2017-02-22 / Political Page

Jefferson Democratic Club Kicks Off 137th Year


(L. to r.); Assembly Members Edward C. Braunstein and Andrew Hevesi, District Leader Carol Gresser, Jefferson Democratic Club President David Fischer, and State Committeeman Matthew Silverstein, at the first meeting of the Jefferson Democratic Club during its 137th year. (L. to r.); Assembly Members Edward C. Braunstein and Andrew Hevesi, District Leader Carol Gresser, Jefferson Democratic Club President David Fischer, and State Committeeman Matthew Silverstein, at the first meeting of the Jefferson Democratic Club during its 137th year. The Jefferson Democratic Club kicked off its 137th year on February 16, 2017 at the Clearview Park Golf Course Clubhouse.

Guest Speaker Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi gave an informative speech about his widely acclaimed Home Stability Support program to ease New York's homeless crisis, and took questions from the many members present. Assembly Member Edward Braunstein updated club members on the new session in Albany and Council Member Barry Grodenchik provided an update on issues such as property tax fairness for co-op owners.

Jefferson Democratic Club President David Fischer informed the club that historical research indicates that the Jefferson Democratic Club was founded in 1880. The members of the club initially joined together as the “Hancock Battery” to support the Democratic Presidential campaign of US Army Major General Winfield S. Hancock, who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 and later commanded the Division of the Atlantic at Governors Island. City Magistrate Joseph Fitch was the captain of the battery and drilled over 100 members on Bowne Avenue in Flushing. Most members of the battery were young men in their teens and twenties who were also members of the Excelsior Social Club, which was headquartered on Main Street and Madison Avenue in Flushing. Among the prized possessions of the battery was a brass cannon which they would fire during parades and festivals.

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