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New York Primary: Tuesday, June 23

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.

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

4/2/20 Remote meeting recap + local volunteer options

Thank you to Councilmembers Carlina Rivera and Mark Levine and GSD members who joined our virtual meeting last night. We had a frank conversation about this health crisis and the challenges to come. If you missed it, and are bored with Netflix, you can watch below: At the end of the meeting we were able to …

Virtual Meeting this Thursday 7:15 pm with Mark Levine, chair of City Council Health Committee

As chair of the City Council Health Committee, Councilmember Mark Levine’s Twitter feed has become essential reading for anyone keeping up with the demands that Covid-19 is placing on NYC’s health system. Then he got sick himself, and followed his own very public advice to not get tested, and to not overwhelm hospitals if your …

Grand Street Democrats endorses Maloney & Niou in hotly contested primaries

One member of Congress faces four primary opponents in possibly the biggest political challenge of her career, while our representative in the NY State Assembly is vying for only her third term against a well-funded challenger. And though Grand Street Dems was borne out of a challenge to the status quo, and has often stood …