Sep 042016

At the July 2016 General Membership Meeting –  Campaigning, Election Updates, NYS Clemency and Election Reform 

VID General Meeting Minutes_July-2016

July 2016 general membership meeting

Guest, Erik Coler and Assemblymember Deborah Glick at VID’s 2016 Awards Event

President Nadine Hoffmann opened the July 2016 General Membership Meeting by thanking everyone for the great job they did in petitioning.  Alison Greenberg is putting together an interesting Health Forum, rescheduled for the September meeting.  The VID put together their first official filing under the new tax rules.  Thanks to member David Saperstein, we’re up to date.  Frieda Bradlow will be home from Village Care Wednesday.


  • Greater NYC for Change will be honoring State Senator Brad Hoylman at a free July 18 meet and greet at PS 450.
  • Campaign buses to Pennsylvania for Hillary will begin on Saturday, September 17, and every Saturday until the election, leaving from Union Square at 8 am and returning at 9 pm.  There will be a $15 charge per person with some other fundraising involving Keen, Ed Yutkowitz and Erik Coler.
  • Campaign chair RJ Jordan did a fabulous job on the Glick campaign, with great help from Erik, acquiring 1500 signatures–500 was the minimum required, so Deborah will be on the ballot.
  • Nadler won his campaign with 88-90% of the vote in some districts.  Tony gave many thanks to Erik and Ed.
  • Doug Kellner, Co-Chair, NYS Board of Elections spoke about fixing the NYC Board of Elections, improving voting nationwide, and campaign finance reform–public financing.
  • Assemblyman Deborah Glick  thanked everyone, especially Tony, Nadine, Erik and Katharine Wolpe, and said she was very appreciative of Annette Zaner’s letter to the Villager promoting her.  She agreed with Doug Kellner that internet voting would be a horrible mistake.
  • Tony updated everyone on the Candles for Clemency campaign.   A new vigil is scheduled for September 10.
  • Nat Johnson gave the club some good news–the Port Ambrose LNG Project was cancelled by the Governor in favor of a wind farm.  VID had been very helpful in accomplishing this.  The Bureau of Oceanic Energy Management is having meetings and taking comments for the wind farm–the process is beginning.
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Aug 162016

The agenda for the August General Meeting

Thursday, August 18
St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher Street
6: 30 PM

  1. President’s Report–Nadine Hoffmann
  2. District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger
  3. Campaign Committee Report–Tony Hoffmann/Ed Yutkowitz/Erik Coler
    1. Buses to Pennsylvania–Tony Hoffmann & Ed Yutkowitz
    2. Assembly race campaign by VID–Erik Coler
  4. State Committee and Judicial Delegate Update–Nadine Hoffmann
  5. Special Presentation–Deborah Glick
    1. Assembly race
    2. Albany Update
    3. Community Update
  6. Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann
  7. New Business


September 13th State and Local Primary 

Application must be postmarked no later than August 19th and received by a board of elections no later than August 24th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than August 19th.

Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 24th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the State & Local Primary.

Check Your Voting  Status and Location
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Jul 172016

VID has endorsed a letter asking President Obama to veto the current GMO Labeling bill.

After years of bitter debate and legislative stalemate over the labeling of genetically modified ingredients, a compromise proposal sailed through Congress in breathtaking speed over the past three weeks.

Within a few years, consumers will be able to find out whether any food in the supermarket contains GMO ingredients. But they won’t necessarily see that information on the package. Instead, consumers may have to scan a “QR code” — those little square codes that you see on airline boarding passes — to get that information.

Dan Charles, All things Considered, NPR July 14, 2014

GMO-LABELING_VermontAccording to  EcoWatch,    “The bill would also nullify state-by-state GMO labeling mandates such as Vermont’s landmark law that took effect on July 1.”  They also report that:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also expressed concern that the Roberts-Stabenow bill is ridden with loopholes. In its technical comments, the FDA pointed out that the bill has a narrow and ambiguous definition of “bioengineering” that would exempt many foods from GMO sources.

The VID letter, signed by VID President, Nadine Hoffman states:

While we welcome the establishment of the first mandatory federal labeling requirement to help consumers know whether their food contains genetically modified ingredients, the mandate will not be as effective as it could and should be.  In fact, the bill will nullify a stronger measure just recently implemented by Vermont that ensures that labels are comprehensive and written in easy-to-understand English.

You can read the whole plea for veto to President Obama here.

A New York Times article of July 14th verifies consumer reactions which could force packagers to be more forthright regardless of the legislation:

The federal law renders Vermont’s law and other state labeling laws null and void, but companies will have to weigh the expense of taking text off labels, not to mention the risk of irritating consumers interested in increasing transparency about the foods they eat. A survey of more than 1,500 consumers by Label Insight, a research firm whose clients include major food companies and grocery businesses, found that 37 percent of consumers said they would be willing to switch brands if another brand shared more detailed product information.

According to The White House website, the most efficient way to express your opinion to The President is electronically.  Here’s the address for submitting your comments:

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Jun 092016

VID Petitioning Kickoff Breakfast, Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
VID Headquarters, 26 Perry Street, Lower Lever

petitioningThe VID began petitioning to get our endorsed NYS candidates – Brad Hoylman- State Senate,27th SD; Deborah Glick- State Assembly, 66th AD; Rachel Lavine- State Committeewoman, 66th and Benjamin Yee- State Committeeman, 66th AD – on the ballot Tuesday, June 7th.  On Thursday, June 9th petitions will be available at the VID General Membership Meeting at 83 Christopher Street.  On Saturday, June 11 petitions will be available at the kickoff breakfast (compliments of Assemblywoman Deborah Glick) at our 26 Perry St. headquarters from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.  All petitioners are invited. The following week VID headquarters will be open Monday-Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.

As part of VID’s effort to get our endorsed candidates elected VID will simultaneously do a major push to get our congressional candidates, Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, re-elected.  Primary Day for federal candidates is June 28th.  We need to work hard to inform the public that there will be a Primary on June 28th by handing out literature on the street and distributing Dear Neighbor letters in buildings that VID’ers live.  We also plan on handing out literature at the polls on Primary Day.

Erik Coler is in charge of VID’s petitioning and get out the vote campaign.  Please contact him and let him know when you are available to petition and help with the get out the vote campaign (,  917-699-2320).  OR you can sign yourself up for a shift:


Petition for Deborah Glick – CLICK ME TO SIGN UP
Time: June 7th to July 3rd
What: Signing people up for Deborah’s petition to run for Assembly
Please help out by giving a few days


 Jerry Nadler for Congress – CLICK ME TO SIGN UP
 Time: June 18th to June 28th
What: Handing out literature at Subway stops and squares to help out

petitioning_deborah-glickAnd then there is the opportunity to join Week #2 Petitioning with Deborah Glick’s Campaign

Monday, June 13th:  Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Mrs. Green’s (585 Hudson St)

Tuesday, June 14th: Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ 12th Street and 7th Avenue; Noon Shift: 11:30AM – 12:30PM – Meet @ 20 Washington Square North; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM  – Meet @ Astor Place Starbucks

Wednesday, June 15th:  Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ Christopher Street Subway ; Noon Shift: 11:30AM – 12:30PM – Meet @ 27 Barrow Street; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Morton Williams (130 Bleecker St)

Thursday, June 16th:  Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ 12th Street and 7th Avenue; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Mrs. Green’s (585 Hudson St)

Saturday, June 18th:  Morning Shift: 10:00AM – 1:00PM – Abingdon Square (corner of Bleecker and Hudson);


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