In case you haven’t been paying attention, New York has been experiencing a rash of corrupt officials heading off to jail. Former Senate Majority Leader John Sampson, who turned himself in yesterday, will make something like 7 in the past 3 months.
The question that remains, though, is who will fill those newly empty seats? With politicians in NY more likely to go to jail or die in office, how do we decide who replaces them? I’ll tell you this, it’s not the voters.
It’s the Democratic County Committee. In New York, fully one-third of all State elected officials are given their seats by their County Committee. And again, once you’re in, you’re almost never going to go out – at least not because of a vote.
So what is the County Committee? That’s just a fancy word for “Democratic Party” and, if you’re a Democrat, you can get a vote on it. You may not know it, but Democrats elect representatives to their local party to make those tough decisions (when they come up; people aren’t indicted every day, usually). In Manhattan, though, nearly half those seats are vacant! That means, as likely or not, you’re not even represented in these decisions right now. But there’s something you can do about it:
Represent yourself and your community by joining the County Committee. Learn more at openseatproject.org, a project of the Manhattan Young Democrats.