Board Opportunity – Members-at-Large

This year we’ve introduced the Issues Assembly, which has gotten off to a roaring start! Now, we need YOU to help run it. We will be electing Members-at-Large to manage portfolios of the issues our members care about most. The election will take place at our next Issues Assembly on April 14th. A more detailed position description follows. If you’re interested in running for Member-at-Large, please send your resume and a statement of interest to: and


Members-at-Large will be elected by members of the Issues Assembly. Members-at-Large are responsible for managing a portfolio of issues or campaigns based on those discussed at the Issues Assembly or the current political climate. Members-at-Large shall not manage more than 3 issues within their portfolio at a time. Members-at-Large will serve as voting members of MYD’s Board of Directors and will work closely with the Issues Assembly Director to achieve membership and legislative priorities, and to support MYD’s political agenda.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Keep tabs on current, relevant legislation, as well as political shifts in portfolio issues
  2. Encourage general membership to join the Issues Assembly through direct engagement
  3. Engage active Issues Assembly membership
  4. Plan and execute events based on portfolio issues
  5. Attend all Issues Assembly and Executive Board meetings

Please note: applicants must be active, dues paying MYD members.


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MYD March General Meeting

Join us for this month’s General Meeting on Tuesday, March 24th. We’ll be joined by guest speakers, Jonathan Bing and Patrick Robbins.

Jonathan has recently been appointed head of the New York City government affairs practice at Wilson Elser, an 800-lawyer, 27 office national firm which has included New York State’s highest-grossing lobbying group for nearly 20 years.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Jonathan was a State Assemblyman representing the 73rd District (UES).

Patrick is the Communications and Development coordinator for the Sane Energy Project, a grassroots group, formed in January of 2011 to oppose shale gas infrastructure statewide and regionally.

For more information, check out the facebook event.

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“Injustice: It’s Not Just Us” the Video

On January 20th, we hosted a nonpartisan panel to address the administration of fair and equal justice. Our goal was to start a conversation about racial injustice following the events in Ferguson and Staten Island.

If you missed our panel, check out this highlights video created by one of our amazing members, Thalia Beaty. Thanks, Thalia!


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MYD’s Statement on the Net Neutrality Ruling

“Today’s net neutrality ruling takes an important stance against big business, supporting citizens and our right to a free and open Internet. By protecting our right to communicate freely, communities, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and marginalized voices can participate on an equal level with industry players. At this important juncture in history, it’s especially important to view the Internet as a public utility for the public good rather than as a service for and dictated by heavy-weight industry players. The Manhattan Young Democrats support the net neutrality ruling and look forward to keeping the Internet an open and democratic channel for change.”

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Guest Post: the Port Ambrose Project

This is a guest post from Patrick Robbins, the Sane Energy Project’s Communications and Development Coordinator.

Last December, many of us were pleased by Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban high volume horizontal fracturing in New York State (you can find MYD’s Statement on the ban here). But right now, there’s a project being quietly pushed forward that could undercut much of the progress New York State has made on the fracking issue. That project is Port Ambrose, a liquefied natural gas port that has been proposed off the coast of the South Shore of Long Island.

Over the last few months, more and more elected officials, advocacy groups and community members have been voicing their concerns about this project. The concerns are many: Port Ambrose would bring giant tankers of highly volatile liquefied natural gas into the third most heavily trafficked port in the country, presenting a clear security risk. The environmental impacts during construction and operation would disturb the marine ecosystem—which would impact the coastal economies that depend on fishing and tourism. Port Ambrose would create financial incentives for further fracking up and down the northeast by granting gas companies access to foreign markets, where they can get much higher prices for shale gas. And finally, this project would disrupt the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management’s efforts to lease this area for offshore wind development. It is estimated that this area could yield 700 MW of wind power and thousands of green jobs for New York and Long Island residents. This is the way forward, argue Port Ambrose’s many critics—we should be working to build the renewable energy economy, not more expensive and unnecessary fossil fuel projects.

