Summary of VID’s General Meeting Minutes of November 2013.
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President Tony Hoffman opened the meeting with the announcement of the passing away of Nan Robinson. He also spoke about the meeting held the evening before by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation re: the air rights bill signed by Governor Cuomo last night, of which VID was one of the co-sponsors, along with the VRDC and 22 other organizations. See posting
The next general membership meeting will be on December 12 and will cover the elections for President and three Vice Presidents.
On November 2, there was a protest against the Spectra pipeline, during which Corey Johnson and Nancy Shamban were arrested. Other VID members also attended, along with several local politicians. See posting.
Allen Shulkin delivered a report in which he introduced himself to the VID. He stressed that he has been active since 1979 and that he intends to join the VID. He wants to help the VID and speaks to Corey regularly. He hopes to make the state committee more democratic and to strengthen the influence of the reform caucus.
Keen Berger made a report on the state of elections and poll workers, and the fact that there were many problems. She will be sending copies of her observations to five local officials who have some authority over this arena. It was suggested that this report should be posted on the club website, and Tony agreed. See posting.
Keen stated her other goals of addressing affordable housing and improved schools, and how the new mayor would affect these issues.
Tom Connor spoke about the bus situation in the neighborhood, and how seniors need help in transportation.
Marti Speranza spoke of how she wanted to make the club responsive to local issues through a Community Affairs Committee. She was given many suggestions on how to accomplish this by the membership.
Nadine Hoffman addressed the holiday party–she is organizing food donations for this event. She also spoke of the upcoming Gala and possibly organizing events at local bars designed to attract new members.
The Forum on Affordable Housing was conducted by Moses Gates, director of Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP) and Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, and Ted Houghton, executive director of the Supportive Housing Network and co-chair of Housing First! See posting
- John Bredin spoke of bringing Richard Wolf to VID for a talk.
- Alex Meadows announced that the meat-packing district wants to form a BID.
- Marlene Nadle suggested making a list of important items to bring to the attention of the new mayor. Tony will bring this suggestion to the executive committee.