PETITIONING: Pick your candidate and give an hour or two for good government.
The VID is wrapping up it’s petitioning for Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. It’s easy, the people are great, and you’ll be doing your part to ensure the democratic process works the way it’s supposed to. We’re hitting the streets this Saturday and the more people who step up, the more quickly we can wrap up. Details: Saturday, March 31- Petitioning for:
A- Congressman Jerrold Nadler
10am – 12pm
Corner of Hudson St. & 8th Ave.
Erik Bottcher 917.744.9194
Jonathan Geballe 646.342.7767
Laurie Hardjowirogo 917.968.7801
B- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
West Side Market.
3rd Ave. & 12th St.
Jen Hoppe 646.408.0048 Cameron Krause 914.447.7343
The coordinators will have clip boards and petitions. You can also pick up clip boards and petitions at the VID (26 Perry St.-lower level) if you want to petition on your own (your building, supermarket, friends). The VID Club House is open during the following times:
The start of the New Year was all about standing up and being counted…
Throughout Manhattan VID Members and friends gathered to support progressive agendas. At the January 11 General Meeting, Erik Coler got the ball rolling on standing up and being counted by introducing his newest idea – posting anti-Trump fliers in coffee shops to stimulate membership in VID. [Meeting Minutes Here]
NYS Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli
This meeting also hosted NYS Comptroller Tom DeNapoli who regaled the club with a speech congratulating Jerry Nadler, Brad Hoylman, Deborah Glick, and others. He complimented the VID holiday party and spoke of the intricacies of the comptroller’s office and the financial soundness of the city, then took questions about prison reform, Medicaid and nursing homes.
On the Immigration front, Keen Berger and Erik Bottcher reported on the demonstration for Ravi Ragbir, head of the New Sanctuary Coalition. Erik Bottcher spoke about the rally, which was attended by Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and during which two Councilmembers, Jumaane Williams and Ydanis Rodriguez, were arrested. Keen also mentioned Jean Montreal, who also is in danger of deportation.
The Environmental Committee met on January 19th. Nat Johnson, Chair of the committee, reported that the Trump administration was undermining EPA regulations, which required public hearings, not being held in New York. He urged members to register objections at the EPA website. The night before they had met with the Manhattan Solid Waste Management organization.
Laurie Hardjowirogo solicited volunteers for the True Blue anti-IDC phone banks.
On Saturday, January 20th a large number of VID Members and friends gathered for the Women’s March. (See the slideshow for Tony Hoffmann’s pictures).
On January 22, VID Member, Livvey Mann host a second-home registration phone bank.
On January 25th there was an anti-IDC demonstration in front of Senator Flanagan’s office.
And, then there were the Inauguration festivities for Councilmember Carlina Rivera and for Council Speaker Corey Johnson (also depicted in the slide show – thank you Tony).
Senator Brad Hoylman speaking on the IDC at the December Meeting
Erik Coler topped the list of VID Officers for 2018 as he was re-elected President
Also elected at the December 14 meeting, as VID officers for 2018 were Vice Presidents, Jennifer Hoppe and two new Vice Presidents, Erik Bottcher and Laurie Hardjowirigo. All three have been ardent campaigners for local candidates as well as frequent volunteers in Up-State New York, Pennsylvnia, Virginia and Georgia. We are now, officially, infused with exceptional energy and Democratic commitment for another momentous year.
At the January General Membership Meeting candidates for Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and the Executive Committee will be elected.
Other initiatives discussed from the Dec. 14th agenda included Brad Hoylman speaking about the negotiations in the NYS Senate regarding the IDC; Laurie Hardjowirigo gave the Voter Reform Committee Report; Nat Johnson gave the Environmental Committee Report by stressing what was learned at the December 4 Future of Renewable Energy Forum; Erik Coler of Affordable Housing recapped the year’s achievements by saying this year 42 units had been re-stabilized and he was hoping next year to add 90 more.
Carlina Rivera, our new City Council member, gave a short speech in which she thanked the VID for its incredible support in her campaign. She won the Primary with 60% of the vote, the General with 80%.
Tony Hoffmann explained the new revised constitutional amendment and the process involved. After reading the amendment, it passed overwhelmingly with one opposed.
Erik Coler introduced the Final Mt. Sinai/Beth Israel Resolution. Tony thanked Zella Jones, Marlene Nadle, Judy Wessler, Susan Gottesman, Alec Pruchnicki, Barbara Ruether, Jim Yates, and Jonathan Geballe. After some discussion, in which some errors were discovered, a proposal was made to send the resolution back to committee. This was passed unanimously.