Marc Landis, District Leader 67th AD/C
Marc Landis has an unparalleled record of accomplishment as a community leader and activist on the Upper West Side, committed to the struggle for economic and social justice, human rights and political reform. Marc has led rallies in support of labor rights, fighting to protect the jobs of labor organizers at Citarella and for fair contracts and health insurance coverage at ABC News.
When the Ku Klux Klan came to New York City in 1999, Marc worked with then-Assembly Member Scott Stringer and many community groups in organizing the counter-protest. Along with other activists from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Marc was arrested at One Police Plaza as part of an action to protest police brutality and misconduct. Marc has traveled to Central America to monitor the election process in El Salvador, and visited the former Soviet Union to support refuseniks in their struggle for freedom.
Marc is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds an L.L.M. in Tax Law from New York University. Marc resides on the Upper West Side with his wife, Judy, a television producer, and coaches the West Side Soccer League teams of their children, Rachel and Barak. They are active members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
Joan Paylo, District Leader 69th AD/B
Joan Paylo has contributed her creativity and versatile writing skills as CFD’s District Leader since 2003 and as a club officer and member for 37 years. Trained in the art of street campaigning by Jerry Nadler, as publicist for his historic 1976 Assembly campaign, she has supported CFD, its elected officials and the Upper West Side with her media, organizing and people skills ever since. An award-winning writer, public affairs executive and radio/video producer, Joan uses her experience as an issues-oriented communications strategist for government and non-profits to advise grassroots constituent groups.
She has worked at ABC-TV and WMCA and WOR talk radio, as agency spokesperson for the Cuomo and Koch administrations, and in management positions at Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, The ASPCA, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. She has counseled the Animal Medical Center, Marble Collegiate Church, Friends of West Park and many other non-profits. In a three-year Washington stint during the Clinton administration, she was a fulltime consultant to NPR and a pioneering Internet public affairs firm, founding the GunFreeKids.org web site.
Whether the issue is affordable housing, worker rights or keeping small businesses in our neighborhood, Joan connects people to achieve results. Proud of her blue-collar Midwestern roots, she was trained as a magna cum laude journalist at Northwestern University, and earned an MS in Broadcasting from Syracuse University and a certificate in Teaching ESL from Columbia University.
Nick Prigo, District Leader 69th AD/B
A community leader, environmental advocate, and passionate progressive, Nick is a Democratic District Leader for the 69th Assembly District, Part B, and serves on Manhattan’s Community Board 7 as co-chair of the Housing Committee.
Professionally, Nick works at the 32BJ Training Fund where he helps administer a Recovery Act grant to train building supers how to make their buildings green, reduce energy costs, and improve our environment. He is also the founder of BetterBuildingsNY, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization leading the effort to preserve, strengthen, and grow thriving communities by improving our buildings. BetterBuildingsNY advocates for affordable housing, green buildings, and responsible development.
Nick is a graduate of Middlebury College and NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He and his wife Michele live on West 99th Street.