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 Obama Day of Action

DFNYC Day of Action for President Obama in Pennsylvania!!

Sept. 29, 2012

Join us for a special DFNYC event on Saturday, Sept. 29th as we board a bus to the Lehigh Valley to campaign in Pennsylvania for President Obama. Recent polls indicate that the President has gained momentum in the Keystone state, so we have to work hard to make sure he keeps his lead in this crucial swing state.

Important Trip Details: The first 25 people confirmed for the trip will with ride with us for free, so please send your RSVPs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9/24. The bus will depart from Union Square (15th & Union Square East) in front of Babies R Us at 8am sharp.

We are co-sponsoring this trip with our friends at ACT Now and thank them for making this joint endeavor possible.

See you on the 29th! Have questions? Feel free to email us at DFNYC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!


Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time: 8am (sharp) to 8pm.

Place: Meet the bus at Union Square (15th & Union Square East) in front of Babies R Us.

Bring: Comfortable shoes. Light snacks, water will be provided.

The Dean Dozen Class of 2012

We at DFNYC have, for the last eight years now, been proud to represent New York City as the local coalition group for Howard and Jim Dean's Democracy for America.  DFA strives to help elect the best progressives to office around the country, and during every cycle, Howard and Jim get together with the great people on their staff and select "The Dean Dozen'  These are the twelve candidates running for office this November that they have determined to be most worthy of the support of DFA members everywhere. In other words, the best darn progressives out there on the ballot!  This year's class of 2012 Dean Dozen has just been announced.  They are:


We encourage you to find ways to support these candidates in the coming weeks.  DFNYC will be having a letter writing/phone banking event on Sunday for Dean Dozen candidate Elizabeth Warren. hosted by Move On organizer and longtime DFA and DFNYC member Arlene Geiger.  Please come if you have the time!


Where:  240 West 98th Street

When:  5:30-8:30pm

RSVP Required: Please sign up at this link: http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=132256




FYI, the Dean Dozen has been announced in every cycle since 2004.  The very first member of the first Dean Dozen was a young, then unknown state legislator running for U.S. Senate from Illinois.  A guy named Barack Obama.





Congressman-Elect Hakeem Jeffries endorses Lincoln Restler

Good News! DFNYC-endorsed candidate Lincoln Restler has just received a big endorsement - Congressman-Elect Hakeem Jeffries!

Hakeem Jeffries Backs Lincoln Restler 

Click here for Hakeem Jeffries' Campaign site

Endorsement Announcement + Wednesday BBQ with Dan Garodnick

Join us this Wednesday, July 25th, 7-10pm, for our Second Annual Summer BBQ with City Councilmember Dan GarodnickClick here to go to the event page!

Democracy for NYC Endorsement Announcement:

Democracy for NYC is proud to announce the endorsement of 4 terrific candidates: Lincoln Restler, Andrew Gounardes, Mark Murphy & Steven Cymbrowitz!

Democracy for NYC has now endorsed 7 candidates in 2012 - President Barack Obama, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Assemblymember Grace Meng (running for Congress in the new 6th district in Queens) were endorsed by our members in June.

Democratic District Leader - 50th District (Brooklyn)
Chris Olechowski       0%
Lincoln Restler         91%
Other                         6%
No Endorsement        3%

NYS Assembly - Democratic Primary - 45th Dist. (Brooklyn)
Ben Akselrod               0%
Steven Cymbrowitz   92%
Other                          4%
No Endorsement         4%

NY State Senate - 22nd District (Brooklyn)
Martin Golden (Republican)            3%
Andrew Gounardes (Democrat)    97%
No Endorsement                             0%

U.S. Congress - 11th District (Staten Island & Brooklyn)
Hank Bardel (Green)              0%
Michael Grimm  (Republican)  0%
Mark Murphy  (Democrat)     97%
No Endorsement                    3%

Hot Races Update

There are several hot 2012 races in NYC for the primary ballot on September 13th and the general election November 6th.  See below for a list of districts and candidates. Are you supporting one of these candidates?  We want to hear from you! Email Political Director Richard Wallner at rwallner-at-dfnyc.org (replace -at- w/@).

