Hudson County Young Dems aiming to host panel with local elected officials

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The Hudson County Young Democrats held their quarterly board meeting in Jersey City last night, setting a number of goals for 2016 including hosting a panel with local elected officials.

“The reason we’re starting this organization is to ensure that young people throughout Hudson County have the opportunity to get involved with government,” said Brian Platt, the HCYD board president. “Our mission is to expand and increase civic activism and involvement in the political process.”

Platt, who works in Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s office as the innovation team director, did a great impression of his boss at the Brightside Tavern meeting by standing up, grabbing the mic and literally rolling up his sleeves to keep the discussion moving.

During the meeting, Koren Frankfurt, the HCYD membership and outreach director, suggested creating a brief, online version of a “Hudson County Guide to Government” to help outline topics for officials to speak about during a panel.

Michael Makarski, the HCYD board vice president, suggested inviting Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari and Hudson County Register Pamela Gardner to sit on the panel since they are both up for election this year.

The meeting took place at Jersey City’s Brightside Tavern and about 25 members ended up sitting in on the roughly hour-long session, which also included planning for upcoming HCYD events and local volunteer opportunities. The age cutoff for the HCYD is 36 years old.