VID Lauds Governor Cuomo for Granting Clemencies

VID praises New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for his end-of-the year decision granting clemencies to more than 100 people.  These included pardons for many youthful offenders convicted of minor crimes, and the commutation of sentences for several elderly prisoners, including Judith Clark. The Governor’s decision was the culmination of years of effort for VID.  New York’s venerable progressive club is a major sponsor of Candles for Clemency, which since 2009 has led a campaign for criminal justice reform.  Prior to last week, clemencies had not been a priority for the Governor.  Club members were among the organizers and participants in […]

VID’s March Meeting

VID’s March Meeting featured reports on the gun violence forum, the Congressional primary, an early voting bill in the NYS legislature and the Algonquin Pipeline.  It ended with Club endorsements for Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. See the full meeting minutes here.  [Revised ] President Nadine Hoffmann opened VID’s March meeting by welcoming Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is up for reelection.  He soon left, as he could not speak at the meeting. She then reported on the March 1 Women’s Issues forum at the Red Room, participated in by VID, DID, CODA, Manhattan Young Dems, and Councilwoman […]

March Membership Meeting Agenda

Here’s the March Membership Meeting Agenda Thursday, March 10, 2016 83 Christopher Street 6:30 PM This meeting must end by 9:45 PM  President’s Report-Nadine Hoffmann District Leader Report- Keen Berger Update on Early Voting Bills- Erik Coler Campaign Committee-Tony Hoffmann:  Petitioning Breakfast–March 12 Update on environmental issues–Nat Johnson Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding tenant issues for Seniors–Tom Connor Update on Clubhouse fix-up–Jonathan Geballe/Nadine Hoffmann Gala Committee–Jen Hoppe Endorsements– Congressional District 10   (Jerry Nadler’s Seat) Congressional District 12  (Carolyn Maloney’s Seat) US Senate– (Charles Schumer’s Seat) US President  Discussion of possible resolution regarding Super Delegates Looking ahead to April, 14, 2016 meeting. Endorsements for: Assembly […]

Candles for Clemency Bring Results

Candles for Clemency from emmanuel fineus on Vimeo. More than 150 Candles for Clemency Lit Up Mt. Kisco on Sept 26th In a departure from his previous policy, Governor Andrew Cuomo is establishing a system to review requests to shorten prison sentences of rehabilitated prisoners. Four days before a planned demonstration near his Westchester County home that had the backing of a wide array of elected officials, the governor called longtime gay activist Allen Roskoff, saying, “I get it. I get it. It will be done.” Cuomo pledged to review requests for clemency from state prisoners. The September 26 demonstration in the […]