2016 Officer Applications

Below are the applications of everyone who applied for an officership for 2016. Applications are listed by office and then by date received. Offices are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Join us 11/17 at 7PM at Gramercy Park Bar (322 2nd Avenue, New York) to cast your vote. In order to vote, you must be a member in good standing (meaning you have paid your dues and attended at least 1 meeting prior to elections).

Candidates for President (1)

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Candidates for Vice President (1)

Download (DOCX, 137KB)

Candidates for Treasurer (2)

Download (DOCX, 129KB)

Download (PDF, 276KB)

Candidates for Secretary (1)

Download (PDF, 57KB)

**Please note: Jason Rosenberg has applied for the position of Treasurer and has noted with his application that he will be unable to attend the elections meeting.

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Why Should You Join a Democratic Club?

New York City Democratic Clubs have a rich and storied history, which has been explored at length in books such as Machine Made and Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (both of which I highly recommend.)

No matter where you live in Manhattan, chances are there is a Democratic Club in your neighborhood. So why join a local club? Well, there are a few practical reasons.

1. You care about your neighborhood
This is the most local of local politics, and since elected officials often attend club meetings and events, it will give you an opportunity to ask questions and alert them to issues.

2. You might want to run for office one day
If you have aspirations of running for office, or just getting involved in local elections, joining your local club will give you the opportunity to connect with your elected officials, and meet people who live in your neighborhood.

3. You don’t like traipsing all over the city
One great thing about local clubs is that they generally hold meetings in the neighborhood, so it’s a lot easier to make it to meetings, and perhaps grab a drink with your fellow club members afterwards.

4. You care about the judiciary
This is especially important if you are an attorney, because local clubs generally play an important role in selecting Democratic nominees for civil court judge.

Now, it is true that not all Democratic clubs are created equally, and depending on your interests, you want to find a club that best suits you. Some clubs focus on issue activism, others focus on judicial politics. Some clubs don’t do much of anything. So don’t be afraid to ask around, reach out to your local elected officials, attend some events, and see which organizations seem like the best fit.

The Manhattan Democratic Party has a good list of local clubs:

If you live on the Upper East Side, I’ll make a shameless plug for my local club, the Four Freedoms Democratic Club, of which several MYD’ers are members.

Getting involved in a local club may not seem that important, but remember that most of the elected officials serving now in New York started out in a local club. Clubs elect District Leaders, State Committee Members, and County Committee members, and these folks often go on to run for office. So even if you’re not interested in running yourself, being involved means that you get to play a role in the local process, and in helping to build the bench of new talent in the Democratic Party.

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2016 Officer Applications

Once again it’s election time for MYD!  Every year the members of the club vote for our leadership. In order to run for an officer position you must fill out an application which is then distributed to the membership to read.

Officer positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These positions will be elected at the November meeting (per the changes to the Constitution and By-Laws approved tonight) by dues paying members.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm.

To run for these positions you must have attended at least one MYD event in 2015 and be a dues paying member for 2016 (which can be paid at the Holiday Party in December).

Please submit Officer Applications to me at president [@] gomyd.com with the subject line “2016 Officer Application” by 6PM on Monday, November 2nd.  Applications will then be posted to the blog for the general membership to read and review no later than November 3rd. The Officer Application is below.

MYD Officer Application

To be voted on at the November MYD General Meeting

Submitted applications (not including contact information) will be available on gomyd.com for the membership to view no later than two weeks prior to the election.

Applicants must be a 2016 dues paying member

Please submit to president@gomyd.com no later than Monday, November 2nd.


Position Running For:


Phone Number:



MYD events attended in 2015:


Please answer the following questions.


1) What is your vision for the Manhattan Young Democrats for 2016? Give some concrete examples of initiatives you would like to undertake before the end of the year.


2) Why do you think you’re a good fit? Please list relevant experiences you would draw from and strengths you could bring to the position you are running for.


