Aug 212019
 
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 Roskoff, Co-Chair, Candles for Clemency and President, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; and Kathy Slawinski, Recording Secretary, Village Independent Democrats. Sponsors (in formation): Coalition for a District Alternative, Downtown Independent, Democrats, Gramercy-Stuvesant Independent Democrats, Hell’s Kitchen Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, United Democratic Organization, Village Independent Democrats. For […]

Mar 272019
 
March 14th General Meeting

March 14th General Meeting Introduces Five Resolutions …and Hears Six Speakers President David Siffert opened the March 14th General Meeting with a reminder that Primary petitions must be turned in by March 28.  He also noted the Assembly must be urged to adopt public financing of elections, and mentioned that there was a push to primary certain Assembly members.  He spoke of the article in the Villager about Jen Hoppe’s candidacy as District Leader and the party honoring Keen Berger’s fourteen year legacy in that office.  He mentioned the elected officials present at Keen’s party, including Jerry Nadler, Deborah Glick, Brad Hoylman, Scott Stringer, and Carolyn Maloney.   Keen gave her report, saying she was stunned at how happy everyone was with her, and stating the electeds know VID is an important club because we have petitioned for them all.  She said instead of getting a golden parachute, she received a […]

Mar 032019
 
Feb 14th General Meeting

The Feb 14 General Meeting Passed two Resolutions, Endorsed Two Judicial Candidates, Endorsed Candidate for Female District Leader for the 65th AD and Elected Judicial Delegates. Whew! An epic Feb 14th General Meeting began with VID President David Siffert addressing Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget rule affecting grassroots organizations, requiring anyone giving over $500 to register as a lobbyist.  He said we needed to be together and organized, and mentioned that Deborah Glick and Brad Hoylman were against it, and we needed to work with Deborah. David introduced the Resolution in Support of Public Financing of Elections, which passed 26 in favor and 4 against, with one small amendment. Voted a second time, there were 35 in favor and one abstention. This was followed by general discussion of the much longer Statement of Legislative Priorities, each of whose Parts passed, with amendments.  The vote was Part I, 18 in favor, no […]

Feb 222019
 

Let the Endorsements Begin… We’d like to congratulate VID’s endorsed candidates: Robert Rosenthal and Ashlee Crawford for Civil Court Judge, Jennifer Hoppe for Female District Leader, Jennifer Hoppe, Allison Stowell, Irene Kaufman, Jonathan Geballe, and Judith Jacobson for Judicial Delegates, and Elissa Stein, Karla Moskowitz, Kathy Slawinski, Ed Yutkowitz, and Lois Rakoff for Judicial Alternates. In addition to the elections, VID passed two resolutions.   The first was in support of public financing of elections and can be found here. The second outlined our legislative priorities for the year.  It is quite long, and can be found here (as amended).