Presidential Primary – April, 19th

Tomorrow is the Presidential Primary. Please note that you should check the Poll Site Locator before you leave to vote as your poll siteScreenshot 2016-04-18 11.19.18 might have moved to comply with stricter ADA access rules.

Tilden endorses Hillary Clinton for President and reminds you to vote for all her delegates on the right of the Candidate column. Her delegates are the last 6 names in the right column. To download a copy of a sample ballot, click on the image to the right.

If you have any difficulties voting at your poll site or want to report a shortage of supplies or staff – Please contact District Leader Sandro Sherrod at 646-883-8683.

If you need Hillary campaign materials for a GOTV or visibility action – Please contact District Leader Louise Dankberg at 646-541-8716.


Get on the Bus for Hillary, this weekend!


This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved to support our endorsed candidate for President. I know it is short notice, but I hope you will join me in helping to get Hilary elected.

The New Hampshire primary plays a pivotal role in presidential politics that few Americans get to experience. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is providing a few dozen people the opportunity to be a part of their team for two days working to make history by electing Hillary Clinton as our next President.

Transportation? Covered by the HRC PAC
Hotel? Covered by the HRC PAC
Meals? Two meals a day covered by the HRC PAC

All you need to do is donate $20 online to reserve a seat on the Equality Bus from New York to New Hampshire and agree to help us get out the vote for Hillary Clinton. The first 10 Tilden members will be reimbursed the $20, so this historic trip will be free!

The Details

Friday, February 5th
– At 4:45 p.m. the Equality Bus will leave from Midtown, arriving in Manchester, NH around midnight.

Saturday, February 6th – At 8:30 a.m. we will arrive at the Human Rights Campaign Office in Downtown Manchester to begin our day working to elect Hillary Clinton (coffee and light breakfast provided). HRC will host a mixer at a local bar in the evening to connect you with local New Hampshire volunteers.

Sunday, February 7th – At 8:30 a.m. we will arrive at the HRC Campaign Office to begin our day working to elect Hillary Clinton (coffee and light breakfast provided). At 4 p.m. we will board the bus back to Manhattan, arriving no later than 11:45pm.

HRC has a block of rooms reserved in Manchester, NH. HRC will provide transportation to and from the hotel. There will be two people to a room and you have the option of choosing your roommate if you’re traveling as a pair. For a $300 donation, you can have your own private room for both nights, for one or two people.

ACTIONS You will be working side by side with HRC staff and volunteers making phone calls and going door-to-door getting out the vote for Hillary.


Be sure to reply to this email to let us know that you signed up and be sure to check in with me before you get on the bus.

Democratically yours,
Sandro Sherrod
District Leader

Annual Meeting and Presidential Endorsement Reminder

Greetings Tlldenites,

On Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm we will hold our Annual Meeting. All qualified members will be able to vote for Officers and Executive Committee members for 2016, as well as for our Club’s Presidential endorsement.

The meeting will be held in our regular location, on the second floor of the Seafarer’s Institute (East 15th Street at Irving Place).

The Draft Agenda is as follows:

  • Call to Order
  • Presentation and acceptance of donation checks to community receipients
  • Vote for Officers and Executive Committee*
  • President’s Report
  • District Leader’s Report
  • Democratic Presidential Endorsement Vote
  • Announcement of election results
  • Swearing in of New Officers and Executive Committee

Adjournment and Merrymaking (hooting and hollering required)

(* Please note ballot box will be open for 1 hour)

Democratically Yours,

Mark P. Thompson

President, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

New York’s Club of the Year

Toys for Tots – An Amazing Success!

Greetings Tildenites!

Saturday’s Toys for Tots may have been the most successful yet. With a sold-out house, guests were entertained by jazz musician extraordinaire Adam Smale. Adam led the 75+ attendees in a beautiful rendition of “God Bless America” to start off the afternoon; what followed was a delicious meal and amazing conversations. There was so much activity inside that many people didn’t notice the SantaCon mobs roaming the street, trying to come in and join the festivities. (Special thanks to Lou and his crew for keeping the red-capped carousers at bay!)

We were joined by Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brad Hoylman, as well as the leadership of GSID, the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, and the Lexington Club, and numerous judges, judge-elects and future judges. Of special note was Tilden’s own Lyle Frank, who will be inducted as a Civil Court Judge on January 14.

