In a well-attended meeting which also featured a thorough presentation on how to protect rent-stabilized tenants, VID members voted for the remaining slate of Officers and the 2017 Executive Committee. Now, VID Officer Elections are complete.
Executive Committee Members
The January Meeting Elected More VID Officers and Highlighted the WE NYC Initiative
Marti Spiranza addressing VID after Officer elections
On January 14th VID elected (re-elected) the remaining roster of officers and then heard from VID favorite Marti Spiranza about the Women Entrepreneur initiative to expand female entrepreneurship in New York City, with a special focus on under-served women and communities. You can see the Minutes of the entire meeting here.
First, the elections:
There was only one nominee for Treasurer–Frieda Bradlow
Kathy Slawinski was the one nominee for Recording Secretary
For Corresponding Secretary, the two nominees were Ed Yutkowitz and Jonathan Geballe. As there were two positions, the two were unanimously elected through acclamation.
The Executive Committee nominees were: Tony Hoffmann, Tom Connor, Alec Pruchnicki, Frank Savits, Eli Hausknecht, Mary Petretti, Lois Rakoff, Annette Zaner, Nat Johnson, Katharine Wolpe, Jen Hoppe, Allison Greenberg, Marlene Nadle, Nancy Shanbam, and Joe Gallagher. As there were fifteen positions open, all the nominees were unanimously elected through acclamation.
Also at the January meeting, Marti Spiranza discussed the impetus around the formation of the Women Entrepreneurs NYC launched last March by First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and Citi. Among the data collected in forming this program:
Women Entrepreneurs employ more than 190,000 New Yorkers and generate approximately $50 Billion in sales.
BUT, women lag significantly behind men who who head 1.5x the number of business; employ 3.5x more people; and have 4.5x more sales.
85% of women found funding to be a core issue in establishing their business; more than 70% of women felt they lacked the necessary skills; 75% cited the need and value of mentors.
WENYC has reached 1,500 women to date and forecasts reaching 5,000 over the next three years with a program that will provide access to capital, mentorship and networks, business skill building and networks for NYC’s growing number of women entrepreneurs.
On December 10, VID 2016 Officers were elected and after considerable discussion the Club voted No Endorsement for the Democratic Presidential Primary.
With 32 members present, elections took place for VID 2016 officers – a President and three Vice Presidents for 2016: Nadine Hoffmann, President; Linda Jacobson, Vice President; Erik Coler, Vice President, and Barbara Ruether, Vice President. A Treasurer, Recording Secretary, two Corresponding Secretaries and the Executive Committee will be elected at the January 14 meeting. Here are the election rules.
The next major portion of the meeting was the endorsement of a National Presidential candidate. Present were Adam Stolz, representing Martin O’Malley, and Sean Patrick Murphy, representing Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton was not represented.
After lengthy discussion by members for each candidate, as well as discussion of the pros and cons of “no endorsement,” the first ballots were distributed and tallied: Hillary 12, Bernie 12, and no endorsement 7. Since no position had a clear majority, another ballot was necessary. The second ballot gave Hillary 10, Bernie 12 and no endorsement 10. Since again there was no clear majority, the club position is “no endorsement.
State Assemblymember Deborah Glick came by to cast her votes and to update the Club on the work she had been doing with Transportation Alternatives to redesign Fifth and Sixth Avenues, providing bike lanes and improvements to benefit pedestrians and slow traffic.
You can read the full minutes here. And catch a few scenes below.
Jenn Hoppe and Josh Duboff again spearhead Gala preparations this year.
VID Celebrates its 58th year with an Awards Gala
A highlight in the spring season of NYC politics, VID’s 58th Annual fête promises no less in 2015. The Spring Forward Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Tio Pepe Restaurant, at 168 West 4th St.
Honors will go to Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu for bringing progressive values to the ballot and challenging the Democratic status quo. Receiving honors for the fight for a living wage for all workers will be Shantel Walker, on behalf of Fast Food Forward.
Among those sponsoring the event are NYS Committee Member Rachel Lavine & Roberta Kaplan, Esq.; Hon. Keen Berger; Hon Tony Hoffmann & Hon Nadine Hoffman; Alec Pruchniki, M.D.; NYS Senator Brad Hoylman & David Sigal; NYS Assembly Member Deborah Glick; Hon Katharine Wolpe; Sam Jacob & Marcus Andrews; Irene Kaufman & Daniel Neiden; Kate Linker & Bernard Tschumi; Lois Rakoff and Marti Speranza. NYS Assembly Member Richard Gottfried; NYS Assemblymember Keith L.T. Wright; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; City Council Member Margaret Chin; City Council Member Corey Johnson; City Council Member Rosie Mendez; Hon. Arthur Schwartz; Frieda Bradlow; Jim Fraser & Katherine Hanson; Hal Friedman; Jonathan Geballe, Esq. & Karin Coonrod; Eli HausKnecht; Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; Ann Kjellberg; Al Lewis, M.D. & Ellen Petersen-Lewis; Burt Rosenberg and Annette Zaner. The list is still in formation.
If you’ve got any interest in progressive politics at all, you better grab your tickets quickly.
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