The Golden Egg Is Not For You

How Money In Politics Drives Politicians To Do Strange Things In Far Away Places

If you haven’t heard or seen the coverage, State Senator Marty Golden is involved in another corruption scandal. In exchange for generous contributions to upstate GOP campaigns, ... More Info

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Questons About the Electoral College?

Learn more about how it can be changed

Today Democracy Now ran an excellent segment worth checking out on this very issue.More Info

The Electoral College - Undemocratic Now; Undemocratic Always

An Open Letter to Bay Ridge Dems

Author:
Stephen Harrison
In 2000 Al Gore lost the presidency but won the popular vote by 540,000 votes. Why? The electoral college system. This year Hillary lost the presidency but is closing in on winning the popular vote by a quarter million votes. Why? Again because of the electoral college system.More Info

TPP Protesters Slam State Department for Ignoring Malaysia Human Rights Abuses

About:
James T. Kemmerer
“[The TPP] will jeopardize millions of American jobs, it will jeopardize the health care of millions of Americans and millions of people all over the world, it will do detrimental things to our environment—just about everything you point to is horrible,” said Jamie Kemmerer, Regional Organizer for MoveOn Councils NYC. He continued, “Not only will our jobs disappear, but in losing millions of jobs we may also be losing millions of people by sending them into wage slavery and human trafficking.”More Info

Activists protest human trafficking, TPP

About:
James T. Kemmerer
NEW YORK -- Angry about Malaysia's recent upgrade by the United States from the lowest tier on its list of worst human trafficking centers, about 40 of human rights activists held a demonstration outside the Consulate General of Malaysia in New York City on Tuesday.More Info

Thousands of Brooklyn apartments threatened by expiring rent laws

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James T. Kemmerer
With rent-regulated apartments under threat from soon-to-be-expired rent laws, Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for an end to vacancy decontrol, and for stronger rent laws to protect the tenants of tens of thousands of rent-controlled units, including over 900 in Southwest Brooklyn, from being pushed out.More Info

Secret Treaties

Why I’m Against the TPP

Author:
Vincent Gentile
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is on the verge of becoming the largest trade agreement in history. The TPP masquerades as a "free-trade" agreement when in reality its designed to make it even easier for colossal corporations to ship American jobs overseas by dismantling organized labor, undercutting workers' rights and shirking environmental regulations. More Info

Op-Ed: Luxury Buildings Or Honest Government?

Andrew Gounardes Calls For Public Financing Of Elections

Author:
Andrew S. Gounardes
Last week, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption released a report detailing an enraging, though not surprising, level of corruption in our state government. The Commission’s report identified so many illegal activities, and incredulous abuses of legal activities, they can’t all be listed here.More Info
A Place At The Table

Next Bay Ridge Democrats Meeting Thursday, November 14th

Public Showing: A Place At The Table

Join us for our monthly meeting this Thursday. We’ll be talking about the election and the victories of our entire slate of endorsed candidates. More importantly we’ll be turning our attention to poverty and hunger issues with a special showing of “A Place At The Table”.More Info

The Golden Egg Is Not For You

How Money In Politics Drives Politicians To Do Strange Things In Far Away Places

Author:
James T. Kemmerer
If you haven’t heard or seen the coverage, State Senator Marty Golden is involved in another corruption scandal. In exchange for generous contributions to upstate GOP campaigns, Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden inserted some language into an affordable housing bill that gives millions of dollars in tax breaks to five Manhattan developers.More Info

Op-Ed: The hidden cost of cars

Author:
Robert D. Hudock
In the ongoing discussion at Community Board 10 to address the onslaught of pedestrian injuries and deaths along the Fourth Avenue corridor, safety obstructionists like to point to the historical trend of ever-increasing automobile registrations, implying that measures to protect pedestrians would create a self-inflicted economic and social catastrophe for our city.More Info

Op-Ed: Distraction or distortion?

Author:
Robert D. Hudock
When pedestrians are injured or killed in our community, drivers often claim that pedestrians themselves are to blame. They say that pedestrians are distracted with their phones or their music and not paying attention, so it’s their own fault. Blame the victim, in other words.More Info

Op-Ed: Park Smart is a smart idea

Author:
Robert D. Hudock
Anyone who regularly drives down Third or Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge knows that both are frequently congested at peak hours and even late into the evening by double-parking, not just by delivery trucks, but by passenger cars.More Info

Op-Ed: Road diets increase efficiency, decrease accidents

Author:
Robert D. Hudock
Walkability and livability are the gold standard for promoting well-being in any urban neighborhood. Although Bay Ridge has wonderfully useful and interesting streets that encourage walking, there have been an alarming number of pedestrians injured by cars lately, especially along Fourth Avenue.More Info

Op-Ed: The importance of pedestrian safety

Author:
Robert D. Hudock
Community Board 10 has been discussing the issue of pedestrian safety a lot this past year. Traffic studies by the city Department of Transportation have identified 86th Street as well as the Fourth Avenue corridor as particularly dangerous streets. A special committee on pedestrian safety established by the community board reached similar conclusions.More Info

Pets Need Protection Too

Author:
Andrew S. Gounardes
Too many of our neighbors are left behind by an Albany that won’t pay women fairly, provide seniors access to transportation, or give our kids the classroom space they deserve. But one group that hasn’t been talked about enough is our pets. They are part of our families and need our protection, too. More Info

Testimony of Club Member Jamie Kemmerer submitted to NYC Districting Commission

Public Hearing 8/13/12, Re: District 43

Author:
James T. Kemmerer
As a member of the Bay Ridge community I’d like to briefly submit my thoughts on the council redistricting process. As a resident of Bay Ridge it is common to have our state and federal districts divided and split across multiple boroughs of the city. Often parts of our community are excluded while areas not generally considered to be part of our community are included.More Info

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Not Worth The Risks

Bay Ridge Democrats Joins Coalition Against Fracking

The Bay Ridge Democrats have proudly joined a growing coalition of student, faith-based, labor, health, environmental and progressive political organizations seeking to ban fracking in New York and to advance toward renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.More Info
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