Jan 122014
 

VID Elected 2014 OfficersAt the January 9, 2014 meeting, VID elected 2014 officers…

after a stimulating and thorough forum led by Kate Press, Deputy National Field Director for J Street on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue, club members nominated and elected the remaining Officers and Executive Committee members for 2014. 

VID elected 2014 officers include:

Anthony Hoffmann, President
Nat Johnson, Vice President
Irene Kaufman, Vice President
Katharine  Wolpe, Vice President
Linda Jacobson, Treasurer
Kathy  Slawinski, Recording Secretary
Alexander Meadows, Corresponding Secretary
Ed Yutkowitz, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee

Keen Berger, District Leader
Jonathan Geballe, Past President
Peter Crosta, Chair Campaign Committee
Frieda Bradlow
Georgina Christ
Tom Conner
Josh DuBoff
Jim Fouratt
Anne Heaney
Nadine Hoffmann
Ron Illardo
Ann Kjellberg
Jackie Manuel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Alec  Pruchnicki
Charles Stimson
Celia Wu
Annette Zaner

View a slideshow of the meeting on the Photo Gallery page.
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Nov 302013
 
membership meeting

Sept. 2013 Membership Meeting

Thursday,

December 12th,

6:30 pm  

St. John’s Lutheran Church
83 Christopher Street

VID’s next Membership Meeting has a full and important agenda.  We urge all members to attend and welcome friends and guests.

Agenda:

  1. District Leader Report– Keen Berger
  2. Committee Reports
  • Campaign-Peter Crosta
  • Technology- Nat Johnson
  • Community Affairs- Marti Speranza
  • Fundraising- Nadine Hoffmann

3.     VID Club Elections

  • 1 President
  • 3 Vice Presidents
Due to circumstances beyond our control notification of dues renewal haven’t gone out.  Please bring a check to the membership meeting in case your dues need to be renewed.  Nobody will be allowed to vote if their dues are in arrears.  Thank you.Please click here for  information on voting and election proceduresAny candidate who wishes to send a statement to the VID email list prior to the December Annual Meeting election must deliver the statement by standard format pdf scan to Tony Hoffmann  no later than 5:00 p.m. December 5, 2013. (It is not required to send an email statement; candidates will have the opportunity to distribute literature and to speak at the Annual Meeting within prescribed time limits.)

4.     Forum- Campaign Finance Reform

5.     Resolutions and Letters  to be discussed and voted on:

  • Small Business Jobs Survival Act . Read more about Small Business Survival Act and the commercial rent crisis
  • Opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Read more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Letter to Senator Gillibrand supporting her position on how the military should handle sexual assaults
  • Letter to Senator Reid to thank him for stopping the filibuster for Presidential appointments and judicial appointments, except for Supreme Court
6.  VID members discussion on candidates for Speaker of the City Council (This is not an endorsement vote.  It is a sharing of information and preferences.  No vote will be taken).
7.  New Business


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Oct 212013
 

Dear VID Members & Friends

Because there actually is an election on November 5th the VID campaign committee has put together a VID campaign to help elect our endorsed candidates.  Below you will find our planned activities.  Please contact either our campaign  chair, Peter Crosta, or Tony Hoffmann, and let us know how you can help.  Thank you.

Subways- 5:00-6:30 PM

Tuesday, 10/22  Sheridan Sq.

Tuesday, 10/29 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Abingdon Sq. Park- 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Saturday, 10/26

Saturday, 11/2

Phone Bank- 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, 10/29- Home of Keen Berger- 130 Jane St. Apt. 1C.  Contact either Nadine Hoffmann or Katherine Slawinski to volunteer

You can also volunteer to do phone banking for the DeBlasio campaign.  Click here
Election Day-Please give us a time and polling site preference

Tuesday, 11/5, Election Day

Thanks,
Tony Hoffman,

President

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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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