Jun 052015
 

Stop the Loss of Affordable Housing STOP THE LOSS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, JOIN THE FIGHT.

WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL JUNE 15 TO CHANGE THE RENT LAWS.

Get on a FREE bus to Albany to demonstrate for changes in the rent law that will stop the loss of affordable housing.   Advocates and tenants will rally in Albany on Tues., June 9. Buses will leave at 7 a.m. at 135th St. and Fifth Ave. in front of P.S. 197 and will return to New York City at 6 p.m. Transportation is free, and breakfast and lunch are included. To reserve a seat on one of the buses, call Darren at Tenants & Neighbors at 212-608-4320 x316 or contact mia.r.mcdonald@gmail.com

You can also call Gov. Cuomo in Albany at 518-474-8390 or at his NYC office at 212-681-4580

TELL HIM:

  1. DO AWAY WITH VACANCY DECONTROL WHICH LETS RENT STABILIZED APARTMENTS GO TO
    MARKET RATE WHEN THE  RENT REACHES A CERTAIN LEVEL AND CAUSES THE LOSS OF AFFORDABLE
    HOUSING.
  2. HIS PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE RENT LEVEL WHEN THAT CAN HAPPEN BY $200. IS UNACCEPTABLE.

See coverage in The Villager

With the city’s rent laws set to expire this month, tenant advocates are planning to head in force to Albany on Tues., June 9, to lobby for their extension. June 15 is the deadline for the expiration of current rent regulations.

Advocates are seeking an end to vacancy deregulation and a change to the practice of rewarding landlords a 20 percent rent increase for vacated apartments — or even more, if the tenant has resided there for more than eight years.

Currently, vacant apartments can become decontrolled if the rent is as little as $2,100; the 20 percent rent increase pushes the rent to $2,500, which is the threshold for vacancy decontrol.

Use our sample letter and send IMMEDIATELY

The deadline to stop the loss of affordable housing
is June 15, ACT NOW

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Mar 252015
 

Candles-for ClemencyApril 18 Vigil Postponed, Clemencies on the Threshold 

We have good news to report.  After over four years without granting a single clemency to anybody in prison, the Cuomo administration has promised to begin a process of identifying viable candidates for clemency and to begin issuing clemency to those deemed worthy.  This change of heart can, in large part, be attributed to the dedicated work of the people and organizations that joined Candles For Clemency.   We held a rally and a candle light vigil in front of Governor Cuomo’s home last September.  We planned on having a similar, but much larger, vigil in front of his home on April 18.

But the Governor’s office heard of our vigil and asked us to meet with his representatives in hopes that we would postpone the Vigil for at least six weeks so that they could start a clemency process. After a very frank meeting, we have decided, in good faith, to honor that request.

We are eager to see whether clemencies start rolling in come mid-May. We will be monitoring very closely and, if not, we will hold our vigil on Saturday, June 13. So please hold the date, just in case!

We want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who is part of Candles For Clemency for your dedication to the cause.  It shows that people can have their voices heard if they organize and are willing to stick their necks out.

Candles for ClemencyWe especially want to acknowledge the six members of Congress, and our celebrity hosts, who stepped forward to support the incarcerated deserving of clemency.  Many of those listed on the attached list have long been lobbying the Governor’s Office, yet consented to also be part of the effort of Candles for Clemency. And thanks to the organizations and representatives who have been attending our planning meetings. They have made this all possible.

We will keep you informed of progress towards the issuance of clemencies. If you have any recommendations for people deserving of clemency, please let us know. Also, the administration has a created an internal workgroup and an external website to encourage applicants to apply: http://www.ny.gov/services/apply-clemency 

If you know of other organizations and individuals who want to join our list of supporters, again, please let us know. Here is the current list of supporters.

We hope that this effort results in many people behind bars being given a second chance. We hope those worthy of clemency are returned to their loved ones and offered the chance to be respected and productive members of society. 

Thank you for your support,

Allen Roskoff
Founder, and Co-Coordinator, Candles for Clemency
President, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

aroskoff@mac.com
Tony Hoffmann
Candles for Clemency Co-Coordinator
Former President, Village Independent Democrats
tonyhoffmann26@gmail.com
 
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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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May 142014
 

VID Endorsements for State and Judicial Candidates

On Thursday, May 8th VID members gathered to hear statements from four judicial candidates and to endorse seven State candidates for the Democratic Primary ballot.  Nat Johnson presided.  Here are the Minutes for that meeting.

UPDATE:  On July 10 VID members gathered to re-consider the original vote of No Endorsement for Governor and voted to endorse Zephyr Teachout.  The final results are:

1.      Civil Court: two positions:

Louis Nock  (Update 7/10/14)
Arlene Bluth

2.      State Committeeman-66th AD: No Endorsement 

3.      State Committeewoman-66th AD: Rachel Lavine

4.      Assembly-66th AD: Deborah Glick 

5.      Senate- 27th District: Brad Hoylman   

6.      Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli 

7.      Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman

8.      Governor – Zephyr Teachout  (Update 7/10/14)

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