May 252018

Special Endorsement MeetingVID Special Endorsement Meeting May 29th

There will be a General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 @ 8 pm
LOCATION: Greenwich House – 27 Barrow St (4th Floor)

We will be holding a special endorsement meeting for the remaining candidates for the VID petitions.

A. Female District leader 66A 
   – New York requires that since the election was held by the county committee that the following year a primary must be held for the position.

B. Alternate Judicial Delegate
   – One of our alternate Judicial Delegates is not eligible to run in a Democratic Primary.  We need to select a replacement.

C. County Wide Judge 
     – The candidate we endorsed, Grace Park, dropped out so we will need to replace her.


1. Adoption of the Agenda 

2. Endorsement of the following positions
             i. Female District Leader – 66th Part A
             ii. Alternate Judicial Delegate
             iii. Civil Court-County Wide 
 3. Adjournment

A. A candidate in order to be endorsed by the VID must receive 50% plus one vote.
B. In the first round of voting if no candidate receives a majority, and no endorsement does not receive a majority of votes,  there will be a second round between the two top vote getters.
C. In the second round if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast no endorsement will be the position of the VID.
D. No endorsement is always on the ballot and you can vote for No Endorsement on any round

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 Posted by at 8:04 am
May 182018

After well-attended Candidates Forums on February 8th and May 7th, VID 2018 endorsements backed…

With an interesting array of new (and yet to be decided) contenders for NYS offices, VID decided a little rattling was in order.  With a 17 vote margin, Cynthia Nixon won the Club’s endorsement with another 15 members voting for no endorsement.  See NY Post coverage.

The full endorsement roster now covers the following candidates for Federal, State and Judicial candidates:

Cynthia Nixon,  for Governor

Kathy Hochul,  for Lt. Governor

Kirsten Gilibrand for US Senator

Jerry Nadler for the 10th Congressional District

Carolyn Maloney for the 12th Congressional District

Tom DiNapoli for NYS Comptroller

Brian Kavanaugh for NYS 26th Senate District

Brad Hoylman for the NYS 27th Senate District

Liz Kruger for the NYS 28th Senate District

Deborah Glick for the NYS 66th Assembly District

Grace Park and Shahabuddeen Ally for County-Wide Court

Frank Nervo for Civil Court Judicial District 1

Robert Rosenthal for Civil Court Judicial District 2

To read more on the May 7th Candidates night, check out the coverage in The Villager, see pictures on our FaceBook page

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 Posted by at 2:06 pm
Apr 192018

NYS Candidates Forum to be held May 7thVID is hosting a NYS Candidates Forum on Monday, May 7th

At PS 41
116 West 11th St.
Doors Open at 6:30 PM
First Speaker at 6:45 PM

Hear Candidates Running for:

Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
State Comprtoller


The NYS Candidates Forum is co-hosted by:  Coalition for a District Alternative (CODA); Downtown Independent Democrats (DID); Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club; Grand Street Democrats; Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats; Gramercy Stuyvesant Democrats; and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.

Spread the word…Hand out our fliers.

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 Posted by at 8:50 am
Apr 152018

Gun Control_VID ResosAt the March General Meeting VID Passed Two Resolutions on Gun Control

The first gun control resolution, addressed to the NYS Legislature, requests parity between two existing pieces of legislation.  On the one hand New York State law prohibits minors under the age of 21 from obtaining a license to own or carry handguns; on the other New York State allows anyone over the age of 16 to purchase and own rifles and other long-barreled firearms and the ammunition for them.  Here’s the resolution.  The resolution calls on Democrats and Republicans in the State of New York legislature to increase the minimum age to buy, own, transfer, and obtain a license for ALL firearms and ammunition to at least 21.

The second gun control resolution demands Congressional action to end gun violence  with eight specific requirements. These include:

  1. Increasing requirements for purchasing or transferring a firearms;
  2. Implementing universal background checks;
  3. A ban on assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines;
  4. Prohibition of purchase or transfer of all weapons to violent criminals,
  5. convicted stalkers, and individuals listed on the Global Terrorism Database;
  6. Holding hold firearm manufacturers liable for the omission of safety mechanisms on firearms;
  7. The development and implementation of a National Gun Registry;
  8. Treating gun-related injuries and deaths as a public health issue.

The resolution further puts particular emphasis on opposing the  Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

State Democrats have introduced several pieces of legislation since February that have been blocked by State Republicans.  Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has published a comprehensive account of all legislation introduced, and their sponsors in a piece titled Senate Republicans Vote Down Gun Safety Legislation

The NYS Assembly passed their package on March 6th by a large margin.  The NYS Senate however, voted them down and instead “passed a series of so-called school safety measures that, among other steps, would require police officers at schools in New York City and provide grants to districts outside the city to hire retired law enforcement as school resource officers,” as reported by The NY Daily News.

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