Guest, Erik Coler and Assemblymember Deborah Glick at VID’s 2016 Awards Event
President Nadine Hoffmann opened the July 2016 General Membership Meeting by thanking everyone for the great job they did in petitioning. Alison Greenberg is putting together an interesting Health Forum, rescheduled for the September meeting. The VID put together their first official filing under the new tax rules. Thanks to member David Saperstein, we’re up to date. Frieda Bradlow will be home from Village Care Wednesday.
Greater NYC for Change will be honoring State Senator Brad Hoylman at a free July 18 meet and greet at PS 450.
Campaign buses to Pennsylvania for Hillary will begin on Saturday, September 17, and every Saturday until the election, leaving from Union Square at 8 am and returning at 9 pm. There will be a $15 charge per person with some other fundraising involving Keen, Ed Yutkowitz and Erik Coler.
Campaign chair RJ Jordan did a fabulous job on the Glick campaign, with great help from Erik, acquiring 1500 signatures–500 was the minimum required, so Deborah will be on the ballot.
Nadler won his campaign with 88-90% of the vote in some districts. Tony gave many thanks to Erik and Ed.
Doug Kellner, Co-Chair, NYS Board of Elections spoke about fixing the NYC Board of Elections, improving voting nationwide, and campaign finance reform–public financing.
Assemblyman Deborah Glick thanked everyone, especially Tony, Nadine, Erik and Katharine Wolpe, and said she was very appreciative of Annette Zaner’s letter to the Villager promoting her. She agreed with Doug Kellner that internet voting would be a horrible mistake.
Tony updated everyone on the Candles for Clemency campaign. A new vigil is scheduled for September 10.
Nat Johnson gave the club some good news–the Port Ambrose LNG Project was cancelled by the Governor in favor of a wind farm. VID had been very helpful in accomplishing this. The Bureau of Oceanic Energy Management is having meetings and taking comments for the wind farm–the process is beginning.
President Nadine Hoffmann opened the May 12th Membership Meeting by noting how nicely the VID Gala was written up in The Villager by Lincoln Anderson. There were also some nice pics from this event. The March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which we endorsed, will take place on July 24 before the Democratic Convention. Members agreed to spread the word regarding this event.
District Leader Keen Berger said she had two good things to report. Several CB2 members held a well-attended meeting with Jerrold Nadler regarding the dedication of Christopher Street Park to LGBT rights. The second item was about some school district “carve out” blocks on 12 Street North–residents of these blocks were unhappy about being zoned out of PS 41. CB2 is pushing for their re-inclusion.
Next came the election of the judicial delegates. VID, DID and VRDC were each to contribute two delegates and two alternates. This arrangement passed overwhelmingly, with one nay vote. VID nominees were Nadine Hoffmann, Jen Hoppe, Cormac Flynn, Zella Jones, Erik Coler, and David Saperstein; the finally elected delegates were Jen and Cormac, with Zella and Nadine as alternates.
Tony Hoffmann, Campaign Committee Chair, now opened the Special Candidates Forum for Civil Court, co-sponsored by VRDC, DID, and the Jim Owles Club.
The Civil Court Candidates included:
Emily Morales Minerva
Each candidate gave a four minute presentation followed by up to six minutes of questions from the audience. All the candidates were impressive and the discussion was spirited.
The meeting was adjourned, with the reminder that the endorsement meeting will take place on May 23 at 8pm at Greenwich house.
The meeting opened with a reminder from President Nadine Hoffmann about the Hillary fundraiser on May 12 cosponsored by Renee Feinberg at 303 Mercer. A vote was taken to support the Washington Square Park Music Festival fundraiser on May 8 at the Greenwich Village Music School. Nadine further reported that former member and supporter Marilyn Appelson remembered VID in her will.
Tony Hoffmann of the Campaign Committee thanked everyone who participated in the petitioning effort reporting that VID had secured 700 signatures for Jerrold Nadler, more, he thought, than any other club. A hundred signatures were secured for Carolyn Maloney. On other business, Tony shared that The Candles for Clemency campaign was thinking about sending a few people to the Governor’s house in Mt. Kisco to picket on a weekly basis because it would be more effective.
Nat Johnson had postcards protesting the AIM pipeline, to be sent to the Governor.
Then, the endorsements:
State Senator Brad Hoylman, running unopposed in the 27 SD, had several people speak in his favor and was eventually unanimously endorsed by acclamation.
In the Assembly, where the incumbent, Deborah Glick, was running against challenger Arthur Schwartz, required a ballot, which Glick won, 30 in favor and one abstention.
State Committeewoman/66 AD Rachel Lavine was unopposed, and after discussion was unanimously endorsed by acclamation.
The State Committeeman/66 AD was sought by four candidates; Deley Gazinelli, Dodge Landesman, John Scott, and Benjamin Yee. There was much discussion and many testimonials for each candidate, but Ben Yee ultimately won. The vote was: Deley 3, Dodge 4, John 4, and Ben 24, with one no endorsement.
