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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Nov 052015
 

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The $15 Minimum Wage was the subject of the Joint VID/Chelsea Reform Democratic Club Forum on Oct. 15th…

with members of both clubs filling the Fulton Houses Community Center Auditorium at 413 Ninth Avenue.  VID President Nadine Hoffmann and CRDCNYC President Michael Schreiber welcomed panelists NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Small Business advocate Attorney Steve Barrison and Queens Center for Progress Executive Director, Charles Houston, each with different reference points regarding the $15 minimum wage.

Also attending the Forum was State Senator Brad Hoylman,  a ranking member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, who spoke on the need to force the State and General Electric not to dismantle the dredging equipment that has been removing PCB’s from the Hudson River. Between 1947 and 1977, GE had dumped an estimated 1.3 million pounds of PCB’s into the river from it’s manufacturing plants north of Albany. Studies have indicated that only 65% of the removal work has been completed. He urged everyone to visit www.cleanerhudson.org/petition and sign the petition.

$15 minimum wage_summaryYou can read a very  thorough and thoughtful summary of the $15 Minimum Wage Forum and the messages of the speakers, written by Chelsea Reform Democratic Club member Donathan Salkaln here.

 

Kathy-Slawinsky_Rec-Sec-2014_0968-webFor full VID meeting minutes recorded by Kathy Slawinski, click here
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Nov 122013
 
VID Endorsed Candidates

Recording Secretary Kathy Slawinsky phonebanking for De Blasio

VID’s Endorsed Candidates 2013

Mayor:   Bill DeBlasio
Public Advocate: Letitia James
Comptroller:  Scott Stringer
Manhattan District Attorney:  Cyrus Vance Jr.
Manhattan Borough President:  Gale Brewer
City Council District 3:  Corey Johnson
City Council District 2:  Rosie Mendez
City Council District 1:  Margaret Chin

Civil Court Judges: Kathryn E. Freed, Marcy S. Friedman, Adam Silvera
State Supreme Court: Peter Moulton , Deborah James, Anil Singh

 

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Sep 092013
 
Village Independent Democrats Get Out the Vote

Our District Leader Candidates Jonathan Geballe and Keen Berger

Village Independent Democrats Get Out the Vote in possibly the most hotly contested primary in years.

But primary elections have notoriously low turnouts so every vote counts and the job won’t be done till the last voting moment at 9PM Tuesday night !

Jonathan, and the rest of the VID endorsed slate still need your support and your vote.  See our announcement and schedule here.  And, here’s what’s left to do, NOW.

 There is a special Get Out The Vote phone bank on Monday, September 9th from 5:30-8:30 PM at  130 Jane Street, apartment 1C.  If interested you can contact either  Nadine Hoffman [ mailto: phonelady17@gmail.com] or Katherine Slawinski [ mailto:kathyslawinski@gmail.com]or simply show up between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
 
Distribute Dear Neighbor Letters in your building.  Contact Tony Hoffmann [mailto: tonyhoffman26@gmail.com] or Jen Hoppe [mailto:jenhoppe@yahoo.com] to get sample letters.  This is critical.  If we can use your name for a Dear Neighbor Letter and/or you will distribute a Dear Neighbor letter in your building this is a most critical aspect of our campaign.

Hand out palm cards at poll sites on Tuesday.  Celia Wu [mailto:celiawu2@msn.com], Katharine Wolpe [mailto:kwolpe@gmail.com] and Tony Hoffmann [ mailto: tonyhoffman26@gmail.com] are coordinating VID’s palm carding operation for this Tuesday’s primary.  If you can spare a couple of hours to give out palm cards with VID’s endorsed candidates you would be making a significant contribution to our campaign.

VOTE – To find your polling place, call 866 VOTE-NYC, or go to tovote.nyc.ny.us

You can make a difference.  

VID’s Endorsed Candidates

District Leaders- Jonathan Geballe & Keen Berger
City Council– Corey Johnson-3rd District
Rosie Mendez- 2nd District
Jenifer Rajkumar- 1st District
Mayor– John Liu
Comptroller– Scott M. Stringer
Public Advocate– Daniel Squadron
Manhattan Borough President– Julie L. Menin
District Attorney– Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Judicial Delegates- Vote from Nadine Hoffmann to Luke Henry (Vote for up to 11)
Alternate Delegates– Vote from Peter Gleason to Thomas Gass (Vote For up  to 11)

To find your polling place, call 866 VOTE-NYC, or go to tovote.nyc.ny.us

Vote in the Democratic Primary, Tuesday September 10th

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