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

Note: Meeting Cancellation - The Club Meeting that was scheduled for  April 16, 2015, has been cancelled due to other events. Click here for the 2015 Club Meeting Calendar.  The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 7:30 PM, at South Side Senior High School - The Cafeteria.

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
New . . .

1. pdf of Nassau County Comptroller's Proposal for the Economic Development of Nassau County. (Nov 18. 2014)

2. pdf of Committee Meeting of Nassau County Legislature, Concerning the Comptroller's Proposal (February 26, 2015)

3. Video - Committee Meeting of Nassau County Legislature Concerning Comptroller's Proposal (February 26, 2015)

4. Audio - Committee Meeting of Nassau County Legislature Concerning Comptroller's Proposal (February 26, 2015)  [In Preparation]

5. GAO Report - Municipalities in Fiscal Crisis (March 2015)

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1. Officers and Directors of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club - as of January 22, 2015. Terms are for two years.

President - Jared Kasschau (1st year) - President@rvc-dems.com
Treasurer - Benjamin M. Meyer  (2nd year) - Treasurer@rvc-dems.com
Secretary - Gail Stackman (1st year) - Secretary@rvc-dems.com
First Vice President - Jeffrey Friedman (2nd year)
Second Vice President - Eric Sussman (1st year)
Director -  Elizabeth Botwin  (2nd year)
Director - Lillie Poulson  (2nd year)
Director - Lorrie Brady (2nd year)
Director – Richard Skolnik (1st year)
Director – Martin Cener (1st year)
Director – Judy Tobey (1st year)
Director - Henry J. Boitel (Immediate Past Presdient) - PastPres@rvc-dems.com

The RVC-Dems Telephone number is (516) 418-2336. Leave a clear message and your name and phone number, and your call will be returned.

2. Most Recent Meeting Notice

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

The Calendar of Club Meetings and Events for 2015 can be downloaded here.

Next Meeting 
Rockville Centre Democratic Club
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:30 PM
The Cafeteria of South Side High School
140 Shepherd Street, Rockville Centre, NY

Meeting Agenda

March 12, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

South Side High School Cafeteria

140 Shepherd Street, Rockville Centre, New York


I.                Call to Order


II.              Reports of Officers

a.      Treasurer’s Report – Benjamin “Buddy” Meyer

                                                    i.     Membership dues collected YTD

                                                  ii.     Financial report

b.     Secretary’s Report – Gail Stackman

                                                    i.     Review of minutes of meeting on January 22, 2015.

c.      First Vice President – Jeffrey Friedman

d.     Second Vice President – Eric Sussman


III.            Reports of Committees

a.      Committee Appointments – We are looking for members willing to volunteer and assist with the following standing committees (3 persons for each standing committee; President, First Vice President, and Second Vice-President are ex officio members of each standing committee.)

                                                    i.     Publicity Committee

1.     Publish monthly email bulletin

2.     Maintain and update club website

3.     Create membership information packet

                                                  ii.     Program and Events Committee

1.     Maintain current schedule of local community meetings/events

2.     Guest speaker engagements

3.     Social event coordination

                                                iii.     Political Action Committee

1.     Liaison with Zone Chairperson (Jean Brett-Leach)

2.     Identify candidates for local political office

3.     Assist with organizing and conducting campaign

                                                iv.     Laws and By-Laws Committee

1.     Legal advisory board for Club.

2.     Monitor and report on proposed legislation which may be of interest to Club.

                                                  v.     Membership Committee

1.     Formulate and implement membership recruitment program.


IV.            New Business

a.      Discussion with Guest Speaker, Dolores Sedacca, President of the  Nassau Women's Democratic Caucus.

b.     Discuss Club platform/direction for 2015:

                                                    i.     Regular presence at meetings of local municipalities – assemble a rotation of members who can attend and report back regarding meetings of local municipalities/special districts and of local political/civic/religious clubs/groups for RVC and adjacent communities.

                                                  ii.     Candidate accountability program

c.      Discuss Special Election for 19 LD (Dem Candidate: Rita Kestenbaum)

d.     TBD


V.              Good and Welfare

a.      Discuss/Identify any local community/charitable events that the Club may specially support.


VI.            Adjournment


VII.         Reception                        

Meetings of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club are open to the public and we encourage attendance.

The 2014 calendar of Events of the the RVC Dems can be found here.  The 2015 calendar will be adopted by the Board of Directors at its next meeting.

Of Note:
Photo-Herb Rosenbaum and Gail Stackman with Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Past President of the Club, Herb Rosenbaum, and Secretary Designate of the Club, Gail Stackman, at the inauguration of the New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, on January 11, 2015, at Hofstra University. Herb, who was chairman of the Department of Political Science at Hofstra, was Tom's professor and a source of his inspiration for public office.

3. 2015 Calendar of Events of the RVC Dems - Including Scheduled Meetings,

4. Membership and volunteer Information

5 Twenty Questions for Nassau County's Future

6. By-laws of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club (pdf) - As amended June 19, 2014 (current)

7.  By-laws of the Nassau County Democratic Committee

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

9. Download The New York State Election Law

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

11. Report of Nominating Committee - December 5, 2013

12. Report Concerning Nassau County Democratic Convention - May 27, 2014

13. Historical Documents of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club

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

15. A Brief Summary Concerning the Structure and Operations of the Nassau County Legislature

16. The Redistricting Initiative for Nassau County (What Happened and What Is Planned) (coming soon

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

16. Comprehensive Listing, by specialty, of Nassau County Physicians Who Take Medicare.

17. US Gov Report (June 23, 2014) on:  MEDICAID -  Financial Characteristics of Approved Applicants and Methods Used to Reduce Assets to Qualify for Nursing Home Coverage

