May 082015
 

VID General Membership Meeting 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 […]

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Mar 242015
 
Small Business Survival Gets More Spin

At VID’s March 12th  General Meeting Small Business Survival received more attention. VID member Sharon Woolums, one of the organizers of the  March 5th Forum and Steve Null, Founder of the Coalition to Save New York Small Businesses spoke more about organizing communities on behalf of the Small Business Survival Act which has lingered in the New York City Council for more than two decades. Since the well-attended forum, co-sponsored by VID and The Villager, small business survival has been featured in many headlines, the latest from Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, who recently released a study on the state of NYC small businesses and then held a Press Conference at the Halal Guys restaurant on the Upper West Side on March 23rd, to endorse a proposal that would mandate mediation between landlords and commercial tenants.  The Borough President’s proposal differs some from the Small Business Survival Act stuck in City […]

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Mar 072015
 
Talking Point:  Small Business Forum

  UPDATE:  On March 5th there was  a small business forum co-sponsored by The Villager and VID, at Judson Memorial Church On Thursday, March 5th at 7 pm neighbors, local business people, and a panel of experts convened for a Small Business Forum to discuss means to save and protect small businesses.  It was held  at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South. The forum was organized by Sharon Woolums, long-time VID member and the panel moderated by Lincoln Anderson, Editor-in-Chief at The Villager. The Issues Currently landlords determine the destiny of small business owners, their workers, and, ultimately, the character and culture of an entire community.  But two pending legislations, looking at the issue from opposite directions claim to be the solution to save our small businesses. A new resolution introduced January 22 at City Hall calls upon Albany to pass legislation establishing a property tax credit for commercial landlords who ”voluntarily” limit […]

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Jan 122015
 
New Officers - Part II

At the January 8th meeting the membership elects new officers and passes resolutions With a full house Nadine Hoffman, VID’s new President opened a lively meeting to elect new VID officers for 2015: Treasurer(s), Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretaries and Executive Committee.  This meeting also included an update from Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office, via Eric Bottcher and discussion and passage of two resolutions and two letters: Resolution introduced by Tom Connor,  Governor’s cancellation of Health Fair Resolution by Jim Fouratt, Support For NYC Mayor & Speaker of NYC Council Letter of Sympathy introduced by Nadine Hoffmann, Re: Murder of Two NYC Police Officers Letter to Gov Cuomo re Hydro-Fracking introduced by Jonathan Geballe And the new officers election results? Recording Secretary– Kathy Slawinski Corresponding Secretaries– Jonathan Geballe, Ed Yutkowitz Co-Treasurers-Frieda Bradlow, Ellen Peterson-Lewis Executive Committee Ex-Officio: Tony Hoffmann At Large Members: Tom Connor Jim Fouratt Nat Johnson Ann Kjelberg Rachel Lavine Alec Pruchnicki Barbara […]

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