Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NY Dems Evicted?

Monday, December 27,2010 - From:
In Dispute Over Rent, State Democrats And Paterson Face Eviction From Headquarters

By Edward-Isaac Dovere

Ebenezer Scrooge would have been proud: just before Christmas, employees at State Democratic Party headquarters arrived to find a notice of eviction tacked to the door. Rose Hill Property Association served the State Democrats and, as a subtenant, the “Paterson for Governor” campaign, citing “rent in arrears in the sum of $28,848.00 with interest from October 1, 2010, together with a judgment for attorneys’ fees, costs and disbursements.” That puts them three months behind in rent payments.

Peace, love and harmony have not exactly been in the air at the state headquarters this Christmas season. Sources indicate that the eviction notice is the latest symptom of tensions between the State Democratic Party and what remains of the outgoing governor’s campaign operation, with a dispute over who is liable for payments for the 10th floor space (Democrats occupy both the 9th and 10th floors of a narrow building on Park Avenue South and 32nd Street).

Reached by email, Democratic state chairman Jay Jacobs would not discuss the situation between the Democrats and Paterson. “I am not commenting on any dispute. Suffice it to say that our obligations have been met,” Jacobs wrote. “There is no disputing that.” Jacobs said that the landlord has been informed that the State Party has paid its share of the rent. The New York State Democratic Committee is current in all of its rent obligations. I rechecked with our office today and found that that is the case. That notice, as pertaining to the New York State Democratic Committee, is in error,” Jacobs wrote.

According to its most recent filings, the state Democrats had $71,000 on hand in their state account and $165,000 in their federal account, though they are apparently carrying some as-yet-unreported debt coming out of the 2010 cycle. Current information about the party’s housekeeping account, generally used for rent payments, will not be available until mid-January.

The Paterson for Governor campaign is not the only tenant that could be subject to problems if the eviction goes through: the space on the 10th floor is also home to the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, the New York County Democrats, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (which is itself in debt for $2.4 million), the Democratic Lawyers Council and the fundraising firm Bedford Grove.

The lawyer for Rose Hill Property Association did not return a request for comment about the situation. Attempts to contact representatives of the Paterson campaign were not successful.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Susan M. Cohen died on 22nd December, 2010, in New York City. A lawyer who was a fierce advocate for tenants and breast cancer survivors, she was a founder and Chair of the New York State Breast Cancer Network.

Her involvement with the Chelsea Coalition on Housing inspired her to become a “poor peoples' lawyer.” A graduate of Cardozo Law School, she worked with M.F.Y. Legal Services and Manhattan Legal Services. She became extremely well versed in landlord and tenant law. She was a superb litigator on behalf of tenants as well as a resource for L.&T. lawyers. Susan was also a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

Susan participated in Manhattan Reform Democratic party politics both in her home Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and the New Democratic Coalition years ago. Long active in judicial politics, she was an early organizer and a vigorous supporter of judicial reform through the use of screening panels.

Susan M. Cohen, public service lawyer, dead at 69.

The funeral service is to-morrow, Friday, 24th December, 2010, at 9 A.M., at the Plaza Funeral Home, 630 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 91st Street in Manhattan, New York City. Burial at BEKI Cemetery, New Haven, Conn. In lieu of flowers, contributions to SHARE (, or Breast Cancer Action (, or to Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., are appreciated.


Henry O. Leichter, brother of former New York State Senator Franz S. Leichter, died 20th December, 2010. Henry, a Columbia University Law School graduate and lawyer, was one of the founders of the Riverside Democrats together with former Representative William Fitts Ryan. Henry also served two terms as a Democratic Party State Committeeman from the old 7th Assembly District (now principally the 69th).

Henry O. Leichter, dead at 86.

A memorial service shall be announced at a later date.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December, 2010, Events

Selected Events
[Events which request contributions are indicated by $.]
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*The New York County Regular Democratic Organization is not having a holiday party this year.*

4th December, 2010, Saturday at noon. Samuel Tilden Democratic Club "Toys-for-Tots" fund-raiser at Paul & Jimmy's restaurant, 123 East 18th Str., Manh. Call D.L. Louise Dankberg for further info.: (212) GRamercy 5 - 53.47. $

4th December, 2010, Saturday after 5 o'clock P.M. First Saturday Night at the Brooklyn Museum o'Art. [Espied at last month's First Saturday: Judge James D'Auguste et ux. Leslie and daughter Jean with Tilden Dems stalwart Esther Yang and daughter Grace.]

5th December, 2010, Sunday from 5 to 8 P.M. Three Parks Ind. Dems., Inc., holiday party. Am. Youth Hostel, Amsterdam Ave. @ W. 103rd Str., Manh. All welcome. Also, same date and time, Chelsea "Reform" Democratic Club holiday party. Dusk Lounge, 147 W. 24th Str. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.).

