*Cocktails and crazy hats optional; conversation guaranteed.
Our Assemblymember, Yuh-Line Niou, faces a primary challenge on June 23. Grand Street Democrats has endorsed Niou and we encourage you to join your neighbors this Wednesday at 7:30 pm for a virtual fundraiser and get-together to support her re-election campaign.
In the midst of all this chaos, Yuh-Line has been a rock for our district, working tirelessly with constituents, providing the most vulnerable with resources, food, medicine, and masks, fighting for relief for small businesses, and advocating for fair policy and budget justice every step of the way.
We want Yuh-Line to stay in office to keep fighting for our families and communities, but she’s not taking any money from corporate PACs or real estate lobbyists, and during this time, she needs all the support she can get, no matter how much.
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 symptoms are manageable.
Luckily, Councilmember Levine is on the mend at home. He’ll be joining us this Thursday for our first virtual meeting to talk about the challenges facing the City at this critical moment.
Grand Street Dems Virtual Meeting Thursday, April 2 7:15 pm
Why are we starting at 7:15? So that at 7:00 pm we can all clap & play — throw open your window, applaud NYC’s healthcare and other essential workers, then play New York, New York as loud as you can. (You don’t need to wait until Thursday — clap & play is every night at 7:00 pm!)
Join us on Tuesday for the first night of the second round of 2020 Democratic debates. Randall’s BBQ on Grand Street will have a happy hour drink menu, plus their usual delicious meats and sides, available to Grand Street Dems members.
The debate doesn’t start until 9:008:00 but you’re invited to join us starting at 8:307:30 — come early to save a seat!
Booker, Castro, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Ryan, and Warren make up the ten candidates selected for the stage Wednesday. (Another ten candidates who qualified will have their chance the next night.)
The first debate of the Democratic primary is airing Wednesday, June 26 — join GSD members at a debate Watch Party at La Flaca on Grand Street at Suffolk.
Democratic Debate Watch Party Wednesday, June 26 8:30 pm La Flaca, Grand Street and Suffolk
The City has a $1.4 billion plan to bulldoze East River Park and add 8-10 feet of landfill in order to protect the East Village and Lower East Side from rising sea level and storm surges. The park would be closed for at least 3-1/2 years starting in 2020.
Existing landscape bulldozed.
Entire park raised 8-10 feet with landfill.
Playing fields and facilities rebuilt.
New pedestrian bridges.
In order for residents to learn about the plan and possible alternatives, and to ask questions directly of the City officials in charge of the project, Grand Street Democrats is hosting a Town Hall next week:
Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway
If you have time, there is material available online for you to review before the Town Hall:
Please join us next Thursday 5/16 at 6:30 for our 2019 Spring Meeting.
GSD SPRING MEETING Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm Seward Coop Community Room 266 East Broadway
We will welcome Assemblymember Dan Quart who will update us on criminal justice reform legislation passed in Albany. Quart has also been a vocal and public critic of Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance and many of the policies of his office.
We will also have updates about three important local topics: M14 service cuts, East River Park rebuilding, and traffic mitigation on Grand Street. Elected officials are actively looking for more community input on these issues, so we will be voting on resolutions to express our support for certain goals.
We will also announce results of our first 2020 Presidential Straw Poll.