On Thursday, January 8, the Village IndependentDemocrats (VID) held theirmonthly meeting. There were brief reportsfrom newly elected president Nadine Hoffmanand Democratic district leader KeenBerger. This was followed by elections forclub positions and a new executive board. Frieda Bradlow and Ellen Peterson were elected as co-treasurers, Kathy Slawinski as recording secretary, and Ed Yutkowitz and Jonathan Geballe as corresponding secretaries.
City Council member Corey Johnsonsent his newly appointed Chief of Staff Eric Bottcher to give a reporton a variety of political issues.This was followed by a forum onthe proposed Pier 55 construction. Rick Caccapolo, chair of Community Board 2 Parks Committee, SusanAaron, representing Friends of HudsonRiver Park, and Kate Horton,an independent theatrical producer,discussed the proposal in generallypositive terms. There were numerousquestions from club members alongwith a consensus that many more discussions would be taking place as this proposal progresses.
A resolution proposed by Tom Connor which expressed disappointment at Governor Cuomo’s rejection of a free medical clinic run by the Remote Area Medical organization was passed. Jonathan Geballe offered the governor a letter of support for the recent decision to ban fracking in New York State, which also passed. Nadine Hoffman informed the club members that the executive committee had sent a letter of sympathy concerning the recent killing of two police officers to local police precincts.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in St. John’s Church on Christopher Street.
Alec Pruchnicki is a member of theexecutive committee of the VID.