Jan 052017
 
VID Lauds Governor Cuomo for Granting Clemencies

VID praises New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for his end-of-the year decision granting clemencies to more than 100 people.  These included pardons for many youthful offenders convicted of minor crimes, and the commutation of sentences for several elderly prisoners, including Judith Clark. The Governor’s decision was the culmination of years of effort for VID.  New York’s venerable progressive club is a major sponsor of Candles for Clemency, which since 2009 has led a campaign for criminal justice reform.  Prior to last week, clemencies had not been a priority for the Governor.  Club members were among the organizers and participants in the movement to inspire the Governor to recognize the plight of prisoners. “We are proud of the role VID played in making this day possible,” said Tony Hoffmann, co-chair of Candles for Clemency and a former President of Village Independent Democrats.  “We have been and will continue to be […]

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Sep 042016
 

The September 2016 Meeting and Action Agenda Thursday, September 8, 2016 St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex 83 Christopher Street 6: 30 PM President’s Report–Nadine Hoffmann District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger Campaign Committee Report–Tony Hoffmann/Ed Yudkowitz/Erik Coler Buses to Pennsylvania Assembly race campaign by VID–Erik Coler  Special Presentation— Forum:  The Future of Healthcare in Downtown Manhattan     Moderator–Alison Greenberg Panelists- Judy Wessler–Fmr. Director, Commission on the Public’s Health System Rep. from Beth Israel Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann New Business ___________________________________________________________ Primary Day Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Polls Open 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM If you’re interested in being a paid poll worker contact District Leader Keen Berger at keen5@ix.netcom.com  VID’s Endorsed Slate New York State Senate Brad Hoylman New York State Assembly Deborah Glick New York State Committeeman Ben Yee Judicial Delegates (Vote for all six) Maureen Remacle Jeanne Kazel Wilcke Jennifer Hoppe Norma Ramirez David J. Karlin Cormac Flynn  Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Sep 042016
 
July 2016 General Membership Meeting

At the July 2016 General Membership Meeting –  Campaigning, Election Updates, NYS Clemency and Election Reform  VID General Meeting Minutes_July-2016 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. Highlights 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 […]

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Aug 162016
 
August General Meeting

The agenda for the August General Meeting Thursday, August 18 St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex 83 Christopher Street 6: 30 PM President’s Report–Nadine Hoffmann District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger Campaign Committee Report–Tony Hoffmann/Ed Yutkowitz/Erik Coler Buses to Pennsylvania–Tony Hoffmann & Ed Yutkowitz Assembly race campaign by VID–Erik Coler State Committee and Judicial Delegate Update–Nadine Hoffmann Special Presentation–Deborah Glick Assembly race Albany Update Community Update Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann New Business September 13th State and Local Primary  MAIL REGISTRATION Application must be postmarked no later than August 19th and received by a board of elections no later than August 24th to be eligible to vote in the Primary. IN PERSON REGISTRATION You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no […]

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