Jan 172019
 
January 2019 Membership Meeting

The January 2019 Meeting Covered Immigrants Rights; a Resolution Covering State Prosecution Notwithstanding a Federal Pardon; Albany Lobbying for the People’s Platform; Officer Elections; Gun Reform; Campaigning and VID’s Environmental Agenda. The January 2019 Membership Meeting opened with new President David Siffert introducing Senate Bill S8236.  This bill relates to State prosecution of certain offenses when a Presidential pardon has been granted.  It is intended to close any loopholes and dispense with any possible double jeopardy offenses.  David asked for a resolution in support of this bill, but Jim Yates, former judge and member of JCOPE, made some objections, saying the bill was overbroad and other versions were being considered.  After some discussion, the resolution failed, with 25 against, 3 in favor, and 2 abstentions.  Jim provided an alternate resolution: Be it resolved: VID supports carefully crafted legislation that permits state prosecution notwithstanding a federal pardon. This passed overwhelmingly, with 28 in […]

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Mar 012014
 
Affordable Housing Forum

Forum Speakers Offer Specifics to Increase Affordable Housing in NYC By Marlene Nadle, VID Housing Committee Chair  “The conventional wisdom that the city can’t do anything about affordable housing is destructive, demoralizing, and legally wrong,” said tenant attorney Seth Miller. He was one of the speakers at a February affordable housing panel and film cosponsored by the Village Independent Democrats and Judson Memorial Church . The program was organized by VID Housing Chair, Marlene Nadle. Miller proposed a number of actions addressing affordable housing that could be carried out by the City Council and didn’t need Albany’s approval. They include: Pass an ordinance penalizing the warehousing of apartments. Pass an ordinance prohibiting the reduction of apartment units in a building and the demolition of units in a building, or only allow it if the units are replaced by affordable apartments that are offered to the displaced tenants. Devote any property […]

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Feb 032014
 

Don’t miss a VID special event The Vanishing City, a documentary film on the loss of affordable housing in NYC.  [Spider_Single_Video track=”3″ theme_id=”6″ priority=”0″] On Sunday, February 16th you can view The Vanishing City at Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St. and ask questions of housing experts following the film. At 2:00 PM there will be a reception with light refreshments; the film begins  at 2:30 PM.  Our panel of housing experts includes Tom Angotti, a professor of urban policy at Hunter College, and Seth Miller, a partner at Collin, Dobkin & Miller LLP, who specializes in tenant law, among others. This promises to be a very stimulating experience that should generate thought and action as we launch New York City’s new progressive political era. You can read more about the documentary and its makers here Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Nov 262013
 
VID General Meeting Minutes - November 14, 2013

Summary of VID’s General Meeting Minutes of November 2013. You can view the full meeting minutes of November 2013 here:  VID Membership Meeting of November 14, 2013  To view all available VID Minutes type that word in the Search Box in the VID banner at the top of  any page. President Tony Hoffman opened the meeting with the announcement of the passing away of Nan Robinson.  He also spoke about the meeting held the evening before by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation re:  the air rights bill signed by Governor Cuomo last night, of which VID was one of the co-sponsors, along with the VRDC and 22 other organizations.  See posting The next general membership meeting will be on December 12 and will cover the elections for President and three Vice Presidents.  On November 2, there was a protest against the Spectra pipeline, during which Corey Johnson and […]

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