February Meeting – Letters, Resos, Gardens

VID held a lively February Meeting… which included approval of a letter to Landmark Julius Bar, a resolution for the DNC to schedule more debates, approval of the VID endorsement calendar and a debate over affordable housing vs. local gardens. February 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes Our new Vice President, Erik Coler, stood in for President Nadine Hoffmann, and opened by introducing two judges, the Honorable James E. d’Auguste and Honorable Alexander M. Tisch.   He then presented Nadine’s letter in support of landmarking Julius’ Bar.  The members unanimously approved.  Also approved at the February meeting was Kathy Slawinski’s resolution urging the DNC to schedule […]

Talking Point: More Nukes and Pipelines

Nukes and Pipelines We are posting this important invitation because the NY Metro area is directly impacted by the dangerous siting of a huge high pressure gas pipeline only 105 feet from vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear power facility. (Impact region: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, New Jersey and Connecticut).  Nuclear power, pipeline and medical disaster experts have been calling for a comprehensive, independent and transparent risk assessment of the convergence of these major hazards and have been joined by county legislatures that have passed resolutions, health professionals, scientists, other public officials and the public. Yet, […]

Talking Point: Climate Justice

Climate justice, now! The Villager, January 8, 2015 To The Editor: At its last general meeting, the Village Independent Democrats unanimously passed a resolution on Government Action Against Climate Change. To those who know V.I.D.’s history and commitment to progressive causes, this will be no surprise. V.I.D. has been in the forefront in the fight to protect our environment. Our early support of Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu in the recent Democratic primary was critical to their success and likely influenced Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking. V.I.D. has also been a leader in the fight against the Spectra pipeline, whose development […]