PCDO Membership Meeting -- Princeton University

Apr 17 2011 7:30 pm


PCDO Presents:


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Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 7:30pm

Suzanne Patterson Center, One Monument Drive (behind Boro Hall), Princeton, NJ


Can Princeton University and our two governing bodies cooperate to create a sustainable, mutually beneficial future for our town?


In June of 2008, PCDO passed a resolution urging the community to take action and insist on a fairer allocation of the financial burdens associated with fulfilling the public purposes of our community. Since then, financial pressures on our community have only increased, due to cuts in state aid, revaluation with its attendant regressive shifting of the tax burden, and the punishing recession of the past two years. At the same time, new controversial expansion plans have been proposed by the University, and recent census data show a distressing loss of diversity in the Princeton community over the past 10 years, multiplying the areas of conflict between Town and Gown. 



PCDO Local Issues committee members Kevin Wilkes, David Cohen, Sheldon Sturges and Jenny Crumiller will present a program updating members on the latest developments on all these fronts. Discussion will follow, with community members encouraged to bring their ideas on how best to ease tensions, work cooperatively, and juggle the competing agendas of all the players.

April 3, 2011 Endorsement Meeting Results

The PCDO's endorsement meeting for local races had a tremendous turnout this evening. No nominations were made from the floor, so the two Township Committee candidates were endorsed by acclamation. After the Borough candidates spoke, a total of 200 ballots were collected and counted from PCDO members.

To summarize the results, of the three candidates for Mayor, only David Goldfarb exceeded the 40% of the Borough votes, the threshold to receive a recommendation to be placed in the Democratic column on the primary ballot, but without the official slogan. In the council race, both Heather Howard And Barbara Trelstad exceeded 60% of the Borough votes and 50% overall, so received the full endorsement of the PCDO to be in the column with the official slogan on the primary ballot.

A detailed breakdown of the votes is as follows:

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Message from the PCDO President

Endorsement meeting postponed to Sunday, April 3

Submitted by Dan on March 5, 2011 - 2:35pm

The PCDO will hold its annual candidate endorsement meeting on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 7:30pm at the Suzanne Patterson Center (behind Princeton Borough Hall). This is a change from the previous date of March 20th.

The change is because of Mayor Mildred Trotman's recent decision not to seek re-election for Princeton Borough Mayor. The two week delay in the endorsement meeting will allow candidates and voters extra time to consider their choices to fill this open seat.

Candidates are urged to contact PCDO president Dan Preston by Sunday March 20 in order to appear on the endorsement ballot and to have campaign messages distributed to the membership before the April 3 meeting:
by e-mail to dan [/at/] princetondems [/dot/] org, or by calling 252-0011.

Many thanks to Mayor Trotman for her many years of service to the Princeton community.

Who Needs Unions? - General Membership Meeting

May 22 2011 7:30 pm

The future of organized labor and the economic and political stakes for all of us

Sunday, May 22 at 7:30pm

Suzanne Patterson Center, One Monument Drive (behind Boro Hall), Princeton, NJ


Following the Citizens United ruling and the increasing flow of corporate cash into our elections, labor unions have never been more critical as a bulwark against powerful corporate interests.  But the downward trend of labor power seems to be increasing, accelerated by attacks on collective bargaining by Republican governors around the country.  


With unemployment at crisis levels, can the Democratic Party and organized labor rejuvenate their traditional alliance working on behalf of all workers and the middle class?  What are the risks here in NJ if our Republican Governor gets a Republican legislature...will we go the way of Wisconsin and Ohio? If labor continues to decline, will the Democratic Party and the middle class follow? How can we fight back – together?  



Michael Merrill:  Dean of the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College.  B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in economic history from Columbia University.  He has developed workshops on "The Financial Crisis of 2008: Who Caused It and How Do We Fix It?" and "Workers in a Global Economy," delivered to 1,000 (NYC) building trades members; and has authored many papers on the state of labor and strategies for future success in various professional journals.


