Monthly Newsletter

December 2023

In This Issue

President's Report

State Committee Report

Three Parks Winter Party on Sunday, Jan. 21

Coming in 2024: Candidate Endorsement Votes

Write Postcards to Long Island Voters!

Council Member Abreu Refuses to Protect City Retirees

A Riverside Park Bench to Honor Cynthia Doty

Three Parks Backs a Winner on Long Island


The Youth Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave. at

W. 103rd St., Ballroom

Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at 8:00 pm

NYS Dems: Gearing Up for 2024

Lizzy Weiss

Coordinated Director, NYS Democratic Party


Ny Whitaker

Co-founder, NY for Biden / Harris


Alysssa Cass

Democratic Campaign Consultant


8:00 pm: Call to Order

Speakers: Lizzy Weiss, Ny Whitaker, Alyssa Cass

Questions and Answers

District Leader Report

State Committee Report


Masks will be available for free at the Hostel

Don't Miss Out! Renew Your Three Parks Membership Now for 2024

Click here or mail in the membership form at the

end of this newsletter.

President's Report

By Lorraine Zamora

As I write this, it’s been reported that George Santos has been expelled from Congress. It takes a lot to get booted by one’s colleagues, and he really applied himself. Frankly, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy! In his typical, unbecoming fashion, he drove off in his Jaguar yelling, “To hell with this place!”


Three Parks has a busy year coming up in 2024—a New Year’s Party in January, followed by endorsement votes for candidates in the June primary, petitioning, postcards and phone calls to get out the vote, our annual fund-raising benefit, a presidential campaign storefront, door-to-door canvassing, the national election—and starting very soon, helping to ensure that a Democrat wins George Santos’s seat on Long Island (CD3) in a special election in late February.


But first things first. At our club meeting on December 13, we are kicking off the campaign season with a panel of three expert Democratic campaign strategists: Lizzy Weiss, Ny Whitaker, and Alyssa Cass. ...

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State Committee Report

By Daniel Marks Cohen

It occurred to me as I was writing this that it is going to be my final report as your State Committeeman, as I was elected District Leader in June and in keeping with the concept of Ryan’s Rules, I did not wish to remain in both roles simultaneously. I have committed to resigning from my post as State Committeeman by year end. So this is an end to a (tiny) era. Thank you for your support for me over all this time.


I have served as State Committeeman for over a dozen years, having been elected in September 2010 in a competitive primary against Bob Ginsberg, who had previously held the post for decades until he lost it in the 2008 primary to Larry Hirsch, who subsequently moved out of state and could not continue in the role. Bob sought to retake his old post in the following cycle, and I stepped forward after several other candidates withdrew. It was a competitive primary, and I won with 55% of the vote. Bob periodically threatened to run several times after that election, but he never did.


The job, mostly ceremonial, has given me a chance to visit all three clubs in the 69th Assembly District and give reports about the State Committee. On occasion there I was able to exercise the power to vote for someone running statewide in the annual state Democratic Party conventions. ...


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Save the Date!

Three Parks Winter Party

Sunday, Jan. 21, 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Location to Be Announced

Watch Your e-mail for Details

Coming Up in 2024:

Candidate Endorsement Votes  

What You Need to Know

Starting in the early months of 2024, Three Parks will be holding endorsement votes for candidates running in the 2024 state and local elections. Also included will be candidates for Democratic Party posts and the Three Parks Board. Candidates for each office will be invited to speak at our regular Club meetings and to take questions from Club members. Candidate speeches and endorsement votes are now tentatively scheduled for the Club meetings on January 10, February 14, and March 13.

Offices Up for Election in 2024

US Congress

NYS Senate, NYS Assembly

Civil Court Judges, Judicial Delegates

Democratic State Committee, District Leader

Three Parks Board

Check the Three Parks website and your email for

the final schedule.

Then, starting at the end of February, we hope you will join us out on the sidewalks to do the vital work of petitioning to get our endorsed candidates on the ballot for the June Primary.

Make Sure You Are Eligible to Vote!

In order to vote to endorse candidates and for the Board and officers, you must be a member of Three Parks Independent Democrats. Also, your dues must be current for the year in which the endorsement vote is held. In addition, you must have attended, as a member, at least one Club meeting in the six months prior to the endorsement vote. For new members, membership becomes effective one month after dues payment. For more information, click here.