Following the candidate endorsements was a call for the club endorsement of the March for a Clean Energy Revolution, to be held in Philadelphia on July 24, the day before the Democratic Convention. After discussion, the motion passed by a vote of 21 in favor, 4 against and two abstentions.
Last on the agenda for the April Membership Meeting was a resolution regarding the City’s sale of 45 Rivington Street with a restrictive covenant for nonprofit use to a private developer planing to build condos on the property. The resolution had previously been passed by the Downtown Independent Democrats. There was much discussion about what exactly should be done, with a final agreement to sign on to the resolution, with letters to be sent to Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin, Allure (the firm to which the City sold the rights) and possibly others. This was passed by the members unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned, in time for everyone to watch the Democratic Presidential Debate.
VID’s March Meeting featured reports on the gun violence forum, the Congressional primary, an early voting bill in the NYS legislature and the Algonquin Pipeline. It ended with Club endorsements for Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.
Forum on Gun Violence Panel: Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, Joel Vatsky (CRDC), Nadine Hoffmann (VID),Scott Stringer (not pictured) and Assemblyman Keith Wright
President Nadine Hoffmann opened VID’s March meeting by welcoming Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is up for reelection. He soon left, as he could not speak at the meeting. She then reported on the March 1 Women’s Issues forum at the Red Room, participated in by VID, DID, CODA, Manhattan Young Dems, and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez. There had also been a forum on gun violence the day before, sponsored by the VID and VRDC, and featuring Keith Wright, Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, and Scott Stringer, among others. And she reminded the members about the upcoming Candidates Night on April 7. See April Announcement
District Leader Keen Berger discussed campaigns in other states and candidates she was supporting like Donna Edwards, Catherine Cortez Masto, Russ Feingold and Maggie Hassan. [A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Keen Berger was supporting Chris Van Hollen who is Donna Edwards opponent. Keen is strongly supporting Donna Edwards.]
Nadine commended Erik Coler for meeting with Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh on the topic of early voting–the Assemblyman thinks Republicans are in agreement on this issue and it may pass in the Assembly and State Senate. Jonathan Geballe explained what’s involved in getting this legislation passed.
Jonathan Geballe, Congressman Nadler, Nadine Hoffmann, Erik Coler, Congresswoman Maloney, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman join the petition-launching breakfast at the VID Clubhouse.
Tony Hoffmann spoke about the upcoming Congressional primary on June 28 and the necessity for petitioning. A Campaign Breakfast, paid for by Congressman Nadler, would take place at the clubhouse on Saturday.
Nat Johnson updated everyone on the environment–on February 29, Governor Cuomo sent a letter to FERC about the Algonquin Pipeline, requesting this dangerous project be suspended until a full environmental study is completed. Nat described a circular firing squad involving FERC, NRC, DEC, and the EPA diffusing the blame by saying the others had approved the project. There was a discussion about Int. 446, a bill introduced to prevent fracking and its byproducts from traveling through the city–26 City Council members were needed to sponsor the bill. ( Pipelines leak methane at much higher rates than previously understood, and methane is much more dangerous to the environment than carbon dioxide.)
FERC had not responded to the Governor’ s letter, so Keen proposed sending a statement to the Villager and Cuomo’s office, which was unanimously approved. It was also proposed to send letters to Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Rosie Mendez (copied to the Villager) thanking them for supporting the initiative to suppress fracking. This too was unanimously passed.
Tom Connor, a rent-controlled tenant who is a chair on the advisory board of Greenwich House, a senior center, read a letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the unfairness of the rent raises to rent-controlled tenants, the majority of whom are senior women. Rachel Lavine, a State Committee Representative, asked about SCRIEE having a role. It was proposed that Nadine, Rachel and Tom meet to collaborate on the letter, and this was unanimously passed.
Next Jen Hoppe updated us on the Gala, set to take place on Thursday, April 28 at the newly renovated Tio Pepe. The Committee is soliciting sponsors, and invites are to go out next week. Honorees will be Ben Yee, former leader of the Manhattan Young Dems and current VP of the National Young Dems, someone (as yet undecided) from the Cooper Square Committee (addressing homelessness), and Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of NY (regarding prisoner’s rights). Nadine said the committee had wanted to honor Susan Lerner of Common Cause, but she was unavailable.
Nadine reviewed the VID rules for endorsement of political candidates; after much discussion regarding the candidates–
Jerry Nadler was unanimously endorsed by acclamation.
Carolyn Maloney was endorsed by 23 in favor, with 3 no endorsement votes and one invalid ballot.
Chuck Schumer was endorsed by 19 in favor and 7 no endorsements.
Hillary Clinton received 19 votes, Bernie Sanders received 9 votes and one no endorsement.