Apr 28 - Endorsements & Presentation from Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal

Here's a reminder -- and update -- about the CFD meeting on Thursday, April 28th, 7:30 PM at Goddard Riverside (Columbus Avenue & 88th Street ). The meeting will feature:

  • Statements by candidates for Judicial Delegates, followed by an endorsement vote
  • Statements by candidates for Democratic State Committee, followed by an endorsement vote
  • Consideration of Endorsement of candidates for US Senate and NYS Assembly, 67th District
  • And saving the best for last, a presentation by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal about the budget, her legislative accomplishments, and other matters of timely interest.

Feb 25 - CFD Annual Meeting: Criminal Justice Reform and Club Elections

Come to our meeting on Thursday, February 25th, 7:30 PM, at Goddard Riverside, 88th and Columbus, for an informative and timely panel discussion about criminal justice reform, focusing on pre-trial and sentencing issues. Our panelists will include (with possible later additions):

Donna Henkin, Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Defense Division
Fran Hoffinger, The Hoffinger Firm PLLC, partner
Irwin Shaw, Attorney-in-Charge, Legal Aid Society, NY County Criminal Division
Moderator: Jason M. Clark, Assistant Atty. General, Office of NYS Attorney General

Hardly a day goes by, it seems, without some reference to criminal justice reform, at the Federal, State and local levels. Whether it’s police conduct during arrests, or pre-trial and sentencing issues like bail reform and the age of juvenile jurisdiction, or incarceration initiatives aimed to reduce recidivism, or post-release constraints, current procedures are under review, with abundant suggestions for reform. Our panelists will explain those current procedures, expose the problems, and explore proposed fixes. The first step in getting pro-active is getting smart -- let’s take the first step together.

And, at the same meeting, momentarily turn your attention from the national Presidential Primaries to the election of CFD’s officers and board members-at-large. Renewing members need to pay their 2016 dues (and any arrears) in order to vote. New members cannot vote until 60 days after initially joining the club, but even if you can’t vote in the club elections, it’s a great year to be part of a political club and at this meeting you’ll get to hear from the people who will be responsible for the club over the next 12 months. Not to mention you’ll get the member rate for our Gala on April 3rd, and be able to vote in club endorsements and for judicial delegates later this year.

The candidates are listed below:
President -- Stephanie Lasher
VP-Communications – Arlene Karole
VP-Programming – Janice Oppenheimer
VP-Membership – Zvi Bassan; Hilda B. Classon
Fundraising Director – Suzanne Jacobson
Recording Secretary – Irene Dess
Corresponding Secretary – Ron Walton
Treasurer – Rob Gottheim

Board Members-at-Large (25 to be chosen)
Bob Amsterdam
William King
Judy Bader-York
Rachel Landis
Alec Barrett
Micah Lasher
Richard Oppenheimer
Mark Diller
Erica Overton
Renee Goodstein
Maggi Peyton
Susan Gwertzman
Stephanie Pinto
Marion Harris
Ben Schachter
Ray Hodell
Sharon Silberfarb
Valerie Horst
Ana Singh
Sam Hudis
Milagros Stanley
Joan Yazmir

We look forward to seeing you on February 25th!


E-cigarette Rally, Dem Debate Watch, Stringer on housing and more!

Happy 2016, CFD Members and Friends!

Mother Nature may have tossed us into the dead of winter, but that just gives us reason to huddle together for warmth. Bundle up and come out to these events.

Rally Against E-Cigarette Advertising That Targets Children and Teens
Sunday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m.
Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. @ 88th St.

Join NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James, along with co-sponsors US Rep. Jerrold Nadler; Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal; State Senators Adriano Espaillat, Brad Hoylman, Bill Perkins and Jose Serrano; the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and the NYS American Academy of Pediatrics District II.
To RSVP for the rally call 212-669-8736. This is a child-friendly event, so bring the young people in your life.

