August 18th: Message to Members

Dear Members and Friends,

We know that Club members have been receiving a stream of negative emails from the Koppell campaign. Please accept our apologies. Although we have rules on the use of member emails, the Koppell campaign apparently has possession of an earlier Club membership list, partially updated, and potentially with your email address. As a result, you may be receiving repeated email attacks on our endorsed candidate Senator Jeff Klein and those who support him. And, as we get closer to Election Day, the number of these emails may increase.

Almost three months ago, the Club endorsed Senator Klein over former Council Member Koppell by an overwhelming 96-38 secret written ballot vote. At that time, Assemblyman Dinowitz, Council Member Cohen, Borough President Diaz, and those local party officials who took a position, all supported Senator Klein. Since then, Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and many labor unions have joined to support Senator Klein’s reelection.

After the endorsement, many of us volunteered to carry petitions. The Club collected 4,600 door-to-door signatures qualifying our entire slate and County Committee members in each of 101 election districts. Some may argue that 5,000 collected by the Koppell campaign is larger than 4,600. However, it’s important to note that we worked only in the assembly district, which is about one-third the size of the State senate district. In the State senate district, Senator Klein collected 9,000 signatures.

Join us in our efforts to reelect the Club-endorsed candidates Senator Jeff Klein and Senator Gustavo Rivera in the Primary on September 9. Please let us know by Reply email your availability to volunteer –on the phones, on the streets, in your buildings.

Thanks.

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Huge Showing of Support for Ben Franklin Club Candidates

In a tremendous show of support in the 81st Assembly District, the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club filed nearly 4,600 signatures for our slate of candidates: Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Democratic District Leader Randi Martos, Democratic District Leader candidate Eric Dinowitz, Democratic State Committee Members Bill Weitz and Helen Morik, plus our candidates for Judicial Delegates and Alternates, and over 300 members of the Bronx Democratic Committee. We qualified 100 percent of our county committee slates and we did it the old fashioned way – we went door to door in every nook and cranny in our assembly district.

While our 81st AD slate is unchallenged in the primary, our two state Senators, Jeff Klein and Gustavo Rivera, face contested primaries. We will be working over the next several weeks for their reelection.

Thank you to everyone who placed our candidates on the ballot. This is grass roots politics at its best.

The local candidates of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club are shown holding nearly five hundred sheets of petitions containing nearly forty six hundred signatures of enrolled democrats to place the local democratic slate on the ballot. The signatures, which will also qualify for the ballot over three hundred members of the Bronx Democratic County Committee, were collected the old fashioned way: through grass roots, door-to-door canvasing. Pictured from left to right are Male Democratic District Leader Candidate Eric Dinowitz, Female Democratic District Leader Randi Martos, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Democratic State Committeeman William Weitz, Male Democratic District Leader Bruce Feld, and Democratic State Committeewoman Helen Morik.

The local candidates of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club are shown holding nearly five hundred sheets of petitions containing nearly forty six hundred signatures of enrolled democrats to place the local democratic slate on the ballot. The signatures, which will also qualify for the ballot over three hundred members of the Bronx Democratic County Committee, were collected the old fashioned way: through grass roots, door-to-door canvasing. Pictured from left to right are Male Democratic District Leader Candidate Eric Dinowitz, Female Democratic District Leader Randi Martos, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Democratic State Committeeman William Weitz, Male Democratic District Leader Bruce Feld, and Democratic State Committeewoman Helen Morik.

 

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We Endorse Klein! Next stop: Petitioning

Last night was our club’s endorsement meeting for the 34th Senate District.  Numerous club members spoke in front of roughly 200 people in support of either Jeffrey Klein or Oliver Koppell, both of whom have a long history of helping our community.  In the end the secret ballots were counted, and with Klein’s 96 votes over Koppell’s 38 votes, Klein won the endorsement.

We are excited to commence our petitioning drive.  We are carrying petitions for the following candidates:

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz
Democratic District Leaders Randi Martos & Eric Dinowitz
Democratic State Committee Members Bill Weitz & Helen Morik
Judicial Delegate & Alternate slate headed by Jeffrey Dinowitz
State Senator Gustavo Rivera (33rd district)
State Senator Jeffrey Klein (34th district) – (separate sheet)
Lizbeth Gonzalez and Brenda Rivera for Civil Court Judge

Please come to the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club at 304 West 231st Avenue) to pick up petitions. The first day to collect signatures is Thursday, May 29th.  The club will be open for petition pickup the day before, WEDNESDAY, MAY 28th from 10am to 9pm.

We hope to see you then. If you have any questions please call the Club at (718) 796-6177.

 

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