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The College Democrats of New York 2009 Convention: What You Need to Know.

Get excited! The College Democrats of New York 2009 Convention is only a few days away! You are going to be in the center of it all so we wanted to give you a few updates.

Locations
* Hotel - 442 W 36th Street
* Comedy Show - Rush Bar - 579 Sixth Ave. New York, NY 10011
* Convention - St. John's University Manhattan Campus - 101 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007
* Networking Social - NYU'S Kimmel Building - 60 Washington Square South, room 904
* Elections - NYU Silver Center - 100 Washington Place
* Fordham - 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY

Check in
For students that have registered and paid for housing on time, check-in starts on Friday at 3 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m at the hotel. If you plan on arriving after 8 p.m., please contact us so we can make arrangements. If you are running late on Friday, please contact Ian Rivera at (646) 678-0055 or John Farrelly at (201) 977-1030 .

For students that do not need housing, check-in will be at 9:00 on Saturday morning at St. John's University's Manhattan Campus.

What to bring:
* Toiletries (Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash, etc)
* Materials for note taking
* Comfortable shoes for walking
* Spending money
* Towels

What to Wear
Attire for Friday night at the comedy show is casual and for Sunday morning is business casual, although that is optional. Business Casual dress is strongly recommended for all day Saturday for our speaker and panelists sessions, as well as for the networking social event with elected officials on Saturday night.

Where to Park
There is a parking lot down the street from the hotel. The cost is $25 for 24 hours, which is about the least expensive rate you will find in Manhattan, and the closest to the hotel

You can also park outside the St. John's University Queens Campus. There is street parking all around the campus and you can usually find a spot to keep all weekend. You can go to www.hopstop.com and click New York City. Simply put "8000 Utopia Parkway" and select "Queens" for the starting address/borough and "442 W 36th Street" and select "Manhattan" as the address/borough. That will give you step by step instructions on how to get to the hotel via public transportation. **Just make sure that you set the instructions to include subway AND bus options**

Finally, you can park at Fordham University’s Bronx Campus for $10 a night. If you choose this option, please let us know ahead of time by e-mailing convention09@collegedemsny.com, and arrive before 6 PM on Friday, so a Fordham student can help sign you in (Fordham is somewhat strict when it comes to procedure, and you need a Fordham student with you to park overnight).

Traveling around New York City
There will be free time given during the convention to roam around NYC. We will also be giving students from outside NYC a $10 metro card to use the subway system.

In addition, each student will be provided with a map of the NYC subway system and instructions on how to get from place to place.

Can I still pay my registration fee at the Convention?
If you have not already paid your registration fee, the cost at the door $15. However, we cannot guarantee housing for students who have not paid by 11:59 on April 12th.

Running for State Office:
There are many positions on the CDNY Executive Board you can run for. If you’re interested in running, please email your letter of intent to: convention09@collegedemsny.com . Candidates for positions may also be nominated on the floor of the election proceedings by two or more chapters. You can find more information about executive board positions by visiting our website at http://collegedemsny.com

If the proposed changes to the CDNY Constitution pass, you'll be able to run for President, Vice President, Political Director, Secretary, Communications Director, Finance Director, Development Director, or for one of the seven regions chairs.

Constitutional Changes:
We will be discussing and voting on revisions and Amendments to the College Democrats of New York Constitution during the Convention. This document forms the base of our organization, defines the structure of CDNY, and explains the roles and responsibilities of our members and officers.

Because of changes in the political environment and incremental changes to CDNY over the years, the current CDNY Constitution became in desperate need of updates. So, this past weekend, a Constitutional Committee met at Fordham University in New York City to make these changes.

A lot of the Committee's edits were made for clarity: some of the language in the current Constitution is either unclear or redundant. But, there are also many important (and necessary) structural changes in the Committee's recommendations. At the bottom of this post, you'll find the full text of the proposed Constitution, but here are some of the more important changes:

* First and foremost, the proposed Constitution calls for three new Executive Board positions: a Vice President, a Membership Director, and a Development Director. The responsibilities for these positions are listed in the Article II, Section IV, VIII, and IX, respectively.
* The title of "Legislative Director" to "Political Director" is changed, in order to more accurately reflect the role and responsibilities of the position.
* The Constitution has changed the breakdown of regions. Instead of 9 regions, there are now 7. This is to create a better balance of chapters per region, and make sure individual chapters are represented without losing any regional identity.
* The Position of the New Media Director is now clearly defined.
* A line of succession is clearly defined.
* The new Constitution has restructured the State Council, so they can effectively provide support and advice, and make it easier for individual chapters to keep in touch with CDNY

To see the proposed Constitution in full, Click here

Schedule:
You can find a full schedule of the week’s events here.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at convention09@collegedemsny.com