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, […]

Seven Congressional Candidates at February Meeting

VID’s February Meeting Spotlighted Seven Congressional Candidates, Two Were Endorsed   Full Meeting Minutes Here With seven congressional candidates in the wings, President David Siffert began his February Meeting President’s Report with some announcements:  A special meeting on February 18 to interview and endorse Civil Court Judges for District 1 and county-wide February 20 VID will hold a Budget Justice Town Hall to discuss the necessity of raising taxes on the wealthy in order to preserve certain social programs, and the possible effects of the Governor’s arbitrary 2% spending cap   Petitioning starts February 25 A petitioning kickoff breakfast will be on […]

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 […]

Judicial Delegates

New York State has many different trial courts, most of which hear a specific type of case: civil court, criminal court, family court, housing court, etc. However, the trial court of “general jurisdiction” — the court that can hear any type of case and also the most important trial court in New York State — is called Supreme Court. Note: In most states, and in the Federal system, the Supreme Court is the highest appeals court. Not so in New York, where the highest appeals court is called the Court of Appeals. Judges of New York’s many different courts get selected […]