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
 

Following an informative and very well attended forum on April 5th, VID’s first 2017 Endorsements made on April 13th

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VID members were well-prepared for their first 2017 Endorsements following a Candidates Night with more than 125 people in attendance and 17 candidates for City Council Districts 1,2 and 3 and for District Leader positions for the 66th AD, Parts A and B, 

At the April 13th General Meeting where the endorsements took place, members were free to make statements for or against candidates, with voting to follow.

Here are the results:

For City Council District 1, Chris Marte won over incumbent Margaret Chin
votes.

For City Council District 2, Carlina Rivera won endorsement over  Ronnie Cho, Erin Hussein and Mary Silver 

For City Council District 3, Corey Johnson won endorsement almost unanimously, with one abstention.

For Female District Leader in the 66th AD, Part A, Keen Berger won unanimously.
For Male District Leader in the 66th AD, Part A, the vote was “no endorsement” at 17, with 13 for Arthur Schwartz, and two write-ins received one vote each.

The next Candidates Night will be on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:00 PM, where candidates for Mayor, Controller, Public Advocate, and District Attorney will be heard.  The event will take place at the LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St,. This forum is Co-Sponsored by VID, VRDC, CRD, DID, CoDA, and the Jim Owles Club.

For a full list of all 2017 candidates visit the Gotham Gazette or the New York City Campaign Finance roster of candidates.

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Mar 312017
 

Endorsement Meeting_MembersGeneral Membership & Endorsement Meeting

Thursday, April 13th, 6:30 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church
83 Christopher St.

1.  President’s Report
2.  Elected Officials
3.  District Leaders
4.  Committee Reports

  •    Voter Reform Committee – Laurie Hardjowirogo
  •    Environmental Committee – Nat Johnson
  •    Gala Committee – Nadine Hoffmann / Nancy Shamban
  •    Campaign Committee – Tony Hoffmann & Laurie Hardjowirogo
  •    Affordable Housing – Erik Coler

5. Endorsement of City Council & District Leaders
    City Council District 1
    City Council District 2
    City Council District 3
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    District Leaders – 66th AD, Part A

6.  New Business
7.  Adjournment

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RULES FOR ENDORSEMENTS OF CANDIDATES

Each City Council Race will be provided with 15 mins of total discussion.
– One minute per person to speak in favor of voting in favor of a candidate, against a candidate, or no endorsement for the race as a whole.

Each District Leader Race will be provided with 10 mins of total discussion.
– One minute per person to speak in favor of voting in favor of a candidate, against a candidate, or no endorsement for the race as a whole.

*Simple majority of all votes cast is the winner.  If no winner top two have a runoff. On second vote If nobody has a majority, or if no endorsement has a majority, then no endorsement is the position of the club.

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Feb 232017
 

The planned DNC Candidate Endorsement at our February General Membership Meeting was cancelled due to a blizzard.

We were disappointed that we were unable to have a membership meeting due to the weather in order to make a DNC Candidate endorsement as a Democratic club. However, the VID Executive Committee felt that this election is too important not to voice our opinion.  As a result, after background research, much deliberation and discussion the Executive Committee endorsed Keith Ellison with the following resolution:

Whereas, the scheduled and advertised endorsement meeting of the Village Independent Democrats (VID) regarding the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was canceled because of a blizzard, and

Whereas, the DNC will choose a chair before the next general VID meeting, and

Whereas, the VID is dedicated to a vibrant and effective Democratic party, both locally and nationally,

Whereas, the members of the Village Independent Democrats executive committee have considered the candidates for DNC chair by studying their websites and viewing other forums at which they spoke, and

Whereas, members of the VID Executive Committee have voted regarding all 10 candidates for this position,

Therefore, the VID Executive Committee strongly supports Keith Ellison for the next DNC chair. His plan as Chair would revitalize both the states and national Democratic parties, build a stronger Democratic platform, and focus on a grassroots approach.

 

You can review the candidates qualifications and the process to be followed in this thorough National Public Radio piece or in this updated CNN coverage.

DNC candidate endorsement

From left: Democrats Keith Ellison, Jaime Harrison, Tom Perez and Pete Buttigieg are competing to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. Other candidates include Sally Boynton Brown and Jehmu Green.  Photograph:  NorthCountryPublicRadio.org

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