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.

June 20 - Petition with CFD

Petitioning is in full swing!
Join us at these locations this weekend.

67th Assembly District

Saturday, June 20, 12-2pm
West 86/Broadway
RSVP to Marc Landis at

Sunday, June 21, 12noon-4pm
West 80/Broadway
RSVP to Ray Hodell at

69th Assembly District

Saturday, June 20, 11am-1pm
West 84/Columbus
RSVP to Joan Paylo at

Sunday, June 21, 10am-12noon
Mani Market
West 94/Columbus
RSVP to Stephanie Lasher at

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!!!

May 28 - Small Business Crisis, Gale Brewer, Jerry Nadler, Endorsements

Spotlight on Small Business
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Lucien Reynolds, Urban Planner, Manhattan Borough President's Office
Mark Diller, Former Chair CB7
UWS Entrepreneurs

Thursday, May 28
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Columbus Avenue and 88th Street
Monthly Meeting starts at 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion at 8:00 PM

DC Update from Representative Jerry Nadler

Endorsement of candidates for Judicial Delegate
Endorsement of candidates for District Leader

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!

April 13 - Participatory Budgeting in Districts 6 & 7 Begins

Make sure you get out and vote in this year's participatory budgeting!

PB lets the community participate in decision-making. It’s a yearlong process of public meetings, to make sure that people have the time and resources to make wise decisions. Community members discuss local needs and develop proposals to meet these needs. Through a public vote, residents then decide which proposals to fund. PB is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

District 6 (Helen Rosenthal)

See District 6 Map
View All District 6 Projects
View All District 6 Voting Locations

District 7 (Mark Levine)

See District 7 Map
View All District 7 Projects
View All District 7 Voting Locations

Select Voting Locations in CFD's Catchment

District 6

Wednesday, April 15
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Broadway Mall Community Center
West 96th Street & Broadway

Friday, April 17
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Outside Council Member Rosenthal’s District Office
563 Columbus Ave.
(On the corner of 87th Street)

Sunday, April 19
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Community Board 7 Offices
250 West 87th Street, First floor
(Between Broadway & West End Ave.)

District 7

Monday, April 13
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
PS 145, The Bloomingdale School
150 West 105 Street

Monday, April 13
10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Morningside Library
2900 Broadway

Thank you to CFD's 2014 Officers & Board!

President Jason Haber
Treasurer Robert M. Gottheim
VP Communications Elizabeth Schwartz
VP Membership & Public Outreach Erica Overton
VP Programming & Special Events Ray Hodell
Fundraising Director Mark Diller
Recording Secretary Irene Dess
Corresponding Secretary Ron Walton

Members At Large
Ana Singh
Audrey Isaacs
Ben Schachter
Bob Eckel
Clare Dockery
Gabriel Rosen
Hilda B. Classon
Jack Kellner
Jean Lee Anderson
Joan Mendez
Joe Lawrence
John Bonhomme
Judy Bader-York
Lloyd McAulay
Lou Nock
Louis Cholden-Brown
Maggi Peyton
Mark Finkel
Micah Lasher
Milagros Stanley
Rachel Landis
Renee Goodstein
Sharon Silberfarb
Suzanne Jacobson
Will King

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

I'm A Solution

A wonderful campaign launched by CFD's own Jason Clark. I encourage everyone to participate:

In the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York City and I, have been trying to identify ways to turn these unfortunate tragedies into something positive. Therefore, we have kicked off a social media campaign called "I am A Solution," aimed at getting as many people as possible to make short videos with their phones, identifying one idea for improving relationships between police officers and minority communities. Then, participants are being asked to share their videos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #IamASolution. Once it’s over, we are going to include the ideas recommended in a written report of possible solutions that will go to the NYC Mayor’s Office and other local officials. We’re also giving away a set of “Beats by Dre” Headphones to our favorite “I am a Solution” video, which will be a video that can be characterized as positive, innovative and inspirational. The campaign will continue at least until the end of April 2015.

The "I am A Solution" Campaign is about forging a new age of civic activism that informs, inspires, and mobilizes our community. To learn more, and see some of the videos that have already been submitted by visiting the I am A Solution Facebook page. Become a solution!

Feb 26 - Nominations, CB7, and AM Rosenthal

Thursday, February 26th

Goddard-Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Avenue (NE Corner of 88th Street)

We'll hear from Elizabeth Caputo, chair of CB7, about issues currently on their docket. Next, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal will bring us up to date on Shifting Gears in the Assembly. You won't want to miss this informative meeting!

Nominees must be dues-paying, voting members of the club, and have their names put forward at the Feb 26 meeting.