Feb 092016

The January Meeting Elected More VID Officers and Highlighted the WE NYC Initiative


Marti Spiranza addressing VID after Officer elections

On January 14th VID elected (re-elected) the remaining roster of officers and then heard from VID favorite Marti Spiranza about the Women Entrepreneur initiative to expand female entrepreneurship in New York City, with a special focus on under-served women and communities.  You can see the Minutes of the entire meeting here.

First, the elections:

There was only one nominee for Treasurer–Frieda Bradlow
Kathy Slawinski was the one nominee for Recording Secretary
For Corresponding Secretary, the two nominees were Ed Yutkowitz and Jonathan Geballe. As there were two positions, the two were unanimously elected through acclamation.
The Executive Committee nominees were:  Tony Hoffmann, Tom Connor, Alec Pruchnicki, Frank Savits, Eli Hausknecht, Mary Petretti, Lois Rakoff, Annette Zaner, Nat Johnson, Katharine Wolpe, Jen Hoppe, Allison Greenberg, Marlene Nadle, Nancy Shanbam, and Joe Gallagher. As there were fifteen positions open, all the nominees were unanimously elected through acclamation.

Also at the January meeting, Marti Spiranza discussed the impetus around the formation of the Women Entrepreneurs NYC launched last March by First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and Citi.  Among the data collected in forming this program:

  • Women Entrepreneurs employ more than 190,000 New Yorkers and generate approximately $50 Billion in sales.
  • BUT, women lag significantly behind men who who head 1.5x the number of business; employ 3.5x more people; and have 4.5x more sales.
  • 85% of women found funding to be a core issue in establishing their business; more than 70% of women felt they lacked the necessary skills; 75% cited the need and value of mentors.

WENYC has reached 1,500 women to date and forecasts reaching 5,000 over the next three years with a program that will provide access to capital, mentorship and networks, business skill building and networks for NYC’s growing number of women entrepreneurs.


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Jan 062016

VID's 2016 Officers_Vote-TalliesOn December 10, VID 2016 Officers were elected and after considerable discussion the Club voted No Endorsement for the Democratic Presidential Primary.

With 32 members present, elections took place for VID 2016 officers – a President and three Vice Presidents for 2016:  Nadine Hoffmann, President; Linda Jacobson, Vice President; Erik Coler, Vice President, and Barbara Ruether, Vice President.  A Treasurer, Recording Secretary, two Corresponding Secretaries and the Executive Committee will be elected at the January 14 meeting.  Here are the election rules.

The next major portion of the meeting was the endorsement of a National Presidential candidate.  Present were Adam Stolz, representing Martin O’Malley, and Sean Patrick Murphy, representing Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton was not represented.

After lengthy discussion by members for each candidate, as well as discussion of the pros and cons of “no endorsement,” the first ballots were distributed and tallied:  Hillary 12, Bernie 12, and no endorsement 7. Since no position had a clear majority, another ballot was necessary.  The second ballot gave Hillary 10, Bernie 12 and no endorsement 10. Since again there was no clear majority, the club position is “no endorsement.

State Assemblymember Deborah Glick came by to cast her votes and to update the Club on the work she had been doing with Transportation Alternatives to redesign Fifth and Sixth Avenues, providing bike lanes and improvements to benefit pedestrians and slow traffic.

You can read the full minutes here.  And catch a few scenes below.

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Dec 072015

At the December Membership Meeting There Will Be Officer Elections and Presidential Candidate Endorsement

On Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 pm, St. Lukes Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. members will elect a President and Vice President for the Club in 2016.  There will also be a vote called for the endorsement of a Democratic Presidential Candidate (Petitioning begins January 5th, 2016).

Currently the candidates seeking VID office at the December membership meeting include:

december-membership-meeting_Nadine Hoffmann

Nadine Hoffmann, speaking for her first election in Dec. 2014

Having been VID’s President for 2015, Nadine Hoffmann is running for re-election.

Among her credits is her work with VID members on important issues:

  • Sharon Woolums on all the small business issues
  • Anne and Nat against fracking and pipelines and Indian Point and Port Ambrose, a tremendous win!
  • Keen with judicial candidates and delegate issues
  • Tony and many members on Candles For Clemency
  • Barbara Reuther and Mrs. Green’s
  • Support of the Iran Nuclear Deal
  • Erik Coler and his involvement with young voter outreach
  • Marlene Nadle and Tom Connor fighting for tenants rights and protections
  • Jonathan Geballe to expand the Tenants Clinic
  • The Gala Committee for another tremendous (and money-making) and also loads of fun dinner
  • Frieda on everything!

