We did it again – we attended a meeting of the County Committee E-Board so that you’re not left in the lurch. If you don’t read the whole synopsis, and I think you should, here are some important bullets to take away:
- You’re Invited (yes, everyone)! County Committee Attorney General Forum – April 22, 2010, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. at 32BJ SEIU located at 101 Avenue of the Americas. Please RSVP your attendance to the forum to Alison Walsh at 646.214.3397 or ACW@warroomconsulting.com.
- Next County Committee E-Board Meeting will be before the AG’s Forum at 5:30 in the same location.
- The County Committee sub-committee on the judiciary is selecting judicial nominations. It’s fascinating and the details of their report at the last meeting are below.
Manhattan County Committee Executive Board Meeting
The March 25, 2010 Manhattan County Committee meeting was at the Hudson Guild in Chelsea. About 25 people attended, mostly State Committeepersons, District Leaders and a few County Committee and MYD members. Attendees discussed issues in their local areas and snacked on sandwiches, chips, cookies and soft drinks from Subway before the meeting came to order.
Keith Wright (Manhattan Democratic Chairman & Assemblyman 70th AD) was in Albany for the budget debate. Maria Luna (Democratic State Committeewoman and Chair of the Executive Board of the Manhattan County Committee) presided with Mark Landis (UWS District Leader) who filled-in for Keith.
Summary of Past Meeting
Maria Luna summarized the previous Congressional Forum meeting as being very informative and giving attendees the opportunity to hear from many congressional candidates as well as incumbents. The Q&A session helped people get to know their Representatives and Congressional challengers.
NY State Democratic Convention: May 23 – 25
The Convention will be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. (811 7th Avenue on 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019. 212.581.1000) For more information, contact the NY State Democratic Committee: 212.725.8825
Health Care Legislation
In regards to the newly passed health care legislation, Maria Luna encouraged members to thank Representatives from our area who played a role in passing the bill, i.e., Congressman Nadler, Rangel, etc. Ultimately, the bill will give poor and middle class people access to health care.
Maria noted that we have a lot of work to do. All Republicans as well as 34 Democrats voted against the health care bill. Why were so many activists across the country protesting the legislation? (Were religious reasons preventing them from supporting publicly funded abortions?)
Upcoming Candidates Forums and Events
April 22, 2010, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. NY State Attorney Generals Forum. 32BJ SEIU located at 101 Avenue of the Americas. Please RSVP your attendance to the forum to Alison Walsh at 646.214.3397 or ACW@warroomconsulting.com
Club presidents and district leaders should encourage club members to come listen to the presentation and ask the candidates questions. The format will be the same as the Congressional Candidates Forum.
April 29, 2010, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. New York County Democratic Committee Spring Gala cocktail party. The W Hotel, 541 Lexington Avenue and E. 49th Street. Tickets for Club members start at $125. RSVP to (646) 214-3397.
April 8, 2010, Thursday: Village Independents Democrats & Stonewall Democrats Candidates Forum. Judson Church, 239 Thompson Street. Congressional fundraiser.
April 25, 2010, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eleanor Roosevelt Club fundraiser.
May 6, 2010, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Tilden Club fundraiser.
Leaders should inform the County Executive Committee of their events so they can publish them on the online calendar and Facebook Page: Manhattan County Democrats Facebook (The website is currently undergoing construction but when it is up, events will be posted.)
Civil and Supreme Court Candidates and Vacancies
The County Committee has reached out to 32 organizations to put together a Judiciary Panel, which will have its first meeting on April 1st. It will be considering applications for vacancies in New York City’s Civil Court: 2 vacancies (created by the promotion of Judge Lucy Billings and Judge Espanoza who is not seeking reelection) and 2 incumbents up for reelection (Judges Matthew Cooper and Joan Kenney). The Panel will meet with candidates and suggest 12 names to the County Committee, which is expected in the beginning of May.
New York Supreme Court’s 1st Judicial District (includes Districts 1, Manhattan and 12 Bronx) has 3 openings currently. The Judicial Panel will likely be making suggestions in June regarding Supreme Court candidates.
New Voting Machines
New electronic voting machines are scheduled to roll out this year. However, a lawsuit has been filed challenging the way the electronic voting machine vendor was chosen for the contract. Subsequently, the suit might push back the timing. Maria Luna is supporting electronic voting machines and recited a story about a woman who didn’t know how to vote properly for 10 years; the woman checked then unchecked her selections before pulling the lever, thus never registering her votes.