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NYS Young Democrats Stand with the AAPI Community #StopAsianHate

The New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) members and community against anti-AAPI hate crimes. While these incidents are not exclusive to the pandemic, violent attacks on individuals, especially Asian elders, vandalism of businesses, racial epithets shouted by strangers, and more have plagued the lives of AAPI individuals throughout the country over the last year. Since the beginning of COVID, there has been a 1900% increase in hate crimes against AAPI throughout the country. The latest of which ended the lives of 8 people, 6 of whom were women, in Atlanta, GA just yesterday.

This xenophobic behavior is a remnant of our country’s racist history and a trait of the worst of our society. It must be stopped. We call on everyone to do their part in protecting our AAPI members, neighbors, friends, & family using the intervention links below. We can #StopAsianHate together.

In addition to the physical effects of these hate crimes, we acknowledge this additionally takes a toll on one’s mental health whether they were a victim or not. To anyone who has been directly or indirectly affected by AAPI Hate Crimes, we encourage you to speak up and speak out about your experience. You are not alone and there are many avenues of support available to you, some of which have been linked below. NYSYD stands with you against this hate and with our AAPI community.

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STOP AAPI HATE – A research center dedicated to documenting anti-Asian hate incidents, providing resources for victims, & advocating for policies to reinforce human and civil rights protections

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Hate Crime Resources – Legal resources, advocacy groups, statistics, toolkits, trainings, & more courtesy of the NAPABA

Asian Mental Health Collective Therapist Directory – List of Asian Mental Health Professionals in New York State

Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training – Bystander Intervention Training session in conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing for Justice (AAJC)

NAPAWF NYC – COVID Racist Harassment Coping Guide – A guide to caring for oneself before, during, and after an incident of harassment developed by the NYC chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Young Democrats in the News: Calling on Gov. Cuomo to Resign

Check out some of the recent coverage NYSYD has recieved after calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.

NYS Young Democrats Stands with Survivors Calls on Cuomo to Resign

We acknowledge the courage of everyone brave enough to speak their truth in regards to their experiences with Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) firmly stand with all survivors of sexual harassment or assault. We understand that 75% of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). We take these allegations seriously and we support Attorney General Letitia James’ independent investigation into these matters.

We believe the survivors and trust that the AG’s investigation will substantiate the claims that have been made. Because of this, and in light of this demonstrated pattern of behavior, we call on the governor to resign immediately.

These particular incidents reiterate the need to reform the structures and systems through which the legislature and executive address issues of sexual harassment and assault. Alongside the need for investigating these particular incidents, we call upon the legislature and executive chamber to revise practices so that staff and survivors not only feel they can come forward, but that they will find justice when they do.

To all survivors of sexual harassment or assault in any instance: We hear you and support you wherever you are, as this is not limited to the workplace or legislative halls. We remain an organization committed to working with you to dismantle the systems that sustain environments where these actions are welcome.

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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
For survivors, employers, employees, organizations looking to eliminate sexual violence in the workplace.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
Survivor Hotline: 800.656.HOPE(4673)

YWCA of New York
For Victims and Survivors of sexual violence who are in need of housing and counseling

1in6
For men who are survivors of sexual abuse or harassment

NYSCADV (New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

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 your friends at the New York State Young Democrats

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, 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 April 1, 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 April 1, 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/Conduct
  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 April 1, 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 April 1, 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 April 1, 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 two “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 at least one (1) conference call 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 April 1, 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 15, 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 15, 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

April 1, 2021

  • Chartering packets due
  • Proposed delegate lists due
  • Caucus re-chartering packets due

April 15, 2021

  • Executive Board applications due
  • 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

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.

New York State Young Democrats Delegate Selection Plan 2019 Young Democrats of America Biennial Convention

Indianapolis, IN – July 17-21, 2019

The President of the New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) shall present a list of delegates and alternates to the NYSYD Executive Board for consideration. The Executive Board will give its advice and consent on the names submitted prior to approval.

New York will cast 110 votes at a ratio of about 3 votes per delegate. As such, we will send 37 delegates and 3 alternates to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Young Democrats of America (YDA) Biennial Convention. One delegate, chosen by lot, will cast 2 votes.

All prospective delegates or alternates (delegation members) are required to submit an online application form. This form will be made available online beginning on May 16, 2019, and will receive applications until 11:59:59 PM EST on May 31, 2019. Failure to submit a form during this time will result in an individual not being considered. In addition, all persons chosen as delegation members are required to attend the 2019 NYSYD Convention. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of their status as a delegation member.

