Sep 272014

VID Votes NO on Proposition #1VID votes NO on Proposition 1 after a spirited debate.

This proposition to appear on the Nov. 4th ballot would amend the states redistricting procedure.  VID’s guests were Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, NYC, speaking in favor of the amendment and Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause, NY, speaking in opposition.

There was  a very comprehensive debate between Susan and Dick as to the pros and cons of the proposal.  This was followed by a discussion by the members, noting that this involved a constitutional amendment and could not be easily undone.  There were questions about the complexity of the amendment and why it was on the ballot now.  When the vote was taken, it was unanimous–VID votes NO on Proposition 1.


See the full meeting minutes  – VID General Meeting Minutes_2014-9-11

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    Sep 222014

    VID was well-represented at The People’s Climate March March on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.  We’ll give you more background soon, but till then, here are the pictures:

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      Sep 082014

      VID was well represented at the Clemency Vigil which took place by candle light on the evening of September 6th in Mt. Kisco, NY

      outside the home of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Over 150 people participated.

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      Its purpose was to try to convince the governor to start issuing clemencies to those inmates in the NYS correctional system who deserve them.  Many inmates have been incarcerated for long periods of time either for non-violent crimes or for serious crimes, but have unquestionably been rehabilitated.  As of today the governor hasn’t issued a single clemency.   The rally was organized by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club with the support of the VID.

      Among the wide variety of speakers asking the governor to do the humane thing and start issuing clemencies were Allen Roskoff, President of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Robert Dennison, retired Chairman, New York State Board of ParolePhilanthropist Bill Samuels, Zenaida Mendez, President of NYS NOW, and celebrities Kathryn Erbe, star of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Cathrine Curtin from Orange is the New Black.

      The following VID’ers attended the Candle Light Vigil: Jonathan Geballe, Mary Dugan, Betsy Mickel, Tom Connor, Kathy Slawinski,  Alexander Meadows,  Kate Linker, Kitty Loving and Tony Hoffmann.

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        Sep 082014

        The Village Independent Democrats endorsements for September 9th Democratic Primary are:

        1.      Civil Court: Louis Nock and 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.    Lieutenant Governor – Tim Wu

        9.      Governor – Zephyr Teachout  

        Minutes of Special VID Endorsement Meeting of August 14  Special VID Membership Meeting

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