Due to a vacancy on this year’s ballot, Assembly District 50’s newly elected Female District Leader Kristina Naplatarski is interested in gathering community feedback on the possible candidates she will be choosing between when recommending her preference for Male District Leader to county officials for appointment. You may read ADC 50’s candidate questionnaires here and watch the candidates share their priorities at ADC 50’s hosted candidate forum here. To share your feedback with Kristina, please fill out this form by Saturday, August 29th.
I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. As the newly elected female District Leader for the 50th Assembly District, I want to thank you for the congratulations and support that you’ve shown me, even before I’ve formally taken office. I am very much looking forward to working with every one of you to improve our neighborhoods and bring greater transparency, accountability, and inclusivity to the Brooklyn Democratic Party. I also want to thank District Leaders Linda Minucci and Nick Rizzo for their years of service to our district.
Although my term has not yet begun, due to an unusual turn of events, I will have to take my first formal action as your District Leader before I even take office. Every assembly district has a male and female District Leader, however, this year there was no candidate for male District Leader on the ballot, leaving the seat vacant for the upcoming term. It is past precedent that in choosing an appointment to fill the vacancy, the Executive Committee of the Kings County Democratic Committee gives deference to the co-leader of the Assembly District in which there is a vacancy.
I will be frank in saying that making an appointment to a seat that is typically an elected position does not comport with the democratic principles that guide my work. Moving forward, I believe that the Party should establish a formal process for filling vacancies in order to allow for greater participation and transparency.
However, in the absence of a formal process, it was important to me to establish an informal process that would bring a level of transparency to choosing our next male District Leader. I want the community to have the same access to the candidates putting themselves forth for consideration as I do.
I want each of you to have an opportunity to express to me your opinions on each of the candidates and for residents to engage in dialogue about who they would like to have represent them until the next Democratic election in 2022.
While it is required that an appointment be made to fill this vacancy, it is imperative to me that my community be at the table in making such a consequential decision. Furthermore, I am committed to working with our Assembly District Committee and local residents to create a truly democratic process for how to fill any future District Leader vacancies here in AD50, one that can hopefully serve as a standard bearer in Brooklyn.
The ADC has kindly agreed to help facilitate this review process by putting aside time at their next meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday 8/26, to hear from potential candidates. In addition to putting out an open call to all County Committee members in the 50th Assembly District, the ADC has also developed a questionnaire for prospective candidates in order to help meeting participants understand the positions of each of the candidates and how they envision the role of male District Leader. At tomorrow’s forum, after hearing from the candidates, meeting participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on each of the candidates in order to help inform my appointment decision.
Hi ADC50! Thanks to those of you who attended Thursday’s meeting. It was great to have Boris, from Senator Salazar’s office, discuss end of session legislation and answer questions about rent regulations, NY Health Act, and the new Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. As a follow-up he sent over some information regarding the new rent laws, which are currently in effect (see attached). Eric Radezky also followed up with some info on voter’s rights:A person previously convicted of a felony’s right to register to vote is restored once they have reached their maximum sentence of imprisonment or have been discharged from parole. Since the registration is cancelled, they have to re-register to vote but there is nothing else that needs to be done to be eligible to register. There are some who believe that a certificate of relief from disabilities or good conduct is needed but that it not the case. He’s also looking into if there’s a Board of Elections law that can purge voters after a certain number of years of not voting.
NEXT UP: Our next meeting will be Monday August 19th (location TBD)Keep an eye on your inbox for an upcoming Rep Your Block recruitment event at the end of July. Have a happy 4th of July! ~Elana & ExCo Team~
From Daeha Ko, member of the Public Affairs & Legislation subcommittee:
Thank you so much for the round of applause during my pitch for the bill A1248/S1763A, the Free and Fair Elections Resolution. I was not expecting this and was admittedly touch by the reception.
Attached are copies of both the Assembly and Senate version. The Assembly bill is currently under going revision in Section 2C lines 23-31 to reflect the Senate’s bill which is up to date regarding US States that have passed the resolution.
Also included is a legal briefing complete with citations for quick references on the legality of Article V limited convention process and the checks and balances system designed to enforce a convention to propose an Amendment limited to one topic, specifically in this case the consequences of Citizen’s United.
Here are the links to the to the Assembly Page and Senate Page with the current list of co-sponsors. Mind you the list is rapidly changing with lawmakers quickly signing on. Recommend reading the memorandum written by Assm Linda Rosenthal of the need for this resolution in the link above.
If you really feel like doing some reading, I have also attached a DOJ report on the Article V process plus a packet we have been handing to NY State Legislators.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach to me anytime anyplace. Thank you for taking this under consideration.