1. Sign up NOW for a slot to call Governor Cuomo. You will be calling THURSDAY NOV.30, 2017
2. On Thursday, call using a version of the script below.
3. Record your name, group, zip & notes in the following columns.
CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO ON THURSDAY TO STOP THE IDC DEAL THAT REWARDS DEMOCRATIC SENATORS WHO DO NOT REPRESENT THEIR CONSTITUENTS
On Monday, Governor Cuomo and leaders of the state Democratic party announced a proposal to reunite the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) with the mainstream Senate Democrats.
The IDC is a breakaway bloc of eight Democratic senators whose power-sharing arrangement with the Republicans has for years allowed a Republican to be the NY Senate majority leader, despite the GOP holding fewer Senate seats.
Because these turn-coat Democrats give the Republicans power, most progressive legislation backed by the majority of NYERs, especially crucial now with Trump, has not even gotten to a vote.
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The deal put forth this week would reward the IDC for years of colluding with Republicans by:
Granting the IDC’s leader, Senator Jeff Klein, approval over which bills will be voted on in the Senate
Giving Klein a role in budget and bill negotiations with the Governor and Speaker of the Assembly
Allowing the IDC to approve the Democratic Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate (currently Senator Michael Gianaris)
Promising the IDC Senators that the Democratic party won’t participate in any primary challenges against them
Here's an article about it: https://www.politico.com/state s/new-york/albany/story/2017/1 1/27/democrats-in-senate-react -warmly-to-potential-reunifica tion-plan-123230
GOVERNOR CUOMO's number: 518-474-8390 (#2 for a live person)
|SAMPLE SCRIPT: “Hi, my name is [___] and I live in New York.|
I'm calling about Governor Cuomo's support of the deal to reunite the IDC Senators with the mainstream Democratic Conference.
This is a terrible deal and Governor Cuomo should withdraw it immediately.
The IDC members have betrayed their constituents by handing control of the Senate to the Republicans and by blocking important progressive legislation.
How can the IDC claim to support the very legislation that their alliance ensures will never come up for a vote?
This deal rewards them for their years of collusion with the Republicans, and would give them a leadership position in the Senate that they do not deserve.
It would also dilute the position of Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who otherwise would be the Senate's first female African-American majority leader.
The IDC should rejoin the Democratic majority, or expect to face primaries in their district.
We are Democrats, we vote for Democrats, and we want our elected to actually be democrats-- this means passing progressive legislation
Governor Cuomo’s support of this deal fails his fellow Democrats.”
|CALL TIME||NAME||GROUP NAME||ZIP CODE|
|9:00||Tara Geer||Action potluck||10033||Y||Couldntget through, left VM 10:15.. got tru 10:28!|
|9:00||Dylan Stein||EQNY||10033||Y||Spoke to rep|
|9:15||Elizabeth Lang||Rise and Resist||10025||Y||Left Voice Mail message of great length and dudgeon.|
|9:15||Gabriel Blau||EQNY||10033||Y||Spoke to rep|
|9:30||Erica Ilton||10040||Left a long VM at 9:30 on the dot.|
|9:30||Therese Feng||UTA||10011||Y||Spoke to a person (had left a voice msg as well) and conveyed forcefully my opposition to the deal.|
|9:45||Lane Maurer||UPS Action Group||10025||left a very strong voice mail|
|9:45||Elissa Holzman||Croton in Action||10520||Left voice mail|
|10:00||Shawna Mulcahy||Action Potluck||10033||Couldn't get through to a human being. Left a very adament anti IDC voicemail.|
after long hold, got person. talked as long as she let me. stated opposition, also requested that AC explain
|10:15||Claire Ullman||Rise and Resist|
