What's the Fuss About Judge Wood?

New York voters do not have the opportunity to vote for NYS Supreme Court judges in primaries -- endorsement on a party line is determined by Judicial Delegates representing each Town Democratic Committee. NYS Supreme Court judges are trial judges and normally the selection process does not generate much voter activism. This year Judge Charles Wood, a sitting judge with a history of controversial rulings, has changed parties and is seeking the Democratic Party endorsement. Citizens For A Democratic Judiciary have prepared a letter urging Democratic Party leaders to consider the many other qualified judicial candidates for endorsement. Please consider signing on and have your voice heard:


Dear Friends and Fellow Democrats,

Please consider signing on below to the attached open letter, which requests that Westchester Democrats not designate Judge Charles Wood to the Democratic Party line in the November 2023 general election. The letter argues both against Wood and for the general support of candidates with strong Democratic credentials. It's being circulated to provide input now, as Westchester’s town and city committees meet with the candidates ahead of the August convention.

Though he's seeking a second term on the NYS Supreme Court, this would be Judge Wood's first time running as a registered Democrat. He last ran as a Republican/Conservative/Independence candidate in 2009, a year when two Democrats were defeated.

This isn’t just a matter of Wood being a formerly registered Republican. He was long and quite actively involved in State and local Republican politics, including:

  • From 1998 to 2005, Wood served as Counsel to Republican State Senator Nick Spano; Spano was also the Westchester GOP chair during this time.
  • As Wood told the Scarsdale Democratic Committee on 4/20, he also served on the Spano campaign’s legal team in the 2004 election, in which they argued against the counting of 550 contested ballots preceding Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ 18-vote loss that year.
  • His switch to Democratic enrollment came just a few years ago, in 2019.

We as Democrats need to take judicial elections as seriously as our Republican counterparts do. The designation process is a political one, and it’s our role to ensure that our candidates are as solidly Democratic as they are qualified.


Here is the link to the letter. At the bottom of the letter is a place to click to sign on.

Thank you for your consideration.

Please email back any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Citizens For A Democratic Judiciary


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Make a Positive Difference as Village of Mamaroneck Board Member

The Village of Mamaroneck Democratic Committee is seeking interested individuals to be considered for the positions of Mayor and Trustee on the Village of Mamaroneck Board.   Serving on the Board of Trustees provides a unique opportunity to shape Village policy and drive lasting improvements for our community.

The term for each position is either two or three years.  (The Board of Trustees is holding a public hearing on February 13, 2023 to extend the terms of the trustees and mayor for four years, and if extended, it would phase in with a three-year term for the 2023 election.)

We encourage residents registered to vote in the village, who have questions about these positions, are interested in serving as Trustee, e-mail: [email protected], no later than Wednesday, February 10, 2023.

In your e-mail, please attach a resume and indicate which position you have an interest.  Also please share your ideas for improving the quality and vitality of the Village of Mamaroneck community.

Make 2023 the year YOU make a difference and get involved.



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About the Village of Mamaroneck Democratic Committee

The Village of Mamaroneck Democratic Committee (“Village Committee””) is a sub-committee of the Westchester County Democratic Committee.   We have 30 District Leaders - two from each of the election districts in the Towns of Mamaroneck (9 districts) and Rye (6 districts) that lie within the Village of Mamaroneck.  The Town of Mamaroneck and Town of Rye also have their own separate Democratic Committees which includes Village Committee District Leaders depending on the location of their district.  Each term is for two years starting in September of even years of the election cycle.  District Leaders are required to collect signatures from their election district to qualify for each term.  If more than two candidate petitions are collected for an election district, a primary election will determine who will serve as District Leaders. Vacancies are filled by the Town Committees.  District Leaders are unpaid positions.

The Village Committee is authorized to endorse candidates for office, voter propositions or other important issues of concern.  Individual district leaders can help support any candidates (Village, Town, County, State and National) by collecting signatures from registered Democrats on designating petitions  -- New York requires this for any candidate to be listed on the ballot  The Village Committee does not finance or contribute to candidates unless specifically authorized by a committee vote to do so.  When requested by candidates, the Village Committee shares information received directly from the candidates.  The Village Committee is independent of any particular campaign or candidates which must meet their own campaign finance filing rules and create their own campaign strategies.

Elected officials, if they submit petitions,  may serve as District Leaders  -- including currently Mayor Tom Murphy and Trustees Nora Lucas, Manny Rawlings and  Lou Young. George Latimer, Catherine Parker, Steve Otis, and Shelley Mayer are also District Leaders for their respective election districts. 

The Executive Committee works in accordance with the mandate established by a majority of the Village Committee.  Gretta Heaney is the current chair of the Village Committee and may be contacted at https://www.mamaroneckdems.org/contact


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