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Resignations & Impeachment


Representatives Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Lee Zeldin (NY-01) to resign for their complicity in Wednesday’s deadly insurrection on the US Capitol.

Representatives Lee Zeldin, Nicole Malliotakis, Elise Stefanik, and Chris Jacobs have violated their oath to the American people and have shamed and disgraced their home districts and New Yorkers as a whole. With their lawless acts to delegitimize our electoral process, attempting to undermine our democratic institutions, and public-facing objections to a duly elected President – and Vice President-Elect, we have seen firsthand how their actions and words have serious and deadly consequences. What happened on Wednesday was an absolutely disgrace and this all falls on the shoulders of any and all republicans who have aided Donald Trump’s actions over the past four years!

These Elected Officials do not represent New York and they do not deserve to hold any form of elected office. Join Chairman Jay Jacobs and me in signing this petition demanding their resignation.

Sign the Petition

Today, we have learned that the Republicans will choose not to act (shocking, right?) and that Congressional Democrats will once again have to step in and help save our great country. We applaud any and all congressional representatives (including Rep. Jones, Rep. Bowman, and Rep. AOC), who have drafted articles of impeachment for Donald Trump and expulsion for any of their colleagues who chose to be complacent with Trump’s actions.

The New York State Young Democrats will choose to not sit idly by while our country is under siege by the radical right under the direction of a failed President. We will continue to flood the NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, and the Congressional chambers with young, dedicated, patriotic, and righteous democrats, who will serve and protect the constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

NYSYD Calls on Schmitt to Resign


Assemblyman Colin Schmitt’s decision to support the demonstrations that took place in Washington, DC by seeing off a group of participants was a severe betrayal of his oath of office, the oath he swore as a United States service member, and the values that unite us as New Yorkers.

Anyone who has witnessed the last four years of Donald Trump spreading outright lies and allowing the poison of white supremacy to spread knew that there was a real danger that the demonstrations would end in needless violence. When Donald Trump ordered the Proud Boys to, “Stand back, and stand by,” on national television, they knew what the second part of that statement meant.

What happened today was domestic terrorism that featured law enforcement discovering multiple explosive devices, gallows, and the proud display of hate symbols in the beating heart of the world’s oldest continuous democracy. Media reports and security officials have raised the specter of violence for months. There very well could have been a more unnecessary tragedy that day in the capital. Assemblyman Schmitt has his own legislative staff, did he not think of the safety of those working in the capital who were just trying to do their jobs that day? Did he not think of the safety of law enforcement?

Furthermore, Assemblyman Schmitt’s decision to give a maskless address to a group of these individuals traveling out of state to a heavily working-class and Black city during an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases is deeply insulting to Washington workers who have suffered greatly during the pandemic.

We demand that Assemblyman Schmitt resigns from his seat in the New York State Assembly, and apologize to the voters of his district.

Merry Christmas from NYSYD


We don’t need to tell you how hard this year has been. We have spent months under lockdown, we have seen racial strife, and we have seen despots try to overturn the will of the people. Yet, we have made it to the other side.

The holidays are usually a time when we take inventory of the good things in our lives and the things that stay permanent: friends and family. While this holiday may be a bit different in that we can’t gather around a tree to see what Santa brought or, later, a large group at a dinner table, we can take solace in that, even while apart, we still have each other.

Our dinner table conversations may be done over Zoom (which, by the way, is free for the next few days) but it comes with some benefits. Instead of having to listen to our crazy uncle spout conspiracy theories that he heard on OANN, we can mute them. Instead of having to sit and endure questions about when we’re going to settle down, we can say “we’re having a bad connection,” turn off our video, and move into the next room for a few minutes.

No matter how you celebrate today, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

Merry Christmas from the New York State Young Democrats!

#NYSYD2021 – Call to Convention


Join us May 1-2, 2021 online as we meet for training, networking, electing officers, and continuing to build the future of the New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD). This document is the official Call to Convention for the 2021 State Convention.

Convention Officers

The 2021 Convention Credentials Committee Chair is Jim Kane. The Rules Committee Chair Julia Elmaleh-Sachs. The Policy Committee Chair is Robert Drumm. The Convention Chair, Secretary, and Parliamentarian will be announced at a later date.

Chartering or Re-chartering

Counties

County chapter chartering packets will be distributed and made available electronically on or before January 2, 2021, and will be due for submission by electronic mail by no later than 11:59:59 PM EST on March 15, 2021.

