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 182013
 
VID Endorsements

Keen Berger and Jonathan Geballe, endorsed candidates for Female and Male District Leader, NYS 66th AD, Part A

VID Endorsements

On Thursday, March 15, 2013, the Village Independent Democrats voted to endorse Keen Berger and Jonathan Geballe for 66th Assembly District Leaders, Part A (Female & Male) for the 2013 Democratic Primary.  Keen Berger, the incumbent for 66th AD (Female) was unopposed.  Jonathan Geballe, who had been previously elected by the County Committee to complete the remainder of the term vacated by State Senator Brad Hoyman, was endorsed for the 66th AD (Male) post.

VID also elected the following persons to fill the role of Judicial Delegate or Alternate Judicial Delegate, as needed, representing VID:

Judicial Delegates

Peter Crosta
David Kruger
Nat Johnson

Alternate Judicial Delegates

Nadine Hoffmann
Marti Speranza
Georgina Christ
Maia Gottesfeld
 
 
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Jun 062012
 

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
7:30 P. M.
ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
81-83 CHRISTOPHER STREET

Agenda

  1.  District Leader Reports
  2. Campaign Committee Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Speaker-Ms. Shirley Gray-Representative from Social Services Employees Union Local 371- Discussion of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to put care for homebound seniors in the hands of HMO style healthcare providers under a program called Managed Care.
  5.  Candidate’s Forum-29th State Senate District – State Senator Tom Duane has announced that he is not running for re-election.  Since we had previously endorsed him, we will now meet to endorse a candidate for his 29th State Senate District.  Candidates will have the opportunity to address VID’s membership and answer questions.
  6. Endorsement for State Senate-29th State Senate District.

Refreshments will be provided.

Notes:
1-The Newsletter is in the process of being written.  Please send any pieces of information you would like included to Nadine Hoffmann at citywoman17@gmail.com

          2- Petitions for VID endorsed candidates will be distributed at the meeting

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Mar 062012
 

DemocratsVID will be holding its 2012 Candidate Endorsement Forum and Vote on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Location is Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street (just east of 7th Avenue), 5th Floor (called the “Yellow Room”).* The forum will also be attended by the Downtown Independent Democrats.

Candidates will speak between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. VID’s endorsement discussion and vote will take place the same night and location at 9:00 p.m.

We are inviting candidates (or their representatives) seeking the Democratic Party ballot line for the following offices:

President and Vice President of the United States
U.S. Senator
U.S. Representative (8th District)
U.S. Representative (14th District)
NYS Senate (25th Senate District)
NYS Senate (29th Senate District)
NYS Assembly (66th Assembly District)
Surrogate’s Court – New York County
New York City Civil Court Judge
Democratic State Committee — Female and Male

 

*This meeting will replace our General Membership Meeting (originally scheduled for March 8).

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