May 14th General Membership Meeting Agenda

VID General Membership Meeting St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex 83 Christopher St. Thursday May 14, 2015 6:30 PM UPDATE:  MINUTES Our May 14th General Membership Meeting has a pretty full agenda.  In addition to Club business we will be hosting an important discussion on Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure, as well as presentations from and endorsements of Civil Court and District Leader candidates.  Following is the agenda: I.  President’s Report II.  District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger III. Special Forum: Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Nat Johnson–Organizer Panelists:  Clare Donohue, Sane Energy Project Eric Weltman,  Food & Water Watch in New York Ling Tsou, […]

Halting the Flow of Gas Pipeline Infrastructure in NYS

Village Independent Democrats will hold a forum on halting the advance of gas pipeline infrastructure which threatens health, environment and economic life of New York State.   The forum will take place on May 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. (just west of Seventh Avenue).  The public is invited.  Admission is free. “The gas industry wants to expand the natural gas infrastructure in New York State to maximize its ability to export natural gas to more profitable overseas markets,” says Nat Johnson, organizer of the forum.  “We have to develop stronger regulatory protocols […]

Four Letters and a Resolution

Four letters and a resolution were approved at the February 12th General Meeting. The membership approved letters, submitted by  VID President Nadine Hoffmann and introduced by Ed Yutkowitz, to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives Nadler and Maloney in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s impending address to Congress.  The opening reads: We are disheartened that House Speaker John Boehner has breached protocol by inviting Mr. Netanyahu to address Congress just before Israel’s elections and without consultation with the White House.  Further, having the leader of a foreign government attempt to influence a Congressional vote is offensive and dangerous. You can read […]

Feb 12th Meeting Features Forum on Rent Regulations

UPDATE:  VID’s Feb. 12th meeting spotlighted a report from Councilmember Corey Johnson and a Forum on Rent Regulations Councilmember Corey Johnson reported on his past year in the Council and what he looks forward to in 2015. Marlene Nadle, Chair of VID’s Housing Committee added timely discussion, via a special guest speaker from Met Council on Housing, on this year’s legislative debates in a Forum on Rent Regulation. New York State’s rent protection laws expire in less than five months, on June 15. They almost certainly will be renewed. The question is how they might be amended by the state legislature […]