Jan 122014
 

VID Elected 2014 OfficersAt the January 9, 2014 meeting, VID elected 2014 officers…

after a stimulating and thorough forum led by Kate Press, Deputy National Field Director for J Street on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue, club members nominated and elected the remaining Officers and Executive Committee members for 2014. 

VID elected 2014 officers include:

Anthony Hoffmann, President
Nat Johnson, Vice President
Irene Kaufman, Vice President
Katharine  Wolpe, Vice President
Linda Jacobson, Treasurer
Kathy  Slawinski, Recording Secretary
Alexander Meadows, Corresponding Secretary
Ed Yutkowitz, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee

Keen Berger, District Leader
Jonathan Geballe, Past President
Peter Crosta, Chair Campaign Committee
Frieda Bradlow
Georgina Christ
Tom Conner
Josh DuBoff
Jim Fouratt
Anne Heaney
Nadine Hoffmann
Ron Illardo
Ann Kjellberg
Jackie Manuel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Alec  Pruchnicki
Charles Stimson
Celia Wu
Annette Zaner

View a slideshow of the meeting on the Photo Gallery page.
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Dec 172013
 
small-business, trans-pacific, campaign-finance-reform

Attendees at Dec. 12th meeting

At VID’s December meeting the major topics were Small Business, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sexual Assaults in Military, Filibuster and Campaign Finance Reform

 

Village Independent Democrats approved one letter and three resolutions at the Dec 12th meeting.  You can read them by clicking below.  Sharon Woolums introduced the resolution on Small Business Jobs Survival Act; Alec Pruchnicki and Ron Illardo presented points in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the resolution.  Club President Tony Hoffmann reviewed the points made in the letter to Sen Reid regarding his recent reform of Senate Filibusters and the Resolution for Sen. Gillibrand favoring her approach in legislation protecting women military personnel who have been sexually assaulted.

Thank you to Senator Harry Reid for Filibuster reform
Resolution in Favor of Sen. Gilllibrand’s Approach to Sexual Harrassment in the Military
Resolution Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership
Resolution Re Small Business Jobs Survival Act

There was additionally a very thorough discussion of Campaign Finance Reform with Kristina Andreotta, of Citizen Action NY particularly focused on New York State legislation that may be influenced over the next month by positions Gov. Cuomo will announce in launching the budget and legislative priorities for 2014.

Marlene Nadle also introduced a report on the documentary, Vanishing City, which she would like the Club to sponsor as a public event.

This was also the meeting for VID members to elect a president and three vice presidents for 2014.  See the post.  

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 Pictures from Dec. 12th Meeting.  Photographe:r Zella Jones

 

 

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Jun 302013
 

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at July Membership Meeting

on Thursday, July 11th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street, 6:30 PM.
Please Note earlier Starting Time

Here’s the meeting agenda:

1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe

2- Campaign Update- Peter Crosta, Lucia Fedora and David Kruger
a- Petitioning Summary
b- County Committee Summary
c- Campaign Plans (61 days to primary day)

 3- Report of Committee Chairs

  • Voter Registration/Community Outreach- Celia Wu

4- Special Presentation: “Understanding the Affordable Care Act: How Will It Affect Me”  

           Moderator-Alec Pruchnicki- VID Executive Committee; Physician of Geriatrics at St. Luke’s Hospital (and formerly at St. Vincent”s Hospital); Member Physicians for National Health Program

Affordable Healthcare-Len-Rodberg

Len Rodberg, Urban Studies Department Chair and Professor, Queens College,
PhD, MIT

Guest Speaker- Len Rodberg, the Chairman of the Urban Studies department at Queens College of CUNY, has helped to write the single payer bill of John Conyers in Congress, also the single payer bill sponsored by Dick Gottfried in the NY State legislature. Len is also the treasurer, research director, and an executive committee member of the Physicians for a National Health Program ( PNHP ) NY Metro chapter.

5- New Business
Reminder:  Last minute push.  Petitioning runs until Monday, July 8th.  We need your help to get our endorsed candidates, including our District Leaders Jonathan Geballe and Keen Berger, on the ballot.  Please come to the VID to pick up your petitions  every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Join us for some last minute petitioning:
Monday, 7/1, 8th St stop, N/R trains, 8-9am
Tuesday, 7/2, Astor Place stop, 6 train, 8-9am
Wednesday, 7/3, 14th St and 1st Ave, SW corner, 8-9am

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Jan 132013
 

 VID completes new slate of officers and elects 2013 Exec Committee on January 10th after a stimulating update from Congressman Jerry Nadler,   (See related post) VID completes new slate of officers and elected a new executive committee for 2013.

The full slate of officers now includes:

Tony Hoffmann – President
Nat Johnson, Marti Speranza and Peter Crosta – Vice Presidents
Linda Jacobson – Treasurer
Alexander Meadows – Corresponding Secretary
Lucia Fedora – Recording Secretary

The new Executive Committee includes:

Frieda Bradlow; Georgina M. Christ; Tom Connor; James W. Fraser; Jonathan Geballe, Ex Officio; Nadine Hoffmann; Ronald L. Illardo; Irene Kaufman; Ann Kjellberg; Marlene Nadle; Ellen Peterson-Lewis; Alec Pruchnicki; Yvonne Sherwell; Katharine B. Wolpe; Celia Wu; Annette Zaner

After presentations from the Fund Raising, Election and Technology Committees the list of this month’s committee meetings were announced.  All meetings will be held at VID- 26 Perry Street- Below Ground Level Floor.  They are:

Campaign Committee: Monday, January 14-7:00 PM;  Peter Crosta- Campaign Chair; David Kruger-Campaign Coordinator

Fundraising Committee:  Wednesday, January 16-7:00 PM;  Nadine Hoffmann, Marti Speranza- Co-Fundraising Chairs

Technology Committee:  Tuesday, January 22-7:00 PM;  Nat Johnson and Lucia Fedora, Co-Chairs

 

 

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