Erik Coler topped the list of VID Officers for 2018 as he was re-elected President
Also elected at the December 14 meeting, as VID officers for 2018 were Vice Presidents, Jennifer Hoppe and two new Vice Presidents, Erik Bottcher and Laurie Hardjowirigo. All three have been ardent campaigners for local candidates as well as frequent volunteers in Up-State New York, Pennsylvnia, Virginia and Georgia. We are now, officially, infused with exceptional energy and Democratic commitment for another momentous year.
At the January General Membership Meeting candidates for Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and the Executive Committee will be elected.
Other initiatives discussed from the Dec. 14th agenda included Brad Hoylman speaking about the negotiations in the NYS Senate regarding the IDC; Laurie Hardjowirigo gave the Voter Reform Committee Report; Nat Johnson gave the Environmental Committee Report by stressing what was learned at the December 4 Future of Renewable Energy Forum; Erik Coler of Affordable Housing recapped the year’s achievements by saying this year 42 units had been re-stabilized and he was hoping next year to add 90 more.
Carlina Rivera, our new City Council member, gave a short speech in which she thanked the VID for its incredible support in her campaign. She won the Primary with 60% of the vote, the General with 80%.
Tony Hoffmann explained the new revised constitutional amendment and the process involved. After reading the amendment, it passed overwhelmingly with one opposed.
Erik Coler introduced the Final Mt. Sinai/Beth Israel Resolution. Tony thanked Zella Jones, Marlene Nadle, Judy Wessler, Susan Gottesman, Alec Pruchnicki, Barbara Ruether, Jim Yates, and Jonathan Geballe. After some discussion, in which some errors were discovered, a proposal was made to send the resolution back to committee. This was passed unanimously.