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. Gus Christensen
  12. Hon. Martin Connor
  13. Hon. Jon Cooper
  14. Wilson Cruz
  15. Hon. Laurie Cumbo
  16. Alan Cumming
  17. Valorie Curry
  18. Michael Czaczkes
  19. Hon. Bill de Blasio
  20. Jon Del Giorno
  21. Aries Dela Cruz
  22. Kyan Douglas
  23. Hon. Daniel Dromm
  24. James Duff
  25. Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
  26. Hon. Herman Farrell
  27. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  28. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  29. Dan Gettleman
  30. Emily Jane Goodman
  31. Hon. Mark Green
  32. Tony Hoffmann
  33. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  34. Binn Jakupi
  35. Hon. Letitia James
  36. Hon. Corey Johnson
  37. Camille Joseph
  38. Phillip Keane
  39. Greg Lambert
  40. Dodge Landesman
  41. Marc Landis
  42. Phillip McCarthy
  43. Matt McMorrow
  44. Michael Mallon
  45. Mike C. Manning
  46. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  47. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  48. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  49. John Cameron Mitchell
  50. Donny Moss
  51. Barry Mullineaux
  52. Hon. Paul Newell
  53. Denis O'Hare
  54. Noah Pfefferbilt
  55. Josue Pierre
  56. Bob Pontarelli
  57. Billy Porter
  58. Randy Rainbow
  59. Hon. Jenifer Rajkumar
  60. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  61. Barbara Rosen
  62. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
  63. Maer Roshan
  64. Toby Russo
  65. Bill Samuels
  66. James Sansum
  67. Scott Sartiano
  68. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  69. Lynn Schulman
  70. Frank Selvaggi
  71. Rev. Al Sharpton
  72. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  73. Tom Smith
  74. Marti Speranza
  75. Anne Strahle
  76. Hon. Scott Stringer
  77. Wayne Sunday
  78. Hon. Bill Thompson
  79. Hon. Matt Titone
  80. Hon. Ritchie Torres
  81. Sam Underwood
  82. Derek Walker
  83. Jessica Walter
  84. Patricia Nell Warren
  85. Wil Weder
  86. Seth Weissman
  87. Mel Wymore
  88. Emma Wolfe
  89. Hon. Keith Wright
  90. Zephyr Teachout