Each county chapter that is chartering or rechartering must submit the following items to the Credentials Committee by emailing them to Chair Jim Kane at credentials@nysyd.org as individual attachments on or before March 15, 2021:

  1. A roster listing all members within the county chapter and required data in accordance with Article II Section 1.1 and Article III, Section 5 of the NYSYD Constitution. The roster must include each member’s first name, last name, address, zip code, date of birth, and email address; the telephone number is optional but recommended. The roster must be sent in a spreadsheet format (e.g. Excel, Google Sheets). Any roster not sent in a spreadsheet format (i.e. as a PDF) and/or are missing the aforementioned fields will not be accepted.
  2. A scanned copy of the certification of the current highest-ranking officer (usually the County Chair) of the county chapter’s Democratic county committee
  3. A list of all current officers of the county chapter
  4. A copy of the county chapter’s Constitution and/or Bylaws
  5. A copy of the chapter’s Code of Ethics
  6. A preliminary delegation list (each chapter will be entitled to 1 delegate for every 10 validated members)

Chapters who do not submit the aforementioned items in the required formats will have their applications rejected with the Credentials Committee informing said chapters of the errors. If the errors are not corrected and the amended application is not resubmitted by March 15, 2021, the application will be rejected.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 1, the chartering fee is $65 and $0.50 for each validated member. Chartering fees can be paid at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ nysyd2021chartering.

Should concerns arise within the Credentials Committee regarding the authenticity of documents submitted by county chapters, the Credentials Committee will be empowered to investigate, as necessary, by means including, but not limited to, contacting the county’s Democratic Committee leadership, and requesting copies of sign-in sheets from county chapter events.

All county chapter members over the age of 18 must be registered members of the Democratic Party, according to the New York State Board of Elections no later than March 15, 2021. It is recommended that any member of a chartering county chapter newly registering or re-registering to vote with the Democratic Party register at their county’s Board of Elections office and photograph a timestamped, submitted voter registration form should concerns arise by the Credentials Committee. Members who turn the age of 18 between March 15, 2021 and the final gavel of the convention shall be exempted from this clause. It will be to the chapters’ benefit to check the registration of their membership on the New York State Board of Elections website prior to submitting rosters to the Credentials Committee in order to mitigate the chances that members will not be stricken as ineligible to be charter members.

County chapter members who do not turn the age of 36 before the final gavel at the convention and will be at least the age of 16 before the first gavel at the convention will be eligible to be listed as charter members for a county chapter.

Caucuses

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 6, all caucus chairs (or their designees) shall submit the following to the Credentials Committee by emailing them to Chair Jim Kane at credentials@nysyd.org as individual attachments on or before April 1, 2021:

  1. A roster of at least 20 members which shall include the person’s first and last name, email address, date of birth, and county chapter
  2. A list of at least two programming-based events the caucus sponsored where there is a discussion, training, networking, or other resource-based advancements along with the date, location, and approximate number of attendees
  3. A list of at least “action-based” events the caucus sponsored for campaigns or candidates including, but not limited to, door knocking, phonebanks, fundraisers, and textbanks along with the date of the event, whom the event benefited, location (if applicable), and an approximate number of attendees
  4. A list of the dates of all quarterly caucus conference calls. For this clause, a caucus having had a total of 6 conference calls between May 2019 and May 2021 will be considered sufficient.
  5. A copy of the caucus’s most current bylaws

Should a caucus not submit the required items by April 1, 2021, the Credentials Committee will have no option but to designate the caucus as a “task force” and the Chair elected at the convention shall have no voting power in the next biennium.

The Credentials Committee shall review the materials submitted by the caucuses for review. The caucuses that do and do not meet the benchmark requirements (i.e. will remain a caucus or be designated a “task force”) as defined in Article VII, Section 6 shall be informed as such no later than April 15, 2021.

Delegates to the Convention

Preliminary delegation lists are due March 15, 2012. Final delegation lists are due April 20, 2021.

Each chartered county chapter shall receive one (1) delegate for every ten (10) validated members in its roster.

Delegates and alternate delegates must be members in good standing of the chapter they represent in accordance with Article III, Section 3 of the NYSYD Constitution. Proxies are permitted, and individuals may be empowered to act as proxies on behalf of delegates, so long as such individual’s name is submitted to the Convention Secretary prior to the commencement of voting.

