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Kids make signs at the Tenant Power march. This one reads, "The Year of the Tenant." (10/14)

Club President Elizabeth Kellner with state senate candidates Oliver Koppell and Bob Jackson at the annual picnic.

Getting signatures to close Indian Point.

More Indian Point Petitioning.

The Benefit setup crew arrives early.

A rare picture of Congressmember Nadler relaxed. Left to right: Liz Samurovich, Elly Ledogar and Lynn Leopold.

District Leaders Cynthia Doty and Bob Botfeld, President Daniele Gerard and Senator Chuck Schumer.

Congressmember Rangel. To his left: Corine Pettey, Mary Geissman, Tom Goggin and Lynn Thomas.

Three Parks was honored to host Arthur Cheliotes, President of Local 1180 Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO

Three Parks members visit the Frederick E. Samuel Community Democratic Club for a meeting on strengthening Social Security.


Three Parks Independent Democrats has been an active participant in Upper West Side politics for more than 40 years. The Club works to elect Democratic candidates who demonstrate ability, integrity, and progressive convictions and to maintain and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood and beyond.

Our major issues include fighting for the successful ban on fracking in New York State, closing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, extending rent regulation laws and tenant protection, and strengthening Social Security.

In addition, Three Parks supports a moratorium on charter school expansion in New York City and opposes the co-location of any charter schools within District 3. We also participate in the Sweatshop Free Campaign on behalf of low-wage workers in restaurants and other businesses.

Three Parks meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. at the Youth Hostel, 103rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue. If you are a registered Democrat and live or work on the Upper West Side, then you should join Three Parks Independent Democrats. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

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Three Parks members join the Verizon worker's picket line.

Photo Gerald Shultz
Congressman Nadle addresses the Three Parks 41st annual benefit.

The Theree Parks board, officers and District Leaders pose at the benefit

Photo Steve Max
Three Parks at the rally to save rent stabilization, end vacancy decontrol and end developers tax break 421-a.

Photo Barbara Lee
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer receives an award from Three Parks President Lauren Williams (left) and District Leaders Bob Botfeld and Cynthia Doty. Many more photos by Barbara Lee here.

Three Parks at the Fight for $15 Minimum Wage Rally.

Photo Lynn Max
Three Parks at the Selma Commerative March across the Brooklyn Bridge, 3/7/15 .

Three Parks members at the Justice March, 12/13/14.

Photo Steve Max
A small glimps of the 2014 Three Parks annual holiday party.

Photo Steve Max
Three Parks members joined with housing organizations at the Tenant Power Rally & March up Broadway to demand renewal of rent regulation (expires June 2015,) affordable housing and tenant rights. State Senator Espallait and Councilmembers Rodriguez and Levine led the four mile march. Also present were Borough President Brewer, Council member Rosenthal, Assemblymember Wright and Congressman Rangel. Our former Assemblymember, Ed Sullivan is at the left.

Several Three Parks members traveled to Peekskille to join a rally against the Spectra Algonquin Pipeline and to support Justin Wagner, Democratic candidate for State Senate. Wagner is the tall guy in the center of the photo. Three Parks also opposes the Spectra pipeline in lower Manhattan

Photo Steve Max
Three Parks members were on hand to support the parents and students of P.S. 163 as they protest plans of the Jewish Home and Hospital to construct a twenty story nursing home within sixteen feet of the school. Parents fear years of noise, dust, blasting and construction danger to the children. Rally organizer, Council Member Mark Levine has introduced a resolution limiting noise in school areas. Also attending this rally were Assembly Member Danny O'Donnell, Congress Member Jerry Nadler and NYC Comptroller Scot Stringer.

Photo Steve Max
A few of the fifteen Three Parks members who came to get out the vote for Eric Schneiderman. These activities will continue until Election Day, November 4th.

Three Parks members and friends campaign with State Senate candidate Bob Jackson.

Photo Gerald Shultz
Three Parks members and friends gather for the annual picnic in Central Park.

Photo Barbara Lee
Three Parks President Elizabeth Kellner and District Leaders Cynthia Doty and Bob Botfeld presenting the Ted Weiss Award to NYC Public Advocate Tish James.

Photo Gerald Schultz
Phyllis Sperling and board members accept the Jesse Crawford Community Service Award on behalf of Bloomingdale Aging In Place.

Three Parks members turned out in force to petition for an extention of rent regulation laws. (for more information, click Housing on the menu bar above.
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Three Parks members were part of the City Hall rally for rent stabilization and affordable housing. Join the Three Parks Housing Committee

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Three Parks members joined tenants of 160 W. 97th St. to protest a rule by their building's management banning rent stabilized tenants from the building's gym. It is open only to new wealthier market rate tenants. State Senator Bill Perkins, Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Mark Levine and Public Advocate Tish James stand behind ternant leader Jean A. Green Dorsey

The final campaign rally at 72nd St.

Three Parks members turn out to cheer for our candidates at the campaign rally.

Three Parks members at the 2nd Annual Global Frackdown. 250 demonstrations in 25 countries on 6 continents took place to protest hydrofracking.

