Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Minutes, October 12, 2017, 7pm

    

  1. Candles for Clemency Update: There was discussion on actions to advocate for releasing aging people in prison and the current status of Judith Clark and Roz Smith.

  2. Protest Parole Board: Volunteers Discussion of doing an action the home of  Tina Stanford (NYS Parole Commission Chairwoman) on November 11, 2017 to protest the Parole Board’s lack of action

  3. Terry W. Gipson (NYS Senate  41st District) spoke to the Board about his intention to run for Governor. He stated he has been a long time local activist in Rhinebeck and Dutchess County before being elected in 2012. He discussed several areas of disagreement with the Governor, including voting reform, strict campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform (with an emphasis on providing additional education for prisoners), and the need for a progressive bail system. He indicated he placed a high priority to elect democrats in Local and County offices, in addition to the State Senate. Proudest accomplishments – his active involvement in supporting the Dream Act and Gun Control.
    He felt he could win the election since there is typically less than 700,000 people voting in Governor primaries and he could focus on getting out activists in an anti-establishment atmosphere

  4. Sonia Ossorio (President NYS NOW) discussed the current priorities of NYS NOW including anti Trump actions and sexual assault in the prison system. She discussed concerns about Manhattan DA’s office, including their not pursuing an investigation of Trump or not prosecuting Harvey Weinstein in sexual harassment cases. She was pleased to join with Jim Owles to picket the Laurie Sattler’s invocation. She also indicated she would work with Jim Owles in supporting Margaret Chin and would visit Judith Clark with Allen and Tony

  5. No-IDC NY update – Aries Dela Cruz discussed challenges to IDC members. He said they intended to raise $10,000 a month during next few months (and greater closer to the primaries) to raise a total of $1 million. He also indicated they will be phone banking by volunteers to do voter ID.

  6. General Election,  Discussion on club helping candidate Margaret Chin’s bid for re-election to City Council and concern over Chris Marte’s willingness to accept Independence Party line.

  7. Primary Recap  - Most club supported candidates won including Margaret Chin, Keith Powers, Carlina Rivera, Helen Rosenthal, Carlos Menchaca, Justin Brennan, Adrienne Adams, Eric Gonzalez, Tommy Torres and Deborah Rose . However, club’s endorsed candidate’s Robert Rodriquez and Helen Hynes lost their City Council bids.

  8. Congressional Candidates:  Club President Allen Roskoff, Paul Leonard, Christian Campbell and America Campbell will interview Congressional candidates to bring endorsement recommendation  back to club.

  9. December 5 Fundraiser – will likely be at Mark Green’s apartment, Betty Buckley and Mike C. Manning will be honored.

  10. Treasurer’s Report    Club has $35,000 in active account.  Allen thanks Barry Weinberg for his work as Treasurer.

  11. Web Site: Website to be updated with changes in format.  

  12. City Council ratings – Club discussed this years ratings of City Council members. Motion  approved for  Dan Roskoff to take on task.

  13. Next Meeting November 15th


 Meeting Adjourned 11pm

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