Mourning Hon. Louis B. York; Funeral Thursday, 11/20

With deep sorrow, we inform our members and friends that our beloved State Supreme Court Justice Louis B. York, a past president of Community Free Democrats, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, at age 76. He had been in declining health the past year.

The CFD family extends our heartfelt condolences to his wife Judy Bader York and their daughter Elizabeth, as well as to his court colleagues who were like family to him. Another great light of the Upper West Side has been extinguished and we feel a great loss.

His funeral will be held at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Plaza Funeral Home, 630 Amsterdam Ave. (at West 91st Street), Manhattan. Shiva will be held at their home, 320 Central Park West, Apt. #6-H (southwest corner of West 92nd Street:

Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21, 2 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22, 5 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 to 8 p.m

Many of us have meaningful personal memories of Lou. He officiated at many of our weddings, and we all have stories to share about him that span four decades or more.

Lou's successful race for Civil Court in a Countywide race in 1986 made for a hot heyday summer of CFD campaigning that represented the best of what a progressive political club can achieve. You couldn't miss the colorful subway ads that lined the #1 train platforms. They read, simply, "Lou York for New York." It was all CFD hands on deck – led by Assemblyman Jerry Nadler, District Leader Scott Stringer and president Linda B. Rosenthal – in a tough battle that went into a Board of Elections recount. We all shared in Lou's victory and delivered a great gift to the New York bench. But the greatest gift was working beside Lou and getting to know his upbeat personality, quick wit, discerning mind and patient temperament.

A graduate of City College, Cornell Law School (JD) and New York University (LLM), Lou worked at the Federal Trade Commission and several law firms, before becoming Chief Counsel to Manhattan Legal Services and then going into private practice with partner Eugene Prosnitz. In 1987, Lou assumed the Civil Court bench, was appointed as an acting Justice in 1995, and was elected to State Supreme Court in 2005.

In a statement, John Werner, Chief Clerk, NY County Supreme Court, Civil Branch, said: Lou loved the court, was devoted to all of his colleagues on the bench and was always supportive of the staff. "If he ever raised his voice, he must have done it while alone. Always modest and self-effacing, Lou long served with quiet dignity, seriousness of purpose, and in the finest traditions of the New York State Supreme Court."

Compiled by Joan Paylo, District Leader

Election Day 2014 - Upper West Side

ELECTION2014StringerSchumerCongratulations to CFD's Eric Schneiderman on his overwhelming re-election as New York's Attorney General!

The full slate of CFD endorsed candidates won their elections in an otherwise tough year for Democrats. On to 2016.

November 4 - General Election!

Ask your friends and neighbors to vote Democratic on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find the pollsite and Election District for a certain address, go to which is also available as mobile phone app. Don’t forget to TURN YOUR BALLOT OVER and vote “NO” on Proposal 1.

Community Free Democrats has endorsed the following candidates:

Andrew Cuomo, Governor and Kathy Hochul, Lt. Governor
Eric Schneiderman, NYS Attorney General
Thomas DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller

Jerry Nadler, U.S. Congress, 10th District

State Assembly
Linda B. Rosenthal, 67th District
Daniel O’Donnell, 69th District

State Senate
Jose M. Serrano, 29th District
Bill Perkins, 30th District
Adriano Espaillat, 31st District

State Supreme Court
Kathryn Freed

Civil Court, NY County
Arlene Bluth
Louis Nock

“NO” on Proposal 1

Once you're at your polling place, make sure you are at the correct polling site and Election District (E.D.) for your address.

November 2 - Campaign with Eric, Jerry, Scott, Linda and Supporters

Campaign with Eric Schneiderman: Sunday, Nov. 2, at 12:45 p.m., in front of Fairway on Broadway between West 74th and 75th Streets.

Our Congressman Jerry Nadler, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, Community Free Democrats, our sister political clubs and many of your neighbors will campaign with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as he seeks re-election.

RSVP to District Leader Joan Paylo,


If you watched the NYS Attorney General Debate Thursday night, you heard our AG Eric Schneiderman's Republican opponent snidely slam Eric's Upper West Side roots two or three times early on in the debate.

Let's fight back.  Votes from the Upper West Side alone could make or break Eric's margin of victory.

Please join CFD, community leaders and members of other Westside political clubs at Fairway on Sunday to demonstrate our support for our "hometown hero" Eric Schneiderman.

