Jan 122015
 
VID Members Reviewed Pier 55 Proposal

Rich Caccappolo provides an overview of info presented to CB#2

At the January 8th meeting VID members reviewed Pier 55 Proposal

Keen Berger introduced Rich Caccappolo, Chair CB#2 Parks Committee; Susan Aaron, also of CB#2 but speaking on behalf of Friends of Hudson River Park and Kate Horton, a British theater executive and member of the theater production crew, that also includes George C. Wolfe, the former producer of the Public Theater and Stephen Daldry, the director and producer, for a discussion of the Pier 54/Pier 55 proposal.  The proposal is described in the NY Times as, “a $170 million, futuristic park built atop an undulating platform 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline with a series of wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater.”

Conceived as an offering to the City by Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, Mr. Diller has agreed to provide $130 million to build the park through a family foundation; an additional $39.5 million would come from the city, the state and the Hudson River Park Trust.  Plan Details (Proposed Lease, Environmental Assessment).

VID Member discussion centered upon questions of environmental compatibility and sustainability and upon potential impact if the development had air-rights to sell. Others raised objection to the additional millions to be provided by the City and State when such funds could be used to sustain other NYC parks obligations.  Still others had questions regarding the facility once the initial 20-year lease expired.

There is a Public Hearing on January 12th, from 5:30-8pm at the Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, New York University Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor.  See The Villager’s coverage of the Jan 12th hearing.

New York Times coverage – November 2014

The Villager Coverage – December 2014

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Jan 122015
 

New Officers MeetingAt the January 8th meeting the membership elects new officers and passes resolutions

With a full house Nadine Hoffman, VID’s new President opened a lively meeting to elect new VID officers for 2015: Treasurer(s), Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretaries and Executive Committee.  This meeting also included an update from Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office, via Eric Bottcher and discussion and passage of two resolutions and two letters:


And the new officers election results?

Recording Secretary- Kathy Slawinski
Corresponding Secretaries- Jonathan Geballe, Ed Yutkowitz
Co-Treasurers-Frieda Bradlow, Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Executive Committee
Ex-Officio:
Tony Hoffmann
At Large Members:
Tom Connor
Jim Fouratt
Nat Johnson
Ann Kjelberg
Rachel Lavine
Alec Pruchnicki
Barbara Reuther
Nancy Shamban
Sharon Woolums
Annette Zaner
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Dec 232014
 

Saving Small BusinessesVID Member Sharon Woolums addresses the issue of saving small businesses…

in an insightful Talking Point piece in The Villager (December 18) titled Mom-and-Pop shops: Are they too small to save?

To Ms. Woolums saving small businesses centers on the failure of the New York City Council to act on the proposed  Small Business Jobs Survival Act (S.B.J.S.A.), which was originally introduced by Councilmember Ruth Messinger in 1986, has been bottled up in a Council committee for the past four years, and denied a vote by the full City Council for 28 years.

For this piece she interviewed Councilmembers Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez on the issue.  As a counterbalance, she elicited comments from Mr. Sung Soo Kim a 30-year veteran in the fight to save small business and founder of the Korean American Small Business Service Center.  Mr. Kim also created the first Small Business Bill of Rights in New York City.

The sixth in a series that Ms. Wollums has authored on saving small businesses, it concludes with a call to action to move the legislation forward in 2015:  Voters must act by all means possible: e-mail, tweet, phone, Facebook, petition and write letters to the editor. It takes 26 City Council votes to follow the will of the people and pass legislation that will save our small businesses. As for the Village — and the rest of New York — if this crisis does not end now, we won’t recognize this unique place we call home.

Here are the links to the others in the series:

There’s only one way to save our small businesses

V.I.D. (again) approves small business bill; Will Council?

It’s time for final push to pass small business bill

Who has the guts to fight for our small businesses?

Will a Democrat for mayor stand up for small stores?

