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



  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. Herman Farrell
  29. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  30. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  31. Dan Gettleman
  32. Jason Goldman
  33. Emily Jane Goodman
  34. Hon. Mark Green
  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. Phillip McCarthy
  45. Matt McMorrow
  46. Michael Mallon
  47. Mike C. Manning
  48. David Mansur
  49. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  50. Troy Masters
  51. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  52. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  53. John Cameron Mitchell
  54. Donny Moss
  55. Barry Mullineaux
  56. Hon. Paul Newell
  57. Denis O'Hare
  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. Hon. Matt Titone
  84. Hon. Ritchie Torres
  85. Sam Underwood
  86. Jessica Walter
  87. Patricia Nell Warren
  88. Wil Weder
  89. Seth Weissman
  90. Mel Wymore
  91. Emma Wolfe
  92. Hon. Keith Wright
  93. Zephyr Teachout