Jan 142015
 
Talking Point:  Climate Justice

Climate justice, now! The Villager, January 8, 2015 To The Editor: At its last general meeting, the Village Independent Democrats unanimously passed a resolution on Government Action Against Climate Change. To those who know V.I.D.’s history and commitment to progressive causes, this will be no surprise. V.I.D. has been in the forefront in the fight to protect our environment. Our early support of Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu in the recent Democratic primary was critical to their success and likely influenced Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking. V.I.D. has also been a leader in the fight against the Spectra pipeline, whose development unfortunately now allows high-pressure fracked gas to pass very near a playground on the West Village waterfront.  Climate change poses a grave and imminent danger to our community. Greenwich Village is vulnerable to the dangers posed by rising sea levels.  Indeed, many New York City residents — especially those […]

Jan 142015
 
Talking Point:  Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, Ed Koch and the great V.I.D. split The Villager, January 8, 2015 BY TONY HOFFMAN    |  The passing of Mario Cuomo is sad. He was a liberal lion who gave us hope. People just liked listening to his voice. He was so eloquent. The fact that he also espoused the progressive values that so many of us deeply believed in was icing on the cake. Mario Cuomo will be missed by all New Yorkers.  He will especially be missed by those of us at the Village Independent Democrats who were involved in electing him governor in 1982. This story starts in 1981 when Ed Koch was running for re-election as mayor. Even though many of us endorsed Koch in 1977, and worked to get him elected, we were disillusioned with him. His rightward drift and his tendency to divide as a tactic for governing alienated many of […]

Jan 122015
 
VID Members Reviewed Pier 55 Proposal

At the January 8th meeting VID members reviewed Pier 55 Proposal Keen Berger introduced Rich Caccappolo, Chair CB#2 Parks Committee; Susan Aaron, also of CB#2 but speaking on behalf of Friends of Hudson River Park and Kate Horton, a British theater executive and member of the theater production crew, that also includes George C. Wolfe, the former producer of the Public Theater and Stephen Daldry, the director and producer, for a discussion of the Pier 54/Pier 55 proposal.  The proposal is described in the NY Times as, “a $170 million, futuristic park built atop an undulating platform 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline with a series of wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater.” Conceived as an offering to the City by Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, Mr. Diller has agreed to provide $130 million to build the park […]

Jan 122015
 
New Officers - Part II

At the January 8th meeting the membership elects new officers and passes resolutions With a full house Nadine Hoffman, VID’s new President opened a lively meeting to elect new VID officers for 2015: Treasurer(s), Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretaries and Executive Committee.  This meeting also included an update from Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office, via Eric Bottcher and discussion and passage of two resolutions and two letters: Resolution introduced by Tom Connor,  Governor’s cancellation of Health Fair Resolution by Jim Fouratt, Support For NYC Mayor & Speaker of NYC Council Letter of Sympathy introduced by Nadine Hoffmann, Re: Murder of Two NYC Police Officers Letter to Gov Cuomo re Hydro-Fracking introduced by Jonathan Geballe And the new officers election results? Recording Secretary– Kathy Slawinski Corresponding Secretaries– Jonathan Geballe, Ed Yutkowitz Co-Treasurers-Frieda Bradlow, Ellen Peterson-Lewis Executive Committee Ex-Officio: Tony Hoffmann At Large Members: Tom Connor Jim Fouratt Nat Johnson Ann Kjelberg Rachel Lavine Alec Pruchnicki Barbara […]