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to the Democratic Presidential Forum on Nov. 1st.
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
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
VI. Presention by Civil Court Judge Candidates (See election protocol for all candidates below)
VII. Endorsement of Civil Court Judge Candidates
VIII. Presentation by District Leader Candidates
IX. Endorsement of District Leader Candidates.
X. Election of VID’s Judicial Delegates and Alternates
XI. New Business
Same rules as for Civil Court candidates with the exception that the candidates only receive three minutes each to speak.
The forum will take place on May 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. (just west of Seventh Avenue). The public is invited. Admission is free.
“The gas industry wants to expand the natural gas infrastructure in New York State to maximize its ability to export natural gas to more profitable overseas markets,” says Nat Johnson, organizer of the forum. “We have to develop stronger regulatory protocols to protect domestic energy markets and further the development of renewable energy, resource conservation and energy efficiency.”
Participants In this panel discussion Include:
Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York, reports on the status of Fracking in the region and its effects in the more than 7,500 accidents related to fracking since 2013, leaks and spills including oil trains and negatively impacting water quality in rivers, streams and shallow aquifers. This includes projects like the Constitution, Algonquin and Spectra Pipelines and particularly the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal (LNG).
Press Contact: VID President Nadine Hoffmann at 212-741-3265, or email her here.
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.
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.
Owner of three start up small businesses in Manhattan in mid 1970’s. Founder of Coalition for Fair Business Rents in mid 1986, the first citywide advocacy group to stop the high rent increases. Researched and wrote the original Arbitration Bill introduced by former Councilmember Ruth Messinger in 1986. Appointed to first Mayoral Small Business Advisory Task Force by Mayor Dinkins. Founder of Coalition to Save Small Businesses in 2008 Co Founder of Small Business Congress in 1991. Help rewrite the Arbitration Bill for Council Member Robert Jackson which became the Small Business Jobs Survival Act.
Founder NYS Federation Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and former member of USA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce chair of eastern US district; member of both City and State advisory committees on small business over the past 25 years.
Spokesperson for The Artist Studio Affordability Project – coalition of arts groups fighting to preserve our city’s arts and cultural organizations.
Steven Barrison , Esq.
Member of the Board of Directors of the New York Main Street Alliance since 1992. President and founder of Bay Improvement Group, a local main street coalition based in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Co-Chair Coalition To Save NYC Small Businesses; Attorney for 25 years representing both landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations, citywide.
Mark Crispin Miller
NYU professor of Media, Culture, and Communication. Known for his writing and activism on behalf of democratic media reform; a strong voice and organizer for the Village community’s fight against the proposed NYU expansion; an outspoken critic of overdevelopment and the social consequences of rapid gentrification of a community which follows aggressive unchecked speculation.
President of Tower Brokerage, and a real estate specialist in the East Village. Mr. Perl’s company has rented thousands of apartments and stores and have sold scores of buildings and development sites. He has been active in civic matter affecting the community and appeared on several panels dealing with neighborhood development and has given an accurate assessment of the role real estate plays in changes to a community.