Judicial Candidate Questionnaires

The first step in the CBID Judiciary Committee’s review of a candidate’s qualification for the bench is the require the candidate to respond to a questionnaire. Candidates must submit their responses before an interview will be scheduled.

The questionnaire contains 18 questions and covers topics such as the name of their campaign manager, what political clubs they belong to, the amount of funds raised as of the time the questionnaire was completed, what pro bono work they have done and what endorsements they have received.

Civil Court Judicial Nominees

The CBID Judiciary Committee has reviewed the credentials for three candidates for 3 Brooklyn-wide Civil Court judgeships. A fourth candidate, whom we also reviewed, has recently withdrawn from consideration.

The committee also reviewed the credentials for six candidates for a single vacancy in the Sixth Civil Court District.

On June 1, 2017 at 7:00p.m. the club will hold its endorsement meeting at the Greenwood Baptist Church, 461 6th St, Brooklyn (at the corner of 6th St. and Seventh Ave.)

Borough-wide candidates:

Sixth District candidates:

  • Rodney L. Pepe-Souvenir, CUNY, Title IX Coordinator and Associate Director of Diversity and Compliance
  • Hemalee J. Patel, court attorney-referee, Supreme Court, Staten Island
  • Derefim B. Neckles, court attorney referee, Supreme Court, Brooklyn
  • Ellen E. Edwards, managing attorney of general practice firm, Edwards & Associates
  • Elena Baron, law clerk for Judge Andrew Borrok
  • Rupert V. Barry, criminal defense practice at Law Office of Rupert V. Barry
  • Patria Frias-Colon, Brooklyn borough chief, Family Court Division
Jim, Jo Anne, Chuck and Joan at the cbid awards dinner

The Resistance

On May 25th at our monthly General Meeting CBID endorsed the following candidates:
Bill de Blasio
Public Advocate
Letitia James
Scott Stringer
Brooklyn District Attorney
Eric Gonzalez
Also, on June 1st at Greenwood Baptist Church, 461 6th St @ 7th Ave in Park Slope CBID will be having an endorsement meeting for Judicial Candidates. The meeting will be gin as 7:00pm and will be a unique chance to get to hear from and question candidates for judgeships throughout Brooklyn.
 At our April meeting CBID had its first endorsement meeting of this election cycle and is proud to have endorsed the following candidates:

Brad Lander – City Council District 39
Antonion Reynoso – City Council District 34
Stephen Levin – City Council District 33

We will be continuing endorsements at the May and June meetings so keep an eye out here for specifics.



Thank you to all who came to our 48th annual awards dinner!

As always at our awards dinner, we had a wonderful group of activists and progressive fighters to honor this year:

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Mohammad Razvi
Dan Kane, Sr.
Ellen Raider
Windsor Terrace Food Coop
Special Award to James Brennan


CBID General Meeting Minutes 3-23-2017


CBID General Meeting Minutes 3-23-2017

Benjamin Solotaire – CBID President
-CBID is having its annual fundraising dinner on April 23rd at the Bell House! Tickets are $120 and can be purchased at CBIDems.org. These funds will primarily be used to support candidates that we will be endorsing throughout the year.

Tia Schellstede – Public School Watchdogs
-The activist group, Public School Watchdogs was created to fight the agenda of US Education Secretary, Betsey DeVos. They will be protesting any education cuts to the NYS budget because Cuomo’s budget will take 4.3 billion from schools. For more information about getting involved, check them out on Facebook or by visiting publicschoolwatchdogs.org.

Eli Frankel – Youth Progressive Policy Group
-Eli is part of a student progressive activism group that is focused on youth participation in politics. They would like to go to Albany to lobby state legislators to support their “Young Voter Act” which is meant to lower the voting age to seventeen and teach civics in more high schools. If you are interested in donating to the group to fund their Albany trip, visit yppg-ny.org or follow them on Twitter @YPPGOfficial.

David Michelson – CBID Executive Committee Member
-There will be a talk, “What Now for Health Care Reform” with Oliver T. Fein, MD, FACP, the chair of the New York Metro Chapter of PNHP on Wednesday, March 29th, at 7pm at the New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Auditorium located at 506 6th Street. To register, call (917) 947-9121.
-A newer group, Women of Color for Progress, recently launched with the goal of electing more women of color. We will hopefully be working with them in the future and for more information about them, find them on Facebook or WomenofColorforProgress.org.
-Brooklyn for Peace will be sending two busses to the People’s Climate March on Washington on April 29th. For tickets, visit BrooklynforPeace.org.

Patricia Gatling and Marc Fliecher, two candidates for Brooklyn DA stopped by to introduce themselves. There will be more in depth candidate vetting to follow.

State Assembly Member Robert Carroll
-We are facing a new budget vote in less than a week!
-Raising the Age should go into the new budget, it would limit 16 and 17 year olds from being tried and convicted as adults.
-421-A will provide tax abatements for new construction of rental units
-Possibly entering the budget is a tax on homes of $2 million or more that would be used to provide housing for seniors
-State Republicans want to get rid of the Millionaire’s Tax, while Democrats want to further stratify it. It could create $5 billion dollars! This is huge because 40% of Americans making more than $100 million per year make some of it in New York.

City Councilor Brad Lander
-First, a reminder of all the successes organizing has had. It was not Trump who stopped the repeal of the ACA; it was groups like ours. So keep up the good work!
-Participatory Budget Week is coming up! You can participate at pbnyc.org/vote.
-One law to watch: a proposal to end abusive scheduling for fast food and retail workers. If it passes, these employers would no longer be able to give short notice on scheduling or “on-call” shifts.

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
-There are two versions of the “Raise the Age” legislation. Cuomo is interested in raising the age slowly, leaving up to 28,000 minors at risk. His version of this would also leave a long list of crimes exempt. The version proposed by Montgomery and Lentol would move more cases into Family Court. To support this progressive version, call Cuomo and tell him you do!

Bobbie Sackman – LiveOn NY
-Bobbie is an advocate for seniors. In a city with one third of seniors in poverty, it is important that we protect them. Two thousand are sleeping in shelters each night. Cuomo says he wants an “age friendly New York” but without the passage of better housing reform, two hundred thousand seniors currently on waiting lists could find a home. To get more involved visit liveon-ny.org.


State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon
-Some of the most important parts of the budget to focus on are funding gun violence research, early voting and auto registration, and raise the age. Contact your assembly member to show your support for these items.
-One item that should come out of the budget are incentives for NYC real estate. Developers need no incentive, and that funding can be used for affordable housing instead.

Nick Rizzo – District Leader for the 50th District
-We all need to change our tone when talking to members of the IDC. The time for “come back” is over; we’re now in the age of “we’re coming for you!” To get involved in this effort, follow him @nickrizzo and stay on top of the latest details.