The room took time to pause and remember our dear friends District Leader Charles Buchwald and Tildenite Genevieve Cervera. They are deeply missed and we honor them for their service to the community and Democratic ideals.

During the afternoon, Tildenites took part in a straw vote, endorsing Hillary Clinton for President. The Club will hold an official endorsement vote at our January 21 Annual meeting.

Before the dessert course, Tilden presented a $2,000 check to Children of Bellevue’s Reach Out and Read and the H.E.L.P. Project. Claudia Aristy, Director, received the check on behalf of the Project and described its programs and how the donation would be used to buy more multi-language books for the children. Tilden is presenting a total of $10,000 to five local organizations for their work.

While the event was scheduled to end at 3, it carried on until close to 5 pm, with guests continuing to socialize to the very end. The entire effort would not have been possible without the dedication of Pat Levenson, Committee Chair, Laura Koestler, Esther Ramos, Sandro Sherrod and Louise Dankberg. On behalf of the Club, I thank you for all your extraordinary efforts.

Again, congratulations to everyone for a wonderful event!

Mark P. Thompson


Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

#1 Club in New York!



The Toys 4 Tots Brunch is Saturday! Let us know if you are coming

The Club of the Year’s Event of the Year is just a few days away – this Saturday, December 12! It’s our Club’s Toys for Tots brunch. For those of you who have not yet made your reservation, please reply to this email and let us know if you plan to attend. You can bring your check (better than cash) to the door.

The brunch is being held at Tilden’s favorite, Paul and Jimmy’s, at 123 East 18th Street (between Irving Place and Park Avenue South). The festivities begin at 1 pm and last until 3 pm.

Adam Smale, who has become Tilden’s own jazz musician, will provide wonderful entertainment.

So let us know if you are coming by replying to this email ..  your Tilden family looks forward to seeing you Saturday afternoon!

Warmest Regards,

Mark Thompson


Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

Club of the Year



CORRECTED: Historic Meeting, Toys 4 Tots, Memberships & Judicial Inductions

Last night’s meeting was an historic occasion, as we were joined by the members of Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats (who were meeting downstairs). State Senator Liz Krueger spoke to the combined membership on a variety of topics, providing great insight, answering questions and revealing her brilliant wit. (We wish her a happy birthday.)

This get-together was fun and productive, and a good example – like our recent multi-club Presidential Forum – of how Democrats can work together for the common good. Let’s keep on that path!

You will be receiving information very soon on the 2015 Toys 4 Tots “Toyapalooza.” Our annual fundraiser is being held on Saturday December 12 from 1 to 3 pm at Paul and Jimmy’s (123 East 18th Street), between Irving and Park Avenue South. There are rumors of surprise guest appearances, including Vice President Greg Martello. Greg, we hope you are doing better and able to attend.

You will also be receiving membership renewal applications soon, and the form will also be posted on the website. Your 2016 Tilden Membership Cards are a-waiting  and you’ll be able to say “Yes, I am a card-carrying member of Tilden!”

Judicial inductions are underway. Congratulations to Justice Ta-Tanisha James who was inducted on November 19. The following inductions are coming up:

Arthur Engoron 12/3/15; 4:30 PM; 111 Centre Street

Tanya Kennedy; 12/10/15; 5:00 pm; 60 Centre Street

Lisa Headley; 12/11/15; 5:30 pm; Poet’s Den & Gallery, 309 East 108th Street

Raymond Bruce; 12/17/15; 4:30 pm; 60 Centre Street

Arlene P. Bluth; 1/7/16; 4:30 pm; 111 Centre Street (Judge Bluth is a former District Leader)

Lyle Frank; 1/14/16; 4:30 pm; 111 Centre Street (President Mark Thompson is honored to serve as MC for the induction)

Democratically Yours,

Mark P. Thompson


Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club



Toyapalooza and November 19 meeting Agenda

Save The Date notices for the Tilden Toys 4 Tots Toyapalooza will be going out soon. The event is Saturday, December 12 at Paul and Jimmy’s.  The program begins at 1 pm and will include great food and musical entertainment by Tilden’s own Adam Smale. Tickets go quickly, so be ready to pounce!

I’d like to extend best wishes to Vice President Greg Martello, who is using his super powers to recover at home. Greg, we miss you and look forward to seeing you soon!

