Originally published at: http://www.outrageddems.nyc/word/?page_id=123
The Democratic Party is governed by committees of citizens who are registered Democrats, from the national level down to the state and community level. County committees are the most local level of party governance in New York.
What is the County Committee supposed to do?
- Help create the Democratic party platform
- Organize local neighborhoods
- Choose local judicial candidates
- Choose the Democratic Party's nominees in special elections
- This responsibility is particularly important, because one third of our current New York state legislators were chosen in a special election!
- And more!
What has the County Committee actually done?Up until recently? Show up once every two years and hand power over to the party boss.
Every two years, Democrats in each assembly district elect two district leaders: one male, one female:
These district leaders choose the party chair:
The district leaders and the chair make up the executive committee of the county committee.
There are 21 assembly districts in Brooklyn, XX in Queens, XX in the Bronx, XX in Staten Island, and XX in Manhattan.
The district leaders form the executive committee in each county.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEBut there's more!
Each election district (or ED) is made up of a small number of city blocks.
Each ED has two to four seats in the general membership of the county committee; when all the seats are filled, there are approximately 3,000 members.
Unfortunately, a vast number of these seats are left unfilled, undermining our goal of broad participation in county decision-making.