Nov 302013
membership meeting

Sept. 2013 Membership Meeting


December 12th,

6:30 pm  

St. John’s Lutheran Church
83 Christopher Street

VID’s next Membership Meeting has a full and important agenda.  We urge all members to attend and welcome friends and guests.


  1. District Leader Report– Keen Berger
  2. Committee Reports
  • Campaign-Peter Crosta
  • Technology- Nat Johnson
  • Community Affairs- Marti Speranza
  • Fundraising- Nadine Hoffmann

3.     VID Club Elections

  • 1 President
  • 3 Vice Presidents
Due to circumstances beyond our control notification of dues renewal haven’t gone out.  Please bring a check to the membership meeting in case your dues need to be renewed.  Nobody will be allowed to vote if their dues are in arrears.  Thank you.Please click here for  information on voting and election proceduresAny candidate who wishes to send a statement to the VID email list prior to the December Annual Meeting election must deliver the statement by standard format pdf scan to Tony Hoffmann  no later than 5:00 p.m. December 5, 2013. (It is not required to send an email statement; candidates will have the opportunity to distribute literature and to speak at the Annual Meeting within prescribed time limits.)

4.     Forum- Campaign Finance Reform

5.     Resolutions and Letters  to be discussed and voted on:

  • Small Business Jobs Survival Act . Read more about Small Business Survival Act and the commercial rent crisis
  • Opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Read more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Letter to Senator Gillibrand supporting her position on how the military should handle sexual assaults
  • Letter to Senator Reid to thank him for stopping the filibuster for Presidential appointments and judicial appointments, except for Supreme Court
6.  VID members discussion on candidates for Speaker of the City Council (This is not an endorsement vote.  It is a sharing of information and preferences.  No vote will be taken).
7.  New Business

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Nov 262013
VID General Meeting

VID Membership at May 9th Endorsement Meeting

Summary of VID’s General Meeting Minutes of November 2013.

You can view the full meeting minutes of November 2013 here:  VID Membership Meeting of November 14, 2013  To view all available VID Minutes type that word in the Search Box in the VID banner at the top of  any page.

President Tony Hoffman opened the meeting with the announcement of the passing away of Nan Robinson.  He also spoke about the meeting held the evening before by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation re:  the air rights bill signed by Governor Cuomo last night, of which VID was one of the co-sponsors, along with the VRDC and 22 other organizations.  See posting

The next general membership meeting will be on December 12 and will cover the elections for President and three Vice Presidents. 

On November 2, there was a protest against the Spectra pipeline, during which Corey Johnson and Nancy Shamban were arrested.  Other VID members also attended, along with several local politicians.  See posting.

Allen Shulkin delivered a report in which he introduced himself to the VID.  He stressed that he has been active since 1979 and that he intends to join the VID.  He wants to help the VID and speaks to Corey regularly.  He hopes to make the state committee more democratic and to strengthen the influence of the reform caucus.

Keen Berger made a report on the state of elections and poll workers, and the fact that there were many problems.  She will be sending copies of her observations to five local officials who have some authority over this arena.  It was suggested that this report should be posted on the club website, and Tony agreed.  See posting.

Keen stated her other goals of addressing affordable housing and improved schools, and how the new mayor would affect these issues.

Tom Connor spoke about the bus situation in the neighborhood, and how seniors need help in transportation.

Marti Speranza spoke of how she wanted to make the club responsive to local issues through a Community Affairs Committee.  She was given many suggestions on how to accomplish this by the membership.

Nadine Hoffman addressed the holiday party–she is organizing food donations for this event.  She also spoke of the upcoming Gala and possibly organizing events at local bars designed to attract new members.

The Forum on Affordable Housing was conducted by Moses Gates, director of Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP) and Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, and Ted Houghton, executive director of the Supportive Housing Network and co-chair of Housing First!  See posting

New Business

  • John Bredin spoke of  bringing Richard Wolf to VID for a talk.
  • Alex Meadows announced that the meat-packing district wants to form a BID.
  • Marlene Nadle suggested making a list of important items to bring to the attention of the new mayor.  Tony will bring this suggestion to the executive committee.


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Nov 262013

Anti-FrackingThe Anti-Fracking Crusade

VID members and hundreds of New Yorkers have been involved in a number of different Anti-Fracking and Anti-Spectra pipeline events  over the last four weeks.  You can see a slide show here.

Protests against Fracking outside Chelsea Piers, October 19

Hundreds of demonstrators,including  members of the Village Independent Democrats, participated in a rally against hydraulic fracking outside of Chelsea Piers.  Governor Cuomo was scheduled to host a luncheon at a restaurant inside the facility but was unable to attend and therefore missed the protest. Protestors also mobilized a pair of boats to face the waterfront venue.

October 30 Rally in Albany

Anti-Fracking, AlbanyOn Wednesday, October 30, hundreds of New Yorkers from across the state came to Albany to expose Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regulations for what they are: fatally flawed, a danger to public health and our well-being, and supportive of a massive fracking infrastructure build out.  Photo Credit:  New Yorkers Against Fracking.

Rally at the Spectra Pipeline –November 2, 2013

The pipeline which started operation on November 1st is bringing radon laced natural gas into New York City.  Radon is a known cancer-causing radioactive gas and is found in the gas producing shale formations in Pennsylvania that are being piped into the City via the Spectra pipeline.  VID is part of a lawsuit with a half dozen other organizations attempting to stop or modify its operations. A peaceful civil disobedience demonstration to mark the beginning of its operation was held on November 2. Corey Johnson, newly elected City Council representative and VID member Nancy Shamban, along with 11 others, were arrested. Elected New York Officials: Borough President Elect- Gail Brewer, Assemblyman-Richard Gottfried and Assemblywoman-Linda Rosenthal gave speeches of support.

Village Independent Democrats members: Frieda Bradlow, Anne Heaney, Nat Johnson, Alexander Meadows, Katherine Wolpe and Celia Wu also participated. See the video clip of the demonstration.

Submitted by Nat Johnson

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Nov 262013
Affordable Housing

Jonathan Geballe, moderator; Ted Houghton, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network; Moses Gates, Director of Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP); and Marlene Nadle, moderator

Full House for VID Forum on Affordable Housing

Village Independent Democrats sponsored a free-wheeling forum, “Opening Doors:  Affordable Housing in the de Blasio Era,” at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, on November 14.

The forum was inspired by Mayor-elect de Blasio’s pledge to build 200,000 units of affordable housing and end what he has  termed the “Tale of Two Cities” that currently characterizes New York City:  a few wealthy at the top, and the rest struggling for life’s basics, including housing the working class can afford.

Panelists Moses Gates, Director of Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP), Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), and Ted Houghton, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network and Co-Chair of Housing First!, a coalition of over 30 advocacy groups reflected on the need for affordable housing and how VID can help the deBlasio administration meet its housing goals.

They covered a range of topics, from the controversial proposal to allow market-rate development on New York City public housing sites to the more arcane features of city, state and federal housing programs and housing tax credits.

V.I.D’s Marlene Nadle and Jonathan Geballe facilitated the program.

“Housing for New York City’s working- and middle-class is in danger of slipping away,” said Geballe. “We support our new mayor‘s vision of a city where people from all walks of  life can live and work for the American dream.  We look forward to working with dedicated advocates like Mr. Gates and Mr. Houghton to preserve the neighborhoods of the city we love.”

You can find more background and information on the topic here:

Real Affordable Housing Evaluation (ANHD Report)

Budget and Policy Initiatives (Supportive Housing Network)

Bloomberg News Coverage of DeBlasio and Affordable Housing issues – Nov. 21, 2013

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