VID Celebrated a Progressive 2019

VID Celebrated a Progressive 2019.  And the Elation Was Tangible.

VID Celebrated a Progressive New Year_Jerrold Nadler

Village Independent Democrats celebrate 2018 with hoards of friends and elected leaders

For 2018 VID Celebrated a 2019 on December 9th thanks to our venerable host, Frieda Bradlow and Son, Robert Bradlow.  The highlight was a visit by Congresssman Jerrold Nadler, soon to be Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, who, in spite of an intensive media schedule, chose to share candid insights with his loyal VID constituency. 

Among other notables intent on the VID celebration were:  

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Councilmember Brad Lander, Councilmember Mark Levine, Judge Frank Nervo, Judge Carol Feinman, Judge Melissa Crane, Judge Wendy Li, Judge Alexander Tisch, Judge Jennifer Schecter, Judge Louis Nock, Judge Grace Park, Susan Dess, Judicial Candidate, Kim Parker, Judicial Candidate.  Executive and members from other NYC political clubs were also in attendance:  Allen Roskoff, President Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; Michael Schreiber, Past President Chelsea Reform Democratic Club; Jeanne Wilcke, past President Downtown Independent Democrats.  The conversations were jubilant and incisive.

Here’s the slideshow:

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Clean Energy Gets the Spotlight at April Meeting

Clean Energy

Nancy Anderson, Samara Swanston, Lisa DiCaprio and moderator Frieda Bradlow

April General Membership Meeting Features a Forum on Clean Energy

Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 PM-St.John’s Lutheran Church-Meeting Room-83 Christopher St

 
Agenda:
1- District Leader Report– Keen Berger,
2- Committee Reports3- Forum- “The Power to Change: Clean Energy and the Future of New York City”  

 Samara F. Swanston– Legislative counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council, an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School for Urban Planning and the Environment, and an Adjunct Professor at the Hunter College Graduate School for Urban Affairs and Planning.

Lisa DiCaprio– Associate Director of Curriculum, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Sciences-Paul McGhee Division New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Nancy Anderson- Executive Director of the Sallan Foundation.  The mission of the Sallan Foundation is advancing useful knowledge for greener cities.

The presentation will be 30-minutes followed by a question an answer period.

4- Resolution:
a- Resolution urging the NYC Council to pass a resolution urging NYC pension board to divest its pension funds from the fossil fuel industry-Frieda Bradlow

5- New Business

Affordable Housing Forum

Forum Speakers Offer Specifics to Increase Affordable Housing in NYC

By Marlene Nadle, VID Housing Committee Chair 

Affordable Housing Forum

Marlene Nadle, VID Housing Committee Chair

“The conventional wisdom that the city can’t do anything about affordable housing is destructive, demoralizing, and legally wrong,” said tenant attorney Seth Miller. He was one of the speakers at a February affordable housing panel and film cosponsored by the Village Independent Democrats and Judson Memorial Church . The program was organized by VID Housing Chair, Marlene Nadle. Miller proposed a number of actions addressing affordable housing that could be carried out by the City Council and didn’t need Albany’s approval. They include:

  • Pass an ordinance penalizing the warehousing of apartments.
  • Pass an ordinance prohibiting the reduction of apartment units in a building and the demolition of units in a building, or only allow it if the units are replaced by affordable apartments that are offered to the displaced tenants.
  • Devote any property taken in tax foreclosure to affordable housing and stop selling tax liens.
  • Pass an ordinance tightening the enforcement of the J-51 tax abatement given to developers.
  • Change the formula for setting first rents in 421-a and other city-subsidized apartments.

Tom Angotti, a professor of urban planning at Hunter College, also added things to do to get more affordable housing that didn’t depend on the state. His suggestions, like all of the panelists suggestions, began to correct the former housing policies described in the screened film, The Vanishing City, produced by Fiore DeRosa and Jen Senko.

Affordable Housing panelists

Seth Miller, Moses Gates and Tom Angotti

Angotti’s proposals:

  •  All housing subsidized with public funds should be made permanently affordable by using land trusts and regulatory agreements.
  • Demand the city change the way it defines affordable by basing it on neighborhood median income instead of the median income for the entire metropolitan region.
  • The city should increase taxes on habitable housing left vacant for more than a year and expropriate housing vacant for more than two years.
  • Demand changes to the City Charter to give community Boards the power and resources to make major decisions on land use and infrastructure.
  • Demand an end to the public give aways to developers by doing away with J-51 and 421-a.

Moses Gates, a policy planner at the Association of Neighborhood and Community Development, supported most of these proposals. He suggested another way to get around the state was to go to the Federal level and push to have the Housing Trust funded and to get the HUD office to initiate public/private development of affordable housing. Gates also stressed the need to form alliances on housing issues with people like Public Advocate, Tish James,  City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark Viverito, and the Chair of the Council’s Housing Committee, Jumaane Williams. There was a shared feeling that DeBlasio’s plan to build 200,000 new units was not sufficient. “Bloomberg built 165,000 units of affordable housing, but lost more affordable units than that,” Angotti said.

The same thing is likely to happen with the DeBlasio plan if 200,000 units are built without incorporating any of the other changes the panelists suggested.

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Related Reference: RoofLines, the Shelterforce Blog, Feb. 7, 2014, Home Rule and Rent Stabilization

 

VID Elected 2014 Officers

VID Elected 2014 OfficersAt the January 9, 2014 meeting, VID elected 2014 officers…

after a stimulating and thorough forum led by Kate Press, Deputy National Field Director for J Street on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue, club members nominated and elected the remaining Officers and Executive Committee members for 2014. 

VID elected 2014 officers include:

Anthony Hoffmann, President
Nat Johnson, Vice President
Irene Kaufman, Vice President
Katharine  Wolpe, Vice President
Linda Jacobson, Treasurer
Kathy  Slawinski, Recording Secretary
Alexander Meadows, Corresponding Secretary
Ed Yutkowitz, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee

Keen Berger, District Leader
Jonathan Geballe, Past President
Peter Crosta, Chair Campaign Committee
Frieda Bradlow
Georgina Christ
Tom Conner
Josh DuBoff
Jim Fouratt
Anne Heaney
Nadine Hoffmann
Ron Illardo
Ann Kjellberg
Jackie Manuel
Ellen Peterson-Lewis
Alec  Pruchnicki
Charles Stimson
Celia Wu
Annette Zaner

View a slideshow of the meeting on the Photo Gallery page.