Mar 272014
 
Clean Energy Gets the Spotlight at April Meeting

April General Membership Meeting Features a Forum on Clean Energy Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 PM-St.John’s Lutheran Church-Meeting Room-83 Christopher St Agenda: 1- District Leader Report– Keen Berger, 2- Committee Reports3- Forum- “The Power to Change: Clean Energy and the Future of New York City”    Samara F. Swanston– Legislative counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council, an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School for Urban Planning and the Environment, and an Adjunct Professor at the Hunter College Graduate School for Urban Affairs and Planning. Lisa DiCaprio– Associate Director of Curriculum, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Sciences-Paul McGhee Division New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies Nancy Anderson- Executive Director of the Sallan Foundation.  The mission of the Sallan Foundation is advancing useful knowledge for greener cities. The presentation will be 30-minutes followed by a question an answer period. 4- Resolution: a- Resolution urging the NYC Council to pass a resolution urging NYC pension board […]

Mar 272014
 
Let the 2014 Petitioning Begin...

2014 Petitioning season began on March 8th for the Congressional Primary and continues through April 5th.  VID is supporting incumbents Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. State primary petitioning will begin in June.  Stay in touch with Campaign Chair, Ed Yutkowitz, at eddieny@aol.com . 

Mar 272014
 
John Strausbaugh Livens Up March Meeting...

Author John Strausbaugh livens up March Meeting; Resolutions; Congressional Petitioning… It’s been a lively month at VID with no slow-down in our Spring to Summer agendas.  John Strausbaugh reminded everyone of the color and character of Greenwich Village from its very inception with no shortage of questions and comments from the VID members and guests who were not shy about getting Mr. Strausbaugh’s signature on their new copy of his book, The Village:  400 years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues. Then it was on to resolutions – all passed by the membership:  Restoration of Bus Service on University Place, introduced by Tom Connor and Support for GVSHP’s initiative to landmark historic LGBT buildings, introduced by Jonathan Geballe. Tony Hoffmann also announced the launch of Congressional petitioning with VID clubhouse open every Monday (6-7:30 pm), Thursday (6-7:30 pm) and Saturday (10-11:30 am) through April 5th to pick up and return petitions.   This […]

Mar 012014
 
Affordable Housing Forum

Forum Speakers Offer Specifics to Increase Affordable Housing in NYC By Marlene Nadle, VID Housing Committee Chair  “The conventional wisdom that the city can’t do anything about affordable housing is destructive, demoralizing, and legally wrong,” said tenant attorney Seth Miller. He was one of the speakers at a February affordable housing panel and film cosponsored by the Village Independent Democrats and Judson Memorial Church . The program was organized by VID Housing Chair, Marlene Nadle. Miller proposed a number of actions addressing affordable housing that could be carried out by the City Council and didn’t need Albany’s approval. They include: Pass an ordinance penalizing the warehousing of apartments. Pass an ordinance prohibiting the reduction of apartment units in a building and the demolition of units in a building, or only allow it if the units are replaced by affordable apartments that are offered to the displaced tenants. Devote any property […]