On December 10, VID 2016 Officers were elected and after considerable discussion the Club voted No Endorsement for the Democratic Presidential Primary.
With 32 members present, elections took place for VID 2016 officers – a President and three Vice Presidents for 2016: Nadine Hoffmann, President; Linda Jacobson, Vice President; Erik Coler, Vice President, and Barbara Ruether, Vice President. A Treasurer, Recording Secretary, two Corresponding Secretaries and the Executive Committee will be elected at the January 14 meeting. Here are the election rules.
The next major portion of the meeting was the endorsement of a National Presidential candidate. Present were Adam Stolz, representing Martin O’Malley, and Sean Patrick Murphy, representing Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton was not represented.
After lengthy discussion by members for each candidate, as well as discussion of the pros and cons of “no endorsement,” the first ballots were distributed and tallied: Hillary 12, Bernie 12, and no endorsement 7. Since no position had a clear majority, another ballot was necessary. The second ballot gave Hillary 10, Bernie 12 and no endorsement 10. Since again there was no clear majority, the club position is “no endorsement.
State Assemblymember Deborah Glick came by to cast her votes and to update the Club on the work she had been doing with Transportation Alternatives to redesign Fifth and Sixth Avenues, providing bike lanes and improvements to benefit pedestrians and slow traffic.
You can read the full minutes here. And catch a few scenes below.