June Meeting Agenda

Next Meeting June 28th

 Camp Friendship, 339 8th street

June Meeting Agenda:

Club Business
Eric Wetlman: Senior Organizer of Food & Water Watch
Tom Gogan: Veterans for Peace Chapter 34


Attorney General
Letitia James
Zephyr Teachout
Sean Patrick Maloney
Michael Diederich

46th Assembly District
Chris McCreight
Mathylde Frontus
Ethan Lustig-Elgrably

48th Assembly District 
Simcha Eichenstein

2108 Endorsements

June Endorsements

44th District Leader, Male – Doug Schneider

May Meeting Endorsements

44th District Leader, Female – Lori Citron Knipel
Civil Court, Countywide – Loren Bailey
Civil Court, Countywide – Ingrid Joseph
Surrogate Court – No Endorsement
Civil Court, 1st Term – Devin P. Cohen

April Meeting Endorsements

Governor – Cynthia Nixon
NYS Comptroller – Thomas Di Napoli
Senate District 17 – Blake Morris
Senate District 21 – No Decision (no candidate got the required 50% +1 votes)
Senate District 25 – Velmanette Montgomery

March Meeting Endorsements

Lieutenant Governor – Jumaane Williams
Assembly District 44 – Robert Carroll
Assembly District 52  – Jo Anne Simon
Senate District 20 – Zellnor Myrie
Senate District 22 – Andrew Gounardes
District Leaders 52nd District – Josh Skaller (male) and Anne Swern (female)

February Meeting Endorsements


NY1 – David Pechefsky
NY2 – Liuba Grechen Shirley
NY7 – Nydia Velázquez
NY8 – Hakeem Jeffries
NY9 – Yvette Clarke
NY11 – Max Rose

Presidents Message – March

President’s Message – March

At last month’s meeting, a really important point came up in our discussion. We were discussing the importance of holding our electeds accountable, and the point was made that just because we endorse someone, doesn’t mean they get our blind support. In fact, just the opposite. Our endorsement means two main things, to me: 1) stronger accountability and 2) hard work on our part. And these things go hand in hand.

The candidates that we endorse must be held to a higher standard, and it’s both our job to hold them to that and for them to stay open in listening to us. A candidate who seeks our endorsement and then never shows up again is not someone we want to be supporting. And it’s up to us to make our endorsement mean something on the hard work front. Petitioning is fun, but it’s feet on the pavement work. Candidates seek our endorsement, remember that. They come to us because they know that a CBID endorsement means something, and it’s up to us to hold that standard up.

You’ll notice this month there are events and petition days all centered around that. We’ll have a lot of petition days for various candidates, so please take a look and come out on whichever days you can so we can collect those signatures. We’ll have a meet and greet with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, an informal way to ask our Congresswoman the questions we need to ask. We’ll march with our fellow high school allies in the March for Our Lives. We’ll also have some events that are just for fun! Yes, sometimes we can let our hair down, meet up for some good ole fashioned karaoke fun.

The point is – let’s stay active this month and keep what makes CBID so special stronger together. There is a long road ahead of us – the budget being passed, Congressional Primaries, State Primaries, and then General Elections – so stay focused, stayed rested, and always reach out for help or questions. No one person is going to do all of this alone, there’s simply just too much to do. Bring a friend, split up the work, and rely on each other and we’ll keep pushing forward.

Asher Novek

March Meeting

Our next general meeting will be held on March 22, 2018 at 7pm at the Park Slope Methodist Church at 410 6th Avenue. New members are always welcome.


March Meeting Agenda:
Discussion of County Committee.

  • Lieutenant Governor
    • Kathy Hochul
    • Jumaane Williams
  • Assembly District 44
    • Robert “Bobby” Carroll
  • Assembly District 52
    • Jo Anne Simon
  • Senate District 20
    • Jesse Hamilton
    • Zellnor Myrie
  • Senate District 22
    • Ross Barkan
    • Andrew Gounardes
  • District Leaders 52nd Assembly District (Male and Female)
    • Anne Swern
    • Josh Skaller

CBIDFed Opening Fundraiser

CBIDFed Opening Fundraiser

Wednesday 6/13 from 6-9pm at the Monro (481 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
$1 off Happy Hour all night!

We recently opened up a separate Federal PAC to allow CBID to donate to Federal candidates like Max Rose, David Pechchefsky and Liuba Grechen Shirley. We’ve never been able to donate to Congressional candidates before, but this year it is so important that Democrats take back the House that we cannot sit idly by.  Please help us support our local Democratic Congressional candidates.

Make a donation online to:

Mail a check to:
C/O Benjamin Solotaire
34 3 Place
Brooklyn NY 11231

CBID May General Meeting Notes: May 24th 2018

CBID May General Meeting Notes: May 24th 2018


Club Business
Guest speaker:  Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon
Review CBID Constitutional Amendment Proposals

Endorsement – POSTPONED
44th District Leader, Male
Jacob Gold
Doug Schneider
No Endorsement

44th District Leader, Female
Lori Citron Knipel
No Endorsement

Civil Court:  Countywide (choose up to 2)*
Loren Bailey (incumbent, recommended)
Ingrid  Joseph (incumbent, recommended)
No Endorsement

Surrogate Court*
Harriet  Thompson (the judicial committee recommends no endorsement)
No Endorsement

Civil Court 1st Division*
Devin P. Cohen (declined to answer questionnaire, no recommendation)
No Endorsement

*The Judicial Committee sent questionnaires, reviewed decisions and conducted in-person interviews of all of the judicial candidates, and these are their recommendations.

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May Presidents Message

May President’s Message

Dear CBID,

We are just about through this year’s busy endorsement season.  After our May meeting we’ll be in the full swing of things election wise. Between the Congressional Primaries under a month away and petitioning for our State candidates ramping up, it’s time to start putting our feet on the pavement and getting to work. This is now the crucial time for CBID to make an impact in these elections.

We’ve had hearty discussions, we’ve met with the candidates, we’ve debated and done our due diligence. Now we have to stand for them and do what I personally think is the actual fun part of all this – engaging with voters. At the end of the day, it’s up to us to help turn out the vote. Yes, New York’s laws are antiquated and suppress new voters; yes, we’re in the bottom of voter turnout; and yes, we need real legislative change to those things.  But while we advocate for those reforms, we can also knock on doors, make phone calls, and talk to our neighbors in the mean time.

We’re not going to see real voting reform, or reproductive rights reform, or immigration reform, or public education spending, or anything unless we flip the House and flip the State Senate.  We can make substantial changes right here and get behind candidates who truly represent the values we want to continue fighting for.  And the way to do that isn’t a secret.  It’s knocking on doors, it’s getting petition signatures, it’s making phone calls.

I hope you can all prioritize making some time in the coming weeks and months.  Being a part of CBID has personally led to some of the most meaningful relationships I can remember, and it begins with voter outreach and connections.

Let’s get to work!

Asher Novek
CBID President