Thursday, March 23, 2017

HCDC Welcomes New Member - Pooky Amsterdam

The Hudson City Democratic Committee (HCDC) welcomes Pooky Amsterdam onto the Committee. She has considerable volunteer experience including fundraising for schools, media relations for progressive candidate Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential run, and canvassing her neighborhood for last year’s Fair & Equal campaign.

With the goal of Progress for All, HCDC builds grassroots support for policy initiatives and candidates. It is the official local chapter of the Democratic Party and works to ensure fair and transparent local elections.

“Pooky Amsterdam is a dedicated and highly skilled volunteer,” says Michael Chameides, Chair of the Committee. “I’m grateful she is joining the team.”

As Vice President of the PS11 PTA in New York City, she led successful fundraising events and helped to obtain grants. She is on the Board of the The Second Show, a community thrift shop where proceeds benefit local community organizations. Pooky is a former middle-school math teacher, is currently the CEO of PookyMedia LLC, a video animation company, and runs PookyStudio, an art cookie division.

“Progress for all depends on everyone getting involved and contributing where we can,” says Amsterdam. “The Democratic Party is an essential vehicle for improving our city and our community.”

Interested in getting involved with the HCDC? Contact Michael Chameides to discuss volunteer opportunities. HCDC members are elected biannually during the September Primary. Currently, there are two members for each of the six election districts that corresponded with the city’s former ward boundaries, but in September, members will be elected to 2017’s five election districts. As per the HCDC By-Laws, vacancies are filled by a Committee vote. The Committee is actively searching for individuals to volunteer on several committees.


Committee LeadershipMichael Chameides - Chair
Kevin Hannan - Vice-Chair
Sarah Sterling - Treasurer
Virginia Martin - Secretary

1st Ward
Sarah Sterling
Kevin Hannan

2nd WardAbdus Miah
Tiffany Garriga

3rd WardVirginia Martin
Dorothy Heyl

4th WardWilliam Hughes Jr.
Shershah Mizan

5th Ward 1st DistrictJustin Goldman
Michael Chameides

5th Ward 2nd DistrictVerity Smith
Pooky Amsterdam