Oct 062017
 

On October 12th VID will vote for the clubs City Council District 1 endorsement….

At the October 12th General Meeting there will be a vote for the City Council District 1 candidate endorsement, updates from the Campaign Committee, Voter Reform Committee, Environmental Committee and the Affodable Housing Committee, as well as a Club vote to amend the By-Laws.

Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St.

Here’s the agenda:

1.  President’s Report – Erik Coler

2.  District Leader Report – Keen Berger

3.  6:45pm – Vote on Constitutional Amendment regarding Executive members/Officers running on opposing slates
Please see below for the proposed Amendment

4. Vote on Endorsement for General Election City Council District 1
  General Endorsement Rules apply

5.  Committee Reports

  •   Voter Reform Committee – Laurie Hardjowirogo
  •   Environmental Committee – Nat Johnson
  •   Campaign Committee – Tony Hoffmann & Laurie Hardjowirogo
  •   Affordable Housing – Erik Coler

6.  8:15pm – Vote on official position of two referendum propositions on November ballot
See below for propositions

7.  New Business
8.  Adjournment
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A.  Proposed VID Constitutional Amendment 

Any officer of VID or member of the Executive Committee who runs against a VID slate or a VID endorsed candidate shall forfeit his/her office/seat on the Executive Committee for the remainder of his/her term. The office/seat shall be considered vacant. At the next annual election for Executive Committee or officers the person may run for VID office again. Any ex officio member of the Executive Committee (District Leaders, past president) who runs against a VID slate or endorsed candidate will forfeit his/her seat on the Executive Committee until the next annual vote for Executive Committee members. At that point they will regain their seat.

B. Two Referendum Propositions on the November Ballots

Proposal 2 would allow judges to reduce or revoke the state pension of a public officer convicted of a felony related to his or her duties.  
Proposal 3 would create a 250-acre land bank, which would allow local governments to request forest preserve land for projects in exchange for the state acquiring 250 acres for the forest preserves.
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Sep 182017
 

Though the NYS Constitutional Convention Referendum Enjoyed Much Debate at the September 14 Meeting, VID Votes No

NYS Constitutional ConventionAt its general meeting on September 14, Village Independent Democrats voted overwhelmingly to oppose holding a NYS Constitutional Convention in 2018. See the full minutes here

The proposition to hold a convention will be on the ballot in the New York State election that will be held this November 7.  The convention would be design to review and revise the state’s current constitution. 

The club voted after hearing a pro-convention speaker from an organization called the New York Peoples Convention and an anti-convention speaker from the Legal Aid Society.
 
The club fears that a NYS Constitutional Convention could be dominated by powerful right-wing interests which could eliminate the current constitution’s protection of the environment and the needy, public education, and even workers’ pensions. 
 
As Club President Erik Coler put it, “The dangers are too great, and the rewards too nebulous, for reasonable people to support this proposition.  We as a club will do all we can to defeat it.”  

 

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 Posted by at 10:46 am
Sep 102017
 

The Democratic Primary is September 12th
Volunteers Needed to Help Our Endorsed Candidates

 Volunteer for a shift at the polls (or multiple shifts) on primary day.

SIGN UP HERE

Volunteers Needed

Locally, of great importance, VID has endorsed Carlina Rivera (2nd District) and Chris Marte (1st District) for the NYC City Council – Corey Johnson was also endorsed by VID but is unopposed.  If you’d like to help the campaigns of Carlina and/or Chris please indicate by clicking on the link above and signing up.

Grassroots activism matters. Now more than ever, we need to hit the streets. If everyone signs up for one shift, we should have complete coverage. Thank you in advance for your help!

Warmest regards,
Tony Hoffman, Laurie Hardjowirigo, Erik Bottcher
VID Campaign Committee

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