Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.
We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates are elected at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and support legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We promote transparency and ethical practices in government. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.
You can download our bylaws here.
Join us tonight, Monday, Oct. 20th, at Bunga's Den, 137 West 14th Street. We'll be writing short letters to DFNYC members in N.C. and Iowa to encourage them to volunteer in key U.S. Senate races. We'll be at Bunga's from 6:30 to 9ish PM. Cash bar, snacks and food provided. More details here.
Tonight! Columbus Day Event to Beat Peter King!
~Democratic candidate Patricia Maher in Manhattan
~See below for host committee
Democrat Patricia Maher from Long Island in challenging incumbent Republican (and frequent Fox News commentator) Peter King for Congress on Long Island. Patricia will be in Manhattan this Monday evening, Columbus Day:
When: Monday, October 13, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
Where: Jacques Rosas Art Studio, 528 West 39th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
Guest Speakers: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assemblyman David Weprin, Councilman Corey Johnson
RSVP to Lewis H. Cohen at 917-653-2255 or by email to lewiscohen6-at-gmail.com (replace -at- w/@).
$2,500 - Christopher Columbus
$1,000 - Santa Maria
$500 - Pinta
$250 - Nina
$100 - Explorer
Hon. Kenny Agosto, Steve Behar, Sandra Bennett, Jennifer Berkley, Bruce Bingman, Ramon Cameron, Donetta Cherry, Batya Cohen, Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Hon. Corey Johnson , Tracey Keij-Denton, Stephanie Low, Hon. Carolyn B. Maloney, Hon. Anthony Martinez, Hon. Jerrold Nadler, Michael Pinto, Jacques Rosas, Hon. Rich Schaffer, Kenneth St. John.
Vote Now: Endorsement for Governor: *General* Election
~Ballot at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DFNYC2014
~You are eligible if you attended 2 DFNYC events since Nov. 2011
~Deadline is Friday, October 10th, at midnight.
After Labor Day, we made several endorsements in the 2014 primary and general elections in New York City. Due to the energy and attention around the governor's race, we informed our members that if the candidate that Democracy for NYC endorsed did not win the Sept. 9th primary, we would have another endorsement vote for the general election.
Rob Astorino & Christopher Moss
Steve Cohn & Bobby Kalotee
Andrew Cuomo & Kathy Hochul
Howie Hawkins & Brian Jones
Michael McDermott & Chris Edes
No Endorsement (DFNYC Should not endorse in this race)
Other (please specify)
~(Gov. & Lt. Gov candidates run as a ticket)
~(Listed in alphabetical order by Gov. candidate's last name)
Eligibility & Process:
The same rules from the September endorsement vote apply to this revote. DFNYC members who have attended 2 events from Nov. 17th, 2011 to Tuesday, August 12, are eligible to vote. DFNYC is committed to the principle of the secret ballot. After getting feedback from our members in 2012, we moved to an online system, and we preserve anonymity by having trusted DFA activists from outside New York count the ballots. (In September's vote, one vote counter was a DFA activist while the other was not affiliate with DFA.) No one in DFNYC will see how any member voted.
DFNYC is proud to announce our endorsements in the primary and general election for 2014! After feedback from our members and a voting period that ended on Tuesday, our members have chosen to endorse the following candidates:
~Governor - Zephyr Teachout
Gov. Andrew Cuomo 7%
Zephyr Teachout 87%
No Endorsement 6%
(Note: A write in vote stating "Vote WFP" was attributed to Gov. Cuomo)
~Lt. Governor - Tim Wu
Kathy Hochul 6%
Tim Wu 92%
No Endorsement 2%
(Note: A write in vote stating "Vote WFP" was attributed to Kathy Hochul.)
~State Senate District 31 - No Endorsement (Our threshold is 60%)
Adriano Espaillat 50%
Robert Jackson 39%
No Endorsment 11%
Percentages will be posted here later today.
NYS Senate District 33 - Bronx - Gustavo Rivera
NYS Senate District 34 - Bronx - Oliver Koppell
State Senate District 22 - Southern Brooklyn - Jamie Kemmerer
Congressional District 11 - SI & Southern Brooklyn - Domenic Recchia
*Our newsletter emailed on Sept. 4th erroneously stated that we endorsed Tony Avella in the 11th. (We have supported Avella in past campaigns.)
Thank you to our vote counters!
DFNYC wishes to extend a big thank you to our volunteer vote counters, who were diligent and patient with our process and extended deadline: Leah Brown and Kesh Ladduwahetty in D.C., and Jennifer Boysko in Virginia. Jennifer is running for Virginia House of Delegates! JenniferBoysko.com
About the Voting Process:
DFNYC members who had attended 2 events from Nov. 17th, 2011 to Tuesday, August 12, were eligible to vote. DFNYC is committed to the principle of the secret ballot. After getting feedback from our members in 2012, we moved to an online system, and we preserve anonymity by having trusted DFA activists from outside New York count the ballots. (This year, one vote counter was a DFA activist while the other was not affiliate with DFA.) No one in DFNYC knows who anyone voted for.
Email us at info-at-dfnyc.org.
Democracy for NYC is a local coalition group of Democracy for America. We get involved in progressive issues and campaigns in New York and across the country. Join us for the 2014 midterm elections! To learn more, read What We Stand For.
Voting is now open for Democracy for NYC's endorsements in 2014 races in New York City, and we've extended the deadline one week to the Tuesday after Labor Day at 10pm, as some candidates in key races have recently submitted questionnaire responses.
Responses to Our Questionnaire:
(Candidates listed in alphabetical order)
~If links do not work, please visit DFNYC.org to read responses
Gov. Andrew Cuomo - click here
Zephyr Teachout - click here
Kathy Hochul - click here
Tim Wu - click here
~State Senate District 31
Adriano Espaillat - click here
Robert Jackson - click here
Ballot: Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DFNYC2014
If you have attended at least two DFNYC events from Nov. 17th, 2011 to last Tuesday, August 12, you are eligible to vote. If you are not sure, please vote, as we will sort out eligibility later.
DFNYC is committed to the principle of the secret ballot. After getting feedback from our members in 2012, we moved to an online system, and we preserve anonymity by having trusted DFA activists from outside New York count the ballots. No one in DFNYC will know who you voted for.
More on Rules & Procedure: Click here.