Jan 312013
 
 VID General Meeting Minutes- January 2013

On January 10th VID members gathered for the 2013 Annual Meeting.  You can read the full VID General Meeting Minutes January 10 2013. The meeting began with a report from District Leader Keen Berger updating on the progress of the proposed new school at 75 Morton St., an announcement regarding State Senator Brad Hoylman’s swearing in ceremony and an announcement about choosing the new Part A and Part B boundaries of the 66th election district. Following Keen’s report was a typically thorough review of congressional politics from Congressman Nadler which you can  see in our previous post and summarized in the attached VID General Meeting Minutes. The VID General Meeting Minutes also provide a thorough run down on the elections of that meeting as well as the reports of the newly formed 2013 Elections Committee, the Fund-Raising Committee and the Technology Committee.

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Jan 132013
 
Congressman Jerrold Nadler briefed VID on gun control, the debt ceiling, tax code changes and entitlements

Coverage provided by Katharine Wolpe Congressman Jerrold Nadler briefed VID on the prognosis for gun control, the debt ceiling,  tax code changes and entitlement legislation facing the current Congress.  First, he predicted that there would be not be much chance for passage of meaningful gun control legislation because of the powerful NRA, which lobbies for gun manufacturers. Then he discussed fiscal issues in some detail.  To reduce the budget deficit, Republicans want to cut entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, SSI, veterans’ benefits) and discretionary spending (Section 8, funding for housing, health, and infrastructure).  In 2000, at the end of the Clinton administration, there was a budget surplus.  President Bush pushed a program for tax cuts.  There are five main causes for the current deficit: 1) 40% due to the tax cuts; 2) two unfunded wars (Iraq, Afghanistan); 3) the new Medicare drug program; 4) stimulus spending starting in 2009; and 5) […]

Jan 132013
 
VID Completes New Slate of Officers and Elects Executive Committee

 VID completes new slate of officers and elects 2013 Exec Committee on January 10th after a stimulating update from Congressman Jerry Nadler,   (See related post) VID completes new slate of officers and elected a new executive committee for 2013. The full slate of officers now includes: Tony Hoffmann – President Nat Johnson, Marti Speranza and Peter Crosta – Vice Presidents Linda Jacobson – Treasurer Alexander Meadows – Corresponding Secretary Lucia Fedora – Recording Secretary The new Executive Committee includes: Frieda Bradlow; Georgina M. Christ; Tom Connor; James W. Fraser; Jonathan Geballe, Ex Officio; Nadine Hoffmann; Ronald L. Illardo; Irene Kaufman; Ann Kjellberg; Marlene Nadle; Ellen Peterson-Lewis; Alec Pruchnicki; Yvonne Sherwell; Katharine B. Wolpe; Celia Wu; Annette Zaner After presentations from the Fund Raising, Election and Technology Committees the list of this month’s committee meetings were announced.  All meetings will be held at VID- 26 Perry Street- Below Ground Level Floor.  They […]

Jan 022013
 

 The VID holiday celebration at Frieda Bradlow’s home was, as usual, a warmly welcome event in spite of the rain, wind and chill of December 16th. Well-wishers included:   Congressman Jerrold Nadler; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; State Senator-elect Brad Hoylman; Councilwoman Letitia James; Councilwoman Jessica Lappin; Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, Rachel Lavine- Democratic State Committeewoman -66th Assembly District; District Leaders Jennifer Rajkumar (DID), Keen Berger (VID); Julie Menin, former CB#1 Chair and Candidate for Manhattan BP; David Gruber, Chair CB2 and Corey Johnson Chair at  CB4 and candidate for City Council.  Representing Gov Cuomo was Erik Bottcher, the Governor’s assistant for community affairs.  Representing Council Speaker Christine Quinn were Christine McLaughlin and Scott Melvin who presented a lovely Proclamation, on Christine’s behalf, honoring Frieda for her active community life. Also present at the VID holiday celebration were new  officers Tony Hoffmann, Nat Johnson, Marti Speranza and Peter Crosta.  Among other VID stalwarts were Jonathan Geballe, Celia […]