May 112013
 
VID endorsed john liu, daniel squadron, julie menin

May 9th Endorsement Meeting

VID endorsed John Liu, Daniel Squadron, Julie Menin

On Thursday, May 9th Village Independent Democrats endorsed mayoral candidate John Liu with a run-off vote over Christine Quinn.  Daniel Squadron won easily as their preferred Public Advocate candidate and Julie Menin received the endorsement over Jessica Lappin.

In uncontested elections for judgeships in the second judicial district the club also endorsed Marcy Friedman, Adam Silvera and Kathryn Freed.  Ann E. O’Shea received the endorsement for reelection to a County Wide Civil Court judicial position.

UPDATE:  Due to the fact that the NY County Judicial Screening Panel only reported out the candidates for county wide civil court judgeships on May 1st,  VID’s General Membership passed a resolution allowing the Executive Committee to endorse the judicial candidates.  On May 23rd VID’s Executive Committee unanimously endorsed JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado for Civil Court.

This makes the full roster of VID 2013 endorsements as follows:

Mayor – John Liu
Public Advocate – Daniel Squadron
Manhattan District Attorney- Cyrus Vance, Jr.
New York City Comptroller- Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President –
Julie Menin
City Council 1st District- Jenifer Rajkumar
City Council 2nd District- Rosie Mendez
City Council 3rd District- Corey Johnson

County-Wide Civil Court  – Ann E. O’Shea,  JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado

Civil Court, Second Judicial District – Marcy Friedman, Kathryn Freed, Adam Silvera

District Leader, 66th Assembly District Leaders, Part A – Jonathan Geballe and incumbent, Keen Berger

 

Recent coverage of Village Independent Democrats involvement in the 2013 elections includes:

Mayoral candidates make their case at Village forumThe Villager

Schwartz absent on key issues – The Villager, Opinion, Freda Bradlow

Johnson and Rajkumar win V.I.D.’s backing for Council – The Villager

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Feb 102013
 

 

Jonathan Geballe

Pictured here: State Senator Brad Hoylman, Female District Leader Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, VID President Tony Hoffmann.  Photographer:  Robert Atterbury

Our immediate past VID president, Jonathan Geballe, won appointment as Male District Leader with a resounding vote on January 31 at the 66th Assembly District Part A County Committee special election replacing Brad Hoylman. Brad had stepped down after his election to the NY State Senate. The official vote count of the County Committee was 55 votes for Jonathan, with 4 for Arthur Schwartz and 2 for Deley Gazinelli.

Jonathan will now serve Part A of the 66th AD with co-District Leader Keen Berger.

Jonathan was endorsed by Assemblymember Deborah Glick, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, City Councilmember Christine Quinn, State Committeeperson Rachel Lavine and Female District Leader Keen Berger.

Jonathan, who continues to serve on VID’s Executive Committee, will stand for election at the upcoming Democratic primary(yet to be officially scheduled, but anticipated for September).

See the coverage in The Villager

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Jan 022013
 

 The VID holiday celebration at Frieda Bradlow’s home was, as usual, a warmly welcome event in spite of the rain, wind and chill of December 16th.

Well-wishers included:   Congressman Jerrold Nadler; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; State Senator-elect Brad Hoylman; Councilwoman Letitia James; Councilwoman Jessica Lappin; Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, Rachel Lavine- Democratic State Committeewoman -66th Assembly District; District Leaders Jennifer Rajkumar (DID), Keen Berger (VID); Julie Menin, former CB#1 Chair and Candidate for Manhattan BP; David Gruber, Chair CB2 and Corey Johnson Chair at  CB4 and candidate for City Council.  Representing Gov Cuomo was Erik Bottcher, the Governor’s assistant for community affairs.  Representing Council Speaker Christine Quinn were Christine McLaughlin and Scott Melvin who presented a lovely Proclamation, on Christine’s behalf, honoring Frieda for her active community life.

Also present at the VID holiday celebration were new  officers Tony Hoffmann, Nat Johnson, Marti Speranza and Peter Crosta.  Among other VID stalwarts were Jonathan Geballe, Celia Wu, Eli Hausknecht, Nadine Hoffman, Sharon Woolums,  Katharine Wolpe, Georgina Christ, Anne Heaney, Tom Connor, Deley Gazinelli;  members and friends – Judge Frank Nervo, John Bredlin, Dodge Landesman, Peter Smith, Alexander Meadows, Alec Pruchnicki, David Reck and many others who then moved on to the vigil for the Connecticut tragedy and against gun violence.

All were fortified by an amazing array of delicious home-made pot luck offerings and healthy doses of conversation on fiscal cliffs, gun control, fraking, entitlement protections and local elections in 2013.

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May 052012
 

On Thursday, May 10th VID hosts a panel for Bikers, Walkers and Drivers at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St. from 8:15-9:30 p.m.  The forum will  highlight the issues of safety and rules, plus the new Bike Share program.  There will even be a fashion show of the latest in biker fashion !

Panelists include:  George Bliss, biker and owner of Hudson Urban Bicycles (HUB0 and an advocate for safer bikes; Steve Vaccaro, biker and lawyer dealing with the legal aspects of bike-riding in the city; Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives and the Bike Share Program; Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s office with pending legislation dealing with electric bikes and other relevant issues.

 

The forum is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

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