New York’s Socialist Politicians 2: Tom Duane
New York State is awash with socialist and Marxist politicians. The New York legislature and the NYC City Council is full of pro-communist and socialist elected officials, mostly Democrats, who do their level best to keep the state deep blue and retard social and economic progress at every opportunity.
One of the worst offenders is Tom Duane from New York’s 29th State Senatorial District, representing the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village and parts of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza.
Duane was first elected to the State Senate in 1998, he became the Senate’s first openly-gay and first openly HIV-positive member. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Duane served for seven years in the New York City Council. He is the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health and is also a member of the Senate Codes; Children and Families, Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation; Finance; Mental Health and Rules Committees.
On May 7, 1994, the New York State Communist Party held a fundraising banquet to honor three Party activists Ted Bassett, Rose Kryzak and Mary Gale. Almost $3,000 was contributed in honor of the three.
New York District Chair John Bachtell MCd the event. Communist Party leader Gus Hall was Keynote speaker while comrade Maria Ramos introduced the honorees. Dorothy Burnham reminisced about her work with Bassett. Etta Glaser spoke of helping to organize the 1963 March on Washington with Ted Bassett.
New York City Councilman Tom Duane was there. He told the People’s Weekly World – “I came to honor Mary Gale, to honor her activity in support of progressive causes. She’s one of my role models. I’m proud to have earned her vote.”
On May 31, 1998, the People’s Weekly World held a Paul Robeson birth centennial celebration in New York at the Henry Winston Auditorium to celebrate the life of one of the Communist Party’s most influential members.
Tom Duane authored a City Council proclamation praising Robeson’s lifelong fight for a “world at peace, free of racism, inequality and for unity… and his fight against the erosion of domestic freedom of expression and fanatical anti-communism… Paul Robeson has become a model and an inspiration to all of us…”
Duane also personally sponsored the event.
On November 4, 1999, New York State Assemblyman and long-time Communist Party supporter Richard Gottfried presented State Assembly citations to honorees, including Communist Party members Elizabeth Hall and Bobbie Rabinowitz.
State Senator Tom Duane sent greetings to the event.
2000 PWW Award Luncheon
On October 22, 2000, the People’s Weekly World held its 4th annual celebration luncheon in New York at the Communist Party’s Henry Winston Auditorium.
Speakers included City Council member Bill Perkins, Assembly member Richard Gottfried, State Senator Tom Duane, Larry Moskowitz of the Communist Party and Working Families Party and Elena Mora for the Communist Party.
Communist Party members Elena Mora and Gabe Falsetta wrote a report for the People’s World of November 19, 2004, “Many positives in N.Y. elections,” commenting on the gains made by “progressive” candidates:
The big gains were at the state level. State Senate seats were won by some progressive Democrats:
When Estelle Katz, a member of both the Communist Party USA and the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club, died in November 2012, fellow club member Tom Duane said this of her:
Estelle was inspiration to me,… “She woke up every day believing the world could be a better place for everyone. I will miss her — and her determination, empathy and great sense of humor — tremendously.
Is Tom Duane a Communist pretending to be a Democrat or a Democrat who would rather be a Communist?
If he could get elected as an open Communist, would Duane continue his current charade?
Maybe someone should ask him.
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Trevor Loudon is the author of “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within,” an oft referenced work that blew the lid off the President’s extensive Marxist background. He is also the Editor of this blog TrevorLoudon.com and of KeyWiki.org, an online encyclopedia exposing the covert side of U.S. politics.