May 252017
 

At the May 11th meeting, VID endorsements for City-Wide candidates were voted upon after reports from the Voter Outreach, Environment, Affordable Housing and Gala Committees.  

VID Endorsements for City-Wide Candidates_JamesThe VID endorsements for City-Wide candidates followed a highly successful and well-publicized Candidates Night at the LGBT Center on May 2nd [read The Villager’s coverage]and the general meeting’s focus on Club committee work and community issues. 

You can read the full meeting minutes here.

The meeting began with a request from President Erik Coler to the membership to itemize a list of community concerns.  The responses included tax issues, civil rights protections, parks, after school programs, a new bathroom in the Jefferson Market Library.  Also mentioned were bike racks, broken sidewalks, potholes, “curb cut” ramps, less stop and frisk, noisy clubs, mental health care, more mom and pop stores and small business in general.  Also traffic congestion, lack of coordination at construction sites, participatory budgeting, and fair wages for service employees, eliminating tipping.  There was, additionally a big discussion about the coming work on the L train, and how that would affect the neighborhood, along with the need for more benches, elevators and escalators in the MTA.

Laurie Hardjowirogo, chair of the Voter Outreach Committee reported on their work to support Democratic candidates in Republican held Congressional Districts.  CD 19 currently held by John Faso has been a target of their efforts.  John Patrick Maloney’s Town Hall in Faso territory attracted over five hundred people, along with members of the activist group Indivisible.  More of these will be held, with Kirsten Gillebrand, Chris Murphy, and others.  The object is to raise money and attract volunteers to organize voters to overturn such Republican seats.

Nat Johnson’s Environment Committee reported on progress in curbside composting pick-up.  Community Board #2 approved a resolution calling for this type of curb-side pick-up.  He also reported that Deputy Commissioner Bridget Anderson had set goals for recycling, with zero waste going to landfills by 2030.  Single stream recycling is targeted for 2020, but organic compost is contaminated with plastic bags and must be separated.  But, for every ten buildings that commit to curbside composting, the city will send a truck for pickup.  Already StuyTown is committing to organic recycling.  This summer, on July 25, there will be a Food Waste Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center.

VID Endorsements for City-Wide Candidates_galaNadine Hoffman, co chair of the Gala Committee, announced that the event grossed $37,170.00, with over 150 attendees.  Dr. Alec Pruchnicki donated $150 by selling 15 copies of his book for $10 each and donating the money.  

In the Affordable Housing arena, Erik Coler gave an update on the 421a tenants initiative.  You can read about in The Villager.  In early June, he will be going to buildings where units have been illegally destabilized, and advise them to sign onto a lawsuit on a contingency basis.

And the winners of VID City-Wide endorsements were:

Borough President – Gale Brewer
Comptroller – Scott Stringer
Public AdvocateLetitia James
Mayor – Bill DeBlasio

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Apr 202017
 
VID Moves Progressive Agendas

Day of Action at Washington Square Park

VID Moves Progressive Agendas with a host of initiatives

At the April 13th meeting, President Erik Coler, Voter Outreach Chairs Tony Hoffmann and Laurie Hardjowirago and Environment Committee Chair confirmed that VID moves progressive agendas.

Nat Johnson, of the Environmental Committee, reported on their three major projects:

One is the VID Resolution passed by the Executive Committee promoting curbside compost pickup.  He read this to the membership and it was passed unanimously.

Second is a thank-you letter to the Governor for forming the plastic bag recycle task force.  He said Cuomo had proposed an energy initiative to build renewable energy sources for New York State, and he wants to invite Richard Kaufman, NY’s “energy czar” to explain.

Thirdly is preparation for the Earth Day celebration, April 22 at Foley Square [see calendar].  The next meeting of the Environmental Committee will be on the 19th.  Erik Bottcher mentioned that buses would be leaving New York on the April 29th for the Climate March in DC. [see calendar].

Tony Hoffmann, who is on the Campaign Committee, reported on the success of the candidate’s forum, where candidates for the City Council Districts 1, 2, and 3 spoke, along with the two District Leaders, running unopposed.  This was co-sponsored by the Jim Owles Club and VRDC, with a standing room only crowd of 125 people.  The next forum, for Mayor, Controller, Public Advocate, and District Attorney, will be held May 2 at the LGBT Center.  This will be co-sponsored by VID, VRDC, CRD, DID, CoDA, and the Jim Owles Club.  He also announced the upcoming Jane Street Block Association Street Fair, to be held June 3.

Tony also spoke about the importance of County Committee candidates, the grassroots level of the Democratic Party, and urged people to run for this committee.  There followed a lengthy discussion about how to qualify and run. 

