May 272014
 

The Real Catherine AbateIt is with great sadness that we shared the news of Catherine Abate’s passing. She will be truly missed.  

The real Catherine Abate was a friend, a colleague, and one of the most soul-full public servants that New York City has ever had.  See our announcement

But that was not the real Catherine Abate portrayed by William McDonald, New York Times Obituary Editor which was dominated by un-substantiated allegations of her father’s past and inferred that her own life’s work was somehow tainted by such hearsay.  Nothing could be further from the truth as many members of our Club know and experienced over nearly a quarter of a century of public service.

Assemblymember Glick in her letter to Mr. McDonald urging a more thoughtful and thorough NY Times profile in the future, said:

… Usually one expects to get a sense of the person who has died, but your obituary chose to minimize the extraordinary work of an extremely intelligent and compassionate woman dedicated to social justice for all people. Not only did she have a distinguished career in public service from legal aid representation for poor people, but her various positions in government demonstrated the continuing confidence in her work by a mayor and a governor.

In another letter to Mr. McDonald, I was compelled to point out the woman that we knew, well:

Catherine Abate had been a member of the Village Independent Democrats since 1979.  Under our banner she was a Democratic District Leader from 1981-1985 and a State Senator from 1995-1999.  We knew her personally and professionally.   

Catherine Abate was a force of nature.  She had the intellect, passion, caring, and persistence that you rarely find in one person.  She cared deeply about people and she had a special passion for the poor, the disadvantaged, and those who could not help themselves.

In contrast, we are grateful for Albert Amateau’s thoughtful homage in The Villager.

Respectfully,
Tony Hoffmann

 

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Mar 272014
 
Clean Energy

Nancy Anderson, Samara Swanston, Lisa DiCaprio and moderator Frieda Bradlow

April General Membership Meeting Features a Forum on Clean Energy

Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 PM-St.John’s Lutheran Church-Meeting Room-83 Christopher St

Agenda:
1- District Leader Report– Keen Berger,
2- Committee Reports3- Forum- “The Power to Change: Clean Energy and the Future of New York City”  

 Samara F. Swanston– Legislative counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council, an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School for Urban Planning and the Environment, and an Adjunct Professor at the Hunter College Graduate School for Urban Affairs and Planning.

Lisa DiCaprio– Associate Director of Curriculum, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Sciences-Paul McGhee Division New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Nancy Anderson- Executive Director of the Sallan Foundation.  The mission of the Sallan Foundation is advancing useful knowledge for greener cities.

The presentation will be 30-minutes followed by a question an answer period.

4- Resolution:
a- Resolution urging the NYC Council to pass a resolution urging NYC pension board to divest its pension funds from the fossil fuel industry-Frieda Bradlow

5- New Business

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Feb 272014
 

The VID March schedule has lots of notable events.  See the new schedule in the right column

VID General Membership Meeting:
Thursday, March 13th, 6:30
PM
St. John’s Lutheran Church-Meeting Room-83 Christopher St

VID March ScheduleAgenda:

1- District Leader Report– Keen Berger

2- Committee Reports

3- Special Presentation– John Strausbaugh, author of  The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues-A History of Greenwich Village will make a presentation on the history of Greenwich Village.  A Q & A session will follow the presentation.  See the NY Times review

4- Resolutions:   

  •  Resolution requesting restoration of bus service on University Place- Tom Connor
  •  Resolution supporting GVSHP in their bid to have historic LGBT buildings landmarked – Jonathan Geballe

5-New Business

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Dec 222013
 

Frieda Bradlow Hosts VID Holiday PartyHostess Par Excellence, Frieda Bradlow,  Hosts VID Holiday Party…Again!

Grateful pols, VID members and friends vigorously bound up Frieda Bradlow’s steps on a very crisp December 15th to enter the by now celebrated West Village political parlor.  The conversation was, at times, animated, at others hushed; the food scrumptious; the drink just right.

The list of attendees?  Take note:  NYC Comptroller John Liu;  Borough President-Elect Gale Brewer; NYS Senator Brad Hoylman;  NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick; NYS State Committee member and President of the NYS Democratic Committee Progressive Caucus, Rachel Lavine; District Leaders Keen Berger and Jean Grillo; past VID Presidents Jonathan Geballe, William Stricklin, and Katharine Wolpe; present VID President, Tony Hoffmann; Judges (and judges-elect) Frank Nervo, Kathryn Freed, Josh Hansshaft, Andrea Masley, Margaret Chan, Carol Sharpe, JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur, Anil Singh and Tania Kennedy; from the press Lincoln Anderson (The Villager) and photographer Tequila Minsky joined the festivities.  Even Robbie Kaplan,  famed for her successful victory before the US Supreme Court in the Edie Windsor case (overturning of DOMA) this year attended with son Jacob.

Enjoy the picture show.

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