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The Rockville Centre Democratic Club
Incorporated in 1923 - Our 94th year.
Email: mail@rvc-dems.com
Jared Kasschau, President

Next Meeting - May 3, 2017 - 7:30 PM
If You Want To Win Elections, You Have To Know Where To Find The Votes
And You Have To Go For Them - Any Thing Else is Amateur Hour
If Democrats Do Not Win Nassau County, It Is Our Own Fault

The Rockville Centre Democratic Club will meet at South Side Middle School on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  The Middle School is at 67 Hillside Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570.

Dear Members and Friends,

Due to conflicts and multiple other events, the RVC Dems meeting, that was scheduled to be Wednesday (April 19) at 7:30 PM, has been postponed to Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at South Side Middle School, at 7:30 PM.

Our main speaker will be Long Beach City Council member, Jack Schnirman, who is the declared Democratic candidate for Nassau County Comptroller. We look forward to his platform as to taxation, property assessment, County economic growth planning, auditing of County performance, and transparency as to County expenditures,

We will also have:

    1. The report of the nominating committee;

    2. A very informative presentation concerning the voting registration figures and the presidential voting results, by election district, for Rockville Centre and surrounding communities. The presentation will be based upon the actual statistics. Expect some surprises!

Please see the attached article, "How Democrats Should Spend Their Millions" and articles you will be receiving from us between now and the May 3 meeting.

Many of us feel like the national government scene is an episode of The Twilight Zone.  If we are going to do something about it, we must have an informed, voting Democratic electorate.  It is a grassroots project, and we must be the grassroots leaders.  There is no one to organize at the grassroots level unless we take up the challenge and do so. We have reached our Paul Revere moment. Are we up to it?

Please save the date of May 3rd for the meeting. Come prepared with questions and proposals.

Best wishes,
Henry J. Boitel,
Program Committee Chair

The Opinion Pages | NY Times - Op-Ed Contributor

How Democrats Should Spend Their Millions

That analysis may hold water in high-turnout presidential elections, but in a special election, it fails to appreciate just how many liberal voters there are and how decisive their numbers could be.

True, in November 2016, the Democrat received only 38 percent of the vote in that district, but that 38 percent equals about 125,000 people. In a district that has consistently elected Republicans for decades, the fact that 125,000 people still cast their ballots for the Democrat in 2016 is a powerful statement by people who are proud to be Democrats and not pining to be Republican-lite.

With turnout expected to be relatively low, Mr. Ossoff is likely to need only 75,000 votes to win. The challenge for Democrats in Georgia and beyond is to inspire their core voters by running on a strong, unapologetic progressive platform and, especially important, to make major investments in the proven practice of deploying paid canvassers to knock on Democratic doors, get commitments to vote and then make sure those supporters get to the polls.

Fortunately, there are some signs that Mr. Ossoff is trying to mobilize Democratic voters with reports saying his campaign has dozens of paid field staff members working with volunteers and captains in every precinct.

The threshold question facing all Democratic candidates is what is the rationale for how they spend their money? The overwhelming allocation of the $6 million Mr. Ossoff’s campaign has spent has gone to paid ads — nearly $3 million on media buys and $2 million on online ads.

Who is the intended target of these ads? Are those expenditures targeting the 125,000 Democrats to inspire them to turn out again, or are they designed to convince Republican frequent voters that Mr. Ossoff isn’t such a bad guy?

In addition to the Democrats who voted in November, there are tens of thousands of African-American, Latino and Asian-American eligible voters in the district, but their participation is usually lower for many reasons. That is a solvable problem for a candidate with many millions of dollars and a résumé that includes an internship with John Lewis, the civil rights legend who represents a nearby district.

The cost of turning out an infrequent voter is roughly $30 to $50 per voter. Devoting just $1 million of Mr. Ossoff’s enormous financial haul to such a program would increase minority voter participation by about 25,000 voters, bringing him much closer to the 75,000 vote number he needs.

There are also some signs that the Democratic Party is “getting it.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has signaled a shift from previous practice by assigning nine staff members to the Georgia special election to help with turnout instead of simply running television commercials, as it has frequently done in past elections.

If Democrats want to do well in 2018, they need to start spending money now on programs to increase voter turnout then. Over the past decade, the party whose voters have been least inspired to participate in the midterms has lost control of the House of Representatives.

In 2006, Republicans held the majority in the House, but their voter turnout plummeted, with nearly twice as many Republicans staying home as Democrats, allowing enough seats to change parties to make Nancy Pelosi the speaker.

In 2010, the tables were turned: Democratic turnout fell sharply by 26 million people, Republican turnout dipped by just 7 million, and Ms. Pelosi had to surrender the gavel.

By spending their money more wisely, Democrats can win the Georgia special election and, in 2018, prevail in enough races to recapture control of the House of Representatives.

