Jun 272018
 

June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting Votes on Endorsement for NYS Attorney General

June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting_Tish James

Tish James wins VID’s endorsement for NYS Attorney General

The June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting began with presentations from three candidates for the NYS Attorney General position:  Leecia Eve, Tish James, and Christine Gonzalez, speaking for Zephyr Teachout.  After this, and a general discussion of the candidates, James won the endorsement with 23 votes, with Teachout second with 13, Maloney (?) 1, Eve 1, and one no endorsement.

The June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting continued with Rachel Lavine, State Committeewoman, who opened her remarks by telling us she seconded Zephyr Teachout for AG at the NYS Democratic Committee Convention.  She and others founded the NY Progressive Caucus a couple of years ago, and it is now the largest caucus.  They have accomplished a lot of things, among them, that the State Committee can no longer funnel donations, and won’t support any candidate who caucused with the IDC.  Catalina Lopez is the Vice Chair.

june 14, 2018 membership meeting_Rachel-Lavine

NYS Commmittee Woman, Rachel Lavine

She spoke about the Jeff Klein investigation into his alleged sexual harassment, and said it was a whitewash where the victim was not interviewed.  JCOPE will do an independent investigation.  The goal is to make the state standard congruent with the city standard.

She next tackled the question of why she voted for Cuomo at the Convention. She has had differences with the Governor, but could not support Nixon because she’s a celebrity candidate–like Trump.  Cuomo needs to be pushed to the left, but there needs to be a qualified candidate in every small area.  She closed with good words for Ben Yee.

june-14,-2018-membership-meeting_Deb Sherman

Allison Stowell speaks of the Youth over Guns March on June 2, in which 1,500 people articipated.

Deb Sherman and Allison Stowell made their report for the Gun Reform Committee.  They spoke of the Youth over Guns march on June 2, in which 1,500 people participated.  They got 365 anti-gun postcards signed, with 19 volunteers. The Extreme Risk Protection Act (ERPO) law passed in Massachusetts.  The same law is in the legislation here.  Senators Kavanaugh and Hoylman are working on it, and Kavanaugh is hopeful it will pass.

Nat Johnson spoke for the Environmental Committee, and their current project, VID reusable bags, which Deb was also working on.  They should be ready soon.  He spoke of the next meeting’s agenda:  the plastic bag bill, a ban on styrofoam, a field trip in the fall to the Recycling Center, and a January Town Hall on recycling.

Tony Hoffmann gave the report for the Voter Reform Committee, as Laurie Hardjowirogo was upstate in CD19.  He said they would adopt one or two anti-IDC handcards.  There was a discussion about the cards.  Petitions should be in by June 30.

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Jun 052018
 

Petitioning Kickoff Brunch

REMINDER
VID Petitioning Kickoff Brunch

Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
26 Perry Street
Lower Level 

Eat a bagel and a schmear
Drink a cup of coffee
Meet your friends
Speak with your elected officials
Pick up your petitions
Fan out in the neighborhood with other VIDers to petition

 

Petitioning officially begins on June 5.  You can get a head start by picking up your petitions on Tuesday, June 5 at the Club, 26 Perry Street, Lower Level, from 6:oo to 7:30.  Then you can come to the Brunch on Saturday and just eat! 
Here is the schedule to pick up and drop off petitions:
 
Tuesday,   June 5  —  6 to 7:30
Thursday, June 7 –   6 to 7:30
Saturday,  June 9 –  10:00 to 12:00 Noon    (The Brunch)
Monday,    June  11 –6 to 7:30
Thursday, June 14—At the VID General Membership Meeting 
                                                            6:30 PM
                                        The LGBT Center, 208 West 13 Street
 
Saturday,  June 16 – 10 to 12:00
Monday,    June 18 —  6 to 7:30
Thursday, June 21—  6 to 7:30
Saturday,  June 23— 10 to 12:00
Monday,    June 25— Executive Committee Meeting
                                         6:00 to whenever
 
Thursday, June 28–  6 to 7:30
Saturday,  June 30 – 10 to 12:00
 
Stay tuned for the July schedule
 
Regards from your campaign team     

 
Tony Hoffmann- Tonyhoffmann26@gmail.com                     Erik Coler
Laurie Hardjwirogod – laurieh2ster@gmail.com                   President
Erik Bottcher- ebottcher@gmail.com                                    erikcoler@gmail.com

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Jun 012018
 

The May 2018 Membership Meeting Focused on NYS and Judicial Endorsements

May 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

May 2018 Membership Meeting_Cynthia Nixon Endorsement

Cynthia Nixon Presenting at the May 7, 2018 Candidates Forum

Erik Coler congratulated everyone for the great job done on the Candidates Forum on Monday.

After reviewing the endorsement rules, Erik Coler, President, asked for a motion to allow the Executive Committee to endorse for the AG position in the fall. It was asked and approved.  The May 2018 Membership Meeting then went on to the business at hand.

