Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Minutes: April 9, 2016, 1:00pm

 

Board Meeting was called to order at 1:14pm

Recent Board Activities
During the last couple of months the Club has done additional outreach and voter registration and done mailings for several of its endorsees. The Club also continued activities in the Bernie Sanders campaign, including the Board President speaking at the rally at the Ethical Society.

Candidate forum - 66th Assembly District
Both candidates for the 66th Assembly District attended, gave presentations and took questions from Club members.

Deborah Glick, The incumbent discussed her activities in the Assembly including her eight years as Chair, Higher Education committee and the leadership she has provided as the first gay and lesbian elected official in NY State. One of only 3 women in Senate.
She discussed her legislative activities, including being the lead sponsor on the campus sexual assault bill, bill to increase installation of more red light and speed cameras, opposing Airbnb, and expanding school zones. She discussed other legislation she was active ins upporting including the Marriage Equality Act and Non-Discrimination bills.
She also discussed her local accomplishments including getting a $2.5 million allocation for the Hudson River Park, and her advocacy for the Elizabeth Street Garden and signing on the lawsuit against NYU's expansion plan.

She indicated she supported the Speaker Silver after he was indicted because of his support for her legislative and other proposals. She also indicated that she supported Governor Cuomo because of his support for Marriage Equality, minimum wage increase and gun control, but appreciated the campaign that Zephyr Teachout, whom the Club supported, ran and her ability to move the party to the left.

Arthur Schwartz discussed his long-term involvement with the Club, including putting the Club President on the top of the ballet for delegate for Bernie and his involvement with the club and with candidates the club endorsed, including Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Zephyr Teachout. He indicated his decision to run against Deborah related to her support for Speak Sheldon Silver, despite strong evidence of corruption.

He indicated strong supports for 8 year term limit for State Legislators and for publicly funded elections, early and weekend voting, same day registration. He indicated in the Assembly he would propose Free CUNY and SUNY tuition and creating a public option for Health insurance.

He discussed his long-term involvement in the community including defending the tenants in Fulton Houses in court, fighting against the sale of the St. Vincent's site to the Rudin's and (after the sale) fighting for a replacement Hospital in the area.

He indicated that while he expected to be a full tie legislator, he also wanted to keep doing his law practice.

Elected Official Reports

Congressmember Jose Serrano Sr. discussed his votes making him statistically the most liberal member of Congress. He discussed his long term support for vote rights, treating Puerto Rico fairly, and fighting for the poort and for the LGTB community. He discussed the Presidential race and his intention to fight against everything likely Republican nominee Donald Trump stands for.

Endorsements

66th Assembly District - 81% in support of Arthur Schwartz and 19% for Deborah Glick

15th Congressional District – Jose Serrano (unanimous)

Officers

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

  1. Hon. Eric Adams
  2. George Arzt
  3. Lance Bass
  4. John Blair
  5. Mark Benoit
  6. Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte
  7. Hon. Jonathan Bing
  8. Robin Byrd
  9. Hon. Gale Brewer
  10. Christian Campbell
  11. Kathleen Chalfant
  12. Gus Christensen
  13. Erik Coler
  14. Debra Cooper
  15. Hon. Jon Cooper
  16. Wilson Cruz
  17. Hon. Laurie Cumbo
  18. Alan Cumming
  19. Valorie Curry
  20. Michael Czaczkes
  21. Hon. Bill de Blasio
  22. Jon Del Giorno
  23. Aries Dela Cruz
  24. Kyan Douglas
  25. Hon. Daniel Dromm
  26. James Duff
  27. Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
  28. Kathryn Erbe
  29. Hon. Herman Farrell
  30. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  31. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  32. Dan Gettleman
  33. Hon. Mark Green
  34. Robert Grunnah
  35. Tony Hoffmann
  36. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  37. Binn Jakupi
  38. Hon. Letitia James
  39. Hon. Corey Johnson
  40. Camille Joseph
  41. Phillip Keane
  42. Greg Lambert
  43. Dodge Landesman
  44. Cameron McFadden
  45. Michael Mallon
  46. Mike C. Manning
  47. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  48. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  49. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  50. John Cameron Mitchell
  51. Donny Moss
  52. Barry Mullineaux
  53. Ali Najmi
  54. Hon. Paul Newell
  55. Hawk Newsome
  56. Hon. Yuh-Line Niou
  57. Denis O'Hare
  58. Noah Pfefferbilt
  59. Josue Pierre
  60. Bob Pontarelli
  61. Billy Porter
  62. Joe Pressley
  63. Randy Rainbow
  64. Hon. Jenifer Rajkumar
  65. Neil Reilly
  66. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  67. Barbara Rosen
  68. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
  69. Maer Roshan
  70. Toby Russo
  71. Bill Samuels
  72. James Sansum
  73. Scott Sartiano
  74. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  75. Lynn Schulman
  76. Hon. Rebecca Seawright
  77. Frank Selvaggi
  78. Rev. Al Sharpton
  79. Taylor Shubert
  80. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  81. Tom Smith
  82. Marti Speranza
  83. Anne Strahle
  84. Hon. Scott Stringer
  85. Wayne Sunday
  86. Hon. Bill Thompson
  87. Hon. Matt Titone
  88. Hon. Ritchie Torres
  89. Sam Underwood
  90. Derek Walker
  91. Jessica Walter
  92. Patricia Nell Warren
  93. Wil Weder
  94. Seth Weissman
  95. Justin Westbrook-Lowery
  96. Mel Wymore
  97. Emma Wolfe
  98. Hon. Keith Wright
  99. Zephyr Teachout