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.
You can download our bylaws here.
DFNYC joins with our fellow members of New Yorkers Agaisnt Fracking, Food and Water Watch, and Denocracy for America in supporting today's global day of action to protest hydrofracking. Several of our members were at the big NY event on Manhattan's west side earlier today, and there were similar events all over the world. This issue is crucial to our future. For more information, please go to www.globaldrackdown.com, www.foodandwaterwatch.org/ or http://nyagainstfracking.org
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)
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.)
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:
SCOTT STRINGER 59% ELIOT SPITZER 39% NO ENDORSEMENT 2%
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.