Author: Rich Boatti

A lifelong New Yorker, Rich got involved as a volunteer with Act Now in the 2004 election cycle, and continued his activism in 2006 and cycles since. Rich got his start in politics as an intern in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office in 2003-04. In 2006, Rich was the Deputy Policy Director for the Tom Suozzi for Governor campaign and from 2005-2007 he served as President of the Fordham Law Democrats while he attended Fordham Law School. Since 2007, Rich has been a contributing editor at the Albany Project, New York’s premiere progressive blog and was a credentialed blogger at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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Central Park Phone Bank for Democratic Candidates

Join ACT NOW as we phone bank to support Democratic State Senate and US House Candidates.  All you need to bring is your activist spirit and a charged cell phone.  We will be making calls on behalf of Oliver Koppell, Dave Denenberg, John Liu, and Domenick Recchia. The location is Mineral Springs, just north of Sheep Meadow, just east of the Le Pain Quotidien in the Park (@69th Street).  See you there!

Act Now To Take The Senate: Koppell v. Klein

  ACT NOW is working to help defeat Democrat-turned REPUBLICAN Jeff Klein, the traitor who handed control of the State Senate to Dean Skelos in exchange for personal power. Progressive Alternative and former City Councilman Ollie Koppell is giving Klein a run for his money in the Bronx and ACT NOW is supporting him any way we can.  This Sunday, July 20, we are going to help his campaign.  RSVP here or contact Merle@ActNowNY.org for more information.

Act Now to Take The Senate: Denenberg

Act now to put the New York State Senate in Democratic hands! Democrat Dave Denenberg is mounting a spirited race to take the seat being vacated by long-time Republican Charles Fuschillo in a winnable district on Long Island. ACT NOW is scheduling volunteer days to help Denenberg through election day, every Monday and Wednesday at 1:20 PM.  We are meeting at the ticket area at 1:20 to catch the 1:40 train to Bellmore, where we will help the campaign.  Please … Read More

Bill de Blasio is off to a Good Start

  Unlike most progressives, I had a lot of doubts about Bill De Blasio before he was elected. I knew that he would never be able to get the Legislature to enact a millionaires’ tax to pay for pre-k. I was worried that he would be <a href=”http://grist.org/cities/driving-force-will-bill-de-blasio-stand-up-for-new-yorkers-without-cars/”>overly auto-centric</a> in his transportation policy. I was worried that in his zeal to break with Bloomberg, he would also throw the baby out with the bath water and reverse course on some … Read More

The Big Guns Come Out for Klein

David Nir at Daily Kos has decided to put this legislative race on the national map, calling Jeff Klein “The Biggest Douchebag Democrat in New York:” [Klein] further insisted that his buddies in the GOP were “committed to seeing major pieces of progressive legislation pass the Senate” …Here’s just a small sampling of the progressive priorities that mainstream Democrats are prepared to pass, but that Klein’s puppeteer, Skelos, has stymied in the Senate: • The Women’s Equality Act, a 10-point … Read More

“Grand Slam?” More Like Leaving the Bases Loaded

It’s officially baseball season and Governor Cuomo just touted his budget signing as a “Grand Slam” Unfortunately, it’s more like leaving the bases loaded: Stranded on First: Campaign Finance Reform Stranded on Second: The NY Dream Act Stranded on Third: The Moreland Commission and any/all of its recommendations. Striking out at bat:The will of New York Voters who year after year supply more votes for Senate Democrats than Senate Republicans yet are still left with a Republican Senate. This is … Read More

Strategic Voter Registration with Sheryl Crow

ACT NOW’s Strategic Voter Registration Drive is kicking into high gear this spring and summer with a registration drive at the Sheryl Crow Concert at Jones Beach! Registering Long Island residents who like Sheryl Crow is a treasure trove of Democratic votes that will help efforts to unseat the Republican State Senate members on Long Island. If you’re interested, please reply to this post. We hope to see you there!

Strategic Voter Registration at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

ACT NOW’s Strategic Voter Registration Drive is kicking into high gear this spring and summer with a series of registration drives at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Registering Staten Island residents who commute via ferry is a treasure trove of Democratic votes that will help efforts to unseat the scandal-plagued Republican House member Michael Grimm. If you’re interested, please reply to this post. We hope to see you there!

Strategic Voter Registration at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

ACT NOW’s Strategic Voter Registration Drive is kicking into high gear this spring and summer with a series of registration drives at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Registering Staten Island residents who commute via ferry is a treasure trove of Democratic votes that will help efforts to unseat the scandal-plagued Republican House member Michael Grimm. If you’re interested, please reply to this post. We hope to see you there!

Strategic Voter Registration at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

ACT NOW’s Strategic Voter Registration Drive is kicking into high gear this spring and summer with a series of registration drives at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Registering Staten Island residents who commute via ferry is a treasure trove of Democratic votes that will help efforts to unseat the scandal-plagued Republican House member Michael Grimm. If you’re interested, please reply to this post. We hope to see you there!