Steve Phillips, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, is the author of “Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority” and the founder of Democracy in Color.

Meetings of the Club are open to the community, and there is no charge for admission. Refreshments will be served.

If you want to participate in informed, strategic planning for the coming elections, this meeting will provide you with the essential voter information.

In addition our nominating committee will give its report concerning the candidates nominated to be Club officers and directors.

Visit our website - http://www.rvc-dems.com/


Our March 2, 2017 County Executive Forum was attended by several hundred persons - and just about ran out of standing room.  Many commented that it was a great success. It was the first joint meeting of these three public officials since they declared as candidates for the Democratic nomination for County Executive.

The participants were:

1.     Hon Laura Curran, a member of the Nassau County Legislature (District 5). official website.

2.     Hon. Charles D. Lavine, a member of the New York State Assembly (13th Assembly District). official website.

3.     Hon. George Maragos, Comptroller of Nassau County official website. official website.

20 Questions

Our usual list of "20 Questions" was supplemented by additional questions that were submitted by our readers. The combined is available as a pdf - here.

A News12 video of the event can be seen here:


The following is a report from the Long Island Herald, concerning the meeting:


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Democratic candidates for county executive look to change ‘cynicism’

Curran, Maragos spar; Lavine urges unity


With Republican County Executive Ed Mangano under federal indictment on corruption charges while the county faces a litany of long-brewing financial issues and residents grow increasingly “cynical,” three Democratic candidates for Mangano’s position each promised to clean up and restore people’s trust in their government on Thursday night.

At a joint meeting of the Rockville Centre and Lakeview Democratic clubs, Legislator Laura Curran, of Baldwin, County Comptroller George Maragos, a recent Democratic convert, and Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, of Glen Cove, all agreed with Lakeview Club chair Scottie Coads that for real change to be effected and trust to be restored, the next county executive must be a Democrat.

“There’s a really deep cynicism … and it’s no wonder,” said Curran, who has been endorsed by the county Democratic committee. “And underneath the cynicism is a feeling that we’re powerless to do anything about it.”

Curran began the evening — which the Democratic clubs stressed was to be a “discussion, not a debate” — a bit unsteadily, going silent for a moment as she apparently struggled to remember part of her platform. Some audience members could be heard murmuring in confusion, but Curran soon regained her concentration, joking that she was “a little nervous,” and quickly going after an early assertion by Maragos that he takes “a lot of credit” for the county’s finances being “in pretty good shape.”

“George, I was stunned to hear you say that,” she began, also taking issue with Maragos’s claim that the county currently has a budgetary surplus.

“A surplus of what? Of scandals? Of investigations?” she said.

Lavine also piled on, saying wryly that, “Nassau County always seems to have a surplus.

“Some experts in finance say that that’s a little deceptive though,” he added. “Because Generally Accepted Accounting Principles say that borrowed money is not revenue … it’s not to be counted as a surplus.”

Maragos maintained that he was the only candidate with a degree in finance, and that external auditors of the county’s finances had concluded that there was indeed a surplus and that the budgetary fund balance had grown from $10 million, when he took office, to $160 million.

Moving on to the county’s tax assessment system, which he said penalized disproportionately the 60 percent of homeowners who do not file tax grievances by making them subsidize those who do, Maragos told Curran that the legislature needs to be honest and “confront the real issues.”

Additionally, Maragos said that the county “has done nothing to provide more affordable housing, and that’s an area that we need to focus on because it’s going to become a crisis.”

Lavine was the most strident in criticizing Republicans at the national and county level, calling President Donald Trump’s administration “ignorant and cruel,” and Nassau County government “indifferent and corrupt.”

“This has to change,” he said, adding that the county’s current contracting system, which has been under scrutiny for alleged corruption and favoritism, was its own form of discrimination, “when party favorites can get something that everyone else can’t get.

“It’s utterly disgusting,” he added, promising that if elected, he would order a forensic audit of each county contract because the way Nassau operates impacts its reputation, which also affects its ability to bond.

“We can change our reputation, and I damn well intend to do that,” he said.

Curran repeated her call for an independent inspector general to review all contracts, and for the county to “dust off and reform” its ethics code and board.

All three became animated when discussing the importance of diversity and protecting minorities, particularly with immigration enforcement stepping up under Trump’s administration and bias incidents steadily on the rise.

Diversity is a strength, and Nassau County police would not be “deputized” as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents under their administration, the candidates agreed.

“If you live in Nassau County, the police are there to protect you, not to cart you away,” said Curran, who also touted the unique diversity of Baldwin as an example to the rest of the county.

Lavine shared the story of his immigrant grandmother, who survived a 1905 Russian pogrom by coming to the United States in a hay wagon, while Maragos said that, as an immigrant himself, he well understood that “when you see injustice and you remain silent, you’re complicit.”

