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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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May 112013
 
VID endorsed john liu, daniel squadron, julie menin

May 9th Endorsement Meeting

VID endorsed John Liu, Daniel Squadron, Julie Menin

On Thursday, May 9th Village Independent Democrats endorsed mayoral candidate John Liu with a run-off vote over Christine Quinn.  Daniel Squadron won easily as their preferred Public Advocate candidate and Julie Menin received the endorsement over Jessica Lappin.

In uncontested elections for judgeships in the second judicial district the club also endorsed Marcy Friedman, Adam Silvera and Kathryn Freed.  Ann E. O’Shea received the endorsement for reelection to a County Wide Civil Court judicial position.

UPDATE:  Due to the fact that the NY County Judicial Screening Panel only reported out the candidates for county wide civil court judgeships on May 1st,  VID’s General Membership passed a resolution allowing the Executive Committee to endorse the judicial candidates.  On May 23rd VID’s Executive Committee unanimously endorsed JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado for Civil Court.

This makes the full roster of VID 2013 endorsements as follows:

Mayor – John Liu
Public Advocate – Daniel Squadron
Manhattan District Attorney- Cyrus Vance, Jr.
New York City Comptroller- Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President –
Julie Menin
City Council 1st District- Jenifer Rajkumar
City Council 2nd District- Rosie Mendez
City Council 3rd District- Corey Johnson

County-Wide Civil Court  – Ann E. O’Shea,  JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado

Civil Court, Second Judicial District – Marcy Friedman, Kathryn Freed, Adam Silvera

District Leader, 66th Assembly District Leaders, Part A – Jonathan Geballe and incumbent, Keen Berger

 

Recent coverage of Village Independent Democrats involvement in the 2013 elections includes:

Mayoral candidates make their case at Village forumThe Villager

Schwartz absent on key issues – The Villager, Opinion, Freda Bradlow

Johnson and Rajkumar win V.I.D.’s backing for Council – The Villager

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