Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
October 18, 2016, 7:30pm

President Report: Jim Owles:  Five pieces of literature were printed and distributed in 4 out of 5 boroughs. During the General Election, the Club also plans to send out mailing in support of Tom Suozzi, and participate in mailings for Dan Quart, Hillary Clinton, Caroline Maloney.  During the last two months, the website has been upgraded and updated. Tom Suozzi, who the club endorsed, will speak at next fundraiser, as will actor Dennis O’Hare.  Jeff Hurrant has been added to Board of Governors, as Officer of Social Media.  The Club is moving forward on full state required compliance, which is likely to cost $10,000/year.

Members also discussed the success of the campaign for Doris Ling Cohen and the involvement of the Club in that effort. Specific appreciation was expressed for the efforts of Board member Dan Roskoff, who acted as the Campaign Manager for Doris Ling Cohen.

In addition to the above report, there was discussion on need to add new Board of Governor members and for increased participation on Fundraising.  

Presenters

Democratic Nominee for the 65th Assembly District Yuh-Line Niou introduced herself to the club. Discussion focused on government transparency, campaign finance reform, resiliency for lower Manhattan, environmental justice and economic inequality.

District Leader, 66 Part A, Arthur Schwartz also spoke on his efforts to turn the activism and movement for Progressive causes fostered in Bernie Sanders campaign into a new statewide organization, likely named Progressive Action Network New York.   

State Committee member Ben Yee discussed his recent election to the Executive Board of the State Committee, the merging of the Reform and Progressive Caucuses at the State Committee and the State Committee opposition to the Dakota Pipeline.  

Judge Emily Jane Goodman Other Club Business

indicated that there were 9 spots on the ballot for the 2016 selection for Judiciary – 5 incumbents and 4 vacancies. She expressed concern that Doris Ling Cohan not being recommended by the panel as an incumbent violated important protocol that has been in place to ensure Judicial independence.  She recommended outreach for organizations to join the Panel, training for Panel members and required disclosure of potential Conflicts of Interest by Panel members to remedy this problem. She also recommended incumbent right of appeal if not appointed and a required 75% vote by the Panel be required to not re-nominate incumbent.

Endorsements

The Club endorsed Yuh-Line Niou for 65th Assembly, 100% in favor

Other Club Business

The Club is proposing to do a report card on the City Council members based on votes and other factors. There is expected to be further discussion before the report card grading system is finalized.

 The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm   

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. Rafael Espinal
  27. Hon. Herman Farrell
  28. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  29. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  30. Dan Gettleman
  31. Emily Jane Goodman
  32. Hon. Mark Green
  33. Tony Hoffmann
  34. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  35. Binn Jakupi
  36. Hon. Letitia James
  37. Hon. Corey Johnson
  38. Camille Joseph
  39. Phillip Keane
  40. Greg Lambert
  41. Dodge Landesman
  42. Marc Landis
  43. Phillip McCarthy
  44. Matt McMorrow
  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. Hon. Paul Newell
  54. Denis O'Hare
  55. Noah Pfefferbilt
  56. Josue Pierre
  57. Bob Pontarelli
  58. Billy Porter
  59. Randy Rainbow
  60. Hon. Jenifer Rajkumar
  61. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  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. Anne Strahle
  75. Hon. Scott Stringer
  76. Wayne Sunday
  77. Hon. Bill Thompson
  78. Hon. Matt Titone
  79. Hon. Ritchie Torres
  80. Sam Underwood
  81. Derek Walker
  82. Jessica Walter
  83. Patricia Nell Warren
  84. Wil Weder
  85. Seth Weissman
  86. Mel Wymore
  87. Emma Wolfe
  88. Hon. Keith Wright
  89. Zephyr Teachout