Feb 092016
 

The January Meeting Elected More VID Officers and Highlighted the WE NYC Initiative

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Marti Spiranza addressing VID after Officer elections

On January 14th VID elected (re-elected) the remaining roster of officers and then heard from VID favorite Marti Spiranza about the Women Entrepreneur initiative to expand female entrepreneurship in New York City, with a special focus on under-served women and communities.  You can see the Minutes of the entire meeting here.

First, the elections:

There was only one nominee for Treasurer–Frieda Bradlow
Kathy Slawinski was the one nominee for Recording Secretary
For Corresponding Secretary, the two nominees were Ed Yutkowitz and Jonathan Geballe. As there were two positions, the two were unanimously elected through acclamation.
The Executive Committee nominees were:  Tony Hoffmann, Tom Connor, Alec Pruchnicki, Frank Savits, Eli Hausknecht, Mary Petretti, Lois Rakoff, Annette Zaner, Nat Johnson, Katharine Wolpe, Jen Hoppe, Allison Greenberg, Marlene Nadle, Nancy Shanbam, and Joe Gallagher. As there were fifteen positions open, all the nominees were unanimously elected through acclamation.

Also at the January meeting, Marti Spiranza discussed the impetus around the formation of the Women Entrepreneurs NYC launched last March by First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and Citi.  Among the data collected in forming this program:

  • Women Entrepreneurs employ more than 190,000 New Yorkers and generate approximately $50 Billion in sales.
  • BUT, women lag significantly behind men who who head 1.5x the number of business; employ 3.5x more people; and have 4.5x more sales.
  • 85% of women found funding to be a core issue in establishing their business; more than 70% of women felt they lacked the necessary skills; 75% cited the need and value of mentors.

WENYC has reached 1,500 women to date and forecasts reaching 5,000 over the next three years with a program that will provide access to capital, mentorship and networks, business skill building and networks for NYC’s growing number of women entrepreneurs.

 

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Dec 072015
 

At the December Membership Meeting There Will Be Officer Elections and Presidential Candidate Endorsement

On Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 pm, St. Lukes Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. members will elect a President and Vice President for the Club in 2016.  There will also be a vote called for the endorsement of a Democratic Presidential Candidate (Petitioning begins January 5th, 2016).

Currently the candidates seeking VID office at the December membership meeting include:

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Nadine Hoffmann, speaking for her first election in Dec. 2014

Having been VID’s President for 2015, Nadine Hoffmann is running for re-election.

Among her credits is her work with VID members on important issues:

  • Sharon Woolums on all the small business issues
  • Anne and Nat against fracking and pipelines and Indian Point and Port Ambrose, a tremendous win!
  • Keen with judicial candidates and delegate issues
  • Tony and many members on Candles For Clemency
  • Barbara Reuther and Mrs. Green’s
  • Support of the Iran Nuclear Deal
  • Erik Coler and his involvement with young voter outreach
  • Marlene Nadle and Tom Connor fighting for tenants rights and protections
  • Jonathan Geballe to expand the Tenants Clinic
  • The Gala Committee for another tremendous (and money-making) and also loads of fun dinner
  • Frieda on everything!

You can read her full statement here.

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Ronnie Eldridge with Erik Coler at the Presidential Forum in November

  Leading a very successful effort to recruit new young members to the Club, Erik Coler is running for Vice President.

He was born and raised in the village, attended P.S. 41, and has lived in New York City his entire life, except for four years at college (SUNY Fredonia) in Western New York. While in college he work on a few political campaigns, including a congressional race; served as a Democratic Voting Delegate for President Obama at the DNC in 2012 and advocated actively on behalf of student issues in Albany.

You can read his full statement here.

 

A current VID Vice President, Linda Jacobson is seeking re-election for 2016

Jacobson_Bottcher_0060Linda has been a member for over 20 years and for the past year served as a Vice President.  Prior to this office she was  treasurer for the two years and stepped in as interim treasurer this year when our current treasurer, Frieda Bradlow was unable to due to health issues.  Adding to her commitment to the Club, Linda has also served as Campaign Committee Treasurer for Jonathan Geballe, and for VID when these committees were active.

