May 112013
VID endorsed john liu, daniel squadron, julie menin

May 9th Endorsement Meeting

VID endorsed John Liu, Daniel Squadron, Julie Menin

On Thursday, May 9th Village Independent Democrats endorsed mayoral candidate John Liu with a run-off vote over Christine Quinn.  Daniel Squadron won easily as their preferred Public Advocate candidate and Julie Menin received the endorsement over Jessica Lappin.

In uncontested elections for judgeships in the second judicial district the club also endorsed Marcy Friedman, Adam Silvera and Kathryn Freed.  Ann E. O’Shea received the endorsement for reelection to a County Wide Civil Court judicial position.

UPDATE:  Due to the fact that the NY County Judicial Screening Panel only reported out the candidates for county wide civil court judgeships on May 1st,  VID’s General Membership passed a resolution allowing the Executive Committee to endorse the judicial candidates.  On May 23rd VID’s Executive Committee unanimously endorsed JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado for Civil Court.

This makes the full roster of VID 2013 endorsements as follows:

Mayor – John Liu
Public Advocate – Daniel Squadron
Manhattan District Attorney- Cyrus Vance, Jr.
New York City Comptroller- Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President –
Julie Menin
City Council 1st District- Jenifer Rajkumar
City Council 2nd District- Rosie Mendez
City Council 3rd District- Corey Johnson

County-Wide Civil Court  – Ann E. O’Shea,  JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado

Civil Court, Second Judicial District – Marcy Friedman, Kathryn Freed, Adam Silvera

District Leader, 66th Assembly District Leaders, Part A – Jonathan Geballe and incumbent, Keen Berger


Recent coverage of Village Independent Democrats involvement in the 2013 elections includes:

Mayoral candidates make their case at Village forumThe Villager

Schwartz absent on key issues – The Villager, Opinion, Freda Bradlow

Johnson and Rajkumar win V.I.D.’s backing for Council – The Villager

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Jan 142012
Richard Brenner and Matt Klein

The speakers on the Living Wage Panel, Richard Brenner and Matt Klein

On Thursday, January 12th VID hosted a discussion on pending New York City Council Living Wage legislation.  The speakers, Richard Brenner and Matt Klein representing the Housing Conservation Coordinators  and the West Side Neighborhood Alliance provided a lively and informative presentation and handled a multitude of questions from the VID audience.
VID then passed a resolution supporting the Living Wage proposal and urging Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support the bill and to promptly take action to enact it.
For more background on the Living Wage campaign go to:
UPDATES – January 13, 2012:
Comments on legislation from Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, and Council Members G. Oliver Koppell, Annabel Palma, Inez Dinckens and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
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