Jul 232018
 

The July 12 Membership Meeting Was All About Petitions, Canvassing, Immigration and Resolutions Full Meeting Minutes Here The first item on the agenda was a vote to combine the August Membership Meeting with the Executive Committee Meeting on August 27, 2018. Erik Coler announced the passing of VID member Barbara Austin with a funeral to be held on the 17th.  Nadine Hoffmann and Kathy Slawinski reported on a meeting they had attended at City Hall where Corey Johnson and the City Council, along with certain agencies and administration executives, made a presentation on the current state of the immigration crisis and family reunification.  It was brought out that the Council had passed a resolution urging Congress to pass, and the President to sign, S.B. 3036, the Keep Families Together Act.  This bill was sponsored by Diane Feinstein and supported by all the Dems in the Senate, without the support of any […]

Jan 182017
 

VID Officer Elections completed on Jan. 12th In a well-attended meeting which also featured a thorough presentation on how to protect rent-stabilized tenants, VID members voted for the remaining slate of Officers and the 2017 Executive Committee.  Now, VID Officer Elections are complete. President  Erik Coler Vice Presidents Jen Hoppe Laurie Hardjowirogo Barbara Ruether Treasurer Tony Hoffmann Recording Secretary Kathy Slawinski Corresponding Secretaries Jonathan Geballe Ed Yutkowitz Fmr. President Nadine Hoffmann Executive Committee Members Alec Pruchniki Erik Bottcher Nat Johnson Linda Jacobson Chaim Leggiere Nancy Shamban Frieda Bradlow Franny Leggiere Susan Gottesman Eli Hausknecht Katharine Wolpe Tom Connor Marlene Nadle Lois Rakoff Frank Savits Don’t forget to check out our new Facebook Page or you can join the discussion on our FaceBook Group  

Apr 112016
 
Rent Control Reform

Rent Control Reform Is Past Due At a time when rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are enjoying a freeze in their rents, another group of regulated tenants — the dwindling minority in rent-controlled apartments — is facing an increase of up to 9.6 percent over the next two years. New York Times, By MIREYA NAVARRO DEC. 31, 2015 Since December 2015  there has been a concerted effort for rent control reform to correct this inequity, which by the very nature of the rent-controlled legislation affects seniors who have lived in their apartments since the legislation began in 1970.  The 2014 Housing and Vacancy Survey found that the median rent for a rent-controlled unit was $1,020 per month on an average income of $29,000 per year…or 42% of their fixed income. (By comparison, rent-stabilized tenants pay a median rent of just $1,300 per month with average annual salaries of nearly $41,000…or 38% […]

Apr 112016
 

The April General Meeting Agenda  …highlights endorsements for New York State candidate primary, Clean Energy March, Rent Controlled Tenants and a Street Vendor Fundraiser. Thursday, April 14, 2016 83 Christopher Street 6:30 PM This meeting must end by 9:45 PM April General  Meeting Agenda President’s Report-Nadine Hoffmann District Leader Report- Keen Berger Campaign Committee-Tony Hoffmann/Ed  Yudkowitz – Update on petitioning Gala Committee–Jen Hoppe Endorsements Assembly/ 66 AD– Deborah Glick, Arthur Schwartz State Senate/ 27 SD–Brad Hoylman  (unopposed) State Committeewoman /66 AD–Rachel Lavine  (unopposed) State Committeeman /66 AD–Deley Gazinelli, Dodge Landesman, John Scott, Benjamin Yee You can see the Live Treet of the Candidates Forum, April 7th from Danielle Tcholakian at DNA Info here. Co-sponsor the March For A Clean Energy Revolution – Sunday, July 24 — The eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding tenant issues for Seniors–Tom Connor Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann Street Vendor Fundraiser Party–Alison Greenberg New Business