CFD 2019 Calendar

CFD 2019 Calendar

CFD holds general membership meetings at Goddard Riverside (593 Columbus Ave., at 88th) on the fourth Thursday of every  month, with few exceptions; we do not meet in July and August. Please join CFD for the following meetings, activities, and events during 2019.

This list will be updated throughout the year as more events are scheduled!

  • CFD (post-)Holiday celebration with Ansonia Democrats and PRID, 1:30-3:30pm, Sun., January 13, 2019, Jake's Dilemma
  • Club meeting - 7:30pm, Thurs., January 24, 2019, Goddard Riverside
    • Speaker: Andrea Shapiro, Met Council on Housing's Program Manager
    • Nominations for District Leaders and Judicial Delegates
  • Club meeting - 7:30pm, Thurs., February 21, 2019, Goddard Riverside
    • Endorsement vote for District Leaders and Judicial Delegates
    • Nominations for club officers
  • Special Election for NYC Public Advocate - Tues., February 26, 2019
  • First day to petition for June 25th Primary - Tues., February 26, 2019
  • Club meeting - 7:30pm, Thurs., March 28, 2019, Goddard Riverside
    • Election of club officers
  • Last day to petition for June 25th Primary - Thurs., April 4, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary CFD Gala - early April, TBD
  • Club meeting - 7:30pm, Thurs., April 25, 2019, Goddard Riverside
  • Club meeting - 7:30pm, Thurs., May 23, 2019, Goddard Riverside
  • Club meeting - 7:30pm, Thurs., June 20, 2019, Goddard Riverside
  • Primary election - Tues., June 25, 2019

Dates for the second half of the year will be added in the spring.

 

 


CFD Gala, April 15, 2018

Please join us for CFD's 49th Annual Gala on Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Arte Café, 106 West 73rd St. Our Gala is a highlight of the New York political calendar, where we break bread and chat with activists and leaders who make us proud to be Democrats working together for progressive values. Especially this year, consider it a much-deserved break from the marching and lobbying that’s required of us all in these unsettling times. Let’s gather to toast the victories we achieved in 2016, and to prepare for the state-wide campaigns later this year.

Each year, we honor those who make our city and community a better place. Our Outstanding Leadership Award will be presented to Corey Johnson, the new speaker of the NY City Council; Angela Fernandez Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coaltion for Immigrant Rights will receive the Michalski-Leutner Community Leadership Award for that groupWSFSSH, West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing will be honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award

CFD leaders like Congressmember Jerry Nadler, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal have contributed to the Upper West Side's nationwide reputation for creative, outspoken Democratic leadership. CFD hopes to open the future to new, similarly-principled leaders.

Your contribution and presence will help advance our shared political and social agenda, including building our party to win back Congress in 2018. Sponsorship categories, which include a listing on the invitation, are: Angel ($1,500), Benefactor ($550), and Patron ($350). The regular ticket price is $250 (no listing). Invitations to this popular event will be circulated to approximately 2,000 West Siders and political and civic leaders, and sponsors will be featured on the CFD website and Facebook Page.

The deadline to be included on the invitation is Wednesday, March 25, 2018. We look forward to seeing you on April 15th.

Purchase your sponsorship or ticket here:


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New York’s Constitutional Convention: Yay or Nay? Listen to the DEBATE 9/28

New York’s Constitutional Convention: Yay or Nay?

The future of New York’s constitution is on the ballot this November 7, 2017. Every 20 years the complicated question of whether to hold a Constitutional Convention is put before the voters of the State of New York. During a convention, the State Constitution may be revised and amended.

Join CFD as we debate the pros and cons of holding a Constitutional Convention, before the Upper West Side heads to the polls.

Special Guests:

In favor

Daniel L. Feldman, Professor of Oversight and Investigation, Ethics and Accountability and Administrative Law at John Jay College

&

Opposed

Jesse Laymon, Citizen Action New York Board Member

When: Thursday, September 28th at 7:30 pm

Where: Goddard Riverside, 593 Columbus Avenue (at 88 Street)

Q&A to follow debate

We'll also spend some time at the meeting discussing CFD’s “Take Back the House” campaign effort.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting, and then on the campaign trail!


WHO WILL PROTECT MY HEALTH CARE? CFD GENERAL MEETING, THURSDAY, JUNE 22

CFD GENERAL MEETING, THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 7:30 PM, GODDARD RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER, COLUMBUS AVENUE & 88TH STREET

Join us for a panel discussion on WHO WILL PROTECT MY HEALTH CARE?   Our panelists are Mark Hannay, Director of Metro NY Health Care for All, and Steve Auerbach, a physician with PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program) New York Metro.  We'll learn more about legislation at both the Federal and State levels and how we will be impacted.  It promises to be another great CFD meeting!


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.


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.