No one person may hold more than 3 proxies, in accordance with Article III, Section 4 of the NYSYD Constitution.

All delegations are subject to the provisions of the vote cap as outlined in Article III, Section 6.1 of the NYSYD Constitution.

The Credentials Committee shall submit their final pre-convention report of eligible members, delegates, and alternates to chapters by April 15, 2021.

Executive Board Elections

All members of the New York State Young Democrats are invited to consider running for an Officer position on the State Executive Board. Applications will be collected via Google Form. The link for applications will be distributed on or before February 1, 2021, by email, the NYSYD website, and NYSYD’s social media pages. Applications are due by 11:59:59 PM EST on April 1, 2021. All applications will be automatically time-stamped.

Pursuant to the constitution and bylaws, positions you may consider running for are:
President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, two National Committee Members, Regional Vice President (Capital, Central, Downstate, Hudson Valley, Upstate, and Western), and Legal Director (must be an attorney licensed to practice in the State of New York).

In addition, the following caucuses will hold elections: Caucus of Color; Disability Issues; High School; Jewish; Labor; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ); Rural (YDR); and Women. Only members of the aforementioned caucuses may vote in these elections. These positions are not subject to the online application process.

All elections will be monitored, recorded, and have votes tallied by the Convention Secretary.

Executive Board Election Procedures

All candidates must submit their applications via Google Form by 11:59:59 PM EST on or before April 1, 2021. However, if no candidate submits an application for a position by that date, applications to the Executive Board may choose to extend the deadline for those positions.

All Candidates shall have an opportunity to address the convention and answer any questions delegates may have prior to their election. All elections will be conducted by roll call vote by the Convention Secretary, by order of the Chair, with the delegation chair of each county chapter designating how many votes it will apportion to each candidate. Each candidate may only run for one position. In an election for a position involving one candidate, one must receive a majority of the votes cast otherwise the position will remain vacant. In an election for two candidates, one candidate must receive a majority of votes cast, a failure for either candidate to achieve a majority will result in a further round of debate and voting until a majority is reached. In an election for a position involving more than two candidates, one candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast, and if no candidate receives a majority. then the candidate with the lowest number of votes shall be dropped from the ballot and the election will be rerun with the remaining candidates until one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.

Neither write-in votes nor nominations from the convention floor will be accepted.

Following the conclusion of the convention, the newly elected officers will take their oaths of office and assume their positions.

Regional Vice President Board Election Procedures

Each region shall elect a Regional Vice President pursuant to the Constitution, Article III Section 3. Only individuals who are members in good standing of a chapter within the region shall be eligible to run for that region’s Vice President position. The elections for Regional Vice Presidents will occur in a manner and time identical to all other Executive Board positions, except only votes from the respective region will be counted for each regional election and vote caps will be applied accordingly.

Caucus Chair Election Procedures

All caucus elections shall happen in breakout rooms or designated videoconference lines. No election may proceed until the Convention Secretary calls the caucus election to order. Once the Convention Secretary calls the caucus election to order, no new participants will be allowed to join. The Convention Secretary may designate the current caucus chair as presiding officer of the caucus election provided that they are not running for re-election.

Council of Presidents Chair Election Procedures

The Council of Presidents Chair election shall happen in a breakout room or designated videoconference line and only chartered chapter presidents or their proxies may attend. No election may proceed until the Convention Secretary calls the caucus election to order.

Constitutional Amendment Procedures

Any proposed amendments to the Constitution must be submitted electronically to the Rules Chair Julia Elmaleh-Sachs at rules@nysyd.org. Any proposed amendments to the Constitution must be received by 11:59:59 pm EST on April 15, 2021. All proponents for a Constitutional Amendment shall be entitled to be heard by the Convention Rules Committee. Proposed amendments to the constitution must both articulate the specific provisions amended and the rationale for the amendment.

Convention Resolution Procedures

Any proposed resolutions to be passed by the convention must be submitted to the Credentials Committee Chair Jim Kane at credentials@nysyd.org and must be received by 11:59:59 pm EST on April 15, 2021.

Policy Platform Procedures

Any proposed policy platform planks to be passed by the convention must be submitted to the Policy Committee Chair Robert Drumm at platform@nysyd.org and must be received by 11:59:59 pm EST on April 15, 2021.

