Letter to the Mayor’s Office – Proposed Street Fair Rules


Office of the Mayor
Mayor’s Office of Citywide
Event Coordination & Management
Street Activity Permit Office
253 Broadway, 6th floor
New York, New York 10007
Attn: Mr. Michael Paul Carey
Executive Director
Office of Citywide Event
Coordination & Management

RE:      Proposed Street Fair Rules

Dear Mr. Carey,

I write to you on behalf of the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club and other concerned citizens of New York City concerning the proposed changes in the street fair rules.

It is our view that these proposed changes will only serve to restrict New Yorkers’ access to all of the many benefits the street fairs provide.

The Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club has taken a booth at the Third Avenue Fair for over 25 years. As a result of our participation we raised approximately $300,000.00 which was donated to very worthy community groups which included senior programs, libraries, shelter programs, homeless programs, hospital clothing rooms, art and literacy programs, cancer programs, music programs and programs for the disabled youth and adults among others.

The residents of Community Board Six are direct recipients of our street fair driven donations. Over 90% of the licensed street vendors live in New York City. New York City residents directly benefit by being vendors and consumers at the fair.

Additionally we use the street fair to coordinate voter registration drives and bring awareness to the residents of who and what their elected officials are doing in the community.

By reducing the number of events to a maximum of ten (10) per year along with the added restrictions on vendor participation the street fair would quickly become a nonviable avenue in which to accomplish the much needed work done over the last three (3) decades.

Community organizations like Tilden must continue to be grandfathered in regardless of any rule changes.

I strongly urge your office to reconsider and not impose these new rules which would effectively eliminate this much needed community function, our local street fairs.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Democratically yours,

Greg-Patric Martello, President


Presidential Debate Watch Party


First Debate Watch Party

Monday, September 26 – 8 p.m.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Hillary Clinton finally gets her chance to debate the issues, one-on-one with Donald Trump. Tilden and the Eleanor Roosevelt Clubs will co-host a Watch Party this Monday for the first debate where we will cheer on our candidate.

Doors open at 8 p.m. at Shades of Green Pub, 125 East 15th Street. There is no cover, and drink specials will be available.

RSVP on HillaryClinton.com, Facebook or via email.

No Primary Tuesday

Quick reminder- while other districts have a Primary Election this Tuesday, September 13th, we do not.

Mark your calendars now, the General Election will be held on November 8th. If you plan to be out of town please register for an absentee ballot for this extremely important election. Before then please consider helping to keep PA blue each Saturday with us.

To learn more about your poll site or to look up election dates you can use the poll site locator online app.

Get on the Bus – Day trip to PA!


Starting September 17th and continuing each Saturday until election day, Tilden is joining over 18 NYC political clubs to help keep Pennsylvania Blue. Join your Democratic family for this important outreach to PA’s beautiful Lehigh Valley area. We will be leaving from Union Square at 8:30am and returning at 8:00pm each Saturday. While tickets are normally $10, the first 20 Tilden members to participate will be eligible to be reimbursed for their tickets.

Please email tilden@tildendemocrats.com to indicate you will be going – we would like to travel together if possible so we will try to match you with other Tilden members to make the trip even more fun. After you email us, please register for the bus by clicking on the picture above.

2016 Supreme Court Judicial Candidates Found Most Highly Qualified

Last night the Independent Screen Panel announced the following Supreme Court Judicial Candidates Found Most Highly Qualified.

In no particular order, they are:

Anthony Cannataro
David Cohen
Jennifer Schechter
Alex Tisch
Melissa Crane
Paul Goetz
Gerald Leibovitz
Adam Silvera
Machelle Sweeting
Erika Edwardes
Shawn Kelley
Verena Saunders
Lisa Sokoloff

They join Nancy Bannon, Andrea Masley, Robert Reed, Kelly O’Neill Levy, Lynn Kotler and James d’Auguste who have already been reported out twice and are already candidates for this year.

Congratulations to all.  We will forward receptions as they become known. The Judicial Convention will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, at a venue to be annouced.


Louise, Sandro, Greg

Tilden Resolution in favor of NYS Assembly bills A09108 and S6452-A


Resolution: In favor of New York State Assembly bills A09108 and S6452-A, whereby all primaries would be held in June.

Whereas, The New York State Assembly has passed a bill, A09108, to revise Sec. 8-100 (1) (a) of the State electoral law; and

Whereas, that bill is now before the New York State Senate as S6452-A; and

Whereas, said revision, inter alia, provides that all state and county party positions will be filled hereafter at primary elections on the Fourth Tuesday of June, currently the date for congressional primary elections; and

Whereas, said revision further provides that in years of presidential elections the electors to the national conventions of each party shall be chosen at a primary election on the First Tuesday of February of said years; and

Whereas, the cost of multiple primaries is an unnecessary burden to the taxpayer and are likely to discourage voters and result in reduced voter turnout; now

Therefore, be it

Resolved, that the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club supports and urges the passage of S6452-A, with the added proviso that all state and county candidates for party or public office, including judicial candidates, be chosen in the primary election on the Fourth Tuesday in June.

Adopted unanimously on June 16, 2016.

Democratically yours,

Greg-Patric Martello

Tilden President