Feb 262012
 

New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day,  Valentines Day, Presidents Day and we are finally able to say thank you – with pictures – from The December Holiday Pot-Luck Party (double click on the first image to get to the slideshow)…

It was a jolly affair.  As you can see by the pictures, this was not your usual stuffy political event!  Frieda Bradlow provided the wonderful space. and food and drink came by the armfuls by our friends and members.  The bake-off between Keen’s Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal cookies and Nadine’s No-Calorie Chocolate cupcakes ended in a tie.  The judges had fun!  Georgina’s hand-made hats sold briskly and she donated the profits to VID.  She will make a hat specifically for you if you can catch her at a meeting!

Elected officials attending included Speaker Christine Quinn, East Sidecouncilmember Jessica Lappin, and Manhattan County Leader, Keith Wright.  Silvia Hoylman-Sigal made an appearance, with Dad Brad, provoking lots of goo-goos and ga-gas.   A juggernaut of judges and judicial hopefuls showed up on one of their many stops that day.  But… nothing before or after our shindig could compare with our special guest, belly dancer and fire-eater.  Lots of goo-goos there also.  Stop drooling!!!  Thanks to Deley and his partners at Le Souk for the addition.  Quite a party.

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Feb 132012
 
Feb 11 Rally at Judson Church

Assemblymember Deborah Glick, with VID President Jonathan Geballe and Executive Committee Member Ellen Peterson-Lewis

On Saturday, February 11, VID put together a solid group of supporters for the Rally Opposing the NYU2031 Plan, NYU’s aggressive, tower-heavy 20-year construction proposal to jam our low-rise community with structures of inappropriate size, height and bulk (including a huge hotel), which will mean the takeover of public space and the influx of a concentration of more thousands of students, staff and faculty.

Seen at the rally were Jonathan Geballe and Ellen Peterson-Lewis, pictured with rally organizer Assemblymember Deborah Glick, on the steps of Judson Church, along with :  Nat Johnson and Anne Heaney, Sharon Woolums, Mary Petretti, Katharine Wolpe, Laura Morrison, Jo Hamilton and our District Leader/CB2 Chair Brad Hoylman who energized the rally-goers with an electrifying speech and threw in a shout out to VID (thanks, Brad).

A huzzah to those VIDers who braved the cold to join several hundred other Villagers in this battle to Save the Village.  Look for an article in this week’s Villager.

In a follow-up e-mail, Assemblymember Glick suggested the following as recommended recipients of letters:

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10007
The Borough President makes a recommendation, not a binding vote.

Chair Amanda Burden
Chair of the City Planning Commission
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007
The Chair votes when City Planning reviews the application.  There are 12 other members of the City Planning Commission who also vote on the application. Letters to each member of the Commission is also advisable. The list of all members can be found at: www.nyc.gov/dcp, then clicking on the “about us” followed by “city planning commission.

Councilmember Margaret Chin
Chatham Green
165 Park Row, Suite #11
New York, NY 10038
The Councilmember represents the area of proposed development. She votes when City Council votes.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn
224 West 30th St, Suite 1206
New York, NY 10001
Speaker Quinn’s district is just a few blocks away so many constituents in the community-at-large are Speaker Quinn’s constituents. Additionally, as Speaker, she has influence over the Council. She votes when City Council Votes.

FOX News covered the event as did CBS Local blog and NYDailyNews.com

UPDATE:  The Villager, March 1st,  CB2 votes unanimous No on NYU’s superblocks plan.

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Jan 312012
 

At the January 12th membership meeting the Village Independent Democrats  endorsed a letter to Speaker Christine Quinn applauding her support of the Fair Wage For New Yorkers Act as a first step toward ensuring a living wage, but calling on her to move quickly to expand the act to cover the substantial number of minimum wage workers who remain unprotected and without enough of a weekly paycheck to afford food and shelter in our city.

Letter to Council Speaker Quinn

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Jan 142012
 
Richard Brenner and Matt Klein

The speakers on the Living Wage Panel, Richard Brenner and Matt Klein

On Thursday, January 12th VID hosted a discussion on pending New York City Council Living Wage legislation.  The speakers, Richard Brenner and Matt Klein representing the Housing Conservation Coordinators  and the West Side Neighborhood Alliance provided a lively and informative presentation and handled a multitude of questions from the VID audience.
VID then passed a resolution supporting the Living Wage proposal and urging Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support the bill and to promptly take action to enact it.
For more background on the Living Wage campaign go to:  http://www.livingwagenyc.org/
UPDATES – January 13, 2012:
Comments on legislation from Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, and Council Members G. Oliver Koppell, Annabel Palma, Inez Dinckens and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
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