LID Endorses the Following Candidates:
For U.S. Senate...
Nydia Velazquez, 7th CD
Hakeem Jeffries, 8th CD
Yvette Clarke, 9th CD
Jerrold Nadler, 10th CD
Mark Murphy, 11th CD
Carolyn Maloney, 12th CD
For NY State Senate...
Eric Adams, 20th District
Kevin Parker, 21st District
Andrew Gounardes, 22nd District
Diane Savino, 23rd District
Velmanette Montgomery, 25th District
Daniel Squadron, 26th District
For NY State Assembly...
Rhoda Jacobs, 42nd AD
Jim Brennan, 44th AD
Joan Millman, 52nd AD
Walter Mosley, 57th AD
John Mancuso, 64th AD
For Civil Court Judge...
Craig T. Walker
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Walter Mosley for NY State Assembly, 57th AD
Craig S. Walker for Civil Court Judge, Kings County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAMBDA INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS OF BROOKLYN CELEBRATES THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VICTORY OF OPENLY GAY ATTORNEY RICHARD MONTELIONE
MONTELIONE WILL BE BROOKLYN'S FIRST OUT GAY JUDGE IN FOURTEEN YEARS
Civil Court races tend to be sleepy affairs, but not this one! The race for Civil Court in Brooklyn's First Municipal District became heated at times, with some of the biggest names in Democratic politics weighing-in. In the end, Richard Montelione won the race, becoming the first openly gay candidate to be elected to public office in Brooklyn in over 14 years.
Richard Montelione is an openly gay lawyer with over 28 years of legal experience protecting tenants, the elderly, the disabled and those whose civil rights have been violated. He is a former staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society and is a member of the LGBT Lawyersâ Association of Greater NY (LeGal). Long associated with progressive and reform groups in Brooklyn, Richard received the support of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez who also recently beat back a mean-spirited primary challenge mounted by Vito Lopez, the embattled chair of the Kings County Democratic Party. She was joined in supporting Richard by a range of reform groups and elected and community leaders, including Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, Councilwoman Tish James, Councilman Danny Dromm, District Leader Chris Owens, District Leader Jo Anne Simon, District Leader Lincoln Restler, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, New Kings Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, and Independent Neighborhood Democrats, in addition to Lambda Independent Democrats.
Richard's victory was due in no small part to the support and hard work of members of Lambda Independent Democrats and Brooklyn's LGBT community.
"From the beginning, we knew this was going to be a tough race," said LID Co-President Matthew McMorrow. "But Richard had the support of grassroots reformers, progressives and LGBT voters, many of whom knew Richard personally and professionally and knew that he was the more qualified person to become a judge. That Richard is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to public office in Brooklyn in over 14 years made his win last night that much more exciting. LID worked hard for Richard, and we were delighted to celebrate his victory with him and his husband Jack."
LID Co-President Carlos Menchaca added, “Yesterday’s victory for Richard was more than just a single race in the primary. For the first time in 14 years, Brooklyn elected an openly gay candidate to an important judgeship. I can’t help but think about the LGBT law school students, for example, who volunteered on the campaign, who are standing proud alongside Richard dreaming of their own future right here in Brooklyn.”
Complete List of LID's Endorsed Candidates in Contested Races in the September 13th Primary:
For NY State Senate...
Jason Otao, 18th District
For NY State Assembly...
Rhoda Jacobs, 42nd AD
Olanike Alabi, 57th AD
For Civil Court Judge...
For District Leader/State Committee...
Find Your New Districtsâ¦
This year, the Congressional, State Assembly, and State Senate district lines were re-drawn. You may be in a new district and, therefore, have new candidates for public office from which to choose.Click HERE to find out what district you are in, where you should vote and who you will see on your ballot. Then refer to the list above to find out which candidate LID has endorsed in your district.
