About Democracy for NYC

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.

EndorsedLogo PlasticWe 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.

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About Democracy for New York City


DFNYC Statement on Trump Border Policies


February 5, 2017

President Donald Trump's announced policy to prevent citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States is bigoted, cowardly and short sighted. This ban is against everything for which the United States, the land of liberty, was founded. The lives of people who are friends of ours and valuable contributors to our communities are being needlessly threatened and disrupted. When Trump says that our borders are overrun, and that refugees are not subject to the closest scrutiny when they try to enter the country, he is lying. He wants to push Islamophobia and xenophobia as a way to instill fear and gain support for his isolationist, America first, policies.

Democracy for New York City (DFNYC) pledges to join with our allies in the progressive community here in NYC to fight these misguided policies now coming out of the White House. We will use our social media and every resource we have to protect the freedoms that our forefathers fought for and to keep our borders open. Lady Liberty does not just belong to us, she belongs to everyone around the world, and we will not let the light in her torch go out. Ever.

Roberta Cohen
Tracey Keij Denton
Mark Dieffenbacher
Rhonda Patillo
Max Smith
Richard Wallner

The Board of Directors DFNYC

Ken Thompson

Democracy for NYC is deeply saddened by the death of Ken Thompson, the pioneering Brooklyn DA. We were so proud to support him in his hard fought Democratic primary in 2013 and impressed at the ways that he transformed criminal justice in New York City. Click here for the NY Times article about his life.


TransPac Event - West Village - Oct. 6th

Transgender activists, supporters, and elected officials gathered to raise funds for a new political organization: TransPAC.  Rhonda Patillo of Democracy for NYC was there. (On the right in the photo below.) For more photos, click here to visit the Facebook page of Greater NYC for Change.

DFNYC's Rhonda Patillo, right, at the TransPAC event in the West Village, October 2016

Send Zephyr to Congress!!

Democracy for America (DFA) and DFNYC are supporting our friend and fellow member Zephyr Teachout in her race for Congress in the NY 19th District.  The 19th District is upstate and includes Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock, Rhinebeck and surrounding area.  Zephyr is a true progressive whose main issue is curbing the influence of big money in politics.  We think she will be a star in Congress.  To support Zephyr, please go to http://www.zephyrteachoutforcongress.com



Support Paul Newell for Assembly

The Board of Directors of DFNYC (Democracy for New York City) wishes to announce that we enthusiastically support our friend Paul Newell in the upcoming election for Assembly in the 65th District.  Paul is a tireless progressive advocate, with whom we have worked for many years, and he has consistently shared our belief in the need to reform the state legislature.  We think he will be an outstanding Assemblyman and a great voice for the Lower Manhattan community.  Paul Newell is exactly the kind of person that we need to be sending to Albany. 

Please click on the link below for ways that you can help support Paul in the upcoming Sept. 13th primary.


Paul Newell

(Note: This statement represents only the unanimous support of our leadership  DFNYC has decided not to hold any formal member endorsement votes during this cycle)


Contact Information

Email: info -at- dfnyc.org


A local coalition group of Democracy for America since 2004

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.