Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dudley Gaffin 1927--2011

DUDLEY GAFFIN died 21 December 2011, while visiting in Florida. He was 84. Gaffin, an N.Y.U. Law School alumnus who was long-active in Reform Democratic Party politics in Manhattan and Brooklyn, served as counsel to the late Congressman Ted Weiss. He was a trial lawyer who maintained an active practice including election law. He served on the App. Div. 1st Dept. Character & Fitness Committee.

He is survived by his wife Siggy and children Josh, Adam, Elizabeth, and Kate. A service will be held Monday, 26th December, 2011, at 1:15 P.M. sharp, at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 333 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 76th Str., Manhattan (Tel.: [212] ENdicott 2-6600). The family requests that you arrive by 12:30 P.M.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gesmer Induction Venue Change

Change in location of Judge Gesmer's Induction

Because of a flood at the Bar Association, the meeting hall is unavailable. As a result, the induction ceremony will take place in the ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street at Madison Avenue at 5:30 p.m. to-day, Tues., 20th Dec., '11.

However, the reception following the ceremony will take place as originally planned at the Association of the Bar, 42 West 44th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.). We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Important Judiciary Committee Meeting Monday, 19th Dec., 2011


The New York County Regular Democratic Organization's Judiciary Committee meets Monday, 19th December, 2011, at 6:15 P.M. at the County office located at :

108 West 39th Street - Room 1201
(West off 6th Avenue), Manhattan

The committee will finalize the seting up a screening panel to select candidates for New York County Civil Court vacancies next year, 2012. This meeting is open to the public under Democratic Party rules. All individuals who may be interested should attend.

The next meeting of the Judiciary Committee will be this Monday, December 19th, 6:15 PM, at the County H.Q., 108 West 39th St., 12th floor.


1) Finalization of groups for the Civil and Surrogate Panels

There will be one panel. The usual kinds of groups' designees will screen for both Civil and Surrogate Court. We will invite four or so additional groups which specialize in Surrogate Court matters. Their designees will screen only the Surrogate candidates. George Lucas will soon e-mail the Committee a list of the proposed groups. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions. We will vote on the groups Monday, using this list as a base. George will also include our latest information about the names of the heads of each organization. If you have better or more updated information, please send it to George.

2) Interview/Selection of Civil/Surrogate Panel Administrator

We hope to have candidate(s) to interview Monday. If you know of anyone, let Jeanine, Bob Levinsohn, and me know about it.

Other News and Information:

1) Timing and Calendar:

It is of the utmost urgency that we get our panel functioning early in the new year. That is because NY has been ordered to move its primary up from the traditional September date to enable military voters to get their ballots on time. No one knows for sure, but the most likely date for the primary is some time in the middle of June. That would mean that petitioning could start as early as March 6th, which would mean that the panel report would have to be issued by February 22nd at the latest. The panel would therefore have to begin meeting by January 17, which would still give it two-three weeks less time to complete its work than it usually has. To get the panel going by January 13th, we need to get out the letters to the invited groups by next week. That is why we must meet early next week, and we don't have the luxury of working around holiday parties and other functions.

2) Slots to be Filled:

There is one vacancy for Surrogate; Kristin Glen will reach the mandatory retirement age next year. There is one countywide Civil Court vacancy, caused by Ellen Gesmer's ascension to the Supreme Court. There is a vacancy in the 3rd District, caused by Diane Lebedeff's resignation. The 3rd District Leaders have indicated they want to use the County Panel to screen for this vacancy. There is both a vacancy (Analisa Torres moves up to Supreme Court) and an incumbent (Arthur Engoron) in the 6th District, but there the District Leaders want to create their own panel. There are incumbents in the 2nd (Debra Samuels) and 8th (Kibbie Payne) where it is expected but not yet confirmed that the County panel will do the screening.

Hope to see you at this important meeting

Curtis Arluck, Chair, Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Meeting of N.Y. County Judiciary Committee.

The New York County Regular Democratic Organization's Judiciary Committee meets to-morrow, Wednesday, 14th December 2011, at 6:15 P.M. at the County office located at :

108 West 39th Street - Room 1201
(West off 6th Avenue), Manhattan

The committee will set up a screening panel to select candidates for New York County Civil Court vacancies next year, 2012. This meeting is open to the public under Democratic Party rules.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December, 2011, Selected Events

[Events which request a contribution are indicated by a dollar sign.]


1st December, 2011, Thurs., at 6 P.M. Foundation for the Judicial Friends, Inc., reception. Steiner Studios (Stage 6), Brooklyn Navy Yard. Info.: Judge Cheryl Gonzales at (646) 894+71.95. $

2nd December, 2011, Fri., at 9 A.M. Task force on Judicial Budget Cuts public hearing. N.Y. County Lawyers Assn., 14 Vesey Str. (betw. B'way & Church Str.), Manh.

3rd December, 2011, Sat., 5 P.M. to 11 P.M. Brooklyn Museum of Art's First Saturday Night. Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway, Bklyn. Link:

4th December, 2011, Sunday at twelve noon, Tilden Democratic Club's "Toys for Tots" luncheon. Bistro Lamazou, 344 Third Ave. (betw. 25th & 26th Sts.). For info., ring D.L. Louise Dankberg at (212) GRamercy 5 - 53.47. $

4th December, 2011, Sunday at 3 P.M., Village Independent Dems. Chez Bradlow, 43 Charlton Str. (E. of Varick Str.; IRT B'way lcl. to Houston Str.), Manh.

4th December, 2011, Sunday at 5 P.M., Chelsea Democratic Club. Hudson Guild, 441 W. 26th Str. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 2nd fl., Manh.

