Night.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
at Blondie's 212 W. 79th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam)
8pm until the Hillary Rodham Clinton Acceptance Speech. 
RSVP to jasonhaber@gmail.com
We'll no doubt be crying; she'll no doubt be a bit hoarse. Bill will delight in more balloons. Bo and Michelle will start counting the days until they can drive their own car again. And Community Free Dems and friends will be licking the hot wing sauce from our fingers. At Blondie's, surrounded by several dozen big-screen TVs.

 


Last Chance to Register to Vote on Nov. 8; in 2017 City-Wide Primaries, Too!

Binge-watching CNN’s clash of wonks and screaming partisans does not suffice this season. This is one big game you don’t want to watch from the sidelines.

Two important voter registration deadlines fall this week, and the NYC Board of Elections will host in-person voter registration drives at four locations on the Upper West Side.

Want to vote for US President and other federal, state and local offices up for grabs in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016? IF YOU AREN’T YET REGISTERED TO VOTE, YOU MUST DO SO THIS WEEK.

And a lesser known fact: Do you want to be eligible to vote in the 2017 city-wide Primary Elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, City Council, et al.? This week is also the deadline for you to DECLARE OR CHANGE YOUR PARTY AFFILIATION so that you can vote in the party primary of your choice. Yes, although those elections will be held in September, 2017, you won’t have a voice in some hotly contested local races UNLESS YOU DESIGNATE A PARTY AFFILIATION THIS WEEK!

On Thursday, Oct. 13 from 3 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 9 p.m., you can register at

LaGuardia High School, 100 Amsterdam Ave.

PS 53/811, 466 West End Ave.

Frank McCourt HS, 151 West. 84th St.

West Side High School, 140 W. 102 St.

A full list of “Voter Registration Sites” throughout the city is available on the BOE web site at vote.nyc.ny.us. You’ll find it listed on the menu to the left.

You can also register to vote or change your party enrollment the old-fashioned way, in person at a Board of Elections office (deadline, Friday, Oct. 14) or by snail mail (postmark deadline, also Oct. 14). To get deadline details, locations, forms to fill out, or to register online if you have a valid NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles ID, see the “For Voters” tab on the BOE web site.

 The site will also guide you in applying for an absentee ballot.


May 26 - Endorsement Meeting

At Community Free Democrats' May meeting on May 26, at 7:30 PM, at Goddard Riverside Community Center, NE corner of West 88th and Columbus Avenue, we will be voting to endorse candidates in the following upcoming races:

NYS Assembly, 69th District (Daniel O'Donnell is incumbent)
NYS Senate, 29th District (Jose Serrano, Jr., is incumbent)
NYS Senate, 30th District (incumbent Bill Perkins and challenger Brian Benjamin)
NYC Senate, 31st District (Micah Lasher and former Councilmember Robert Jackson)

All candidates for these offices will be addressing us and taking questions, so come get informed and involved!

I hope to see you next Thursday.

Stephanie Lasher
CFD President


Calling on Mayor de Blasio

The below letter was sent to Mayor de Blasio regarding the recent City Council bill to raise City Council salaries above the recommendations of the Quadrennial Advisory Commission.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

The Board of Directors of Community Free Democrats has adopted a resolution calling upon you to veto Int. 1055-2016 in its present form.

We object to this legislation because the City Council elected to grant themselves a pay increase that exceeds the recommendations of the Quadrennial Advisory Commission. Furthermore, signing this legislation would mean that the City Council and Mayor would have increased their own pay during your current term in office (and even retroactively), damaging the public’s faith in honest government and increasing cynicism in the political process as a whole.

We believe that our elected officials should be fairly compensated. Nonetheless, we urge that you only consider approving pay raises for the Mayor and City Council that take effect following the term in which the increase was adopted, and that are in accordance with the recommendations of the Quadrennial Advisory Commission.

Respectfully,
Stephanie Lasher
President, Community Free Democrats

Cc:
Councilmember Helen Rosenthal
Councilmember Mark Levine


April 3 - CFD's 47th Annual Spring Gala!

