Oct 272014
 

Miriam FriedlanderCouncilmember 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 for advocating on behalf of gay and lesbian issues, women, tenants and the homeless.  

Lincoln Anderson, The Villager

 

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Oct 092014
 


Mrs Green'sVID Joins Sen. Hoylman, Assembly Deborah Glick and Councilmember Corey Johnson in plea to Mrs. Green’s

Back in July Hoylman, Glick and Johnson addressed corporate management for the new Mrs. Green’s store at 585 Hudson alarmed by the firm’s history of intimidation toward workers who attempted to organize for fair wages.  You can see their letter here.

Village Independent Democrats have added their voice with a resolution:

WHEREAS, the company Mrs. Green’s has advertised that it is securing a new location at 585 Hudson Street to open another food market; and

WHEREAS, our community welcomes another local purveyor of organic and fresh produce; but there have been reports in the media that Mrs. Green’s has been in violation of federal labor law in responding to attempts by its employees in Westchester to unionize; and

WHEREAS, the rights of employees to form or join unions free from retaliation and intimidation has been legally established, and any attempt by Mrs. Green’s and its parent company to violate the free rights of its employees rights to organize is troubling; and

WHEREAS, it is of immediate concern that a business which reportedly has a history of violating its employees’ federal rights intends to locate its market in our community;

THEREFORE, the Village Independent Democrats urges Mrs. Green’s to ensure that all its employees are provided a working environment free of intimidation and one which allows those workers the right to organize if they are so inclined.?

 

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Sep 272014
 

VID Votes NO on Proposition #1VID votes NO on Proposition 1 after a spirited debate.

This proposition to appear on the Nov. 4th ballot would amend the states redistricting procedure.  VID’s guests were Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, NYC, speaking in favor of the amendment and Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause, NY, speaking in opposition.

There was  a very comprehensive debate between Susan and Dick as to the pros and cons of the proposal.  This was followed by a discussion by the members, noting that this involved a constitutional amendment and could not be easily undone.  There were questions about the complexity of the amendment and why it was on the ballot now.  When the vote was taken, it was unanimous–VID votes NO on Proposition 1.

 

See the full meeting minutes  – VID General Meeting Minutes_2014-9-11

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Sep 222014
 

VID was well-represented at The People’s Climate March March on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.  We’ll give you more background soon, but till then, here are the pictures:

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Sep 082014
 

VID was well represented at the Clemency Vigil which took place by candle light on the evening of September 6th in Mt. Kisco, NY

outside the home of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Over 150 people participated.

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Its purpose was to try to convince the governor to start issuing clemencies to those inmates in the NYS correctional system who deserve them.  Many inmates have been incarcerated for long periods of time either for non-violent crimes or for serious crimes, but have unquestionably been rehabilitated.  As of today the governor hasn’t issued a single clemency.   The rally was organized by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club with the support of the VID.

Among the wide variety of speakers asking the governor to do the humane thing and start issuing clemencies were Allen Roskoff, President of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Robert Dennison, retired Chairman, New York State Board of ParolePhilanthropist Bill Samuels, Zenaida Mendez, President of NYS NOW, and celebrities Kathryn Erbe, star of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Cathrine Curtin from Orange is the New Black.

The following VID’ers attended the Candle Light Vigil: Jonathan Geballe, Mary Dugan, Betsy Mickel, Tom Connor, Kathy Slawinski,  Alexander Meadows,  Kate Linker, Kitty Loving and Tony Hoffmann.

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Sep 082014
 

The Village Independent Democrats endorsements for September 9th Democratic Primary are:

1.      Civil Court: Louis Nock and 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.    Lieutenant Governor – Tim Wu

9.      Governor – Zephyr Teachout  

Minutes of Special VID Endorsement Meeting of August 14  Special VID Membership Meeting

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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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