4th December, 2011, Sunday at 5:30 P.M. Three Parks Independent Dems. holiday party. American Youth Hostel, Amsterdam Ave. @ W. 103rd Str. (B'way IRT lcl. to 103 Str.), in the chapel, Manh.

5th December, 2011, Monday at 7 o'clock P.M. Lexington Democratic Club holiday party. Sprig restaurant, 885 Third Ave. (betw. 53rd & 54th Sts.), Manh.

6th December, 2011, Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. Lenox Hill Democratic Club holiday party. Session Ho. (2nd Fl.), 1009 Second Ave. (betw. 53rd & 54th Sts.), Manh.

7th December, 2011, (Pearl Harbor Day) Wednesday at 6 P.M. Micah Kellner birthday bash fund-raiser. City Winery, 155 Varick Str. Q's? Hillary (212) 228+5222. $

8th December, 2011, Thursday, 4 P.M. Induction of Anthony Cannataro. N.Y.C. Civil Courthouse, 111 Centre Str. Reception at Bubble Lounge, W. side of West B'way @ White Str.

8th December, 2011, Thursday, at 6:30 P.M. Linda Beth Rosenthal fund-raiser. Chez Smyth, The Apthorp, 2211 B'way @ W. 79th Str. - Apt. #7E. R.s.v.p. to Lena (212) 239+73.23. $

9th December, 2011, Friday, 7 P.M. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dem. Club holiday party. Kennedy Center, W. 135th Str. (betw. Lenox & 5th Aves.--enter through driveway next to market).

9th December, 2011, Friday, 7 P.M. Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change holiday party. American Legion hall, 3035 Corlear Ave. (betw. 230th & 231st Sts.), The Broncks. Info.: (917) 848+97.77. $

11th December, 2011, Sunday, 2 P.M. The Broadway Dems. holiday party. Chez Martin, 390 Riverside Drive (enter on W. 111th Str.), Suite 12-D.

11th December, 2011, Sunday, 4 P.M. Obama Dems holiday party. 565 W. 169th Str. - Apt. #6-G.

12th December, 2011, Monday, 5 P.M. Linda Beth Rosenthal holiday party. District Office, 230 W. 72nd Str. - 2nd Fl. (betw. B'way & W.E.A.).

12th December, 2011, Monday, 6 P.M. Cy Vance cocktail party. Dream Hotel Downtown, 355 W. 16th Str. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.) Info., ring (917) 546+08.14. $

13th December, 2011, Tuesday, 6 P.M. Liz Kruger fund-raiser. The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th Str. (E. off Mad. Ave.). Info.: Jennie Berger (646) 415+90.21. $

13th December, 2011, Tuesday, 6:30 P.M. Stonewall Dems party, L.G.B.T. community center, 208 W. 13th Str. (just W. off 7th Ave.).

13th December, 2011, Tuesday, 6:30 P.M. Maloney/Garodnick/Lappin fest. Marymount College, 221 E. 71st Str. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.).

13th December, 2011, Tuesday, 6:30 P.M. N.Y.C.L.A. annual dinner. The Waldorf Astoria. Info.: (212) COrtland 7 – 66.46. $

14th December, 2011, Wednesday, 6 P.M. Skurnik & Osnow’s PrimeNY holiday event. Josie Woods Pub, 11 Waverly Place in the Village (as last year).

15th December, 2011, Thursday, 4 P.M. Induction of William Franc Perry III. N.Y.C. Civil Court, 111 Centre Str. Reception to follow in the courthouse.

15th December, 2011, Thursday, 6 P.M. Tom Duane fund-raiser. Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Str. (betw. Canal & Grand Sts.). Info.: Celeste Wolter at (347) 527+33.68. $

15th December, 2011, Thursday, 6:30 P.M. Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club holiday party. N.Y. New Church (2nd Fl.), 114 E. 35th Str. (betw. Lex. & Park Aves.). R.s.v.p. Chas. Buchwald at (212) MUrray Hill 7 – 68.74. Contribution to Meals-on-Wheels requested.

15th December, 2011, Thursday, 7 P.M. Frederick Samuels Dem. Club holiday party. Evangelist R.C. Church, 65 W. 138th Str. (betw. Lenox & 5th Aves.).

15th December, 2011, Thursday, 8 P.M. Community Free Democrats, Inc., holiday pah-tee. The Bromley Apts., 225 W. 83rd Str., just E. off B’way.

18th December, 2011, Sunday, 6:30 P.M. Gramercy-Stuyvesant Ind. Democrats Chinese dinner holiday party. Cottage Restaurant, 33 Irving Pl., corner of 16th Str. Reservations, call Sylvia at (212) ORegon 3 – 83.16. $

19th December, 2011, Monday, 6 P.M. Downtown Independent Democrats holiday party. Il Piccolo Bufalo, 141 Mulberry Str. (betw. Grand & Hester Sts.).

20th December, 2011, Tuesday, 5:30 P.M. Induction of Ellen Gesmer as Justice of the State Supreme Court. Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 W. 44th Str., Manh. Reception to follow.

21st December, 2011, Wednesday, 6 P.M. Park-River Ind. Dems. year-end party. Council Sr. Center, 241 W. 72nd Str. (betw. B'way & W.E.A.).

Advance Sheets: January, 2012, inductions:

5th (Thurs.) – Alexander Tisch (Civ. Court Ho.)
6th (Fri.) – Analisa Torres (Mus. of the City of N.Y.)
12th (Thurs.) - Erika Edwards (Civ. Court Ho.)
19th (Thurs.) – Deborah Ann Kaplan (N.Y.C.L.A.)
26th (Thurs.) – Paul Goetz (Civ. Court Ho.)


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