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.
We 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 and more than 45 other organizations have signed on to a letter calling on the Governor and Mayor to acknowledge the problems facing the disadvantaged areas of Far Rockaway and Hamilton Beach after Hurricane Sandy. There have been deaths from hypothermia, lack of hot food and nutrient supplements, and risk of asphyxiation from using gas stoves to heat apartments.
We are very happy to see that Gov. Cuomo has requested $30 billion from FEMA and we want to make sure that it is spent effectively. There is concern that the Rockaways, which can be difficult to access and include some of the City's poorest residents, are not getting fair treatment. Click here to read Joe Nocera's op-ed in The New York Times. Also, volunteers on the ground are noticing far more needs and problems then the official reports that elected officials are receiving.
Please take just a moment to call the elected officials below, and ask that they insure that the Rockaways and Hamilton Beach receive the resources they need, for now and to rebuild their futures.
Governor Andrew Cuomo
-Albany Office Phone: 518-474-8390
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
-District Office- Phone: 212-564-7757; Fax: 212-564-7347
-Legislative Office- Phone: 212-788-7210; Fax: 212-788-7207
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
-Office Phone: 718-286-3000; Fax: 1-718-286-2876
Click here for the full letter to Gov. Cuomo & Mayor Bloomberg.
Map showing of Far Rockaway. (Scroll down - NYT article from 2008.)
Basic map of NYC highlighting Rockaway Penninsula (Article about letter from artists)