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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
  March 24, 2018 March for Our Lives Rally  
  April 12, 2018 Federal petitioning ends  
  May 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm GSD Spring Meeting  
TBD May 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm State Candidates Forum In conjunction with other downtown Democratic clubs, we will be inviting candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, and Attorney General.
  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

March with your neighbors for gun safety: March 24

America, finally, is at a turning point. Large majorities of us favor common-sense gun safety legislation, yet Washington has ignored even the most reasonable regulations because of the outsized influence of the NRA. Now there is a growing movement, inspired and led by the survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, strong …

Follow-up letter to DOT on Clinton/Grand jam

District leaders Caroline Laskow, Lee Berman, and Daisy Paez, along with other GSD members, joined a call last month with Luis Sanchez and Sean Quinn of the Department of Transportation to follow up from our Traffic Town Hall in January. There was very little new information on the call. DOT officials said they needed time …