Affirmative Action Goals

Women: 50% (Fixed at 50% regardless of population)

Based on the updated 2015 U.S. Census estimates, we will attempt to meet the following goals for minority representation:

  • African-American: 20%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 20%
  • Asian: 10%

In addition, extensive research has provided these goals for the following groups:

  • Rural: 15% (2010 Census)
  • LGBTQ: 10% (2012 Gallup Poll[1])
  • Disabled: 15% (ages 18-44, 2010 CDC[2])
  • Labor: 20% (2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics[3])
  • Jewish:  10% (2015 Brandeis University[4])

Taking these numbers into consideration, and based on those who applied by the deadline, NYSYD will strive to meet the following goals:

  • Women: 19 delegation members
  • African-American:  8 delegation members
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8 delegation members
  • Asian: 4 delegation members
  • Rural: 6 delegation members
  • LGBTQ: 4 delegation members
  • Disabled: 6 delegation members
  • Labor: 8 delegation members
  • Jewish: 4 delegation members

Delegation members may qualify for more than one of the aforementioned categories. For example, someone can be an African-American union member with a disability and thus be counted to satisfy all 3 requirements.

Delegates will be expected to be present and in their seats during all general sessions. Failure to do so will result in the seating of an Alternate in their place.

In addition, delegation members may be appointed to represent NYSYD in specific committee and caucus meetings. While all of these meetings are open to the public, some allow only one (1) person to vote on behalf of each state. In this instance, only those who are specifically assigned by the Delegation Chair will be given voting privileges on behalf of New York.

Any necessary changes to the delegation roster as a result of a penalty imposed by the YDA Credentials Committee will be made by the Delegation Chair with the consultation of the National Committee Members from New York.

Finally, in an effort to be more inclusive, it is the sole discretion of the Delegation Chair to add any members of the New York State Young Democrats present at the YDA Convention to the list of Alternates. Should a person be added, they cannot be seated as a Delegate until the list of Alternates who applied in a timely manner is exhausted.

[1] http://www.gallup.com/poll/160517/lgbt-percentage-highest-lowest-north-dakota.aspx
[2] https://www.cdc.gov/BRFSS/
[3] https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/union2.pdf
[4] http://ajpp.brandeis.edu/

NYSYD Call to Convention 2019 #NYSYD2019

Join us May 17-19, 2019 in Queens County, New York 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 2019 State Convention.

Convention Officers

The 2019 Convention Chair is Andrew Goldston. The 2019 Convention Secretary and Credentials Committee Chair is Seamus Campbell. The Rules Committee Chair is Michael Twomey. The 2019 Convention Parliamentarian is Aries dela Cruz; the alternate Parliamentarian is Tyler White. Other convention officers and committee members shall be named at a later date by approval by the NYSYD Executive Board.

Chartering or Re-chartering

Chartering packets will be distributed and made available electronically on or before March 21, 2019, and will be due for submission by electronic mail by no later than 11:59:59 PM EST on May 8, 2019.

Each county chapter that is rechartering must submit the following items to the Credentials Committee by emailing them to Chair Seamus Campbell at scampbell@nysyd.org as individual attachments on or before May 8, 2019:

  • 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 either an email address or telephone number (preferably both). The roster must be sent in an Excel or Google Sheet format; any roster not sent in a spreadsheet format (e.g. as a PDF) and/or are missing the aforementioned fields will not be accepted.

  • A scanned copy of the certification of current highest ranking officer (usually the County Chair) of the county chapter’s Democratic county committee

  • A list of all officers of the county chapter

  • A copy of the county chapter’s constitution and bylaws, preferably sent as a Word or Google Document AND a PDF

  • A proposed delegation list (each chapter will be entitled to 1 delegate for each validated member)

All county chapters that are submitting new charters (i.e. currently are not chartered chapters) must submit the aforementioned items on or before May 16, 2019. Those chapters will be limited to no more than two (2) delegates.

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 by the stated due dates, the application will be rejected by the Credentials Committee.

Should a chapter wish to resubmit their membership roster prior to May 8, 2019, they may do so only if they properly delineate which members have been added or removed since their previous submission; updated rosters not showing which members have been added or removed will not be accepted.

