May 032017
 
Candidates Night Round 2

Lots-O-Candidates and Lots-O-Questions at Candidates Night Round 2 last night at the LBGT Community Center. Candidates Night Round 2 wouldn’t have happened without a whole lot of cooperation.  Thanks Laurie Hardjowirogo, Tony Hoffmann and Club President Erik Coler with major assists from Downtown Independent Democrats Village Reform Democratic Club Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club CODA LES Chelsea Reform Democratic Club (CRDC). And thanks Bill de Blasio Sal Albanese Robert Gangi Michael Tolkin David Eisenbach Letitia “Tish” James Cyrus Vance Gale Brewer Scott M. Stringer and Kevin Coenen.  You all made it an exciting night for Democrats. So here’s how it happened:   And, then, there was a nice clip on NY1 News this morning.  

Mar 192017
 
Call to Defeat New 421a Legislation

We need your help this Monday, March 20th.  Call your representatives to defeat new 421a legislation. You will find their numbers below;  tell them that you are against the proposed renewal of 421a. The 421-a tax break benefits developers of luxury housing and provides little affordable housing.  We object to 421-a causing the loss of government funds that could be better used on housing programs that provide more affordable housing and better maintenance for public housing. We oppose the proposal to extend these 421-a tax breaks to 35 years when previously they were 10 to 25 years. A thorough analysis can be found at ANHD,  Let your representative know that we are asking them to defeat new 421a legislation!  Gov. Cuomo 518-474-8390 Mayor de Blasio 212-788-6960 City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito 212-788-7210 or 212-788-6960 Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie 518-455-3791 Senate Majority Leader John Flanigan 518-455-2071 

Feb 212015
 
Four Letters and a Resolution

Four letters and a resolution were approved at the February 12th General Meeting. The membership approved letters, submitted by  VID President Nadine Hoffmann and introduced by Ed Yutkowitz, to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives Nadler and Maloney in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s impending address to Congress.  The opening reads: We are disheartened that House Speaker John Boehner has breached protocol by inviting Mr. Netanyahu to address Congress just before Israel’s elections and without consultation with the White House.  Further, having the leader of a foreign government attempt to influence a Congressional vote is offensive and dangerous. You can read a recent rundown on the March 3rd visit at Talking Points Memo and read a letter from 23 Congressional Democrats to  Speaker John Boehner.   A resolution, proposed by Tony Hoffmann and introduced by Nat Johnson regarding further actions on the death of Eric Garner was passed after considerable semantic […]