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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Gov. Howard Dean at The Strand Bookstore

Gov. Howard Dean was at The Strand Bookstore this evening, with David Burstein, author of the book Fast Future.

Gov. Howard Dean with DFNYC members at the Strand Bookstore

Here's Gov. Dean pictured with DFNYCers Richard Wallner, Matt Ward, Merle McEldowney, Tracey Keij-Denton, and Dan Kinber.

Click here for more info about the event and David's book.  We learned of this event only recently, and sent it to our Alerts list. If you'd like to be on the DFNYC alerts list, please email us at info-at-dfnyc.org.

State of the Union Watch Parties/Events on Tuesday Feb. 12th

On Tuesday February 12th, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address.  Given the current political tensions, this promises to be quite an event.  DFNYC is happy to support three great events that will happen that evening, two in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn: 


Voterbook Manhattan, which grew out of the 2008 Obama campaign, is sponsoring a watch party, in the Times Square area, and a forum on gun violence which will take place before the speeches begin.  Leah Gunn Barrett of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence will speak about what is going on currently in the gun control movement, and lead a discussion about learning the difference between the myths and the facts about gun issues.  President Obama is expected to address gun control in his speech.

What:   Voterbook Manhattan Gun Violence Forum and State of the Union Watch Party

When:  Tuesday Feb. 12th, 7 p.m.

Where:  Harley's Smoke Stack (formerly the Irish Rogue)

             356 W. 44th St between 8th and 9th  (event is upstairs)

For more information or to rsvp:  


2.  Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (DL21C) and Manhattan Young Democrats (MYD) Watch Party-

Our friends at DL21C and MYD will be co-hosting a watch party.  They will have drink specials, great food and special guest speakers.  DL21C events are good to attend if you want to see and be seen and meet local candidates and politicos

What:   DL21C and Manhattan Young Democrats State of the Union Watch Party

When:  Tuesday Feb. 12th, 7 p.m.

Where:  Smithfield's (upstairs)  215 W, 28th St

For more information or to RSVP:


And last (but not least!)

3. Drinking Liberally's Annual State of the Union Watch Party

Our longtime friends at Drinking Liberally are having their annual SOTU watch party at a really cool bar in Brooklyn.  Their SOTU watch parties are always terrific events:

What:    Drinking Liberally's annual State of the Union Watch Party

When:   Tuesday, Feb. 12th  7 p.m.

Where:  Building on Bond

             112 Bond St (at Pacific St)

After President Obama speaks, Marco Rubio will deliver the GOP response, and Rand Paul will give the Tea Party response. Be prepared to throw popcorn at the big screens when the bad guys come on. If you go to DL's party, I'm sure Justin Krebs will insist!  

Look for DFNYC'ers at all three events.  See you there!!





NY passes toughest Gun Control Law in the Nation

Democracy for New York City applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for their actions today in passing and signing the toughest gun control law in the nation.  The memories of those children killed in Newtown have been honored.


There is a lot happening with regards to gun control.

--  President Obama is set to announce actions that he will take on Wednesday.

--  Our friends at Moveon are sponsoring  more than 230 Community Committee Against Gun Violence gatherings around the country on Thursday, including several in the NYC area.  Come meet with fellow progressives and lets discuss how to fight the epidemic of gun violence on the local level.  More info is here:


-- The Brady Campaign, which is dedicated to promoting the fight against gun violence and gun deaths, has on their website links to many resources on these issues.  They encourage everyone to write their representatives in Congress and demand action.



DFNYC calls for ban on assault weapons

In response to the heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, DFNYC is joining with Democracy for America, Move On, Act Now and many other progressive organizations in calling for a nationwide ban on all automatic assault weapons

DFA has started a petition and we encourage everyone to sign it:


In addition we urge everyone to call their New York state lawmakers and demand that the legislature in Albany pass meaningful gun control laws in the new year.  Measures that have been previously considered and not passed by the state senate, and need to be reintroduced include:

1. Micro Stamping-- This would require the casings of ammunition purchased in New York state to be marked, so that all bullets fired can be traced directly to the buyer.  Were such a system in place in Connecticut, we would be able to know where this person got the hollow point bullets used.  This legislation was brought up last year and killed by the GOP leadership in the state senate. 


2. Limit gun purchases in the state by any individual to one per month.


3. (Most importantly) Ban the sale of assault weapons anywhere in the state except for use by the military, the police or at firing ranges in the presence of qualified instructors.  Nobody needs these weapons at home.

There will be a lot more going on soon.  We must press President Obama to call for federal legislation banning assault weapons so write the White House!  We must do all we can to prevent further massacres!  This is the way we can honor the memory of those children who were slain.