The Chartering fee is $65.00 plus 0.50 cents per member in accordance with Article IV, Section 1. The deadline for the chartering fee to be submitted is May 8, 2019. All chartering fees must be submitted via check and mailed to:

Attn: Patrick Jordan, President
New York State Young Democrats
36-23 204th Street
Bayside, NY 11361

Should a chapter be unable to submit a check by that date, they must alert the President, the Convention Chair, and Convention Secretary by May 11, 2019 by emailing, respectively, jordanpatrick76@gmail.com, agoldston@gmail.com, and scampbell@nysyd.org, and must pay the chartering fee at the convention by check. Failure to pay the chartering fee will result in the chapter in question not being chartered.

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 April 15, 2019. 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 April 15, 2019 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 as 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.

County chapters charted in between December 01, 2018 and January 31, 2019, under Article VI, Section 5 of the NYSYD Constitution will be exempted from chartering under this section and those chapters shall each be allotted one vote at the convention. The NYSYD Secretary shall electronically transmit all chartering documents they have received from said chapters to the Chair of the Credentials Committee.

Delegates to Convention

Re-chartering chapters must submit their preliminary list of delegates to the Credentials Chair at the following e-mail address: scampbell@nysyd.org by no later than 11:59:59 PM EST on May 8, 2019; newly chartered chapters  must submit their preliminary list of delegates to the Credentials Chair no later than 11:59:59 PM EST on May 16, 2019 to the same aformention e-mail address. Amendments can be made to delegate lists until 11:59:59 PM EST on May 8, 2019. Each chartered or re-chartered County Chapter shall receive one (1) delegate for every ten (10) members of the Chartered Chapter who are residents of the county in which the chapter is located as set forth in Article III, Section 6 of the Constitution. 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 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 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 May 8, 2019.

New York State Young Democrats Executive Board Positions

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 April 1, 2019 by electronic mail as well as the NYSYD website and social media pages. Applications are due by 11:59:59 PM EST on April 15, 2019. 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, National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, 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 and Transgender (LGBT); 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.

Executive Board Election Procedures

All candidates must submit their applications via Google Form by 11:59:59 PM EST on or before April 15, 2019. However, if no candidate submits an application for a position by that date, applications for the positions lacking candidates will be extended to May 8, 2019 at by 11:59:59 PM EST.

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 received a majority then the candidate with the lowest number of votes shall be dropped from the ballot and the election run again with the remaining candidates until one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.

Write-in votes will not be accepted.  Nominations from the floor will not be accepted unless there is an Amendment to the Constitution on that day and only for a position that was newly created or for which the nominee was not previously eligible for candidacy. Following the conclusion of elections, the newly elected officers will assume their positions. In the event of a vacancy after the application due date or following elections, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the NYSYD Constitution and Bylaws.  A motion to suspend the rules shall be in order upon the affirmation of 2/3rds of the appointed delegates.

Special Executive Board Election Procedures

Each region elects a Regional Vice President pursuant to the Constitution, Article III Section 3. Only individuals who are registered voters in the region shall be eligible to run for a Regional 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.

Constitutional Amendment Procedures

Any proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be submitted electronically to the Rules Chair Michael Twomey at mtwomey@nysyd.org and NYSYD President Patrick Jordan at jordanpatrick76@gmail.com. Any proposed amendments to the Constitution must be received by 11:59:59 pm EST on April 30, 2019. 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.

Agenda and Programming

Pursuant to the NYSYD Bylaws Article V, the Executive Board of the Queens County 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.

Key Dates

March 21, 2019

  • Chartering Packets Distributed Electronically (docx, pdf)

April 1, 2019

April 15, 2019

  • Proposed Delegate Lists Due

  • Executive Board Election Application Due

  • NYSYD Award Nominations Deadline

April 30, 2019

  • Constitution and Bylaws Amendments Due

May 8, 2019

  • Executive Board Election Applications Due for Capital Vice President, Northern Vice President, and Legal Director

  • Amended Membership Roster Due

  • Chartering Fees Due

  • Chartering Packets Due (existing chapters)

  • Final Delegate List Due

May 11, 2019

  • Chapters intending to pay dues at the convention must inform President, Convention Chair, and Convention President such intention

May 16, 2019

  • Chartering Packets Due (new chapters)

  • Credentials Committee Report Due

We look forward to seeing you in May and ensuring the future of our organization.

Excelsior,
Patrick Jordan
President
New York State Young Democrats

Statement on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

“No matter the who, no matter when, no matter what we should believe people who come forward with their experiences of sexual assault or misconduct. No one is above the law especially those who are supposed to enforce it. NYSYD supports the Governor Andrew Cuomo and Speaker Johnson’s ask of the Attorney General to resign. The Executive Board is unanimous in asking Schniederman to resign immediately.”

Update: Eric Schneiderman has resigned as the Attorney General of New York State.