Open Seat Project

In 2009, MYD launched the Open Seat Project with the goal of electing young progressive New Yorkers to vacant County Committee seats in Manhattan. We like to think we’re building the future leadership of the Democratic Party in New York City and beyond, one County Committee seat at a time. (more…)

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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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