An audience member, toward the end of the evening asked that Maragos explain why he changed parties, after being comptroller in a Republican administration for six years, and Curran also brought up the comptroller’s past opposition to same-sex marriage.

Maragos apologized for comments, made during an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid, likening same-sex marriage to marrying one’s pet, and said that he had become disillusioned by the Republican Party, which he found to be self-serving, fiscally irresponsible and indifferent to the plight of minorities.

“I was continuously at odds with them,” he said. “I feel deep down that the purpose of government is to take care of the people who cannot take care of themselves.”

All three agreed that to effectively fight the opioid epidemic, youth programs need to become a budget priority, for prevention, and that new addiction treatment options need to be considered.

“I will make sure there is recurring revenue for these [programs],” said Curran. “This isn’t just liberal ‘do-gooderism.’ It’s important for our economy and it’s something I want to have a holistic look at.”

Lavine added that he found the yearly spectacle of youth service agencies coming before the legislature to “grovel” for money to remain operational was “demeaning” and “cynical.”

“I have seen who on the legislature is sensitive to this issue and it’s the Democrats,” he said. “It’s not the Republicans.”

Coads, wrapping up the event, urged unity in the party in the face of the next four years of a Trump administration in Washington, D.C. “It’s no joke, folks … it must be a Democrat to run Nassau County,” she said.

Lavine agreed, warning that the candidates should avoid pointing fingers or using invective against one another.

“We know the signals that are coming from Washington, and we know the attitudes that are going to flow from the Trump administration,” he said. “If we’re factionalized and we’re not standing up together, we are going to lose … We let, as Democrats, our guard down at a national level, and I don’t want to see us do that here in Nassau County.”

The state and county primary elections will be held on Sept. 12. The general election is Nov. 7.


Two of the three Democrats vying for embattled Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s position scored further endorsements following a debate-style forum held by the Rockville Centre and Lakeview Democratic clubs last week.

Legislator Laura Curran, of Baldwin, who has been endorsed by the Nassau County Democratic Committee, and is running on a platform of cleaning up corruption and restoring trust in the county government, announced on March 6 that the Enterprise Association of Steamfitters Local 638 had endorsed her.

"[Curran] is the right candidate at the right time to be the next county executive," said Pat Dolan, president of Steamfitters Local 638. "Throughout her two terms in the legislature, Laura has consistently stood up for working men and women. She's taken the tough votes when it meant doing right by working families and she's been a vocal advocate for organized labor. Laura has stood with us whenever we needed her to, and that's why today, and throughout this campaign, we're standing with her.”

Curran has also been endorsed by State Senators Todd Kaminsky and John Brooks.

Assemblyman Charles Lavine, of Glen Cove, also announced on March 6 that he had been endorsed by former Long Island Congressmen Gary Ackerman and Steve Israel.

"[Lavine] has been a progressive champion in the New York State Assembly, and will continue to fight for our Democratic values as county executive,” said Ackerman. “I know that Chuck will work to end the corruption in Nassau County, because he believes Nassau County deserves better. Chuck is the best choice for Nassau families in this election.”

Israel said that he was endorsing Lavine because he had seen him “in action” over the years.

“When we represented the same communities, I was truly impressed by his tireless efforts to support our veterans and the environment, to fight for a strong middle class, as well as equal pay for equal work and reproductive rights for women,” he said. “As an assemblyman, Chuck is a great example of a somebody with character and integrity who is clearly in politics for the right reasons. But beyond that, he has also proven that he is the type of bold leader and problem solver that we need to bring progressive leadership to Nassau County.”

Lavine has also been endorsed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Joe Morelle.

Also in the running for county executive is the county comptroller, George Maragos, who changed his party from Republican to Democrat late last year before announcing his run.

The state primary will be held on Sept. 12. The general election will be held on Nov. 7.



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1. Officers and Directors of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club - as of January 22, 2015. Terms are for two years. Elections for the current term will be held shortly.

President - Jared Kasschau  - President@rvc-dems.com
Treasurer - Benjamin M. Meyer  - Treasurer@rvc-dems.com
Interim Secretary - Dorothea Boitel - Secretary@rvc-dems.com
First Vice President - Jeffrey Friedman
Second Vice President - Eric Sussman
Director -
Director - Lillie Poulson  
Director - Lorrie Brady
Director – Richard Skolnik
Director – Martin Cener
Director – Judy Tobey
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. A report of the nominating committee will shortly be circulated listing the persons nominated for Club office, Elections will be at the next meeting which will be in late March or early April.

3. 2017 Calendar of Events of the RVC Dems - To Be Posted,

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

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

16. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25. 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..

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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 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

Bylaws of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club.

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Bylaws of the Nassau County Democratic Committee

3. 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