Oct 302014
 
VID Endorsements for Nov. 4th, 2014

VID Endorsements for Nov 4 Election, Candidates and Propositions US Congress: 10th District:  Jerrold Nadler US Congress: 12th District:  Carolyn Maloney   Assembly-66th AD: Deborah Glick   Senate- 27th District: Brad Hoylman Governor – Howard Hawkins   Lieutenant Governor:  Brian Jones Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli   Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman Supreme Court:  Milton A. Tingling and Kathryn E. Freed Civil Court: Louis Nock and Arlene Bluth Proposal Number 1 – NO an Amendment: Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure The proposed amendment to sections 4 and 5 and addition of new section 5-b to Article 3 of the State Constitution revises the redistricting procedure for state legislative and congressional districts.   Proposal Number 2 – YES an Amendment: Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills  The proposed amendment to section 14 of Article 3 of the State Constitution would allow electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at […]

Oct 272014
 
Miriam Friedlander Way

Councilmember Rosie Mendez worked hard over the last five years to find a proper public statement for the work and accomplishments of a progressive advocate many of us knew well, Miriam Friedlander.   On Sunday, October 19th on the Southeast Corner of 6th St. and Second Avenue there was a street co-naming ceremony and reception.  Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, former Senator Tom Duane, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, VID members Tony Hoffmann, Katharine Wolpe, and Frieda Bradlow,  joined Councilmember Rosie Mendez in naming Miriam Friedlander Way Friedlander was the outspoken, firebrand Democrat who represented the East Village and Lower East Side in the City Council during some of the area’s most turbulent years, from 1974 to 1991, and died at New York University Medical Center on Sun., Oct. 4, 2009, at 95. A political figure who evoked passionate reactions from her admirers and detractors alike, she  is best remembered […]

Oct 092014
 
Mrs. Green's

VID Joins Sen. Hoylman, Assembly Deborah Glick and Councilmember Corey Johnson in plea to Mrs. Green’s Back in July Hoylman, Glick and Johnson addressed corporate management for the new Mrs. Green’s store at 585 Hudson alarmed by the firm’s history of intimidation toward workers who attempted to organize for fair wages.  You can see their letter here. Village Independent Democrats have added their voice with a resolution: WHEREAS, the company Mrs. Green’s has advertised that it is securing a new location at 585 Hudson Street to open another food market; and WHEREAS, our community welcomes another local purveyor of organic and fresh produce; but there have been reports in the media that Mrs. Green’s has been in violation of federal labor law in responding to attempts by its employees in Westchester to unionize; and WHEREAS, the rights of employees to form or join unions free from retaliation and intimidation has […]