West Side District Maps

The 67th and 69th Assembly Districts are divided into three parts each: A, B, and C. Janice Oppenheimer (67th AD/C), Marc Landis (67th AD/C), Joan Paylo (69th AD/B), and Alec Barrett (69th AD/B) together represent more than 40,000 Democrats. We help ensure that the Democratic Party in Manhattan is responsive to the interests of the almost 700,000 Democrats of our Borough.

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.


Janice Oppenheimer, District Leader 67th AD/C

As a longtime political activist, Janice has worked for the Democratic party both in Queens for 30 years and again on the Upper West Side with CFD for the past 3 years. She joined CFD in the early 1980s where she met her husband, Richard and after living and working in Queens and raising their daughter, Suzanne, they returned to Manhattan where they are both proud to be members of CFD again, as well as involved residents of Lincoln Towers.

As part of CFD she has worked in the campaigns of Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Congressman Jerrold Nadler as well as Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. As the Vice President for programming of CFD, she put together some of the general meeting programs including one on immigration and New York City as a sanctuary city. She works on the fundraising committee.

Janice worked in public broadcasting and was a paralegal in the Queens District Attorney’s office. As a graduate of Antioch College she is a progressive and an activist.


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.

Email: CFDJoan@aol.com
Twitter: @westsidejoanie


Alec Barrett, District Leader 69th AD/B

An educator, organizer, and lifelong Democrat, Alexander (Alec) Barrett was first elected District Leader in 2017. The same year, he was named Young Democrat of the Year by the Manhattan Democratic Party at their annual Demmy Awards. Alec serves as Third Vice-Chair of the County Committee.

Alec was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and has family roots in the Hudson Valley.  He has volunteered on dozens of political campaigns, including for Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Jerry Nadler.

As a Teach for America corps member, Alec taught math at a public high school in Jackson, Mississippi. He has a BA in government from Harvard, where he also earned a Master’s in Education with a focus on education policy and management.

A resident of Morningside Heights, Alec serves as co-chair of the Youth, Education, and Libraries Committee of Community Board 9. Professionally, he works as a web developer specializing in data visualization, and is passionate about civic innovation and open data.

Twitter: @alecbarrett

What is a District Leader?

District Leaders, commonly called DLs, are unpaid, volunteer elected officials. They represent the members of a political party in their District and ensure that their party is democratically governed by its members. District Leaders are subject to an election held every two years at their regularly scheduled party primary.

District sizes vary but always follow the borders of State Assembly districts. Assembly districts are divided into parts, and each part elects a Male and a Female Democratic District Leader with the same responsibilities. The election of Male and Female leaders seeks to ensure parity in the party’s hierarchy.

CFD District Leaders represent more than 40,000 Democrats in Part C of the 67th Assembly District and Part B of the 69th Assembly District on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. DLs are elected in odd-numbered years and will be up for re-election in the September 2013 Democratic Party Primary.

The position of Democratic District Leader has limited formal powers. DLs sit on the Executive Committee of the Manhattan Democratic Party, they hire poll workers and election inspectors, and most importantly, guide local political clubs.

Because of these limited powers, the role of DL is really what you choose to make of it. We are active – and activist – District Leaders.

  • We sponsor and participate in community and Democratic Party events on behalf of Upper West Side Democrats.
  • We act as a liaison to local elected officials so that residents of our district receive quick and effective constituent services.
  • We support elected officials and candidates that will best represent our community.
  • We oppose government agencies and elected officials that are unresponsive to the needs of our community.
  • Most importantly, we help lead, organize, and coordinate Democratic activists at the Community Free Democrats, the largest and most influential political club on the Upper West Side.