Apr 232013
VID Celebrated Earthday

District Leader Jonathan Geballe and VID member Celia Wu leading Earth Day protest against Hydro-Fracking.

VID Celebrated Earth Day on April 20th at the Bleecker St. Playground with particular focus on the issue of hydro-fracking.

District Leader Jonathan Geballe was front and center talking with local families and residents who share concern for New York State and New York City regarding this ever-pending development.    See the pictures.

Late last year Jonathan, on a pro bono basis, joined several attorneys in a lawsuit opposing the Spectra Pipeline. VID as a club, and Nat Johnson and Anne Heaney, as individuals, are petitioners in a lawsuit   regarding the Spectra pipeline that will cross the Hudson into the West Village.  An appeal of the New York Supreme Court’s decision is underway.

The Earth Day demonstration was held in front of the Bleecker Street Playground to symbolize that we must save our planet for our children. Numerous VID’ers, community activists, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and a number of candidates for local offices participated in the rally.  Signatures were collected for a letter to Governor Cuomo to urge him to ban hydro-fracking in New York State. The rally was organized by VID member Georgina Christ for the Village Independent Democrats.

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    Apr 122013

    VID Endorsed New York City Council, Comptroller and DA CandidatesOn Thursday April 11th VID Endorsed New York City Council, Comptroller and DA Candidates

    at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street before a packed house of members, elected and hoping-to-be elected officials.  (Click here for pictures)

    Following the District Leader reports from Keen Berger and Jonathan Geballe,  candidates were each given six minutes to speak followed by questions from attendees and then endorsement statements from VID members.  UPDATE:  April 2013 VID General Meeting Minutes April 11, 2013

    VID members were qualified to vote at this endorsement meeting if they became a member of VID on or before Friday, January 11, 2013.

    Winners of VID endorsement for the 2013 Democratic Primary were:

    City Council 1st District- Jenifer Rajkumar
    City Council 2nd District- Rosie Mendez
    City Council 3rd District- Corey Johnson
    Manhattan District Attorney- Cyrus Vance, Jr.
    New York City Comptroller- Scott Stringer
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