VID's New President_David Siffert

June 11 Meeting Passes Four Resolutions

The Membership Meeting of June 11 Passed Four Resolutions Addressing Voting Rights, Medical Aid in Dying, Police Reform and Definding the NYPD President David Siffert brought the meeting to order, and a motion to adopt the agenda passed.   Resolutions Melissa Carty read her Resolution to Eliminate the 20% Matching Requirement for State Elections and led a discussion.  (This resolution eventually passed by email.) Amanda Cavanaugh and Keen Berger debated the debated the Medical Aid in Dying Act.  Amanda, who is pro, said she had been on this campaign for 4 1/2 years, having been a witness to her partner’s death from […]

VID Endorsed Joe Biden

VID officially endorsed Joe Biden for US President!  At the April 2nd General Meeting VID Officially Endorsed Joe Biden, Welcomed Four Speakers and Voted on the SWEAT Bill Resolution Endorsements and Primary Voting [April 30 Update]  VID Endorsed Joe Biden with a vote of 28;  12 for Bernie Sanders, and 2 for No Endorsement.  The Democratic Presidential Primary  in New York State rescheduled for June 23, 2020 has been cancelled.  The state and federal primaries are still scheduled for June 23rd.  All eligible voters in active or inactive status will be mailed an absentee ballot application for a primary or special […]

Feb 18 Judicial Endorsement Meeting

VID’s Feb 18 Judicial Endorsement Meeting Hears Six Candidates and Reviews Census Protocols President David Siffert called Feb 18 Judicial Endorsement Meeting to order with general announcements, including:  a Budget Justice meeting on Feb 20, the start of petitioning on Tuesday, Feb 25, and the Petitioning Kickoff breakfast on Feb 29. He also announced the next General Meetings would be on March 12 and April 2, and that the VID Gala would be on May 7.  Guest Panel on the Census Judith Herzburg, a leader of TrueBlue in Brooklyn, and Aries Dela Cruz, the Manhattan borough director of the census for NY, […]

2020 Officers; NYS Candidate Endorsements

VID Elects 2020 Officers; NYS Candidate Endorsements at January 9th Meeting. David Siffert opened the 2020 Officers; NYS Candidate Endorsements meeting with a discussion about how to handle endorsing civil judge candidates in light of the fact that the County’s panel will not report out approved judges until the day after our February meeting.  He suggested three options: One, to hold a special meeting on the Tuesday after the regular meeting to address the endorsements. Two, to leave the endorsements to the Executive Committee. And three, to hold an extra long meeting on the normal date, February 13. and allow Exec to re-endorse […]