Endorsements, Spring 2017

Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller

Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President

Cyrus Vance, Jr., DA of New York County

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Letitia James, Public Advocate

Richard A. Tsai, Civil Court Judge, County wide

Phaedra Perry, Civil Court Judge, County wide

Marc A. Landis, DL

Janice Oppenheimer, DL

Joan Paylo, DL

Alec Barrett, DL


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

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.

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.


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!


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


May 28 - Small Business Crisis, Gale Brewer, Jerry Nadler, Endorsements

Spotlight on Small Business
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Lucien Reynolds, Urban Planner, Manhattan Borough President's Office
Mark Diller, Former Chair CB7
UWS Entrepreneurs


Thursday, May 28
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Columbus Avenue and 88th Street
Monthly Meeting starts at 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion at 8:00 PM


DC Update from Representative Jerry Nadler


Endorsement of candidates for Judicial Delegate
Endorsement of candidates for District Leader


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 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!

Democratic Primary Election on
September 10, 2013
Find your polling place.

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