Oct 252015
 

Clinton Wins Village Bean Poll Adding to Her Victories in a Very Big Week,

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Conducted by Nadine and Tony Hoffman, Jenifer Hoppe, Linda  Jacobson and Kathy Slawinsky on October 24th at Astor Place in Greenwich Village, 292 respondents gave Hillary Clinton a narrow edge over Bernie Sanders.  Martin O’Malley got traunced.

And, here are the actual tallies:

Hillary Clinton: 142
Bernie Sanders: 139
Martin O’Malley: 11

Don’t forget the Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum on Sunday, Nov. 1st at 2PM at the SVA  Theater, 333 West 23rd St.

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Sep 082014
 

The Village Independent Democrats endorsements for September 9th Democratic Primary are:

1.      Civil Court: Louis Nock and Arlene Bluth

2.      State Committeeman-66th AD: No Endorsement 

3.      State Committeewoman-66th AD: Rachel Lavine

4.      Assembly-66th AD: Deborah Glick 

5.      Senate- 27th District: Brad Hoylman   

6.      Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli 

7.      Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman

8.    Lieutenant Governor – Tim Wu

9.      Governor – Zephyr Teachout  

Minutes of Special VID Endorsement Meeting of August 14  Special VID Membership Meeting

VOTE !!

 

To vote in the November General Election, your application must be received no later than October 10th except, if you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since October 10th, you may register in person at the board of elections up until October 24th.

Click here for Electronic Voter Registration

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May 042014
 

NYS Candidates ForumOn May 1st VID and eight other Clubs sponsored a NYS candidates forum for Democrats seeking inclusion on the 2014 Primary Ballot.

Here are the Minutes of the Forum

Ed Yutkowitz, VID  Corresponding Secretary organized the event which included:

Keith Wright, Chairman of the New York County Democrats, Assembly Member, and a Co-Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, who will speak on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Randy Credico, Candidate for NYS Governor
First Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York, Pete Grannis, representing Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator for the 27th District.
Deborah Glick, Assembly Member for the 66th district, who will also represent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Dan Squadron, New York State Senator for the 26th District.
Rachel Lavine, 66th AD; Alan Shulkin, 66th AD and John Quinn, 65th AD Candidates for New York State Democratic Committee.

Co-sponsors of the event included Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lower Manhattan Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Greater NYC for Change, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and 

Among the prominent topics raised by the Forum attendees were campaign finance reform, the recent legislation regarding development rights through the Hudson River Park Trust , Fracking and the NYS Senate’s Independent Democrat Conference (IDC).

Rachel Lavine, State Democratic Committee member and founder of the NYS Progressive Caucus introduced a resolution by that body detailing the failures of  Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate (IDC) in advancing important Democratic legislation and calling upon the  IDC  to rejoin the Democratic Conference led by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.  The topic  was immediately picked up by the NY Daily News and by Capital NY

All the candidates agreed that Campaign Finance Reform was a priority with Senator Hoylman speaking out vehemently for its need.  Assemblymember Glick offered a detailed chronology of the imperfect Hudson River Park legislation and  hopefully mitigating provision for full local  ULURP review for future development that remained in the final package.

Senator Dan Squadron added a plea for support of his pending legislation for collaborative funding for NYC Parks between the City and the various Park Conservancies to advance their more equitable care.

Minutes will be posted soon.  Here are the pictures,

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Mar 292013
 

The April General Membership, Candidate Forum & Endorsement Meeting

 held on Thursday, April 11th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street,  at 7:00 PM and will include a candidate forum for City Council Districts 1,2, and 3 as well as for the NYC offices of Comptroller and District Attorney.

The agenda is:

1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe
2.  Endorsements.  (VID members are qualified to vote at this endorsement meeting if they became a member of VID on or before Friday, January 11, 2013).

  • City Council 3rd District
  • City Council 1st District
  • City Council 2nd District
  • NYC Comptroller
  • District Attorney – New York County

​3.  Report of Committee Chairs

5.  Resolutions

  • Resolution in Favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform- Keen Berger

6.  New Business

Information on Voting and Election Procedures
Please arrive early to check in and to receive your ballots

Below are selected excerpts from the VID Constitution

NOMINATIONS:  “Nomination for all elective positions shall be made from the floor at the meeting at which the election is to be held.”  VID Constitution, Article VII.
MEMBERS ENTITLED TO VOTE:  “All members in good standing who shall have been members in good standing as of 90 days preceding the meeting date (including the date of joining and excluding the date of the meeting) are entitled to vote.”  VID Constitution, Article VIII.
  1. “Any eligible person may become a sustaining member in good standing on payment of the annual dues prescribed for such members in this Article.”  VID Constitution, Article III
  2. “A member in default of dues for one year or less may cure this default by paying both overdue and current dues, and on such payment the member shall regain all rights and privileges of membership.”  VID Constitution, Article III.
SPEAKING RULES:
  1. Each candidate for City Council has up to five minutes to speak
  2. Each candidate for NYC Comptroller and District Attorney has up to three minutes to speak
  3. VID members can speak for up to three minutes on behalf of each candidate
  4. Each candidate will take up to six minutes of questions
RULES FOR VID ENDORSEMENT:
  1. There will be three vote counters, appointed by the President, in consultation with the membership.
  2. Voting is by secret ballot.
  3. Qualified members must be present to vote.
  4. In order for a nominee to be endorsed by the VID he/she must receive a majority of ballots cast.  Anytime no endorsement receives a majority of votes cast then no endorsement is the position of VID.
  5. If no candidate receives a majority of ballots cast on the initial vote then there will be one more ballot and the second ballot will contain the names of the two nominated candidates with the most votes.  No endorsement is always on the ballot.  If no candidate receives a majority of ballots cast, or no endorsement receives a majority of ballots cast, then no endorsement is the position of VID.
  6. Balloting will occur each time all candidates for a given position have spoken.  At 9:00 PM the ballot box will be opened for all positions that have not been voted on yet.
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