Saturday, April 29, 2017


          Organizing Meeting of New York State District 17 For Progress
                      Sunday, April 30th, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Although Senator Simcha Felder is registered as a Democrat, he has caucused with the Republicans in the New York State Senate since he was first elected in 2012. In the 2016 election, he ran on three party lines: Democratic, Republican, and Conservative.

Some of his constituents have formed New York State District 17 for Progress and are trying to meet with him to discuss his positions and his voting record. Their wish is that he would align himself with the Senate Democrats, not the Republicans, to help progressive legislation get passed.

Another option is replacing him with a progressive candidate on the Democratic ticket in the 2018 election.

New York State District 17 for Progress is having an organizing meeting on Sunday, April 30th, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue, by Avenue K. Check in at the security desk, and then go upstairs to the 4th floor Board Room.

Below is the tentative agenda for the meeting.

Senator Felder represents New York State Senate District 17, encompassing Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Flatbush, Kensington, Madison, Midwood, and Sunset Park.

Tentative Agenda
  • Actions since last time
       March 30 Rally at New York State Senator Simcha Felder’s office
       Attempts to set up meetings about specific issues
       Meetings to find an opposition candidate

  • Groups we are / should be working with
       TrueBlue NY
       Love Trumps Hate Sunset Park
       Ditmas Civic
       Indivisible Brooklyn
       Issue-based groups (WHARR, Healthcare Events, NY  Health Campaign, TransAlt)

  • Lobbying Felder about various causes
       Hold Felder + Chief of Staff to their word of meeting with constituents
       Point person for each issue attempting to set up 3-4 person, in-person meetings
       Voting Reform
       New York Health Act
       Ocean Parkway Speed Limit

  • Structure of Felder’s office
       Chief of Staff, Brooklyn / Albany, others

  • Voter Education Efforts
       Schools, Religious, Community organizations
       Similar to voting 101-type events, but reach into groups

  • Voter registration efforts
       Research into where to register
       Organizing registration effort