Click here for new district maps in New York State after the 2010 Census.

Click here for our page listing all Congressional seats in NY State, including new & old district numbers and hot races.


1. State Senate District 33:  Incumbent Democrat Gustavo Rivera, who beat the corrupt Pedro Espada in 2012, is now being challenged in the primary by Manny Tavarez, a former sports agent who is against a woman's right to choose and against gay marriage. Click here for the DFNYC page on this race.

2. Assembly District 76:  Currently represented by Peter Rivera. We'll have a page on this race soon.



1. State Senate District 31:  This seat is currently represented by Adriano Espaillat, who challenged Charlie Rangel in the Democratic primary on June 26th. (CD 13, the old 15th). That race went into overtime, and the BOE recently declared Rangel the winner.  Espaillat is running again for the State Senate, as he turned in enough signatures by the July 12th deadline.  Guillermo Linares is also running.  Click here for the DFNYC page on this race.

2. State Senate District 27:  Incumbent Tom Duane announced his retirement in June.  There are three candidates on the ballot for the September 13th primary: Tom Greco, Brad Hoylman and Tankia Inlaw. Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.

3. Surrogate Court Manhattan:  Kristin Booth Glen, the current Surrogate, must resign at the end of the year as she has reached the mandatory retirement age. Two candidates are competing against each other in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13th. Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.

4.  Assembly District 72:  Incumbent Assemblyman  Guillermo Linares is challenging Adriano Espaillat for the State Senate in SD 31, see above.  The candidates on the ballot to replace Linares in the 72nd AD include Mayra Linares (the current Assemblymember’s daughter) and also Gabriela Rosa, Melanie Hidalgo, and Ruben Vargas. Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.



1. Assembly District 50: Democratic District Leader.  Lincoln Restler, incumbent District Leader (Williamsburg area) is being challenged by Chris Olechowski. Click here for DFNYC's page about this race.


2.  State Senate District 22:  Democrat Andrew Gounardes is challenging incumbent Republican State Senator Marty GoldenClick here for DFNYC's page on this race.


3.  Assembly District 57:  Incumbent Hakeem Jeffries is running for Congress; there are several candidates mentioned for his assembly seat.  Click here for more info.  

4.  Assembly District 45: Incumbent Democrat Steven Cymbrowitz faces a primary challenge from Ben Akselrod. This is a seat that could go Republican in November. Click here for more info on this race.

5.  State Senate District 18:  Incumbent Democrat Martin Dilan is being challenged in the primary by Jason Otaño.  Click here for more info on this race.


Staten Island


Congressional District 11:  Democrat Mark Murphy is challenging incumbent Republican Michael Grimm for the Congressional seat that includes Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. (This is the old 13th District.) Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.



1.  Congressional District 6:  Congressman Gary Ackerman is retiring

~ DFNYC has endorsed Grace Meng ~

Click here (pdf) for the LATFOR map of the district.

Assemblywoman Grace Meng won the competitive Democratic primary on June 26th.  Her Republican opponent will be City Councilman Dan Halloran.  DFNYC proudly endorsed Grace Meng in June and we'll be posting volunteer opportunities on our website. In the meantime, click here for NY Daily News coverage of this race by Irvin DeJohn & Lisa Colangelo.

2. Assembly District 40 (the old 22nd): Now that Grace Meng has won the primary for the Congressional seat, there is an election for her Assembly seat.  Possible candidates include Democrats Ron Kim (who has the backing of the Queens machine), Ethel Chen, Isaac Sasson and John Scandalios, as well as Republicans Phil Gim and Sunny Hahn.  Click here for Colin Campbell's post at the Politicker blog.

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.