Feb 282018
 
L-Train, KidsRise, Endorsements, Campaigning

VID’s General Meeting Covered L-Train, KidsRise, Endorsements, Campaigning and More… L-Train, KidsRise, Endorsements, Campaigning were the mail topics at February’s General Meeting held at PS 41 on the 8th.  John Weatherall spoke a meeting addressing the L train shutdown at a February 14 MTA Open House.   Chris Marte made a report on 85 Bowery, a building where almost 75 residents, children and seniors among them, were evacuated because of structural issues which the new landlord had not addressed.  He had disputed the status of the building as rent-stabilized and had not fixed the staircase for two years, so the court ordered the evacuation and gave the landlord two weeks to do the repairs.  The tenants, many of whom don’t speak English, were sent to a homeless shelter in East New York, where they were packed six to a room.  Both VID and DID sent letters to the local electeds. There’s more background […]

Feb 262018
 
Petitioning Launch

Petitioning Launch Breakfast This Saturday Start off your petitioning season right and join the VID, Congressman Jerry Nadler, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney‘s team.  Pick up your Petitions! Bagels, loxs, and the schmear of your choosing Meet and greet with VID’ers Details When: This Saturday! March 3rd (Petitioning Starts March 6th) Time: 10am – 12pm Noon Where: VID HQ 26 Perry St, Basement Level Check out our new CALENDAR page to see dates and times you can pick up petitions. For Further Contact Tony Hoffmann – Tonyhoffmann26@gmail.com Laurie Hardjowirogo – Laurieh2ster@gmail.com Erik Bottcher – ebottcher@gmail.com VID President Erik Coler – ErikColer@gmail.com

Feb 172018
 
VID Endorses Gillibrand, Nadler and Maloney

VID 2018 Endorsements VID Endorses Gillibrand, Nadler and Maloney, at the February 8th meeting.  The primary for these Federal offices will be on June 26th, with petitioning starting March 6th and a kick-off breakfast on March 3rd at VID headquarters, 26 Perry St., from 10:00 am to Noon.  Congressman Nadler will join us at 10:30am. The membership listened to three candidate representatives and one candidate.  The seat most contested was the 12th Congressional District where Carolyn Maloney is the incumbent.  Challenigng her are Sander Hicks and Suraj Patel.  Ballotpedia provides some comparative background on Congresswoman Maloney and Suraj Patel.   Rob Gottheim, the Congressman’s District Director spoke for Jerry Nadler; Minna Elias, the Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff spoke for Carolyn Maloney. The Tallies US Senate – 26 votes for Gillibrand; 5 votes for No Endorsement;  1 vote for Al Franken 10th Congressional District – Unanimous for Nadler 12th Congressional District – 20 […]

Feb 162018
 
New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan

On February 13th New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) hosted two public webinars to provide an overview of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan ….and the next steps that New York State will take to advance offshore wind energy development.  To spur the development of renewable resources, Governor Cuomo announced in his 2018 State of the State address that the state will issue solicitations in 2018 and in 2019 for a combined total of at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power.  You can read and download the 53-page comprehensive Offshore Wind Master Plan here. Introduction to the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan In light of the Clean Energy Standard mandate, and recognizing the enormous potential renewable energy resource that exists off of its Atlantic coast, New York has set its sights squarely on offshore wind energy as a key component of the State’s clean energy strategy. Governor […]