3) Serving on the executive board of MYD is a significant time commitment. How committed will you be as a member — how would you be able to fit your leadership responsibilities within your current schedule? Please list your commitments outside of your employment (i.e. leadership positions in other clubs).


4) What 3 (three) issues would you consider most important to New York?


5) What do you see as the biggest challenge to engaging young voters? In broad terms, how can we make changes to correct it?


6) (Optional) Is there anything else you think MYD’s membership and leadership should know about you before reviewing you application?

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Constitution & By-Laws Changes – For Review

Hello everyone! We’ve got some exciting news. One of the major goals our President set for the Executive Board this year was to give our governing documents a makeover and to bring them up to speed with the current state of the organization.  So, for the last several months, our Board has been hard at work developing proposals to clean up and update our Constitution & By-Laws.  We believe that what we have developed will strengthen our organization for years to come.

We will be voting on the proposed changes at our October General Meeting this month.  In preparation for this vote, the proposals are presented below.  Full copies of the revised documents will be available at the General Meeting.

For any questions, please reach out to me @ policy@gomyd.com.


Proposal 1: Cleanup and Clarify Language and Sentence Structure

As the Constitution and By-Laws have been improved upon over the years, understandably little effort has been made to ensure that additions followed a standard sentence structure. This includes how numbers are written (with the full word, followed by the number itself in parentheses), the use of “the” before abbreviating MYD, capitalization of “Officers” and words like “Constitution”, the tense in which requirements are listed, whether the Vice President is “Executive” or not, and where in the sentence caveats are placed (such as “subject to…”). Additionally, some of the language can be too cleverly written to understand and simply needs to be unwound, or is unclear as to what kind of members or meetings are being referred to (general, voting, Board, those in good standing, present, etc). Some is unnecessarily repetitive (like respelling out the process of run-off election voting, even though it’s the same as the regular vote), or in some instances, there are simply typos (such as referring to “the Executive Board Member” under Article IX Section 1 Sub-Section (g) of the Constitution, instead of “the Officer”, even though it’s about Officer removal).

We propose correcting these inconsistencies, so that our Constitution and By-Laws are easy to follow and navigate, and ensure that they are never accidentally contradictory.


Proposal 2: Standardize and Adjust Time Lengths

Keeping track of how long we have to complete the tasks of our organization is difficult. And with the hodgepodge of time lengths in our Constitution and By-Laws, these duration often end up being ignored, with the knowledge that no one will challenge them, because no one else can keep track either.

Therefore, we propose standardizing time lengths overall to follow a 7 day (or one week) pattern. Additionally we propose altering some to more effectively serve our organization. Specifically, we propose making candidates for office apply 4 weeks prior to election (rather than 2) and make their application available 2 weeks (rather than 1) in Article III Section 2 of the Constitution, notifying Officers in writing 14 days prior to the final Board meeting on their removal (rather than 15) in Article IX Section 1 Sub-Section (g) of the Constitution, and requiring 7 days notice of both Board and general meetings to respective parties (rather than 5 and 10 days respectively) in Articles IV and VIII Section 2 of the Constitution.


Proposal 3: Add Secretary to Line of Succession

In order that the seemingly implied succession of Officers may be carried out without objection, in the event that warranting circumstances should come to pass, we propose formally adding the Secretary to the line of succession. Specifically, we propose specifying such succession in Article III Section 3 Sub-Section (d)Article IV Section 3 and Article VIII Section 1 of the Constitution.


Proposal 4: Specially-Designated General Body Meetings

There are times when special meetings must be called for various special functions of our organization. A meeting to amend the Constitution is a prime example. Luckily our Constitution and By-Laws are consistent in specifying that such meetings require a 3/4 affirmative vote of the Board in order to be called. But one instance could easily be altered on its own, which would risk confusion. Consequently, we propose that a section be added to Article VIII of the Constitution specifically codifying “specially-designated general body meetings” and the 3/4 requirements for such meetings to be called. Additionally, we propose simply replacing language on alternative meetings in Article X Section 1 of the Constitution and Article III Section 1 of the By-Laws with “specially-designated general body meetings.


