May 162016
 

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The May 12th Membership Meeting carried a full agenda AND a Civil Court Candidate Forum

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President Nadine Hoffmann opened the May 12th Membership Meeting by noting how nicely the VID Gala was written up in The Villager by Lincoln Anderson.  There were also some nice pics from this event.  The March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which we endorsed, will take place on July 24 before the Democratic Convention.  Members agreed to spread the word regarding this event.

45 Rivington Letter to DeBlasio (see more details in our previous post), was unanimously passed for distribution.

District Leader Keen Berger said she had two good things to report.  Several CB2 members held a well-attended meeting with Jerrold Nadler regarding the dedication of Christopher Street Park to LGBT rights.  The second item was about some school district “carve out” blocks on 12 Street North–residents of these blocks were unhappy about being zoned out of PS 41.   CB2 is pushing for their re-inclusion.

Next came the election of the judicial delegates.  VID, DID and VRDC were each to contribute two delegates and two alternates.  This arrangement passed overwhelmingly, with one nay vote.  VID nominees were Nadine Hoffmann, Jen Hoppe, Cormac Flynn, Zella Jones, Erik Coler, and David Saperstein; the finally elected delegates were Jen and Cormac, with Zella and Nadine as alternates.

Tony Hoffmann, Campaign Committee Chair, now opened the Special Candidates Forum for Civil Court, co-sponsored by VRDC, DID, and the Jim Owles Club.

The Civil Court Candidates included:

Margaret Chan
Shahabuddeen Ally
Josh Hanshaft
Emily Morales Minerva
Nicholas Moyne
Phaedra Perry
Robert Rosenthal

Each candidate gave a four minute presentation followed by up to six minutes of questions from the audience.  All the candidates were impressive and the discussion was spirited.

The meeting was adjourned, with the reminder that the endorsement meeting will take place on May 23 at 8pm at Greenwich house.

 

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Nov 182014
 

Many new faces at VID Forum on School Options

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Forum Moderator, Nadine Hoffmann

Charter schools, public schools, parental and community schools all got lots of attention at VID’s General Membership Meeting on November 13.  Discussions about public funding (they all are publicly funded), parent and community involvement (a must) and Department of Education bureaucracy (usually a detriment to quick action and cheaper materials) was enlightening.

One of most contentious issues was the inequality between charter and non-charter public schools over additional funding and extra resources. Many argued, also, that co-location of schools in the same building often leads to reduced space for non-charters and a sense of unfairness to students. Questions of student selection and teacher retention were also brought up.

An uplifting part of the discussion was a realization that the problems are not insurmountable. All along the education spectrum, leaders have begun to work together, hoping to share what works and to improve what is failing.  It takes a huge leap of faith on all fronts, but the future of our students depends on it.

The panelists included:  Eric Joerss, Deputy for Government Affairs, the NYC Charter School Center; Barbara McKeon, Principal, Broome Street Academy Charter High School;  Leonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters;  Tamara Rowe, Community Education Council, District 2.

See the article in The Villager…and the pictures below

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Jul 112014
 

Village Independent Democrats Endorse Zephry TeachoutAt the July 10th Membership Meeting the Village Independent Democrats Endorse Zephry Teachout

….after lengthy presentations and debate from all three Gubernatorial candidates the Club chose Zephyr Teachout with a majority vote of 14.  Pre and Post coverage of  VID and its pending decision whether to endorse any candidate has been pretty impressive.  VID-MINUTES-July-10-2014

From Capital New York:

Of the 26 votes cast at the Village Independent Democrats club, Teachout received 14 votes and Cuomo got six. “No endorsement” was supported by four people while comedian Randy Credico got two votes. Teachout won the club’s endorsement on the first ballot. In May, before Teachout entered the race, V.I.D. decided not to endorse any candidate for governor.

From the NY Daily News:

A Fordham University Law professor looking to dethrone Gov. Cuomo won the endorsement of the Village Independent Democrats Club Thursday night.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/fordham-law-prof-challenger-cuomo-nod-dems-club-article-1.1863001#ixzz37CH4HohY

From The Villager:

Downtown progressive Democratic club members were having a hard time finding reasons why they should support re-electing Governor Andrew Cuomo to another term. More to the point, there were too many reasons not to back him, they felt, such as his support for charter schools, his acceptance of the Independence Party ballot line and his indecision on hydrofracking, just to name a few.

And also from The Villager:

Something in the Airbnb? At the Village Independent Democrats’ May 30 endorsement meeting, Assemblymember Keith Wright spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid.

If that wasn’t enough, the meeting ended with a very thorough discussion about the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex  its set-up and capabilities with Dr. Eric Cruzen.  DON”T FORGET, there’s another open house tour scheduled for Saturday July 12th.

And now “to the tape…”

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May 272014
 

Petitioning Party Come join Deborah, Brad and the rest of the VID team for our petitioning party breakfast.  We’ll talk politics,  causes and distribute petitions.  After breakfast we will disburse throughout the Village and gather signatures for VID’s endorsed candidates.

Saturday, May 31st 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon VID Headquarters, 26 Perry Street

If you cannot join us for our petitioning party breakfast on May 31st,  the VID will be open every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturdays from 11:00-1:00 through July 3rd.  July 7th will be the last day to hand in petitions (the club will be open from 6:00-7:30 PM).

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