Support our own Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at the rally and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.  As the "People's Lawyer," he defends a woman's right to choose, crusades for gun safety, sees that financial institutions pay for their misdeeds, litigates for workers' rights, pressures upstart businesses like Uber and airbnb to abide by State Law, and that's just for starters.

October 30 - Eric Debate Party & More



Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 to 9 a.m.
96th and Broadway


Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
At Blondie's, 212 W. 79th St., between Columbus and Amsterdam.
CFD is a sponsor of this fun event. (To RSVP, see invitation.)
The debate is in Buffalo, and you'll hear us cheering for Eric all the way up the Thruway!


Evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 at DiNapoli HQ, 52 Broadway, 12th floor.
Weekends, 1 to 4 p.m. at Schneiderman HQ headquarters, 120 Broadway, 33rd floor.
RSVP to Allegra Scheinblum,


Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fordham University School of Law at Lincoln Center
150 W. 62nd St. (@Columbus Avenue).

Rep. Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal and Borough President Gale Brewer are just a few of the sponsors of this information-packed annual confab.

Free breakfast and lunch for all participants!

RSVP: 212-716-1659 or

If you want to volunteer to pass out literature at our pollsites Tuesday, Nov. 4, contact District Leaders Joan Paylo ( or Marc Landis (

Schneiderman Phone Banking, Oct. 18–23

Schneiderman Phone Banking

Below are the available phone bank times:

Saturday (10/18): 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday (10/19): 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday (10/20): 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday (10/21): 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday (10/22): 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday (10/23): 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Weekday phone banks are at 52 Broadway, 12th floor.
Weekend phone banks are at 120 Broadway, 33rd floor.
Both are just a few blocks from the Wall Street subway stops.

Let us know which times work for you — e-mail

October 10 - Voter Registration Deadline

Tell your family, friends and co-workers:

This Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, is the last day to register to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 10, or you can register in person by close of business Oct. 10 at the Board of Elections offices at 200 Varick St., 6th floor, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You may download a Voter Registration Application from the Board of Elections web site – – and mail it in by the deadline.  Or, if you have a NYS Drivers License, you can register online at by following instructions on the State's site.

Our Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a vocal and well-funded opponent, and we want to get as many votes as possible for Governor Cuomo on the Democratic Line so that the Upper West Side and CFD can keep our strong, weighted voting power in County Committee, State Committee and Judicial Conventions for the next four years.

Please help us get the word out.

September 10 - CFD's Annual Judicial Forum

CFD will hold its annual Judicial Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Goddard-Riverside Community Center, NE corner of 88th and Columbus. As is traditional, candidates for the State Supreme Court nomination will present themselves and their qualifications to delegate and alternates, District Leaders and other interested members and friends. It's an interesting aspect of our judicial system. The event is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please email Thank you for your interest.

~District Leaders Marc Landis, Joan Paylo, Nick Prigo and Shari Gottheim
~President Jason Haber
~The CFD Judiciary Committee, Lloyd McAulay, Chair; Alan Flacks, Secretary

Crunch Time: Help Re-elect Sen. Espaillat. | Earn $200 as a poll worker.

Campaign for Adriano, Friend of Tenant Protections and Foe of 'Fracking

Come, join CFD members to campaign for longtime friend and endorsed candidate of our club, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat. This is one of the few races for local office in Manhattan, and it's crucial that we turn out the Westside vote for him. Jerry Nadler, Scott Stringer and Linda B. Rosenthal have endorsed him.

We need you in the next few days to hand out lit at subway stops and staff phone banks right here in our neighborhood. If you can help out morning or evening on Thursday, Sept. 4, or any other time, please contact CFD District Leaders Marc Landis ( or Joan Paylo ( And stand by for further news.

Earn $200 as a Poll Worker 

Election Inspectors/Poll Workers are still needed to staff Primary Day. Half-day training classes will be held through this Saturday. If you worked previously and want an assignment, call the Board of Elections, 212-886-2100, and ask for the poll worker department. If you've never worked at the polls before, either go down to 200 Varick St. to fill out an application and sign-up for a class; or go to and fill out a form online and then call the Board of Elections to let them know you want to take a class. Once you've scheduled your class, if you're new and in CFD's catchment area, send an email to Nick Prigo ( to let him know you're in the system so we can schedule you close to home for theNovember 4th General Election.