Gantt moves to increase influence in Dem committees


This is a corrected version of this article.

The leader of at least one city Democratic committee appears to be the target of some intra-party maneuvering by Assembly member David Gantt.

The situation centers around an arcane bit of party activity: selecting who will sit on city legislative district committees. Typically, the legislative district leader nominates people to serve on the committees. In this case, however, Gantt and his allies filed petitions for additional candidates in the 21st and 29th Legislative Districts, forcing primaries.

Some Democrats are particularly concerned about the Gantt camp’s push in the 21st LD. The district’s leader, Anthony Plonczynski, is one of the committee members facing a primary, and if he loses his seat, he loses the leader position with it. Plonczynski is also campaign manager for Jose Cruz, one of two candidates – County Legislator John Lightfoot is the other – challenging Gantt in a Democratic primary.

Some Democratic party leaders say that in the bigger picture, Gantt is trying to increase his influence and weaken opponents headed into the 2013 elections. The 2013 contests include City Council, school board, and the mayoral races. If Gantt’s committee candidates prevail, he’ll have a greater number of reliable votes in the 21st and 29th LD’s. He’d have more influence over whom the committees endorse in elections.

Gantt and his allies aren’t breaking rules here. They’re perfectly within their rights. Nobody ever said politics was neat, tidy, or civil; sometimes it really does come down to a pure power struggle. But some Democratic leaders say Gantt has been gradually winning seats on other LD committees. They say that this recent effort is an escalation of those activities.



  1. Bonnie Cannan · · Reply

    David Gantt should retire before he makes even more enemies. In addition to his status quo poliitcs, his demeaning demeanor towards others is legendary. While he deserves credit for his efforts in the civil rights struggle, his current behaviors speak only to pure ego and power for himself. We need neither. I would also point out that there is another candidate running in the race for Gantt,s current Assembly seat. His name is Drew Langdon current secretary of the Monroe County Green Party. Please do the right thing and include Mr.Langdon and his platform for a real vision.

  2. I think Gantt is finally feeling the heat. Two Democrats want his seat. I applaud everyone who challenges Gantt. But even better, for someone who is fiercely independent like me, there is another choice. The Green Party candidate Drew Langdon is running to replace Gantt.

    Gantt is the state representative for the district I live in. However, David Gantt refuses to represent me. Any letters sent by me to David Gantt go unanswered. I think Gantt forgets he represents parts of Gates.

    My main concern these days is hydrofracking. Drew Langdon is pro-environment and totally against hydrofracking. I don’t know where Gantt stands on the issue of fracking because he never responded to my questions. At this point, it doesn’t matter because I do not trust David Gantt to represent me. I trust Drew Langdon.

    Go your own way…vote for Green party candidates.

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