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Mid-Summer Newsletter
July 2022
In This Issue

Primary Election August 23:
Our Endorsed Candidates

Early Voting Hours

Help Re-elect US Rep. Jerry Nadler and NYS Sen. Brad Hoylman

Club Members Enjoy a Great Evening
in Riverside Park

Get Your Absentee Ballot for the
August 23 Primary!

The New District Lines in
Our Area

Update: Democrats' Electoral Prospects on Long Island

Better Tech Alternatives Are Possible
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Primary Election August 23
for US Congress, NY State Senate

OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES

US Congress

NY State Senate
Absentee Ballot application must be received by the Board of Elections by August 8
Saturday, August 13 through
Sunday, August 21

Voting Hours
Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday
August 13

August 14

August 15

August 16

August 17

August 18

August 19

August 20

August 21
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Three Parks members campaign for Jerry Nadler at W. 96th St.
NEXT CAMPAIGN EVENT: TUESDAY AT 8:00 AM
Help Re-elect US Rep. Jerry Nadler
and NYS Sen. Brad Hoylman

Twice-Weekly Sidewalk Campaigning
Dates:





Time:
Where:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • August 2 and 4
  • August 9 and 11
  • August 16 and 18

8:00 -- 9:00 AM
West 96th Street and Broadway
Subway Station
Join us on any of these dates. If you can do so, please RSVP by clicking here.

Note: This schedule is subject to change. Watch your email for further details and any changes, including due to inclement weather. Also watch for announcements of additional campaign activities.
Club Members Enjoy a Great Evening in Riverside Park at Our Mid-Summer
Get-Together!
On Wednesday, July 27, Three Parks members and friends gathered at Ellington in Riverside Park at 105th Street for a long-overdue, and much-anticipated, in-person get-together.
It was a great opportunity to re-connect with good friends, eat and drink, talk politics, and enjoy a warm summer evening in our neighborhood's beautiful "back yard." We were joined by NYS Sen. Cordell Cleare, Manhatttan Borough President Mark Levine (who arrived at the very end of the party), and several current judicial candidates. A great evening for all!
NYS Sen. Cordell Cleare speaks with Club members at Ellington
Click here to see more photos!
Get Your Absentee Ballot for the August 23 Primary!


You may vote by absentee ballot if you:

  • will be out of town for the August 23 Primary
  • are physically unable to go to the polls
  • are affected by Covid-19 and/or the potential of contracting the virus. Please check the box for “Temporary Illness” on the application. 

Deadline for the Board of Elections to receive an absentee ballot application
for the August 23 Primary: August 8

Click here to complete and submit an absentee ballot application.

If I have been issued an absentee ballot, can I still vote in person? NYS voters are no longer permitted to cast a ballot on a voting machine if they have already been issued an absentee ballot for that election. Voters who have already been issued an absentee ballot can still vote in person using an affidavit ballot. Election officials will verify whether the voter's absentee ballot has been received. If the voter's absentee ballot has been received, the affidavit ballot will not be counted. If the voter's absentee ballot has not been received, the affidavit ballot will be counted.
Bob Ginsberg
Three Parks Independent Democrats mourns the passing of
Bob Ginsberg, longtime Democratic State Committee Member
for the 69th AD.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, July 31 at 1:00 PM at Riverside Memorial Chapel, W. 78th Street and
Amsterdam Avenue.
The New District Lines in Our Area
US Congress
  • NY-12: Our neighborhood south of a jagged line running west from CPW along W. 100th Street to Amsterdam Avenue, then west along W. 104th St. to West End Avenue, and then north to W. 113th-114th Streets is now part of a redrawn NY-12 District that now spans both the West and East Sides of Manhattan. Three Parks has endorsed Rep. Jerry Nadler for this seat.
  • NY-13: The area to the north and east of the boundary line is in the NY-13 District. Three Parks has endorsed Rep. Adriano Espaillat for this seat.

NY State Senate
  • District 47: Our neighborhood south of W. 100th St.-103rd St. is now in a newly formed District 47. Three Parks has endorsed NY State Sen. Brad Hoylman for this seat.
  • District 30: Everything north of that boundary is in District 30. Three Parks has endorsed NY State Sen. Cordell Cleare for this seat.

See the New Congress and State Senate District Lines Here.

Find Your New Congress and State Senate District Here.

The new State Assembly district lines, which govern voting for Assembly members and Democratic Party positions and which were also redrawn by Democrats, were also thrown out by an appellate court judge. The court said that the 2022 elections can proceed using these lines, but the lines must be redrawn in time for the 2024 elections.

Redistricting will also be applied to NYC City Council lines. Draft maps have recently been released.
Update: Democrats’ Electoral Prospects on Long Island
By Wendy Diller

In the few months since April, when NYS Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-NYS Sen District 7) spoke to Three Parks Dems on Nassau County politics, the state’s electoral situation has changed significantly. On a national level, a series of US Supreme Court decisions, highlighted by the fall of Roe v. Wade, is galvanizing voters on Long Island who previously were expected to be apathetic. Closer to home, the controversial electoral map drawn by a court-appointed special master was finalized in May, reconfiguring the borders of Kaplan’s home district to make it less favorable to her.

While Three Parks Dems does not endorse candidates running in primary contests, we want to understand how the new maps and national developments are changing some electoral dynamics on Long Island. The following is an update to Kaplan’s April comments to Three Parks. While specific to her circumstances, they reflect broad currents underlying the LI races.

Better Tech Alternatives Are Possible
By Daniel Tsadok
 
Technology over the years has assumed a much bigger role in all of our lives (greatly accelerated by COVID), and it is easy to be overwhelmed by it. Much of the reason for this is that we feel that we do not have control over our technology, and in most cases we don't. We don't have control over the Windows operating system and how it works: Microsoft does. We don't have control over MacOS: Apple does. We don't have control over Chrome (Google) or Safari (Apple) or Zoom or Office (Microsoft again) or most software running on our mobile phones, save a handful of settings we are given access to. We don't have control over the software of virtually any of the websites we visit, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and so on. On the whole it can seem very disempowering.
 
But there is an alternative model: free and open source software (FOSS) is software that you do have control over. Free here means free as in freedom, not necessarily price. Free software is empowering, rather than disempowering. And software freedom is increasingly urgent.

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