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Grand Street Democrats

We are building a new Democratic club around Grand Street and the Lower East Side — inclusive, progressive, and active. Our focus is on both neighborhood issues like transportation and development, as well as national priorities that affect our community, such as immigration rights. Grand Street Democrats holds regular open meetings, neighborhood events, and forums with elected officials for the entire community.

AD 65 Part A is comprised of Election Districts 41, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 54, and 55 on the Lower East Side.

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Meet Lee Berman and Caroline Laskow

Your Democratic District Leaders:

Lee Berman

Lee Berman is a lifelong resident of East River Co-op. With two daughters in downtown public schools, Lee has been a tireless advocate for increased school funding, academically rigorous middle school programs, and more opportunities for English language learners and children with IEPs and special needs. He has served on Community Education Council 1 and has been a member of school leadership teams and PTAs for nine years.

As a director of East River Co-op, Lee fought for cost savings and budget reform, encouraged greater transparency and communication with cooperators, and was accessible and as helpful as possible to his neighbors. When appropriate, he has stood up to board members and management who have run the co-op for decades with little opposition.

Lee attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has a Law Degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and works for the City of New York.

Caroline Laskow

Caroline has lived in Seward Park since 2003 with her husband Ian Rosenberg. Their two children attend NYC public schools.

Caroline graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Communication. She now makes documentary films, including “Ashtanga, NY,” about a yoga community coming together around the events of September 11th; and “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort,” about the historic end of the Borscht Belt hotel era. She is also co-author of The Soup Club Cookbook, collaboratively written with three other Seward Park moms.

The 2016 election cycle was a turning point for Caroline as for many of us. In the aftermath of Trump’s inauguration, Caroline marched in D.C. with other women from Grand Street. When executive orders blocked refugees from entering the U.S., Caroline joined the Jewish Rally for Refugees downtown, and the I’m a Muslim Too rally in Times Square. She is determined to remain engaged in the protection of civil liberties, starting with a more active Democratic Party in our neighborhood.

News & Updates

Grand Street Dems to reconsider Mayoral endorsement with new vote by club members

In response to sexual abuse allegations made against Scott Stringer this week, the GSD Executive Committee has voted to hold a membership meeting on Monday, May 10 to reconsider the club’s Mayoral endorsement. All GSD members are invited to attend, and all members with voting privileges will be able to vote to endorse one of …

May 4: Virtual Reception in Support of Lindsey Boylan for Borough President

Please join us to support Lindsey Boylan, candidate for Manhattan Borough President. Tuesday, May 4, 20217:00 – 8:00 pmRSVP for Event Co-HostsTommy LoebMarion Riedel SponsorsGrand Street Dems, Pat Arnow, Lee Berman, Wendy Brawer, Bill Ferns, Fannie Ip, Jeremy Sherber, Kim Sillen, Vanessa Thill Zoom link provided before the event.  This event is private and closed to press. Suggested Donation …

3/9/21 Remote Meeting Recap — GSD Book Club with Ian Rosenberg

We were so happy to be able to speak with author Ian Rosenberg about his new book The Fight for Free Speech. Ian’s book connects ten essential Supreme Court cases about the First Amendment to contemporary questions and issues in the news right now. It’s a timely and relatable guide to learning what your free …