Urge our Albany leaders to pass campaign finance reform and do away with the landlord’s loophole that lets them make campaign contributions of up to $150,000 for each building owned.
Urge our Albany leaders to pass campaign finance reform and do away with the landlord’s loophole that lets them make campaign contributions of up to $150,000 for each building owned. There are three ways to help.
VID is on the campaign trail this week: Monday at Houston & Varick; Tuesday at Sheridan Square; Thursday at 14th & 8th Ave; Saturday at the 8th St. Festival. Get on Board !
Congressman Nadler and Frieda Bradlow hosted a cocktail reception for District Leader Jonathan Geballe. See the pictures.
VID Schedule for June: Petitioning Kick-Off, Reception, Membership Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting
VID on the campaign trail:
Monday, 6/17- 8-9 a.m. Houston & Varick Streets on the 1 line
Tuesday, 6/18- 8-9 a.m. Sheridan Square & 7th Ave. on the 1 line
Thursday, 6/20- 8-9 a.m. 14th Street & 8th Ave on the A/C/E line
Saturday, 6/22- noon-2:00 p.m. 8th Street festival (between 5th and 6th Ave)
VID’s Petitioning Drive runs until Monday, July 8th. We need your help to get our endorsed candidates, including our District Leaders Jonathan Geballe and Keen Berger, on the ballot. Please come to the VID to pick up your petitions. VID will be open for petitioning every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
June 4th- 6:00 PM- Petitioning Kickoff Party #1-1st day of petitioning. Pick up your petitions-26 Perry St.
June 8th-9:30 AM-Petitioning Kickoff Party #2-Pick up your petitions-26 Perry St.
June 8th – 4-7:00 PM, Cocktail Reception for Jonathan Geballe, 43 Charleton St.
June 9th-4:00 PM- Tribute to Sophie Gerson- Hemmerdinger Hall-100 Wash. Sq. East.
June 13th- 8:00 PM- VID Gen. Memb. Mtg.- 83 Christopher St.
June 24th-8:00 PM- VID Executive Committee Meeting-26 Perry St.
July 8th-6:00-8:00 PM- Last day to hand in petitions-26 Perry St.
VID endorsed John Liu, Daniel Squadron, Julie Menin…
On Thursday, May 9th Village Independent Democrats endorsed mayoral candidate John Liu with a run-off vote over Christine Quinn. Daniel Squadron won easily as their preferred Public Advocate candidate and Julie Menin received the endorsement over Jessica Lappin.
In uncontested elections for judgeships in the second judicial district the club also endorsed Marcy Friedman, Adam Silvera and Kathryn Freed. Ann E. O’Shea received the endorsement for reelection to a County Wide Civil Court judicial position.
UPDATE: Due to the fact that the NY County Judicial Screening Panel only reported out the candidates for county wide civil court judgeships on May 1st, VID’s General Membership passed a resolution allowing the Executive Committee to endorse the judicial candidates. On May 23rd VID’s Executive Committee unanimously endorsed JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado for Civil Court.
This makes the full roster of VID 2013 endorsements as follows:
Mayor – John Liu
Public Advocate – Daniel Squadron
Manhattan District Attorney- Cyrus Vance, Jr.
New York City Comptroller- Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President – Julie Menin
City Council 1st District- Jenifer Rajkumar
City Council 2nd District- Rosie Mendez
City Council 3rd District- Corey Johnson
County-Wide Civil Court - Ann E. O’Shea, JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur and Mary Rosado
Civil Court, Second Judicial District – Marcy Friedman, Kathryn Freed, Adam Silvera
District Leader, 66th Assembly District Leaders, Part A - Jonathan Geballe and incumbent, Keen Berger
Recent coverage of Village Independent Democrats involvement in the 2013 elections includes:
Mayoral candidates make their case at Village forum – The Villager
Schwartz absent on key issues - The Villager, Opinion, Freda Bradlow
Johnson and Rajkumar win V.I.D.’s backing for Council - The Villager
VID Celebrated Earth Day on April 20th at the Bleecker St. Playground with particular focus on the issue of hydro-fracking.
District Leader Jonathan Geballe was front and center talking with local families and residents who share concern for New York State and New York City regarding this ever-pending development. See the pictures.
Late last year Jonathan, on a pro bono basis, joined several attorneys in a lawsuit opposing the Spectra Pipeline. VID as a club, and Nat Johnson and Anne Heaney, as individuals, are petitioners in a lawsuit regarding the Spectra pipeline that will cross the Hudson into the West Village. An appeal of the New York Supreme Court’s decision is underway.
The Earth Day demonstration was held in front of the Bleecker Street Playground to symbolize that we must save our planet for our children. Numerous VID’ers, community activists, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and a number of candidates for local offices participated in the rally. Signatures were collected for a letter to Governor Cuomo to urge him to ban hydro-fracking in New York State. The rally was organized by VID member Georgina Christ for the Village Independent Democrats.