VID’s 62nd Gala is set for May 2nd. SAVE THE DATE
The Gun Reform Committee was present at the FIRST House Committee hearing on Gun Control, Chaired by Congressman Jerrold Nadler. VID Gun Reform Committee Chair, Deb Sherman said:
February 6th is the first hearing on gun violence in nearly 10 years. It is Congressman Jerry Nadler’s first hearing as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee signaling his priority on sensible gun legislation. VID’s Gun Reform Committee was at the hearing to support his leadership and the importance of H.R. 8. We made sure we were present.
Following an intensive effort by Deb Sherman and Allison Stowell to bring this issue front and center, VID has formed an enthusiastic Committee to spearhead this initiative.
The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee focused on a bipartisan bill called the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require background checks for all firearm sales and most firearm transfers. It has 230 House co-sponsors, including five Republicans.
Despite the obvious need to address the source of gun violence, Congress, for too long, has done virtually nothing. But now, we begin a new chapter,” said Judiciary Committee Chair, Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat. Reuters, Feb. 6, 2019
Held at the LGBT Center on West 13th St, the Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019 attracted hundreds of activist voters with no shortage of questions to ask of the candidates. And, the well-credentialed roster was certainly up for the task. VID endorsed Benjamin Yee for Public Advocate, in a members-only meeting following the Forum.
The candidates included, in order of appearance, Jared Rich, an Attorney; Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and watchdog journalist; Raphael Espinal, NYC Council; Danny O’Donnell, member of the NYS Assembly; Dawn Smalls, an Attorney; Daniel Christmann, business owner; Ron Kim, member of the NYS Assembly; David Eisenbach, a history professor at Columbia University; Benjamin Yee, activist and State Committee member; Jumaane Williams, NYC Council; Theo Chino, businessman; Ofeoma Ike, activist, former deputy executive director of the de Blasio administration’s Young Men’s Initiative; Sami Desu, journalist turned activist; Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Speaker of the NYC Council; Latrice Walker, member of the NYS Assembly; Michael Blake, Member of the NYS Assembly and Ydanis Rodriguez, NY City Council.
VID is co-sponsoring another Downtown Public Advocates Forum with Grand Street Democrats on January 29th at 6:00pm at the Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway. Make your reservation.
With so many currently elected leaders vying for the post, there could be more run-off elections to follow. “Depending on the outcome of the February election we could have another — or possibly two other — special elections in 2019 as well,” said Amy Loprest, Executive Director of New York City’s Campaign Finance Board. The February 26th run-off election will be followed by an off-cycle primary in September, and a general election in November. That’s three elections all in 2019. And that’s the minimum. WNYC has a podcast on the subject.
Also appearing at the Forum were NYS Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Richard Gottleib who filled a pause while some candidates were arriving with updates on this year’s Assembly agenda.
The co-sponsoring clubs were Village Independent Democrats, Grammercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, Grand Street Dems, Hells Kitchen Dems, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Samual J. Tilden Democratic Club, Downtown Independent Democrats, Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and the Stonewall Democratic Club.
You can learn more about VID’s endorsed candidate, Benjamin Yee HERE.