VID Endorsements for City-Wide Candidates

At the May 11th meeting, VID endorsements for City-Wide candidates were voted upon after reports from the Voter Outreach, Environment, Affordable Housing and Gala Committees.  

VID Endorsements for City-Wide Candidates_JamesThe VID endorsements for City-Wide candidates followed a highly successful and well-publicized Candidates Night at the LGBT Center on May 2nd [read The Villager’s coverage]and the general meeting’s focus on Club committee work and community issues. 

You can read the full meeting minutes here.

The meeting began with a request from President Erik Coler to the membership to itemize a list of community concerns.  The responses included tax issues, civil rights protections, parks, after school programs, a new bathroom in the Jefferson Market Library.  Also mentioned were bike racks, broken sidewalks, potholes, “curb cut” ramps, less stop and frisk, noisy clubs, mental health care, more mom and pop stores and small business in general.  Also traffic congestion, lack of coordination at construction sites, participatory budgeting, and fair wages for service employees, eliminating tipping.  There was, additionally a big discussion about the coming work on the L train, and how that would affect the neighborhood, along with the need for more benches, elevators and escalators in the MTA.

Laurie Hardjowirogo, chair of the Voter Outreach Committee reported on their work to support Democratic candidates in Republican held Congressional Districts.  CD 19 currently held by John Faso has been a target of their efforts.  John Patrick Maloney’s Town Hall in Faso territory attracted over five hundred people, along with members of the activist group Indivisible.  More of these will be held, with Kirsten Gillebrand, Chris Murphy, and others.  The object is to raise money and attract volunteers to organize voters to overturn such Republican seats.

Nat Johnson’s Environment Committee reported on progress in curbside composting pick-up.  Community Board #2 approved a resolution calling for this type of curb-side pick-up.  He also reported that Deputy Commissioner Bridget Anderson had set goals for recycling, with zero waste going to landfills by 2030.  Single stream recycling is targeted for 2020, but organic compost is contaminated with plastic bags and must be separated.  But, for every ten buildings that commit to curbside composting, the city will send a truck for pickup.  Already StuyTown is committing to organic recycling.  This summer, on July 25, there will be a Food Waste Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center.

VID Endorsements for City-Wide Candidates_galaNadine Hoffman, co chair of the Gala Committee, announced that the event grossed $37,170.00, with over 150 attendees.  Dr. Alec Pruchnicki donated $150 by selling 15 copies of his book for $10 each and donating the money.  

In the Affordable Housing arena, Erik Coler gave an update on the 421a tenants initiative.  You can read about in The Villager.  In early June, he will be going to buildings where units have been illegally destabilized, and advise them to sign onto a lawsuit on a contingency basis.

And the winners of VID City-Wide endorsements were:

Borough President – Gale Brewer
Comptroller – Scott Stringer
Public AdvocateLetitia James
Mayor – Bill DeBlasio

VID Forum on Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

Jonathan Geballe, moderator; Ted Houghton, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network; Moses Gates, Director of Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP); and Marlene Nadle, moderator

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 and Housing Development (ANHD), and Ted Houghton, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network and Co-Chair of Housing First!, a coalition of over 30 advocacy groups reflected on the need for affordable housing and how VID can help the deBlasio administration meet its housing goals.

They covered a range of topics, from the controversial proposal to allow market-rate development on New York City public housing sites to the more arcane features of city, state and federal housing programs and housing tax credits.

V.I.D’s Marlene Nadle and Jonathan Geballe facilitated the program.

“Housing for New York City’s working- and middle-class is in danger of slipping away,” said Geballe. “We support our new mayor‘s vision of a city where people from all walks of  life can live and work for the American dream.  We look forward to working with dedicated advocates like Mr. Gates and Mr. Houghton to preserve the neighborhoods of the city we love.”

You can find more background and information on the topic here:

Real Affordable Housing Evaluation (ANHD Report)

Budget and Policy Initiatives (Supportive Housing Network)

Bloomberg News Coverage of DeBlasio and Affordable Housing issues – Nov. 21, 2013

Nov 5 Countdown

Nov 5th Countdown

Dear VID Members & Friends

Because there actually is an election on November 5th the VID campaign committee has put together a VID campaign to help elect our endorsed candidates.  Below you will find our planned activities.  Please contact either our campaign  chair, Peter Crosta, or Tony Hoffmann, and let us know how you can help.  Thank you.

Subways- 5:00-6:30 PM

Tuesday, 10/22  Sheridan Sq.

Tuesday, 10/29 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Abingdon Sq. Park- 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Saturday, 10/26

Saturday, 11/2

Phone Bank- 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, 10/29- Home of Keen Berger- 130 Jane St. Apt. 1C.  Contact either Nadine Hoffmann or Katherine Slawinski to volunteer

You can also volunteer to do phone banking for the DeBlasio campaign.  Click here
Election Day-Please give us a time and polling site preference

Tuesday, 11/5, Election Day

Tony Hoffman,


Endorsement Meeting, Thursday, May 14, 2009

V.I.D. Endorsement meeting on May 14, 7:30 to 9 P.M. at St. Luke In the Fields School, 487 Hudson St. (betw. Christopher and Grove Sts.). The following New York City offices and candidates will be on the agenda:

New York City Mayor
Tony Avella
William Thompson

New York City Comptroller
Melinda Katz
John Liu
David Weprin
David Yassky

Manhattan D.A.
Richard Aborn
Leslie Crocker Snyder
Cy Vance

Public Advocate
Bill de Blaisio
Eric Gioia
Mark Green
Norman Siegel

City Council Dist#1
Margaret Chin
Alan Gerson
Peter Gleason

City Council Dist#3
Maria Passanante Derr
Yetta Kurland
Christine Quinn