18. (pdf) - After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn't Know by ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, SEPT. 20, 2014   New York Times

19. (pdf) New York Times - Difficulty in Getting Your Medical Records

20. - Articles Concerning Civic Matters of local, State and Federal Community Interest

21. November 20, 2014 Report of the RVC-Dems Nominating Committee

22. NY Times Review of the Village of Rockville Centre, November, 2014

23. State of The Union Address - President Barack Obama, January 20, 2014

24. NY Times Editorial and Reader Comments. Concerning the January 20, 2014 State of the Union Addresss.

25. Address of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Conclusion of the Montgomery to Selma March - 25 March 1965

26. H. Scottie Gourdine-Coads - Biographic Summary Accompanying Nassau County Martin Luther King Award to Her, 30th Annual Awards, January 20, 2015

We are looking for volunteers to help maintain and improve these sections of our website.
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. Voting on Club decisions is limited to dues paying members who are registered as Democrats with the Board of Elections..

For Government - Every day must be Transparency Day.


Membership, Dues and Club Committees

If you are not a member, but would like to join the Rockville Centre Democratic Club, please download or request a Membership Application. The dues are $20 per person, and $25 for all members of the same familial household. Standard memberships are for residents of the Village or School District of Rockville Centre who are registered members of the Democratic Party.  All other persons are eligible for associate memberships. The difference between memberships is that standard members can vote on club issues and run for office.

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


RVC Dems 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.

Bylaws of the Nassau County Democratic Committee

4. Membership Application


Nassau County Legislative Organizational Documents

       1. Nassau County Charter (2010) - pdf
       2. Rules of the Nassau County Legislature (2014-2015)- pdf

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 McGarvey 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

        14. Statement of Henry J. Boitel to Nassau County Legislature, June 16, 2014


       15. Video Extract - Proceedings of Nassau County Legislature - June 16, 2014


Prior Meeting Announcement

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/

Our next Club Meeting will be on November 20, 2014, at 7:30 PM at the Southside Senior High School - Room 112.  Agenda is published  toward the top of this webpage.

***  Club Officer Nominations. The Nominating Committee of the Club is charged with nominating candidates at the November meeting of the Club.  The open offices will be President, Second Vice President, Secretary and three Directors.  (The terms are two-years.  Half the officers and half the directors are nominated each year.) If you or someone you know has an interest in serving in one of those positions, please send an email to Secretary@RVC-Dems.com or a letter to Secretary, Rockville Centre Democratic Club, 324 Brower Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570.  The qualifications for nomination are: a) Residency in the Village or School District of Rockville Centre; b) Registration as a Democrat with the Nassau County Board of Elections; and Current, paid up membership dues.

B. Meeting Agenda (June 2014 meeting)

    1. President's Report
    2. Treasurer's Report
    3. Report of the Law Committee

    4. Vote on proposed amendments to the Club by-laws.  The by-laws of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club, as they presently exist, can be downloaded from the Club website: Present By-Laws.   The proposed amendments to the by-laws, as recommended by the Law Committee and endorsed by the Board of Directors, can be downloaded here.  A copy of the endorsement document and copies of the existing by-laws and the proposed amendments will be available for review at the meeting,. Following discussion of the amendments, a vote will be taken.

    5, Our speaker will be Lauren Corcoren-Doolin, the new co-leader of the Town of Hempstead Democratic Committee and the Public Information Officer of the Democratic Legislators of the Nassau County Legislature.

    6. Reception with refreshments

C. Democratic Club Fall Social - Plans are in progress for an old fashioned Fall get-together -- barbecue, foot-stomping music fest, and rousing civic speeches. Bunting, balloons and the whole megillah. The probable date is Saturday, September 14, with a rain date of September 15.  Children are welcome.  Volunteers to assist in preparations should contact either Jared Kasschau Social@rvc-dems.com or Adele Novak Social2@rvc-dems.com

D. RVC Historical Documents - For summer reading by you and young people you know, we will be putting on our website downloadable copies of histories of Rockville Centre and its institutions.  Many will be happily surprised at how much there is to learn about our great Village, and how the essence of progress here was the result of grass-roots resident activity.   

E Our Prior Meeting (May 16, 2014)- The Club was pleased and honored to have as our speaker Mr. Jay Jacobs, Chairperson of the Nassau County Democratic Committee.  Jay presented to the club his views and efforts for effective campaign strategy.  A lengthy question session followed, with a number of members of the audience expressing the view that political campaigns should have a clear platform and candidates who have been prepared to articulately present that platform from the outset of the campaign.  It was also asserted that conventions of the County Committee should have substantive discussions of the issues and solutions that  confront the County and that are uppermost in the minds of the voters. The presentation was concluded with a reception honoring Chairman Jacobs.

F. The Democratic County Committee Convention was held on
May 27, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. A report concerning the convention and its nominees is on our website: Convention Report.

G. Contributions Needed - The Club wishes to purchase an electronic projector so that meetings can be enhanced with projection of charts, photos and videos.  The approximate cost of a suitable projector is $450.  We are soliciting contributions for that purchase.  Many thanks to Jared Kasschau for the latest contribution of $50.  

We have currently collected $200.    Members and friends of the club are urged to send a contribution by check to our Treasurer, Benjamin Meyer, 200 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 - Suite E10  (Treasurer@RVC-Dems.com). Whatever you can send will be appreciated.

H. 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 I. Give A Hand - 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. The Primary for the Democratic nomination for the 4th US Congressional District (our district) will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  Please inform yourselves as to the candidates - Kathleen Rice and Kevan Abrahams - and vote. Those most responsible for poor government are those who do not care enough to vote.

 J. 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