Monday, May 18, 2009

Selected Events, May 2009

 [Events which request contributions are indicated by $.]
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Saturday, 2nd May, and Sunday, 3rd May, 2009.  Because it is very important, your attention is called to this weekend's free skin cancer screening clinics being held at most area hospitals' dermatology clinics.  Call your local hospital for times and places.
Saturday, 2nd May, 2009.  "The Great Saunter," a 32-mile walk around Manhattan's shore line.  Meet at Fulton & South Sts. at 7:30 A.M.  For further info., call the Shorewalkers at (212) 330+76.86 or go to:
Saturday eve., 2nd May, 2009.  The Brooklyn Museum of Art's First Saturday Night.  For information ask Anna Ruth or link to:
Sunday, 3rd May, 2009, 1:30 P.M.  Gramercy-Stuyvesant Independent Democrats fund-raiser.  Jimmy's, 123 E. 18th Str. (betw. Irving Pl. &Park Ave.).  Repondez s'il vous plait to Sylvia Friedman at ORegon 3 - 83.16.  $
Sunday, 3rd May, 2009, from 3 to 6 P.M.  Three Parks Independent Democrats, Inc., benefit fund-raiser at Meridiana restaurant, B'way betw. W. 105th & W. 106th Sts.  (212) UNiversity 6 - 63.78.  $
Sunday, 3rd May, 2009, from 3 to 5 P.M.  Audubon Reform Democratic Club.  Coogans, 4105 B'way (nr. W. 168th Str.). R.s.v.p. (212) WAdsworth 3 - 88.18.  $

Sunday, 3rd May, 2009, 7:30 P.M.  Ansonia Independent Democrats fund-raiser at Josephina, 1900 B'way (betw. 63rd & 64th Sts.).  $
Tuesday, 5th May, 2009, at 7:00 P.M.  Joint forum by the Lexington, Lenox Hill, & Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic clubs:  N.Y.C. Mayor & N.Y. County District Attorney at the N.Y. Blood Center, 310 E. 67th Str. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), Manh.
Thursday, 7th May, 2009, 6:30 P.M.  United Democratic Organization fund-raiser.  Yogee, 85 Chrystie Str.  Info.:  (212) 219+84.61
Thursday, 7th May, 2009, 8 P.M.  Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Pride Awards.  Elmo Lounge, 156 Seventh Ave. (betw. 19th & 20th Sts.), Manh.  Info:  Ring Allen Roskoff at (212)SIlverstein 1 - 36.77.  $
Saturday, 9th May, 2009, at 3:30 P.M.  Memorial Service for Dave Smith, husband of the late Esther Smith and father of Civil Court Judge Karen Smith, Haft Aud. in Bldg. "C" at the Fashion Institute of Technology, W. 27th Str. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), Manh.
Monday, 11th May, 2009, 6 to 8 P.M.  McManus Democratic Assn. fund-raiser, Charley O's, 713 Eighth Ave. (@ W. 45th Str.).  $

Thursday, 14th May, 2009, reception at 6:30 P.M.; dinner at 7:30 P.M.  Lexington Democratic Club.  The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave. (across from G.C.T.).  Various ticket prices.  For information contact Trudy L. Mason at (212) RHinelander 4 - 88.41 (land-line) or at (917) 443 + 33.15 (mobile).  $
Thursday, 14th May, 2009, 6 P.M.  Metropolitan Black Bar Assn. dinner.  Brooklyn, Steiner Studios. For further information, please call:  (212) WOrth 4 - 16.45.  $

Saturday, 16th May, 2009, at high noon.  Chelsea Reform Democratic Club Spring fund-raiser at Niso's, 176 Eighth Ave. @ W. 19th Str.  $

Sunday, 17th May, 2009, from one to 4 P.M.  Community Free Democrats, Inc., fund-raiser at Bella Luna, 584 Columbus Ave. (betw. W. 88th & W. 89th Sts.).  Suzanne at (212) ENdicot 2 - 56.35.  $
Sunday, 17th May, 2009, at 2 P.M.  Village Reform Democratic Club.  Panchito's Mexican Restaurant, 103 MacDougal Str. (betw. Bleecker & W. 3rd Str.).  Info., ring Dorothy Harris at (212) 995+VRDC.  $