Please see below the draft agenda for this month’s General Membership Meeting. If you have not attended at least one meeting this year, you must attend this meeting to be eligible to vote.


Draft Agenda for November Monthly General Membership Meeting

Thursday, November 19

7:30 PM at Seafarer’s Institute

East 15th Street at Irving Place

1 Call to Order

2 Elections Report

3 Dinner Report

4 Toys 4 Tots Report and Donations Committee Report

5 President’s Report

6 District Leaders’ Report

7 Old/New Business

8 Adjournment and Celebration (whooping it up required)


Mark P. Thompson

President, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club


Congratulations to Tildenite Lyle Frank!!

Congratulations to Tilden’s own Lyle Frank, who was elected in a landslide victory as Civil Court Judge in Tuesday’s election. We are all very proud of Lyle and his accomplishments, and extend our best to Lyle’s wife Elyssa Kates and their children, Catherine and Gavin.

Democratically Yours,

Mark P. Thompson

President, Samuel J. Tlden Democratic Club


Tilden Elections Committee Announcement, Vote Tuesday AND MORE!

Please read the important letter regarding Club elections follow by more!
Hello Fellow Tildenites,
The Elections Committee met on October 22, 2015 to elect a chairperson and discuss committee business. I am honored to introduce myself as the chairperson of Tilden’s Election Committee for this year. I am grateful for the privilege to do service for our wonderful club!
I am equally pleased to report that it is time for club elections!! The Elections Committee is ready to accept nominations for club Officers and Executive Committee Members. According to our By-Laws, you may nominate yourself or others for office. As you know, the Club Officer positions are: President; Vice-President (3 “V-P” spots); Corresponding Secretary; Recording Secretary; and Treasurer. We have 12-16 spots on our Executive Committee. According to our By-Laws, all persons nominated must be members in good-standing. In addition, we ask that all candidates be willing and able to attend at least three Executive Committee meetings, and participate in club events.
If you wish to nominate anyone for this year’s elections, please submit the names of all persons you wish to nominate, specifying the office you wish to nominate them for, to me at: by November 16, 2015. At our November 19, 2015 Club Meeting, we will report the names of those nominated as of November 16. However, nominations from the floor may be entertained at our November 19 meeting, at which point nominations will be closed.
Also, please note that the Elections Committee and Executive Committee will hold a “Candidates Night” on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seafarer’s International House (15th Street and Irving Place, 2nd Floor) which all nominees must attend and make a presentation in support of their candidacy. The elections will then take place ten days later at our January 21, 2016 Annual Club Meeting.
I look forward to receiving your nominations and seeing you at the Candidates Night on January 11!
Kathleen C. Waterman, Esq.
Please remember to vote tomorrow, November 3. Encourage your neighbors to vote, too, so that we can have a good turnout.
I would like to thank all of the Tildenites who attended Sunday’s Presidential Forum. The attendance was remarkable – estimated at 300 people – and those present watched a lively debate among representatives of the Democratic candidates. The remarkable Ronnie Eldridge moderated and Assembly member Keith Wright represented the Clinton campaign. Tilden had the loudest contingent present and your shout outs were appreciated!
Mark Thompson
Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

Presidents! The Election! Toys for Tots! Hip Hip Hooray!

The world’s largest multi-club Democratic Presidential Forum is this Sunday, November 1, at 2 pm at the SVA Theater on West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). If you don’t have your free ticket yet, giddy up and get it on line at There may be tickets remaining. Remember to bring those Tilden pens and buttons!

What’s the most important date for good Democrats? Yes, it’s Election Day. As a registered Democrat you can vote on Tuesday, November 3 (polls are open from 6 am to 9 pm). If you don’t know where to vote or who the candidates are simply go to the website to get the facts.

While those of us living above 14th Street can’t vote for our own Tildenite Lyle Frank, he is on the ballot downtown and will soon become the City’s Next Greatest Judge. Lyle, your Tilden family is very proud of you!

Before you do anything else, be sure to Save the Date for the Tilden Toys for Tots Extravaganza Brunch. It’ll be Saturday, December 12 at noon at Paul and Jimmy’s restaurant  (123 East 18th Street, between Irving Place and Park Avenue South). If you were there last year you’ll remember the food, the friends, the music (thank you Adam Smale!) and the roaring good time we all had. Stay tuned for information on buying tickets.

Democratically yours,

Mark P. Thompson

President, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

The Club of the Year!