BY-LAWS OF THE
DEMOCRATIC REFORM CAUCUS
organization shall be known as “The New York State
Democratic Reform Caucus.”
purpose of The Reform Caucus shall be to provide a forum
for independent and progressive minded Democrats to
discuss, debate and possibly
take positions on matters of public concern including
issues before the New York State Democratic Committee.
Membership is open to all members and officers of the
New York State Democratic Committee and to County
who publicly pledge to vote at both the
Reform Caucus and at the New York State Democratic
Committee independently without fear or favor, upon
payment of $25.00 annual dues to the Treasurer of the
Reform Caucus for the fiscal year September 1 through
August 30. (in
case of hardship, dues may be paid in two $12.50 annual
installments). Former officers of
the Reform Caucus who are no longer eligible for voting
membership shall be entitled to emeritus
membership upon payment of such $10.00 dues to the
Treasurer of the Reform Caucus.
shall be an organizational meeting of The Reform Caucus
for every term of the New York State Democratic
Committee. Such organizational meeting shall be held on
the same date and at the same location as the
organizational meeting of the New York State Democratic
shall also be called from time to time at the discretion
of the chair upon 10 days notice by mail to all members
of The Reform Caucus who are current in the payment of
dues, except that meetings may be called for the same
date and location as meetings of the New York State
Democratic Committee on as little as five days notice.
registered Democrat may attend and observe meetings of
The Reform Caucus. Both voting
members and emeritus members shall be
entitled to speak and ask questions of speakers.
Non-members may only speak or ask questions with
the permission of the Chair or by a majority of the
members of the Reform Caucus present.
otherwise provided for by these By-Laws, the business of
The Reform Caucus will be conducted pursuant to the
current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Revised.
QUORUM AND VOTING:
percent of the voting members of The Reform Caucus who
are current in the payment of dues will constitute a
quorum. No business will be
transacted without a quorum. Proxy
voting is permitted only on specific issues identified
in advance on the Agenda of a meeting of the Reform
Caucus by written notice to all members.
Proxies must be signed and dated, must identify a
voting member of the Reform Caucus as the proxy holder,
must contain specific instructions on how to vote on the
specific questions(s) presented, and must be voted in
accordance with those instructions.
shall be a chair, at least one vice chair, a secretary,
a treasurer and such other officers as The Reform Caucus
shall deem necessary from time to time.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS:
Chair shall preside at all meetings of The Reform Caucus
and perform such other duties as are incidental to the
office of Chair. In the event of
death or absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall
assume the duties of the Chair. The
Secretary shall give notice of all meetings to the
members and keep a record of such meetings; the
Secretary shall also conduct correspondence and carry
into execution all orders, votes and resolutions.
The Treasurer shall collect all dues and other
income of The Reform Caucus and keep a record of all
members and the date each member paid such dues; the
Treasurer shall keep an account of all moneys received
and expended and shall make a report at each meeting of
such receipts and disbursements and at any other time
requested by the Chair; all money received by the
Treasurer shall be deposited in an interest bearing
account at a bank approved of by the membership;
withdrawals from such account shall only be made upon
signature of the Treasurer; at the expiration of the
Treasurer’s term, all such books and records shall be
turned over to the new Treasurer.
shall be such committees as are appointed by the Chair
and will consist of as many members as the chair shall
deem advisable subject to the approval of the membership
at the next duly held meeting of The
reform Caucus. The term of each
committee and the members thereof will end immediately
upon the opening of the next succeeding biennial
organizational meeting. The Chair shall be an
ex-officio member, with the right to vote, of all
These By-Laws may be amended
by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any duly
called meeting where the notice of such meeting included
the proposed amendment.