Jan 262014
 

January 2014 MeetingPosted here are the Minutes of January 2014

Here are some highlights.

David Kruger updated everyone about the anti-fracking bus trip to Albany on January 8th.  More press coverage from PBS station WSKG

Keen Berger reported that Tim Gay has resigned at the Board of Elections, and will be replaced by Jamal Nelson, District Leader in Harlem.  Keen also announced that the transfer of 75 Morton Street from New York State to New York City for a middle school is still in the works.

Jonathan Geballe reported on the lawsuit brought by the GVSHP vs. NYU, in which Deborah Glick is involved.  He said this was a huge victory for the neighborhood.  The court determined that three strips of land that weren’t officially designated parkland could not be used by NYU without permission of the New York State legislature.  The University will still proceed with the Zipper Building and other parts of its plan that are not impacted directly by the court decision.

Tony announced that this year’s Gala date will be Thursday, April 24.

Nat Johnson, the Technology Committee Chair, said the results of the canvas for a website coordinator will be announced at the next Executive Committee Meeting.  The committee recommends staying with the current web-person.

Katherine Wolpe announced that Lynn Stewart had been pardoned and released on New Year’s Eve, the result of her Stage 4 cancer.  Ms. Stewart came to St. Marks Church the following Sunday to thank her supporters.

Marti Speranza announced the first meeting of the Community Affairs Committee will be on January 15 at 6:30 at Think Coffee.   Anyone interested is invited to attend or contact Marti re future meetings.  In general, the objective of this Committee will be to integrate community issues into the VID.

The VID forum, on the possible outcome of the two-state solution in Israel, was presented over by Kate Press, New York City Regional Director and Deputy Field Director of J Street.  Also see this posting for details.  There was a 20 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and 15 minutes of discussion.

ELECTIONS.
See additional coverage on 2014 officers here

Linda Jacobson was unanimously re-elected as Treasurer by voice vote.
Kathy Slawinski was unanimously re-elected as Recording Secretary by voice vote.
Alex Meadows and Ed Yutkowitz were unanimously re-elected by voice vote.

There was a closed secret ballot to elect the new Executive Committee.  Those members elected are:

Frieda Bradlow
Georgina Christ
Tom Conner
Josh DuBoff
Jim Fouratt
Anne Heaney
Nadine Hoffmann
Ron Illardo
Ann Kjellberg
Jackie Manuel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Alec  Pruchnicki
Charles Stimson
Celia Wu
Annette Zaner

Jim Fouratt proposed a letter to be written to our elected officials re the Washington Square Park  Conservancy.  Tony said to get him the letter and he will send it out, pending an okay by the Executive Committee.

New Business:

Ann Heaney spoke about future buses to Albany protesting fracking.  Jim Fouratt spoke about the very important pre-K legislation pending.  Sharon Woolums said she hopes the resolution to preserve small businesses will be brought to a vote at the City Council this year.

Here are the complete  Minutes of January 9

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Jan 122014
 

VID Elected 2014 OfficersAt the January 9, 2014 meeting, VID elected 2014 officers…

after a stimulating and thorough forum led by Kate Press, Deputy National Field Director for J Street on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue, club members nominated and elected the remaining Officers and Executive Committee members for 2014. 

VID elected 2014 officers include:

Anthony Hoffmann, President
Nat Johnson, Vice President
Irene Kaufman, Vice President
Katharine  Wolpe, Vice President
Linda Jacobson, Treasurer
Kathy  Slawinski, Recording Secretary
Alexander Meadows, Corresponding Secretary
Ed Yutkowitz, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee

Keen Berger, District Leader
Jonathan Geballe, Past President
Peter Crosta, Chair Campaign Committee
Frieda Bradlow
Georgina Christ
Tom Conner
Josh DuBoff
Jim Fouratt
Anne Heaney
Nadine Hoffmann
Ron Illardo
Ann Kjellberg
Jackie Manuel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Alec  Pruchnicki
Charles Stimson
Celia Wu
Annette Zaner

View a slideshow of the meeting on the Photo Gallery page.
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Dec 192013
 

On Dec. 12th 2013, VID Re-Elected Tony Hoffmann President

In a sweeping and uncontested vote the membership endorsed Tony Hoffmann’s accomplishments on behalf of the Village Independent Democrats throughout the rough and tumble 2013 election year.  Included in his long list of those accomplishments were vigorous member outreach, fund-raising and on-line interaction with voters, elected officials and prospective candidates.  Tony was quick to praise Peter Crosta for his service as Chair of the 2013 Elections Committee, Nadine Hoffman, Chair of the Fundraising Committee and Nat Johnson, Chair of the Technology Committee for extraordinary support.  (See full meeting minutes here.)

VID re-elected tony hoffman president

Current and next President of VID, Tony Hoffman collects names in nomination for 2014 Vice Presidents.

Also elected at this meeting were three Vice Presidents:

Nat Johnson

Irene Kauffman

Katharine Wolpe

Election of VID’s remaining officers and Executive Committee members will be held on Thursday, January 9th, at 6:30 at St. John’s, 83 Christopher St.

Prospective candidates are urged to submit summaries of their qualifications which will be distributed to the membership prior to the meeting.  Members who have not renewed their membership are urged to do so.

For your reference here is the Information on VID-Voting & Elections from our Constitution.

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Jun 302013
 

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at July Membership Meeting

on Thursday, July 11th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street, 6:30 PM.
Please Note earlier Starting Time

Here’s the meeting agenda:

1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe

2- Campaign Update- Peter Crosta, Lucia Fedora and David Kruger
a- Petitioning Summary
b- County Committee Summary
c- Campaign Plans (61 days to primary day)

 3- Report of Committee Chairs

  • Voter Registration/Community Outreach- Celia Wu

4- Special Presentation: “Understanding the Affordable Care Act: How Will It Affect Me”  

           Moderator-Alec Pruchnicki- VID Executive Committee; Physician of Geriatrics at St. Luke’s Hospital (and formerly at St. Vincent”s Hospital); Member Physicians for National Health Program

Affordable Healthcare-Len-Rodberg

Len Rodberg, Urban Studies Department Chair and Professor, Queens College,
PhD, MIT

Guest Speaker- Len Rodberg, the Chairman of the Urban Studies department at Queens College of CUNY, has helped to write the single payer bill of John Conyers in Congress, also the single payer bill sponsored by Dick Gottfried in the NY State legislature. Len is also the treasurer, research director, and an executive committee member of the Physicians for a National Health Program ( PNHP ) NY Metro chapter.

5- New Business
Reminder:  Last minute push.  Petitioning runs until Monday, July 8th.  We need your help to get our endorsed candidates, including our District Leaders Jonathan Geballe and Keen Berger, on the ballot.  Please come to the VID to pick up your petitions  every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Join us for some last minute petitioning:
Monday, 7/1, 8th St stop, N/R trains, 8-9am
Tuesday, 7/2, Astor Place stop, 6 train, 8-9am
Wednesday, 7/3, 14th St and 1st Ave, SW corner, 8-9am

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