May 272014
 
Petitioning Party at VID

Come join Deborah, Brad and the rest of the VID team for our petitioning party breakfast.  We’ll talk politics,  causes and distribute petitions.  After breakfast we will disburse throughout the Village and gather signatures for VID’s endorsed candidates. Saturday, May 31st 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon VID Headquarters, 26 Perry Street If you cannot join us for our petitioning party breakfast on May 31st,  the VID will be open every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturdays from 11:00-1:00 through July 3rd.  July 7th will be the last day to hand in petitions (the club will be open from 6:00-7:30 PM).

May 272014
 
The Real Catherine Abate

It is with great sadness that we shared the news of Catherine Abate’s passing. She will be truly missed.   The real Catherine Abate was a friend, a colleague, and one of the most soul-full public servants that New York City has ever had.  See our announcement But that was not the real Catherine Abate portrayed by William McDonald, New York Times Obituary Editor which was dominated by un-substantiated allegations of her father’s past and inferred that her own life’s work was somehow tainted by such hearsay.  Nothing could be further from the truth as many members of our Club know and experienced over nearly a quarter of a century of public service. Assemblymember Glick in her letter to Mr. McDonald urging a more thoughtful and thorough NY Times profile in the future, said: … Usually one expects to get a sense of the person who has died, but your […]

May 142014
 
VID Endorsements - Updated

VID Endorsements for State and Judicial Candidates On Thursday, May 8th VID members gathered to hear statements from four judicial candidates and to endorse seven State candidates for the Democratic Primary ballot.  Nat Johnson presided.  Here are the Minutes for that meeting. UPDATE:  On July 10 VID members gathered to re-consider the original vote of No Endorsement for Governor and voted to endorse Zephyr Teachout.  The final results are: 1.      Civil Court: two positions: Louis Nock  (Update 7/10/14) Arlene Bluth 2.      State Committeeman-66th AD: No Endorsement  3.      State Committeewoman-66th AD: Rachel Lavine 4.      Assembly-66th AD: Deborah Glick  5.      Senate- 27th District: Brad Hoylman    6.      Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli  7.      Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman 8.      Governor – Zephyr Teachout  (Update 7/10/14)

May 042014
 
NYS Candidates Forum

On May 1st VID and eight other Clubs sponsored a NYS candidates forum for Democrats seeking inclusion on the 2014 Primary Ballot. Here are the Minutes of the Forum Ed Yutkowitz, VID  Corresponding Secretary organized the event which included: Keith Wright, Chairman of the New York County Democrats, Assembly Member, and a Co-Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, who will speak on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Randy Credico, Candidate for NYS GovernorFirst Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York, Pete Grannis, representing Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator for the 27th District.Deborah Glick, Assembly Member for the 66th district, who will also represent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Dan Squadron, New York State Senator for the 26th District.Rachel Lavine, 66th AD; Alan Shulkin, 66th AD and John Quinn, 65th AD Candidates for New York State Democratic Committee.Co-sponsors of the event included Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Jim Owles […]