In order to keep things moving along as efficiently as possible, we are asking for questions in advance of our candidates forum on Jan. 29. Please submit your question below and we will do our best to put it to the candidates.
Sunday, January 13
Gouverneur Health Auditorium
Clinton Street entrance, between Madison and Henry
This weekend, as the current government shutdown officially becomes the longest in U.S. history, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) will join with affected workers, labor leaders, and other advocates to discuss how New Yorkers are being personally affected by the Trump Shutdown.
In addition to hearing from furloughed workers and those reporting to work without pay, the event will showcase how nutrition, housing, and other programs are being impacted by the Trump Shutdown.
With Letitia James becoming New York State Attorney General on January 1, there’s an opening for her old job, NYC Public Advocate.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, February 26 for this city-wide position. The list of candidates may be long and turnout will be low, so your interest and involvement in this race carries a higher degree of consequence than usual.
Grand Street Democrats will be hosting a candidate forum at Manny Cantor Center on Tuesday, January 29 (after which our voting members will decide whether or not to endorse any candidate for the special election).
If you would like a preview of the race this week, you can attend another candidate forum hosted by Village Independent Democrats on Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 pm. You can RSVP for that event here.
Thanks to everyone who came out Tuesday night to Eastwood — you made our first holiday party a big success!
We were so proud to be able to honor Linda Jones and Michael Marino, two local heroes who have donated countless hours on the Community Board and in the neighborhood. We particularly wanted to acknowledge their contributions to Seward Park and Corlears Hook Park, which have never looked better and are in store for more improvements thanks to their hard work.
Thanks also to our Hosts for the evening, who contributed more than absolutely necessary to help us close out our first year:
- Councilmember Margaret Chin
- District Leader Caroline Laskow
- District Leader Paul Newell
- Daria Segalini
- Diego Segalini
- Judith Wind
- Jeremy Sherber
- Courtney Allison
- Ian Rosenberg
- Laure Travers
- Kenny Wind
- William Rockwell
We were honored to be joined by elected officials from our neighborhood — Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer — plus a few not from our neighborhood, along with many of the judges and candidates for civil court and supreme court we were able to meet during the year.
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Fantastic crowd at our Holiday Party! We presented our 1st annual #GSDCitizenOfTheYear Award to 2 local heroes — Linda Jones & Michael Marino — for their extraordinary work with @friendsofcorlears & @sewardparkconservancy to nourish the parks that bookend our neighborhood, Seward & Corlears Hook! Delighted to have @rep_velazquez & @nyccomptroller kick off the evening & have @galeabrewer close it out. Most of all we are thankful for all of you who came to celebrate & support our work making change on the #LES! #GSDHolidayParty #CelebrateChange #HappyHanukkah #UglyHolidaySweaters #UglyHanukkahSweater
Join us as we celebrate our first full year and honor two local citizens who inspire and motivate us.
Grand Street Dems Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 4
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Eastwood (E. Bway & Clinton)
Ticketholders will receive free Eastwood appetizers and 1 drink ticket. A cash bar will be available all evening. Reserve your place at our holiday party by making a contribution below.
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Saturday, October 27, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Thoughtworks, 99 Madison Ave.
Post-carding, texting, and phone-banking for 12+ candidates in crucial red-to-blue districts for NY State Senate. Bring your laptop, tablet, phone, and headphones.
We We Vote: Immigration Law & Enforcement
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway, 6th Floor
Why do we vote? We vote because immigrants make our communities stronger but are never assured of justice from our country’s laws. Our votes can change the direction of law enforcement to protect rather than prosecute those who come to this country seeking opportunity.
Join us Wednesday evening at Manny Cantor Center to discuss the local, state, and national laws that govern immigration law and enforcement.
We’ve been partnering this year with Sister District Project, a national organization focused on flipping state races in key states around the country.
On Saturday, October 20 please join us for a day trip to canvass for Tina Davis outside Philadelphia. This is a chance to activate voters to increase Democratic representation in Harrisburg.
The bus leaves at 8:45 am from the corner of West 34th St. & 9th Ave. We expect to be back to that corner by 6:00 pm. Please RSVP below:
Community Board meeting wth DOT
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 pm
Seward Park Extension Community Center
56 Essex Street (between Grand and Broome)
We have an important opportunity on Tuesday to make sure that the Department of Transportation helps to solve our neighborhood traffic problem.
DOT has been dragging its heels coming up with a solution for the traffic that starts at Grand & Clinton and radiates throughout the neighborhood. When DOT last presented to CB3 this summer, there were no new solutions proposed, just promises that data collected in the spring will be analyzed with proposals to come.
On Tuesday, DOT returns to CB3 to report on two potential traffic pattern changes:
- Eliminate Clinton Street access to bridge.
- Reduce Clinton traffic by eliminating left turn from East Broadway, Henry, and Madison during rush.
Based on the soft dividers recently installed on Grand near Clinton, DOT appears to be aiming for more low-impact improvements instead of looking for alternative traffic patterns. A strong public showing at CB3 Tuesday would emphasize that residents believe Clinton Street is not an appropriate approach to the Williamsburg Bridge.