Proposal 5: Financial Flexibility

The President and Treasurer are not always in the same room, but, for MYD to operate effectively, our ability to pay for services in an efficient manner is imperative. Recognizing this, we propose amending Article V Section 3 of the By-Laws,by formally adopting the current practice of allowing either President or the Treasurer to sign checks. Additionally we propose amending Article V Section 2 of the By-Laws to include the names of both the President and the Treasurer on all bank or investment accounts, as representatives of our organization.


 Proposal 6: Budget Committee

In order to ensure that budgeting decisions are properly considered, and in order to ensure participation in such budgeting decisions is more open to participation, we propose the formation of a Budget Committee. Specifically, we propose adding a section to Article V of the By-Laws stating that a Budget Committee shall be appointed within the first two months of a new Officer term, shall be chaired by the Treasurer, and consist of at least 2 additional Board members, not including the President (who shall be ex-officio). It shall also state that this Committee shall meet to review appropriations on a quarterly basis.


Proposal 7: Expand Non-Discrimination

In order that we may exemplify the highest ideals of the Democratic Party of the State of New York, we propose expanding our language on non-discrimination, so that it falls more in line with that of the New York State Division of Human Rights. Specifically, we propose amending Article II Section 2 of the Constitution to include military status, marital status and gender identity.


Proposal 8: Voting Membership Requirement

In order that we may more seamlessly interface with our larger chartering organizations, we propose clarifying our language on voting membership requirements. Specifically, we propose amending Article II Section 3 of the Constitution to specify “first and last name”, “mailing address”, “date of birth (including day, month and year)”, and “email address”.


Proposal 9: Cleanup Officer Removal

Formal Officer removal is both an unfortunate and very serious occurrence. As such, the rules around such actions should be crystal clear and fair to all those involved. Therefore, we propose the following amendments to the officer removal process in Article XI Section 1 of the Constitution. First, that an Officer being removed must be notified of the initial motion for removal within 7 days of said motion. Second, that the Ethics Committee that investigates the motion must include at least one Board member, as chosen by the general membership. Third, that the general membership does not require quorum in order to make their Ethics Committee selections (as this would be nearly impossible). And finally, that all parties calling for removal must be present at the Board meeting at which final removal is ultimately considered.


Proposal 10: Expand Officer and Cabinet Attendance Requirements

While our current Constitution contains a provision requiring the attendance of Officers at Board meetings, no such provision exists for attendance at any other MYD functions. Nor is there any requirement of any kind for Cabinet member attendance. We hope to always be represented by those to whom attendance, and more importantly engagement with members, is a foregone conclusion. However, the extra incentive of a mandate and the threat of removal would help ensure that those to whom it is not foregone may take their positions more seriously.

Thus, we propose amending Article III Section 4 of the Constitution to include a provision that if an Officer misses 3 consecutive general meetings, it is grounds for formal removal, subject to written warning before the 2nd absence. Additionally we propose that both this provision and the provision on missing 3 consecutive Board meetings, which already exists, be mirrored in a new section of Article VIII of the By-Laws for cabinet members (with dismissal by the Officers or a 2/3 vote of the Board replacing formal removal procedures).


Proposal 11: Standardize Election Timing

Traditionally, elections of MYD Officers have taken place in the first month of the year, with the transition to new leadership occurring immediately thereafter. However, there is no constitutional provision stating that this must be the case, nor do we believe it should be going forward. Electing new Officers a bit before the exit of the old would allow for smoother transitions and sharing of knowledge (as well as help us avoid the unpredictable weather we faced last year). It would also allow ample time to plan before diving in, which would help ensure that one year terms begin in earnest from month one.

Therefore, we propose adding a Sub-Section to Article III Section 2 of the Constitution, stating that Officer elections shall take place at November general meetings, with Officer terms commencing the following January.


