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. 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