Mar 292013
56th Annual Award Reception

56th Annual Award Reception Co-Chairs – Nadine Hoffmann and Marti Speranza

56th Annual


VID’s 56th Annual Awards Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 9:30 PM, at Veselka Bowery, 9 East First Street



6:30 Complimentary Bar, Hors D’oeuvres
7:30 Awards Program, Music from Juilliard
8:30 Desserts, Silent Auction, Cash Bar


Congressman Jerrold Nadler
for his unflinching support of liberal values and legislation.  Presented by District Leader Jonathan Geballe

Clare Donohue, Sane Energy Project
for her continuous fight against hydrofracking.  Presented by “Reverend” Billy

Roberta Kaplan, Attorney for Edith Windsor
for challenging Defense of Marriage Act to the Supreme Court. Presented by State Committee Member Rachel Lavine

State Senator Brad Hoylman
for his years of advocacy on behalf of Greenwich Village.  Presented by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick

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    Mar 292013

    Candidate Forums

    VID is hosting or participating in candidate forums throughout April and May.  In addition to the April 11th Forum the following is the roster:

    Monday (corrected), April 29, 2013, Mayoral Forum- – 7:00 PM- LGBT Center- 208 West 13th Street
    Tuesday, May 7, 2013,  Public Advocate and Borough President Forum- UPDATE  LGBT Center- 208 West 13th Street St.
    Thursday, May 9, 2013,  General Membership/Endorsement Meeting- – St. John’s Lutheran Church- 83 Christopher Street

    • Public Advocate
    • Borough President
    • Mayor
    • Civil Court Judges

    (VID members are qualified to vote at this endorsement meeting if they became a member of VID on or before Friday, February 8, 2013)

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      Mar 292013

      The April General Membership, Candidate Forum & Endorsement Meeting

       held on Thursday, April 11th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street,  at 7:00 PM and will include a candidate forum for City Council Districts 1,2, and 3 as well as for the NYC offices of Comptroller and District Attorney.

      The agenda is:

      1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe
      2.  Endorsements.  (VID members are qualified to vote at this endorsement meeting if they became a member of VID on or before Friday, January 11, 2013).

      • City Council 3rd District
      • City Council 1st District
      • City Council 2nd District
      • NYC Comptroller
      • District Attorney – New York County

      ​3.  Report of Committee Chairs

      5.  Resolutions

      • Resolution in Favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform- Keen Berger

      6.  New Business

      Information on Voting and Election Procedures
      Please arrive early to check in and to receive your ballots

      Below are selected excerpts from the VID Constitution

      NOMINATIONS:  “Nomination for all elective positions shall be made from the floor at the meeting at which the election is to be held.”  VID Constitution, Article VII.
      MEMBERS ENTITLED TO VOTE:  “All members in good standing who shall have been members in good standing as of 90 days preceding the meeting date (including the date of joining and excluding the date of the meeting) are entitled to vote.”  VID Constitution, Article VIII.
      1. “Any eligible person may become a sustaining member in good standing on payment of the annual dues prescribed for such members in this Article.”  VID Constitution, Article III
      2. “A member in default of dues for one year or less may cure this default by paying both overdue and current dues, and on such payment the member shall regain all rights and privileges of membership.”  VID Constitution, Article III.
      1. Each candidate for City Council has up to five minutes to speak
      2. Each candidate for NYC Comptroller and District Attorney has up to three minutes to speak
      3. VID members can speak for up to three minutes on behalf of each candidate
      4. Each candidate will take up to six minutes of questions
      1. There will be three vote counters, appointed by the President, in consultation with the membership.
      2. Voting is by secret ballot.
      3. Qualified members must be present to vote.
      4. In order for a nominee to be endorsed by the VID he/she must receive a majority of ballots cast.  Anytime no endorsement receives a majority of votes cast then no endorsement is the position of VID.
      5. If no candidate receives a majority of ballots cast on the initial vote then there will be one more ballot and the second ballot will contain the names of the two nominated candidates with the most votes.  No endorsement is always on the ballot.  If no candidate receives a majority of ballots cast, or no endorsement receives a majority of ballots cast, then no endorsement is the position of VID.
      6. Balloting will occur each time all candidates for a given position have spoken.  At 9:00 PM the ballot box will be opened for all positions that have not been voted on yet.
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        Mar 182013
        VID Endorsements

        Keen Berger and Jonathan Geballe, endorsed candidates for Female and Male District Leader, NYS 66th AD, Part A

        VID Endorsements

        On Thursday, March 15, 2013, the Village Independent Democrats voted to endorse Keen Berger and Jonathan Geballe for 66th Assembly District Leaders, Part A (Female & Male) for the 2013 Democratic Primary.  Keen Berger, the incumbent for 66th AD (Female) was unopposed.  Jonathan Geballe, who had been previously elected by the County Committee to complete the remainder of the term vacated by State Senator Brad Hoyman, was endorsed for the 66th AD (Male) post.

        VID also elected the following persons to fill the role of Judicial Delegate or Alternate Judicial Delegate, as needed, representing VID:

        Judicial Delegates

        Peter Crosta
        David Kruger
        Nat Johnson

        Alternate Judicial Delegates

        Nadine Hoffmann
        Marti Speranza
        Georgina Christ
        Maia Gottesfeld
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