Mar 302016
 

VID’s March Meeting featured reports on the gun violence forum, the Congressional primary, an early voting bill in the NYS legislature and the Algonquin Pipeline.  It ended with Club endorsements for Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.

See the full meeting minutes here.  [Revised ]

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Forum on Gun Violence Panel: Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, Joel Vatsky (CRDC), Nadine Hoffmann (VID),Scott Stringer (not pictured) and Assemblyman Keith Wright

President Nadine Hoffmann opened VID’s March meeting by welcoming Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is up for reelection.  He soon left, as he could not speak at the meeting. She then reported on the March 1 Women’s Issues forum at the Red Room, participated in by VID, DID, CODA, Manhattan Young Dems, and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.  There had also been a forum on gun violence the day before, sponsored by the VID and VRDC, and featuring Keith Wright, Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, and Scott Stringer, among others.  And she reminded the members about the upcoming Candidates Night on April 7.  See April Announcement

District Leader Keen Berger discussed campaigns in other states and candidates she was supporting like Donna Edwards, Catherine Cortez Masto, Russ Feingold and Maggie Hassan. [A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Keen Berger was supporting Chris Van Hollen who is Donna Edwards opponent.  Keen is strongly supporting Donna Edwards.]

Nadine commended Erik Coler for meeting with Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh on the topic of early voting–the Assemblyman thinks Republicans are in agreement on this issue and it may pass in the Assembly and State Senate.  Jonathan Geballe explained what’s involved in getting this legislation passed.

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Jonathan Geballe, Congressman Nadler, Nadine Hoffmann, Erik Coler, Congresswoman Maloney, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman join the petition-launching breakfast at the VID Clubhouse.

Tony Hoffmann spoke about the upcoming Congressional primary on June 28 and the necessity for petitioning.  A Campaign Breakfast, paid for by Congressman Nadler, would take place at the clubhouse on Saturday.

Nat Johnson updated everyone on the environment–on February 29, Governor Cuomo sent a letter to FERC about the Algonquin Pipeline, requesting this dangerous project be suspended until a full environmental study is completed.  Nat described a circular firing squad involving FERC, NRC, DEC, and the EPA diffusing the blame by saying the others had approved the project.  There was a discussion about Int. 446, a bill introduced to prevent fracking and its byproducts from traveling through the city–26 City Council members were needed to sponsor the bill. ( Pipelines leak methane at much higher rates than previously understood, and methane is much more dangerous to the environment than carbon dioxide.)

FERC had not responded to the Governor’ s letter, so Keen proposed sending a statement to the Villager and Cuomo’s office, which was unanimously approved.  It was also proposed to send letters to Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Rosie Mendez (copied to the Villager) thanking them for supporting the initiative to suppress fracking.  This too was unanimously passed.

Tom Connor, a rent-controlled tenant who is a chair on the advisory board of Greenwich House, a senior center, read a letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the unfairness of the rent raises to rent-controlled tenants, the majority of whom are senior women.  Rachel Lavine, a State Committee Representative, asked about SCRIEE having a role.  It was proposed that Nadine, Rachel and Tom meet to collaborate on the letter, and this was unanimously passed.

Next Jen Hoppe updated us on the Gala, set to take place on Thursday, April 28 at the newly renovated Tio Pepe.  The Committee is soliciting sponsors, and invites are to go out next week.  Honorees will be Ben Yee, former leader of the Manhattan Young Dems and current VP of the National Young Dems, someone (as yet undecided) from the Cooper Square Committee (addressing homelessness), and Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of NY (regarding prisoner’s rights).  Nadine said the committee had wanted to honor Susan Lerner of Common Cause, but she was unavailable.

Nadine reviewed the VID rules for endorsement of political candidates; after much discussion regarding the candidates–

  • Jerry Nadler was unanimously endorsed by acclamation.
  • Carolyn Maloney was endorsed by 23 in favor, with 3 no endorsement votes and one invalid ballot.
  • Chuck Schumer was endorsed by 19 in favor and 7 no endorsements.
  • Hillary Clinton received 19 votes, Bernie Sanders received 9 votes and one no endorsement.