8th December, 2010, Wednesday, 6 to 8 P.M. Jewish Lawyers Guild Channukah Party. Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White Str. (betw. B'way & Church Str.), Manh. Please bring an unwrapped toy (no latex, rubber, stuffed, plush animals, clay, or war toys), thank you.

10th December, 2010, Friday, from 6 to 9 P.M. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dem. Club holiday party. Jos. Kennedy Center on W. 135th Str. (betw. Lenox & 5th Aves.).

12th December, 2010, Sunday, 2 to 5 P.M. Broadway Democrats holiday party. Chez Martin, Apt. #12-D, 390 Riverside Dr. (enter on W. 111th Str.).

12th December, 2010, Sunday, 6:15 P.M. Gramercy-Stuyvesant Ind. Dems. dinner. Cottage Chinese Restaurant, 33 Irving Pl. @ 16th Str. Members free; others, $20. R.s.v.p. (212) ORegon 3 - 83.16. $

13th December, 2010, Monday, from 5 to 8 P.M. Assemblymember Linda Beth Rosenthal's holiday party at her District Office, 230 W. 72nd Str., 2nd fl. (betw. B'way & W.E.A.). Also, same date, Downtown Independent Democrats's holiday party from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Woolworth Tower restaurant in Cass Gilbert's 1913 Gothic revival. Enter on Barclay Str. Cash bar. Also: 7 to 10 P.M., Lexington Democratic Club's holiday party at Opal, 2nd Ave. @ E. 52nd Str.

14th December, 2010, Tuesday, 8 o'clock A.M. City Hall News breakfast. Richard Ravitch and Stanley Brezenoff speak on health care. Toronto Dominion Bank, 317 Madison Ave. at E. 42nd Str.

14th December, 2010, Tuesday, 6:30 P.M. New York County Lawyers Assn. dinner. The Waldorf Astoria. Info.: (212) COrtland 7 - 66.46, ext. 221. $

15th December, 2010, Wednesday, 6 to 9 P.M. Stu Osnow & Jerry Skurnik's PrimeNY party. Josie Woods Pub, 12 Waverly Place in the Village.

15th December, 2010, Wednesday, 7 P.M. Stonewall Democratic Club holiday party. G.L.B.T. Center on W. 13th Str., W. off 7th Ave. in the Village.

16th December, 2010, Thursday, 8 P.M. Community Free Democrats, Inc., holiday party at the Bromley, 225 W. 83rd Str., just E. off B'way. Also, same date, Park River Independent Democrats holiday fest 7 to 9 P.M., chez Loving, 164 W. 79th Str., Apt. #14-D. And, too, Eleanor Roosevelt Dem. Club holiday party, 7 to 9 P.M. The N.Y. New Church, 114 E. 35th Str. (betw. Lex. & Pk. Aves.). Members, free; guests, $5. $

17th December, 2010, Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. N.Y.C. Friends of Clearwater holiday party. D.C. 37, 140 Park Pl. [Subways to Chambers Str. and City Hall stops; walk west toward the Hudson.]

20th December, 2010, Monday, from 7 until 10 P.M. Lenox Hill Dem. Club holiday party. Rathbone's Pub, 1702 Second Ave. @ E. 88th Str.

22nd December, 2010, Wednesday, 4 to 7 P.M. N.Y. State Senator (Upper W. Side & Haarlem) Bill Perkins open house holiday celebration, Harlem State Office Building (163 W. 125 Str., Suite 912).

29th December, 2010, Wednesday, 2 until 6 P.M. N.Y.S. Senator Bill Perkins Kwanzaa celebration. Wadleigh School, 215 W. 114th Str. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.).

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.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Judicial Inductions, N.Y. County, 2010.

9th December, 2010, Thursday, 4:30 P.M.
David Benjamin Cohen, Civil Court.
111, Centre Street.

16th December, 2010, Thursday, 4:30 P.M.
Kelly Ann O'Neill Levy, Civil Court.
111, Centre Street.

20th December, 2010, Monday, 5 P.M.
Jeffrey Oing, Supreme Court.
60, Centre Street.

21st December, 2010, Tuesday, 4:30 P.M.
Leticia Maria Ramirez, Civil Court.
111, Centre Street.

6th January, 2011, Thursday, 4:30 P.M.
Michael Lee Katz, Civil Court.
111, Centre Street.

13th January, 2011, Thursday, 4:30 P.M.
Carolruth Feinman, Civil Court.
111, Centre Street.

18th January, 2011, Tuesday, 4:30 P.M.
Gerald Lebovits, Civil Court.
111, Centre Street.

20th January, 2011, Thursday, 4:30 P.M.
Cynthia Kern, Supreme Court
60, Centre Street.

27th January, 2011, Thursday, 5 P.M.
Matthew Cooper, Supreme Court.
111, Centre Street.