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Tenant Advocates Join Democratic Clubs In Supporting Mark Levine

Tenant Advocates Join Democratic Clubs In Supporting Mark Levine

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Mark Levine has earned endorsements from a tenant political action committee and six Democratic political clubs throughout District 7 in his bid for a second term. Levine is facing off against two Democratic challengers for his Council seat, in which he represents the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, West […]

Garodnick’s Would-Be Successors Courting the Political Clubs

Garodnick’s Would-Be Successors Courting the Political Clubs

BY JACKSON CHEN | Competition for the City Council District 4 seat that is being vacated after this fall’s election has attracted more than half a million dollars in fundraising spread across a dozen eager candidates. With the district represented since 2006 by Dan Garodnick, who now faces term limits, those vying to succeed him […]

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | Jimmy Breslin, who died March 19 at 88, was the greatest newspaper columnist in New York at a time when as top columnist for the Daily News, he could command half a million dollars a year and the tabloids he wrote for had immense power. Those days are over for newspapers, […]

De Blasio, His Commissioners Queried Across the Board by West Siders

De Blasio, His Commissioners Queried Across the Board by West Siders

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Mayor Bill de Blasio answered dozens of questions from New Yorkers during two hours of Q&A at a West Side town hall on March 15. Anyone could ask the mayor whatever they wished, and the crowd who turned out at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies on West 17th Street pressed […]

Councilmembers Endorse $25 Million for Institutions Targeted by Hate

Councilmembers Endorse $25 Million for Institutions Targeted by Hate

BY JACKSON CHEN | In response to the recent rise of hate crimes in New York City, two city councilmembers are proposing a $25 million fund for security grants to cultural institutions and community centers. Upper West Side Councilmember Mark Levine and Queens Councilmember Rory Lancman together announced the initiative outside City Hall on March […]

Taking on Incumbent, Mel Wymore Again Tosses Hat into District 6 Ring

Taking on Incumbent, Mel Wymore Again Tosses Hat into District 6 Ring

BY JACKSON CHEN | Mel Wymore is taking a second shot at making history as the City Council’s first out transgender member, announcing his campaign for Council District 6 on March 16. But first, he would have to survive a second round against the seat’s incumbent, Helen Rosenthal. Wymore, 55, first faced off against the […]

Midtown Rezoning Wins Borough Nod –– Except from Community Boards

Midtown Rezoning Wins Borough Nod –– Except from Community Boards

BY JACKSON CHEN | A majority of the Manhattan Borough Board – composed of the borough president, its city councilmembers, and community board chairs – approved the Department of City Planning’s Midtown East rezoning plan on March 16, but noted the action comes while the plan is still in the middle of an evolving review process. […]

Tenant Harassment Takes Center Stage

Tenant Harassment Takes Center Stage

BY JOAQUIN COTLER | More than 100 people — tenants, representatives of community and legal advocacy organizations, and elected officials — rallied on City Hall’s steps on the morning of February 23 calling on the City Council to pass a package of bills intended to curb what is often referred to “construction-as-harassment” on the part of […]

Stand For Tenant Safety –– The Specifics

Stand For Tenant Safety –– The Specifics

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The following 12 bills, currently before the City Council, are aimed at improving oversight of building construction and renovation by landlords to prevent them from using that to harass tenants out of their homes. The measures, first introduced in 2015, are sponsored by 11 councilmembers and supported by Stand for Tenant Safety […]

Senator Bill Perkins Comes Home to the Council

Senator Bill Perkins Comes Home to the Council

BY JACKSON CHEN | State Senator Bill Perkins will be returning to the City Council after securing victory on February 14 in a nine-candidate special election for Council District 9. Earning a plurality at 33.64 percent of the vote, Perkins won 3,750 votes, according to unofficial numbers from the city’s Board of Election, for the […]

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