Join Us to Support Safe Storage!

This Tuesday City Council Member Jumaane Williams will be introducing a resolution in support of Nicholas’s Law, a bill that would require safe storage of firearms in homes.  The bill is currently being considered by the New York State legislature, but is facing staunch opposition by the powerful gun lobby.

New York City already has its own safe storage ordinance, as do several other cities, including Buffalo, Rochester, and Westchester County.

Please join CM Williams, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and other gun safety advocates at noon on Tuesday, April 28th on the steps of City Hall to show your support for this important legislation.

For more information, email Kim Moscaritolo:

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Guest Post: How All New Yorkers Can Enjoy Retirement Security

This is a guest post from Morgan Pehme (@morganpehme), Executive Director of EffectiveNY.

If you’re not already worried about how you are going to be able to afford retirement, you will be soon enough. According to a national survey, 75% of American workers are concerned about being able to pay for retirement, and with fewer businesses offering pensions or 401(k) programs to their employees, that already deeply concerning statistic is more than likely only going to get worse.

Just in the New York City metropolitan area, 59% of workers have no retirement plan whatsoever. Demographically, these affected individuals are disproportionately young people, freelancers, employees of small companies, African Americans and Latinos.

With millions of middle-class and low-wage workers just within the five boroughs struggling to cope with this vital concern there is no question that this is a key income inequality issue for the city, state and nation to address. Yet currently there is no plan to strengthen the social safety net on the federal level, and many younger New Yorkers believe that even if Social Security were enough money to live on in the city—which it currently is not—that there is a decent probability that its life-saving benefits may not necessarily be around for them to receive by the time they are of retirement age.

               So what can be done to tackle this crisis—if anything?

               EffectiveNY has a solution: Retirement Security for All.

The brainchild of EffectiveNY’s founder, Bill Samuels, Retirement Security for All would create a pooled savings trust open to all of New York’s private workers who do not currently have a retirement plan through their employer. This public option for retirement savings would enable these workers to contribute a percentage of their income to a fund that would be managed by the city, much like public sectors workers do with their pensions. As this fund would easily exceed $1 billion, its immense size would be leveraged to achieve a comparably high rate of return to that of New York City’s pension funds, while keeping fees far lower than those changed with 401(k)s.

Best of all, the cost to the government would be minimal, as there is already an existing infrastructure in place to administer such a fund and its operating costs would be covered by the workers’ contributions.

This innovative solution is not an ivory tower impossibility. Public Advocate Letitia James has stepped up as its champion and recently introduced a bill in the New York City Council (Int. 692) to create a blue-ribbon commission to study how best to implement this initiative. A number of City Council members have already signed on to this legislation and it is EffectiveNY’s aim to get many other members on board to support it over the coming months as it works its way to the floor for a vote.

That’s where you come in. We need every New Yorker to spread the word about this critical initiative and to encourage their elected officials to join this fight for our future. Right now, the Public Advocate’s bill would just affect New York City, but it is our aim to expand this momentous income inequality campaign statewide, as occurred with the successful push for universal pre-K. Illinois, California, and Massachusetts have already passed similar legislation and with New York charging into the mix, our hope is to build the momentum for this effort to become the model for a nationwide program.

To get involved in EffectiveNY’s fight to create Retirement Secruity for All, email me at or call 646-706-7247. And for more information about this initiative, visit

EffectiveNY is a nonprofit watchdog group and public policy think tank dedicated to discovering and implementing innovative solutions to New York’s greatest challenges. Follow us on Twitter @effectiveny.

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Equality & Justice Day – April 28th

The Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Equality & Justice Day is quickly approaching! This year’s E&J Day will be held at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 28th. E&J Day shines a light on power in numbers for LGBT equality all across New York State and instills community pride, creates bonds and friendships, and ensures lasting change for LGBT people throughout New York.

The day-long conference consists of breakfast and lunch programs, an afternoon rally, and visits with elected officials. MYD wants you to attend, so we’re going to help you get there!

Registration with roundtrip transportation, breakfast, and lunch typically costs $100. But if you’re a dues paying MYD member, we’ll pay half of that cost! If you’re interested in attending E&J Day, email Allison at to signup.