|10:30||Deborah Glasofer||Indivisible We Stand UWS||10025||Y||Spoke to a person, and provided my zip code.|
|10:45||Andrew Jacobs||Lead Blue NY||10025||Y|
|10:45||Harris Doran||Rise and Resist||10040||Y||She listened, asked for zip, was very nice|
|11:00||Jan Kliger||Indivisible We Stand UWS||10024||She listened and asked for my zip...|
|11:00||Amy Gross||Indivisible Westchester||10538||She listened and asked for my zip...and I added that he should call for special elections prior to budget process|
|11:15||Lizzie Berne Degear||Action Potluck||10033|
|11:15||Carol Van Deusen||Lead Blue NY||10024||Left a voice message that stated my opposition and why.|
|11:30||Marni Rabin-Marron||Yorktown Together||10598||left a voice mail|
|11:45||Warren Green||Lead Blue NY||10025||left a detailed VM stating opposition to any deal and outlined why IDC should be banished.|
|11:45||Celeste Theis||CoCHope||10520||spoke to a person who listened to my spiel and said she would convey the message. She asked for my zip .|
|12:00||John Gromada||Rockland Citizens Action Network||10960||Told them we reject the deal and are actively working to primary our IDC senator- this deal has not dissuaded us.|
|12:00||Pitchaya||Take Back 20||11215||Left a VM about rejecting the deal, and needing true Democrats in office and the resources and Cuomo's support to sweep out fake Dems in 2018. |
Got through on my second attempt. Said she'd pass my message along.
|12:00||Alina Larson||UWS Solidarity Sundays||10025||"Yeah we're getting a lot of calls on that today" :)|
|12:15||Rebecca Saletan||Indivisible Harlem||10025||Got a human almost instantly - I called yesterday too|
|12:15||Wendy Aronson||12846||Left voice message - said I lie in NY State, (not City) and stated that I wanted representation by real Democrats, etc|
|12:30||Gina Ironside||Rockland Citizens Action Network||10983||Spoke to "agent" and gave zip code.|
|12:30||Paul Rabin||Rise and Resist||12564||I called and spoke to a person who I told that with everything bad going on in the country, I wish that I didn't have to fight for a progressive NY State Senate.|
|12:30||Dan Efram||NY Indivisible / Creative Resistance||10003||left angry voice mail. We see through this #ShamDeal for #FakeDems.|
|12:45||Mickey Belosi||Indivisible Cayuga called at 11:45||13021||left a voice mail|
|12:45||Linda P.||Action Potluck||10033||Y||Spoke to someone who said she’d pass along the message. Asked if they were receiving a lot of calls and she said, “Oh yes”. Also said Cuomo needs to know we will not quit.|
|1:00||Ann Linden||Morningside Heights Resistance|
|1:00||Elyssa East||Action Potluck||10033|
|1:15||Allison Downing||Indivisible Harlem||10025|
|1:15||Lisa Belsky||Action Potluck||10033||Y|
|1:30||Colette||Indivisible Brooklyn||11226||Y||Got through to someone immediately. She said she would pass the message along.|
|1:30||Joan Strasbaugh||Take Back 20||11220||Left voicemail. Asked why Governor Cuomo has betrayed Dems and Andrea Stewart-Cousins by enabling the Republican-aligned IDC.|
|1:30||Liz Certa||Indivisible Brooklyn||11238||Y||Got a human right away (press 2 for a human, 1 to leave a message). They said they were getting a lot of calls on this today.|
|1:45||Susana Fried||Rise and Resist||11215||Just left long VM but called back using the suggestion right above (press 2 for a human, 1 to leave a message) and spoke with a human|
|1:45||Myra Saul||Indivisible Scarsdale||10583|
|2:00||Jill Kirschen||Rise and Resist||10011||Reached a human, politely ranted, the person said Yes, we are getting a lot of calls about this today" (!!)|
|2:00||Adrienne Gorman||Lead Blue||10024||Left a long vm. Will call back and speak with a human, now that I've seen this suggestion.|
|Called back; spoke to a polite, though mostly silent, human, who said they have received a lot of calls today|
