Feb 12 Meeting CancelledCANCELLED

Thursday, February 13th General Membership

Meeting

Due to the impending inclement weather the February 13th VID meeting has been cancelled.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 24th.  Place to be determined.

On the agenda will be endorsements for the 10th Congressional District (presently represented by Jerrold Nadler) and 12th Congressional District (presently represented by Carolyn Maloney).  Another notice will go out as soon as a venue has been secured.

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February Membership Meeting  Thursday 2/13, at 6:30 PM

February Membership MeetingVID will hold their February Membership Meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street.  

The agenda will include a report from District Leader Keen Berger, Committee reports and a forum entitled The Power to Change: Clean Energy and the Future of New York City.

Presenters for this forum include:

 Samara F. Swanston- Legislative counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council, an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School for Urban Planning and the Environment, and an Adjunct Professor at the Hunter College Graduate School for Urban Affairs and Planning.

Lisa DiCaprioAssociate Director of Curriculum, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Sciences-Paul McGhee Division New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Nancy Anderson- Executive Director of the Sallan Foundation.  The mission of the Sallan Foundation is advancing useful knowledge for greener cities.

The presentation will be 30-minutes followed by a question an answer period.

Four resolutions will also be reviewed at this meeting:

  1. Resolution opposing bill in US Senate that would automatically place sanctions on Iran in six months if nuclear discussions fail- Ed Yutkowitz
  2. Resolution in support of the Zebrowski bill (A.8187) which, along with Senate “same as” Griffo bill (S.5980), are bills to amend the election law to show identity of       certain entities making expenditures for political communications; and providing penalties for failure to do so- Katharine Wolpe
  3. Resolution requesting restoration of bus service on University Place- Tom Connor
  4. Resolution supporting GVSHP in their bid to have historic LGBT buildings landmarked
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Don’t miss a VID special event The Vanishing City, a documentary film on the loss of affordable housing in NYC. 


On Sunday, February 16th you can view The Vanishing City at Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St. and ask questions of housing experts following the film.

At 2:00 PM there will be a reception with light refreshments; the film begins  at 2:30 PM.  Our panel of housing experts includes Tom Angotti, a professor of urban policy at Hunter College, and Seth Miller, a partner at Collin, Dobkin & Miller LLP, who specializes in tenant law, among others.

This promises to be a very stimulating experience that should generate thought and action as we launch New York City’s new progressive political era.

You can read more about the documentary and its makers here

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January 2014 MeetingPosted here are the Minutes of January 2014

Here are some highlights.

David Kruger updated everyone about the anti-fracking bus trip to Albany on January 8th.  More press coverage from PBS station WSKG

Keen Berger reported that Tim Gay has resigned at the Board of Elections, and will be replaced by Jamal Nelson, District Leader in Harlem.  Keen also announced that the transfer of 75 Morton Street from New York State to New York City for a middle school is still in the works.

Jonathan Geballe reported on the lawsuit brought by the GVSHP vs. NYU, in which Deborah Glick is involved.  He said this was a huge victory for the neighborhood.  The court determined that three strips of land that weren’t officially designated parkland could not be used by NYU without permission of the New York State legislature.  The University will still proceed with the Zipper Building and other parts of its plan that are not impacted directly by the court decision.

Tony announced that this year’s Gala date will be Thursday, April 24.

Nat Johnson, the Technology Committee Chair, said the results of the canvas for a website coordinator will be announced at the next Executive Committee Meeting.  The committee recommends staying with the current web-person.

Katherine Wolpe announced that Lynn Stewart had been pardoned and released on New Year’s Eve, the result of her Stage 4 cancer.  Ms. Stewart came to St. Marks Church the following Sunday to thank her supporters.

Marti Speranza announced the first meeting of the Community Affairs Committee will be on January 15 at 6:30 at Think Coffee.   Anyone interested is invited to attend or contact Marti re future meetings.  In general, the objective of this Committee will be to integrate community issues into the VID.

The VID forum, on the possible outcome of the two-state solution in Israel, was presented over by Kate Press, New York City Regional Director and Deputy Field Director of J Street.  Also see this posting for details.  There was a 20 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and 15 minutes of discussion.

ELECTIONS.
See additional coverage on 2014 officers here

Linda Jacobson was unanimously re-elected as Treasurer by voice vote.
Kathy Slawinski was unanimously re-elected as Recording Secretary by voice vote.
Alex Meadows and Ed Yutkowitz were unanimously re-elected by voice vote.

There was a closed secret ballot to elect the new Executive Committee.  Those members elected are:

Frieda Bradlow
Georgina Christ
Tom Conner
Josh DuBoff
Jim Fouratt
Anne Heaney
Nadine Hoffmann
Ron Illardo
Ann Kjellberg
Jackie Manuel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Alec  Pruchnicki
Charles Stimson
Celia Wu
Annette Zaner

Jim Fouratt proposed a letter to be written to our elected officials re the Washington Square Park  Conservancy.  Tony said to get him the letter and he will send it out, pending an okay by the Executive Committee.

New Business:

Ann Heaney spoke about future buses to Albany protesting fracking.  Jim Fouratt spoke about the very important pre-K legislation pending.  Sharon Woolums said she hopes the resolution to preserve small businesses will be brought to a vote at the City Council this year.

Here are the complete  Minutes of January 9

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VID Elected 2014 OfficersAt the January 9, 2014 meeting, VID elected 2014 officers…

after a stimulating and thorough forum led by Kate Press, Deputy National Field Director for J Street on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue, club members nominated and elected the remaining Officers and Executive Committee members for 2014. 

VID elected 2014 officers include:

Anthony Hoffmann, President
Nat Johnson, Vice President
Irene Kaufman, Vice President
Katharine  Wolpe, Vice President
Linda Jacobson, Treasurer
Kathy  Slawinski, Recording Secretary
Alexander Meadows, Corresponding Secretary
Ed Yutkowitz, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee

Keen Berger, District Leader
Jonathan Geballe, Past President
Peter Crosta, Chair Campaign Committee
Frieda Bradlow
Georgina Christ
Tom Conner
Josh DuBoff
Jim Fouratt
Anne Heaney
Nadine Hoffmann
Ron Illardo
Ann Kjellberg
Jackie Manuel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Alec  Pruchnicki
Charles Stimson
Celia Wu
Annette Zaner

View a slideshow of the meeting on the Photo Gallery page.
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Two State Solution - Kate Press of JStKate Press, Deputy National Field Director for J Street, addressing VID membership at January 9th forum entitled “Is Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue Poised To Succeed Or Doomed To Fail”?

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VID to vote new slate of officers at the Jan 9th General Membership meeting and host a forum on Israel-Palestine diplomacy

VID ForumBeginning at 6:30 pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (83 Christopher St.) VID club members will vote for the  2014 slate of officers for the positions of Treasurer (1), Recording Secretary (1), Corresponding Secretaries (2) and Executive Committee (15).  This will be followed by a forum titled:  Is Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue Poised To Succeed Or Doomed To Fail?  The presenter will be Kate Press- New York City Regional Director and Deputy Field Director of J Street.

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