Jul 132015
 

July 9th General Meeting - HoylmanThe July 9th General Meeting covered many topics.

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.

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Jul 112015
 

nukes and  pipelinesNukes and Pipelines

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.

nukes and pipelines_Indian PointA 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/

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Jun 052015
 

Stop the Loss of Affordable Housing STOP THE LOSS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, JOIN THE FIGHT.

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 mia.r.mcdonald@gmail.com

You can also call Gov. Cuomo in Albany at 518-474-8390 or at his NYC office at 212-681-4580

TELL HIM:

  1. DO AWAY WITH VACANCY DECONTROL WHICH LETS RENT STABILIZED APARTMENTS GO TO
    MARKET RATE WHEN THE  RENT REACHES A CERTAIN LEVEL AND CAUSES THE LOSS OF AFFORDABLE
    HOUSING.
  2. HIS PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE RENT LEVEL WHEN THAT CAN HAPPEN BY $200. IS UNACCEPTABLE.

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

The deadline to stop the loss of affordable housing
is June 15, ACT NOW

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May 282015
 

NYC Human Rights Law is the subject of the featured panel discussion at the June General Membership meeting

Thursday, June 4th at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. at 7:00 PM

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UPDATE:  MINUTES

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?

Panelists:

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

 

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May 082015
 

VID General Membership Meeting

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St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher St.
Thursday May 14, 2015
6:30 PM

UPDATE:  MINUTES

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
Nat Johnson–Organizer
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

V.  Update on Gala–Jen Hoppe

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

Election Protocol
Village Independent Democrats

Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate:

     a- Must be a VID member for 90 days
b- Dues must be up to date
c- If your dues have expired, you can pay back dues in order to vote.  However, per VID constitution you can only pay back dues for one year and one month.  Therefore, anybody who’s dues expired before April 14, 2014 is not eligible to vote.Election Protocol:

  • Civil Court
  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 5 minutes
  2. Each candidate will take questions from VID members for up to 5 minutes
  3. VID members are allocated up to 5 minutes speak on behalf of a candidate.  No member can speak for more than one minute unless nobody else wishes to speak.
  4. A candidate must get a majority of the votes cast in order to get the VID endorsement.  In case no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot and there are only two candidates on the ballot then no endorsement is the position of the club. If there are more than two candidates then there is one more ballot with the two top vote getters staying on the ballot.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the second ballot then the position of the club is no endorsement.
  • District Leader

Same rules as for Civil Court candidates with the exception that the candidates only receive three minutes each to speak.

  • Judicial Delegates and Alternate Judicial Delegates
  1. Each candidate receives 1 minute to speak
  2. VID members have five minutes to as candidates questions
  3. The candidates who receive the most votes are elected to represent VID on the ballot as judicial delegates.  The candidates who receive the next highest number of votes become the alternate judicial delegates.
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May 032015
 

Village Independent Democrats will hold a forum on halting the advance of gas pipeline infrastructure which threatens health, environment and economic life of New York State.  

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.

Gas Pipe Infrastructure_Map

Sane Energy Project – Online Interactive Map: You Are Here. Click to go to the map.

“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:

  • Sane Energy Project – Even though high-volume horizontal fracturing has been banned in New York State, the invasion of fracking infrastructure is going full tilt. To date, Sane Energy Project has identified more than 137 pipelines, compressor stations, frack waste or storage facilities that are proposed, under construction or in operation. Program Director, Clare Donohue, a recipient of the Village Independent Democrats Annual Gala Award in 2013, presents a visual presentation of the website and its significance.
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    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).

  • United for Action is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing groups of like-minded citizens. Ling Tsou co-founder of the group discusses advocacy for the implementation of renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency policies particularly the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas (LNG) port project and the proposed offshore wind farm.
  • Gas Pipeline Infrastructure_Port AmbrosePort Ambrose LNG terminal has been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas off Long Beach, Long Island for the New York/New Jersey area. Linda B. Rosenthal represents District 67 in the New York State Assembly; she along with State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto this project. Assemblymember Rosenthal discusses the status of the opposition to the Project – which would damage our marine ecosystem, put us at risk from terrorist attacks, exacerbates climate change and put pressure to frack for more gas across the Northeast region.

Press Contact:   VID President Nadine Hoffmann at 212-741-3265, or email her here.

 

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May 012015
 

Zephyr-TeachoutZephyr Teachout Addresses April 9th General Membership Meeting

Ms. Teachout started by announcing that she had just gained tenure at Fordham.  She finished her book, “Corruption in America“, and had just written a letter to the Supreme Court regarding the Citizens United decision.

She discussed how the Founding Fathers found corruption the biggest threat to democracy, although now over 50% of former congresspeople become lobbyists.  This profession was a felony in many states for over a hundred years of our history.  Zephyr Teachout also spoke of renewable energy, net neutrality, and a possible second book about effects of high-stakes testing for teachers.  She also seemed optimistic about the choice of Carl Heastie to replace Sheldon Silver, and discussed the corrupting influence of money in politics and the fate of the Moreland Commission.

For more about the April meeting, click here for the minutes

 

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