October 28, 2014
Vote NO on Redistricting, NO on Smart Schools Act, YES for Electronic Bills
Three Proposals will appear on the backside of the Ballot on Election Day.
PROPOSAL ONE - Redistricting “reform”
Changes to the Constitution are very serious. Once a change is made it is extremely difficult to modify.
The D.I.D. encourages voters to reject this sham redistricting amendment. We strongly support real redistricting reform. This amendment enshrines the anti-democratic, partisan gerrymandering system into our state constitution.
Rather than an independent panel, this proposal sets up a commission of partisan appointees – and will undoubtedly result in continued gerrymandered districts. (The word “independent” was even removed from the ballot by court order.)
“Better than nothing” is not good enough. We need true and independent reform. For more information, visit http://www.noprop1ny.com/
PROPOSAL TWO - Electronic Distribution of Legislative Bills
This would allow the legislature to distribute proposed legislation electronically as a PDF instead of on paper. A good idea and a long time in coming.
PROPOSAL THREE - “Smart” Schools Bond Act
This would borrow $2 Billion for technology in schools (interest is extra!). While we support technology in schools:
1. This proposal would permit state funds to also finance “nonpublic” schools (private and parochial) – a dangerous precedent.
2. 30-year taxpayer debt obligation, or even 15-year, for equipment that will be obsolete in 3 to 5 years is not sound fiscal policy. Long-term debt should not be used for short-term operating costs.
3. There is concern that this is aimed directly at testing, consuming education resources better spent elsewhere.
4. NY State is already close to its statutory debt limit and is 2nd highest in the nation in debt.
We encourage the legislature to properly fund NY public schools, and not to privatize our schools or rely on long-term debt for short-term operating costs.
October 23, 2014
Downtown Independent Democrats Endorse:
GOVERNOR: Howie Hawkins
Lt. GOVERNOR: Brian Jones
Since 1971, the D.I.D. has been committed to making the NY Democratic Party a vehicle for meaningful, progressive policy and empowering our communities. We remain committed to those goals and to the Democratic Party. However, our commitment to meaningful progressive policy makes it impossible for us to support the current Democratic nominee for governor.
Howie Hawkins & Brian Jones are aligned with the Democratic values we support and that are stated in our bylaws. Hawkins is the only candidate that has consistently called for a ban on hydrofracking. Hawkins' stances on the minimum wage, public education, single-payer healthcare, municipal taxes, clean energy and public transportation make him the only candidate New York progressives can support.
Furthermore, the Democratic nominee and incumbent governor has himself abandoned the Democratic Party by failing to support a Democratic State Senate and by forming a sham “ Women's Equality Party” to draw votes away from Democrats.
“Our progressive values give us no choice but to encourage our members to vote for Hawkins on the Green Party line” said D.I.D. President Jeanne Wilcke, “We look forward to working to bring the Democratic Party back to representing those values over the next four years.”
Downtown Independent Democrats also endorsed Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General, Thomas DiNapoli for State Comptroller, as well as candidates for State Senate and Assembly on the Democratic line.
August 28, 2014
DID ENDORSEMENTS FOR NY STATE GOVERNOR & LT. GOVERNOR:
GOVERNOR: Zephyr Teachout
LT. GOVERNOR: Timothy Wu
The Downtown Independent Democrats - unanimously - endorsed Zephyr Teachout for Governor and Timothy Wu for Lieutenant Governor.
Zephyr Teachout zeroes right in on issues of great concern to us: Fracking, government corruption, infrastructure investment, schools, natural resources, the business economy upstate & downstate.
Her legal and academic expertise are well suited to the job at this time in our history. She is an expert on political corruption and antitrust/big bank issues. She's clerked in the US Court of Appeals, was a director in Howard Dean's campaign, and was part of a foundation which focused on the role of money in politics and advocating for policy changes. She also hang glides. We like the whole package.
Timothy Wu has the attitude and forward voice to push NY State into the future. He believes in open democracy as well as an open internet. That works for us. His background is extraordinary, from antitrust issues to technology. He is the one who coined the term "net neutrality"! Timothy Wu is a forward-thinking policy maker, Harvard-educated lawyer, renowned author and fighter for the consumer.
"Zephyr" is a word for a breeze or a light wind. Along with Timothy Wu, we need this fresh air in our government.
See also District Leader Paul Newell's endorsement for governor: http://newellnyc.org/teachout-wu/
Thursday May 29, 2014
DID ENDORSEMENTS FOR NEW YORK STATE OFFICE
2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
Governor: No endorsement at this time
Lt. Governor: No endorsement at this time
Attorney General: Eric T. Schneiderman
Comptroller: Thomas P. Napoli
Senate 26th District: Daniel Squadron
Senate 27th District: Brad Hoylman
Assembly 65th District: Sheldon Silver
Assembly 66th District: Deborah Glick
Dem. Committee 65th AD – Male: John Quinn
Dem. Committee 65th AD – Female: No Endorsement
Dem. Committee 66th AD – Male: Alan Schulkin
Dem. Committee 66th AD – Female: Rachel Lavine
Civil Court Judge NY County: Louis L. Nock
Civil Court Judge NY County: Arlene Bluth (no contest)
DID Endorsement - click here
2013 D-Notes 66th District (pdf)
DID Endorsements - click here
DID Endorsements - click here
2011 D-Notes 66th District (pdf)
2011 D-Notes 64th District (pdf)
DID Endorsements - click here