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The Grand Street Dems were formed in  September of 2017 to build a new Democratic club around Grand Street and the Lower East Side—one that is inclusive, progressive and active.  As such our focus has expanded beyond our traditional roles (holding open forums and endorsing candidates, petitioning and campaigning) to include ones that more generally affect our community such as environmental concerns, immigration rights, traffic conditions, and others as they arise.  Grand Street Democrats hold regular open meetings, neighborhood events and forums for the entire community.  We encourage you to learn more, become a member and actively participate.

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Meet Lee Berman and Caroline Laskow

Your Democratic District Leaders:

Lee Berman

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 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.

Lee and Caroline represent Part A of Assembly District 65.

News & Updates

GSD Fall 2022 Fundraiser-October 18 6PM @Donnybrook

It’s here! The time to celebrate all the hard work Grand Street Dems has done over the past year has finally arrived. We’ve petitioned, knocked on doors, dropped literature at apartments, introduced candidates around the neighborhood, passed literature out on the street, made phone calls and sent texts. We have all earned a drink! We …

GSD General Meeting-September 29 7PM

Our September General meeting will be on September 29th at 7pm. The primaries are over, allowing us to take a breath and focus on things other than elections. Please bring your ideas and vision with regard to goals for Grand Street Dems in the coming year. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89747622708?pwd=SGNwc04vV2xnbGZjUndRQm94UEd5dz09#success

GRAND STREET DEMS RESOLUTION

On 8/11/22, the Grand Street Dems full membership unanimously voted to support the“No More 24” Home Attendant Bill (Int #0175) introduced to the City Council by CM Christopher Marte. As passed, this will become part of the GSD package of resolutions. The Maximum Working Hours For Home Care Aides bill would set the maximum working hours that an employer may assign …