Frank Nervo, former VID member and President, made his presentation for the 1st Judicial District. He was endorsed, 38 votes to 2 no endorses.

Comptroller Tom Dinapoli was endorsed 35 to 2 no endorses. He had spoken previously at the Forum, and was not present.

Liz Krueger, candidate for the 28th District State Senate seat, was not present but was endorsed 36 to 3 no endorses.

For the 2nd Judicial District, three candidates were present, Wendy Li, Rob Rosenthal, and Grace Park*, but Grace withdrew to run in the County-wide race, deferring to Rosenthal. Rosenthal eventually won, with 25 for, 14 no endorses and one recusal.

The field for County-wide Civil Court was large, with seven candidates. The winners were Grace Park, with 26 votes and Shah Ally, with 28 votes. Elissa Kates and Nicholas Moynes took themselves out of the running. The rest were: Eric Gray, with 11 votes, Elsa Hampton, with 5 votes, and Ariel Chessler with 7 votes.

Now it was time for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor positions. The candidates (except for Cuomo) had appeared at the Forum, so they did not present again. Cynthia Nixon got the Governor endorsement, with 20 for and 15 no endorsements. Cuomo got 3 votes. For LG, Kathy Hochul got it with 20 for and 4 no endorses. Jumaane Williams got 4 votes.

May 2018 Membership Meeting_Nadine Hoffmann

Nadine Hoffmann Awarded in April for her Lifetime Activism. Seen here with Tony and son, Jason.

This meeting also covered results from the April fund raiser:  Lois Rakoff and Nadine Hoffmann spoke for the Gala Committee. The Gala was a huge success, with Nadine’s speech for Ravi Ragbir the highlight. Nadine thanked everyone and said she was still playing it back in her head! Tony said the Gala made $26,000 and everyone was paid up 100%, which was unusual.

Erik next read Laurie Hardjowirogo’s Voter Reform Committee Report. (Laurie wasn’t present.) Five thousand GOTV postcards were mailed and phone banks were activated to help the IDC challengers. Their next meeting is Saturday.

Deb Sherman and Allison Stowell now spoke about the Gun Reform Committee, citing the Youth Over Guns march on June 2. Their top priority is passing the Extreme Risk Protection Order, with the help of Brian Kavanaugh. In order to put more pressure on the Governor, they would like to distribute 3,000 postcards in defense of the bill, to pass out at the march. Ed Yutkowitz will be writing a Times editorial on the bill and gun safety.

For the Campaign Committee, Tony Hoffmann announced there would be a joint meeting of this committee and the Voter Reform Committee at the clubhouse on Saturday. Petitioning starts June 5, and he welcomed people to the Petitioning Breakfast, with free bagels and cream cheese.

At a Special May 29th Meeting there were revised Judicial endorsements as well as a required endorsement for Keen Berger for Female District Leader for the 66th Assembly District.

Due to a glitch, the position of Female District Leader for District 66 Part A was left vacant, so Keen Berger was nominated and seconded. She delivered a short speech in which she mentioned her three points of interest: education, immigration, and elections. After this, she was elected by the Secretary casting one unanimous ballot, after a vote.

After this, Tony Hoffmann nominated David Siffert as Judicial Delegate because one of the elected delegates could not serve. After discussion, he was seconded and elected when the Secretary cast one unanimous ballot

Because Grace Park* had dropped out of the running for the judgeship, Ariel Chesler was proposed instead, and after discussion was elected by the Secretary casting one unanimous ballot.

President Erik Coler proposed an amendment to the agenda to include Alison Greenberg’s “Xenophobia Resolution“. This passed unanimously. Alison Greenberg read her revised Resolution, which passed unanimously. It will be sent to local clubs and editorial columns.

Full Special Meeting Minutes HERE

 

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May 252018
 

Special Endorsement MeetingVID Special Endorsement Meeting May 29th

There will be a General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 @ 8 pm
LOCATION: Greenwich House – 27 Barrow St (4th Floor)

We will be holding a special endorsement meeting for the remaining candidates for the VID petitions.

A. Female District leader 66A 
   – New York requires that since the election was held by the county committee that the following year a primary must be held for the position.

B. Alternate Judicial Delegate
   – One of our alternate Judicial Delegates is not eligible to run in a Democratic Primary.  We need to select a replacement.

C. County Wide Judge 
     – The candidate we endorsed, Grace Park, dropped out so we will need to replace her.

Agenda

1. Adoption of the Agenda 

2. Endorsement of the following positions
             i. Female District Leader – 66th Part A
             ii. Alternate Judicial Delegate
             iii. Civil Court-County Wide 
 3. Adjournment

Rules
A. A candidate in order to be endorsed by the VID must receive 50% plus one vote.
B. In the first round of voting if no candidate receives a majority, and no endorsement does not receive a majority of votes,  there will be a second round between the two top vote getters.
C. In the second round if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast no endorsement will be the position of the VID.
D. No endorsement is always on the ballot and you can vote for No Endorsement on any round

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