Aug 222015
 
Herman Gerson

We are saddened to announce that Herman Gerson, a past VID vice president and longtime VID member, honored with the VID Community Service Award in 2005, passed on August 20th.  He was 103 years old. Herman was a former Greenwich Village Democratic district leader, Democratic state committee member. He was father of Alan, former city councilmember for the First District, which covers Lower Manhattan, part of the Village and the Lower East Side and Soho, Noho and Little Italy; and husband of Sophie, a former school board leader and community board member. They all lived at 505 LaGuardia Pl., where Herman Gerson was president of the board of directors and edited 505 News, the building’s quarterly newspaper. He also tutored in math at Washington Irving High School. The service will take place this Sunday, August 23, 11:00 AM at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker St. (bet. MacDoougal and […]

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Jan 142015
 
Talking Point:  Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, Ed Koch and the great V.I.D. split The Villager, January 8, 2015 BY TONY HOFFMAN    |  The passing of Mario Cuomo is sad. He was a liberal lion who gave us hope. People just liked listening to his voice. He was so eloquent. The fact that he also espoused the progressive values that so many of us deeply believed in was icing on the cake. Mario Cuomo will be missed by all New Yorkers.  He will especially be missed by those of us at the Village Independent Democrats who were involved in electing him governor in 1982. This story starts in 1981 when Ed Koch was running for re-election as mayor. Even though many of us endorsed Koch in 1977, and worked to get him elected, we were disillusioned with him. His rightward drift and his tendency to divide as a tactic for governing alienated many of […]

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May 272014
 
The Real Catherine Abate

It is with great sadness that we shared the news of Catherine Abate’s passing. She will be truly missed.   The real Catherine Abate was a friend, a colleague, and one of the most soul-full public servants that New York City has ever had.  See our announcement But that was not the real Catherine Abate portrayed by William McDonald, New York Times Obituary Editor which was dominated by un-substantiated allegations of her father’s past and inferred that her own life’s work was somehow tainted by such hearsay.  Nothing could be further from the truth as many members of our Club know and experienced over nearly a quarter of a century of public service. Assemblymember Glick in her letter to Mr. McDonald urging a more thoughtful and thorough NY Times profile in the future, said: … Usually one expects to get a sense of the person who has died, but your […]

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