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Village Independent Democrats holiday party draws Chuck Schumer and local pols

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Members of the Village Independent Democrats were joined by an impressive array of local politicians at the club’s annual holiday party on Sun., Dec. 8.

As usual, the venue was Frieda Bradlow’s Charlton St. townhouse, with Bradlow and her son Robert hosting the affair.

Among the political VIP’s in attendance were U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmembers Carlina Rivera and Brad Lander, and Erik Bottcher, representing Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Village District Leader Arthur Schwartz.

Tony Hoffmann snaps a group shot, with Senator Chuck Schumer in the middle, flanked by Robert and Frieda Bradlow. To the right of Schumer are V.I.D. President David Siffert, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Borough President Gale Brewer. To the left of Robert Bradlow are former District Leader Keen Berger and current District Leader Jennifer Hoppe. (Photo by Zella Jones)

V.I.D. will weigh in on the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday evening, when the club will vote on whether to back one of the candidates. However, several club members told The Village Sun there definitely is a strong sentiment within V.I.D. for a vote of “no endorsement.”

“It’s too early,” shrugged former club president Tony Hoffmann, on the idea of endorsing a candidate. Who knows who’ll still be in the running later down the line, he noted, adding that some people are still jumping into the race.

At the V.I.D. holiday party, from left, Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmember Carlina Rivera, V.I.D. President David Siffert, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Assemblymember Deborah Glick. (Photo by Zella Jones)

New York’s primary is scheduled for Tues., April 28, 2020.

Asked by The Village Sun if he thought Hillary Clinton really plans to throw her hat in the ring, Hoffmann, a former Village district leader, said he doesn’t think so.

“Some people just like to be in the conversation,” he noted, with a smile.

From left, Senator Chuck Schumber, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Borough President Gale Brewer at the V.I.D. holiday confab. (Photo by Sharon Woolums)
V.I.D. veteran Frieda Bradlow relaxes in her living room after the holiday party. (Photo by Sharon Woolums)

As for Frieda Bradlow, she expressed disappointment with the crop of current candidates. Asked who she was supporting at this moment, she answered, “Baaahh! None of them!”

Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that former City Comptroller John Liu was at the party.

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