NKD denounces the removal of CM Menchaca as co-chair of the Brooklyn Delegation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 6, 2014
Press Contact: Andrew Sloat, 646-535-8683, [email protected]



Brooklyn, NY — New Kings Democrats is upset to learn of the sudden decision to remove Councilmember Carlos Menchaca from the leadership of Brooklyn’s city council delegation.

In the same week that the state assembly was roundly criticized for employing a closed-door process to elect a new leader, it’s distressing that the progressive borough of Brooklyn would follow suit. The delegation leaders play a central role in the negotiation of the city’s budget, making their selection important to the entire borough. The people of Brooklyn deserve a transparent process in the selection of this leadership.


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2014 NYS Ballot Questions


What it means 

"Vote Yes" supporters

"Vote No"

Proposal Number 1

An Amendment: Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure

This is a controversial amendment to the state constitution, which would enshrine a specific method for handling the redistricting of congressional, assembly, and state senate districts every ten years.

Citizens Union, League of Women Voters 

Common Cause NY, Sen. Liz Krueger, New York City Council Progressive Caucus, Make the Road Action Fund, New York Times, VOCAL-NY, many others.

Proposal Number 2

An Amendment: Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills

This is an amendment that allows the state legislature to distribute bills to the members electronically, instead of in printed form

All but one member of the state legislature, and nearly everybody else as far as we can tell, except for DC37, and Rev. Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church

DC37, Rev. Calvin Butts, paper companies

Proposal Number 3

A Proposition: The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014

This is a controversial amendment to allow the state to sell 2 billion dollars in bonds to fund improved technology in school classrooms, and other educational needs.

NYSUT, Gov. Cuomo, others

Citizens Budget Commission, others

Proposition 1

On this November's ballot, voters in New York State will have the chance to vote for an amendment to the state constitution which would change the system of redistricting that occurs every ten years. While NKD has not (yet) taken a position on this proposal, we believe strongly in the ultimate goal of a fair, independent redistricting system.

The text of the proposal can be found here.

On Tuesday September 30, we were visited by speakers advocating both sides.

presented by Rachael Fauss from Citizens Union
One-page summary
More information at Vote Yes for Progress

presented by Jesse Laymon from the No Prop 1 NY
One-page summary
More information at No Prop 1 NY


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