Jan 262014
 

January 2014 MeetingPosted here are the Minutes of January 2014

Here are some highlights.

David Kruger updated everyone about the anti-fracking bus trip to Albany on January 8th.  More press coverage from PBS station WSKG

Keen Berger reported that Tim Gay has resigned at the Board of Elections, and will be replaced by Jamal Nelson, District Leader in Harlem.  Keen also announced that the transfer of 75 Morton Street from New York State to New York City for a middle school is still in the works.

Jonathan Geballe reported on the lawsuit brought by the GVSHP vs. NYU, in which Deborah Glick is involved.  He said this was a huge victory for the neighborhood.  The court determined that three strips of land that weren’t officially designated parkland could not be used by NYU without permission of the New York State legislature.  The University will still proceed with the Zipper Building and other parts of its plan that are not impacted directly by the court decision.

Tony announced that this year’s Gala date will be Thursday, April 24.

Nat Johnson, the Technology Committee Chair, said the results of the canvas for a website coordinator will be announced at the next Executive Committee Meeting.  The committee recommends staying with the current web-person.

Katherine Wolpe announced that Lynn Stewart had been pardoned and released on New Year’s Eve, the result of her Stage 4 cancer.  Ms. Stewart came to St. Marks Church the following Sunday to thank her supporters.

Marti Speranza announced the first meeting of the Community Affairs Committee will be on January 15 at 6:30 at Think Coffee.   Anyone interested is invited to attend or contact Marti re future meetings.  In general, the objective of this Committee will be to integrate community issues into the VID.

The VID forum, on the possible outcome of the two-state solution in Israel, was presented over by Kate Press, New York City Regional Director and Deputy Field Director of J Street.  Also see this posting for details.  There was a 20 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and 15 minutes of discussion.

ELECTIONS.
See additional coverage on 2014 officers here

Linda Jacobson was unanimously re-elected as Treasurer by voice vote.
Kathy Slawinski was unanimously re-elected as Recording Secretary by voice vote.
Alex Meadows and Ed Yutkowitz were unanimously re-elected by voice vote.

There was a closed secret ballot to elect the new Executive Committee.  Those members elected are:

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

Jim Fouratt proposed a letter to be written to our elected officials re the Washington Square Park  Conservancy.  Tony said to get him the letter and he will send it out, pending an okay by the Executive Committee.

New Business:

Ann Heaney spoke about future buses to Albany protesting fracking.  Jim Fouratt spoke about the very important pre-K legislation pending.  Sharon Woolums said she hopes the resolution to preserve small businesses will be brought to a vote at the City Council this year.

Here are the complete  Minutes of January 9

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Aug 072013
 
VID August

Include Assemblymember Deborah Glick , 66th District and Part A District Leader Jonathan Geballe

August at VID includes a General Membership Meeting and lots of Democratic primary countdown work…

General Membership Meeting,Thursday, August 15th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street,  at  7:30 PM.

Agenda:

1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe

2- Campaign Update- Peter Crosta, Lucia Fedora and David Kruger
1. mailings,
2. meet and greets,
3. phone banking,
4..dear neighbor letters,
5. get out the vote,
6. street campaigning,
7. fundraising,
8. ads
9. County Committee and Judicial delegate races

This entire meeting will be devoted to the Primary election campaign.  VID’s campaign chairs will give an update of what we’ve been doing and what still needs to be done.  I strongly urge VID members to attend this meeting, learn what is happening and volunteer.  The last thirty days of the campaign are critical.  If you want to see Jonathan continue as District Leader and the rest of our endorsed candidates win their elections please volunteer your time.  You are critical to this campaign.

 3- New Business

Next Executive Committee Meeting is August 26th at 6:30 pm.

Canvassing Schedule-  We need your help to get our endorsed candidates, including our District Leader Jonathan Geballe, elected.  Please join us as we campaign for their election on September 10th.  The canvassing schedule will be sent out under a separate cover.  However, we will be at Abingdon Square Park every Saturday between now and Primary day from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Please join us.

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Jul 042013
 
Pride Parade 2013

Congressman Nadler, City Council Candidate Corey Johnson and District Leader Jonathan Geballe

Pride Parade 2013 could not have been more significant or memorable.  Tens of thousands of participants celebrated Edie Windsor’s and attorney Roberta Kaplan’s victory in striking down DOMA‘s unequal treatment of same sex marrieds, just days before.  With this decision, the Supreme Court drew a line in the sand against anti-homosexual bigotry – and a multitude of same sex couples shared their jubilation.  Rising to the top of Twitters list was #gayprideparade ; FaceBook pages are still awash with pictures depicting personal and public joy; Google search on pride parade 2013 nyc brings up 166,000 entries!  (The image at left was one of many shared by City Council candidate Corey Johnson from his FaceBook page.)

District Leader Jonathan Geballe (NYS 66th AD) was front and center, marching aside Corey and lifetime civil rights advocate Congressman Jerry Nadler, and joining VID  honoree, this year’s Grand Marshal Edie Windsor, and VID members:  Roberta Kaplan and spouse NYS Democratic State Committeewoman Rachel Lavine,  NYS Senator Brad Hoylman with husband David Sigal and daughter Sylvia, NYS Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, VID Vice-President Marti Speranza, VID Recording Secretary Lucia Fedora, VID Campaign Committee co-chairs Peter Crosta and David Kruger.

It was a march to be remembered.  Even the weather cooperated as a few welcome, cooling drops of rain disappeared for the celebratory evening in the Village.

 

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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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