You can read her full statement here

 

Barbara Reuther for Vice President

Barbara has volunteered her name for nomination for the office of Vice President of the Village Independent Democrats.  She believes that the Village Independent Democrats is one of the most effective and esteemed organizations in our community and City.  She looks forward to better serving progressive goals, in particular:

  • election of Democratic Majority in New York State
  • housing fairness
  • senior citizen needs
  • campaign finance reform
  • strengthening community communications

You can read her full statement here 

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May 082015
 

VID General Membership Meeting

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St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher St.
Thursday May 14, 2015
6:30 PM

UPDATE:  MINUTES

Our May 14th General Membership Meeting has a pretty full agenda.  In addition to Club business we will be hosting an important discussion on Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure, as well as presentations from and endorsements of Civil Court and District Leader candidates.  Following is the agenda:
I.  President’s Report

II.  District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger

III. Special Forum:
Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure
Nat Johnson–Organizer
Panelists:  Clare Donohue, Sane Energy Project
Eric Weltman,  Food & Water Watch in New York
Ling Tsou, United for Action
Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, Status of the Port Ambrose LNG

IV.  Update on Saving Small Business Petitioning–Sharon Woolums

 
V.  Update on Gala–Jen Hoppe

VI.  Presention by Civil Court Judge Candidates  (See election protocol for all candidates below)

VII.  Endorsement of Civil Court Judge Candidates

VIII.    Presentation by District Leader Candidates

IX.     Endorsement of District Leader Candidates.

X.     Election of VID’s Judicial Delegates and Alternates

   XI.      New Business

Election Protocol
Village Independent Democrats

Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate:

     a- Must be a VID member for 90 days
b- Dues must be up to date
c- If your dues have expired, you can pay back dues in order to vote.  However, per VID constitution you can only pay back dues for one year and one month.  Therefore, anybody who’s dues expired before April 14, 2014 is not eligible to vote.Election Protocol:

  • Civil Court
  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 5 minutes
  2. Each candidate will take questions from VID members for up to 5 minutes
  3. VID members are allocated up to 5 minutes speak on behalf of a candidate.  No member can speak for more than one minute unless nobody else wishes to speak.
  4. A candidate must get a majority of the votes cast in order to get the VID endorsement.  In case no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot and there are only two candidates on the ballot then no endorsement is the position of the club. If there are more than two candidates then there is one more ballot with the two top vote getters staying on the ballot.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the second ballot then the position of the club is no endorsement.
  • District Leader

Same rules as for Civil Court candidates with the exception that the candidates only receive three minutes each to speak.

  • Judicial Delegates and Alternate Judicial Delegates
  1. Each candidate receives 1 minute to speak
  2. VID members have five minutes to as candidates questions
  3. The candidates who receive the most votes are elected to represent VID on the ballot as judicial delegates.  The candidates who receive the next highest number of votes become the alternate judicial delegates.
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May 032015
 

Village Independent Democrats will hold a forum on halting the advance of gas pipeline infrastructure which threatens health, environment and economic life of New York State.  

The forum will take place on May 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. (just west of Seventh Avenue).  The public is invited.  Admission is free.

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Sane Energy Project – Online Interactive Map: You Are Here. Click to go to the map.

“The gas industry wants to expand the natural gas infrastructure in New York State to maximize its ability to export natural gas to more profitable overseas markets,” says Nat Johnson, organizer of the forum.  “We have to develop stronger regulatory protocols to protect domestic energy markets and further the development of renewable energy, resource conservation and energy efficiency.”

Participants In this panel discussion Include:

  • Sane Energy Project – Even though high-volume horizontal fracturing has been banned in New York State, the invasion of fracking infrastructure is going full tilt. To date, Sane Energy Project has identified more than 137 pipelines, compressor stations, frack waste or storage facilities that are proposed, under construction or in operation. Program Director, Clare Donohue, a recipient of the Village Independent Democrats Annual Gala Award in 2013, presents a visual presentation of the website and its significance.
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    Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York, reports on the status of Fracking in the region and its effects in the more than 7,500 accidents related to fracking since  2013, leaks and spills including oil trains and negatively impacting water quality in rivers, streams and shallow aquifers. This includes projects like the Constitution, Algonquin and Spectra Pipelines and particularly the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal (LNG).

  • United for Action is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing groups of like-minded citizens. Ling Tsou co-founder of the group discusses advocacy for the implementation of renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency policies particularly the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas (LNG) port project and the proposed offshore wind farm.
  • Gas Pipeline Infrastructure_Port AmbrosePort Ambrose LNG terminal has been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas off Long Beach, Long Island for the New York/New Jersey area. Linda B. Rosenthal represents District 67 in the New York State Assembly; she along with State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto this project. Assemblymember Rosenthal discusses the status of the opposition to the Project – which would damage our marine ecosystem, put us at risk from terrorist attacks, exacerbates climate change and put pressure to frack for more gas across the Northeast region.

Press Contact:   VID President Nadine Hoffmann at 212-741-3265, or email her here.

 

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