At the Dec 13, 2013 meeting VID passed a resolution in support of small business preservation

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Dec 222014
 

At the VID General Meeting and Club Election December 11,

…the membership heard statements from Nadine Hoffmann, Jim Fouratt, candidates for President and Tom Connor, Katharine Wolpe, Linda Jacobson, Irene Kaufman and Jim Fouratt, candidates for Vice President.  A donation to the 9th Precinct Community Council for their annual Children’s Holiday Party was approved and a resolution on Government Action Against Climate Change was adopted.  See  VILLAGE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS_Dec-2014_Minutes for more details…or visit The Villager to see their coverage.

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The membership voted Nadine Hoffmann as the 2015 President; and Katharine Wolpe, Linda Jacobson and Irene Kaufman, as 2015 Vice Presidents.  Elections for  Treasurer, Recording Secretary,  Two Corresponding Secretaries and fifteen at-large members to the Executive Committee will occur at the January 8th meeting.

Additional to the General Meeting and Club Election December 11, was the “Net Neutrality” Forum.  You can read about the guest speaker, Tim Wu and view the video here.

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Dec 122014
 

Net Neutrality - Tim WuUPDATE:  “Net Neutrality and You” — Tim Wu Speaks at Village Independent Democrats on Fair and Open Internet

On Thursday, December 11, Tim Wu gave VID members and guests a thorough picture of Net Neutrality and its issues.

Here, The Internet Society – New York Chapter captures the evening:

 

Tim Wu coined the expression “Net Neutrality” – the principle that Internet service providers should offer equal access to all content and applications and equal service to all users.  While the Obama administration embraces this concept and considers the internet a public utility, there are powerful lobbies and a Republican-dominated Congress that could block or severely modify Net Neutrality.  Professor Wu’s talk will explain how net neutrality benefits American consumers and the American economy.

Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, professor at Columbia Law School, fellow at the New America Foundation, and contributing editor at The New Republic and The New Yorker. Best-known for the development of Net Neutrality theory, Wu also writes about free speech, copyright, and antitrust matters.

In 2014, Wu ran for Lt. Gov. of New York in the New York Democratic Primary on a ticket headed by Zephyr Teachout.

In 2013, Wu was named one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal. He has served as a senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, Chair of Media reform group Free Press, and fellow at Google, and worked for Riverstone Networks in the telecommunications industry. A law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, he graduated from McGill University and Harvard Law School.

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Dec 082014
 

VID Will Elect New OfficersVID Will Elect New Officers on Dec. 11th at 6:30 pm, at 83 Christopher Street.

The December 11 election will be for President and three Vice President positions with the remaining positions voted upon at the January meeting.

The only candidate statement received thus far is from Nadine Hoffmann, running for President of the club.  Keen Berger has endorsed her.  (We will update this posting as additional candidate statements are received).

Elections
a- President
b- Vice Presidents (Depending on time constraints the vice presidential election may take place after Tim Wu’s presentation).

Any candidate who wishes to send a statement to the VID membership can send it to Zella Jones at: zella “at” marketxmarket.com.  She will send it out to the membership.  

Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate:

  • Must be a VID member for 90 days
  • Dues must be up to date
  • If your dues has 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 November 11, 2013 is not eligible to vote.

Election Protocol:

I- President:

  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 10 minutes
  2. Each candidate will answer questions for up to 10 minutes immediately after speaking
  3. Each candidate will have up to 5 minutes for speakers

II- Vice President:

  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 3 minutes
  2. Each candidate will answer questions for up to 5 minutes immediately after speaking
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Dec 072014
 

Happy Holidays from VIDOnce again Frieda Bradlow hosted Happy Holidays from VID

…to just about anyone known in Village political circles.  The food overflowed, libations were plentiful, all sorts of scuttlebutt got exchanged and the spirits of Democrats were well-lifted.

Councilman Corey Johnson and Borough President Gale Brewer came and left early with no fewer than seven other celebrations to cram into December 7th.  Senator Brad Hoylman gave warm wishes to everyone before he dashed off to save the Cafe Edison with Richard Gottfried, Corey Johnson, and Peter Ajemian.  Assemblymember Deborah Glick maintained her perfect record attendance at VID holiday bashes.  Judges Arlene Bluth and Robert Reed, District Leaders Jean Grillo and Paul Newell added Village and Lower Manhattan cheer to the event.

So, now, the pictures:

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