Proposal 12: The Issues Assembly

In the past year MYD has conducted an experiment. In the beginning of the year, the new leadership decided to combine all remaining Standing Committees into one body, which would address all of their issues. The reasoning was that the Standing Committees as they existed generally consisted of only a small handful of members. Often that small group was actually the same members from committee to committee, which stretched interested parties far too thin. And while the newly established Issues Assembly still has kinks to work out, it has been one of the more consistent successes of the past year.

Hence, we propose formally adopting the Issues Assembly under Article VII of the By-Laws and removing all other language in that Article on other Standing Committees and Committee Chairs. Specifically, the Issues Assembly shall be said to occur on the last Tuesday of the month, shall function as a Standing Committee (as defined in the Constitution), shall periodically elect Members-at-Large as representatives to the Board (the number of which shall be designated by the Board at the beginning of the year), and shall be chaired by the Vice President or a specific cabinet level designee, as determined by the Officers. Should the Issues Assembly become overwhelmed, or should the general membership or leadership of MYD choose to revert back to the old committee structure (or another structure entirely), no significant changes shall be made to Article V of the Constitution (which provides the backbone for the MYD Committee structure), other than the relocation of committee Chair election procedures to the By-Laws (for more flexibility).


Proposal 13: Board Reorganization

The leadership of an organization should be representative of that organization. Its power structure should exemplify this notion, while also allowing for efficient distribution of responsibility. These principles apply to MYD as they would to any democratic organization. But as the Board of MYD, we feel that, while the overall nature of our leadership structure is sound, the details on how we achieve those principles do not do our members sufficient justice.

As a result, we propose the following changes to the structure of the MYD leadership. Each of the four Officers shall be assigned purview over a given set of regular MYD functions. This shall extend to the oversight of cabinet level appointees whose responsibilities fall within said purviews. Specifically, the President shall oversee all political, policy and technical matters, the Vice President shall oversee all programming and membership matters, the Treasurer shall oversee all finance and fundraising matters, and the Secretary shall oversee all matters around event logistics, communications and messaging. Article III Section 2 of the Constitution shall be amended to reflect these designations. Additionally, the cabinet of MYD shall be combined and expanded into the following positions under Article VI Section 1 of the By-Laws: Political Director, Policy Director, Technical Director, Membership Director, Programming Director, Finance Director, Events Director and Communications Director. The first 3 shall report to the President, the next two to the Vice President, Finance to the Treasurer, and the last two to the Secretary. The College and High School Liaisons (as currently codified in Article VI of the Constitution)shall be moved under the same section, to be treated as cabinet level positions, and shall report to the full Executive Board. Supplementary positions may be added as needed, but must be outlined explicitly in writing prior to appointment.

In addition, we propose that the Executive Board and its power structure be reorganized. First, a clear delineation of voting verses non-voting members of the Board shall be established in Article III Section 1 of the Constitution (with Delegates and Deputies falling into the latter category, as is current practice). And second, all decisions regarding cabinet level appointments, financial appropriations, rules regarding participation in charter organizations, and Board resolutions shall be subject to confirmation and approval of the Officers. Lastly, we propose that District Leaders should be able to request Delegates, in addition to Assembly members and Political Clubs, in Article VII Section 1 of the Constitution.


Proposal 14: Standardize Amendment and Resolution Procedures

Amending the Constitution and By-Laws of MYD is something to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, the language in our Constitution and By-Laws on the topic of amendments and resolutions is inconsistent, and has resulted in persistently unclear editing of these documents over the years.

Thus, we propose the following solutions. First, we propose adding a section to Article X of the Constitution stating that all amendments proposed for adoption must be presented in writing to the Board at least 14 days prior to consideration, a mirror of a section already in Article III of the By-Laws. Second we propose adding sections to both Article X of the Constitution and Article III of the By-Laws stating that all amendments made from here on out shall be either explicitly footnoted or codified as separate articles at the end of each document. Third, we propose specifying in Article III Section 6 of the By-Laws that membership resolutions must be adopted at formal MYD meetings. And finally, we propose amending Article III Section 1 of the By-Laws to say that amendments of the By-Laws can be adopted by a simple majority vote, rather than 3/4. This will allow for greater flexibility in organizational specifics as MYD changes from year to year, while still maintaining the stringency of our constitutional amendment process. 


