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


Volunteer - Election Day is Tuesday September 10

Election Day is today, Tuesday, September 10th. Polls are open from 6am to 9pm.

(1) Join us for a Big Monday Night Phonebank for Bill de Blasio at Campaign HQ  Details here.

(2) Washington Heights: Volunteer Monday, or any time during the day Tuesday, Tues. at 104 Dyckman Street (1 train to Dyckman) for Bill de Blasio. Call/text Roberto Perez, 646-325-3326.

(3) Our Endorsed Candidates can use your help any time tonight or tomorrow. Here's the list.

(4) Election Night Parties:

~ Drinking Liberally is having an election night party on Building on Bond, 112 Bond Street between Atlantic & Pacific. Subway: F/G to Bergen, or any train to Atlantic Avenue: 2/3/4/5, etc.)
~ Bill de Blasio "Election Night Event and Block Party" at The Bell House, in Park Slope/Gowanus, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn. There will also be a block party outside for overflow, between 2nd & 3rd. Subway: R to 9th Street or F/G to 4th Avenue. 
~ DL21C Election Night Party:  Tonic in Times Square, 727 7th Ave btween 48th & 49th. 
~ Candidates' Election Night Parties:  Each campaign is throwing an election night party as well. For details on the parties for any specific candidate, please email us at info-at-dfnyc.org (Richard & Tracey)

Join us for a special Linkup on the NYPD Mosque controversy

Wednesday night, September 4th, we'll discuss the NYPD's latest mosque controversy at our 7-8:30pm Linkup at Peculier Pub on Bleecker Street. Click here for details, including subway directions.

Shana Tovah to all who celebrate!

This month, Linkup lands on the first night of Rosh Hashana. We understand this means many DFNYC members are celebrating and can't participate. We will have a full report on Linkup in the next newsletter and welcome your input on this issue - info-at-dfnyc.org.  (Linkups have been the first Wednesday of every month for over 10 years, since they started during Howard Dean's campaign; but we do try to avoid major religious holidays when scheduling other political events.)

DFNYC endorses Scott Stringer for NYC Comptroller!

Democracy for New York City is happy to announce that our members have endorsed Scott Stringer for NYC Comptroller. 

In our endorsement vote, the results were:


DFNYC has been working with Scott Stringer since his time in the NY State Assembly.  In 2005, when the Brennan Center for Justice stated that NY had the most dysfunctional legislature in the nation, DFNYC and other groups joined Scott in his push for reform in Albany - a politically risky move for any Assembly Democrat.  As Manhattan Borough President, he has been accessible and effective, working on issues of concern to our members, including affordable housing and food security.  Scott has promised to expand the scope of the Comptroller's office to make it a more effective tool in pushing the progressive agenda and protecting our citizens.  For more information or to volunteer, go to stringer2013.com

DFNYC's leadership committee thanks both Scott Stringer and Eliot Spitzer for participating in our endorsement process, by taking the time to answer our questionnaires and attend our recent forum. 

Candidates' responses to our questionnaire: Click here.

Video from our forum August 13th:  We held a forum for the Comptroller's race, co-hosted with Act Now NY and Living Liberally, with Justin Krebs as moderator. Both candidates joined us at The Tank in midtown. Video  is at DFNYC's new Youtube channel - click here.  

Photos from the forum: Click here.

About the Endorsement Vote:


Among DFNYC members, there are strong supporters of both candidates, and we sincerely thank everyone who voted for weighing in on this highly-competitive race. DFNYC leadership made every effort to ensure that voting was easy, secure, anonymous, and that members knew about the opportunity to vote. (Members who have attended two events since Nov. 15th 2011 were eligible to vote.)  Thank you to Tim Nicholas and Chaim Julian, our out-of-state volunteer vote counters.



DFNYC This Week - Voting for Comptroller Ends Monday Night!

Voting closes tonight, Monday! in DFNYC's Endorsement vote for Comptroller. Click here to go right to the ballot. Click here for endorsement rules and procedure. Voting will close Monday, Aug. 19th, at midnight.

Scott Stringer & Eliot Spitzer's answers to our candidate questionnaire - click here.

Last week we had a great forum for the Comptroller's race, co-hosted with Act Now NY and Living Liberally. Both Scott Stringer and Eliot Spitzer joined us at The Tank in midtown. Click here for pictures. Videos of the forum are available here.

Twilight of the Elites - Kellner, Spitzer, Weiner, and Lopez


To what ills has our class of political elite succumbed? Rare has been the occasion when a breadth of candidates aiming directly for key legislative and municipal seats been so oversaturated by characters all embroiled in scandals of precisely the same theme, though with minor stylistic differences. Kellner and Lopez’s difficulties stem directly from clearly abusive behavior towards office-mates, colleagues, and employees - a blatant violation of public trust and the implicit, tacit understanding - not to mention legal explicitness - to which all parties agree upon entering into a work arrangement. Weiner and Spitzer’s are an entirely different class of misbehavior that, while reprehensible, did not necessarily step over the same lines that the other two did.

Where, now, does this leave us? Much has been made, recently, of politicians evolving into effectively sex scandal proof entities. But ever since the days of JFK supposedly sneaking Marilyn Monroe into the Lincoln Room, we have been as a nation overly obsessed with every politician’s bedroom behavior. Similarly, ever since “Client #9” became a widely referenced moniker, local elected officials have been under additional scrutiny. But despite living in the Mecca of Progressivism and idyllic thought, this conundrum has vexed us with a bewilderment.

We are adamantly anti- the Micah Kellner/Vito Lopez section of the spectrum. This is brazenly in conflict with worker’s rights. No woman - or man, for that matter - should need fear that s/he will suffer untoward advances from their professional superior. To work in an environment where the leadership individual is an elected official adds an extra layer of complete disenfranchisement. True - in the end, they are only human. Also true - we hold our elected officials to a higher expectation of morality, but really, with their access to so many layers of power capable of affecting so many people’s lives, should we not keep our expectations high?

What we do know is that we have arrived clearly at the following: whether the topic is sexual preferences, (non) wedded bliss, or polyamory, a Normal Rockwell painting type life should not be a pre-requisite for considering a candidate to be politically viable. If you are gay, bisexual, straight, have multiple partners or are seeking the same, that’s your business. Just kindly remember that as a public official that every move you make exposes itself to the public record. So, again: there is danger, and then there’s Carlos Danger.

So, to sum up: sexuality good, sexual abuse in the workplace - bad. Embarrassing yourself online; mmm-meh. Embarrassing yourself online as a public official and the public finds out: doubleunplusgood. Embarrassing yourself either online or not as a public official sexually harassing interns/employees in your office and the public finds out about it: lose your access to power. There is a reason why laws exist regarding sexual harassment. Protecting elected officials that cross that line creates a landscape that allows for more harassers, not more equitable work and that is something which we are decidedly against.

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.