Oct 272014
Miriam Friedlander Way

Councilmember Rosie Mendez worked hard over the last five years to find a proper public statement for the work and accomplishments of a progressive advocate many of us knew well, Miriam Friedlander.   On Sunday, October 19th on the Southeast Corner of 6th St. and Second Avenue there was a street co-naming ceremony and reception.  Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, former Senator Tom Duane, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, VID members Tony Hoffmann, Katharine Wolpe, and Frieda Bradlow,  joined Councilmember Rosie Mendez in naming Miriam Friedlander Way Friedlander was the outspoken, firebrand Democrat who represented the East Village and Lower East Side in the City Council during some of the area’s most turbulent years, from 1974 to 1991, and died at New York University Medical Center on Sun., Oct. 4, 2009, at 95. A political figure who evoked passionate reactions from her admirers and detractors alike, she  is best remembered […]

Dec 142012
VID Elects New Officers

On December 13th, with a full house of members VID  elects new officers –  Tony Hoffmann President and three Vice Presidents: Nat Johnson , Marti Speranza  and Peter Crosta . Also attending the meeting were a host of new members recruited from this fall’s  bus rides for Obama organized by Yayoi Tsuchitani and managed by Nadine Hoffmann. State Senator Tom Duane added his special touch with a farewell “official” visit updating the club on the recent leadership shuffle in the NYS Senate and expressing his confidence that new State Senator Brad Hoylman would pick up the baton quickly. The election for remaining officers – Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Committee members will occur on January 10th.  Enjoy the Slide-show -click on image to move faster.  

Nov 212012

VID Annual Election of  Officers will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012. We will be electing a new President, 3 Vice Presidents Location:  St John’s Lutheran Church (annex), 83 Christopher Street (west of 7th Avenue). Time:  7:00 p.m. You must have been a member at least 90 days (on or before September 17, 2012) to be eligible to vote. The  Notice of Election has been mailed to members. The Executive Committee elections to be held Thursday,  January 10, 2013, will elect Treasurer, Corresponding Sec, Recording Sec and 15 at-large Exec Comm members. as prescribed by the VID Constitution. Special Note:  State Senator Tom Duane will be our guest at the Dec 13 membership meeting, and will speak upon the Senate Democratic defectors in Albany and what that means going forward.

Sep 142012
Congratulations Brad...

Congratulations to Brad Hoylman for a resounding victory in last night’s Democratic Primary for the 27th Senate District. The nearly complete reported results show that Brad took around 70% of the votes, a very impressive number which shows the wide range of support Brad has earned from his years of dedicated service. Of course VID had a part to play in this victory and we celebrate the organizational efforts of our campaign chairs, Tony Hoffmann and Peter Crosta, the ground game energy of Marti Speranza, Katharine Wolpe, Georgina Christ, Anne Kjellberg, Mary Petretti, Frieda Bradlow, Nadine Hoffmann, Alexander Meadows, Rachel Lavine, Dodge Landsman, Irene Kaufman, Anne K. Johnson,  Harold Stelter and the irreplaceable strategical assistance, skills and experience of Laura Morrison. You know, we are really excited to be Brad’s “home club.”  And we give full credit to Brad’s determined and top-notch campaign team, and the other clubs who supported […]