Our May 14th General Membership Meeting has a pretty full agenda. In addition to Club business we will be hosting an important discussion on Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure, as well as presentations from and endorsements of Civil Court and District Leader candidates. Following is the agenda: I. President’s Report
II. District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger
III. Special Forum: Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure
Panelists: Clare Donohue, Sane Energy Project
Eric Weltman, Food & Water Watch in New York
Ling Tsou, United for Action
Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, Status of the Port Ambrose LNG
IV. Update on Saving Small Business Petitioning–Sharon Woolums
V. Update on Gala–Jen Hoppe
VI. Presention by Civil Court Judge Candidates (See election protocol for all candidates below)
VII. Endorsement of Civil Court Judge Candidates
VIII. Presentation by District Leader Candidates
IX. Endorsement of District Leader Candidates.
X. Election of VID’s Judicial Delegates and Alternates
XI. New Business
Village Independent Democrats
Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate:
a- Must be a VID member for 90 days
b- Dues must be up to date
c- If your dues have expired, you can pay back dues in order to vote. However, per VID constitution you can only pay back dues for one year and one month. Therefore, anybody who’s dues expired before April 14, 2014 is not eligible to vote.Election Protocol:
Each candidate can speak for up to 5 minutes
Each candidate will take questions from VID members for up to 5 minutes
VID members are allocated up to 5 minutes speak on behalf of a candidate. No member can speak for more than one minute unless nobody else wishes to speak.
A candidate must get a majority of the votes cast in order to get the VID endorsement. In case no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot and there are only two candidates on the ballot then no endorsement is the position of the club. If there are more than two candidates then there is one more ballot with the two top vote getters staying on the ballot. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the second ballot then the position of the club is no endorsement.
Same rules as for Civil Court candidates with the exception that the candidates only receive three minutes each to speak.
Judicial Delegates and Alternate Judicial Delegates
Each candidate receives 1 minute to speak
VID members have five minutes to as candidates questions
The candidates who receive the most votes are elected to represent VID on the ballot as judicial delegates. The candidates who receive the next highest number of votes become the alternate judicial delegates.
Zephyr Teachout Addresses April 9th General Membership Meeting
Ms. Teachout started by announcing that she had just gained tenure at Fordham. She finished her book, “Corruption in America“, and had just written a letter to the Supreme Court regarding the Citizens United decision.
She discussed how the Founding Fathers found corruption the biggest threat to democracy, although now over 50% of former congresspeople become lobbyists. This profession was a felony in many states for over a hundred years of our history. Zephyr Teachout also spoke of renewable energy, net neutrality, and a possible second book about effects of high-stakes testing for teachers. She also seemed optimistic about the choice of Carl Heastie to replace Sheldon Silver, and discussed the corrupting influence of money in politics and the fate of the Moreland Commission.