Sponsorships are limited, so reach out before they’re all gone! For more information on E&J Day, check out the link here.


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MYD’s Statement on the NYS Budget

“Young New Yorkers lost big in this year’s budget.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s legislative leaders failed to raise the minimum wage to keep a hard working New Yorker from having to work two full-time jobs just to make rent.

Undocumented students hoping to attend college still cannot receive financial aid.

And young women still lack adequate protections against sexual assault.

But worse, this budget was signed into law with virtually no input from New Yorkers — a symptom of Albany’s infamous “three men in a room” budget negotiations.

We need to work together to demand our leaders in Albany take action on these common sense issues to improve the lives of young New Yorkers.

With just three months left in this year’s session, this is the time for our elected leaders to stand up for our progressive values and enact meaningful reforms that better protect women, raise wages, and help young immigrants attend college.”

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Applications for National Convention

We are excited to announce that applications are now open to be part of the NY delegation to the Young Democrats of America’s 2015 Biennial National Convention! The Convention will take place from August 19th to August 22nd in sunny Los Angeles, California.

The Convention is YDA’s largest event, held every two years, with thousands of attendees from all across the country. Throughout the convention, there will be trainings, guest speakers, special events, and the YDA national officer elections.

If you’re interested in applying to be a New York State delegate, please apply using the form here. If you have questions, you can email Allison at:

See you in L.A.!

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Job Opportunities (NY & DC)

**Please note: job postings are sent to us directly through the office(s) seeking candidates. All job opportunities should be sent to:**


Opening for Central New York Regional Director in the office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office has an opening for a Regional Director for the Central New York Region of New York. The job is based in the Syracuse Federal Building and oversees a coverage area that includes ten counties stretching across Central New York, including the cities of Syracuse, Oswego, Cortland, Auburn, Utica, Rome and Watertown.

The position requires the candidate to have a firm understanding of local issues impacting this geographic region and the local stakeholders and elected officials who make decisions. The position requires the candidate to immerse themselves within various local economic development, planning and stakeholder groups. They should be well versed on local, state and federal topics of interest impacting the Central and Northern New York region of the state. The candidate should also have the ability to both plan and execute official events on behalf of the Senator. Finally, the candidate should be prepared to work with DC and New York City staff handling an array of legislative and casework portfolios. The candidate will present an ability to cooperate with these staff members to ensure policies or legislative endeavors align with the interests of Central and Northern New York.

A modicum of travel is required and the candidate will work some weekends.  A valid license is required, as is an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. This position is not entry level.

Please email with a resume and cover letter for consideration.


Opening for Deputy State Scheduler in the office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office has an opening for Deputy State Scheduler. The job is based in Midtown Manhattan and assists the Director of Scheduling with maintaining the Senator’s daily and long-term schedules for New York. The position requires a highly organized and detail-oriented individual. Duties involve direct communication with other elected officials’ offices, outreach to community leaders, and researching events on a weekly basis for the Senator to attend.  Strong computer knowledge and excellent interpersonal skills are required, as is an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

If you are interested, please email a cover letter and resume to:

POSITION:            ASDC Executive Director


LOCATION:           Washington, DC

CONTACT:             Resumes should be emailed to:


Big Picture Responsibilities:  

The ASDC Executive Director is responsible for helping build strong state parties in order to elect Democrats from the State House to the White House.  The ASDC Executive Director supports and educates State Party Chairs, Vice Chairs, Executive Directors and their staff on how to build and execute effective State Party operations and high level campaign activities.  This position works closely with the Executive Committee of the ASDC and reports to the ASDC President and CEO of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • The Executive Director will direct the budgeting and financial management, personnel supervision, and coordination of efforts cross departmentally.
  • The Executive Director will oversee the execution of four ASDC full membership meetings a year as well as corresponding trainings.
  • Provides advice and guidance to optimize the effectiveness of the ASDC and all other aspects of association operations.
  • The Executive Director will also work in to assist state parties with Democratic National Convention questions and serve as a planning and preparation liaison with all Democratic State Parties.
  • Execution of special projects as needed.

