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

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Upcoming GSD Events

Location When Summary Description
Lucky Jack's, 129 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA March 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CivEd Pub Night + Trivia  
  March 6, 2018 Federal petitioning begins  
  March 13, 2018 Planned Parenthood Day of Action (RSVP by Jan. 26)  
  April 12, 2018 Federal petitioning ends  
  June 5, 2018 State petitioning begins  

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.

Caroline and Lee were elected in 2017 along with 16 new members of the Democratic County Committee, who are founding members of Grand Street Democrats.

News & Updates

#BlueWave starts here: phone bank for Margaret Good

Sister District is a national organization created out of the ashes of the 2016 presidential election. Its goal is to harness Democratic energy from deep blue districts like ours to help get out the vote in truly swing districts around the country. Focused especially on state legislative races (which will help determine new congressional districts …

Caroline Laskow and Lee Berman join Letitia James and Margaret Chin to protect ‘Lifeline’ for 1 million New Yorkers

Today, Public Advocate Letitia James called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect Lifeline, a program that provides subsidized phone and internet services to millions of low-income Americans, including over 1 million New Yorkers. In a letter to the FCC, Public Advocate James urged the Commission to reject a series of proposals that would …

Albany Report and Regular Meeting

Our next regular meeting will kick off with a report from our state representatives, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou and State Senator Brian Kavanagh. They will be reporting, and taking your questions on, the 2018 legislative session and budget process. Immediately following the Albany Report, GSD will hold its first regular meeting of the year. Thanks @yuhline_niou …