Agenda and Programming

Pursuant to the NYSYD Bylaws Article V, the Planning Committee of the New York State Young Democrats shall be designated as the Convention Program Committee and shall be empowered to create the agenda and program of the convention in consultation with the convention officers and the NYSYD Executive Board. All programming, events, schedules, etc., as it is announced, will be shared on the NYSYD website and social media.

Due to technology restraints, only credentialed delegates, alternates, convention officers, convention committee chairs, NYSYD officers, and candidates will be allowed to be on the videoconference. All other attendees and guests will need to watch via a livestream.

Key Dates

January 2, 2021

February 1, 2021

March 15, 2021

  • Chartering packets due
  • Proposed delegate lists due

April 1, 2021

  • Executive Board applications due

April 15, 2021

  • Constitution and Bylaws amendments due
  • Credentials committee report due
  • Policy platform proposals Due
  • Convention resolutions due

April 20, 2021

  • Chartering fees due
  • Final delegate list due

Happy Thanksgiving


I’ll be direct… 2020 has been a rough year! We have seen tragedy after tragedy while also attempting to get in front of a global pandemic and restoring the soul of our nation. I have asked a lot from this organization, its leaders and members since I became President just a few months ago, and today I wanted you to know how thankful I am for each and every one of you.

I want to wish you and yours a happy, healthy, safe, and filling thanksgiving. I know some tables will look different this year, but remember even if we aren’t together in person—we are spiritually and safely together today and always because we are New York Strong!

Through the hard times of 2020, we have had pockets of joy, celebration, and hope for a better tomorrow. We have a lot to be thankful for. We have secured a new White House administration, we still control the House of Representatives, we are two Senators away from securing the U.S. Senate (and making our own Chuck Schumer the Majority Leader), we now have a SUPERMAJORITY in the New York State Assembly and Senate, we have elected numerous young Democrats (and Young at Heart Democrats) to various levels of government and this organization is continuing to thrive through the most difficult of time. We could not have done this without your help.

Whether you donated, made a phone call, sent a text message, joined us virtually for one of our many events, or simply read one of the hundreds of emails we’ve sent out this year… THANK YOU! Your support has meant everything to this organization. Let’s continue on our path of electing young democrats to office, pushing a principled and progressive policy agenda, and working hard to prove that #YoungGetsItDone.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Remembering & Honoring


As New Yorkers, September 11th is a difficult time for each and every one of us. Today is one of those days where you will always remember exactly where you were when you heard the news. Today is one of those days where you can still feel exactly how you felt in 2001 when watching the news coverage or seeing firsthand any of the towers collapsing. Today is one of those days where you can vividly recall the horrific images of New York and remember living through those uncertain times.

September 11th, 2001 changed us as a state, but it made us stronger!

When tragedy struck, we came together as a state. We weren’t upstate or downstate, Democrats or Republicans, progressives, liberal or conservative, we were New Yorkers, and we were mourning our losses together. First responders came from far and wide to aid the NYPD and NYFD in protecting our fellow New Yorkers and in the recovery process. Many of our brave heroes suffered greatly for their bravery during this time, and we can’t thank them enough for their service to our great Empire State.

On the 19th Anniversary of one of our nation’s darkest days, we honor the brave heroes for their service, we continue to mourn the losses of our neighbors and loved ones, and we stand united together in taking a moment, not to be political, but to be a New Yorker!

Both Sides of the Candlestick


To say the members of the New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) are sad and hurt regarding the current state of our country would be an immense understatement. We are not only sad and hurt, but we are angry, frustrated, and more ready than ever to mobilize and to do the work necessary to bring ever-lasting change to our state and local governments.

What has happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others are appalling acts of police brutality and racism, and they are not made any less painful by 45’s comments and actions in recent days. Moreover, our anger increases when we have to deal with leaders within our own party — that we help get elected — fail to help create safe spaces for New Yorkers to peacefully protest and come together to mourn (looking at you Mayor De Blasio).

Our anger, our frustration, our hurt, and our sadness have compiled into taking actions and making our collective voices heard in halls of power and in the streets. The NYSYD has always and will continue to always burn the candle at both ends.

Our members from Long Island, to Brooklyn, to Manhattan, to Westchester, to Putnam, to Utica, to Yates, and beyond have marched, rallied, and have spoken out against racial injustice, because we know that BLACK LIVES MATTER! We ask our members to continue to protest, and organize within every community in New York State, but our work cannot stop there!

