June 2024 Newsletter

In This Issue

President's Report

Breaking: W. 103rd St. to Be Co-named for Cynthia Doty

Get Out the Vote Campaign Activities

June 25 Primary Election: What You Need to Know

Suzanne Samelson (1950-2024)

Volunteer for Josh Riley in NY-19

What NYS Dems Are Doing to Flip the House in 2024

Coming in July! Three Parks Potluck Picnic

Club Members and Friends Turn Out for TPID Benefit

Thanks to Everyone Who Contributed to Our Benefit

June Club Meeting

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The Youth Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave. at

W. 103rd St., Ballroom

 *** 7:30 pm ***

The 2024 State Budget:

What's Next for Affordable Housing

Linda B. Rosenthal

NYS Assembly Member

District 67

Howard Slatkin

Executive Director

Citizens Housing & Planning Council


7:15 pm: Sign in

7:30 pm: Call to Order

Speaker: Linda B. Rosenthal, NYS Assembly Member

Questions and Answers

Speaker: Howard Slatkin, Citizens Housing & Planning Council

Questions and Answers

District Leader Report

State Committee Report


Masks will be available for free at the Hostel

To hear an audio recording of the May club meeting, click here.

President's Report

By Lorraine Zamora

May 30:

Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.


It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.

June 1:

There’s not much I can say about the trial that hasn’t been said…except this:

On behalf of Three Parks Democrats, I took the liberty of congratulating District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his prosecuting team. They did a masterful job of presenting evidence of a criminal conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election. Three Parks couldn’t be prouder: we endorsed and supported Alvin when he ran for DA, and we stand by him today, as supportive as ever. ...

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A block of W. 103rd St. Will Be

Co-named to Honor Cynthia Doty

At the Three Parks Benefit held on May 19, City Council Member Shaun Abreu announced that the block of W. 103rd Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive will be co-named for our late District Leader Cynthia Doty. Cynthia made her home on that block. A bill to make the co-naming official is expected to pass the Council by the end of June.

Get Out the Vote Campaign Activities

As the June 25 Primary Election approaches, it's time to get out the vote for our endorsed candidates in the 69th Assembly District -- NYS Assembly candidate Micah Lasher and our 16 Judicial Delegate candidates listed in the second Group on the ballot. In a hyper-local race like this one, outreach to every voter really makes a difference! Three Parks is planning the following:

  • Friday, June 14, 5:00--6:30 PM: leafletting at the Broadway and W. 96th St. and W. 103rd St. subway stations
  • Saturday, June 15, 1:00--3:00 PM: Day of Action in coordination with the Lasher campaign, featuring sidewalk campaign tables on Broadway. Watch your email for specific locations.
  • Sunday, June 16, 3:00--5:00 PM: Sidewalk campaign table at the West Side High School Early Voting site, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 101st St.
  • Monday and Wednesday, June 17 and 19, 8:00--9:30 AM and Tuesday and Thursday, June 18 and 20, 5:00--6:30 PM: leafletting at the Broadway and W. 96th St. and W. 103rd St. subway stations
  • Additional activities leading up to Primary Election Day, June 25. Watch your email for details.

Join us to help reach out to our neighbors and friends. Let's get our endorsed candidates across the finish line!

What You Need to Know:

June 25 Primary Election


  • Voter registration deadline: The Board of Elections must receive registration applications by June 15. If you have a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote online. Click here to apply.

  • Change of address deadline: The Board of Elections must receive address changes by June 10 in order to be processed for the Primary. You can use the voter registration form to change your address.

  • Absentee ballot deadline: The Board of Elections must receive absentee ballot applications by June 15. To request an absentee ballot application online, click here.

  • Early voting: Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 23

Candidates Endorsed by Three Parks Democrats

(for voters in the 69th AD)

For NYS Assembly: Micah Lasher

For Judicial Delegates: The 16 candidates in the second Group listed on the ballot. Vote only for those 16 candidates in the second Group.