Starting in January

Write Postcards to Long Island Voters! Help Democrats Gain a Seat in Congress

George Santos has been expelled from Congress in disgrace, and now it's time to replace him with a Democrat! A special election has been called for late February in Long Island's CD 3 (northern Nassau County and a small slice of Queens), and Three Parks will be reaching out to Democrats in that area with postcards encouraging them to vote for our Party's candidate. Starting in January, we'll be meeting for evening postcard-writing sessions at a convenient neighborhood location. Postcards and scripts will be provided. Donations for postage are encouraged. Watch your e-mail for further details about dates, times, and location.

To volunteer, click here. You can also sign up at our December 13 Club meeting. Let's do our part to win this special election -- and take the first step to winning back Congress in 2024!

Council Member Shaun Abreu Refuses to Protect Retired City Workers' Health Care Benefits

At the November 8 meeting, Three Parks Club members voted to adopt a Resolution declaring that the Club "supports, and urges all City Council members to co-sponsor, bring to the floor and vote for Intro 1099, a bill that will guarantee retired City workers the health care they were promised as a condition of employment, a choice between traditional Medicare with City-funded supplemental Medigap insurance or Medicare Advantage." To see the full Resolution and background information, click here.

A committee of Three Parks Board members then met with local Council Member Shaun Abreu on Nov. 14 to request that he co-sponsor Intro 1099 as requested in the Resolution. Council Member Abreu refused our request.

The following letter, sent to Council Member Abreu following the meeting by TPID President Lorraine Zamora, describes what took place at the meeting, Abreu's response, and our hope that he will reconsider his position.

November 16, 2023


Council Member Shaun Abreu

New York City Council

250 Broadway, Suite 1807

New York, New York 10007


Dear Council Member Abreu,


On behalf of Three Parks Independent Democrats, thank you for meeting with us this past Tuesday. We came to ask that you sponsor Intro 1099, the bill that would guarantee the City’s promise to retired city workers to retain a choice of medical plans upon retirement, including traditional Medicare with a city-funded Medigap insurance plan. In addition, we asked that you sign a discharge petition to bring the bill out of committee to a hearing.


Your response was “No.” Your reason was that the possibility of future legal challenges to this bill could create an uncertain situation and, as you said, you “wish to avoid uncertainty.”


We urge you to read the article by Gary Altman that we left with you. Mr. Altman, who served 25 years as Legislative Counsel to four Speakers of the New York City Council, says unequivocally that the conflict you anticipate—between Intro 1099 and New York State Labor Law—does not exist. He adds that, “The legality of Section 12-1236 (of which 1099 is an amendment) has now been upheld by the courts numerous times in the last two years.”


We were disappointed to hear your answer and urge you to reconsider, and to do everything you can, as our City Council Member, to ensure good medical care for our City’s retirees.


We reported your response to our Board at last night’s monthly meeting and will inform our membership by newsletter and at our club meeting on December 13.


Thank you again for your time.



Lorraine Zamora

President, Three Parks Independent Democrats

A Riverside Park Bench to Honor Cynthia Doty

At the request of the West 102nd & 103rd Streets Block Association, the Riverside Park Conservancy has agreed to apply all donations in memory of our late District Leader Cynthia L. Doty to “adopting” a park bench in her name--complete with a memorial plaque. If you wish to contribute to this effort, click here. Enter "In memory of Cynthia Doty" in the space provided.

Three Parks Backs a Winner on Long Island

Scott Davis (left), Democratic candidate for the Nassau County Legislature, greets Three Parks volunteers who traveled to Hempstead Township on Long Island to canvass on his behalf. Davis went on to win election on November 7.

Now available! A complete audio recording of our November 8 Club meeting

Our November speakers, social justice consultant Ruth Messinger, State Senator John Liu, and asylum-seeker advocate Candice Braun, offered a wealth of information about the challenges of providing for the immigrants now arriving in our City -- and opportunities for helping to meet their needs.

To listen, click here.

 Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8:00 PM

Three Parks Club Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 8:00 PM

Three Parks Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8:00 PM

Three Parks Club Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 8:00 PM

Three Parks Board Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8:00 PM

Three Parks Club Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8:00 PM

Three Parks Board Meeting

The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors of the articles and are not necessarily representative of Three Parks.
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