About You:

  • The ideal candidate will be a team player, energetic, and a self-starter who possesses sound organizational skills, pays strict attention to detail, with the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  •    Experience working on political campaigns and, preferably, for a Party organization or progressive cause
  •    Significant amount of travel and strong technical, writing, staff management, interpersonal communication and public speaking skills
  • Must possess excellent oral/written communication skills; presentation skills.
  • Strong interest and experience in politics, party building and/key Democratic Party issues.
  • Strong analytical skills with a proven ability to produce astute political judgments.
  • Demonstrated competency in handling several tasks, simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and strong written skills.
  • Experience with VAN, NGP and QuickBooks needed.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.

POSITION:            Digital Production and Development Assistant

DEPARTMENT:    Digital

LOCATION:           Washington, DC

CONTACT:             Please apply through the following link:


Big Picture Responsibilities:  

The Democratic National Committee is looking to hire a Digital Production Assistant to help run one of the largest and most active digital programs in the country. In this position, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining beautiful webpages and elegant user experiences for Democrats across the country, getting written communications from Democratic leaders — up to and including President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady — to millions of Democratic supporters, and you’ll be involved in the optimization and analytic operations of the Democratic Party.

This is an entry-level position, but we’re looking for someone who wants to be the next Democratic digital star, and if you are willing to learn and work really long hours, we will give you the opportunity to become that. This position reports to the Director of Email, but will work with others in the Technology and Digital Departments to design and develop email and web properties.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Being on point for setting up and sending emails from Democratic leaders to one of the largest supporter lists in politics.
  • Producing clean, professional user experiences on tight timelines, and with coordination across our engineering team and non-technical departments.
  • Keeping code clean, well-documented and ensuring performance across browsers.
  • Managing a variety of projects and portfolios from start to finish.
  • Assisting in the management of an email calendar, and ensuring complicated initiatives come together.
  • Analyzing and reporting the results of emails campaigns.
  • Spotting trends in our data and strategizing on how to use new information.
  • Assisting with and creating email test plans.
  • Meeting deadlines, prioritizing tasks and efficiently communicating in a busy, fast-paced environment.

About You:

  • Ability to write HTML5 and CSS3 and jQuery, and care deeply about responsive design;
  • Extraordinary attention to detail;
  • Enthusiasm about working to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket;
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to identify opportunities to implement, execute, and optimize digital strategies

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to multitask.
  • Familiarity with an email tool like Blue State Digital, ActionKit, Salsa, Convio or similar;
  • WordPress or Expression Engine (as a developer and a user);
  • Digital organizing and fundraising;
  • JavaScript frameworks and libraries

POSITION:            Deputy Director of Marketing

DEPARTMENT:    Marketing

LOCATION:          Washington, DC

CONTACT:             Resumes should be emailed to:


Big Picture Responsibilities:  

The Deputy Director of Marketing will work closely with the Director of Marketing, the Marketing team, and DNC staff to execute an effective direct marketing program targeted at the DNC’s grassroots donors.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for all activities related to conceptualizing and implementing direct marketing strategy and achieving direct marketing targets.
  • Responsible for direct marketing research and planning.
  • Responsible for directing and managing the day-to-day activities of the direct marketing staff.
  • Provides support in the area of direct marketing strategy and management.
  • Helps develop and implement the annual direct marketing plan and the strategies, tactics and resources necessary to achieve established goals. Able to assess the DNC’s direct marketing needs.
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Marketing to establish direction and priorities, and goals and targeted objectives which includes accountability. Participate in strategic planning and standard setting for the Marketing department.
  • Work with Director of Marketing to develop direct marketing and promotional materials in adherence to the DNC standards and guidelines.
  • Create and maintain an institutional direct marketing reporting function that can track, measure and analyze performance.
  • Ensure all direct marketing strategies are communicated and executed, support direct marketing plan objectives.
  • Track all campaigns to make sure they are within budgeted goals.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Political Science or a related discipline.
  • 5-7 years relevant work experience
  • Broad functional experience in areas of strategic planning and direct marketing, and promotions/activities.
  • Self-motivated, innovative, works independently, multi-tasks, with ability to prioritize work.
  • Considerate of all persons and able to work with others, positive attitude, outgoing personality.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Successful history of developing effective direct marketing campaigns.
  • Excellent strategic thinking abilities.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • Experience analyzing results within a data driven marketing program.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with acute attention to detail.
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to assess processes and implement change to improve quality and efficiency.
  • Ability to work long hours and under pressure while balancing multiple tasks and priorities.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DNC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, marital status, matriculation status, caregiver responsibilities, personal appearance, genetic information, or any other legally protected basis. The DNC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

