VID 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.
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.
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 Parole, Philanthropist 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.
To vote in the November General Election, your application must be received no later than October 10thexcept, if you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since October 10th, you may register in person at the board of elections up until October 24th.
At 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
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.
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.
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.