Don Dileo:  Currently serves as Vice Chair of the Mercer Democratic Party.  He is the former President of the Mercer County AFL-CIO, and its current Vice President. He has served on the Trenton Board of Education.  He is the former Political and Legislative Director, AFSCME, AFL-CIO for NJ, as well as its former International Union Representative.  A graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program, he is a member of the NJ Board of Master Plumbers, and former President SEIU Local 175 Princeton University.


Public meeting of the Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission

Feb 15 2011 7:30 pm

The public (town hall) meeting of the Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission that was postponed due to weather conditions on Wednesday, January 26, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the John Witherspoon Middle School cafeteria. Please note that the meeting has moved from the auditorium to the cafeteria. The agenda remains the same.

The topic of the meeting is: "Who Does What and What Does It Cost", a dialogue with the Princeton community about current governance and services in the two Princetons.

General Membership Meeting - Education

Feb 27 2011 7:30 pm

NJ School Legislation: Needed Reform or a Race to the Bottom?

Sunday, February 27 at 7:30pm
Suzanne Patterson Center, One Monument Drive (behind Boro Hall), Princeton, NJ

How will proposed legislation on school vouchers, charter reform and the state budget impact New Jersey’s public schools? Will the legislature go along with Governor Christie’s proposals? New Jersey has outstanding public schools – our students’ performance consistently ranks first or second nationally, and our our public schools attract people and businesses to the state. Major initiatives that would affect our public schools – from budget cuts to an expensive voucher program to erosions of local control – are currently being considered in Trenton. Join us for a robust discussion about potential threats to our public schools and what you can do to support good public education for all of New Jersey’s children.


At the end of meeting, PCDO members will vote on the following resolution concerning a voucher program being considered in the state legislature:



Resolution in Support of Public Schools
WHEREAS we believe that public education is a fundamental right of all Americans; and
WHEREAS support for public schools is a Democratic Party core value; and
WHEREAS vouchers decimate struggling public schools by removing both funding and the easiest-to-educate students
leaving the public schools with a higher concentration of special needs, very poor, and non-English speaking students,
and fewer resources with which to educate them; and
WHEREAS vouchers may violate the First Amendment by diverting substantial public funds to religious schools; and
WHEREASstudies of voucher programs in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Florida and Washington, D.C. have confirmed that
voucher schools do no better in educating low income children than do public schools, and often do worse; and
WHEREAS New Jersey already has an Interdistrict School Choice Program and public charter schools that provide
options for students in under-performing schools; and
WHEREAS A2810/S1872 is a voucher scheme that will undermine NJ Public Schools by diverting between $360 million
and $1 billion tax dollars to fund the daily operation of private and religious schools at a time when the state is cutting
funding to public schools; and
WHEREAS this legislation does not apply any educational standards or accountability measures to the private and
religious schools that would receive the public dollars; and
WHEREAS this legislation does not require private and religious schools to accept any student who wishes to attend,
enabling them to pick those of a particular religion, gender, or sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS this legislation does not require participating private and religious schools to serve special-need students; and
WHEREAS, funds would go to students already attending private and religious schools; and
WHEREAS the taxpayers of New Jersey should not subsidize private and religious schools; and
WHEREAS, privatizing New Jersey public education through vouchers will not improve public education and will result in
hurting our children and the public schools;
Now, therefore, be it resolved on this 27th day of February 2011 that the general membership of the Princeton
Community Democratic Organization vigorously opposes A2810/S1872 (The Opportunity Scholarship Act) and any
other attempt to create a school voucher program in the state of New Jersey.
Resolution presented by Liz Lempert on 2/12/2011 to PCDO Executive Board which voted to recommend adoption by the general
membership. Co-signers include Jo Butler, David Cohen, Jenny Crumiller, David Goldfarb, Margaret Griffin, Callie Hancock, Heather
Howard, Andrew Koontz, Liz Lempert, Ginger Lennon, Peter Lindenfeld, Roger Martindell, Sue Nemeth, Anne Neumann, Dan
Preston, Charles Rojer, Afsheeen Shamsi, Barbara Trelstad, Joan Widner, Kevin Wilkes, Peter Wolanin