Thank you all for endorsing and electing me to the position of Male District Leader for the 69th Assembly District, Part B. It is a privilege and an honor to join the CFD leadership team and to represent the almost 18,000 Democrats in my district. I want to also thank my co-District Leader Joan Paylo for being so supportive and for helping me through the process.
As I have been reflecting on what it means to be a CFD District Leader and what I need to do to help continue the CFD reform tradition, I keep coming back to two things. One is a challenge that we face, the other is the possibilities that lie before us.
The challenge is the continually changing nature of the Upper West Side. Matching national social trends, new Upper West Siders tend to switch jobs more often, move more often, work longer hours to meet high costs of living, get married later, have children later, and so on, and so on.
The impact of these trends is that our newest neighbors are going to have less commitment to their community and less time to be engaged in civic and political issues. Finding creative and meaningful ways to engage these Upper West Siders is going to be an important task for our club going forward, and something I look forward to working on.
With this challenge in mind, I also think of the possibilities that lie before us. 2012 and 2013 are going to be critical, difficult, and wonderful years for CFD. As we go all-out to re-elect President Obama we will also be laying the foundation for our work in 2013, where we will be playing a central role in electing progressive Upper West Siders to multiple levels of city government.
I look forward to being a part of the CFD leadership team that tackles challenges head-on and helps us achieve the possibilities that lie before us. When we put in the hours and carry our progressive message to our neighbors we make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.
We should all feel a strong sense of pride that the work we do here at the community level can spread far beyond our own borders. Our Attorney General Eric Schneiderman – the head of a presidential task force on mortgage banking abuses – is but the most recent example of how our club’s legacy of hard work continues to have a meaningful impact on the lives of Americans all across our country.
I look forward to continuing that CFD tradition.