Tom Connor

VID Member Tom Connor Dead at 88

VID Has Lost Another Treasure – Tom Connor Tom Connor, longtime member of VID and of The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club passed-away on Thursday, August 6th.  A 20-year member of Greenwich House, Center on the Square, and its Advisory Council President for 15 years, Tom also served as a Board Member on Community Board 2 Manhattan and on numerous Committees.  He was known for his focus on the disabled and senior communities, and in most cases an expert on those issues.  His passing follows that of Yvonne Sherwell and Ellen Peterson-Lewis this year. The Activist Tom Connor had many friends […]

The Path to Freedom: Decarceration in Trump’s America

Decarceration Forum Join us in discussing how to reduce the number of people incarcerated in our prisons. Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:00pm to 6:00pm (Doors at 2:30pm) Elisabeth Irwin High School, 40 Charlton Street Free with RSVP: https://forms.gle/aij3VUGBkn6HEUjg9 FB: Link https://www.facebook.com/events/2406488353010838/ A panel discussion with: Moderator: Justice (ret.) Emily Jane Goodman Hon. Helen Rosenthal, Councilmember, 6th District Mark Shervington, Statewide Community Organizer, Release Aging People from Prison Lucy Lang, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Tina Luongo, Attorney-In-Charge, Legal Aid NYC Criminal Defense Practice Introductory remarks by David Siffert, President, Village Independent Democrats; Allen […]

Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019

The Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019 Featured 17 Candidates and Nine Clubs Held at the LGBT Center on West 13th St, the Public Advocate Candidates Forum 2019 attracted hundreds of activist voters with no shortage of questions to ask of the candidates.  And, the well-credentialed roster was certainly up for the task.  VID endorsed Benjamin Yee for Public Advocate, in a members-only meeting following the Forum. Candidates The candidates included, in order of appearance, Jared Rich, an Attorney;  Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and watchdog journalist; Raphael Espinal, NYC Council;  Danny O’Donnell, member of the NYS Assembly;  Dawn Smalls, an Attorney; Daniel Christmann, business […]

UPDATE: Candidates Night Round 2

Candidates Night Round 2 features Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, District Attorney and Manhattan Borough President Candidates On Tuesday, May 2nd Candidates Night Round 2 will occur at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. beginning at 6:30 PM. Co-Sponsored by Village Independent Democrats, The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Village Reform Democrats, CODA, Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and DID this forum follows the very successful first round which included candidates for City Council. Candidates Attending: Mayoral Candidates Sal Albanese Bill De Blasio Robert Gangi Michael Tolkin Public Advocate David C. Eisenbach Leticia James NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Manhattan Borough President Gale […]