We, The New York State Young Democrats, call on EVERY New York State Democratic Legislator in the State Senate and Assembly to support an array of necessary and long overdue bills to get passed. These bills, which make up the Police Reform Package have highlighted by our friends at the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus include:

  1. The Repeal of 50-A
    1. A.2513/S.3695 (O’Donnell/Bailey)
  2. False 9-1-1 Complaints
    1. A.3566 (Ortiz/Benjamin)
  3. Office of the Special Prosecutor
    1. A.1601/S.2574 (Perry/Bailey)
  4. Police Stat Act
    1. A. 1360a/S.1830b (Lentol/Hoylman)
  5. Right to Monitor Act
    1. A.1360a/S.3253 (Perry/Parker)
  6. Local Independent Oversight of Police
    1. A.10560/S.7527 (Richardson/Myrie)
  7. Medical Attention For Persons Under Arrest
    1. A.8226a/S.6601 (Fernandez/Bailey)
  8. Establishing the Crime of Strangulation
    1. A.6144/S.6670a (Mosley/Benjamin)
  9. Failure to Obtain Medical Care
    1. A.3056b/S.4076 (Fernandez/Biaggi)
  10. Bans Racial/Ethnic Profiling by Police
    1. A.4615/S.1137a (Bichotte/Benjamin)
  11. Reducing Arrests for Non-Criminal Offenses
    1. A.4053/S.2571 (Aubry/Bailey)
  12. Expanded Use of Law Enforcement Body Cameras
    1. Body Cameras for NYS Police | A.8674/S.6686 (Walker/Parker)
    2. Body Cameras for MTA Police | A.8943a/S.6793a (Reyes/Ramos)

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THIS DONE NOW!

CLICK HERE to send your petition to your local elected and DEMAND PUBLIC SUPPORT for this Police Reform Package.

Our work has just begun and we will not be finished until we, as a collective voice, are heard in every corner in every county, and in every chamber of every local and state government.

Resolution Calling for Electoral Changes in Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic


WHEREAS, there is a global pandemic of COVID-19 – a novel coronavirus which already has approximately 5,500 cases of infection in New York and has claimed the lives of at least twenty-two New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, the newest guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alone suggest that no more than 50 people be in the same area at one time to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to not take this action would result in placing not only the voters of our great state in harm’s way but also the dedicated election staff and poll site workers; many of whom are over 70 years old – placing them in the highest risk bracket; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 can remain alive on casual items like touch screens, table surfaces and pens; and

WHEREAS, to curb the rate of infection, every other layer of government is trying to limit access, travel, crowds, etc. and, thus, it would defy logic to ask people to come out and vote under these circumstances; and

WHEREAS, New York State has always celebrated the fact that its elections are fair, open, safe, and secure and, at this present time, all four of those core principles are now threatened by COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, several local elections in New York State have already either been postponed or canceled; and

WHEREAS, the delegate selection rules set forth by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) do not allow for a presidential primary to occur after the second Tuesday in June in the calendar year of the national convention; and

WHEREAS, any deviation from the DNC’s delegate selection rules could result in a state delegation allocation being cut in as much as one-half; and

WHEREAS, it would be hypocritical for any political party and/or government to require in-person voting during a time when social distancing is imperative; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Young Democrats urge everyone to follow the CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New York State Young Democrats call on Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to merge all elections between now and June 23rd, including all that have been postponed, to be on June 23rd and to institute no-excuse absentee voting for those elections; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the New York State Young Democrats call on the Democratic National Committee and its Rules and Bylaws Committee to change its previously established delegate allocation rules to require all presidential primaries to occur by July 1, 2020 which would allow New York State to deviate from previously established rules without a cut to New York’s delegate allocation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the New York State Young Democrats call on the New York State Board of Elections, Governor Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature to allow for no-excuse absentee voting while New York is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – especially if the DNC fails to act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the New York State Young Democrats commend Sens. Ron Wyden and Amy Klobuchar for their bill to institute an emergency national vote-by-mail bill, the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020, as a way to nationally curb the spread of COVID-19 and call for its swift passage and enactment – especially if New York fails to act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the New York State Young Democrats call on Governor Cuomo to work with the New York State Board of Elections and county boards of elections to establish a plan of action so that all postponed special and local elections will be conducted as seamlessly as possible; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the New York State Young Democrats commend the Governor, the legislature, local elected officials, first responders, public health workers, and all others involved in the Coronavirus response for their work to keep New Yorkers safe and to contain the outbreak.

