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.

CFD Endorsements 2015

On May 28th CFD voted to endorse the following candidates for the 2015 election cycle.

District Leader, 67th A.D., Part C – Female
Shari Gottheim

District Leader, 67th A.D., Part C – Male
Marc Landis

District Leader, 69th A.D., Part B – Female
Joan Paylo

District Leader, 69th A.D., Part B – Male
Nick Prigo

Judicial Delegates, 67th AD
Susan Gwertzman
Ray Hodell
Robert Gottheim

Alternate Judicial Delegates, 67th AD
Hilda B. Classon
Bridget Amatore
Theresa Baiano

Judicial Delegates, 69th AD
Judith Bader-York
Sharon Silberfarb
Irene Dess

Alternate Judicial Delegates, 69th AD
Lloyd McAulay
Joan Mendez

CFD 2014 Endorsements

CFD held its annual meeting on May 22nd and voted to endorse these candidates. (Author’s Note: Two more endorsements for Governor and 31st Senate District have been added to this list after endorsements were made at the June meeting).

Andrew Cuomo
Governor

Eric Schneiderman
NYS Attorney General

Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller

Linda B. Rosenthal
State Assembly – 67th AD

Daniel O’Donnell
State Assembly – 69th AD

Jose M. Serrano
State Senate – 29th District

Bill Perkins
State Senate – 30th District

Adriano Espaillat
State Senate – 31st District

Debra Cooper
Female State Committee — 67th AD

Jason Haber
Male State Committee — 67th AD

Lynn Thomas
Female State Committee — 69th AD

Daniel Marks Cohen
Male State Committee — 69th AD

Judicial Delegates and Alternates – 67th AD
Jason Haber
David Matarasso
Susan Gwertzman
Ray Hodell
Hilda Classon
Bridget Amatore
Rob Gottheim
Valerie Horst

Judicial Delegates and Alternates – 69th AD
Lloyd McAulay
John Bonhomme
Bob Eckel
Ron Walton
Sharon Silberfarb
Irene Dess
Clare Dockery
Joan Mendez

CFD’s Endorsed Candidates for 2013!

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New York City Comptroller – SCOTT STRINGER
Manhattan Borough President – GALE BREWER
New York County District Attorney – CY VANCE, Jr.
New York City Council, 6th District – MARC LANDIS
New York City Council, 7th District – MARK LEVINE
New York City Mayor – No Endorsement
New York City Public Advocate – No Endorsement

Civil Court, 5th District – PETER MOULTON

For Judicial Delegates and Alternates:

67th AD (Assembly District) Delegates
Susan Gwertzman
Rob Gottheim
David Matarasso
Hilda B Classon

67th AD Alternate Delegates
Ari Goodman
Louis Cholden-Brown
Bridget Amatore
Mark Finkel

69th AD Delegates
Lloyd McAulay
Rebecca Gantcher
Ron Walton
John Bonhomme

69th AD Alternate Delegates
Bob Eckel
Judith Bader-York
Audrey Isaacs
Sharon Silberfarb

Results of May 23rd Endorsement Votes

*** For Mayor:
The membership voted not to endorse for mayor.

*** For Public Advocate:
The membership voted not to endorse for public advocate.

*** For Manhattan Borough President
Gale Brewer was endorsed with 78% of the vote on the first ballot.
Julie Menin second with 15%
Robert Jackson third with 3%
Jessica Lappin and No Endorsement each received 2%

*** For Civil Court Judge, 5th District
Peter Moulton, as an unopposed candidate, was endorsed from the floor by acclamation.

Results of the April 25th Endorsement Votes

For New York City Council, 7th District, CFD Endorses Mark Levine
Mark Levine endorsed with 74% of the vote on the first ballot
Joyce Johnson second with 19%
Mark Otto and Luis Tejada tied with 2% each
No other candidates received a top-ranking vote

*** For District Leaders:
67th Assembly District
Shari Gottheim
Marc Landis

69th Assembly District
Joan Paylo
Nick Prigo

*** For Judicial Delegates and Alternates:
67th Delegates (in order)
Susan Gwertzman
Rob Gottheim
David Matarasso
Hilda B Classon

67th Alternate (in order)
Ari Goodman
Louis Cholden-Brown
Bridget Amatore
Mark Finkel

69th Delegate (in order)
Lloyd McAulay
Rebecca Gantcher
Ron Walton
John Bonhomme

69th Alternate (in order)
Bob Eckel
Judith Bader-York
Audrey Isaacs
Sharon Silberfarb

Results of the March 21st Endorsement Votes

For New York City Comptroller, CFD endorses SCOTT STRINGER.

For New York County District Attorney, CFD endorses CY VANCE, Jr.

For New York City Council – 6th District, CFD endorses MARC LANDIS

Percentage of first-choice ballots (preferential voting):
Marc Landis 80%
Mel Wymore 9%
Helen Rosenthal 6%
Debra Cooper 2%
Ken Biberaj 1%
Noah Gotbaum 0%
No Endorsement/Blank 2%