Dear Friend of Community Free Democrats,

Please join us for CFD's 47th Annual Gala on Sunday, April 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Bella Luna Restaurant, 584 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets). It’s a highlight of the New York political calendar, where we break bread and chat with leaders who make us proud to be Democrats with progressive values. With so many races, from President and U.S. Senate on down, we’ll have lots of gossip to trade and plans to map out.

Our very own Congressman Jerry Nadler will receive CFD's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Stephan Russo, widely-acclaimed Executive Director of Goddard Riverside Community Center, will be awarded our Distinguished Community Leader Award. The Michalski-Leutner Community Activism Award will recognize several neighbors in both the 67th and 69th ADs who make a huge difference. We’ll salute activists working together to block a high-rise nursing home from being built on overdeveloped West 97th Street, specifically, Maggi Peyton and the Park West Village Tenants Association, along with Rene Kathawala, who’s both a PS 163 parent and the attorney representing the Parent Association in their struggle. We’ll also honor Melissa Elstein, indefatigable co-founder of the West 80’s Neighborhood Association.

For decades, CFD leaders like 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 progressive Democratic leadership. By helping CFD continue to be a proving ground for excellent public servants, you’ll be helping keep our party and its principles strong.

Your contribution and presence will help advance our shared political and social agenda, including fighting to expand affordable housing, rent laws and other tenant protections; advocating for workers' protections and a living wage; protecting the environment; and clearing paths to equal justice in areas such as voting rights, criminal justice and human rights.

Sponsorship categories, which include a listing on the invitation, are: Angel ($1,500), Benefactor ($550), and Patron ($350). The regular ticket price is $250 (no listing). Invitations to this popular event will be circulated to approximately 2,000 West Siders and political and civic leaders, and sponsors will be featured on the CFD website, cfdnyc.org.

The deadline to be included on the invitation is March 15, 2016. Direct any questions to Suzanne Jacobson at sjacobny@aol.com or 212-873-5187. We look forward to seeing you on April 3.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Lasher
President, Community Free Democrats


We gratefully acknowledge the sponsors of our reception

Angels
Hon. Jerry Nadler & Hon. Joyce Miller
Hon. Linda B. Rosenthal

Benefactors
Hon. Adriano Espaillat
Hon. Marc Landis and the Landis Family
Hon. Mark Levine

Patrons
Judith Bader-York & Elizabeth York
Alice & David Belgray
Hon. Gale Brewer
Hon. Daniel Marks Cohen
Mark Diller
Hon. Richard Gottfried
Robert Gottheim
Hon. Jason Haber & Hon. Cory Haber
Ray Hodell
Hon. Brad Hoylman
Hon. Suzanne Jacobson
Ed Kornreich
Craig Kraus
Micah Lasher & Elizabeth Mann
Stephanie and Albert Lasher
Harlan Levy
Hon. Daniel O'Donnell
Janice & Richard Oppenheimer
Hon. Bill Perkins
Hon. Nick & Michele Prigo
Hon. José M. Serrano, Jr.
Hon. Keith L. T. Wright
Joan & Martin Yazmir


You can pay online here 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.







Contributions to Community Free Democrats are not tax deductible
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Jan 28 - CFD Meeting on Voting Reform; Federal Endorsements; Officer Nominations

General Membership Meeting
7:30 PM
Goddard Riverside
Thursday, January 28th

Both Jerry Nadler and Chuck Schumer are running for re-election, and we will vote on endorsements in those races.

We will be nominating CFD officers and board members for the coming year.

Denora Getachew of the Brennan Center for Justice and Doug Kellner, co-chair of the New York State Board of Elections, will be speaking on Voting Reform in New York City. Come learn why NYC hasn’t implemented early voting or other innovations to improve voter turnout, and what we can do to bring our fair city into the 21st century!


1,000 Turkey Appeal; CFD Holiday Party Date Is Set!

This is the first of a few CFD notices listing opportunities for each of us to volunteer our services or to donate goods or money to organizations in our neighborhood that stretch to meet the needs of the less fortunate year round, but particularly during this holiday season.

Our thanks to our friends at DNAInfo.com for this list of Thanksgiving options,

JOIN THE THOUSAND TURKEY CHALLENGE

West Side Campaign Against Hunger
263 W. 86th St.

Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24

The Thousand Turkey Challenge is the product of an interfaith coalition of churches and synagogues from the neighborhood that band together to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to low-income families.

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger is one of the main drop-off points for the turkeys. WSCAH is a supermarket-style food bank that allows recipients to shop for what they need at its pantry.

Donate a turkey at WSCAH on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; or Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Note: The turkey must be frozen.

The Campaign can also use volunteers on those days to help with turkey intake, said executive director Stewart Desmond.

For those who can't drop off a turkey but want to participate, text TURKEY to 77948 (the birds cost $18 each) or donate that amount online at www.wscah.org.

For more information, email turkeys@wscah.org or call (212) 362-3662 x 127.

DELIVER MEALS TO HOMEBOUND LOCALS

Goddard Riverside
593 Columbus Ave.

Wednesday, Nov. 25., and Thursday, Nov. 26

From 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, both drivers and non-drivers are needed to deliver meals to homebound people in the area. For those who can help the day before, on Nov. 25, volunteers are also needed to pick up food and make deliveries. Email holidaymeals@goddard.org or call 212-873-6600 ext. 301 for more info.

SERVE A THANKSGIVING MEAL TO THOSE IN NEED 

Goddard Riverside

Volunteers are welcome to serve a meal at the soup kitchen at Goddard Riverside from 12 to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. They are also needed to help with clean-up between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Goddard Riverside welcomes the donation of homemade pies, cookies and cakes, or packaged versions.

CFD HOLIDAY PARTY 2015

And speaking of the convenience and central location of Goddard Riverside Community Center, NE corner of 88th and Columbus, CFD’s annual can’t-miss Holiday Party will be held there on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Activists and elected officials from all over Manhattan will have this one on their personal calendars, and that includes YOU!

FOLLOW OUR LOCAL ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

If you don’t already have them delivered to your email inbox, CFD strongly recommends that you visit www.westsiderag.com and www.DNAInfo.com (click on Upper West Side on their menu) to subscribe to both!


Nov 19 - Race in the era of the Obama presidency and Black Lives Matter

Join us for a conversation about

Race in the era of the Obama presidency and Black Lives Matter

Community Free Democrats will hold its General Membership Meeting
on
Thursday, November 19th, 7:30 PM
in the community room at 875 West End Avenue at 103rd Street.
(NOTE NEW LOCATION)

Barack Obama's election in 2008 carried with it the promise of a more open, dynamic, no-holds-barred conversation about race.

Sadly, apart from fleeting reactions to short-lived news cycles such as the recent exposure of racial fault lines at the University of Missouri or repeated incidents of excessive force by police against people of color, that broader conversation has not occurred.

On Thursday, November 19th, at the CFD General Meeting, Marcia Ann Gillespie and Stephanie Fuchs Lasher, who were high school friends in Rockville Centre, NY, will facilitate such a conversation.

Join us, listen in, and add your voice as well. We hope to break through the code words and conspicuous silences and have a frank and authentic discussion.

Our facilitators:

Marcia Ann Gillespie has distinguished herself as a trailblazer in the magazine industry and a leader in the women’s movement. Marcia served as editor in chief of Essence (1971-1980) and Ms. (1993-2001). She is currently a visiting professor at SUNY Old Westbury College in the Media and Communications department, and has written extensively about issues relating to the African American community and about women, particularly black women.

Stephanie Fuchs Lasher served as press and scheduling secretary to Mary Lindsay during the John Lindsay's first term as Mayor (1965-1969), and subsequently started a business with her husband, Albert, in which she is still active. She was elected president of Community Free Democrats in the spring of 2015.


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 MarcLandis@gmail.com, cfdjoan@aol.com (Joan Paylo) or Nprigo@gmail.com (Nick Prigo).


Sep 17 - Judicial Candidates Forum

Dear Delegates, Alternates, District Leaders, Party and elected officials, members and friends.

Community Free Democrats and it's Judiciary Committee invite you to attend a Forum for all candidates for Justice of the Supreme Court, New York County.

The Forum will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Goddard Riverside Community Center, located on Columbus Avenue, corner of West 88th Street, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Each candidate will be allotted time to speak and to answer questions, if any, and time limits will be strictly enforced.

We hope that you will attend and participate