Proposal 15: Reorder and Reorganize the Articles and Sections of the Constitution and By-Laws

In keeping with the theme of making our Constitution and By-Laws easier to follow, our final proposal is a mass reorganization and reordering of the Articles, Sections and even Clauses of these documents. The order in which we propose to present the information follows what we feel is the most logical and understandable flow of information. In addition, we propose adding more references throughout both documents to other sections and articles, so as to help guide readers as they make their way through.

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Community Forum on Gun Control with Congresswoman Maloney

The shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon was the 45thschool shooting in 2015, and the shooting at Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus is the 46th, making for two mass shootings on college campuses in less than 10 days. Yet many lawmakers refuse to improve the lax gun safety laws that directly contribute to gun violence in this country. Our citizens continue to suffer and bleed, but there have been no hearings, no debates, and no votes to attempt to curb the violence. It is time for the community to come together and speak up for gun violence prevention and increased gun safety legislation.

On Tuesday, October 13, from 10:00-11:00 U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) will host a community forum to hear thoughts and opinions on gun control for the community. The forum is open to all and will be held at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College 47-49 East 65th Street.


WHO Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
WHAT Community Forum on Gun Control
WHEN Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
10:00 – 11:00am
WHERE Roosevelt House Public Policy Instituteat Hunter College

47-49 East 65th Street

INFO With over 40 school shootings already in 2015, it’s important to hear your thoughts and opinions on gun control in this county. Please join Congresswoman Maloney, gun control advocates and your local elected officials for a discussion on gun safety proposals.
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The Real Way to Fix Congestion in New York City? Pass MOVE NY

Perhaps the best thing to come out of this summer’s showdown between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Uber was this: the clash put the problem of congestion in New York City, once again, front and center. When Mayor de Blasio proposed a moratorium on the growth of Uber, he declared that it was necessary to address the growing number of cars on our city’s streets, and the congestion and maintenance costs they bring. Though the Mayor ultimately backed down from his position, accepting a four month study into the issue, he was right about one thing – we are in dire need of a plan to address ever increasing congestion in New York City. Luckily, a better, more holistic solution has already been proposed, and is gaining support from City and State representatives. New York City should adopt the MOVE NY Fair Tolling plan.

Manhattan Young Democrats have endorsed MOVE NY’s plan for several years. It will improve our city’s streets, address critical funding gaps for the MTA, and allow for the upkeep and expansion of our bridges, tunnels, roads, and public transit. As young New Yorkers, we know MOVE NY is a smart investment in our city’s future.

MOVE NY is a proposal to adjust toll prices on all bridges and tunnels in New York City to create a system that promotes economic growth, encourages smart transit choices, and is more equitable for commuters. Most broadly, the plan decreases tolls between the outer boroughs (e.g. on the Verrazano or the Triborough), and creates consistent pricing into the Manhattan core (below 59th St). See the full plan here. In effect, this will incentivize taking transit in areas where it is readily available, while reducing costs for those moving between less transit-rich areas of the city.

The benefits of this plan are myriad. The plan would improve travel times 15-20% in downtown Manhattan, improve safety and comfort for pedestrians, stimulate the regional economy (including adding 30,000 new jobs), and raise over $15 billion for the MTA. The new funding could be used to fill the MTA’s glaring budget gap and allow increased investment in disaster preparedness, road and bridge repairs, and expanding public transit. The benefits of the plan would improve lives today, and prepare the city for a stronger future.

Manhattan Young Democrats support the environmental, transportation, and safety ambitions of MOVE NY, and will work to bring on additional support from leaders throughout the city. If you’d like to get involved, send me an email: gabriel@gomyd.com.

For more information visit MoveNY website, or contact your local elected officials to voice your support.

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