The Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019 Featured 17 Candidates and Nine Clubs Held at the LGBT Center on West 13th St, the Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019 attracted hundreds of activist voters with no shortage of questions to ask of the candidates. And, the well-credentialed roster was certainly up for the task. VID endorsed Benjamin Yee for Public Advocate, in a members-only meeting following the Forum. Candidates The candidates included, in order of appearance, Jared Rich, an Attorney; Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and watchdog journalist; Raphael Espinal, NYC Council; Danny O’Donnell, member of the NYS Assembly; Dawn Smalls, an Attorney; Daniel Christmann, business owner; Ron Kim, member of the NYS Assembly; David Eisenbach, a history professor at Columbia University; Benjamin Yee, activist and State Committee member; Jumaane Williams, NYC Council; Theo Chino, businessman; Ofeoma Ike, activist, former deputy executive director of the de Blasio administration’s Young Men’s Initiative; Sami Desu, journalist turned […]
VID and Nine Other Democratic Clubs Sponsor a Public Advocate Candidates Forum, on January 6th, 2019 at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. The multi-club Public Advocate Candidates Forum will host 17 confirmed candidates, thus far announced. RSVP is requested Download the Brochure VID will have an endorsement meeting from 5-6 PM after the forum. Club members will discuss the Public Advocate candidates and vote for a club endorsee.
The start of the New Year was all about standing up and being counted… Throughout Manhattan VID Members and friends gathered to support progressive agendas. At the January 11 General Meeting, Erik Coler got the ball rolling on standing up and being counted by introducing his newest idea – posting anti-Trump fliers in coffee shops to stimulate membership in VID. [Meeting Minutes Here] This meeting also hosted NYS Comptroller Tom DeNapoli who regaled the club with a speech congratulating Jerry Nadler, Brad Hoylman, Deborah Glick, and others. He complimented the VID holiday party and spoke of the intricacies of the comptroller’s office and the financial soundness of the city, then took questions about prison reform, Medicaid and nursing homes. On the Immigration front, Keen Berger and Erik Bottcher reported on the demonstration for Ravi Ragbir, head of the New Sanctuary Coalition. Erik Bottcher spoke about the rally, which was attended by Borough President Gale Brewer […]