The Manhattan Young Democrats (MYD) elected new officers to lead their post-election fightback at a bustling meeting in the East Village on Tuesday.
Over 60 people from across the island gathered at Pinks bar for the youth group’s November general meeting to choose the new leadership team for 2017 and discuss how the Democratic Party should proceed following Hillary Clinton’s defeat.
Current President Jacob Schwartz was re-elected to a second term unopposed, as was incumbent Secretary Alecia McMahon. Mohammed Tazbir Alam, MYD’s Political Director, was elected Vice-President, and Quinn Pasloske, MYD membership director, Treasurer, both also unopposed.
Speaking prior to his re-election to the meeting, Schwartz said: “There is a lot of room to grow as an organisation and as a party. We are a dynamic and broad organisation and are going to be plugged in to what happens next.”
McMahon remarked that this was one of the largest MYD meetings in recent history and implored attendees to stay involved in the weeks ahead. “Don’t just show up tonight, keep showing up,” she said.
Following the elections, attendees discussed the outcome of the general election and how the Democratic Party could rebuild.
Nick Zehnder, 28, said “It needs to reject the third way neoliberalism of the Clinton era and return to the classic liberalism of the Democratic party’s roots.”
The MYD are led by the four elected executive officers and a twelve-strong team of appointed directors. General membership of MYD is open to all aged between 16 and 35, inclusive. Voting members are limited to identified Democrats who either live, work, or attend school in New York County.
The next MYD event is an issues assembly on November 29.
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