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2009 YDA Fall Conference To Be Held In Orlando Florida

YDA President Crystal Strait announced this morning that the 2009 Fall Conference will be held in Orlando, Floriday November 20 – 22, 2009. Please look at Crystal’s Message below. If you are thinking about going to this conference please email NYSYD President Matthew Silverstein at

Message From YDA President Crystal Strait:

Now is the time for us to come together to get YDA working again. While in the past it was common for the Executive Committee to set the agenda for an administration, this time all of YDA‘s leadership, from the National Committee to Caucus and Committee leaders, will be planning out the future of our organization at our Fall Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida on November 20-22, 2009.

The clock is ticking on the 2010 Election season and this is our opportunity to plan our strategy for the next 11 months to continue engaging young voters and exercise our generation’s power by sending Democrats back to Congress and our state, commonwealth, and territorial capitals.

Fall Conference Schedule:

Take advantage of great savings with the Early Bird Registration for only $45. Prices will go up to $65 on October 15th at Midnight (Eastern) and will be good through November 18th at Midnight (Eastern). After this, you will have to register on-site in Orlando for $75.

Register For Conference:

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations! We have a block of rooms reserved at the Orlando Doubletree Hotel for the bargain price of $89/night plus tax. You can make your reservation online with Group Code “YDA” or call 1-407-351-1000. Don’t forget to mention you are with the YDA group. The YDA room block closes October 28th at 5:00pm (Eastern).

Orlando Doubletree Hotel
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

Happy Labor Day!

Brothers and Sisters,

On behalf of the entire New York State Young Democrats family, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Labor Day!

On Saturday September 12, 2009 we will once again march in the New York City Central Labor Council’s Labor Day Parade and March with our brothers and sisters from Teamsters Local 814 & Joint Council 16. We will be meeting at 10am on 46th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues in Manhattan. Please contact Mike Corbett at for more information.

Labor Day is the day we honor and acknowledge the hard work of union members across the country. As Congress comes back into session, organized labor continues to advocate the passage of The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and we must continue to support this effort. This bill would enable working people to bargain for better benefits, wages and working conditions by restoring workers freedom to choose for themselves whether to join a union. Please call your elected members of Congress and the Senate and urge them to support EFCA.

As Labor Day unofficially marks the end of Summer, I would like to reflect on our accomplishments over the past few months:

The 2009 YDA National Convention was a huge success for NYSYD. The Manhattan Young Democrats were once again honored as the YDA Chapter of the Year. MYD was also honored for the best one time program for their Open Seat Project. We are all so proud of what MYD has achieved.

In addition, two of our members were seated on the YDA Executive Committee: Stephanie Hausner was appointed to the Democratic National Committee by YDA President Crystal Strait. Michael Corbett was elected Chair of the Young Democrats of America Labor Caucus. We are proud of Stephanie and Michael as well as the other New Yorkers who were elected to YDA Caucus offices.

A reminder to all members…

Please do not forget to vote in the upcoming primary elections. If you need information on looking up your voter registration or locating your polling place please visit the New York State Board of Elections web site at

In Solidarity,
Matthew Silverstein                           Mike Corbett, Chair
NYSYD President                                YDA Labor Caucus