|2:00||Becca Lish||IDC Action||10463||yes||Spoke at length with human, making it clear that the Governor will lose my vote and the votes of the grassroots community if he persists in making this deal with the IDC. Also made sure to repeat that the IDC will face primary challengers whether the party wants them to or not. She said she is receiving lots of similar calls.|
|2:15||Stephanie Lee||Huddle81||11215||Y||Used script, ridfed about how Cuomo’s support means he wants Republicans in power and this is not what I voted for as a Democrat.|
|2:15||Thomas Gokey||13203||Y||Spoke to a human, told her Cuomo should reject the "unity" deal with the IDC, that he should hold special elections immediately, told her we are energized to primary Valesky in the 53 district and that I'm eager to primary Cuomo if he doesn't reject this deal with the IDC and hold special elections. She said she was getting *A LOT* of calls about this today. Good work everyone! Let's keep it up!|
|2:30||Sebastian Askenazy||Indivisible Brooklyn||11225||Y||Spoke to human, voiced extreme displeasure, said I would no longer vote for Cuomo if this goes through. Agent took my zip code|
|2:30||Nina Meledandri||Indivisible Brooklyn||11216||Y||spoke to someone, she cut me off 2 sentances in to ask for my zip code which I gave her, she then tried to end the call but I said that I was particularly concerned because I do have an IDC Senator and I got in the line about feeling betrayed. I also sent the text as an amail using the form on his site: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form|
|2:45||Lois Sloan||IndivisibleWeStand UWS||10024||Y|
|2:45||Carolyn Keen||Morningside Heights Resistance||10025||Y||Spoke to someone; basically used script but mentioned grassroots group that are all in agreement. She asked for my zip code. Thanks for the tip above to push 2 to get past the long robo-message.|
|3:00||Eve Proper||Rise and Resist||10025||spoke to a rep, used the script but specifically said I was in senate 31, and she took a message, asking for my zip|
spoke w person! ranted for 3 min, lol
|3:15||susan martin||True Blue NY||11215||Called and also ranted for about 5 minutes, the person didn't respond except to ask for my zip code.|
|1:26||janet reohr||indivisible cayuga||13160|
|3:30||Mark McDougle||Morningside Heights Resistance||10025|
Do push #2 to get a person
|Got a nice woman who seemed to hear me out.|
|3:30||Guy Lancaster||United Thru Action||10012||Spoke to a woman and gave her my long list of objections. The list could easily have been twice as long.|
|3:45||Ari Amir||Indivisible Brooklyn||11233||Yes||Made an impassioned plea for a better deal that doesn't empower the people who betrayed Cuomo's voters|
|3:45||Daniel Spence||United Thru Action||10001||Yes|
Spoke to a woman and gave the script, along with some other objections. She asked for my zip. We chatted a bit further and she mentioned that they've been getting a ton of calls in opposition to the deal - yay
|4:00||Kate Mailer||United Thru Action||10012||Yes||Left a message with a lot of passion and frustration, because I waited to get through for awhile and could not reach a person|
|4:00||Vanessa Garver||Indivisible Brooklyn||11221||yes||spoke to a woman and gave her my thoughts on the deal and gave her my zip (she didn't ask)|
|4:15||Cherie Acierno||Rise and Resist||10011||yes||spoke to a woman, gave strong message to Cuomo, and gave her my zip after she asked|
|4:15||Leslie Boden||IDC Action- NYCD16 Indivisible||10463||Yes|
conveyed my disgust, objections, etc. to a woman who asked my zip code and assured me she'd pass the message along
|4:30||Emma Balter||Indivisible Brooklyn||11226|
|4:30||Anne Lown||Lead Blue||10025||Yes|
|4:45||Jennifer Bartllett||Rise and Resist||11222||yes||I spoke to a woman who sounded tired. I told her I don't approve of the IDC . I also took the opportunity to talk about how the subway is not ADA compliant and EVERY elevator was out last Sunday.|