Small Business, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Military Sexual Assaults , Filibuster and Campaign Finance Reform

At VID’s December meeting the major topics were Small Business, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sexual Assaults in Military, Filibuster and Campaign Finance Reform   Village Independent Democrats approved one letter and three resolutions at the Dec 12th meeting.  You can read them by clicking below.  Sharon Woolums introduced the resolution on Small Business Jobs Survival Act; Alec Pruchnicki and Ron Illardo presented points in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the resolution.  Club President Tony Hoffmann reviewed the points made in the letter to Sen Reid regarding his recent reform of Senate Filibusters and the Resolution for Sen. Gillibrand favoring her approach in legislation […]

Anti-Fracking and Anti-Spectra Pipeline Events

The Anti-Fracking Crusade VID members and hundreds of New Yorkers have been involved in a number of different Anti-Fracking and Anti-Spectra pipeline events  over the last four weeks.  You can see a slide show here. Protests against Fracking outside Chelsea Piers, October 19 Hundreds of demonstrators,including  members of the Village Independent Democrats, participated in a rally against hydraulic fracking outside of Chelsea Piers.  Governor Cuomo was scheduled to host a luncheon at a restaurant inside the facility but was unable to attend and therefore missed the protest. Protestors also mobilized a pair of boats to face the waterfront venue. October 30 […]

VID Forum on Affordable Housing

Full House for VID Forum on Affordable Housing Village Independent Democrats sponsored a free-wheeling forum, “Opening Doors:  Affordable Housing in the de Blasio Era,” at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, on November 14. The forum was inspired by Mayor-elect de Blasio’s pledge to build 200,000 units of affordable housing and end what he has  termed the “Tale of Two Cities” that currently characterizes New York City:  a few wealthy at the top, and the rest struggling for life’s basics, including housing the working class can afford. Panelists Moses Gates, Director of Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP), Association for Neighborhood […]

VID Co-Sponsors Air Rights Legislation Forum…and signs a post forum letter

   The West Village Air Rights Issue  Simultaneous to the VID-co-sponsored forum questioning the new Air Rights Legislation, Assembly Bill 8031/Senate Bill 5824 is signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  A GVSHP-VID-Air-Rights-Letter drafted by Andrew Berman (GVSHP) was approved this week by VID’s Executive Committee.  It outlines a long list of necessary questions left unanswered by the legislation.  The letter’s goal is to ensure that the allowance for air rights transfers is not, and cannot be, used in a way which would be harmful to our neighborhoods and to efforts to preserve their scale and character. Other organizations supporting the air rights […]