For President of the United States, we endorse Barack Obama. President Obama has done more for the LGBT community than any other president in American history. In addition to winning the repeal of Don't Ask Donâ't Tell, President Obama hosted the first White House LGBT Pride Reception, ordered the federal government to extend key benefits to same-gender partners of federal employees, created a National Resource Center for LGBT elders, signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, ended discrimination based on gender identity in the federal government, launched a government strategy to combat human rights abuses against LGBT persons abroad, and declared DOMA unconstitutional and ordered the Justice Department no longer to defend the law in court. While much more remains to be done, President Obama has demonstrated in his first term that he is committed to LGBT rights and is, therefore, deserving of the LGBT communityâs full support.
In 2008, LID endorsed Barack Obama and enthusiastically volunteered for his campaign. LID members and representatives registered voters, made phone calls, canvassed and traveled to swing states like Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada, Virginia and Ohio for GOTV efforts. LID looks forward to offering our resources to the effort to re-elect President Barack Obama.
For the United States Senate, we endorse Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand strongly believes in equal rights for all. She was a leader in the fight to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, and she worked aggressively behind the scenes last spring to persuade New York State lawmakers to vote in favor of the marriage equality bill. Senator Gillibrand became one of the first members of the U.S. Senate to favor full marriage equality, and she is leading the fight to repeal DOMA by sponsoring the Respect For Marriage Act and by launching a national online campaign at http://repealDOMA.com. In addition to her stellar record on LGBT issues, Senator Gillibrand has also been a strong advocate for womenâs rights and has launched a campaign to encourage more women to run for public office. Over the past three years, Senator Gillibrand has proven herself to be a strong, progressive and pro-equality leader. She deserves to be re-elected.
In 2010, LID proudly endorsed Senator Gillibrand in both the primary and general elections and worked throughout Brooklyn and New York City to ensure her re-election.Â We intend to do the same in 2012.
LID Elects Officers and
Executive Board Members
At the January 26th Annual Meeting, LID's members elected the following individuals to serve as officers and executive board members for 2012:
Matthew McMorrow, Co-President
Erin Drinkwater, Co-President
Brian Kenny, Co-Vice President
Carlos Menchaca, Co-Vice President
Scott Klein, Treasurer
Renée Cafiero, Corresponding Secretary
Michael Cairl, Recording Secretary
2012 Executive Board Members
Ryan J. Davis
Daniel W. Tietz
Executive Board Interns' Spring 2012
Bryan John Ellicott Justin Simmons
David Weprin for U.S. House of Representatives, 9th Congressional District
David Weprin has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community for many years, and he has consistently voted to support marriage equality as an Assemblyman.Â His opponents are trying to use his marriage votes against him in their campaign to win the seat.Â Plus, the national Republican party is pouring large amounts of resources into this race so they can claim to have a mandate from the American people for their radical agenda. Let's make sure David wins.
Volunteers are needed for Get Out the Vote efforts on September 10th, 12th and 13th.Â People are needed to make phone calls, go door-to-door, and stand outside polling locations.Â To volunteer, please contact Brian Linder at Brian.A.Linder@gmail.com or (516) 205-2531. To make a contribution, click here.
Jesus Gonzalez for State Assembly, 54th Assembly District
LID is proud to support Jesus Gonzalez, who is running on the Working Families Party line.Â The Democrat in this race is both anti-choice and anti-marriage equality.Â Jesus Gonzalez, on the other hand, is a fresh new voice with a progressive vision for his district.Â He has been endorsed by New Kings Democrats, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, District Leader Lincoln Restler and many other progressive leaders and groups.
Volunteers are needed for phonebanking at 2 Nevins Street every weeknight from 5pm to 9pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.Â The campaign also needs people to canvass the district on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.Â Pollsite captains are needed for Election Day from 6am to 9pm.Â Additional volunteers are needed on Election Day from 6am to 10am and from 5pm to 9pm.Â Please contribute or volunteer here, or contact the volunteer coordinator, Ivan Luevanos, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheryl Gonzales for Countywide Civil Court Judge (Kings County)
Judge Gonzales is currently a Housing Court judge who is widely respected by her peers.Â On the first day of marriage equality, she volunteered to preside over the civil weddings of dozens of same-gender couples in Brooklyn.Â Judge Gonzales has a deep knowledge of the law and brings a human touch to her courtroom.Â She was also endorsed recently by The New York Times.
