Apr 192018
 

NYS Candidates Forum_FlyerVID is hosting a NYS Candidates Forum on Monday, May 7th

At PS 41
116 West 11th St.
Doors Open at 6:30 PM
First Speaker at 6:45 PM

Hear Candidates Running for:

Governor
Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
State Comprtoller

 

The NYS Candidates Forum is co-hosted by:  Coalition for a District Alternative (CODA); Downtown Independent Democrats (DID); Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club; Grand Street Democrats; Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats; Gramercy Stuyvesant Democrats; and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.

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Apr 152018
 


Gun Control_VID ResosAt the March General Meeting VID Passed Two Resolutions on Gun Control

The first gun control resolution, addressed to the NYS Legislature, requests parity between two existing pieces of legislation.  On the one hand New York State law prohibits minors under the age of 21 from obtaining a license to own or carry handguns; on the other New York State allows anyone over the age of 16 to purchase and own rifles and other long-barreled firearms and the ammunition for them.  Here’s the resolution.  The resolution calls on Democrats and Republicans in the State of New York legislature to increase the minimum age to buy, own, transfer, and obtain a license for ALL firearms and ammunition to at least 21.

The second gun control resolution demands Congressional action to end gun violence  with eight specific requirements. These include:

  1. Increasing requirements for purchasing or transferring a firearms;
  2. Implementing universal background checks;
  3. A ban on assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines;
  4. Prohibition of purchase or transfer of all weapons to violent criminals,
  5. convicted stalkers, and individuals listed on the Global Terrorism Database;
  6. Holding hold firearm manufacturers liable for the omission of safety mechanisms on firearms;
  7. The development and implementation of a National Gun Registry;
  8. Treating gun-related injuries and deaths as a public health issue.

The resolution further puts particular emphasis on opposing the  Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

State Democrats have introduced several pieces of legislation since February that have been blocked by State Republicans.  Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has published a comprehensive account of all legislation introduced, and their sponsors in a piece titled Senate Republicans Vote Down Gun Safety Legislation

The NYS Assembly passed their package on March 6th by a large margin.  The NYS Senate however, voted them down and instead “passed a series of so-called school safety measures that, among other steps, would require police officers at schools in New York City and provide grants to districts outside the city to hire retired law enforcement as school resource officers,” as reported by The NY Daily News.

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Apr 072018
 

The March meeting introduced many resolutions and a very thorough presentation on NYC Organics Collection Program

MARCH MINUTES.  Among the first orders of business were various activities surrounding the March Against Guns, scheduled for March 24th and a Gun Control Forum featuring State Senator Brian Kavanaugh on March 18.  Deb Sherman and Allison Greenberg, of the ad hoc Gun Control Committee, announced a high school walkout at the Clinton School on March 14 in honor of a student who was killed in the recent shootout.  Poster making, logistics and two resolutions highlighted the discussion.  See the more on these resolutions.   

March Minutes_Rachel-Lavine

Rachel Lavine, State Committee Woman

The March Minutes also reported on the election for the two State Committee positions.  Ben Yee, current State Committeeman, running unopposed and Rachel Lavine, current State Committeewoman also running unopposed.  Ben won his endorsement with 29 in support and one no endorsement; Rachel was reelected unanimously, with 30 in support.

 

March Minutes_OrganicsNat Johnson, chair of the Environmental Committee, introduced Tal Zakan, Senior Coordinator of Recycling and Sustainability, who gave a comprehensive slide show and presentation on the state of composting in the Village, with advice on how to organize your building and what should and can be composted.  This was followed by an animated discussion.

A resolution calling for the MTA and the DOT to Suspend the Radical 14th Street Transportation Plan Imposed by the Shutdown of the L Train Tunnel, ran into some strong opposition.  A friendly amendment was offered re the City and Country School on West 13th Street, which was accepted, but ultimately the resolution was sent back to the ad hoc committee, composed of Jonathan, Ed, David Siffert, and Janet Liff.  Here is the final Resolution on the L Train.

Another resolution on the Tech Alley Impact on the Community was read, calling for zoning changes to be implemented to preserve affordability in the area.  This passed unanimously. 

Jen Hoppe reported on the Governor’s Report on the Status of NY Women and Girls 2018, created by Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, and Melissa DeRosa, first female Secretary to the Governor.  She presented a slideshow on five major areas:  Health, Safety, Workplace, Girls, and Family.  This was a comprehensive look at what has been done and still needs to be done in NYS regarding the status of women.

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