Sunday, 17th May, 2009, from 3 to 5 P.M.  Downtown Independent Democrats fund-raiser chez Sweeney, 125 Greene Str. (betw. Prince & Houston Sts.).  Information, ring (212) 460+98.96.  $

Monday, 18th May, 2009, 8 A.M.  Drum Major Institute forum on urban "green roofs" (roofs covered with soil & vegetation).  Speakers:  Richard M. Daley, Christine Quinn, Miquela Craytor, David Yassky, Carter Strickland, Mark Griffith.  Harvard Club, 35 W. 44th Str. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.).  Repondez s'il vous plait.  (646) 274+5700.
Monday, 18th May, 2009, 5:30 - 8:30 P.M.  Councilmember Gale Brewer holds an open house at her District Office, 563 Columbus Ave. (at W. 87th Str.).
Tuesday, 19th May, 2009, 6 P.M.  New York County Lawyers Assn. Spring Fling, 14 Vesey Str. (betw. B'way & Church Str.).  Info.:  (212) COrtland 7 - 66.46.  $
Tuesday, 19th May, 2009, starting at 6:30 P.M.  The Network of Bar Leaders dinner.  Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Ave. (@ 14th Str.), 17th Fl.  Reservations:  Barry Levy @ (212) HAnover 5 - 00.55, ext. 230.  $
Tuesday, 26th May, 2009, 6 P.M.  Concerned Democratic Coalition of Northern Manhattan at Arka Lounge, 4488 B'way @ W. 192nd Str.  Information?  Please call (212) LOrraine 7 - 84.53.  $
Thursday, 28th May, 2009, 6 P.M.  Stonewall Democratic ClubTavern on the Green (C.P.W. @ W. 67th Str.).  $
        This information is supplied as a public service, and is not an endorsement of the identified activity, candidate, charity, club, meeting, organization, or topic.
        All information is believed to be accurate as of the original publication date of this posting.  E. & o.e.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Flacks Report [12 May 2009]

Martin Shulman Appointed to the A.T.---"True News" Blog---More on John Stackhouse's Vacancy---Incidental Items
Justice Shulman Promoted

State Supreme Court Justice Martin Shulman was appointed to the Appellate Term, 1st Judicial District. (Mazel Tov!)

True News Blog

One of the best blogspots to find out what's happening politically in both State and City government as well as links to all the newspaper stories on those topics, link to:

Justice Stackhouse Vacancy, cont'd

State Supreme Court Justice John Stackhouse resigned in April, 2009, eight month's shy from completing his term in office. This now creates a vacancy on the Supreme Court (1st Judicial District). Two scenarios were previously reported in The Flacks Report.

Court of Claims Judge and Acting Supreme Joan Carey may be interested (was rumored to be supported by O.C.A. and the Chief Judge). If so, she'd be a designated a Supreme and could serve to year's end and then be "certificated" for up to six more years.

If not, Gov. Paterson would probably take Denny Farrell's "suggestion" on whom to name to the vacancy. In order for this person to be considered as an incumbent under our Party's [N.Y. County] "Crane Rule," such appointment must occur by June 1st, 2009 (Senate approval and assuming office must be by the date of the County's screening panel's report).

Neither is going to happen. Joan Carey plans to retire at year's end after 31 excellent years on the bench. And there just isn't time for the Governor to name an interim Justice who has come through the Governor's screening committee by June 1st of this year, and then be approved by the Senate's judiciary committee and full Senate and take the bench before the party's screening panel reports out later on, because the Governor's 13-member 1st Jud. Dist. screening committee, chaired by Robert Arthur Bourque at Simpson, Thatcher, Bartlett, is accepting applications through Friday, 15th May, 2009, and won't recommend until June or thereafter.

Incidental Items

Former State Senator Franz Leichter has been appointed to the N.Y.S. Banking Board. . . . Acting Supreme Court Justice Karen Smith might retire at the end of her Civil Court term (2016) to work in labor organizing.