First of all, I looked up the total number of Reform Party registered voters in NY-7. It’s 22. That means a total of one person could have signed the opportunity to ballot petition to reach the 5% threshold for triggering a write-in primary.
Next up, how many votes were cast? Twenty-three. But two were not legible, so only 21 votes counted. (Remember, any voter not affiliated with a party could vote, meaning there were actually over 67,000 eligible voters for this primary.)
Finally, who won? Looks like Suraj Patel pulled off a big upset with four total votes. That’s the guy who was challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney in NY-12. That’s right, he doesn’t live in the district, so he’s probably going to turn down the nomination. (Maloney, also not of the district, came in second place with two votes.)
There were 15 others who tied for third place with one vote apiece.
In East River Coops, a total of three votes were cast, for James Comey (former FBI Director), Dan Donovan (who was running in NY-11), and Zola Fazzolave (my new favorite made-up name).
Congratulations to everyone for a spectacular display of democracy gone awry!
Residents, community leaders, and local elected officials have been pressing the Department of Transportation for a solution to the traffic problem on Grand Street (and Clinton and East Broadway), but the DOT has been dragging its heels.
On Thursday, DOT will finally present its mitigation plans to the Community Board. If you want to show your support for a comprehensive solution, please show up for this meeting:
Thursday, June 28
6:30 – 8:30 pm
301 Henry Street
(Henry Street Settlement Youth Services Gymnasium)
Federal primaries are on Tuesday in New York State. Our Congresswoman, Nydia Velázquez, faces no opposition for the Democratic nomination; neither does our US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; there are no Republicans fighting for that party’s nomination either. And when there’s only one candidate per party, there is no need for a primary.
So why are East River lobbies getting prepped for polling sites? Well it turns out that someone got signatures on an “opportunity to ballot” petition for the Reform Party to set up a write-in for US Congress NY-7. Because there are so few registered members of the Reform Party, it likely took fewer than five signatures to make this happen. That’s right — with New York’s crazy system of third parties, and because Albany won’t set state primaries and federal primaries for the same date, just a handful of people can trigger a multi-million-dollar polling place rollout.
Here’s the thing, though: unlike Democratic and Republican parties, the Reform Party has an open primary for anyone who is registered to vote but not enrolled in a political party. If that’s you, and you’ve never been able to vote in a primary before, your big chance comes Tuesday. Polls are open 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
I just got home from seeing Jack & the Beanstalk and I want to make sure you don’t miss this terrific show! It’s wild and funny, bright and daring, and full of smiles — and it’s playing for only three more days (2 shows on Saturday) at Abrons Arts Center right down the street.
This is super multi-cultural holiday fun for the whole family, with a surprising hero, a moustache-twirling villain, and a show-stopping sing-along pie-in-the-face version of 12 Days of Christmas.
Added bonus: this show has deep roots in East River Coop — it’s written by cooperator Mat Fraser, directed by cooperator Julie Atlas Muz, produced by cooperator Michelle Stern, with scene design by cooperator Steven Hammel (plus contributions to the program art by cooperators Andrew Federman and David Flaherty.)
The coop’s annual report was released today showing a shortfall of $182,620, a big improvement from last year’s record $2.3 million deficit. That’s the second deficit in a row even after maintenance increases, with the budget for 2017-2018 showing yet another deficit looming.
The coop also borrowed an additional $2 million this year.
General revenue increased $1.8 million from last year, after a large maintenance increase had a full year to play out.
Operating expenses actually decreased slightly, which is an accomplishment given the fact that real estate taxes alone rose nearly $1 million. (This year’s decrease is mainly due to the high cost of laundry room repairs in the previous fiscal year; nothing of that magnitude happened this year.)
Just in time for the holidays, someone has made available “I’m with Sheldon Silver” t-shirts at online store teespring.com. If you want one, you’ll need to act fast — merchandise is available to order only through Thursday.
The product page has a brief but accurate bio of the former pol: “Sheldon “Shelly” Silver is a former lawyer and Democratic Party politician from New York City, who rose to become the powerful Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1994 until his arrest on federal corruption charges in 2015.”
With the election of new Democratic District Leaders in September, there’s also a new official Democratic club in the neighborhood called Grand Street Democrats. GSD is holding its first regular meeting on Monday, November 13. This meeting will be mainly focused on getting input from new members about what the club’s goals and priorities should be.
With city elections just finished, there’s still a lot to talk about. For one thing, we have a new State Senator, Brian Kavanagh, and a new member of City Council, Carlina Rivera, representing half of the East River buildings. There are hyper-local issues to organize around, including Grand Street traffic and development of nearby skyscrapers. And 2018 will be an important year to participate in Democratic campaigns beyond the lower east side.
Much as Friends of Corlears Hook Park has seen neighbors bonding together to revive the historic park in our backyard, our neighbors on the other end of Grand Street have been doing the same for Seward Park through the Seward Park Conservancy. They are raising money for an ambitious 2-part program of renovation:
Renewal of the plaza in front of the public library as a green space with public art and seating.
Restoration of the 1894 Schiff Fountain on Essex Street.
The Conservancy is holding a fundraiser next Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Manny Cantor Center.