Jul 132015

July 9th General Meeting - HoylmanThe July 9th General Meeting covered many topics.

Beginning with a review of the status of the Small Business Jobs legislation which recently added its 20th City Council co-sponsor, Ines Barron (There will be another forum on this topic July 22 in Washington Heights), General Meeting discussions also covered reports from District Leader Keen Berger; announcements by Nat Johnson about forums on the Spectra Pipeline extension  [See the posting]; and a surprise visit from State Senator Brad Hoylman who reported on a long list of initiatives.

The results of the Club’s petitioning were presented in a statement from the Campaign Committee:  43 VID-ers had carried petitions and approximately 900 signatures were obtained.   Congratulations, all.

Linda Jacobsen, who led the meeting made a presentation about this evening’s meeting being Member’s Night, to address the members’ concerns and ideas.  She read an excerpt from the General Rules for Synergy, adapted from the Josephine County, Oregon, Department of Health and Community Action.  She emphasized the need for respectful discussion without personal attacks.  She encouraged members to speak, with a 3 minute limit on presentations with a 2 minute limit on questions and comments.

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Jul 112015

nukes and pipelinesNukes and Pipelines

We are posting this important invitation because the NY Metro area is directly impacted by the dangerous siting of a huge high pressure gas pipeline only 105 feet from vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear power facility. (Impact region: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, New Jersey and Connecticut).  Nuclear power, pipeline and medical disaster experts have been calling for a comprehensive, independent and transparent risk assessment of the convergence of these major hazards and have been joined by county legislatures that have passed resolutions, health professionals, scientists, other public officials and the public. Yet, such an analysis was not conducted.  This extremely dangerous project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and few options remain to halt this project from moving forward. That’s where you come in!

July 15 in Westchester: Nukes and Pipes
Wednesday, July 15th at 2:00 PM,
Hendrick Hudson Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548.

 Nuclear expert Paul Blanch will preview critical new information about the Spectra AIM Pipeline and then make a formal presentation about the dangerous siting of this proposed pipeline next to Indian Point at a special meeting of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Petition Review Board.

A press conference, hosted by NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, will precede the event, and a public Q&A will follow the formal presentation.

For more information visit:  http://wespac.org/event/nuclear-expert-to-present-information/


 Forum on Indian Point

Saturday, July 18, 7-9 PM
Goddard-Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Ave. at 88th St.

nukes and pipelines_Indian PointA forum on Indian Point and how to organize to pass New York City Council Resolution 0694-2015 from Committee on Environmental Protection, calling upon the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to re-license Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3, so that those reactors will cease operations.

Presentations by Tim Judson, Executive Director, Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS); Andy Padian, Paul M. Blanch, Nuclear Experts; Ken Gale, Eco-Logic; and Catherine Skopic, SDIPN Legislative Committee Chair.

Organizer: United For Action

For more information:  http://www.ieatgreen.com/event/july-18-indian-point-nuclear-power-plant-forum/

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