And now, the pictures:

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May 042014
 

NYS Candidates ForumOn May 1st VID and eight other Clubs sponsored a NYS candidates forum for Democrats seeking inclusion on the 2014 Primary Ballot.

Here are the Minutes of the Forum

Ed Yutkowitz, VID  Corresponding Secretary organized the event which included:

Keith Wright, Chairman of the New York County Democrats, Assembly Member, and a Co-Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, who will speak on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Randy Credico, Candidate for NYS Governor
First Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York, Pete Grannis, representing Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator for the 27th District.
Deborah Glick, Assembly Member for the 66th district, who will also represent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Dan Squadron, New York State Senator for the 26th District.
Rachel Lavine, 66th AD; Alan Shulkin, 66th AD and John Quinn, 65th AD Candidates for New York State Democratic Committee.

Co-sponsors of the event included Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lower Manhattan Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Greater NYC for Change, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and 

Among the prominent topics raised by the Forum attendees were campaign finance reform, the recent legislation regarding development rights through the Hudson River Park Trust , Fracking and the NYS Senate’s Independent Democrat Conference (IDC).

Rachel Lavine, State Democratic Committee member and founder of the NYS Progressive Caucus introduced a resolution by that body detailing the failures of  Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate (IDC) in advancing important Democratic legislation and calling upon the  IDC  to rejoin the Democratic Conference led by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.  The topic  was immediately picked up by the NY Daily News and by Capital NY

All the candidates agreed that Campaign Finance Reform was a priority with Senator Hoylman speaking out vehemently for its need.  Assemblymember Glick offered a detailed chronology of the imperfect Hudson River Park legislation and  hopefully mitigating provision for full local  ULURP review for future development that remained in the final package.

Senator Dan Squadron added a plea for support of his pending legislation for collaborative funding for NYC Parks between the City and the various Park Conservancies to advance their more equitable care.

Minutes will be posted soon.  Here are the pictures,

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Feb 262012
 

New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day,  Valentines Day, Presidents Day and we are finally able to say thank you – with pictures – from The December Holiday Pot-Luck Party (double click on the first image to get to the slideshow)…

It was a jolly affair.  As you can see by the pictures, this was not your usual stuffy political event!  Frieda Bradlow provided the wonderful space. and food and drink came by the armfuls by our friends and members.  The bake-off between Keen’s Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal cookies and Nadine’s No-Calorie Chocolate cupcakes ended in a tie.  The judges had fun!  Georgina’s hand-made hats sold briskly and she donated the profits to VID.  She will make a hat specifically for you if you can catch her at a meeting!

Elected officials attending included Speaker Christine Quinn, East Sidecouncilmember Jessica Lappin, and Manhattan County Leader, Keith Wright.  Silvia Hoylman-Sigal made an appearance, with Dad Brad, provoking lots of goo-goos and ga-gas.   A juggernaut of judges and judicial hopefuls showed up on one of their many stops that day.  But… nothing before or after our shindig could compare with our special guest, belly dancer and fire-eater.  Lots of goo-goos there also.  Stop drooling!!!  Thanks to Deley and his partners at Le Souk for the addition.  Quite a party.

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Apr 222011
 

VID is proud to sponsor an important panel on upcoming elections at our next VID General Membership meeting May 4: “Getting Out the Voter 2012 (NYS Legislature, Congress, President)”
Four panelists will explore upcoming campaigns, and how we get our citizens to register, and our registered voters to the ballot box.
Meeting time: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Meeting location: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (LGBT) 208 W. 13th Street (west of 7th Ave.), Room 412. Panel begins at 7:00 p.m.
Panelists: Keith Wright, (NY County Democratic Leader and Assemblymember); Larry Norden (Democracy Program, Brennan Center);
Steve Carbo (Democracy Program, Demos); Jesse Strauss (NY Democratic Lawyers Council, Political Outreach).

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