You can read her full statement here.


Ronnie Eldridge with Erik Coler at the Presidential Forum in November

  Leading a very successful effort to recruit new young members to the Club, Erik Coler is running for Vice President.

He was born and raised in the village, attended P.S. 41, and has lived in New York City his entire life, except for four years at college (SUNY Fredonia) in Western New York. While in college he work on a few political campaigns, including a congressional race; served as a Democratic Voting Delegate for President Obama at the DNC in 2012 and advocated actively on behalf of student issues in Albany.

You can read his full statement here.


A current VID Vice President, Linda Jacobson is seeking re-election for 2016

Jacobson_Bottcher_0060Linda has been a member for over 20 years and for the past year served as a Vice President.  Prior to this office she was  treasurer for the two years and stepped in as interim treasurer this year when our current treasurer, Frieda Bradlow was unable to due to health issues.  Adding to her commitment to the Club, Linda has also served as Campaign Committee Treasurer for Jonathan Geballe, and for VID when these committees were active.

You can read her full statement here


Barbara Reuther for Vice President

Barbara has volunteered her name for nomination for the office of Vice President of the Village Independent Democrats.  She believes that the Village Independent Democrats is one of the most effective and esteemed organizations in our community and City.  She looks forward to better serving progressive goals, in particular:

  • election of Democratic Majority in New York State
  • housing fairness
  • senior citizen needs
  • campaign finance reform
  • strengthening community communications

You can read her full statement here 

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Oct 232015

The September Meeting Covered Many Topics…


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The audience at the Judicial Forum held at Judson Church, Sept 20

September was a busy month:  leafleting, poll watching, campaigning, judicial candidate selections, forums, vigils, the Judicial Delegates Convention and more.  Following is a brief summary of the General Membership Meeting with a link to the full minutes.

  • Tim Wu will be working for the NYS Attorney General, specializing in technology.
  • The Executive Committee had voted to donate $225 to the Cooper Square Committee for an ad in their journal, it was approved by the Membership.
  • Terri Cude and Dennis Gault won by a large margin, and
  • All six of our judicial delegates won.
  • VID will be working with Food and Water Watch regarding regarding the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in raising livestock and its role in causing antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  VID has already passed a resolution on the topic.
  • Keen Berger began the District Leader Report by speaking on the battle over the Elizabeth Street Garden. She also brought up two races, those of Donna Edwards and Sheldon Whitehouse, whom she thought were worthy candidates.

There was a presentation on the Lenox Hill Emergency Center, made by Alex Hellinger, Executive Director and Wayne Kawadler, Director of Community Relations.  They brought out many points like the number of patients treated (24, 996), the speed and quality of care involving the very latest high tech equipment, and the impact on the community.  It is important to note that they are not an urgent care center and should only be used in critical cases except for traumatic heart problems or blocked airways.

  • After the presentation Tony Hoffmann discussed the Candles for Clemency vigil to be held Saturday the 26th.  The emphasis will be on clemencies for longtime, elderly prisoners who are rehabilitated and need to go home before death.  See coverage here.
  • Eric Coler reported on his Young Voter Outreach project, held in Union Square and Washington Square Parks.  He has some more strategies for reaching prospective voters, reaching out to political groups in colleges and supermarkets.  He plans his next event for the VID Street Fair on October 3.
  • Nadine introduced a resolution in support of A617, requiring the labeling of GMO foods in New York, to be addressed to Senators Schumer and Gillebrand.  This was unanimously approved.
  • Marti Speranza was recognized for her work in organizing ten local clubs to participate in a Presidential Forum, to feature representatives from each campaign and to be held November 1 at the School of Visual Arts Theater.
  • Nadine will be working with Kate Linker on a resolution in support of Letitia James initiative to divest from Walmart, Dick’s and other large gun sellers.
  • Sharon Woolums announced another Small Business Forum to be held September 30 in the Bronx.
  • Bruce Farrands and two other representatives from UFCW Local 1500 made a presentation on Mrs. Green’s new store in the Village.  He had participated in a previous battle at a Mrs. Green’s upstate, where when employees tried to organize they were fired.  There was general agreement that local electeds should be notified and involved.  Barbara Ruether volunteered to write a letter to this effect.See the Full Meeting Minutes Here
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