Nominations uncontested, endorsed candidates NOT on the ballot: US Congress Members Adriano Espaillat and Jerry Nadler; NYS Senators Cordell Cleare and Brad Hoylman-Sigal; Democratic State Committee Members Lynn Thomas and Douglas Kellner; District Leader (F) Theresa Canter; Civil Court Judges, Alternate Judicial Delegates.

Suzanne Samelson (1950-2024)


Suzanne Samelson, a multi-decade member of Three Parks Independent Democrats and a longtime previous resident of W. 100th Street, died on May 28 at home in Thermopolis, Wyoming, where she and her husband Howard moved in 2014.


Although Suzanne and Howard left the Upper West Side for points farther afield, they never forgot their Democratic roots. Suzanne was a state committee member for the Hot Springs County Democratic Party. She was remembered by the state party as a “treasured member.” Howard twice ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for a seat in the Wyoming legislature under the slogan “Howie for the House.”


In New York, in addition to TPID, Suzanne belonged to the Alumni Board of Barnard College and was a volunteer with the Riverside Park Conservancy; the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York; and the Alumni Association of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and Nyack, New York.


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Volunteer for Josh Riley in NY-19 and Help Take Back the House

By Miriam Rabban

Democrat Josh Riley is running for Congress in a critical swing district, NY-19, which covers parts of the Hudson Valley including Columbia County, located south of Albany. Republican Marc Molinaro won the Congressional seat in 2022 by only 1.6% of the total vote, 4,495 votes. NY-19 is purple but winnable if we put in the work.

Read on to learn about Josh and how you can help win back this district for Democrats through postcarding, phonebanking, canvassing and donating to the Josh Riley for Congress campaign. His website is joshrileyforcongress.com.

Josh has a compelling personal story. When he was growing up in Endicott, NY, he saw family, friends and neighbors lose their jobs as local factories closed down. He is a strong advocate for good jobs and unions.  He also has excellent positions on protecting the environment, reproductive rights, and our democracy. He will safeguard Social Security and Medicare. ...

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What NYS Dems Are Doing to Flip

the House in 2024

By Wendy Diller

It’s no secret that New York State is at the center of the fight to determine control of the US House of Representatives in 2024.


Seven NY Congressional seats are purple—i.e. flippable this fall--of which five are currently held by Republicans, while two are represented by Democrats, according to Lizzy Weiss, coordinated director of the New York State Democratic coordinated campaign, the state Democratic Party organization. Weiss, who spoke to Three Parks in December, recently provided an update on organizing efforts as campaigns enter the crucial post-primary summer-fall seasons. 


The state Democratic Party has a paid organizational staff aimed at helping its candidates up and down the ballot and is in the process of opening offices and hiring staff, Weiss says. The current Republican districts in play are: NY-1 and NY-4 (both on Long Island); NY-17 and NY-19 (both in the Hudson Valley), and NY-22 (Syracuse area). Vulnerable Democrats represent NY-3 on Long Island (Tom Suozzi, who won the high-profile special election in February) and NY-18 in the Hudson Valley (Pat Ryan, who won by a less than 2% margin in 2022). Also on the agenda is maintaining the Democratic super majority in the state legislature and re-electing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and President Joe Biden.


Efforts will gear up post the June 25 primary, although only two of the Congressional seats have Democratic primaries (NY-1 and NY-22). As of early June, the state organization has opened 12 offices across the state, with plans to expand further. ...

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Coming Next Month!

Wednesday, July 24, 5:30–8:00 pm

Please put July 24 on your calendar! Our 18th Annual Potluck Picnic will be in Central Park, on the Pool lawn just inside the entrance at 103rd Street and Central Park West. Since there are no club meetings in July and August, it’s the perfect opportunity for club members to share a lovely evening in the park, socializing with friends and elected officials.

We will be mailing a postcard invitation, sending email blasts and an Evite. At our June 12 club meeting, we will have a sign-up sheet for volunteers. As always, we ask you to bring a dish to share with your fellow members.

If you plan to attend, please click here to RSVP and let us know what potluck dish you will be bringing.

See you on July 24!

