The views expressed below are mine and mine alone. The Manhattan Young Democrats do not hold official positions on any propositions.

There are three ballot propositions to vote on:

Proposition one: Redistricting

Currently every 10 years, state legislative and congressional districts are redrawn in an inherently political process.

This proposition seeks to depoliticize the process: The ‘independent’ commission will be comprised of 10 individuals who cannot be elected officials. Public hearings will be held on the proposed redistricting plans and funding and bipartisan staff will be provided.

Eight of the 10 commissioners will be appointed by the four state legislative leaders.

If the commissions redistricting plan is rejected twice by the state legislature, the state legislature can amend the plan.

In September Justice Patrick McGrath of Troy rejected the use of the term ‘independent.’

I’m voting NO on Prop 1.

Proposition two: Electronic State Bills

State legislators must have a copy of bills on their desks three days before a vote.

This will allow bills to be sent to legislators electronically, allow them to review and print the bill at their desk and require any and all changes made electronically are recorded.

No brainer. I’m voting YES on Prop 2.

Proposition three: Bonding out Electronics for Schools

This will allow the state to bond out $2 billion for electronics and construction to ensure equitable public school instruction statewide.

Two of my concerns:

-Bonds should only be used on capitally eligible items such as infrastructure which have a useful life of at least 5 Years and cost at least $35K. As a ‘planned obsolesce conspiracy theorist,’ I can’t say any tablet or computer I’ve ever owned fits that criteria.

-NYS has the most segregated school districts in the country. I think there are better ways to desegregate schools and ensure equitable educational outcomes that don’t involve billions of dollars in bond debt for electronics.

I’m voting NO on Prop 3.

Did you vote?

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Coordinated expenditure campaign launched for Recchia


New York Next


New York, NY- (October 22, 2014) Today, the launch of the New York NEXT PAC was announced, along with the filing of its first coordinated expenditure campaign in support of Domenic Recchia’s Congressional bid. Founded by prominent New York Young Democrats organizations across the City in an effort to make New York City a better place for both this generation and those that follow, New York NEXT announced that it has commenced work in support of Recchia for Congress. Joined by Manhattan Young Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Queens County Young Democrats and Richmond Young Democrats; New York NEXT revealed key components of the campaign including a one hundred person field effort. (more…)

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Manhattan to Pleasantville for Justin Wagner!

This past Sunday, 18 intrepid NYC’ers set out for Pleasantville, New York to help turn the New York State Senate blue!  MYD joined with Greater NYC for Change and Citizen Action NY to knock on doors for State Senate candidate Justin Wagner, this year’s best chance for a Democratic pick-up.

10678664_10154736979385230_8408108764390495984_nAs canvassing goes, you can’t do much better than the Hudson Valley in the fall. We broke up into teams of two and headed out on foot to talk to voters. A lot of people weren’t home (hey, it was a beautiful day!) but the people we did talk to were very nice, and there was a lot of support for Justin.  All told we knocked on over 500 doors!
10675689_10154736979065230_3152569080194944148_nOf course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without lunch at the Pleasantville Diner.

There are 22 days until the election, and there are still plenty of opportunities to help. Interested in volunteering in the next few weeks? Check out one of these great events:
Canvass for Dom Recchia in Brooklyn on October 19th

Canvass for Terry Gipson in Cold Spring on October 25th

Phone bank for Democratic candidates

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Sahand Shahrabani- September Member of the Month


MYD’s newest Member of the Month is Sahand Shahrabani!  Sahand joined MYD earlier this year after relocating from San Francisco to NYC.  Within a few short months, he has quickly become one of MYD’s superstar members!  He is a constant presence at all of MYD’s meetings and events, and also contributes to MYD’s blog.  He has also represented MYD at a variety of events, including the Eric Garner march (which he blogged about HERE), the People’s Climate March, and AFL-CIO’s 9/11 Health Watch Benefit.  He is also an elected member of the Queens County Committee.

