Change the Rules!

5 common sense reforms to make the New York State Democratic Party more... democratic.

We acknowledge that a political party which wishes to lead must listen to those it would lead, a party which asks for the people’s trust must prove that it trusts the people.
— The Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States

Across New York, more and more Democrats are stepping up to engage in the political process, pressing our elected officials to act in support of the values we share as Democrats—values like fairness, transparency, and inclusivity. What most NY Democrats don't know is that our own State Democratic Party definitely needs some improvement when it comes to embodying those same values.

The Problem?

Every two years we elect 400+ Democrats to represent our voices on the New York State Democratic Committee, but they end up having very little say in Party decision-making. Meetings are announced last-minute and members are typically offered "up or down" votes on items pre-decided by the Officers and Executive Committee—the majority of whom were not elected to the State Committee.

The Solution? Change the Rules.

On May 1, 2017, five amendments to the Party rules were proposed, offering common sense reforms to ensure the kind of bottom-up, democratic representation that gives our Party its strength. Two of the rule changes were unanimously adopted at the July 25 meeting! 

  • From now on it will be easier for committee members to participate in meetings (AMENDMENT 1). Meetings will now be announced at least 25 days in advance (giving people enough notice to take time off work, plan affordable travel, and add items to the meeting agenda), and itemized meeting agendas will be sent to members in advance.
  • Important language that was missing from the state party rules has been restored (AMENDMENT 5). The State Committee’s purpose, its units of representation, and how its members are selected are now included in the rules.

The committee postponed consideration of the other three rule changes until the next meeting on October 2. If adopted these remaining changes will:

  1. Guarantee that more elected State Committee members have a role in decision-making by designating seats for them on the Executive Committee (AMENDMENT 2)
  2. Provide a balance between the number of elected State Committee members and non-members on the Executive Committee by limiting the number of Vice Chairs (AMENDMENT 3)
  3. Give Executive Committee members a say in who will serve as the Party’s Executive Director (AMENDMENT 4)

Take Action!


Help change the rules and make the NYS Democratic Party more democratic!

Add your signature to the petition urging the State Chair to support these rule changes. Party leadership needs to know that Democrats are behind these common sense reforms.

Urge your State Committee representatives to vote in support of the three remaining rule changes at the October 2, 2017 State Committee meeting.

Alert your local Democratic Committee members about this issue, ask them to sign the petition and maybe even pass a resolution to endorse the remaining rule changes!

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The three remaining proposed rule changes are on the agenda at the October 2, 2017 State Committee meeting, to be held from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Hilton Westchester, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York 10573.  Share this website with your NY Democrat friends!