In addition, this Sunday, please join Brooklyn State Senator Eric Adams, noted civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, and concerned organizations around the city including DFNYC, as we participate in a special event in honor of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.  This event is "Hands Across the Brooklyn Bridge", and it is intended to show the community's commitment to end gun violence and get assault weapons off the street.  New Yorkers from around the city will link hands on the Brooklyn Bridge in a strong and highly visible message to President Obama and our other elected officials.  A message that we demand action and we demand it now.

This event will be just before sunset on Sunday evening, and we will inform of the exact time and location to meet as soon as it is announced.






Meeting w/Elected Officials on the U.S. Fiscal Cliff - Our Ideas & Your Opinion


Starting tomorrow, DFNYC leadership has meetings scheduled with the offices of federal elected officials to discuss the U.S. Fiscal Cliff.  We want to see progressive, fiscally responsible solutions, and many of you have shared your ideas with us at events and by email.  This is our draft agenda, and we want to hear from you, whether you agree, disagree, or have additional points or context.  Please email us at info-at-dfnyc.org (replace -at w/@). 

Revenue Side:

1.  Bush Tax Cuts: 

Raise the marginal income tax rate on income over $250K. This essentially means letting the Bush tax cuts expire, but only on income over $250K.

2.  Tax High Frequency Trading: 

A small financial transaction tax that would discourage high frequency trading, while also raising significant revenue from it. The tax could be just a small fraction of a penny per share so that it would not in any way discourage other investors from the stock market, only the computerized algorithmic high volume trading that has led to flash crashes. For more, click here to visit the HFT Tax page at our website. 

3.  Deductions: 

Generally, we feel that eliminating deductions is not a good approach.  It is politically unfeasible, will not raise as much revenue as simply raising the marginal rate, and non-profit organizations will suffer greatly.  However, there may be a few deductions that should be reformed. 

4.  Capital Gains: 

Capital gains is already going up in 2013. We plan to ask the elected officials if there are plans to raise it further.  On the one hand, it seems fair as it is a tax on wealth, not work. On the other hand, there is compelling history that raising it may discourage investment, which is needed to get our economy on track.  Thoughts?

5. Expiration of the Payroll Tax Cut:

Many DFNYC members and others in the progressive community are in favor of the idea of allowing the payroll tax cut for employees - enacted by President Obama for 2011 and continued through 2012 - to expire. Though we realize this tax cut has been most beneficial to the middle class and working poor, we also recognize that this tax is for the benefit of Social Security, and we want Social Security to be solvent.

Spending Cuts Side:

1. No cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security:

Social Security and Medicaid are exempted from the Fiscal Cliff, so there less of a reason to negotiate here.  As for Medicare, it is a huge benefit to seniors, a fiscally responsible health care plan (as opposed to private insurance) and there is no significant cost savings from proposed cuts.  Howard Dean sent an email about this recently to Democracy for America members. (In case you're new here:  Our organization, DFNYC is a local coalition group of DFA.)

2.  Military Spending: 

We plan to ask the elected officials what is being negotiated with regard to spending cuts in the defense budget.  This is especially relevant in light of the war in Afghanistan, not starting a war with Iran, and the ballooning cost of the “War on Terror” domestically, as revealed in a two year investigation by the Washington Post: Click here for the 2010 article A Hidden World Growing Beyond Control

3.  The Affordable Care Act: 

While Obamacare is mainly market-driven legislation that puts more responsibilities on insurance companies and employers than on the government, there are certain important government expenditures in it, and those should be protected.  The high risk pool for people with pre-existing conditions, a temporary measure until insurance companies are required to not discriminate on this basis, is a program that is saving and improving the lives of many Americans. For example, the ACA has been a huge benefit to people living with HIV/AIDS (Click here for details.

4. Unemployment Insurance:

No cuts to unemployment insurance. If we go over the Fiscal Cliff, an estimated two million people will stop receiving unemployment insurance, a necessary source of income while jobs are still scarce.


Cuts & Revenue:

Chained CPI:  This is one idea that has been proposed to both raise revenue and decrease spending. Chained CPI is a way of determining the gradual social security payment increases and tax bracket increases that would be an alternative to the current method of calculation, which involves various inflation figures.  You can read more at the links below and share your opinion with us.  Essentially, proponents of Chained CPI state that it is a more accurate way to determine actual cost of living increases.  Opponents state that Chained CPI will decrease payments to social security recipients over time, and is not an accurate reflection of the real expenses of seniors, such as food and healthcare.    

Atlantic Monthly: Article in favor of Chained CPI.

AFL CIO Blog: Article against Chained CPI.

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.