NYC Grassroots Debate Watch for Hillary!
Sunday, Jan. 17, 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Stitch Bar & Lounge, 247 W. 37th St., Manhattan

CFD members and other Manhattan Democrats, Secretary Hillary Clinton supporters, local elected officials and special guests will gather to watch and cheer on CFD’s endorsed candidate and to Tweet along during the fourth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate broadcast live from South Carolina. The debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.; doors open at 7:30.

We will be joined by special guests.
- This is a FREE event.
- There will be a cash bar (food and drinks available for purchase).
- This venue is accessible.

RSVP is recommended to https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/1338155/

NYC Comptroller to Speak at Central Park Gardens
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m.
50 W. 97th St., Community Room

Jan. 20 is the traditional date for the POTUS’ State of the Union Address, but since that happened Jan. 12, you have a chance to hear Scott Stringer speak at CPGardens’ Tenant Association meeting, hosted by housing advocate Sue Susman.

This is not a political campaign meeting. RSVPs would be appreciated since light refreshments will be served. Email Sue@janak.org.

CFD January Meeting – Voting Reform, US Senate & House endorsements, club nominations
Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. @ 88th St.

Panel discussion: Voting Reform in New York.
Denora Getachew, Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Douglas Kellner, co-chair of the New York State Board of Elections, are our distinguished speakers. Come learn why our city and state haven’t implemented early voting or other innovations to improve voter turnout, why your local poll site may have been moved, and what we can do to bring our fair city into the 21st Century!

Club endorsement votes for US Senator from NY State and Congressmember, 10th District, seats currently held by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Jerry Nadler, who both must run again in 2016. You must be current with your dues in order to vote.

Nominations for CFD officers and board members for the coming year.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s 2016 State of the Borough Address
Sunday, January 31. Doors open 1 p.m.; program begins 2 p.m.
The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

RSVP: 212-669-8300 or info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-the-borough-tickets-20528242526


We’re starting 2016 off with a bang!

Dear CFD members,

We’re starting 2016 off with a bang! Here’s what’s happening:

Reception in support of SCOTT STRINGER -- Tonight – January 5th – 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Joanne Trattoria, 70 West 68th Street – call 212-614-3106 to RSVP.

We are – right now – collecting petition signatures for Hillary Clinton delegates, including CFD’s own Scott Stringer. You will need to return the completed petitions no later than our January 28th General meeting. Given the ‘seasonal’ temperatures (brrrr!), you may want collect signatures in your building, although we will be happy to organize some street locations if we get enough volunteers. Please contact Richard Oppenheimer (roppenheimer@nyc.rr.com), Joan Paylo (cfdjoan@aol.com) or Stephanie Lasher (stephanielasher46@gmail.com) to let us know you want some petitions. No time to contemplate on this one – contact us TODAY.

Dues are due! Please pay your dues via our website, www.cfdnyc.org, or send your check, made payable to Community Free Democrats, to Rob Gottheim, 200 West 79th Street, Apt. 8N, New York, NY 10024.

Our General Meeting, 7:30 PM, Goddard Riverside, Thursday, January 28th, will be HUGE!

  • 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!

IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR – GET INVOLVED STARTING TODAY!


Dec 17 - Holiday Party

Goddard Riverside Community Center
NE corner of 88th and Columbus
Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

CFD’s annual can’t-miss Holiday Party. Activists and elected officials from all over Manhattan will have this one on their personal calendars, and that includes YOU!


Oct 13 - Democratic Debate Watch Party

You're Invited:

Watch the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:30

Dublin House
225 West 79th Street
(Just East of Broadway)

Join other Upper West Side Democrats and cheer for your candidate. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided, and pizza, too. If the Mets haven't swept the Dodgers, we will of course provide updates!!


Resolution In Support of the International Agreement to Prevent Iran From Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon

A majority of the A majority of the Board of Directors, Officers and District leaders of Community Free Democrats (CFD) have voted in favor of a resolution urging our Congressional representatives to support approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multinational agreement to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. The full resolution is attached.