Sahand was actively involved with the San Francisco Young Democrats before he moved to NYC.  When he arrived in NYC, he knew that he needed to become involved in New York’s Young Democratic scene, as it would be a great opportunity for him to network and meet like-minded people.  Sahand found MYD simply by googling “Young Dems” and “NYC”!  We’re so fortunate that we can attract awesome members this way!

Sahand’s love for politics began at an early age: “I got involved with politics at a young age passionately following elections and was intrigued by the fascinating and exciting structure of political campaigns. Although I didn’t get seriously involved in politics until late in my college years. Off the top of my head, I’d have to say my favorite memory in politics, was witnessing President Obama become elected, it was truly a great moment in our nation’s history.”

While there are many issues that are near and dear to Sahand’s heart, his current signature policy is youth engagement: “[It] has been something I’ve been extremely passionate about.  Election after election, young people continue to be labeled as being uninformed or uninterested.  For me, I hope to do my part to change this unfortunate stereotype.”

Sahand’s favorite thing about living in NYC so far is the ability to experience a new environment and meeting amazing people.  Admittedly though, the hardest part about living in New York for Sahand has been learning to navigate the subway system: “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gotten lost on the subway!”

You can meet Sahand and other active young MYD members at our next general body meeting on Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm at the Gramercy Park Bar (322 2nd Avenue)

Learn more about how you can become involved in MYD on our membership page.

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THIS SUNDAY (is the most important Sunday in a long time)

THIS SUNDAY, 9/21, is the People’s Climate March. MYD will meet outside Starbucks at 388 Columbus Ave between 75th and 76th at 10:30am  Please Please wear the color blue so we stand out!  Email Kate our Green Committee chair with any questions: green[at]gomyd[dot]com
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The People’s Climate March will be the LARGEST CLIMATE MARCH in history with hundreds of thousands of people planning to participate!!
The march is timed around the UN summit on the climate crisis in NYC. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.
The MOST important thing to note is this really is not just a climate event, it’s a justice event and it affects each and every one of us. Buses are coming in from across the country to make this the largest climate march on record. We need to be there!
This is not just an environmental issue–it’s a justice issue. Please see below for more info and contact me with questions or concerns.
  • Logistics (here they are!)
  • Lineup  (we are marching in the “We Have Solutions” section)
  • Our “Hub” (government & political groups)
Ready to march?? Hooray!! Email Kate our Green Committee chair with any questions: green[at]gomyd[dot]com
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The Morning After

It’s the morning after the primary! Congrats to all the victors, but just as importantly- THANK YOU to everyone who ran in the first place! It’s a courageous thing to participate in the democratic process- gathering signatures, fundraising, and canvassing.

Now that we know who will fall under the “D” column in November we are gearing up for a solid 2 months of campaigning for #NYSBlue. How can you help?

First and foremost, bookmark this page and signup for our newsletter if you haven’t already. Then take note of these upcoming events:

  • We want to train you on how to campaign! Take this survey so we know exactly how to make YOU the best campaigner!
  • SUNDAY 9/14 State Attorney General Eric Schniederman is kicking off his re-election campaign on the steps of City Hall at Noon! We endorsed him last month so join the party! RSVP by emailing finance[at]gomyd[dot]com
  • TUESDAY 9/16 MYD General Meeting we’ll be at the Gramercy Park Bar (322 2nd Ave) with Dan Garodnick and your favorite young liberals! Let us know you’ll be there
  • WEEKEND OF 10/12-10/13 We’re going on the road to Pennsylvania! Help our neighbors in PA go blue! Contact/RSVP VP[at]gomyd[dot]com
  • TUESDAY 10/7 OPEN BAR with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli- Yes, you read right: OPEN BAR with Tom DiNapoli- You MUST RSVP TO ATTEND, do so HERE

Don’t forget what’s at stake here: Women’s Rights, the DREAM Act, and Income Inequality come to mind- Let’s do this young dems!!

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