Jul 112014
 

Village Independent Democrats Endorse Zephry TeachoutAt the July 10th Membership Meeting the Village Independent Democrats Endorse Zephry Teachout

….after lengthy presentations and debate from all three Gubernatorial candidates the Club chose Zephyr Teachout with a majority vote of 14.  Pre and Post coverage of  VID and its pending decision whether to endorse any candidate has been pretty impressive.  VID-MINUTES-July-10-2014

From Capital New York:

Of the 26 votes cast at the Village Independent Democrats club, Teachout received 14 votes and Cuomo got six. “No endorsement” was supported by four people while comedian Randy Credico got two votes. Teachout won the club’s endorsement on the first ballot. In May, before Teachout entered the race, V.I.D. decided not to endorse any candidate for governor.

From the NY Daily News:

A Fordham University Law professor looking to dethrone Gov. Cuomo won the endorsement of the Village Independent Democrats Club Thursday night.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/fordham-law-prof-challenger-cuomo-nod-dems-club-article-1.1863001#ixzz37CH4HohY

From The Villager:

Downtown progressive Democratic club members were having a hard time finding reasons why they should support re-electing Governor Andrew Cuomo to another term. More to the point, there were too many reasons not to back him, they felt, such as his support for charter schools, his acceptance of the Independence Party ballot line and his indecision on hydrofracking, just to name a few.

And also from The Villager:

Something in the Airbnb? At the Village Independent Democrats’ May 30 endorsement meeting, Assemblymember Keith Wright spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid.

If that wasn’t enough, the meeting ended with a very thorough discussion about the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex  its set-up and capabilities with Dr. Eric Cruzen.  DON”T FORGET, there’s another open house tour scheduled for Saturday July 12th.

And now “to the tape…”

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Jul 062014
 

2014-Awards_F240318-edtd-webYou can now see the terrific Frank Rocco images taken at the Village Independent Democrats 57th Annual Awards Celebration Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Tio Pepe, 168 West 4th Street.

Click on the Annual Awards Celebration tab, above.

And to see all the other moments captured this year, click on the Photo Gallery tab, above

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Jul 012014
 

July General Membership Meeting Has a Full Agenda…

On Thursday, July 10th, 6:30 PM, St. John’s Lutheran Church – Community Room, 83 Christopher St. (Just West of Sheridan Sq.) 

July General Membership Meeting
Agenda:
II-
District Leader Report- Keen Berger

II- Campaign Committee Report- Ed Yutkowitz

III-
Update- Organizing for September 20/21 Climate Change March in New York- Frieda Bradlow

IV- Reconsideration of VID’s previous vote of No Endorsement in governor’s race (authorized by Executive Committee)

VI- Panel Discussion- What are the Services You Can Expect from Lenox Hill HealthPlex?

     Alex Hellinger– Executive Director, Lenox Hill HealthPlex
     Dr. Eric Cruzen– Medical Director, Emergency Department Lenox Hill HealthPlex
     Wayne Kawadler– Manager, Community Relations, Lenox Hill HealthPlex.

X- New Business

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Jun 302014
 

At VID General Membership Meeting June 12th             

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and State Senator Brad Hoylman reported on the NYS legislative session.  Also at this VID General Membership Meeting presentations were made by Zephyr Teachout, candidate for Governor; Eric Bottcher for Gov. Cuomo; John Liu, candidate for 11th State Senate District covering Queens; G. Oliver Koppell, candidate  for the 34th State Senate District covering parts of the Bronx and Westchester County.

Also at this meeting endorsements were considered for Civil Court, County-Wide and for NYS Lt. Governor.

Now you can read about it…MINUTES
And here are the pictures, courtesy of Ed Yutkowitz.
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May 272014
 

Petitioning Party Come join Deborah, Brad and the rest of the VID team for our petitioning party breakfast.  We’ll talk politics,  causes and distribute petitions.  After breakfast we will disburse throughout the Village and gather signatures for VID’s endorsed candidates.

Saturday, May 31st 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon VID Headquarters, 26 Perry Street

If you cannot join us for our petitioning party breakfast on May 31st,  the VID will be open every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturdays from 11:00-1:00 through July 3rd.  July 7th will be the last day to hand in petitions (the club will be open from 6:00-7:30 PM).

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May 272014
 

The Real Catherine AbateIt is with great sadness that we shared the news of Catherine Abate’s passing. She will be truly missed.  

The real Catherine Abate was a friend, a colleague, and one of the most soul-full public servants that New York City has ever had.  See our announcement

But that was not the real Catherine Abate portrayed by William McDonald, New York Times Obituary Editor which was dominated by un-substantiated allegations of her father’s past and inferred that her own life’s work was somehow tainted by such hearsay.  Nothing could be further from the truth as many members of our Club know and experienced over nearly a quarter of a century of public service.

Assemblymember Glick in her letter to Mr. McDonald urging a more thoughtful and thorough NY Times profile in the future, said:

… Usually one expects to get a sense of the person who has died, but your obituary chose to minimize the extraordinary work of an extremely intelligent and compassionate woman dedicated to social justice for all people. Not only did she have a distinguished career in public service from legal aid representation for poor people, but her various positions in government demonstrated the continuing confidence in her work by a mayor and a governor.

In another letter to Mr. McDonald, I was compelled to point out the woman that we knew, well:

Catherine Abate had been a member of the Village Independent Democrats since 1979.  Under our banner she was a Democratic District Leader from 1981-1985 and a State Senator from 1995-1999.  We knew her personally and professionally.   

Catherine Abate was a force of nature.  She had the intellect, passion, caring, and persistence that you rarely find in one person.  She cared deeply about people and she had a special passion for the poor, the disadvantaged, and those who could not help themselves.

In contrast, we are grateful for Albert Amateau’s thoughtful homage in The Villager.

Respectfully,
Tony Hoffmann

 

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May 142014
 

VID Endorsements for State and Judicial Candidates

On Thursday, May 8th VID members gathered to hear statements from four judicial candidates and to endorse seven State candidates for the Democratic Primary ballot.  Nat Johnson presided.  Here are the Minutes for that meeting.

UPDATE:  On July 10 VID members gathered to re-consider the original vote of No Endorsement for Governor and voted to endorse Zephyr Teachout.  The final results are:

1.      Civil Court: two positions:

Louis Nock  (Update 7/10/14)
Arlene Bluth

2.      State Committeeman-66th AD: No Endorsement 

3.      State Committeewoman-66th AD: Rachel Lavine

4.      Assembly-66th AD: Deborah Glick 

5.      Senate- 27th District: Brad Hoylman   

6.      Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli 

7.      Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman

8.      Governor – Zephyr Teachout  (Update 7/10/14)

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