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A Summary of the New York State Presidential Delegate Selection Process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

The New York delegation to the Democratic National Convention (August 25-28 in Denver) comprises the following:

  • 151 District-Level Delegates
  • 51 At-Large Delegates
  • 30 Party Leaders/Elected Officials  
  • 19 Democratic National Committee members*
  • 25 Members of Congress*
  • 1 Democratic Governor
  • 1 Distinguished Party Leader
  • 4 At-Large Unpledged
  • (39 District-Level and At-Large Alternates)
  • 281 Total Voting Delegates
  • 320 Total Delegation Size (including Alternates)

*Rep. Gregory Meeks is both a member of Congress and a DNC member, and gets one vote.




 

PLEDGED DELEGATES

These 232 Delegate slots were assigned based on the results of the February 5th Presidential Primary. They are each pledged to support one of the two Presidential candidates. The list of pledged Delegates is posted here.

 

District-Level Delegates: 151

The majority of our voting delegation was elected, by name, during the Presidential Primary on February 5th. Voters in each of New York's 29 Congressional Districts elected 5 or 6 Delegates (depending on the size and Democratic performance of the district).

Winning District-Level Delegates were chosen based on the Primary results: Democratic Presidential candidates were allocated delegate slots based on the proportion of the vote they (the Presidential candidates) received in each Congressional District. These slots were then filled by Delegates pledged to the Presidential candidate, starting with the highest vote-getter among candidates for Delegate, in a way that ensured gender parity.

 

At-Large Delegates: 51

51 Delegate slots were allocated based on the state-wide results from the February 5th Primary. These were allocated proportionally, by translating the same system of allocation from the District-Level Delegates to the state-wide vote totals for the two Presidential candidates.

The slots will be assigned during the Spring Business meeting of the NYDems on May 1st, by election of the State Committee. Any registered Democrat in New York may apply.

 

Party Leaders/Elected Officials (PLEO): 30

30 Delegate slots were allocated based on the state-wide results from the February 5th Primary. These were allocated proportionally, by translating the same system of allocation from the District-Level Delegates to the state-wide vote totals for the two Presidential candidates.

The slots will be assigned during the Spring Business meeting of the NYDems on May 1st, by election of the State Committee. They will be filled by Democratic Elected Officials and Party Leaders.

 


 

UNPLEDGED DELEGATES ("SUPERDELEGATES")

These 45 Delegates are granted a vote by virtue of their position. They are not required to pledge themselves to any candidate, and may switch who they support at any point before the vote at the Convention.

 

Democratic National Committee (DNC) members: 19

New York's Members of the Democratic National Committee are:

  • Hon. Vivian Cook - Assemblymember, 32nd District
  • Ralph Dawson - Attorney
  • Hon. Herman "Denny" Farrell - Assemblymember, 71st District; Chair, New York County Democratic Committee; Former Chair, NYDems
  • Emily Giske - Vice Chair, NYDems Executive Committee
  • Judith Hope - Former Chair, NYDems
  • Maria Luna - District Leader, Audubon Reform Democratic Club; State Committee Member, 71st AD; First Vice Chair, NYDems Executive Committee
  • Rep. Gregory W. Meeks - US Congressmember, 6th District
  • Dennis Mehiel - Former Candidate for NYS Lieutenant Governor; CEO, Four M Corporation
  • June O'Neill - Chair, NYDems
  • David Pollak - Co-Chair, NYDems
  • Roberto Ramirez - Former Assemblymember; Former Chair, Bronx County Democratic Committee
  • Richard Schaffer - Chair, Suffolk County Democratic Committee
  • Hon. Sheldon Silver - Speaker, New York State Assembly
  • Marianne Spraggins - Attorney and President of Buy Hold America
  • Irene Stein - Chair, Tompkins County Democratic Committee
  • Sylvia Tokasz - Coordinator of health care quality improvement for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western NY; Secretary of the National Federation for Just Communities of Western NY
  • Randi Weingarten - President, United Federation of Teachers
  • Robert Zimmerman - Longtime Democratic activist

 

Members of Congress: 25

New York's Democratic members of Congress are:

  • Sen. Charles Schumer (US Senator)
  • Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (US Senator)
  • Rep. Gary Ackerman (5th)
  • Rep. Michael Arcuri (24th)
  • Rep. Timothy Bishop (1st)
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke (11th)
  • Rep. Joseph Crowley (7th)
  • Rep. Eliot Engel (17th)
  • Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (20th)
  • Rep. John Hall (19th)
  • Rep. Brian Higgins (27th)
  • Rep. Maurice Hinchey (22nd)
  • Rep. Steve Israel (2nd)
  • Rep. Nita Lowey (18th)
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney (14th)
  • Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (4th)
  • Rep. Michael McNulty (21st)
  • Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (6th)
  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (8th)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (15th)
  • Rep. Jose Serrano (16th)
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (28th)
  • Rep. Edolphus Towns (10th)
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (12th)
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner (9th)

 

Democratic Governor: 1

New York's Democratic Governor, David Paterson, is an unpledged delegate.

 

Distinguished Party Leader: 1

Former President Bill Clinton, a New York resident, is an unpledged delegate.

 

At-Large Unpledged: 4

The slots will be assigned during the Spring Business meeting of the NYDems on May 1st, by election of the State Committee. Any registered Democrat in New York may apply.



 

ALTERNATES

The 39 Alternates were selected based on the results of the February 5th Presidential Primary, and will attend the National Convention as part of New York's delegation. If a Delegate is unable to vote, an Alternate will take his or her place. Alternates are pledged to support one of the two Presidential candidates. The list of Alternates is posted here.

 

District Level Alternates: 25

In 25 of New York's 29 Congressional Districts, an alternate was elected, by name, during the Presidential Primary on February 5th, in a way that ensured gender parity. The winning alternate was the one who had pledged to support the Presidential Candidate that received the most votes in that Congressional District.

 

At-Large Alternates: 14

14 Alternate slots were allocated based on the state-wide results from the February 5th Primary. These were allocated proportionally, using the same system of allocation as At-Large Delegates.

The slots will be assigned during the Spring Business meeting of the NYDems on May 1st, by election of the State Committee. Any registered Democrat in New York may apply.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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