YDA’s 2010 Winter Meeting: February 18-21, 2010 In NEW ORLEANS

YDA President Crystal Strait announced last weekend that the 2010 YDA Winter Meeting will be held February 18-21, 2010 in the great city of New Orleans. This meeting is going to be alot of fun and there will be lots of great speakers, trainings, and community service projects. Please book your flights now and stay tuned here for more information.

2009 NYC Straw Poll Results

StrawPollLogo20102009 NYC Straw Poll Final Results

(Brooklyn, Queens & Manhattan Combined Totals)



Bill Thompson – 85.1%

Tony Avella – 14.9%


John Liu – 50.5%

David Yassky- 43.8%

Melinda Katz- 3.8%

David Weprin- 1.9%


Public Advocate

Eric Gioia- 45%

Bill de Blasio- 24%

Norman Siegel- 17%

Mark Green- 14%


Manhattan District Attorney

Cy Vance- 59.3%

Richard Aborn- 28.8%

Leslie Crocker Snyder-11.9%

* This DA Straw Poll Was Only Conducted At Manhattan Location

Join NYSYD For A Health Care Reform Rally In Times Square

healthcare_phixr(1)This Saturday August 29, 2009 at 2pm, rain or shine, groups from all over New York will converge on Times Square in New York City to pay their repects to the memory of Senator Kennedy and honor him by bringing attention to Health Care Reform. We encourage all NYS Young Dems to join us at this historic event to show the detractors that there is indeed mass support for this important cause. Please join us at 42nd Street & 7th Avenue. Please email Marisa Vigilante at if you are planning on attending.

NYSYD Delegation To 2009 YDA National Convention


Delegation Chair: Matthew Silverstein

Vice Chair: Tajian Jones

Whips: Michael Corbett & Chris Smith

National Committee Members: Dustin Hausner & Kate O’Hagen


  1. Michael Gilberg
  2. Matt Silverstein
  3. Stephanie Hausner
  4. Michael Corbett
  5. Tajian Jones
  6. Kate O’Hagen
  7. Mara Blumenthal
  8. Dustin Hausner
  9. Chris Smith
  10. Brian Letchworth
  11. Matt Peter
  12. John Salka
  13. Tedd Collins
  14. Dion Powell
  15. Sarah Jane Arengger
  16. Daniella Johnson
  17. Jenni Royer
  18. Ian Rivera
  19. Julienne Verdi
  20. Kevin Caneco
  21. Amanda Pizzuti
  22. Erich Reimer
  23. Al Benninghoff
  24. Carolyn Schultz
  25. Chelsea Kadish
  26. George Kevgas
  27. Kevin Lawrie
  28. Jeff Sterling
  29. Ciara Pressler
  30. Heather James
  31. Sam Hudis
  32. Emmy Suzuki Harris
  33. Julie Blitzer
  34. Taylor Stirek
  35. Emilie Simone
  36. Chris Bailey
  37. Melissa LaMontanaro

Alternate Delegates

  1. Jessica Shearer
  2. Michelle Shaljian
  3. Josh Waters
  4. Chas Danner

NYSYD Executive Committee Adopts Health Care Resolution

On July 23, 2009 The New York  State Young Democrats Executive Committee Adopted The Following Resolution….

CONCERNING: Comprehensive Health Care Reform 

WHEREAS, the New York State Young Democrats believe all Americans, regardless of life station or social position, have a right to high quality, affordable Health Care; and,

WHEREAS, one in six or 45 million Americans are currently uninsured and another 20 million are underinsured, which places and expensive burden upon the nation’s emergency services and proliferates contagious diseases; and,

WHEREAS, young people aged 18-29 comprise the largest uninsured group in the United States, with nearly a third living without Health Coverage; and

 WHEREAS, Health care costs have increased 85% in the last ten years, with the expectation of exponential increases in years to come, forcing as many as 72 million Americans onto the roles of the uninsured by 2040; and,

 WHEREAS, the increasing costs of Health Care will lower the take home wages of Americans by nearly $25,000 in 2040, detrimentally impacting the United States’ Gross Domestic Product and saddling future generations with insurmountable national debt; and,

 WHEREAS, the Obama-Biden Health Care proposal seeks to expand coverage, improve quality, lower costs, expand preventative care, and promote innovation and advancement in medical technologies, at an affordable cost to America; therefore,

 BE IT RESOLVED, the New York State Young Democrats and its members actively recommend and encourage the passage of President Obama’s Health Care plan to the members of the 111th Congress; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, New York State Young Democrats officially and publicly add its name to the growing list of progressive organizations which support the Presidents Health Care plan.