Vote on Tuesday, September 13th
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Saturday, September 17th
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Rich Murray, Jim Harvey, Joseph Tanzi, Mary Jo Kennedy and Jo-Ann Shain
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If Brooklyn and Queens voters want to use this race to send a real message, let it be a rebuke of the radical and reckless Republican members of Congress who have damaged our nation’s credit rating, refused to compromise, and advocated for the dismantling of our nation’s services, infrastructure and social safety net without entertaining even the most modest proposals to increase revenue or to implement fairness in the tax code. It is this agenda that has stalled our recovery, and it is this agenda that Republican Bob Turner fully supports.
As we have seen over the past several months, House Republicans either are not serious about governing or have the wrong solutions for the problems our nation faces. Either way, they are obstructing the implementation of smart economic policies that would heal our economy and put more Americans back to work. In the recent debt debate – a crisis manufactured by Congressional Republicans unwilling to pay for wars, tax cuts and entitlement programs for which they voted – they played chicken with our nation’s credit rating. Despite President Obama’s willingness to compromise, Republicans refused to accept sensible, fair and popular proposals to increase revenue by closing tax loopholes for big oil companies and hedge fund managers. Instead, they demanded a cuts-only bill that now threatens to eviscerate programs and services many Americans cherish and rely upon, including Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Clean Air Act, funding for public education, unemployment insurance, Pell Grants and services for veterans. Moreover, S&P’s decision to lower the nation’s credit rating anyway, largely because Republicans decided to hold our debt ceiling hostage, will now likely cause interest rates on credit cards and loans to rise and the values of 401K accounts to fall. Clearly, Republican policies are destructive to the middle class, yet they are exactly the same policies Republican Bob Turner promises to support should he be elected to Congress.
A Congressman Weprin will fight hard for the middle class and the social safety net that generations of Americans have paid into, depend upon, and value. He will advocate for fair and smart tax and economic policies that ensure growth, invest in our future and protect Social Security and Medicare for generations to come. Republican Bob Turner, on the other hand, will be just another rubber stamp for radical, right-wing Tea Party Republicans who want to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare and Medicaid, de-fund the SEC, de-regulate the EPA, and continue the unsustainable tax cuts and tax loopholes for large corporations and the wealthiest one-percent of Americans.
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn is proud to endorse the following General Election Candidates:
NY State Comptroller:
NY State Attorney General:
United States Senate:
Civil Court, County-wide:
U.S. House (8thÃÂÃÂ Congressional Dist.):
U.S. House (9thÃÂÃÂ Congressional Dist.):
U.S. House (10thÃÂÃÂ Congressional Dist.):
U.S. House (11thÃÂÃÂ Congressional Dist.):
U.S. House (12thÃÂÃÂ Congressional Dist.):
U.S. House (13thÃÂÃÂ Congressional Dist.):
NY State Senate:
18 Ã¢ÂÂ Velmanette Montgomery
20 Ã¢ÂÂ Eric Adams
21 Ã¢ÂÂ Kevin Parker
22 Ã¢ÂÂ Michael DiSanto
23 Ã¢ÂÂ Diane Savino
25 Ã¢ÂÂ Daniel Squadron
NY State Assembly:
44 Ã¢ÂÂ Jim Brennan
46 Ã¢ÂÂ Alec Brook-Krasny
52 Ã¢ÂÂ Joan Millman
55 Ã¢ÂÂ William Boyland
57 Ã¢ÂÂ Hakeem Jeffries
Civil Court, 7thÃÂÃÂ District :
Betty Joyce Williams
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BROOKLYN LGBT POLITICAL CLUB CALLS ON SPEAKER QUINN TO
SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC MAYORAL CANDIDATE BILL THOMPSON
Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklynâs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender political club issued the following statement today.
Now that New Yorkâs Democratic primary voters have selected Bill Thompson as the Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, the boroughâs LBGT political club, strongly urges City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, one of the cityâs progressive Democratic leaders, to promptly endorse and actively support Bill Thompson for Mayor.