Sep 202016
 

Every Wednesday and Saturday bakes and buttons support buses to PA.

Keep Pennsylvania Blue fund raisingThe VID is sending buses with volunteers to Pennsylvania every Saturday from now until, and including, Election Day.

If you cannot go the bus route, you can contribute to the cause in another way.

Bakes and Buttons will be our tabling effort for the next weeks on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  We will be selling homemade baked goods, Hillary buttons, registering people to vote and recruiting volunteers for our buses.

 

Schedule

Abingdon Square,
opposite the Farmer’s Market

Saturday, September 24
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 1
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 8
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 15
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 22
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 29
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, November 5
10-12
12-2PM

Park at Seventh Avenue
between 11 and 12 streets

Wednesday, September 28
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 5
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 12, (Yom Kippur)
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 19
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 26
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, November 2
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4

 

Please email me to volunteer: citywoman17@gmail.com

Hillary needs us.  You can help!
Nadine Hoffmann, President

 

 

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Sep 062016
 

JOIN THE FIGHT TO KEEP PENNSYLVANIA BLUE

Help Democrats Get Out The Vote in a Battleground State

keep-pennsylvania-blueNew Yorkers have a wonderful opportunity to help a battleground state elect Democrats to the Presidency, Senate and House of Representatives in 2016.

Every week from mid-September to Election Day, Democrats from New York will work with our neighbors in the KeyStone State to build support for Hillary Clinton for President; Katie McGinty for the U.S. Senate, and Rick Daugherty for Congress (15th CD).

We’ll go door to door, house to house, and community to community to register and poll voters and encourage them to support Democrats. We’ve made similar efforts in past elections with great success. But it’s never been more important than it is now.

Volunteers will travel by bus from New York City to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and neighborhoods in Philadelphia every Saturday: September 17 and 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; November 5; and election day, November 8.keep-pennsylvania-blue_McGinty

Buses will begin boarding at Union Square at 8:30 am and depart at 9 am. Return buses will leave Pennsylvania at 5:30 pm. The trips are about 90 miles, or two hours or so, from New York City. Traffic permitting, we’ll be back at Union Square by 8 pm. ADA buses will be available with advance notice.

The fare is $10, but provisions can be made for financial hardship.

We will do basic training, pair volunteers, and provide talking points and campaign and voter mater on each bus. Volunteers will always canvass in pairs. Our hosts in Pennsylvania will supply voter lists, maps, and lunch.

keep-pennsylvania-blue_daughertyThe Lehigh Valley, which includes the cities of Easton and Bethlehem, has been a battleground area for the past two presidential elections. Republicans have made inroads there and are within striking distance of defeating Democratic Presidential, Senatorial, and Congressional candidates.

The organizations sponsoring our Get Out The Vote effort so far include: Village Independent Democrats, Downtown Independent Democrats, Greater NYC for Change, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club, Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, Upper East Side for Change, Four Freedoms Democratic Club, Stonewall Democrats, Lexington Democratic Club, Progressive Independent Democrats, 504 Democratic Club, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lenox Hill Democratic Club, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club and the Barack Obama Democratic Club. We expect to announce more in coming days.

To help defray the cost of the buses, we welcome individual donations in any amount. Make checks out to Village Independent Democrats (Memo PA Buses 2016) and send to Village Independent Democrats, 26 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014.

For September 17th – Register Here

For September 24th – Register Here.

For October 1, 2016 – Register Here

For October 8, 2016 – Register Here

We’re stronger together.

Let’s keep Pennsylvania blue !

 
 
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May 192016
 

Eight Candidates Endorsed by VID for 2016 Federal and State Races

With three separate primaries in New York, it’s been a busy year in politics.  Here’s our roster:

Hillary Clinton-President

Charles Schumer – Senate

Jerry Nadler-Congress, 10th CD

Carolyn Maloney- Congress,12th CD

Brad Hoylman- State Senate,27th SD

Deborah Glick- State Assembly, 66th AD

Rachel Lavine- State Committeewoman, 66th

Benjamin Yee- State Committeeman, 66th AD

 

June 28th Congressional Primary Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION
Application must be postmarked no later than June 3rd and received by a board of elections no later than June 8th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the Congressional Primary, your application must be received no later than June 3rd.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by June 8th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Congressional Primary.

