High Spirits Dominated the November 2018 Meeting with NYS Senate Democratic Majority and Congressional Victories Throughout the State and Nation.
Erik Coler opened the November 2018 Meeting with congratulations to a long list of VID members whose unceasing volunteerism made a tangible difference, with a special shout out to Erik Bottcher, Laurie Hardjowirogo, and Tony Hoffmann.
There was a discussion about the Public Advocate’s Forum to be held on November 12, and whether the club should co-sponsor. The club voted to co-sponsor with the caveat that all who ask to appear will be included, possibly at future VID meetings.
Erik also announced that the elections for club President and three Vice Presidents will be held in December, and he explained the rules.
Keen Berger’s District Leader report also included congratulations for the club’s role in electing Antonio Delgado, Max Rose, and Ron Kim, and the NYS Senate victories. She spoke of her role in public schools and a possible future fight for the Bleecker Street school.
Brad Hoylman, three term State Senator, gave a speech about recent victories in local races, and gave an agenda of things for the new Senate majority to implement. Among these are voting reform, ethics reform, womens reproductive health, anti-fracking waste laws, rent laws, the NY Health Act, the child victims act, LLC loopholes, and fixing the MTA.
Rachel Lavine, State Committeewoman,congratulated Brad on his performance in the Senate, and then thanked VID for its support. She congratulated the NYS Senate on doubling the number of women members. She spoke of the Jeff Sessions firing and how people must urge Sen. Schumer to protest it. She spoke of the lawsuit her wife Robbie was bringing against Trump, and how it was being combined with the NY Southern District suit against Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville.
Next up at the November 2018 meeting was Ben Yee, State Committeeman, who congratulated Rachel on her new position on the Executive Committee of the State Committee. There will be County Committee elections in 2019 and he urged everyone to run. All meetings will be live-streamed on Facebook. There was also a resolution introduced condemning the anti-Semitic mailer sent out at the last minute against Cynthia Nixon.
Nat Johnson, Chair of the Environmental Committee, reported the environmentally correct bags were selling well; that on Thursday mornings there will be composting on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Waverly. Since the holidays are coming, he urged people not to use bows, to use recyclable packaging (tissue paper is not recyclable), and pushed recyclable straws. He also advised us about upcoming events on solar power, coastal resilience, and managing solid waste. He urged us to call Governor Cuomo to express opposition to the Williams Pipeline. BTW Nat circulated a link to the new improved recycline pamphlets.
Deb Sherman, of the Gun Reform Committee, passed out anti-gun postcards to be signed and advised of upcoming Gays Against Guns (GAG) meetings.
Tony Hoffmann and Laurie Hardjowirogo of the Campaign Committee talked of the campaigning they did in NY, Long Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. They also thanked Kate Linker and Yayoi for their help. They spoke of the buses sent, the volunteers, canvassing and the money raised, and thanked a long list of members for their time.