Rachel Lavine

Worried and Nervous? We Need a Plan

Elisa Sumner and Rachel Lavine

The results of last Tuesday’s elections left me, like many of you, worried and nervous.  We Need a Plan In the words of former Congressmember Steve Israel, “this was a shellacking on a thumping” for Democrats in New York and nationally.” We lost important local races and we lost critical ballot measures on redistricting and voting…

Black Lives Matter Resolution

Progressive Caucus Resolution in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement And the Principles of Equity, Justice, Inclusion and Change that It Embodies   WHEREAS, the NYSDC recognizes that people of color or those experiencing poverty have not always been treated with the fairness and insight they deserve; and WHEREAS, as Democrats our goal must be to…

John Lewis-Absentee Voting-Diversity

I hope all of you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this difficult period. I write after the recent death of the extraordinary activist, elected official, and human being John Lewis – a man who truly changed the world for the better. Congressmember Lewis dedicated his life to racial and social justice.…

Addressing Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harrassment Hearing

The Progressive Caucus’ newly formed subcommittee Addressing Sexual Harassment, chaired by State Committeewoman Lauren Trapanotto and Erica Vladimer, has been working with the Sexual Harassment Working Group to demand that New York lead on combating gender-based discrimination and harassment. The SHWG was formed by a group of seven former New York State Legislative staffers, all…

Interim Progressive Caucus Meeting Update

Feb2 Meeting

The Interim Progressive Caucus Meeting is this Saturday February 2nd, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the law firm of Kaplan, Hecker & Fink located in the Empire State Building at 350 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. RSVP here. The major topics to be covered at the Interim Progressive Caucus Meeting are: The Sexual Harassment Working Group, a group of seven…