Back in the late 70s, 80s and 90s, I lived at The Chatsworth, W. 72nd St. & Riverside Drive. Next door to us, between the Chatsworth and the Hudson River, were the Penn Yards. 


They were up for sale. 


First an Argentinian developer bought them, but went bankrupt before he could build.


‚ÄčThen Donald Trump bought them, promising to build "Television City", Trump City, the world's tallest building (right beside mine) -- each stopped by either community opposition or Trump's own bankruptcies. 


I spent spare time "tabling" in the community for the Coalition for a Livable West Side. Here I am with Batya Lewton. The buttons we are selling say "No Trump" with the circle and diagonal line.

Dump Trump

This was what got me started in West Side politics. I worked very hard in Bill Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire, Maryland, DC, New York, and New Jersey. Afterward, I ran for and was elected Female Democratic District Leader along with Jerry Goldfeder, Male Democratic District Leader.


In the party chain of command described in this article, "How American Politics Went Insane," District Leader is at the bottom, where potential candidates are first noticed, 'vetted', and from there they either rise, fall, or go nowhere.


Here is a picture of me with Bobby Berlin, ca. 1994 at a dinner going over the list of the order in which I should introduce the candidates, including the judicial candidates.