Jan 102019
 

The Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019 Featured 17 Candidates and Nine Clubs Held at the LGBT Center on West 13th St, the Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019 attracted hundreds of activist voters with no shortage of questions to ask of the candidates.  And, the well-credentialed roster was certainly up for the task.  VID endorsed Benjamin Yee for Public Advocate, in a members-only meeting following the Forum. Candidates The candidates included, in order of appearance, Jared Rich, an Attorney;  Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and watchdog journalist; Raphael Espinal, NYC Council;  Danny O’Donnell, member of the NYS Assembly;  Dawn Smalls, an Attorney; Daniel Christmann, business owner; Ron Kim, member of the NYS Assembly; David Eisenbach, a history professor at Columbia University; Benjamin Yee, activist and State Committee member; Jumaane Williams, NYC Council; Theo Chino, businessman; Ofeoma Ike, activist, former deputy executive director of the de Blasio administration’s Young Men’s Initiative; Sami Desu, journalist turned […]

Dec 292018
 
Public Advocate Candidates Forum - UPDATE

VID and Nine Other Democratic Clubs Sponsor a Public Advocate Candidates Forum, on January 6th, 2019 at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. The multi-club Public Advocate Candidates Forum will host 17 confirmed candidates, thus far announced. RSVP is requested    Download the Brochure VID will have an endorsement meeting from 5-6 PM after the forum.   Club members will discuss the Public Advocate candidates and vote for a club endorsee.

Apr 302017
 
UPDATE:  Candidates Night Round 2

Candidates Night Round 2 features Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, District Attorney and Manhattan Borough President Candidates On Tuesday, May 2nd Candidates Night Round 2 will occur at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. beginning at 6:30 PM. Co-Sponsored by Village Independent Democrats, The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Village Reform Democrats, CODA, Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and DID this forum follows the very successful first round which included candidates for City Council. Candidates Attending: Mayoral Candidates Sal Albanese Bill De Blasio Robert Gangi Michael Tolkin Public Advocate David C. Eisenbach Leticia James NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer District Attorney Cy Vance

Nov 052015
 
$15 Minimum Wage

The $15 Minimum Wage was the subject of the Joint VID/Chelsea Reform Democratic Club Forum on Oct. 15th… with members of both clubs filling the Fulton Houses Community Center Auditorium at 413 Ninth Avenue.  VID President Nadine Hoffmann and CRDCNYC President Michael Schreiber welcomed panelists NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Small Business advocate Attorney Steve Barrison and Queens Center for Progress Executive Director, Charles Houston, each with different reference points regarding the $15 minimum wage. Also attending the Forum was State Senator Brad Hoylman,  a ranking member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, who spoke on the need to force the State and General Electric not to dismantle the dredging equipment that has been removing PCB’s from the Hudson River. Between 1947 and 1977, GE had dumped an estimated 1.3 million pounds of PCB’s into the river from it’s manufacturing plants north of Albany. Studies have indicated that only 65% of the removal work has been completed. He urged everyone to […]