Dec 292013
 

VID to vote new slate of officers at the Jan 9th General Membership meeting and host a forum on Israel-Palestine diplomacy

VID ForumBeginning at 6:30 pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (83 Christopher St.) VID club members will vote for the  2014 slate of officers for the positions of Treasurer (1), Recording Secretary (1), Corresponding Secretaries (2) and Executive Committee (15).  This will be followed by a forum titled:  Is Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue Poised To Succeed Or Doomed To Fail?  The presenter will be Kate Press- New York City Regional Director and Deputy Field Director of J Street.

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Dec 222013
 

Frieda Bradlow Hosts VID Holiday PartyHostess Par Excellence, Frieda Bradlow,  Hosts VID Holiday Party…Again!

Grateful pols, VID members and friends vigorously bound up Frieda Bradlow’s steps on a very crisp December 15th to enter the by now celebrated West Village political parlor.  The conversation was, at times, animated, at others hushed; the food scrumptious; the drink just right.

The list of attendees?  Take note:  NYC Comptroller John Liu;  Borough President-Elect Gale Brewer; NYS Senator Brad Hoylman;  NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick; NYS State Committee member and President of the NYS Democratic Committee Progressive Caucus, Rachel Lavine; District Leaders Keen Berger and Jean Grillo; past VID Presidents Jonathan Geballe, William Stricklin, and Katharine Wolpe; present VID President, Tony Hoffmann; Judges (and judges-elect) Frank Nervo, Kathryn Freed, Josh Hansshaft, Andrea Masley, Margaret Chan, Carol Sharpe, JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur, Anil Singh and Tania Kennedy; from the press Lincoln Anderson (The Villager) and photographer Tequila Minsky joined the festivities.  Even Robbie Kaplan,  famed for her successful victory before the US Supreme Court in the Edie Windsor case (overturning of DOMA) this year attended with son Jacob.

Enjoy the picture show.

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Dec 192013
 

On Dec. 12th 2013, VID Re-Elected Tony Hoffmann President

In a sweeping and uncontested vote the membership endorsed Tony Hoffmann’s accomplishments on behalf of the Village Independent Democrats throughout the rough and tumble 2013 election year.  Included in his long list of those accomplishments were vigorous member outreach, fund-raising and on-line interaction with voters, elected officials and prospective candidates.  Tony was quick to praise Peter Crosta for his service as Chair of the 2013 Elections Committee, Nadine Hoffman, Chair of the Fundraising Committee and Nat Johnson, Chair of the Technology Committee for extraordinary support.  (See full meeting minutes here.)

VID re-elected tony hoffman president

Current and next President of VID, Tony Hoffman collects names in nomination for 2014 Vice Presidents.

Also elected at this meeting were three Vice Presidents:

Nat Johnson

Irene Kauffman

Katharine Wolpe

Election of VID’s remaining officers and Executive Committee members will be held on Thursday, January 9th, at 6:30 at St. John’s, 83 Christopher St.

Prospective candidates are urged to submit summaries of their qualifications which will be distributed to the membership prior to the meeting.  Members who have not renewed their membership are urged to do so.

For your reference here is the Information on VID-Voting & Elections from our Constitution.

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Dec 172013
 
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Attendees at Dec. 12th meeting

At VID’s December meeting the major topics were Small Business, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sexual Assaults in Military, Filibuster and Campaign Finance Reform

 

Village Independent Democrats approved one letter and three resolutions at the Dec 12th meeting.  You can read them by clicking below.  Sharon Woolums introduced the resolution on Small Business Jobs Survival Act; Alec Pruchnicki and Ron Illardo presented points in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the resolution.  Club President Tony Hoffmann reviewed the points made in the letter to Sen Reid regarding his recent reform of Senate Filibusters and the Resolution for Sen. Gillibrand favoring her approach in legislation protecting women military personnel who have been sexually assaulted.

Thank you to Senator Harry Reid for Filibuster reform
Resolution in Favor of Sen. Gilllibrand’s Approach to Sexual Harrassment in the Military
Resolution Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership
Resolution Re Small Business Jobs Survival Act

There was additionally a very thorough discussion of Campaign Finance Reform with Kristina Andreotta, of Citizen Action NY particularly focused on New York State legislation that may be influenced over the next month by positions Gov. Cuomo will announce in launching the budget and legislative priorities for 2014.

Marlene Nadle also introduced a report on the documentary, Vanishing City, which she would like the Club to sponsor as a public event.

This was also the meeting for VID members to elect a president and three vice presidents for 2014.  See the post.  

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 Pictures from Dec. 12th Meeting.  Photographe:r Zella Jones

 

 

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