Mar 062019
 
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General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 Will Include Five Resolutions

Agenda

6:30pm – Adoption of the Agenda

6:35pm – President’s Reports

6:40pm – Elected Official Reports
                Keen Berger
                Arthur Schwartz
                Ben Yee

7:00pm – Committee Reports
                 Environmental
                 Housing
                 Out-of-District Elections
                 Gun Reform
                 Campaign
                 Education
                 Animal Advocacy
 
7:30pm – Resolutions
                Fund of Early Voting
                Oppose Lower Lobbying Limit
                Support CCPA
                Fossil Fuel Divestment Act
                New York TRUTH Act
      
8:30pm – New Business

8:45pm – Adjournment

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Mar 052019
 
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March 2, 2019 Proclaimed Keen Berger Day

It is hard to imagine gathering petitions, pamphleting outside poll locations, hearing reports from the grassroots of the 66th Assembly District, Part A or marching into a County Committee Meeting without the presence of Keen Berger, who announced last month her wish to hand the batton to new talent.  Though we don’t expect her to abandon her fervor or presence in marches and sit-ins for women’s rights, immigration reform, voting rights or any of the other issues she has championed with and for VID.

Saturday’s celebration came first among some very special and much-in-demand elected leaders who didn’t want the moment to pass without expressing their appreciation…and among 50 or more VID members who crowded into the small, but highly efficient, VID Clubhouse at 26 Perry St., picking up their petitions for the next primary candidates as they left.  

See the definitive momento that Ed Yutkowitz wrote in The Villager

Among many special momentos offered was a presentation by NYS Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Deborah Glick officially citing that March 2, 2019 was Proclaimed Keen Berger Day in New York State.

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Mar 032019
 
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The Feb 14 General Meeting Passed two Resolutions, Endorsed Two Judicial Candidates, Endorsed Candidate for Female District Leader for the 65th AD and Elected Judicial Delegates. Whew!

An epic Feb 14th General Meeting began with VID President David Siffert addressing Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget rule affecting grassroots organizations, requiring anyone giving over $500 to register as a lobbyist.  He said we needed to be together and organized, and mentioned that Deborah Glick and Brad Hoylman were against it, and we needed to work with Deborah.

David introduced the Resolution in Support of Public Financing of Elections, which passed 26 in favor and 4 against, with one small amendment. Voted a second time, there were 35 in favor and one abstention.

This was followed by general discussion of the much longer Statement of Legislative Priorities, each of whose Parts passed, with amendments.  The vote was Part I, 18 in favor, no opposed or abstentions.  Part II, 23 in favor, no opposed or abstentions.  For Part III, there were 15 in favor, no opposed or abstentions.  On Part IV, 16 in favor, one opposed, no abstentions.  Part V, 17 in favor, one opposed, no abstentions.  Unanimously voted, Part VI, has 15 in favor, none opposed, no abstentions.  Legislative priotities, Part VII, had 20 in favor, none opposed, no abstentions.  Part VIII, 18 in favor, one opposed, no abstentions;  Part IX, 19 in favor, no opposed or abstentions;   Part X, 12 in favor, 10 opposed and three abstentions;  Part XI, 20 in favor, no opposed or abstentions; And Part XII, 21 in favor, no opposed or abstentions.

Deborah Glick addressed the club, speaking of the many bills in progress, especially the Reproductive Health Act, a ban on conversion therapy, the Child Victims Act, voting rights, and a possible Dream Act.  A discussion about the Governor’s attack on grassroots organizing followed, with David promising to send a letter to the Governor from VID on this topic.

 

Civil Court Endorsements

Now the Civil Court Judge candidates spoke.  Eric Schumacher spoke but was not seeking an endorsement.  Robert Rosenthal and Ashlee Crawford spoke, both seeking endorsement.  Grace Park and Chris Chin also spoke, but were not seeking endorsements.  Ashlee and Robert were both endorsed, Ashlee with 38 in favor, and Robert with 42 in favor.

Jenn Hoppe Candidate for District Leader

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman acknowledges Jenn Hoppe as candidate for female District Leader to replace Keen Berger who has stepped down from the post.

District Leader Endorsement

Now District Leader Keen Berger spoke of her fourteen years as DL, and how VID now had two excellent candidates for female DL, Elissa Stein and Jen Hoppe.  Elissa and Jen spoke, and a discussion followed.  Jen won, 26 to 24 with one no endorse vote.

Arthur Schwartz spoke, asking for a VID endorsement for male DL.  A spirited discussion followed, with a split vote, 24-24, meaning no endorsement.

The election of Judicial Delegates and Alternates now ensued, with Karla Moskowitz, Kelly Grace Price (alternate only), Sharon Woolums, Irene Kaufman, Kathy Slawinski, Allison Stowell, Jen Hoppe, Elissa Stein (alternate only), Ed Yutkowitz, Melissa Carty, Jonathan Geballe, Lois Rakoff, and Judith Jacobson nominated.  The vote was:

Judicial Delegates

Jen 26
Allison 26
Irene 25
Jonathan 24
Judith 22

Alternates

Ed 21
Carla 21
Elissa 21
Kathy 21
Lois 19

Others

Sharon 17
Melissa 13
Grace 9

Other Business

Tiffany Hodges made a plea for volunteers for Ben Yee, candidate for Public Advocate.

Nat Johnson, of the Environmental Committee, announced a meeting Tuesday, with discussions on plastic bags and the climate, and a resource map.

Allison Stowell, of the Gun Reform Committee, announced a meeting March 5.

Full Meeting Minutes HERE.

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Feb 282019
 
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VID’s Gun Reform Committee joined families, gun prevention advocates, and legislators for the signing of the NYS Red Flag Gun Law.

Congratulations to all who fought for it. This is a huge win!

February 25, 2019—New York City– Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, today fulfilled his promise to sign the Red Flag Bill, a key component of his 2019 Justice Agenda, within the first 100 days of the new legislative session. The Red Flag Bill, also known as the extreme risk protection order bill, prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm. This legislation builds on New York’s strongest in the nation gun laws and makes New York the first in the United States to empower its teachers and school administrators to prevent school shootings by pursuing court intervention. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Debra Sherman and Allison Stowell co-chair VID’s Gun Reform Committee, whose next meeting is on Tuesday, March 5th from 7-8:30PM at the VID Clubhouse, 26 Perry St.

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