Oct 212013
 

This post offers an October 10 meeting summary.  The full minutes are attached here and can also be found, anytime, from the Topic Archive box found in the lower right column.  Click on topics and then in the drop-down box, minutes.

Following an Elections 2013 update by Peter Crosta, elections were held for Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary.  Ed Yutkowitz (Corresponding Secretary) and Kathy Slawinski (Recording Secretary) were nominated and elected unanimously by voice vote.

Assemblymember Deborah Glick reported to the membership.  She stated that she would be supporting all 6 of the referenda on the November ballot.  She also discussed a number of other issues including the selling of air rights for Pier 40 and entertained questions from the floor.  If you missed the meeting or have not been able to keep up with Pier 40 developments, you can see a chronology of issues and coverage at Curbed.com and read a comprehensive piece by GVSHP’s Andrew Berman that appeared in The Villager, July 18th, 2013

Dr. Alec Pruchnicki and Len Rodberg made the presentation “Obamacare is Good, but more healthcare reform Is on its Way”.

Initially, Star Morris, navigator for the Affordable Care Act, made a presentation regarding the rollout of the ACA.

The resolution regarding H.R. 676, Medicare for All, was passed overwhelmingly (35 in favor 1 opposed).  The state resolution, regarding the Gottfried/Perkins bill was passed conditionally (35 in favor 1 opposed) pending adjustments to be made by the Executive Committee on October 28th.

Lastly, the three candidates for the State Supreme Court, Peter Mentone, Deborah James and Anil Sing, and Letitia James, candidate for Public Advocate were all endorsed unanimously by voice vote.

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Sep 262013
 

Club Election, Report from Deborah Glick, Forum on Obamacare...The October General Meeting will feature a Club Election, Report from Deborah Glick, Forum on Obamacare…

Village Independent Democrats will meet on Thursday, October 10th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street,  6:30 PM.
The agenda includes:

1.  District Leader Report– Keen Berger

2. Campaign Committee Report- Peter Crosta highlighting activity for the General Election-Tuesday, November 5th

3. Club Election
a. Corresponding Secretary
b. Recording Secretary

4. Report from Assemblymember Deborah Glick

5. Forum on Obamacare – Obamacare is Good, But More Healthcare Reform Is On It’s Way, with moderator VID member Dr. Alec Pruchnicki and returning speaker Len Rodberg, the Chairman of the Urban Studies department at Queens College of CUNY.

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Jun 302013
 

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at July Membership Meeting

on Thursday, July 11th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street, 6:30 PM.
Please Note earlier Starting Time

Here’s the meeting agenda:

1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe

2- Campaign Update- Peter Crosta, Lucia Fedora and David Kruger
a- Petitioning Summary
b- County Committee Summary
c- Campaign Plans (61 days to primary day)

 3- Report of Committee Chairs

  • Voter Registration/Community Outreach- Celia Wu

4- Special Presentation: “Understanding the Affordable Care Act: How Will It Affect Me”  

           Moderator-Alec Pruchnicki- VID Executive Committee; Physician of Geriatrics at St. Luke’s Hospital (and formerly at St. Vincent”s Hospital); Member Physicians for National Health Program

Affordable Healthcare-Len-Rodberg

Len Rodberg, Urban Studies Department Chair and Professor, Queens College,
PhD, MIT

Guest Speaker- Len Rodberg, the Chairman of the Urban Studies department at Queens College of CUNY, has helped to write the single payer bill of John Conyers in Congress, also the single payer bill sponsored by Dick Gottfried in the NY State legislature. Len is also the treasurer, research director, and an executive committee member of the Physicians for a National Health Program ( PNHP ) NY Metro chapter.

5- New Business
Reminder:  Last minute push.  Petitioning runs until Monday, July 8th.  We need your help to get our endorsed candidates, including our District Leaders Jonathan Geballe and Keen Berger, on the ballot.  Please come to the VID to pick up your petitions  every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Join us for some last minute petitioning:
Monday, 7/1, 8th St stop, N/R trains, 8-9am
Tuesday, 7/2, Astor Place stop, 6 train, 8-9am
Wednesday, 7/3, 14th St and 1st Ave, SW corner, 8-9am

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