Dec 262012

VID’s Annual  Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 pm at
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street.  Download a copy of VID’s Annual Meeting agenda here.

VID Annual Meeting guest Congressman-Nadler_0851web

Congressman Nadler with District Leader Keen Berger (background) and new VID President Tony Hoffmann (far right) at VID annual holiday party

Preceding the election of our remaining officers for 2013 there will be a report from District Leaders Keen Berger and Brad Hoylman and a special report by Congressman Jerrold Nadler regarding Congressional deliberations on fiscal issues;  gun control legislation; as well as other issues of concern to our club.  There will be a Q & A session following the Congressman’s report.

As prescribed, VID’s Annual Meeting will elect:

a. Treasurer
b. Recording Secretary
c. 2 Corresponding Secretaries
d. 15 Executive Board Members

You can download  By-Laws-Summary_Election-Eligbility-1-10-13 here and a copy of Protocol _VID_Elections_EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OTHER OFFICERS2012rvsd2,  here

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Dec 142012

On December 13th, with a full house of members VID  elects new officers –  Tony Hoffmann President and three Vice Presidents: Nat Johnson , Marti Speranza  and Peter Crosta .

Also attending the meeting were a host of new members recruited from this fall’s  bus rides for Obama organized by Yayoi Tsuchitani and managed by Nadine Hoffmann. State Senator Tom Duane added his special touch with a farewell “official” visit updating the club on the recent leadership shuffle in the NYS Senate and expressing his confidence that new State Senator Brad Hoylman would pick up the baton quickly.

The election for remaining officers – Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Committee members will occur on January 10th.  Enjoy the Slide-show -click on image to move faster.


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Dec 142012
Rockaway Emergency Housing

Plea for immediate Emergency Housing in the Rockaways

At ViD’s December 13th general membership meeting the membership voted to put VID’s name on a petition that that urges FEMA to immediately dispatch Rockaways emergency housing.

As of Monday, December 12th there were still 29,000 people without power. Most of these people have gone for over three weeks without power, water and heat. Night time temperatures in the Rockaways have been freezing and many areas suffer from poor sanitation.


This petition to immediately dispatch Rockaways emergency housing will be delivered to the following government officials.

Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor
Chris Tuttle, New York Emergency Operations Center Coordinator
Jessica Smith, Director of the Office of External Affairs at FEMA
Andrew Cuomo, NY State Governor
Joe Addabbo, New York State Senator
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
State Senator Malcolm Smith
City Councilman James Sanders

If you want to read the entire petition, or sign it, please go to:

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