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Beginning with a review of the status of the Small Business Jobs legislation which recently added its 20th City Council co-sponsor, Ines Barron (There will be another forum on this topic July 22 in Washington Heights), General Meeting discussions also covered reports from District Leader Keen Berger; announcements by Nat Johnson about forums on the Spectra Pipeline extension [See the posting]; and a surprise visit from State Senator Brad Hoylman who reported on a long list of initiatives.
The results of the Club’s petitioning were presented in a statement from the Campaign Committee: 43 VID-ers had carried petitions and approximately 900 signatures were obtained. Congratulations, all.
Linda Jacobsen, who led the meeting made a presentation about this evening’s meeting being Member’s Night, to address the members’ concerns and ideas. She read an excerpt from the General Rules for Synergy, adapted from the Josephine County, Oregon, Department of Health and Community Action. She emphasized the need for respectful discussion without personal attacks. She encouraged members to speak, with a 3 minute limit on presentations with a 2 minute limit on questions and comments.
Read the MINUTES
We are posting this important invitation because the NY Metro area is directly impacted by the dangerous siting of a huge high pressure gas pipeline only 105 feet from vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear power facility. (Impact region: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, New Jersey and Connecticut). Nuclear power, pipeline and medical disaster experts have been calling for a comprehensive, independent and transparent risk assessment of the convergence of these major hazards and have been joined by county legislatures that have passed resolutions, health professionals, scientists, other public officials and the public. Yet, such an analysis was not conducted. This extremely dangerous project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and few options remain to halt this project from moving forward. That’s where you come in!
July 15 in Westchester: Nukes and Pipes
Wednesday, July 15th at 2:00 PM,
Hendrick Hudson Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548.
Nuclear expert Paul Blanch will preview critical new information about the Spectra AIM Pipeline and then make a formal presentation about the dangerous siting of this proposed pipeline next to Indian Point at a special meeting of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Petition Review Board.
A press conference, hosted by NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, will precede the event, and a public Q&A will follow the formal presentation.
For more information visit: http://wespac.org/event/nuclear-expert-to-present-information/
Forum on Indian Point
Saturday, July 18, 7-9 PM
Goddard-Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Ave. at 88th St.
A forum on Indian Point and how to organize to pass New York City Council Resolution 0694-2015 from Committee on Environmental Protection, calling upon the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to re-license Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3, so that those reactors will cease operations.
Presentations by Tim Judson, Executive Director, Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS); Andy Padian, Paul M. Blanch, Nuclear Experts; Ken Gale, Eco-Logic; and Catherine Skopic, SDIPN Legislative Committee Chair.
Organizer: United For Action
For more information: http://www.ieatgreen.com/event/july-18-indian-point-nuclear-power-plant-forum/
WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL JUNE 15 TO CHANGE THE RENT LAWS.
Get on a FREE bus to Albany to demonstrate for changes in the rent law that will stop the loss of affordable housing. Advocates and tenants will rally in Albany on Tues., June 9. Buses will leave at 7 a.m. at 135th St. and Fifth Ave. in front of P.S. 197 and will return to New York City at 6 p.m. Transportation is free, and breakfast and lunch are included. To reserve a seat on one of the buses, call Darren at Tenants & Neighbors at 212-608-4320 x316 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call Gov. Cuomo in Albany at 518-474-8390 or at his NYC office at 212-681-4580
See coverage in The Villager
With the city’s rent laws set to expire this month, tenant advocates are planning to head in force to Albany on Tues., June 9, to lobby for their extension. June 15 is the deadline for the expiration of current rent regulations.
Advocates are seeking an end to vacancy deregulation and a change to the practice of rewarding landlords a 20 percent rent increase for vacated apartments — or even more, if the tenant has resided there for more than eight years.
Currently, vacant apartments can become decontrolled if the rent is as little as $2,100; the 20 percent rent increase pushes the rent to $2,500, which is the threshold for vacancy decontrol.
Use our sample letter and send IMMEDIATELY
Thursday, June 4th at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. at 7:00 PM
A distinguished panel assembled by VID’s own Alison G. Greenberg, Esq. will discuss the NYC Human Rights Law’s political, legal and practical implications for workers.
According to Fair Play Legislation, a website that covers this subject:
We have already made substantial progress, especially after the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act of 2005 insisted that judges honor the uniquely broad and remedial purposes of the local New York City Human Rights Law. Despite the failure of the Human Rights Commission to use the administrative enforcement route effectively, civil rights attorneys have been quite successful in vindicating the law in court.
This is a unique moment to consolidate and expand our gains and to protect against reactionary forces that are always looking to roll back the law.
On April 20th of this year New York City Mayor Bill DiBlasio signed a pair of bills designed to enhance the City Human Rights Commission’s investigative and enforcement efforts in the areas of employment and housing discrimination. But is this the only remedy?
Craig Gurian, Esq., Executive Director, Anti-Discrimination Center and Director of Advocacy, Fair Play Legislation
Daniela Nanau, Esq., of Law Offices of Daniela Nanau, P.C. and Member of NELA/NY
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.