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

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.


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.

 


June 16 - Jerry Nadler Gala

Monday, June 16

6 p.m., VIP Pre-reception; 6:30-8:30 p.m., General Reception

at Robert at the Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle

Tickets start at $250

More information at www.JerryNadler.com

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!