Jun 302014
 

At VID General Membership Meeting June 12th             

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and State Senator Brad Hoylman reported on the NYS legislative session.  Also at this VID General Membership Meeting presentations were made by Zephyr Teachout, candidate for Governor; Eric Bottcher for Gov. Cuomo; John Liu, candidate for 11th State Senate District covering Queens; G. Oliver Koppell, candidate  for the 34th State Senate District covering parts of the Bronx and Westchester County.

Also at this meeting endorsements were considered for Civil Court, County-Wide and for NYS Lt. Governor.

Now you can read about it…MINUTES
And here are the pictures, courtesy of Ed Yutkowitz.
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May 272014
 

Petitioning Party Come join Deborah, Brad and the rest of the VID team for our petitioning party breakfast.  We’ll talk politics,  causes and distribute petitions.  After breakfast we will disburse throughout the Village and gather signatures for VID’s endorsed candidates.

Saturday, May 31st 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon VID Headquarters, 26 Perry Street

If you cannot join us for our petitioning party breakfast on May 31st,  the VID will be open every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturdays from 11:00-1:00 through July 3rd.  July 7th will be the last day to hand in petitions (the club will be open from 6:00-7:30 PM).

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May 272014
 

The Real Catherine AbateIt is with great sadness that we shared the news of Catherine Abate’s passing. She will be truly missed.  

The real Catherine Abate was a friend, a colleague, and one of the most soul-full public servants that New York City has ever had.  See our announcement

But that was not the real Catherine Abate portrayed by William McDonald, New York Times Obituary Editor which was dominated by un-substantiated allegations of her father’s past and inferred that her own life’s work was somehow tainted by such hearsay.  Nothing could be further from the truth as many members of our Club know and experienced over nearly a quarter of a century of public service.

Assemblymember Glick in her letter to Mr. McDonald urging a more thoughtful and thorough NY Times profile in the future, said:

… Usually one expects to get a sense of the person who has died, but your obituary chose to minimize the extraordinary work of an extremely intelligent and compassionate woman dedicated to social justice for all people. Not only did she have a distinguished career in public service from legal aid representation for poor people, but her various positions in government demonstrated the continuing confidence in her work by a mayor and a governor.

In another letter to Mr. McDonald, I was compelled to point out the woman that we knew, well:

Catherine Abate had been a member of the Village Independent Democrats since 1979.  Under our banner she was a Democratic District Leader from 1981-1985 and a State Senator from 1995-1999.  We knew her personally and professionally.   

Catherine Abate was a force of nature.  She had the intellect, passion, caring, and persistence that you rarely find in one person.  She cared deeply about people and she had a special passion for the poor, the disadvantaged, and those who could not help themselves.

In contrast, we are grateful for Albert Amateau’s thoughtful homage in The Villager.

Respectfully,
Tony Hoffmann

 

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May 142014
 

VID Endorsements for State and Judicial Candidates

On Thursday, May 8th VID members gathered to hear statements from four judicial candidates and to endorse seven State candidates for the Democratic Primary ballot.  Nat Johnson presided.  Here are the Minutes for that meeting.

UPDATE:  On July 10 VID members gathered to re-consider the original vote of No Endorsement for Governor and voted to endorse Zephyr Teachout.  The final results are:

1.      Civil Court: two positions:

Louis Nock  (Update 7/10/14)
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.      Governor – Zephyr Teachout  (Update 7/10/14)

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May 042014
 

NYS Candidates ForumOn May 1st VID and eight other Clubs sponsored a NYS candidates forum for Democrats seeking inclusion on the 2014 Primary Ballot.

Here are the Minutes of the Forum

Ed Yutkowitz, VID  Corresponding Secretary organized the event which included:

Keith Wright, Chairman of the New York County Democrats, Assembly Member, and a Co-Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, who will speak on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Randy Credico, Candidate for NYS Governor
First Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York, Pete Grannis, representing Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator for the 27th District.
Deborah Glick, Assembly Member for the 66th district, who will also represent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Dan Squadron, New York State Senator for the 26th District.
Rachel Lavine, 66th AD; Alan Shulkin, 66th AD and John Quinn, 65th AD Candidates for New York State Democratic Committee.

Co-sponsors of the event included Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lower Manhattan Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Greater NYC for Change, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and 

Among the prominent topics raised by the Forum attendees were campaign finance reform, the recent legislation regarding development rights through the Hudson River Park Trust , Fracking and the NYS Senate’s Independent Democrat Conference (IDC).

Rachel Lavine, State Democratic Committee member and founder of the NYS Progressive Caucus introduced a resolution by that body detailing the failures of  Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate (IDC) in advancing important Democratic legislation and calling upon the  IDC  to rejoin the Democratic Conference led by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.  The topic  was immediately picked up by the NY Daily News and by Capital NY

All the candidates agreed that Campaign Finance Reform was a priority with Senator Hoylman speaking out vehemently for its need.  Assemblymember Glick offered a detailed chronology of the imperfect Hudson River Park legislation and  hopefully mitigating provision for full local  ULURP review for future development that remained in the final package.

Senator Dan Squadron added a plea for support of his pending legislation for collaborative funding for NYC Parks between the City and the various Park Conservancies to advance their more equitable care.

Minutes will be posted soon.  Here are the pictures,

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Apr 092014
 

VID Awards GalaVID’s 57th Annual Awards Reception Thursday, April 24, 2014 – See coverage in the Villager

This year’s honorees included:  

Andrew Berman, Executive Director
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Kate Linker, Community Organizer

Kevin Finnegan, Director of Politics and Legislation
1199 SEIU United Hospital Workers East

Michael McKee. Treasurer
Tenants Political Action Committee
Board Member Met Council on Housing

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Mar 272014
 
Clean Energy

Nancy Anderson, Samara Swanston, Lisa DiCaprio and moderator Frieda Bradlow

April General Membership Meeting Features a Forum on Clean Energy

Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 PM-St.John’s Lutheran Church-Meeting Room-83 Christopher St

Agenda:
1- District Leader Report- Keen Berger,
2- Committee Reports3- Forum- “The Power to Change: Clean Energy and the Future of New York City”  

 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.

4- Resolution:
a- Resolution urging the NYC Council to pass a resolution urging NYC pension board to divest its pension funds from the fossil fuel industry-Frieda Bradlow

5- New Business

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