Erik Coler, VID President, continues the committment for VID moves progressive agendas in discussing the Day of Action and how successful it was, giving credit to Laurie Hardjowirogo.  He wants to build it into something bigger, and proposed a Trivia Night.  He will follow up on this idea.

On the Affordable Housing front, Erik commended Marlene Nadle on her letter opposing the renewal of the 421-a tax abatement.  (Unfortunately, it was passed.) He stated the J-51 tax credit should be for 100% affordable housing, but this is not enforced.  The Committee has located four buildings where tenants have been illegally destabilized, and said so far thirteen tenants have signed on for a retainer to fight the situation.  Erik stated the law has been reactive rather than proactive and must change.

Erik also read the resolution from the Voter Reform Committee endorsing Eric Schneiderman’s New York Votes Act, proposing early voting, same day registration, same day primaries, and other reforms.  This resolution was passed by the membership, unanimously.

Nadine Hoffmann reported on plans for the Gala, to be held April 27 at Tio Pepe.  Honorees are to be Shino Tanakawa, an education advocate, pro public education, who was also very active for years in the creation of the 75 Morton Street school, staff from the National Parks Conservancy for their role in establishing the Stonewall National Monument, and three pro-immigrant organizations, the NY Immigrant Coalition, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and Make the Road, all active against the travel ban.  Also to be honored will be member Tony Hoffmann for his valuable contributions to the club.

You can read the full minutes of the April 13th meeting HERE

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Mar 112017
 

VID on the Move with Voter Outreach, Environmental Action, Restoring Rent-Stabilized Tenants and our Club’s Flag atop Kilimangaro

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#DAYWITHOUTAWOMAN at Washington Square Park.  VID members among the thousands.   See NBC Coverage here

VID on the move in another active week for Democrats.  Members have stepped up with energetic Committee initiatives on Voter Outreach, Campaigns, Environmental Action and a very aggressive move to restore J51 tenant’s rent-stabilized status.  There is a full report from Laurie Hardjowirogo on the Voter Outreach Committee page.  Currently the focus is on 19th Congressional District (Dutchess County) where Republican, John Faso will be running for re-election.  Please note the dates on the calendar when you can assist in turning New York’s 19th Congressional District blue.  

The Campaign Committee is holding its first meeting Monday, March 13th, 2017 at 6:30 PM at 26 Perry Street.  The agenda will address Candidate Nights, the first is scheduled for April 5th, 2017; Club Endorsement nights. April 13th and May 11th, 2017; County Committee candidates and petitioning.

VID on the Move_Environment

Frieda Bradlow delivers Environment Committee agenda

Frieda Bradlow reports that the Environment Committee has set its agenda this year on six topics:

  1. Sustainable Energy
  2. Curbside Collection of Organic Waste for Composting  – with emphasis on West Village locations
  3. Closing Indian Point Nuclear Plant 
  4. Hazardous Pipelines 
  5. Noise Pollution
  6. Plastic Bag and Styrofoam Elimination From Our Waste Stream  – see “State Senate Takes Aim at Plastic Bag Fee in New York City

The Housing Committee will report soon on their efforts to preserve current rent-stabilized units.

VID on the move - Kilimangaro

Erik Coler atop Mt. Kilimangaro with VID Flag

And, Congratulations to our President Erik Coler for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft), the tallest mountain in Africa, and he brought the VID flag with him flown on the mountain as a present to the club (Donated to the VID Clubhouse).

Full Meeting Minutes HERE

As you will note we have added a Committee tab to our menu.  You can check in on any of them, join them or help with an event by choosing their topic on the drop-down menu.

And don’t forget to check into VID’s new FaceBook page…or join our FaceBook Group page.  Bulletins and worthy reads galore.

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Nov 202016
 

VID November Meeting…

Here are the Minutes for the Nov. 10th General Meeting and some visuals to go with it.

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General Membership Meeting
Dec. 8th, 2016
St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher Street, 6:30 PM

Agenda 
 

    1.  President’s Report-Nadine Hoffmann

    2.  District Leader Report- Keen Berger

    3.  Special Guest Sen. Brad Hoylman

    4.   Second vote on attached amendment to the VID constitutlion.

    5.  VID Holiday Party Details–Nadine Hoffmann            

   Frieda Bradlow’s Home
    43 Charlton Street   2-5 PM
    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    6.  VID 2017 Officer Elections – President and three Vice-Presidents              

         A.   Any member who is interested in running for either position may submit a letter to
               Zella Jones by Sunday, December 4th, to be published on the website and sent
               to the membership prior to the meeting.  zella@marketxmarket.com
         B.  Nominations may only be taken from
              the floor   
         C.  See attached election protocol adopted by the Executive Committee in 2015.  [This was amended on Dec. 11, 2017]

     7.  New Business

 

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