Nov 282019
 

The election season starts on December 12th, when VID will vote on their Democratic Primary Candidate for President. It is also the night that the membership will elect VID’s 2020 President and three Vice Presidents.  Now would be a good time to sign on or renew your membership, if you haven’t already.  Only paid up members will be able to vote.  Click here for Candidate and Member rules for Dec. 12th The January Membership Meeting will host candidates for NYS Senate and Assembly as well as State Committeewoman and State Committeeman for the 66th AD.  Added to the January 9 agenda will be the election of the remaining VID officers for 2020: Treasurer, Recording Secretary, 2 Corresponding Secretaries and 15 members of VID Executive Committee.  Click here for Candidate a Member rules for Jan. 9th. On February 13th we will hear from and vote for endorsement the Candidates for US […]

Nov 232019
 
Village Forum Focuses on Reducing Gun Violence

“Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough” Village Forum Focuses on Reducing Gun Violence The following post is excerpted from an article written by Edward Yutkowitz At a forum on reducing gun violence, coordinated by Gun Reform Committee co-chairs Deb Sherman and Allison Stowell and presented on Nov. 21st by Village Independent Democrats (VID) and several other Manhattan Democratic clubs, the focus was on what community groups in violent neighborhoods are doing to reduce demand for guns. Said Debra Sherman, one of the forum’s organizers,  “We want to spread the word on how all New Yorkers can support that work.” The discussion, held at Lenox Health Greenwich Village, was moderated by Rebecca Fischer, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, which is perhaps best known for fighting to regulate firearms.  But this forum emphasized that the answer isn’t more police, but rather public-health solutions to reduce violence of all kinds. Dr. […]

Nov 202019
 

The November 2019 General Meeting Gave Focus to NY County Committee, Surrogacy Legislation and the Productive Work of VID’s Committees Full Meeting Minutes Here President David Siffert reported that he had met with Keith Wright, who was nice and friendly, but not much concrete got done.  Keith said that Ben Yee wanted to activate the County Committee, but seemed hostile to Keith, so walls were built.  Keith said he doesn’t do anything without Barry Weinberg’s say-so.  David also said he was trying to set up a meeting with Greg Sumas, co-chair of the County Committee, and wondered if he should meet with Cynthia Dody of the Board of Elections.  A discussion followed. District Leader Reports District Leader Jen Hoppe reported that she had discussions with other District Leaders and club presidents, along with David and Ben Yee, about what we want the County Committee to be.  There definitely had to […]

Oct 252019
 
Election Day Endorsements

Election Day is coming up on November 5th, Early Voting starts TOMORROW, Saturday, October 26 through Sunday, November 3rd. Your early polling site is likely different from your regular polling place. To find out where to vote, both early and on November 5th, go to nyc.pollsitelocator.com. For more details on voting hours:https://www.voteearlyny.org/#!Manhattan. Click on the image below, detailing VID’s election day endorsements: Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate, Ashlee Crawford and Robert Rosenthal for Civil Court Judge, as well as our endorsement of all five of the Charter Revision ballot proposals: