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Citizen  10/18
The Citizen
Newsletter of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats
Next Meeting Thursday, October 25th
Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street 


NYS Attorney General
Letitia James
No Endorsement

46th Assembly District
Mathylde Frontus
No Endorsement

11th Senate District
John Liu
No Endorsement

CBID Canvassing, Phone Banking and Text Banking Schedule

For the most updated schedule, please go to our website

Tuesday 10/16

Thursday 10/18

  • Postcarding for Andrew Gounardes.  GOBK by Day.  9am South Slope Local (formerly Uptown Roasters) 355 7th Ave.

Saturday 10/20

Sunday 10/21

Thursday 10/25

  • Postcarding for Andrew Gounardes.  GOBK by Day.  9am South Slope Local (formerly Uptown Roasters) 355 7th Ave.

Saturday 10/27

  • Gounardes/Rose Flip it Blue Event.  11:30 am Goundardes Bay Ridge HQ, 311 86th street

Sunday 10/28

Tuesday 10/30

  • Phonebanking for Max Rose. Hosted by INBK.  Details TBA.

Thursday 11/1

  • Postcarding for Andrew Gounardes.  GOBK by Day.  9am South Slope Local (formerly Uptown Roasters) 355 7th Ave.
  • Phonebanking for Liuba Grechen Shirley.  Hosted by INBK.  Details TBA.

Saturday 11/3

Sunday 11/4

Tuesday 11/6

  • VOTE!!!!
  • Come join us to watch the returns at the Bell House, 149 7th Street.  Doors open at 7:30.  More details coming soon.  
If you would like to host a phone or text banking event for one of our endorsed candidates, please contact Erica at and she will help you get it set up.
President's Message

Dear CBID,

I am so proud of all the work we have done over the past year.  We have mobilized at rallies and protests. We have lobbied our representatives. We have petitioned, canvassed, and won elections.  We helped Congresswoman Yvette Clarke keep her seat. We helped Zellnor Myrie take his new seat in the Senate, and did our part in taking down the IDC.  We helped elect judges and district leaders.  We fought good and tough fights from the top of the ticket down to the most local of races, which is everything I personally love about CBID.  And it would be easy to hang our hats up right now and give ourselves a pat on the back.  But we all know we can't.

We cannot stop yet. We are so close to the finish line.  Many of you remember the November meeting we had in 2016, 2 weeks after that disastrous election.  We had a packed room of people, both new members and current members, all with this same feeling of: "what are we going to do for November 2018?"  Well, we're here.  And we have a chance to make a substantial difference in the national landscape.  

The doors we knock, the calls we make, every little singular interaction we have with voters is a part of this much, much larger movement.  But it's made up of these singular actions.  Keep that in mind whenever you're out there.  It may seem like just another phone call that won't make a difference, like just another drop in a bucket.  But it is, pardon the potentially played out metaphor, but another drop that's a part of this big blue wave.  

When we elect Andrew Gounardes to the State Senate, we'll finally have a true Democratic majority in the State.  When we elect Max Rose and Liuba Grechen Shirley, we will take one step closer to taking back the House of Representatives.  And we will do our parts in helping steer this City, this State, and hopefully this country back towards the values of inclusion and equality that we all share. 

Everyone take a deep breathe in.  Deep breathe out.  We're almost there.  I'll see you out there, and then see you at the finish line (our celebration party at the Bell House).  

Asher Novek
CBID President
We will be joining with our friends at GOBK to watch as the returns come in and celebrate all of our hard won victories together!  This will also serve as a fundraiser to allow CBID and GOBK to continue to support progressive candidates both here in Brooklyn and nationally. 

Where:  The Bell House, 149 7th Street
When:  Doors open at 7:30

CBID T-Shirts and Totes are here!

We will have a limited number of t-shirts and totes available for sale at the October General Meeting for $20.  If you need a specific size, please email to ensure we bring your size (subject to availability)
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:

General Meetings, held at Camp Friendship at 7pm

Thursday, October 25th
Thursday, November 15th (NOTE date change due to Thanksgiving)
December meeting TBD

Executive committee, 7pm, locations TBD

Monday, October 29th
Monday, November 19th
December meeting TBD

CBID Executive Committee

President - Asher Novek
First VP - Joy Romanski
2nd VP - Eric Fields
Treasurer - Marty Bernstein
Corresponding Secretary - Erica Cohen
Recording Secretary - Melissa Turoff

Executive Committee
Richard Bennett, Richard Bruce, Dan Campanelli, Mary Beth Carroll, Thomas Carroll, Joseph Criscione, Joel Galker, Lucy Koteen, Cheryl Krauss, Ali Manning, David Michaelson, Warren Miner, Alison Mingus, James Morgano, Alice Ott, Nathan Rubin, Hilary van Santen, Louis Schwartz, Chris Stauffer, Matt Shahabian, Jessica Selecky, Josh Silverstein, Benjamin Theodore, Cheryl Wertz, Dan Wise, Peter Zessos

Hon. Doug Schneider, Hon. Lori Citron Knipel, Hon. Josh Skaller, Hon. Joan Millman, Benjamin Solotaire

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