Photo by Lynn Max
Three Parks at the deBlasio pre-debate rally.

Photo by Steve Max
Our candidates Gale Brewer, Scott Stringer and Marc Landis at the West Side Rally for Progressive Candidates. (9/7/13) Also in the photo are Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and Congressman Jerry Nadler.

Photo by Lynn Max
Three Parks hits the street for the final week of campaigning.

Photo by Steve Max
Gale Brewer (third from left) our candidate for Borough President, stops by to campaign and encourage petitioners.

Photo Barbara Lee
Susan Lerner (left) with Congressmembers Nadler, Maloney and Rangel

Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause received the Jesse Crawford Community Service Award at the Three Parks 2013 Benefit. Carolyn Maloney who represents the 12th District on the Upper East Side, received the Ted Weiss Public Service Award.

Photo From West Side Rag
Part of the crowd at the Three Parks / MoveOn vigil to end gun violence who met to
share their grief with the famlies of the victims, and call for effective gun control.
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Election night: Obama Victory Campaign Center volunteers celebrate with Congressman Nadler. The Campaign Center also worked successfully to elect Sean Patrick Maloney against incumbent House member Nan Hayworth a Tea Party candidate in Westchester, Elizabeth Warren against incumbent US Senator Scott Brown in MA and Chris Murphy who defeated Linda McMahon to win the CT Senate seat that has been held by Joseph Lieberman.
More campaign photos here

Dancing begins at the annual Three Parks holiday party. More photos.

Senator Schumer poses with party guests.
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A few of the over 210 people who came to enjoy the festivities with Three Parks.
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Three Parks members and friends enjoy the annual July picnic in Central Park. For many more photos go to the Three Parks FaceBook page here. If you are not on FaceBook, see the photos here.

The Three Parks members demand that Governor Cuomo ban fracking in New York State. The May demonstration was outside his office.

The Three Parks 37th Annual Benefit was a huge success. Here, District Leader Bob Botfeld, Honoree Assembly Member Deborah Glick, District Leader Cynthia Doty, Honoree Community Voices Heard members Ann Bragg, Agnes Rivera, Sondra Youdelman, Abigail McGloster, and Carmen Pineiro, and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito enjoy the festivities. Click for more photos to see that a splendid time was had by all!

"More Benefit photos here

Welcome back Jerry! As a result of redistricting, Congressmember Jerold Nadler once again represents much of the West Side up to 125th St.

For The NY Times redistricting map, click here.

Photo by Lynn Max
Three Parkers joined a crowd of over one thousand at the 2/25 rally to ban fracking at St. John the Divine. Here we are with State Senator Tony Avella, sponsor of the NYS Senate ban legislation.

The 2012 presidential campaign begins. Cold weather didn't keep Three Parks off the street.

Photo by Lynn Max
Three Parks Occupies Times Square. We are the 99%!
Great video here

Photo by Barbara Lee
Three Parks members demonstrate to stop gas drilling (hydrofracking) in New York State.

During the ongoing crisis in Japan, Three Parks members are stepping up our campaign to close the Indian Point nuclear reactors. This 40-year old plant--up for 20-year license extensions--is on the Hudson only 20 miles from our neighborhood. It was built on an earthquake fault.

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Photo by Barbara Lee
Three Parks 2011 Benefit Award Winners Noah Gotbaum, President, Community Education Council, District 3;  Hon. Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General; and Mark Diller (right), Chair, Youth, Education & Libraries Committee, Community Board 7 with Congressmember Jerry Nadler. Background - Annie Petrus.

Three Parks members at the MoveOn rally to support Wisconsin and New York public employees.

Three Parks members on the steps of City Hall demonstrate to support strengthening rent regulation.

In front of the ABC studio - Three Parks members support Eric Schneiderman at the taping of the first Attorney General debate.

REPEAL THE DEAL! Three Parks District Leader Cynthia Doty addresses a group protesting the Jewish Home and Hospital's attempt to swap land with a for-profit developer. JHH was given an exemption from zoning laws to build a new facility on 106th St. If they get their way, it will now become a highrise condo. explains the situation. Behind her is Assemblymember O'Donnell, to the left Council Member Mark-Viverito.

Three Parks always against the Iraq War.
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Wednesday, June 8th
8:00 PM


To Be Announced

At The Youth Hostel
891 Amsterdam Avenue
at 103rd St.

Council candidate Mark Levine (left) visits with Three Parks

Three Parks is joined by Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (left) at the Albany rally to stop Fracking.

Our District Leader, Cynthia Doty, receives the West Side Federation of Neighborhood and Block Associations' 2012 Community Service Award, here presented by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal.

Volunteers board a bus to camapign in Philadelphia.

Civil Court Judge, Kelly Levy petitions with Milivoy Samurovich

At the health care rally

Part of the Health Care Rally Crowd

Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, sponsor of NY State single payer legislation.

Three Parks members at the Health Care rally

March to the Harlem rally for Obama 2008.

Left to right: Councilmember Inez Dickins, Corine Pettey, Ellen Flax and Marie Lunn.

Boro President Stringer (left) with Ralph Andrew.