What is a New York Democratic State Committee Member?
Each of New York State's 150 Assembly Districts has one male and one female Democratic State Committee Member. In total there are 300 Democratic State Committee Members.
In addition, New York State has 62 counties. In New York City there are five (5) counties: Bronx County, New York County, Kings County, Queens County and Richmond County. The Democratic Party in each county is headed by a Democratic County Leader. Each of these Democratic County Leaders serves with each of the 300 Democratic State Committee Members on the New York State Democratic Committee.
A State Committee Member is an unpaid, volunteer, elected official who serves on the New York State Democratic Committee for a two year term. In New York County (Manhattan) there are 12 Assembly Districts and thus there are 24 Democratic State Committee Members from New York County.
What does a Democratic State Committee Member actually do?
State Committee Members are the New York County Democratic Party's delegates to the New York State Democratic Committee's State Convention. At these conventions, the State Committee Members vote to endorse candidates for statewide office.
The formal powers of a Democratic State Committee Member are very limited, so the role depends on what the specific State Committee Member chooses to make of it. The generally accepted job description of the duties of State Committee Member is that they serve as a local liaison between the community and Democratic elected officials. In addition, serving as a Democratic State Committee Member is a great place to start if one plans to run for political office in the future.