POSITION:             Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

DEPARTMENT:     Chief Executive Officer

LOCATION:            Washington, DC

CONTACT:             Resumes should be emailed to:


 Big Picture Responsibilities:  

The Executive Assistant to the CEO is primarily responsible for serving as the point person and is the primary liaison between DNC staff and the CEO’s Office. The Executive Assistant is responsible for all logistics, special and miscellaneous projects. The Executive Assistant must be professional, a self-starter, detailed oriented, meticulous, well organized, highly motivated, and have good writing skills.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with the DNC departments and external organizations to coordinate and facilitate briefings.
  • Responsible for the administrative management of the CEO’s office.
  • Special projects as assigned.
  • Process payment of invoices for certain services and vendors.
  • Work with outside groups such as the White House and other external parties.
  • Serve as liaison between staff and the CEO, as appropriate.
  • Ability to provide research support.
  • Detail oriented managing and maintaining of CEO’s schedule and briefing materials
  • Project management when specialized projects are placed in the CEO Department
  • Writing of speeches, talking points and social media for the CEO where appropriate
  • Management of the CEO’s contacts and interaction both internally and externally at DNC
  • Organizing CEO communications- CEO report, All Staff meetings, emails to staff

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Previous experience in project management or as an Executive Assistant preferred
  • Campaign experience preferred

 POSITION:                Native American Community Engagement Desk

DEPARTMENT:       Community Engagement

LOCATION:              Washington, DC

CONTACT:                Resumes should be emailed to:


Big Picture Responsibilities:

The Community Engagement Desk(s) will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement, the Community Engagement team as well as DNC staff to build and implement effective outreach to Native Americans and other various constituencies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducts stakeholder analysis, community outreach and engagement, key message development, communication planning and execution, and logistical coordination for delivery and deployment of outreach efforts.
  • Tracks planning, execution, community outreach and engagement and impact of multiple complex change initiatives.
  • Cultivates relationships with key constituencies and facilitates involvement as it relates to Committee objectives.
  • Develop and write comprehensive community engagement strategy plans for implementation.
  • Analyzing local political trends, performing necessary research and preparing background materials and documents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Engagement.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience).
  • Well-honed engagement and outreach skills, including at least three (3) years of campaign, organizational and/or equivalent experiences, with proven ability to handle multiple tasks successfully
  • An advanced understanding of and demonstrated experience working with progressive leaders and groups.
  • Proven effectiveness to clearly communicate what is expected of key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Demonstrated competency in handling several tasks, simultaneously.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office tools to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent verbal and strong written skills.

POSITION:                Video Research Associate

DEPARTMENT:        Research

LOCATION:              Washington, DC
Resumes and a cover letter should be emailed under the subject line

“Research Associate” to:


Big Picture Responsibilities:   

The Video Research Associate is responsible for assisting the video and research team with ongoing media monitoring and rapid response requests. They have a responsibility to perform in the following areas:

  • Possess a strong knowledge of current events including GOP leadership, opposition and right-wing activity, U.S. Congress, and activity around the upcoming campaign cycles
  • Quickly view, analyze and format news clips and raw video content
  • Monitor and extract key points from local and national news and other multimedia sources.
  • Compile press clips and media coverage reports
  • Some late nights and off hour work will be required
  • Light video editing as needed, but previous experience editing video is not required
  • Perform additional specific research responsibilities, as directed

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and basic understanding of video files and formats
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Cunning attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to take direction, ask questions and quickly learn new tasks and databases
  • Self-motivated with the ability to meet time sensitive deadlines
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and balance long-term needs and short-term tasks.
  • Ability to keep up with the 24 hour news cycle and familiarity with cable news
  • Experience with media monitoring services is a plus
  • Experience with Lexis-Nexis is preferred and familiarity with social media is helpful
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred and political research, campaign, or government experience is a plus
  • Spanish language skills welcome

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DNC is an equal opportunity employer and it our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The DNC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

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