NYSYD Executive Committee Votes To Supports Same Sex Marriage

On Tuesday April 21, 2009 the New York State Young Democrats Executive Committee on behalf of the New York States Young Democrats adopted the following resolution supporting Same Sex Marriage in New York State.

(Sponsored By NYSYD President Matthew Silverstein & NYSYD Executive Vice President Ben Jakes-Johnson, GLBT Caucus Jessica Teicher, YDA Secretary Stephanie Hausner, NYSYD Secretary Tajian Jones, NYSYD National Committeeman Dustin Hausner, NYSYD National Committeewoman Kate O’Hagen, NYSYD Council Of Presidents Chair Chris Smith, NYSYD Labor Caucus Chair Michael Corbett, YDA Organizing Director Joe McNearney)

WHEREAS, the New York State Young Democrats support all efforts to afford equal protection under the law to New York State citizens regardless of race, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation;

WHEREAS, same gender couples, opposite gender couples, and their families are equal under the New York State Constitution and equally deserve the protections and happiness of marriage;

WHEREAS, civil union does not mean marriage;

WHEREAS, equal marriage will promote and protect the happiness and well-being of same gender couples and same gender attracted youth and adults;

WHEREAS, Governor David Paterson’s Marriage Equality Program Bill would amend the Domestic Relations Law to give same-sex couples the opportunity to enter into civil marriages. It would mandate that all provisions of State law be construed to encompass same-sex marriages, consistent with the legislation’ s intent, regardless of whether they use gender-specific or gender-neutral terms. As a result of this legislation, same-sex spouses would enjoy the same legal status and treatment under New York law as heterosexual couples, on issues such as property ownership, inheritance, health care, and insurance coverage.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New York State Young Democrats Executive Committee on behalf of the New York State Young Democrats, enthusiastically supports the passage of Governor David Paterson’s Marriage Equality Program Bill to end legal discrimination against same sex couples and recognizes the fundamental civil right of marriage to promote the happiness and well-being of all couples.

Report From Cooperstown

The New York State Young Democrats had an Executive Board Retreat on the weekend of December 6th and 7th in Cooperstown, NY. This was the first Executive Board Retreat in about seven years. This retreat showed that the new administration is both dynamic and industrious in furthering NYSYD‘s reach in New York State. About 16 of the 25 elected and appointed members of the executive board were able to attend, which was a great showing.

The meeting portion of the conference was held at The Otsega Hotel and Conference Center, right on the lake. This provided a beautiful setting for a productive session where many important issues were discussed. The Policy Committee proposed four central areas for NYSYD to focus on in our platform: Health Insurance, Environmental Issues, Higher Education, and Equality rights of minorities, disabled persons and women. The discussion was abundant with viable ideas on how to create and promote our positions on these important issues. otsega-hotel

We took a look at what NYSYD and its’ chapters had been actively doing in 2008 and made a list of accomplishments. Then the focus moved on to the future of our organization.The meeting then set goals for Fundraising for the State and Local Chapters, Communications between Chapters and with the National YDA, chapter building in new counties, increasing membership in present groups. We then focused on methods to attain these goals; such as helping High School and College chapters form and working more closely to help these students transition through the levels of our organization. We also focused on the importance of internships and the resume bank which has been created to help members find internships and/or employments within the political field in New York State. Further, we looked into potential community service opportunities, events and potential for political training for interested Young Democrats.

We then focused on planning for the YDA winter meeting which New York will be hosting at the Sheraton in Times Square, NYC on February 20-22, 2009. There is a lot of excitement leading up to this meeting and NYSYD is excited to host this meeting and host Young Democrats from all over the United States.

While our focus is on the upcoming Winter Meeting, NYSYD is also focusing on scheduling and planning out Chapter Leader Planning Conference to help with Chapter Building (possibly in March/April 09), Part 2 of the Executive Committee Planning Retreat (possibly in June 2009), preparations for the YDA National Convention and 2009 Elections, as well as getting our new website up and ready.

We hope that you will stay informed about NYSYD and considering joining and/or supporting our organization. Together, we can make a big difference.

Jennifer Royer
NYSYD Communications Director

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Welcome to the official blog of the New York State Young Democrats.  We hope that you will check back here for all of your Young Democrats news.

The New York State Young Democrats are the official youth arm of the New York State Democratic Committee. The New York State Young Democrats represent young democrats between the ages of 16-36 in all of New York’s 62 counties.

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