Drain the swamp? Not in 2018; not in Manhattan. 

The Rules Committee of the NY County Committee had been debating a rule that would ban anyone who receives $10,000 per year from any firm registered as a lobbyist with the city or state of New York from serving on Leadership positions. 

However, the Rules Committee balked and instead focused on transparency.  The County Committee will publish the names and election districts of all members.

June is “Stop and Sign” month.  Candidates for State Assembly need to obtain at least 500 signatures from registered Democrats in the neighborhood.  (Although its preferable to get 2,000 as opponents tend to challenge petitions in an attempt to avoid a competitive election).  Signing the petition is an active way to participate in a better democracy. 

Kenneth Wind