Mar 022018
NYC Composting Program

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VID Reviews NYC Composting Program in Forum at the March General Meeting

On March 8th VID will present a forum on the NYC Composting Program … or How Greenwich Village Will Be Getting Greener!  

One third of what New Yorkers throw away is food scraps and other waste and that can be used to generate renewable energy as well as compost to create soil.  

To explain how local residents can participate in New York City’s innovative waste collection programs, Village Independent Democrats (VID) will host Tal Zaken, Senior Coordinator, Organics Outreach in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability of the Department of Sanitation, at its general meeting on Thursday, March 8.  

Tal will explain how residents and buildings can participate in curbside collection or convenient neighborhood drop-off spots for organic waste material.  The meeting, which begins at 6:30 pm, is at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, at 83 Christopher Street.

“VID has been working for years to make New York City cleaner and greener,” said Nat Johnson, Chairman of VID’s Environmental Committee.  “If extended and developed, this program of the DSNY could be a game-changer in terms of waste removal and renewal.”

The City of New York already operates many compost collection sites in lower Manhattan, including:  

  1. Abingdon Square Greenmarket West 12th Street & 8th Avenue Saturdays: 8am–1pm*
  2. Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park at 10th Ave. 14th Street Park at southwest corner of 15th St. and 10th Ave Daily: 7am-7pm
  3. Hudson River Park’s Chelsea Waterside Park at W. 23rd St. Chelsea Waterside Park at 23rd St. and 11th Ave entrance Daily: 7am-7pm
  4. Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at N. Moore St. Pier 25 at N. Moore St. near kid’s playground Daily: 7am-7pm
  5. Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 at W. Houston St. Pier 40 at Houston St. near Dog Park Daily: 7am-7pm
  6. Hudson River Park’s Pier 51 at Horatio St. Pier 51 at Horatio St. near comfort station
  7. Hudson Square – 6th Ave & Spring St, East side of 6th Avenue just north of Spring Street, in front of the entrance to God’s Love We Deliver Hours: T/Th, 8:00am-11:00am, year-round.
  8. Tompkins Square Greenmarket E 7th St & Ave A Sundays 8am-1pm*
  9. Union Square Greenmarket NE Section of Union Square Park Mon* , Wed, Fri, Sat* 8am-5pm
  10. West 23rd Street at 8th Avenue, South side of W 23rd Street, just west of 8th Avenue, in front of the Vitamin Shoppe. Hours: Tu/Th, 8:00am-11:00am, year-round


The full list is at

See the full agenda for the March 8th Meeting Go to CALENDAR

* Textiles

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Dec 212017

VID’s Renewable Energy Forum Packed with Details

Renewable Energy_speakers

Nat Johnson, VID’s Environmental Committee Chair; John Franceschina. President, New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) and Greg Hale. Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of the Governor

Nat Johnson, Chair of VID’s Environmental Committee put together an excellent program for December 4th’s Renewable Energy Forum which included speakers from the NYS Reforming Energy Vision (REV) program and the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO).

REV’s 2030 goals include a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels; 50% of electricity from renewable sources; 23% reduction in energy consumption of buildings from 2012 levels.  Ambitious but as Greg Hale, Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of the Governor says, “Doable.”  Their strategy is to support a broad range of renewable options, from rooftop solar panels to grid-scale wind farms, all with an emphasis on integrating these diverse energy sources into the grid. Simultaneously, New York is working to reduce soft costs and other market barriers to make these solutions more competitive in the energy market.  To accomplish this REV has embarked on more than 40 initiatives covering seven categories:

  1. Renewable Energy
  2. Building & Energy Efficiency
  3. Clean Energy Financing
  4. Sustainable & Resilient Communities
  5. Energy Infrastructure Modernization
  6. Innovation and R&D
  7. Transportation

You can review Mr. Hales whole presentation, Reforming the Energy Vision – New York Public Service (PowerPoint)

Renewable Energy ForumAnother fast-growing option utilizes Geothermal energy.   John Franceschina, President, New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) explained the process and benefits for using ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool buildings in New York State.  First, it is a naturally available and steady resource; the earth itself is a solar collector as well as an energy storage system.  Geothermal heat pump (GHP) Systems are extremely scalable, from low income housing to community loops serving multiple buildings on college campuses (such as the Skidmore Energy Node Project).  Since the Renewable Energy Forum,  on December 11, 2017, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and New York State Senator Robert Ortt announced the passage of their new law allowing geothermal heating & cooling systems to be included in New York’s On-Bill Recovery Financing Program.  This program, administered by the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), allows homeowners, small businesses and not-for-profits to finance energy efficiency improvements through a charge on their utility bill.