September 13th State and Local Primary 

MAIL REGISTRATION
Application must be postmarked no later than August 19th and received by a board of elections no later than August 24th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than August 19th.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 24th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the State & Local Primary.

Check Your Voting  Status and Location

Endorsed by VID_GOTV

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Mar 302016
 

VID’s March Meeting featured reports on the gun violence forum, the Congressional primary, an early voting bill in the NYS legislature and the Algonquin Pipeline.  It ended with Club endorsements for Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.

See the full meeting minutes here.  [Revised ]

VID's march meeting_Gun-violence-panel

Forum on Gun Violence Panel: Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, Joel Vatsky (CRDC), Nadine Hoffmann (VID),Scott Stringer (not pictured) and Assemblyman Keith Wright

President Nadine Hoffmann opened VID’s March meeting by welcoming Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is up for reelection.  He soon left, as he could not speak at the meeting. She then reported on the March 1 Women’s Issues forum at the Red Room, participated in by VID, DID, CODA, Manhattan Young Dems, and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.  There had also been a forum on gun violence the day before, sponsored by the VID and VRDC, and featuring Keith Wright, Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, and Scott Stringer, among others.  And she reminded the members about the upcoming Candidates Night on April 7.  See April Announcement

District Leader Keen Berger discussed campaigns in other states and candidates she was supporting like Donna Edwards, Catherine Cortez Masto, Russ Feingold and Maggie Hassan. [A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Keen Berger was supporting Chris Van Hollen who is Donna Edwards opponent.  Keen is strongly supporting Donna Edwards.]

Nadine commended Erik Coler for meeting with Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh on the topic of early voting–the Assemblyman thinks Republicans are in agreement on this issue and it may pass in the Assembly and State Senate.  Jonathan Geballe explained what’s involved in getting this legislation passed.

VID's March Meeting_Petitioning

Jonathan Geballe, Congressman Nadler, Nadine Hoffmann, Erik Coler, Congresswoman Maloney, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman join the petition-launching breakfast at the VID Clubhouse.

Tony Hoffmann spoke about the upcoming Congressional primary on June 28 and the necessity for petitioning.  A Campaign Breakfast, paid for by Congressman Nadler, would take place at the clubhouse on Saturday.

Nat Johnson updated everyone on the environment–on February 29, Governor Cuomo sent a letter to FERC about the Algonquin Pipeline, requesting this dangerous project be suspended until a full environmental study is completed.  Nat described a circular firing squad involving FERC, NRC, DEC, and the EPA diffusing the blame by saying the others had approved the project.  There was a discussion about Int. 446, a bill introduced to prevent fracking and its byproducts from traveling through the city–26 City Council members were needed to sponsor the bill. ( Pipelines leak methane at much higher rates than previously understood, and methane is much more dangerous to the environment than carbon dioxide.)

FERC had not responded to the Governor’ s letter, so Keen proposed sending a statement to the Villager and Cuomo’s office, which was unanimously approved.  It was also proposed to send letters to Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Rosie Mendez (copied to the Villager) thanking them for supporting the initiative to suppress fracking.  This too was unanimously passed.

Tom Connor, a rent-controlled tenant who is a chair on the advisory board of Greenwich House, a senior center, read a letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the unfairness of the rent raises to rent-controlled tenants, the majority of whom are senior women.  Rachel Lavine, a State Committee Representative, asked about SCRIEE having a role.  It was proposed that Nadine, Rachel and Tom meet to collaborate on the letter, and this was unanimously passed.

Next Jen Hoppe updated us on the Gala, set to take place on Thursday, April 28 at the newly renovated Tio Pepe.  The Committee is soliciting sponsors, and invites are to go out next week.  Honorees will be Ben Yee, former leader of the Manhattan Young Dems and current VP of the National Young Dems, someone (as yet undecided) from the Cooper Square Committee (addressing homelessness), and Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of NY (regarding prisoner’s rights).  Nadine said the committee had wanted to honor Susan Lerner of Common Cause, but she was unavailable.

Nadine reviewed the VID rules for endorsement of political candidates; after much discussion regarding the candidates–

  • Jerry Nadler was unanimously endorsed by acclamation.
  • Carolyn Maloney was endorsed by 23 in favor, with 3 no endorsement votes and one invalid ballot.
  • Chuck Schumer was endorsed by 19 in favor and 7 no endorsements.
  • Hillary Clinton received 19 votes, Bernie Sanders received 9 votes and one no endorsement.

And now, the pictures:

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