Community Free Democrats (CFD) is one of the oldest, strongest, and most influential reform Democratic clubs in Manhattan.  Founded in 1969, CFD emerged out of the anti-war movement and the reform movement within the Democratic Party.  The club’s political districts are the 67th and 69th Assembly Districts (ADs).  Anyone over 12 years of age residing in the area bounded by 59th Street and 125th Street, Central Park West/Frederick Douglass Boulevard, or in the 67th or 69th ADs is eligible to be a Voting Member.

CFD serves the political needs of the Upper West Side by promoting and organizing progressive opinion on local, state and national issues, as well as supporting Democratic candidates dedicated to peace, progress and social justice.

Many New York political leaders call CFD home, including Congressman Jerrold Nadler (club founder), New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal.

The Democratic party leaders of CFD include District Leaders Janice Oppenheimer and Marc Landis of the 67th Assembly District, Part C; Jason Haber, Democratic State Committee Member of the 67th Assembly District; and Joan Paylo and Alec Barrett, District Leaders for the 69th Assembly District, Part B.

Our District Leaders

CFD excels at street campaigning, giving the Upper West Side one of the highest voter turnouts in the state.

Our Elected Officials

Jerry Nadler, Scott Stringer and Linda B. Rosenthal began their public service at CFD.

Our Board Members

Young and old, face-to-face or through social media, we champion progressive issues and welcome new members.

“We have to go to war against the people who enable the gun violence, the people who stop us from keeping guns out of the hands of mentally unstable people, of felons, and that means the NRA leadership.”
– Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Founder of CFD

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Monthly Meetings: CFD’s monthly meetings are typically on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Goddard-Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue, at the corner of Columbus and West 88th Street, with no monthly meeting in August or December; however, the meeting location or time is occasionally different, so always check the Upcoming Events list on any page of this website for more