You can also learn more about the movement toward geothermal energy from The Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)

OR you can download VID’s Forum Resource sheet.

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Apr 022017


Candidates Night_Judson

The Judson Memorial Church,  located on Washington Square South opposite Washington Square Park

Wednesday, April 5th, 6pm – 10pm
 Judson Memorial Church
Enter at 239 Thompson St. 


Hear all City Council candidates for Districts 1,2,and 3 and all District Leaders candidates for the 66th AD, Parts A and B speak about their campaign for your vote on Primary Day, September 12th.   Click Here to Find out your City Council District

Sponsored by:  Village Independent Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Village Reform Democratic Club

 Candidates in Order of Their Appearance

6:30 pm: Dashia Imperiale – Candidate for  CityCouncil District 1

6:45 pm: Jasmin Sanchez – Candidate for City Council District 2

7:00 pm: Terri Cude – Female District Leader Candidate for 66th AD, Part B

7:07 pm: Dennis Gault – Male District Leader Candidate for 66th AD, Part B

7:14 pm: Arthur Schwartz – Male District Leader Candidate for 66th AD,Part A

7:21 pm: Keen Berger – Female District Leader Candidate for 66th AD, Part A

7:30 pm: Corey Johnson – Candidate for City Council District 3

7:45 pm: Margaret Chin – Candidate for City Council District 1

8:00 pm: Christopher Marte – Candidate for City Council District 1

8:15 pm: Aaron Foldenauer – Candidate for City Council District 1

8:30 pm: Carlina Rivera – Candidate for City Council District 2

8:45 pm: Ronnie Cho – Candidate for City Council District 2

9:00 pm: Mary Silver – Candidate for City Council District 2

9:15 pm: Erin Hussein– Candidate for City Council District 2


Calendar for voting dates, voter registration deadlines and absentee ballots.

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Mar 252017

There are Three Simple Steps to Find Out If You Live in a Rent Stabilized Apartment

Here’s how to find out if you are rent stabilized.

1.  Request your Rent History

 You can get your rental history from the New York Department of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR) you can do so by…

  • Going to the website and requesting your history
  • Calling the DHCR and requesting a rental history (212) 480 – 6700

2.  Receive your Rent History

The DHCR will send you your apartment’s Rental History. Your landlord will never be notified of the request for your history

3.  Bring to our Community Meeting

Bring your Rental History to the Community Meeting on April 11th, Tuesday, April 11th @ 6:30pm, at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center – 1 Clarkson St. (Top floor – Community Room)  MAP

OR contact us directly and we will walk you through the process – President@VillageDemocrats.Org

Rent Stabilized_ProPublica

Source: Evictions data from the New York City Public Advocate’s Office. Rent stabilization data derived from the New York City Department of Finance and Building footprints from NYC OpenData. Additional property data provided by Rentlogic.

More Background for Rent Stabilized Status

Meet the NYC Tax Break That Could Save You From Eviction Or A Big Rent Hike
by Cezary Podkul , ProPublica, July 6, 2016

A property tax benefit known as J-51 can mean the difference between a rent freeze and a sharp increase. Here is how to find out if your building qualifies.

Thousands of landlords in New York City are being told to give tenants new, rent-regulated leases because of a tax break they received. That means their apartments will be subject to city-set rent limits, and some tenants might be able to recover past overcharges. Rent limits would apply even to apartments that lease for more than $2,700 a month – the usual cutoff for the regulation known as “rent stabilization.”

Due to an error by state officials, rent limits on tens of thousands of New York City apartments were improperly removed. Now, 20 years later, the state is relying on landlords to fix that problem. 

Read the article and link directly to other authoritative sources.


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