No New Jails in Chinatown

Dear GSD community,

The demolition of the Manhattan Detention Center (aka The Tombs) is imminent — to make way for an $8.3 billion borough-based jail project across four boroughs. To the best of our knowledge, $8.3 billion is only for the buildings to be built by 2028 and not for services needed now by the inmates and those who work on Rikers Island. 

In the interest of time, the Executive Committee drafted the letter below to be sent to Mayor Eric Adams for his attention via email, postal mail, social media, and this video:

Please help circulate this message.

We will vote on this as a club resolution at the next GSD meeting on March 21st.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee of Grand Street Democrats
Marion Riedel, President
Sandra Strother-Ribeiro, Vice President
Julie Huang, Vice President
Melissa Shiffman, Secretary
Kenny Wind, Treasurer
Lee Berman, District Leader
Caroline Laskow, District Leader

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January Meeting — Tuesday 1/18 at 7pm and more

Friends,

Join us for our first GSD General Meeting of 2022! On Tuesday, January 18th, 7p-9p, we have an exciting agenda. We are hosting a Meet the Candidates from several upcoming elections. We will post candidates for the Assembly and State Committee races closer to the 18th as candidates are still declaring.
We will also hear updates from our GSD committees on meetings they have held since last we met.

To join this meeting:
https://bit.ly/GSDJan18
Meeting ID: 83648108535
Passcode: GSDMeeting

In community,

Marion Riedel, Grand Street Democrats




We will join our other downtown clubs for a series of endorsement meetings: 

January 22nd – All downtown clubs, Part 1
Attorney General
Lieutenant Governor
State Comptroller



January 23rd – DID Only
US House of Representatives
Districts 7 and 12

January 29th – All downtown clubs, Part 2
Governor
US Senate

Grand Street Dems Election Guide 2021

Your Vote Counts!

Mayor
Eric Adams

Public Advocate
Jumaane Williams

Comptroller
Brad Lander

Manhattan Borough President
Mark Levine

Manhattan District Attorney
Alvin Bragg

City Council District 1
Christopher Marte

Judge of the Civil Court — 2nd Municipal District
(Vote for 2)
Betty Lugo
Christopher Chin

2021 State Ballot Proposals

Read our summary of the five ballot proposals.

Other references: