The July 2019 General Meeting covered planning for Primaries, affordable housing, the recount in Queens, the proposed 45 story prison construction at 124 White Street…and pidgeon kidnapping. President David Siffert opened the July 2019 General Meeting by citing the successful Primary, in which Jen Hoppe won the District Leader position unopposed, and the Judicial Delegates also won unopposed. Among his announcements: A Judicial Candidates Forum in Soho on August 5, set up for the delegates, but anyone is welcome to attend. A call to attend the July 12 protest of the border camps, at Broadway and Reade Streets The VID picnic on July 17 at Hudson River Park The Andy Kim fundraiser on July 19 at Frieda Bradlow’s house. Our new District Leader, Jen Hoppe announced she had been in Queens helping with the Tiffany Caban recount. She said Democratic Socialists of America and other groups had done a tremendous […]
The April 11 General Meeting Celebrated a Birthday, Two Unapposed District Leader Nominations and an Endorsement for Jumaane Williams The April 11th General Meeting also welcomed State Legislators Brad Hoylman and Deborah Glick and heard updates from seven committees. FULL MEETING MINUTES The meeting opened with President David Siffert blowing out the candles on his vegan birthday cupcake–Happy Birthday, Dave! Then the agenda was unanimously adopted. State Legislation Assemblymember Deborah Glick gave a speech on the passage of legislation in the Assembly, including the plastic bag ban, and a panel to determine the details on congestion pricing, with funds going to the MTA. Funding for electronic pollbooks passed, and funding for early voting sites, mostly upstate. Most importantly, some significant criminal justice reform was passed, including measures to ensure speedy trials and bail reform. Unfortunately, the pied-a-terre tax did not pass, but the millionaire tax was extended, and a mansion […]
At the VID General Meeting and Club Election December 11, …the membership heard statements from Nadine Hoffmann, Jim Fouratt, candidates for President and Tom Connor, Katharine Wolpe, Linda Jacobson, Irene Kaufman and Jim Fouratt, candidates for Vice President. A donation to the 9th Precinct Community Council for their annual Children’s Holiday Party was approved and a resolution on Government Action Against Climate Change was adopted. See VILLAGE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS_Dec-2014_Minutes for more details…or visit The Villager to see their coverage. The membership voted Nadine Hoffmann as the 2015 President; and Katharine Wolpe, Linda Jacobson and Irene Kaufman, as 2015 Vice Presidents. Elections for Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Two Corresponding Secretaries and fifteen at-large members to the Executive Committee will occur at the January 8th meeting. Additional to the General Meeting and Club Election December 11, was the “Net Neutrality” Forum. You can read about the guest speaker, Tim Wu and view the video here.
Once again Frieda Bradlow hosted Happy Holidays from VID …to just about anyone known in Village political circles. The food overflowed, libations were plentiful, all sorts of scuttlebutt got exchanged and the spirits of Democrats were well-lifted. Councilman Corey Johnson and Borough President Gale Brewer came and left early with no fewer than seven other celebrations to cram into December 7th. Senator Brad Hoylman gave warm wishes to everyone before he dashed off to save the Cafe Edison with Richard Gottfried, Corey Johnson, Gale A. Brewer and Peter Ajemian. Assemblymember Deborah Glick maintained her perfect record attendance at VID holiday bashes. Judges Arlene Bluth and Robert Reed, District Leaders Jean Grillo and Paul Newell added Village and Lower Manhattan cheer to the event. So, now, the pictures: