3/1/18 Rules Committee Final Meeting

Pierre Ratzki, the 76th Assembly District's representative to the Manhattan Democratic Party's Rules Committee, wrote an update about their final meeting. I attended the meeting with Pierre, and there were mixed results. They came to a consensus around all the of proposed transparency-enhancing measures except for the most important one, the ban on lobbyists serving as Party Leader. I've copied his report below.

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11/16/17 Manhattan Democrats Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, November 16th, after weeks of badgering the county leadership to move forward on rules reform, we finally had a meeting of all the district leaders to discuss composition of the Rules Committee and a schedule for reconvening the full County Democratic Committee.

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10/11/17 Info and Strategy Session for County Committee Members

Wednesday the 11th was the "divisional" meeting for the members of the Democratic Committee of New York County from the 76th AD, which covers the Yorkville and Lenox Hill sections of the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. The other District Leaders from the neighborhood and I decided to use the opportunity to educate the committee members on the proposed rules changes, hear their feedback, and talk strategy for getting them adopted.

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9/25/17 County Committee Meeting

September 25th was the biennial meeting of the Democratic Committee of New York County - the body made up of local activists and party officers to write the rules of the Manhattan Democratic Party. I'm proud to say I worked with a group of other progressive and reform-minded district leaders to author and push for a slate of changes to the party's rules that would increase transparency, reduce the power of the party bosses, and, most importantly, force the current party leader to resolve the seeming conflict of interest that stems from his working as a paid lobbyist.

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