Feb 262012

New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day,  Valentines Day, Presidents Day and we are finally able to say thank you – with pictures – from The December Holiday Pot-Luck Party (double click on the first image to get to the slideshow)…

It was a jolly affair.  As you can see by the pictures, this was not your usual stuffy political event!  Frieda Bradlow provided the wonderful space. and food and drink came by the armfuls by our friends and members.  The bake-off between Keen’s Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal cookies and Nadine’s No-Calorie Chocolate cupcakes ended in a tie.  The judges had fun!  Georgina’s hand-made hats sold briskly and she donated the profits to VID.  She will make a hat specifically for you if you can catch her at a meeting!

Elected officials attending included Speaker Christine Quinn, East Sidecouncilmember Jessica Lappin, and Manhattan County Leader, Keith Wright.  Silvia Hoylman-Sigal made an appearance, with Dad Brad, provoking lots of goo-goos and ga-gas.   A juggernaut of judges and judicial hopefuls showed up on one of their many stops that day.  But… nothing before or after our shindig could compare with our special guest, belly dancer and fire-eater.  Lots of goo-goos there also.  Stop drooling!!!  Thanks to Deley and his partners at Le Souk for the addition.  Quite a party.

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    Feb 202012

    Jerome Koenig (Jerry Koenig) (1933-2012) passed away February 17, 2012 after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier. Jerry was a reform Democrat for many years, an original VID member dating back to the 1950s and an election law expert. He was often VID’s “go-to guy” on judicial contests and election law matters. He is known for his important work with the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Elections, including rewriting many provisions of election law.

    A memorial service will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (E. 80th St) Manhattan, on Tuesday, 21st Feb. 3:15 p.m.

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      Feb 132012
      Feb 11 Rally at Judson Church

      Assemblymember Deborah Glick, with VID President Jonathan Geballe and Executive Committee Member Ellen Peterson-Lewis

      On Saturday, February 11, VID put together a solid group of supporters for the Rally Opposing the NYU2031 Plan, NYU’s aggressive, tower-heavy 20-year construction proposal to jam our low-rise community with structures of inappropriate size, height and bulk (including a huge hotel), which will mean the takeover of public space and the influx of a concentration of more thousands of students, staff and faculty.

      Seen at the rally were Jonathan Geballe and Ellen Peterson-Lewis, pictured with rally organizer Assemblymember Deborah Glick, on the steps of Judson Church, along with :  Nat Johnson and Anne Heaney, Sharon Woolums, Mary Petretti, Katharine Wolpe, Laura Morrison, Jo Hamilton and our District Leader/CB2 Chair Brad Hoylman who energized the rally-goers with an electrifying speech and threw in a shout out to VID (thanks, Brad).

      A huzzah to those VIDers who braved the cold to join several hundred other Villagers in this battle to Save the Village.  Look for an article in this week’s Villager.

      In a follow-up e-mail, Assemblymember Glick suggested the following as recommended recipients of letters:

      Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
      1 Centre Street, 19th Floor
      New York, NY 10007
      The Borough President makes a recommendation, not a binding vote.

      Chair Amanda Burden
      Chair of the City Planning Commission
      22 Reade Street
      New York, NY 10007
      The Chair votes when City Planning reviews the application.  There are 12 other members of the City Planning Commission who also vote on the application. Letters to each member of the Commission is also advisable. The list of all members can be found at: www.nyc.gov/dcp, then clicking on the “about us” followed by “city planning commission.

      Councilmember Margaret Chin
      Chatham Green
      165 Park Row, Suite #11
      New York, NY 10038
      The Councilmember represents the area of proposed development. She votes when City Council votes.

      Council Speaker Christine Quinn
      224 West 30th St, Suite 1206
      New York, NY 10001
      Speaker Quinn’s district is just a few blocks away so many constituents in the community-at-large are Speaker Quinn’s constituents. Additionally, as Speaker, she has influence over the Council. She votes when City Council Votes.

      FOX News covered the event as did CBS Local blog and NYDailyNews.com

      UPDATE:  The Villager, March 1st,  CB2 votes unanimous No on NYU’s superblocks plan.

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