At the July 2016 General Membership Meeting – Campaigning, Election Updates, NYS Clemency and Election Reform
President Nadine Hoffmann opened the July 2016 General Membership Meeting by thanking everyone for the great job they did in petitioning. Alison Greenberg is putting together an interesting Health Forum, rescheduled for the September meeting. The VID put together their first official filing under the new tax rules. Thanks to member David Saperstein, we’re up to date. Frieda Bradlow will be home from Village Care Wednesday.
- Greater NYC for Change will be honoring State Senator Brad Hoylman at a free July 18 meet and greet at PS 450.
- Campaign buses to Pennsylvania for Hillary will begin on Saturday, September 17, and every Saturday until the election, leaving from Union Square at 8 am and returning at 9 pm. There will be a $15 charge per person with some other fundraising involving Keen, Ed Yutkowitz and Erik Coler.
- Campaign chair RJ Jordan did a fabulous job on the Glick campaign, with great help from Erik, acquiring 1500 signatures–500 was the minimum required, so Deborah will be on the ballot.
- Nadler won his campaign with 88-90% of the vote in some districts. Tony gave many thanks to Erik and Ed.
- Doug Kellner, Co-Chair, NYS Board of Elections spoke about fixing the NYC Board of Elections, improving voting nationwide, and campaign finance reform–public financing.
- Assemblyman Deborah Glick thanked everyone, especially Tony, Nadine, Erik and Katharine Wolpe, and said she was very appreciative of Annette Zaner’s letter to the Villager promoting her. She agreed with Doug Kellner that internet voting would be a horrible mistake.
- Tony updated everyone on the Candles for Clemency campaign. A new vigil is scheduled for September 10.
- Nat Johnson gave the club some good news–the Port Ambrose LNG Project was cancelled by the Governor in favor of a wind farm. VID had been very helpful in accomplishing this. The Bureau of Oceanic Energy Management is having meetings and taking comments for the wind farm–the process is beginning.