CFD’s Endorsed Candidates Nov. 8

United States President/Vice President – Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine
US Senate – Charles E. Schumer
US Congress – Jerrold L. Nadler
NY State Senate – Jose M. Serrano, 29th District
NY State Senate – Bill Perkins, 30th District
NY State Assembly – Linda B. Rosenthal, 67th District
NY State Assembly – Daniel J. O’Donnell, 69th District
Justice of the Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District
Rolando T. Acosta
Rosalyn Richter
Troy K. Webber
Doris Ling-Cohan
Robert R. Reed
Erika M. Edwards
Kelly O’Neill Levy
James d’Auguste
Andrea Masley
Judge of the Civil Court, NY County
Josh E. Hashaft
Emily Morales-Minerva

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.

 

Maggi Peyton Wake – Friday, Oct. 28

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Maggi Peyton (left) in 1976 with Mim Kelber, Bella Abzug and Harold Holzer. Photograph by Diana Mara Henry.

REMEMBERING MAGGI PEYTON, CFD’S FIRST PRESIDENT

Maggi Peyton, a founder of Community Free Democrats and the Park West Village Tenants Association (along with Jerry Nadler), and a feminist who had the political eye of a mother hawk and the stamina and heart of a dancer, passed away Tuesday night. Our club honored her at our annual gala in April. Our hearts go out to her sons Randy and Sean and to all of those who knew her. It was an honor and a joy to know her.

Her wake will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 28, at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, NW corner of 81st and Madison. Please spread the word.

It’s almost frightening that we will have to carry on without her. Maggi preferred to remain humbly behind the scenes, but those in the know knew you had to get to Maggi, to talk it over with her, to find out who to connect with to reach your political or governmental goals, or just to vent and bellyache. An activist and leader who also knew the value of patience, she was the quintessentially calm repository of relationships among grassroots community people and powerbrokers alike, here on the Upper West Side and throughout Manhattan. A ballet dancer by training with a remarkable understanding of people, she became a trusted aide to Congresswoman Bella Abzug and later worked for four Borough Presidents – Andrew Stein, C. Virginia Fields, Scott Stringer and Gale Brewer. She also was a founder of Women’s Political Caucus and the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (with Bella’s daughter Liz). Maggi handled valuable bits of inside information like an air traffic controller, guaranteeing that each piece would be directed to the proper runway and arrive safely at its useful destination. She shared what she knew if you could be trusted with it, and you could always trust her. So very many secrets have been snuffed out with Maggi’s passing.

Scott Stringer has said time and again, “Maggi didn’t work for me. I worked for Maggi.”  We know that Maggi worked for all of us, and it worked.

Acclaimed Lincoln historian Harold Holzer, a close friend of Maggi’s, wrote this article in the Oct. 27th City and State: http://cityandstateny.com/articles/remembering-maggi-peyton.html#.WBJtEuArKhc

The Last Debate – Join CFD; See Hil Seal the Deal!

9-26inviteJoin CFD members, friends and elected officials to watch the final Clinton/Trump 2016 Presidential Debate Wednesday, October. 19, at Blondie’s sports bar, 212 W. 79th St. We start at 8 p.m. The debate runs from 9 to 10:30. You could watch at home, but there’s nothing like experiencing collective cheers and moans as our amazing candidate, whom President Obama has called the most prepared candidate ever to assume the Presidency, takes the stage to trump Trump’s slings and arrows.

The event is open to the public, but you must RSVP to cfdweb@cfdnyc.org!!!

Local activists and elected officials like Scott Stringer, Gale Brewer, Linda B. Rosenthal, Mark Levine, authors and celebrities have stopped by past CFD debate watches. (Even the famous like to leave their apartments once in a while to commiserate with a crowd.) We’ll be joined by generations of Democrats – those who remember Nixon melting his pancake make-up under the studio lights and some who weren’t around yet when Walter Mondale asked Gary Hart “Where’s the Beef?” in 1984. (We were all around for Romney’s assurances that he’d reviewed “binders full of women” four years ago.) It’s going to be a good, good night. So please join CFD and your neighbors for light refreshments and a cash bar.

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.

9/26 CFD Debate Watch Party at Blondie’s

Be With Her & CFD for 9-26inviteDebate Party

Join CFD members, friends and elected officials to watch the first Clinton/(Can this really be happening?)Trump 2016 Presidential Debate Monday, Sept. 26, at Blondie’s sports bar, 212 W. 79th St. We start at 8 p.m. The debate runs from 9 to 10:30. Since this event will serve as CFD’s September meeting, as usual the event is open to the public, but you must RSVP to cfdweb@cfdnyc.org!!!

Local activists and elected officials like Scott Stringer, Gale Brewer, Linda B. Rosenthal, Mark Levine, authors and celebrities have stopped by past CFD debate watches. (Even the famous like to leave their apartments once in a while to commiserate with a crowd.) We’ll be joined by generations of Democrats – those who remember Nixon melting his pancake make-up under the studio lights and some who weren’t around yet when Walter Mondale asked Gary Hart “Where’s the Beef?” in 1984. (We were all around for Romney’s assurances that he’d reviewed “binders full of women” four years ago.) It’s going to be a good, good night. So please join CFD and your neighbors for light refreshments and a cash bar.

 

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!

October 10 – Voter Registration Deadline

Tell your family, friends and co-workers:

This Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, is the last day to register to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 10, or you can register in person by close of business Oct. 10 at the Board of Elections offices at 200 Varick St., 6th floor, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You may download a Voter Registration Application from the Board of Elections web site – www.vote.nyc.ny.us – and mail it in by the deadline.  Or, if you have a NYS Drivers License, you can register online at www.my.dmv.ny.gov/crm/ by following instructions on the State’s site.

Our Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a vocal and well-funded opponent, and we want to get as many votes as possible for Governor Cuomo on the Democratic Line so that the Upper West Side and CFD can keep our strong, weighted voting power in County Committee, State Committee and Judicial Conventions for the next four years.

Please help us get the word out.

April Fools @ CFD

CFD’s Annual Wild Turkey Shoot in Riverside Park
Sunday, April 6, 7-8 a.m., Dinosaur Playground
At long last, fat robins are hopping across the muddy lawns of mid-Riverside Park. We have the perfect weekend activity for your family.

Bring your 12-gauge or bow and quiver to make your mark and join fellow CFD sharp shooters, as we dodge the cheeping red breasts while hunting elusive local turkeys to win free breakfast for four at the Argo Diner.

Guest speaker: Ann Coulter
CFD April Meeting, Thursday, April 31
Location: TBA
Come hear CFD’S Sweetheart, leggy blonde media darling Ann Coulter, as she tells us how miserably Democrats will lose in 2014. Ann is always one of our most popular speakers because of the money we make off the rotten fruit concession that CFD president Jason Haber operates at the door.

Event is free and open to the public. Only fruit purchased at the door will be allowed inside. (CFD is not responsible for rotator cuff injuries caused by cantaloupe hurling.) Having warmed up at CitiField, Mayor De Blasio has been invited to throw out the first pitch.

Notice: Whoever left their pet iguana at CFD’s March meeting should immediately contact Hilda, who kindly took the inquisitive reptile home till its owner could claim him (her?). Hilda says the sinewy, slimy, long animal with the pulsating wattle is starting to creep her out.

APRIL FOOLS, UPPER WEST SIDE!