Welcome to the Website of
 The Rockville Centre Democratic Club
Rockville Centre, NY

Incorporated in 1923 - Our 91st year.
Our email address is: mail@rvc-dems.com
Our Phone Contact is: (516) 418-2336

1. Next Club Meeting and Reception - Thursday - March, 2014

   Click here for Most Recent Club Newsletter and Meeting Agenda

2. 2014 Calendar of Events of the RVC Dems - Including Scheduled Meetings,

3. Membership and volunteer Information

4. Twenty Questions for Nassau County's Future

5. By-laws of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club

6.  By-laws of the Nassau County Democratic Committee

7. Download RVC Dems Information Booklet - Includes ED Maps and Committee Persons

8. Download The New York State Election Law

9. Visit, Join and Comment at our New Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/rvcdems/

10. Report of Nominating Committee - December 5, 2013

11. Historical Documents of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club

12. New - Transcripts of Proceedings of the Nassau County, New York, Legislature 2012-2014

13. New - A Brief Summary Concerning the Structure and Operations of the Nassau County Legislature

14. The Redistricting Initiative for Nassau County (What Happened and What Is Planned)

15. For Our Friends Who Are Not Democrats (coming soon)

16. Take A Break - Informative and Entertaining Links That Are Not Political (coming soon)

The meetings of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club are open to all who wish to attend, regardless of  age or Party affiliation or voter registration. We encourage wide community participation in the active citizenship and discussion of political matters. Only voting on Club decisions is limited to dues paying members.

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Membership, Dues and Club Committees

If you are not a member, but would like to join the Rockville Centre Democratic Club, please download and complete a Membership Application. No dues are charged for the first year of membership. Thereafter, the dues are $20 per person, and $25 for all members of the same familial household.

If you are a member, and have not yet paid your dues, please send your dues to our Treasurer, Benjamin Meyer,  200 North Village Avenue, Apt.  E10 , Rockville Centre, New York 11570-2352. He can also be emailed at: bmey214@optonline.net.  Dues are billed at the end of January. You can save us the postage by paying in advance.

If you would like to work on one of the RVC Dems committees, please send an email to: Volunteers@RVC-Dems.com

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Documents

The following documents are available in pdf format by clicking on their titles, below: Right click on them to download

1. 20 Questions for Nassau County Candidates

2. Bylaws of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club.

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Bylaws of the Nassau County Democratic Committee

4. Membership Application

Historical Documents

The Rockville Centre Democratic Club has a rich history, going back over ninety years. We are in the process of collecting Club historical materials and documents that bear on the history of politics in Nassau County. They will be posted to this website. We think you will enjoy going through them and will find that they give insight into the days past, and perhaps help to better understand the present.

Many thanks to Buddy Meyer, Dot and Charlie McGarvy and Herb Rosenbaum for contributing some of their treasures.

The following are each in pdf format.

     1, Democratic Committee Person's Handbook (c. 1994)

     2. RVC Democratic Club Annual Dinner-Dance (1960)

     3. RVC Democratic Club 48th Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1971)

     4. RVC Democratic Club 49th Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1972)

     5. RVC Democratic Club 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1973)

     6. RVC Democratic Club 51st Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1974-75)

     7. RVC Democratic Club 25-Year Salute to Moe Schneider (1978)

     8. "Machine Politics Suburban Style: J. Russel Sprague and the Nassau County (N.Y.) Republican Party at Midcentury" by Marjorie Freeman Harrison (2005)

     9. BOOK REVIEW: "Why Nassau County Is No New York City" By BARTH HEALEY Published: April 16, 2000, NY Times

    10. "Its Gulotta in a Landslide" November 13, 1997, Westbury Times

    11. "North Hempstead Dems Mull Future" November 27, 1997, Westbury Times

     12. Transcript - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Address to - N Y State Civil War Centennial Commission - September 12, 1962.pdf

      13. Audio Recording - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Address to - N Y State Civil War Centennial Commission - September 12, 1962.mp3

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The Rockville Centre Democratic Club
Incorporated in 1923 - Our 91st year.
Email: mail@rvc-dems.com
Phone Contact: (516) 418-2336
Website: http://rvc-dems.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rvcdems/

March 19, 2014

Dear Members and Friends,

A. Next Meeting
The Next meeting of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club is on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:30 PM at the Sandel Center, 50 South Park Avenue, Rockville Centre.

