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.

 

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

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!

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