Club Members and Friends Turn Out for

Three Parks' 49th Annual Benefit

On Sunday, May 19, close to one hundred Three Parks members and friends attended the Club's 49th Annual Benefit at the Ellington restaurant on Broadway. The crowd, which filled the restaurant's large dining area, also included numerous City and State elected officials. We are deeply grateful to everyone who who attended and contributed and made the event a success!

Below are some photos of the event. For more photos, click here.

Part of the crowd of Three Parks members and friends

who filled the Ellington Restaurant

Club President Lorraine Zamora presents NYC Comptroller Brad Lander with the Ted Weiss Public Service Award.

District Leader Theresa Canter

City Council Member Shaun Abreu announces that a block of W. 103rd St. will be co-named in honor of the late District Leader Cynthia Doty.

The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group, represented by members Peter Arndtsen and Gil Tauber, receives the inaugural Cynthia L. Doty Community Service Award.

District Leader Daniel Marks Cohen presents NYS Assembly Member Danny O'Donnell with a Special Recognition Award for his 22 years of service to our community.

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine

City Council Member Gail Brewer (right) with Judicial Delegate candidate Deborah Thomas

NYS Assembly candidate Micah Lasher with Club VP Lynn Max

Thank You to Everyone Who Contributed to

Our Annual Benefit


Hon. Shaun Abreu

Hon. Daniel Marks Cohen

Hon. Jerrold Nadler


Jock Davenport & Batya Miller

Hon. Brad Hoylman-Sigal

Douglas & Elizabeth Kellner

James & Joan Levine

Micah Lasher & Elizabeth Mann

Doris Schreiber


Steve Auerbach MD

Hon. Gale Brewer

Mark Diller

Hon. Mark Levine

Brenda D. Morgan

Lois Safian

Ronda Small & Ira Wolfman

Hon. Scott Stringer

Albertha S. Toppins

Charles Wall


Hon. Bob Botfield

Vincent & Rosemarie Brancato

Hon. Theresa Canter

Hon. Cordell Cleare

Corinne Constantine

Wendy Diller  

Ellen Flax

Hon. Helen & Henry Freedman

Daniele Gerard

Hon. Suzanne Jacobson

Lynn & Steve Max

Raleigh Mayer

Aaron Mendelsohn & Aviva Tropp

Adele Neiderman

Edafe Okporo & Nicholas Giglio

Josh Pepper

Annie Pforzheimer

Miriam Rabban

Debra & Michael Rand

Faye & Roger Schneier

Michael & Roschel Holland Stearns

Hon. Lynn Thomas

Jeri Wellman & Nicholas Bryan

Lauren Williams

Lorraine Zamora & Richard Luna


Jason Bram & Sarah Bachman

Raven Brown

Judge Jim Clynes

Ilona Coleman

Marie Fenter

Allison Greenfield

Judge Judy Kim

Judge Gerald Lebovitz

Lynn Mandel

Elizabeth Mayer

Dan Roskoff   

Malaika Scott-McLaughlin

Mark Shawhan

Jerry Skurnik

Eustacia Smith

Polly Spain


Lisa Berger

Janis Brodie

Liza Cooper

Elisa DeCarlo & Jeffrey Shames

Timothy Eckersley

Sheldon Fine

Paul Froehlich

Mary Geissman

Judith Goldberg

Elaine Hazzard

Mervyn Horn

Rita Kardeman

Brian Krist

Jill Larson

David Lazarus

Raquel Lederman

Caroline Levine

Susan Maderer

Mary Ann Marks

Arlene Mehlman

Eli Northrup   

Joan Paylo

Alfred & Efigenia Placeres

Nathan Riley

Richard Robbins

Katherine Roeder

Raymond Schwartz

Anna Spiro

Gilbert Tauber

Carolee Thea

Deborah Thomas

Susan Tucker

Christine Verzar

George Voorhis

Doug Whelan

Nancy Wight

Kitty Williston

Eric Wursthorn

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 Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 PM

Three Parks Club Meeting

Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 PM

Three Parks Board Meeting

The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors of the articles and are not necessarily representative of Three Parks.
Lorraine Zamora
Chuck Wall

District Leaders

Theresa Canter

Daniel Marks Cohen

State Committee

Lynn Thomas

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