The meeting will be followed by a wine, soft drink and snack reception for our guest speaker. There is no charge and all are invited to attend, regardless of membership or party affiliation.

B. Breaking News - We are happy to announce that the Rockville Centre Democratic Club is again leading the way - this time by promoting attention to the activities of the Nassau County Legislature. For the first time in history (as far as we are aware) the transcripts of the proceedings of the Nassau County Legislature are being published on the internet, and it is our website that has accomplished that feat.  The details can all be found at: Transcripts of Proceedings - Nassau County Legislature.html

C. Agenda for Meeting of Thursday, March 20, 2014

    1. President's Opening Comments
    2. Treasurer's Report
    3. Report of by-laws committee
    4. Comments and Questions from the membership to the officers and directors.
    5. Guest Speaker - Hon. Kevan Abrahams, Legislator representing LD#1 and Leader of the Democratic Minority of the Legislature, and candidate for Federal office.
    6. Questions from the audience to Mr. Abrhams
    7. New Business
    8 Reception.


D. Background of our Guest Speaker - Hon. Kevan Abrahams

Hon. Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) has served as a Nassau County Legislator in the 1st Legislative District, since 2002. At that time, he was the youngest legislator ever elected to the Nassau County Legislature. He is presently the leader of the Democratic minority in the Legislature and he has announced his candidacy to succeed Carolyn McCarthy as the member of Congress for our 4th Congressional District.

Prior to his election, Abrahams joined the County Legislature staff as Deputy Finance Director in 2000, eventually moving up to the position of Finance Director. He has served as a legislative assistant and Deputy District Director for Congressman Floyd H. Flake and as a District Representative for Carolyn McCarthy. Abrahams also worked in the private sector as a Financial Analyst for Astoria Federal Savings Bank. Abrahams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Queens College and also attended Baruch College's MBA Program.

He is married and has two children

 
Legislator Abrahams has led the way to reduce funding cuts to social service, youth, community health and senior programs. Abrahams was also the lead sponsor for the a local law to restrict registered sex offenders from living near schools and parks or playgrounds. That law gave Nassau County one of the most strict sex offender laws in the state.

He was a leader in securing a $50 million environmental bond in 2005 and a $100 million environmental bond approved by the voters in 2006. These two bonds provide funds to preserve the few open spaces left in Nassau County, and to ensure that future generations will have natural areas to explore.

Among his top priorities, Abrahams counts quality of life issues and child care issues. He was instrumental in the passage of Tobacco 19, a local law that raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 19 in an effort to keep cigarettes off high school campuses.

He also supported a “living wage” law that increased wages for workers contracted by the county to $9.50, starting in 2007. Increases followed in 2008 to $10.50 an hour and rose to $12.50 an hour in 2010. Supporters of the law included many labor groups representing home health care workers, and the Long Island Progressive Coalition. The bill was signed into law on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2006.

Abrahams was also instrumental in passage of a bill that provided a partial tax exemption for qualified first-time homebuyers in Nassau County.

For the fourth straight year, the Legislature approved a “no tax increase” budget for Nassau county taxpayers, and added belt-tightening measures for county departments while funding programs that benefit the County’s neediest residents.

For background information on Legislator Abrahams, see:

His official government website: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/legis/LD/01/index.html and his personal political website: http://www.kevanabrahams.com/


E. Our Next Meeting -  Our meeting after March 20 will be on Thursday, April 26.  We will have two speakers:

         1. Kathleen Rice, District Attorney of Nassau County, and candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District. See: http://www.nassauda.org/ and http://www.kathleenrice.com/

         2. Christopher P. Wright - Board member of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) - See http://www.nifa.state.ny.us/directors.html


There will be a refreshment break between speakers.

F. Our Prior Meeting - The Club was pleased and honored to have as our speaker George Maragos Comptroller of Nassau County. His presentation was well received, and there was a lengthy, very amicable,  spirited discussion that extended for a good hour.  The reception that followed continued the discussion on an informal plain. We thank Mr. Maragos for participating in this effort to encourage dialog aimed at working together for a better Nassau County.

