Oct 202016

Bus to Lehigh VAlley - Keep PA BlueIt is so important to Keep PA Blue…

Donald Trump will not accept the results of the presidential election unless he wins.  Donald Trump’s finger will be on the trigger of US nuclear weapons if he becomes President.  Donald Trump mocks the deal that President Obama negotiated with Iran to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  He cannot become president.  The VID is the lead political club in a consortium of progressive organizations in Manhattan and Brooklyn that are actively engaged in Keep PA Blue,  going every Saturday to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvainia to campaign for Hillary. We are making a difference.  We have registered and connected with hundreds of potential Hillary voters.

I will be one of the captains, along with Erik Bottcher, of the October 22nd and  October 29th buses.  I will also be on a couple of other buses (probably 11/5 & 11/8).  Please join me and other VID’ers. We board the buses at 8:00 AM at Union Sq. in front of Babies R Us.  Buses depart at 8:30 AM.  Congressman Nadler will be at Union Square this Saturday morning, 10/22, to greet us and bid us farewell.  

Buses leave the Lehigh Valley at approximately 5:00 PM and return to NY at around 7:00 PM.  However, don’t buy Broadway tickets assuming you can make an 8:00 PM show.  Stuff happens.  To register for a bus simply go to the link below, Click on it, and follow the instructions. Tickets are only $10.  I Look forward to hearing from you.


Tony Hoffmann
Co-Chair-VID Campaign Committee
Keep PA Blue

Keep PA Blue Bus Registration Links

Saturday, Oct 22 – Reserve TODAY Online

Saturday, Oct 29 – Reserve Online

Saturday, Nov 5 – Reserve Online

Sunday, Nov 6 – Reserve Online

Monday, Nov 7 – Reserve Online

Tuesday, Election Day, Nov 8 – Reserve Online

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Sep 202016

Every Wednesday and Saturday bakes and buttons support buses to PA.

Keep Pennsylvania Blue fund raisingThe VID is sending buses with volunteers to Pennsylvania every Saturday from now until, and including, Election Day.

If you cannot go the bus route, you can contribute to the cause in another way.

Bakes and Buttons will be our tabling effort for the next weeks on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  We will be selling homemade baked goods, Hillary buttons, registering people to vote and recruiting volunteers for our buses.



Abingdon Square,
opposite the Farmer’s Market

Saturday, September 24
Saturday, October 1
Saturday, October 8
Saturday, October 15
Saturday, October 22
Saturday, October 29
Saturday, November 5

Park at Seventh Avenue
between 11 and 12 streets

Wednesday, September 28
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 5
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 12, (Yom Kippur)
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 19
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 26
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, November 2
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4


Please email me to volunteer: citywoman17@gmail.com

Hillary needs us.  You can help!
Nadine Hoffmann, President



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Sep 062016


Help Democrats Get Out The Vote in a Battleground State

keep-pennsylvania-blueNew Yorkers have a wonderful opportunity to help a battleground state elect Democrats to the Presidency, Senate and House of Representatives in 2016.

Every week from mid-September to Election Day, Democrats from New York will work with our neighbors in the KeyStone State to build support for Hillary Clinton for President; Katie McGinty for the U.S. Senate, and Rick Daugherty for Congress (15th CD).

We’ll go door to door, house to house, and community to community to register and poll voters and encourage them to support Democrats. We’ve made similar efforts in past elections with great success. But it’s never been more important than it is now.

Volunteers will travel by bus from New York City to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and neighborhoods in Philadelphia every Saturday: September 17 and 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; November 5; and election day, November 8.keep-pennsylvania-blue_McGinty

Buses will begin boarding at Union Square at 8:30 am and depart at 9 am. Return buses will leave Pennsylvania at 5:30 pm. The trips are about 90 miles, or two hours or so, from New York City. Traffic permitting, we’ll be back at Union Square by 8 pm. ADA buses will be available with advance notice.

The fare is $10, but provisions can be made for financial hardship.

We will do basic training, pair volunteers, and provide talking points and campaign and voter mater on each bus. Volunteers will always canvass in pairs. Our hosts in Pennsylvania will supply voter lists, maps, and lunch.

keep-pennsylvania-blue_daughertyThe Lehigh Valley, which includes the cities of Easton and Bethlehem, has been a battleground area for the past two presidential elections. Republicans have made inroads there and are within striking distance of defeating Democratic Presidential, Senatorial, and Congressional candidates.

The organizations sponsoring our Get Out The Vote effort so far include: Village Independent Democrats, Downtown Independent Democrats, Greater NYC for Change, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club, Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, Upper East Side for Change, Four Freedoms Democratic Club, Stonewall Democrats, Lexington Democratic Club, Progressive Independent Democrats, 504 Democratic Club, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lenox Hill Democratic Club, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club and the Barack Obama Democratic Club. We expect to announce more in coming days.

To help defray the cost of the buses, we welcome individual donations in any amount. Make checks out to Village Independent Democrats (Memo PA Buses 2016) and send to Village Independent Democrats, 26 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014.

For September 17th – Register Here

For September 24th – Register Here.

For October 1, 2016 – Register Here

For October 8, 2016 – Register Here

We’re stronger together.

Let’s keep Pennsylvania blue !

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Sep 042016

The September 2016 Meeting and Action Agenda

Thursday, September 8, 2016
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 Yudkowitz/Erik Coler
    Buses to Pennsylvania
    Assembly race campaign by VID–Erik Coler
  4.  Special PresentationForum:  The Future of Healthcare in Downtown Manhattan
        Moderator–Alison Greenberg
    Panelists- Judy Wessler–Fmr. Director, Commission on the Public’s Health System
    Rep. from Beth Israel
  5. Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann
  6. New Business

Primary Day

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Polls Open 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

If you’re interested in being a paid poll worker
contact District Leader Keen Berger at


VID’s Endorsed Slate

New York State Senate
Brad Hoylman

New York State Assembly
Deborah Glick

New York State Committeeman
Ben Yee

Judicial Delegates (Vote for all six)
Maureen Remacle
Jeanne Kazel Wilcke
Jennifer Hoppe
Norma Ramirez
David J. Karlin
Cormac Flynn 

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