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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DFNYC 2013 Mayoral Forum this week!

DFNYC Mayoral Forum with Act Now NY and Living Liberally

Tuesday, March 05, 2013  7:00 - 9:00pm
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Forum - Race for NYC Mayor 2013

Join Democracy for NYC, along with our friends at Act Now NY and Living Liberally for a forum with Democratic candidates for NYC Mayor.  Ask questions and hear what the candidates have to say on important issues. Next year will be the first time in 12 years NYC has had a new mayor.  We look forward to taking part in this historic election! 

When:  Tuesday, March 5th, 7-9pm

Where:  The Tank, a theater on the 8th floor of 151 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues

RSVP Required: (Space is limited) Act Now NY is collecting RSVPs - click here!

Participation Guidelines:  This is a forum for candidates running in the Democratic primary.  Click here for our guidelines to determine candidate participation.

Invited Candidates, in alphabetical order:  (* Confirmed)

Sal Albanese*

Bill de Blasio*

John Liu*

Christine Quinn

Erick Salgado

Bill Thompson

Please check back for updates on invited/confirmed candidates.

Click here for candidate participation guidelines

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.






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.