Apr 202017
 
VID Moves Progressive Agendas

VID Moves Progressive Agendas with a host of initiatives At the April 13th meeting, President Erik Coler, Voter Outreach Chairs Tony Hoffmann and Laurie Hardjowirago and Environment Committee Chair confirmed that VID moves progressive agendas. Nat Johnson, of the Environmental Committee, reported on their three major projects: One is the VID Resolution passed by the Executive Committee promoting curbside compost pickup.  He read this to the membership and it was passed unanimously. Second is a thank-you letter to the Governor for forming the plastic bag recycle task force.  He said Cuomo had proposed an energy initiative to build renewable energy sources for New York State, and he wants to invite Richard Kaufman, NY’s “energy czar” to explain. Thirdly is preparation for the Earth Day celebration, April 22 at Foley Square [see calendar].  The next meeting of the Environmental Committee will be on the 19th.  Erik Bottcher mentioned that buses would […]

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Mar 192017
 
Call to Defeat New 421a Legislation

We need your help this Monday, March 20th.  Call your representatives to defeat new 421a legislation. You will find their numbers below;  tell them that you are against the proposed renewal of 421a. The 421-a tax break benefits developers of luxury housing and provides little affordable housing.  We object to 421-a causing the loss of government funds that could be better used on housing programs that provide more affordable housing and better maintenance for public housing. We oppose the proposal to extend these 421-a tax breaks to 35 years when previously they were 10 to 25 years. A thorough analysis can be found at ANHD,  Let your representative know that we are asking them to defeat new 421a legislation!  Gov. Cuomo 518-474-8390 Mayor de Blasio 212-788-6960 City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito 212-788-7210 or 212-788-6960 Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie 518-455-3791 Senate Majority Leader John Flanigan 518-455-2071  Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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May 082016
 

VID’s April Membership Meeting covered petitioning results, Candles for Clemency, the AIM Pipeline, 45 Rivington St. AND endorsements for NYS candidates. MINUTES The meeting opened with a reminder from President Nadine Hoffmann about the Hillary fundraiser on May 12 cosponsored by Renee Feinberg at 303 Mercer.  A vote was taken to support the Washington Square Park Music Festival fundraiser on May 8 at the Greenwich Village Music School.  Nadine further reported that former member and supporter Marilyn Appelson remembered VID in her will. Tony Hoffmann of the Campaign Committee thanked everyone who participated in the petitioning effort reporting that VID had secured 700 signatures for Jerrold Nadler, more, he thought, than any other club. A hundred signatures were secured for Carolyn Maloney.  On other business, Tony shared that The Candles for Clemency campaign was thinking about sending a few people to the Governor’s house in Mt. Kisco to picket on […]

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Apr 112016
 
Rent Control Reform

Rent Control Reform Is Past Due At a time when rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are enjoying a freeze in their rents, another group of regulated tenants — the dwindling minority in rent-controlled apartments — is facing an increase of up to 9.6 percent over the next two years. New York Times, By MIREYA NAVARRO DEC. 31, 2015 Since December 2015  there has been a concerted effort for rent control reform to correct this inequity, which by the very nature of the rent-controlled legislation affects seniors who have lived in their apartments since the legislation began in 1970.  The 2014 Housing and Vacancy Survey found that the median rent for a rent-controlled unit was $1,020 per month on an average income of $29,000 per year…or 42% of their fixed income. (By comparison, rent-stabilized tenants pay a median rent of just $1,300 per month with average annual salaries of nearly $41,000…or 38% […]

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