NYSYD Denounces Sen. Borrello’s Anti-Disabled Comments Senator Says Automatic Voter Registration Will Expand Voting Rights for Persons Who Lack the Cognitive Skills to Understand the Electoral Process

Senator Says Automatic Voter Registration Will Expand Voting Rights for Persons Who Lack the Cognitive Skills to Understand the Electoral Process


The New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) condemn the anti-disabled and ableist remarks made by newly-elected State Senator George Borrello (R-57) on the first full day of the 2020 legislative session, Thursday, January 9, 2020, during a floor debate regarding a bill to enact automatic voter registration (AVR) when he said that the bill would enfranchise people with cognitive disabilities who, he claims, lack the requisite skills to understand how to vote.

The bill, if enacted, will automatically register people to vote after they fill-out paperwork with certain New York State government agencies – most notably the Department of Motor Vehicles. Currently, when a person goes to a DMV office to get a license, permit, or other state identification, they can check a box to indicate that they wish to have their information forwarded to the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) so that they will be added to the voter rolls. The AVR bill would do the opposite: the person would have to check a box to actively opt-out of their information being sent to the BOE. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the states that have enacted AVR have seen the rates of voter registration rise to be as much as 94%. Furthermore, The Nation reports that as a result of its AVR law, Oregon saw a 4% increase in voter turnout from 2012 to 2016.

While explaining his plans to vote against the AVR bill Sen. Borrello finished his remarks by saying:

This [bill] is [also] about registering people who have come into government to collect benefits, [and] to, perhaps, address mental health issues they may have. Those are the folks who are automatically be registered – people who may not even understand the impact of voting. It’s about influencing people who, otherwise, should not understand and will not understand. I find that really abhorrent. So, I will be voting ‘no’ on this.

“It is quite a feat to show yourself to be ableist on your first day at a new job,” said NYSYD and Young Democrats of America Disability Issues Caucus Chair Seamus Campbell. “Senator Borrello literally said people with mental illness and cognitive disabilities are too dumb or unbalanced to vote. He should be ashamed of himself. Borrello thinks that people with disabilities lack the ability to learn about the role and importance of democracy and how to do the necessary research about the issues and candidates on the ballot. As a person who has dealt with clinical depression for his entire adult life, I am both shocked and disgusted that to learn that he honestly thinks that my condition is in any way a barrier to being an informed citizen and active voter. The fact that I have not missed a single election – primary, general, run-off, or special – in over 5 years should be proof that his beliefs are just plain wrong.”

Under New York State Law, any United States citizen, a resident of New York State for at least 30 days, and over the age of 18, and is not currently serving time for a felony conviction can register to vote. Furthermore, the only persons empowered to remove a person’s voting rights due to mental capacity is a judge.

Said Paolo Cremidis, NYSYD Rural Caucus Chair, “George Borrello is peddling fear for the sake of peddling fear. I am troubled by the fact that he is targeting folks to exclude via automatic voter registration. The issue of mental health is not something that we can joke about. He needs to apologize for his comments to his constituents and to our broader Upstate New York community. Making comments like these do not do anything to help represent Upstate.”

“It’s disappointing to see our representation in Albany speaking out against legislation that will strengthen democracy in New York State,” said Frank Besse, Chautauqua County Young Democrats President. “Not only does Mr. Borrello position himself in opposition to empowering the people of our state he does so in a way that incites baseless fears and offends common decency.”

“It makes total sense that Senator Borrello would say this in 2020 of all years,” said NYSYD President Patrick Jordan. “The GOP in New York knows that with Trump on the top of the ballot this year, they are vulnerable because there will be an even bigger surge in voter turnout than we saw in 2018. So, their only recourse to save themselves electorally is to add more barriers so that people cannot or will not go to the polls in November. The New York State Young Democrats just found yet another reason to mobilize this year against Republicans up and down the ballot and we have added a new candidate we’re targetting: George Borrello.”

The New York State Young Democrats call on Senator George Borrello to apologize immediately for his statements. NYSYD plans to organize and mobilize its members so that 2020 will be the only year Borrello spends in Albany.

To view Senator George Borrello’s floor remarks in their entirety, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuxWppCmy30.