An email from the New York County Democrats sent to county district leaders: reads:
Dear District Leaders,
I am writing to share with you good news: the courts have granted an Order to Show Cause/Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the City Council from violating the State Constitution and appointing Andy Praschak to be the Democratic Commissioner from Manhattan on the New York City Board of Elections. The OTSC/TRO is attached here for reference.
First, let me thank Arthur Schwartz, District Leader from the 66th AD, Part A, for his brilliant and tireless efforts to expose the unconstitutionality and perfidy of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s attempts to unilaterally install her friend as BOE Commissioner. Without his efforts, we would not have gotten this far.
As you know, the current Speaker Mark-Viverito, had directly contravened your votes as District Leaders to nominate first Jeanine Johnson and then Sylvia DiPietro as Commissioner, and attempted instead to unilaterally appoint her friend Andy Praschak, an Illinois lawyer whose New York law license has been suspended since 2009.
While it is obviously desperate and hypocritical to attempt to install a personal friend by ignoring the nomination of two women who are beyond qualified for the post, it speaks to the lack of appreciation the Speaker has for all of the work that you as District Leaders perform without compensation to advance the people of Manhattan. Recognizing that lack of appreciation, I want to thank you for all of your work this past weeks: calling your City Council Members, rallying for an emergency 9am meeting to submit a new nomination to the City Council, and helping us defend against this desperate and unconstitutional overreach by the Speaker.
I look forward to continuing to work with you to carry out the day-to-day work that we do of organizing Democrats here in Manhattan, resisting the awful machinations of the man in the White House, and moving our City and State forward in a more progressive direction. Many thanks to you all again.
The City Council went to the Appellate Division with a 20 page brief, in part arguing only that full county committee can make a recommendation. It also argued that all of the members of the City Council must be named as as defendants. The court asked parties to return at 10:00 AM Thursday.
Lawyers who have time are welcome to attend the Manhattan hearing at the Appellate Division (East 25th Street and Madison Avenues).