Fortunately, Governor Cuomo has the power to veto this project, and more and more New Yorkers are stepping up and asking him to do so. New York City Council Member Donovan Richards has proposed a resolution against the project in the City Council, while State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal have a sign on letter in the State Legislature calling for Cuomo’s veto. Other resolutions have been passed at the town level—in Long Beach, the community most directly impacted by the project, the city council unanimously passed a resolution asking Cuomo to stop this project (for a longer list of New York elected officials who are taking action, click HERE). And members of the public are making their objections known to the Maritime Administration by commenting HERE.

We are proud to join this growing movement—the risks of the Port Ambrose project are simply too great, and we call on Governor Cuomo to protect New Yorkers and veto the Port Ambrose project.

For more information, visit Sane Energy Project

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2015 Director Applications – Now Open

Applications are officially open for 2015 MYD Directorships.

We’re looking for great people to join our team. If you’re interested in getting more involved with MYD this year, take a look at our open positions below. Applications are due Friday, February 27th at 5pm. The Officers will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

To apply, simply fill out the form at the bottom and email it to:

Director Descriptions (in no particular order):

Political Director – The Political Director is responsible for assisting the Executive Board in tracking elections, candidates, appointments, and any legislative issues of interest to MYD. The Political Director will work closely with the Open Seat Project Director to ensure that Open Seat Project 2015 is a success. The Political Director and/or team members will attend outside organization meetings and ensure MYD has a strong presence locally.

Open Seat Project Director – The Open Seat Project Director will work closely with the Political Director and serve as a liaison between MYD and Manhattan political clubs to ensure the success of Open Seat 2015. More information on the Open Seat Project here. In 2013, MYD placed over 80 people on County Committee. We’d like to see this number increased in 2015.

Finance Director – The Finance Director is responsible for assisting the Executive Board in raising funds by tracking donors and finding new sources of funding for the organization. The Finance Director will work closely with the Events Director and Treasurer in planning fundraisers.

Events Director – The Events Director is responsible for planning and executing all events for the organization. These events may include, but are not limited to, fundraisers, conventions, general meetings, and campaign invasions. The Events Director will work closely with the Finance Director and Treasurer in planning fundraisers.

Creative Director – The Creative Director is responsible for developing design and branding assets for MYD and for developing the long term branding and visual messaging strategy for MYD. Anything produced by the organization for public consumption, with the exception of standard documents on letterhead, must have consult of Creative Director. The Creative Director should have prior design experience.

Development Director – The Development Director is responsible for planning and executing membership building activities. The Development Director, in conjunction with the Treasurer, will maintain up-to-date membership lists and conduct on-going outreach to new and existing members and will explore new ways to grow membership.

Community Service Director – The Community Service Director is responsible for coordinating volunteering opportunities for MYD and its membership as well as developing long term partnerships with community organizations.

Digital Director – The Digital Director is responsible for MYD’s online presence. The Digital Director shall work closely with the Communications Director to create original content and targeted information campaigns to meet the club’s goals. The Digital Director will also be in charge of basic website maintenance and other digital assets such as email addresses, twitter, Facebook, etc. The Digital Director should have previous experience working on digital campaigns.

Communications Director – The Communications Director is responsible for media outreach, messaging, and the distribution of information to the membership. The Communications Director will work closely with the Digital Director and Officers to ensure consistent and adequate messaging.

Issues Assembly Director – The Issues Assembly Director is responsible for running the MYD Issues Assembly, which is a monthly meeting to discuss legislative and political issues that are of interest to MYD’s membership. The Issues Assembly will coordinate with the Political Director, the Communications Director, and the Digital Director to create impactful issue advocacy campaigns.

Programming Director – The Programming Director is responsible for Learning Labs programing. The Programming Director shall provide coordination and support for all of the skill and professional development classes MYD offers. The Programming Director ensures that curriculums for new classes are adequately recorded for later use.

MYD Director Application: 5 Simple Questions + 1 Resume

Please submit answers to these questions, along with your resume, to: by 5pm on Friday, February 27, 2015.



Phone Number:


MYD events attended in 2014:

Please answer the following questions.

1) What is your vision for the Manhattan Young Democrats for 2015? 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 applying 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) Give an example of an issue that’s important to young New Yorkers and how you would, in your position, engage our membership to take action on that issue.

5) (Optional) Is there anything else you think the Officers should know about you before reviewing your application?

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