I won a tough election against a long-time incumbent with a message that the Democratic Party needs to build from the ground up and do a better job of engaging voters at a grassroots level. Immediately after the election I began working on a number of ambitious projects, including changing the rules of the Manhattan Democratic Party to ensure transparency and accountability, organizing volunteers to help Democratic candidates in more conservative districts outside the City, and working to connect voters to opportunities for local activism here on the East Side.
Reforming the Manhattan Democratic Party: Less than two weeks after being elected I began working with a small group of other young, reform-minded District Leaders to write a slate of changes to the rules of the Manhattan Democratic Party. Most of the changes are uncontroversial, but two were seen as direct challenges to the sitting leader and it caused quite a stir when we introduced them to the County Democratic Committee. I am now working to ensure they are given a fair read and that Democratic Party activists have an opportunity to debate and vote on them in the open. Read about the progress I'm making here.
Organizing for Democrats Nearby: The centerpiece of my campaign was the idea that the Democratic Party in Manhattan had grown too comfortable and complacent, and that one way to re-energize the Party would be to connect volunteers here with competitive races outside the City. Between now and the general election in November I'll be working with local groups to organize volunteers in support of State Senator George Latimer's bid to oust incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in the race for Westchester County Executive. I try to post as many volunteer opportunities as I can on my local events calendar. You can also sign up for my email list for information on what I'm helping organize. Read about the progress I'm making here.