Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Minutes: September 7, 2016, 7:30pm

 

Agenda:

1) T- Shirt Sales – Allen showed several clemency themed T-shirts for sale 

2) Based on the club’s previous support for Doris Lin-Cohan, the club has taken a public strong stand against the recent reporting out of a selection panel  that did not find her qualified. On behalf of the Club, Club President Alan Roskoff has also has spoken against several irregularities and conflicts of interest that likely impacted that decision and joined with several Council people and other advocates and officials in a press conference highlighting the quality of Justice Lin-Cohan’s decisions, including her landmark decision in favor of same-sex marriage.   

Justice Lin-Cohan described some of her major Judicial decisions and desents and her priorities on the Court. 

There was substantial discussion on strategies to ensure the recommendation of the panel is overturned:

  1. Next steps discussed include fund raising and an event for delegates in advance of their vote. Other members also discussed strategies for press relations. Members were encouraged to attend forums that discussed Judicial candidates to highlight Justice Lin-Cohan’s record and to condemn the process that lead to the Panel’s recommendation;
  2. There was also discussion of Long term solutions and reforms to the Manhattan Democratic Party’s selection process including recommendations to include an Appeal process for incumbent Judges not recommended and requirements that the Panel review a fuller set of records before making a decision. 

Members discussed the appearance of conflict of interest and partiality in the Manhattan Democrat County Committee’s selection of co-chair for their judicial panel.

Discussion continued over the unsuitability of Lori Satler as candidate for State Supreme Court and her unprofessional and sexist court room behavior.  

3) Discussion with members of Candles for Clemency regarding ongoing strategy in regard to moving forward in our efforts to securing clemency for as many people as possible and the specific strategy in regards to Judith Clark. Co-Chair of Candles for Clemency Tony Hoffmann co-chaired this part of the meeting.

4) Discussion of creating a yearly rating report card of the New York City Council to be put together by Dan Roskoff

5) Treasurers report – Barry Weinberg, the new Club/PAC treasurer met with bookkeeper and compliance consultants and is working on streamlining the club’s financial processes and ensuring the club meets reporting and record keeping requirements.  He also reported that the club and PAC have approximately $37,000 in the bank, though a portion of that will be needed to pay outstanding invoices and monthly fees for the club bookkeeping and compliance consultants.  

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50pm    

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