We urge Senator Gillibrand, Representative Rangel and Representative Nadler to vote in favor of the deal. We urge Senator Schumer, in light of his announced opposition to the deal, to refrain from lobbying his colleagues to join him in opposition, to consider not voting to override a Presidential veto should the deal fail to be approved by Congress, and perhaps to even re-consider his decision based on new expressions of support from nuclear scientists and the former head of United Against Nuclear Iran, Gary Samore.


Resolution In Support of the International Agreement to Prevent Iran From Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon

Whereas, an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon was reached between Iran and the international community after more than six years of discussions,

Whereas, an overwhelming majority of nuclear experts agrees that this deal is a good deal and far better than no deal,

Whereas, without a deal, and its concomitant monitoring, inspections and restraint, Iran could “breakout” and have a nuclear weapon in as short as three months,

Whereas, with this international agreement Iran’s nuclear building program would be halted from ten to fifteen years,

Whereas, with this international agreement cheating on the part of Iran would be far easier to detect than what is in place today,

Whereas, if Iran cheated there are mechanisms in the agreement to reinstate sanctions,

Whereas, the critics of this international agreement have not come up with an alternative other than to ratchet up sanctions or military intervention,

Whereas, if this international agreement, which was agreed to by the United States and five other major countries, plus the United Nations Security Council, were to be rejected by the US Congress international sanctions would surely fall apart and Iran would be free to pursue nuclear weapons without sanctions,

Therefore, Be It Resolved, That Community Free Democrats calls on Congress, and especially its elected officials, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congress members Jerrold Nadler and Charlie Rangel, to support the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and support President Obama’s veto of any legislation that rejects the agreement.


Oct 1 - Common Core: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What We Can Do About It

Goddard-Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave.
Community Free Democrats Meeting
Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
(NE corner of West 88th Street)

We welcome our panel of education leaders:

Kathleen Cashin, member, State Board of Regents

Ben Shuldiner, member, Mayor's Panel on Education Policy

Dan Katz, chair, Common Core Committee of the Community Education Council, District 3 (Upper West Side)

Some Issues to be discussed include:

  • The Common Core State Standards, which New York has adopted, and the state tests aligned to these standards, which are now administered to students beginning in 3rd grade. The standards and tests have generated opposition on both sides of the aisle in the form of a statewide opt-out protest movement, an issue-specific ballot line ("Stop Common Core") in 2014 and posturing and/or problem-solving from the public and private
  • The aspirations and limitations of the new standards
  • Lessons to be learned from the controversial way they were rolled out in our state and The public backlash against the standards and how public officials have responded.

Bring your questions and join us for a timely and informative conversation.CFD’s monthly meetings are free and open to the public.


June 25 – Keep JHL off 97th St; Endorsement Vote for US President

Thursday, June 25, 7:30 PM
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Columbus Avenue and 88th Street

Stop JHL Expansion on West 97th Street
Speakers will include Win Armstrong of the Park West Village Tenant Association and Susannah Fritton of the PS 163 Task Force for Safe Schools

Neighborhood residents are fighting it! PS 163 parents are fighting it! Councilmember Mark Levine has introduced a bill to protect our schools from it!

Start at 1 pm on June 25th by standing with PS 163 students and parents to support CM Levine's bill at a City Council hearing. Then attend the CFD meeting to join the fight, as we hear from those most affected and consider taking action including a resolution urging passage of CM Levine’s bill.


Presidential Endorsement Vote
Speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton will be Senator Jose Serrano and speaking for Bernie Sanders will be CFD District Leader Nick Prigo

It’s not too early to learn more about the candidates and to declare our support for the one our Club feels should and will be the next President of the United States.

With health care legislation under constant attack, organized labor increasingly vilified, and the Supreme Court one vote away from effectively eliminating a woman's right to control her reproductive health, the stakes in the next national election could hardly be higher.

Come participate in this most fundamental of political club activities. Help us select CFD’s endorsed candidate, so we can get out ahead of the rest doing everything we can -- voter registration, getting the name on the ballot, phone-banking, selling buttons -- to keep a Democrat in the White House!