Mar 092016
 

VID held a lively February Meeting…

which included approval of a letter to Landmark Julius Bar, a resolution for the DNC to schedule more debates, approval of the VID endorsement calendar and a debate over affordable housing vs. local gardens.

February 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes
February-meeting_BergerOur new Vice President, Erik Coler, stood in for President Nadine Hoffmann, and opened by introducing two judges, the Honorable James E. d’Auguste and Honorable Alexander M. Tisch.   He then presented Nadine’s letter in support of landmarking Julius’ Bar.  The members unanimously approved.  Also approved at the February meeting was Kathy Slawinski’s resolution urging the DNC to schedule more official debates for the Democratic Presidential candidates.  And finally, following a lively discussion led by District Leader Keen Berger, the VID endorsement calendar was approved as well.

District Leader Arthur Schwartz addressed the club to announce that ‘s he has been retained by the Bernie Sanders campaign. He also mentioned Zephyr Teachout’s announcement that she will be running in the 19th CD.   He also announced that he will be running against Deborah Glick in the 66th Assembly District.

At Jim Fouratt’s urging Mr. Schwartz explained the New York super delegate situation.

  • There are 250 total delegates in New York:
  • 175 elected by CDs,
  • 55 at-large delegates
  • Super delegates are the rest and are comprised of Democratic Congresspeople and Senators and members of the DNC.

Each state usually gives delegate status to the top electeds, and their votes are not bound by voters in the state.

Update on the Voter Empowerment Act 

Erik Coler met with Brian Kavanaugh, one of the co-sponsors, to discuss building a coalition to pass it.  Brian suggested passing it piecemeal, starting with an early voting provision, which would also solve the problem of excess voters expected in the upcoming election.

The Special Presentation on the Elizabeth Street Garden Site

February Meeting_PanelThe issue: whether senior affordable housing should be constructed on the City-owned site at Elizabeth St between Spring and Prince St.   Tobi Bergman, chair of CB 2, and Janine Kiely discussed alternate sites and spoke of the need for the garden to become an official park site.  K Webster, CB 2 resident and President of the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition spoke in favor of the housing.  Alison Greenberg moderated.

K. Webster spoke about the burgeoning population of seniors who need housing, and the wealth of community gardens in the area.  She said the site had been picked by HPD because the land is city-owned.  She felt HPD would do it, despite any opposition by the mayor, and that there would be plenty of space there open to the community.

Janine Kiely brought up the history of the proposal, citing a side deal to the SPURA rezoning agreement with no public notice or involvement.  She felt Little Italy, Soho, Noho, and the East Village were under-served by open spaces, and there was an alternative site, 2 Howard, which is currently a parking garage.  Jerry Nadler, Deborah Glick, Daniel Squadron, Gale Brewer, CB 2 and New Yorkers for Parks were all in support.

Tobi Bergman spoke of his past history with the park, and the fact that CB 2 had no input whatsoever, though he expected it would come to the CB eventually.  He spoke of the DEP site at Hudson Street between Howard and Clarkson, and said this space is bigger than the Elizabeth Street site both vertically and horizontally.

Lisa Kaplan, former Chief of Staff for Rosie Mendez and former CB 3 member, differed with this version.  She said in 2008 CB 3 entered into negotiations with the city to develop affordable and market rate housing.  There was a last minute push for a better deal, and all Margaret Chin could find was the Elizabeth Street site, so everybody jumped on it.

John Bredin thanked everyone and commended the club for putting democracy first.  He acknowledged that parks and housing are needed.

Preparing for This Year’s Gala 

Jen Hoppe addressed members at the February meeting regarding the upcoming Gala, to take place Thursday, April 24.  She solicited volunteers to find venue sites and Cormac Flynn volunteered to find some.  UPDATE:  The location has been secured.

VID 59th Annual Awards Celebration
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Tio Pepe Restaurant
168 West 4th Street
6:00-9:30 PM

 New Business

Ben Yee, of Manhattan Young Dems, announced an organizing event on March 1, Super Tuesday, to be held at the Red Room on East 4th Street.  Reps from Bernie and Hillary will be there to expound on their stands on women’s issues especially.

Mary Petretti, of the Cornelia Street Coalition, brought forward the planned IFC expansion onto Cornelia Street, involving changing residential zoning to commercial zoning in a very residential area.  She distributed literature asking people to contact the CB and protest.  She also took names and phone numbers of anyone willing to volunteer.

Cormac Flynn said he wanted the Exec Committee to work up language to evaluate the Presidential candidates on key issues and push those issues in a progressive direction.

Jim reminded the members to educate themselves about the super delegates.

 

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Apr 042012
 
 
Maloney at VID

John Bredin, Congresswoman Maloney and Sharon Woolums at April 12th Forum

Village Independent Democrats (VID) is proud to announce that Rep Carolyn Maloney (14th District, NY, representing part of Manhattan and Queens) will be speaking and taking questions at our upcoming April 12 General Membership Meeting.

 
 
The Congresswoman will address a number of topics, including the recent controversial House panel on contraception and her headline-grabbing opening query, upon surveying the male-only presenters: “Where are the women?” Attendance is free and the public is welcome to attend and ask questions.
 
 
Location: St John’s Lutheran Church, 82 Christopher St (just off 7th Ave)
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. for some membership items and the Congresswoman will be speaking at 8:15 p.m.
Attendance is free and open to the public.
There will be refreshments.
 
 
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Jan 112011
 

The V.I.D. General Membership election results were the following:

Treasurer:  Mary Ann Carlese

Recording Secretary: Celia Wu

Corresponding Secretary:  Annette Zaner

Executive Committee (15)

          Harold Stelter

 

          Charles Stimson

 

          Teresa Hommel

 

          Patrick Mahon

 

          Frieda Bradlow

 

          Kathy Jacobson

 

          Bill Hastings

 

          Yvonne Sherwell

 

          Tony Hoffmann

 

          Nadine Hoffmann

 

          Sam Jacob

 

          Georgina Christ

 

          Tom Connor

 

          John Bredin

 

        Ellen Peterson-Lewis
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Jan 152010
 

2010 V.I.D. Roster of Officers and Exec Members:
V.I.D. election meeting on December 10, 2009 re-elected
William Stricklin – President
Jonathan Geballe – Vice Pres.
Lorne Gottesman – Vice Pres.
Tim McNerney – Vice Pres.
On January 14, 2010 the following V.I.D. officers were re-elected:
Kathy Jacobson – Treasurer
Celia Wu – Recording Secretary
Annette Zaner – Corresponding Secretary

The following were elected to the V.I.D. Exec Committee:
Frieda Bradlow
Yvonne Sherwell
John Bredin
Teresa Hommel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Sharon Woolums
Harold Stelter
Eli Hausknecht
Cormac Flynn
Mary Ann Carlese
Jim Fouratt
Georgina Christ
Connie Ress
Patrick Mahon
Katherine Wolpe

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