May 082015
 

VID General Membership Meeting

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St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher St.
Thursday May 14, 2015
6:30 PM

UPDATE:  MINUTES

Our May 14th General Membership Meeting has a pretty full agenda.  In addition to Club business we will be hosting an important discussion on Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure, as well as presentations from and endorsements of Civil Court and District Leader candidates.  Following is the agenda:
I.  President’s Report

II.  District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger

III. Special Forum:
Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure
Nat Johnson–Organizer
Panelists:  Clare Donohue, Sane Energy Project
Eric Weltman,  Food & Water Watch in New York
Ling Tsou, United for Action
Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, Status of the Port Ambrose LNG

IV.  Update on Saving Small Business Petitioning–Sharon Woolums

 
V.  Update on Gala–Jen Hoppe

VI.  Presention by Civil Court Judge Candidates  (See election protocol for all candidates below)

VII.  Endorsement of Civil Court Judge Candidates

VIII.    Presentation by District Leader Candidates

IX.     Endorsement of District Leader Candidates.

X.     Election of VID’s Judicial Delegates and Alternates

   XI.      New Business

Election Protocol
Village Independent Democrats

Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate:

     a- Must be a VID member for 90 days
b- Dues must be up to date
c- If your dues have expired, you can pay back dues in order to vote.  However, per VID constitution you can only pay back dues for one year and one month.  Therefore, anybody who’s dues expired before April 14, 2014 is not eligible to vote.Election Protocol:

  • Civil Court
  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 5 minutes
  2. Each candidate will take questions from VID members for up to 5 minutes
  3. VID members are allocated up to 5 minutes speak on behalf of a candidate.  No member can speak for more than one minute unless nobody else wishes to speak.
  4. A candidate must get a majority of the votes cast in order to get the VID endorsement.  In case no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot and there are only two candidates on the ballot then no endorsement is the position of the club. If there are more than two candidates then there is one more ballot with the two top vote getters staying on the ballot.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the second ballot then the position of the club is no endorsement.
  • District Leader

Same rules as for Civil Court candidates with the exception that the candidates only receive three minutes each to speak.

  • Judicial Delegates and Alternate Judicial Delegates
  1. Each candidate receives 1 minute to speak
  2. VID members have five minutes to as candidates questions
  3. The candidates who receive the most votes are elected to represent VID on the ballot as judicial delegates.  The candidates who receive the next highest number of votes become the alternate judicial delegates.
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Dec 082014
 

VID Will Elect New OfficersVID Will Elect New Officers on Dec. 11th at 6:30 pm, at 83 Christopher Street.

The December 11 election will be for President and three Vice President positions with the remaining positions voted upon at the January meeting.

The only candidate statement received thus far is from Nadine Hoffmann, running for President of the club.  Keen Berger has endorsed her.  (We will update this posting as additional candidate statements are received).

Elections
a- President
b- Vice Presidents (Depending on time constraints the vice presidential election may take place after Tim Wu’s presentation).

Any candidate who wishes to send a statement to the VID membership can send it to Zella Jones at: zella “at” marketxmarket.com.  She will send it out to the membership.  

Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate:

  • Must be a VID member for 90 days
  • Dues must be up to date
  • If your dues has expired you can pay back dues in order to vote.  However, per VID constitution you can only pay back dues for one year and one month.  Therefore, anybody who’s dues expired before November 11, 2013 is not eligible to vote.

Election Protocol:

I- President:

  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 10 minutes
  2. Each candidate will answer questions for up to 10 minutes immediately after speaking
  3. Each candidate will have up to 5 minutes for speakers

II- Vice President:

  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 3 minutes
  2. Each candidate will answer questions for up to 5 minutes immediately after speaking
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Oct 302014
 

VID EndorsementsVID Endorsements for Nov 4 Election,

Candidates and Propositions

US Congress: 10th District:  Jerrold Nadler

US Congress: 12th District:  Carolyn Maloney

  Assembly-66th AD: Deborah Glick 

 Senate- 27th District: Brad Hoylman

GovernorHoward Hawkins  

Lieutenant Governor:  Brian Jones

Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli 

 Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman

Supreme Court:  Milton A. Tingling and Kathryn E. Freed

Civil Court: Louis Nock and Arlene Bluth


Proposal Number 1 – NO

an Amendment: Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure
The proposed amendment to sections 4 and 5 and addition of new section 5-b to Article 3 of the State Constitution revises the redistricting procedure for state legislative and congressional districts.

 

Proposal Number 2 – YES
an Amendment: Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills 
The proposed amendment to section 14 of Article 3 of the State Constitution would allow electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at least three days before the Legislature votes on it.

 

Proposal Number 3 – NO
a Proposition: The SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014 
The SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014, as set forth in section one of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2014, authorizes the sale of state bonds of up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) to provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connectivity to equalize opportunities for children to learn.

 

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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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