The April 11 General Meeting Celebrated a Birthday, Two Unapposed District Leader Nominations and an Endorsement for Jumaane Williams The April 11th General Meeting also welcomed State Legislators Brad Hoylman and Deborah Glick and heard updates from seven committees. FULL MEETING MINUTES The meeting opened with President David Siffert blowing out the candles on his vegan birthday cupcake–Happy Birthday, Dave! Then the agenda was unanimously adopted. State Legislation Assemblymember Deborah Glick gave a speech on the passage of legislation in the Assembly, including the plastic bag ban, and a panel to determine the details on congestion pricing, with funds going to the MTA. Funding for electronic pollbooks passed, and funding for early voting sites, mostly upstate. Most importantly, some significant criminal justice reform was passed, including measures to ensure speedy trials and bail reform. Unfortunately, the pied-a-terre tax did not pass, but the millionaire tax was extended, and a mansion […]
VID’s Gun Reform Committee joined families, gun prevention advocates, and legislators for the signing of the NYS Red Flag Gun Law. Congratulations to all who fought for it. This is a huge win! Debra Sherman and Allison Stowell co-chair VID’s Gun Reform Committee, whose next meeting is on Tuesday, March 5th from 7-8:30PM at the VID Clubhouse, 26 Perry St.
The January 2019 Meeting Covered Immigrants Rights; a Resolution Covering State Prosecution Notwithstanding a Federal Pardon; Albany Lobbying for the People’s Platform; Officer Elections; Gun Reform; Campaigning and VID’s Environmental Agenda. The January 2019 Membership Meeting opened with new President David Siffert introducing Senate Bill S8236. This bill relates to State prosecution of certain offenses when a Presidential pardon has been granted. It is intended to close any loopholes and dispense with any possible double jeopardy offenses. David asked for a resolution in support of this bill, but Jim Yates, former judge and member of JCOPE, made some objections, saying the bill was overbroad and other versions were being considered. After some discussion, the resolution failed, with 25 against, 3 in favor, and 2 abstentions. Jim provided an alternate resolution: Be it resolved: VID supports carefully crafted legislation that permits state prosecution notwithstanding a federal pardon. This passed overwhelmingly, with 28 in […]