Many thanks to Dot McGarvy for taking minutes of the event.  A copy of the minutes is here

G. The Club Officers for the current year are:

President.  Henry J. Boitel
First Vice President Loretta Brady
Second Vice President, Jared Kasschau
Secretary, Dorothea Boitel
Treasurer,  Benjamin Meyer
Directors, Elizabeth Botwin and Lillie R. Poulson, Richard Skolnik, Eric Sussman, Judy Tobey and Jeffrey Friedman.

Many thanks to the officers and directors for their service.


H. In Progress

  •     The Law Committee of the Club Board of Directors is considering amendments to our by-laws so as to make them more reader-friendly and to help make the Club more effective. Eric Sussman is Committee Chair. Working with Eric is Lorrie Brady. Member suggestions for improvement can be sent to Eric via email - LawCom@RVC-Dems.com.
  •     In the New Year, we will be announcing several Club initiatives to increase the membership and effectiveness of the Club and the responsiveness of the political process.  We will also be reviewing and seeking to remedy the outrageous result of Rockville Centre essentially being deprived of meaningful representation on the County Legislature since RVC was recently gerrymandered into being a small part of three separate legislative districts (5, 6 and 7).  Stay tuned and pass along any suggestions to President@RVC-Dems.com

  •    The Club is actively seeking persons who wish to run for political office. Too often, in the past, it has been the case that novice candidates, with little, if any, preparation, have been recruited by the Party at a late date.  That has resulted in candidates being thrown off the ballot by the Courts or candidates who were ill prepared to embark upon the difficult demands of an election contest. The Club is not part of the  legal structure of the Democratic Party, but it can and will encourage appropriate and willing candidates to prepare well in advance to run for Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York and Federal office.

  •    Club members who wish to become more active in Club activities, should send an email to President@RVC-Dems.com.  It is our intention to add one person, from the general club membership, to each Board Committee. The Board can use the help, and that will also help to groom club members for future service as officers and Board members.

I. Political and Club History Section of Our Website.  We have added to our website an historical section relating to the political history of Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead and Rockville Centre. If you have any documents you think would be worth posting, please send an email to us: History@RVC-Dems.com   You will enjoy going through these records of times past in the history of our Club and of Nassau County politics - see our website here: http://rvc-dems.com/#Historical_Documents

J. Dues. Dues notices will be going out shortly.  You can pay your dues by mail or at a club meeting.  Dues are $20 for a single membership, $25 for a family membership. Dues are paid to "RVC Democratic Club, Inc.", and should be sent to our Treasurer, Benjamin Meyer, 200 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 - Suite E10  (Treasurer@RVC-Dems.com). Only paid up members can vote in Club Elections and on Club Resolutions.

During the first calendar year of membership, there is no charge for dues Dues for the current year year will be billed this month, but can be sent in advance or  paid at our March 20th meeting,

K. Political and Club History Section of Our Website Our website an historical section relating to the political history of Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead and Rockville Centre. If you have any documents you think would be worth posting, please send an email to us:History@RVC-Dems.com  We have started off that effort with the following documents, which are now available on our website - http://rvc-dems.com/  You will enjoy going through these records of times past in the history of our Club and of Nassau County politics.

      1, Democratic Committee Person's Handbook (c. 1994)
     2. RVC Democratic Club Annual Dinner-Dance (1960)
     3. RVC Democratic Club 48th Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1971)
     4. RVC Democratic Club 49th Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1972)
     5. RVC Democratic Club 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1973)
     6. RVC Democratic Club 5st Anniversary Commemorative Journal (1974-75)
     7. RVC Democratic Club 25-Year Salute to Moe Schneider (1978)
     8. "Machine Politics Suburban Style: J. Russel Sprague and the Nassau County (N.Y.) Republican Party at Midcentury" by Marjorie Freeman Harrison (2005)
    9. BOOK REVIEW: "Why Nassau County Is No New York City" By BARTH HEALEY Published: April 16, 2000, NY Times
   10. "Its Gulotta in a Landslide" November 13, 1997, Westbury Times
   11. "North Hempstead Dems Mull Future" November 27, 1997, Westbury Times