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UWS Criminal Justice Reformer Takes on Mayor from the Left

UWS Criminal Justice Reformer Takes on Mayor from the Left

BY NATHAN RILEY | Despite continued criticism of Bill de Blasio from police unions and other law and order advocates — his skipping the July 8 South Bronx vigil for slain Police Officer Miosotis Familia because of his presence at G20 Summit protests in Hamburg being only the most recent occasion — disappointment on the left […]

With July 22 Deadline, Scramble to Restore Trans Seniors to Key Fed Survey

With July 22 Deadline, Scramble to Restore Trans Seniors to Key Fed Survey

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With less than a month left before the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) closes the window on public comment, advocates for LGBTQ seniors are claiming partial victory against the Trump administration’s original plan to “erase” the community’s elders from an annual government survey of older Americans. According to […]

Manhattan Pride March Takes on Bolder Political Hues

Manhattan Pride March Takes on Bolder Political Hues

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  A dozen queer activists were arrested during New York City’s Pride March as they protested the presence of police and corporate sponsors in the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked the modern LGBTQ rights movement’s start. “To the police — You cannot mass incarcerate us, brutalize us, murder […]

LGBTQ Job, Housing, Safety Disparities in Stringer Survey

LGBTQ Job, Housing, Safety Disparities in Stringer Survey

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A survey of LGBTQ residents of New York recently completed by City Comptroller Scott Stringer points to clear disparities in employment and housing opportunities, food security, and public safety that respondents experience due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. And despite one score in which the LGBTQ community seems […]

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Legislators aiming to relax New York’s unusually stringent statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors remain hopeful that, with the State Assembly already having taken action, the State Senate could yet follow suit before the session ends next week. According to out gay West Side Senator Brad Hoylman, “The Governor’s office […]

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 […]

Brian Benjamin Big Winner in West Side Senate Race

Brian Benjamin Big Winner in West Side Senate Race

BY JACKSON CHEN | Brian Benjamin, the Democratic Party’s candidate for State Senate District 30, won easily in the special election held on May 23. Benjamin, a real estate developer and chair of Community Board 10, is looking to build on his years of community service in filling the seat vacated by Bill Perkins, who […]

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the deadline approaches for victims of sexual abuse by local priests to file claims under a special fund established by the Archdiocese of New York, legislators in Albany looking to provide more broad-based relief to survivors are scrambling to move bills through the State Senate and Assembly in advance of […]

Faced With Trump, Schneiderman Champions “Rule of Law”

Faced With Trump, Schneiderman Champions “Rule of Law”

BY JACKSON CHEN | Seeking answers for many actions coming out of the new administration in Washington that they see as questionable, some 300 Manhattanites showed up last week at the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown to hear the State Attorney General weigh in. On May 24, East Side State Senator Liz Krueger hosted a “State […]

De Blasio, Cuomo Close Ranks Behind Benjamin in State Senate Race

De Blasio, Cuomo Close Ranks Behind Benjamin in State Senate Race

BY JACKSON CHEN | Brian Benjamin, the Democratic Party’s candidate for State Senate District 30, has secured Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s endorsements with just days left before the special election on May 23. Benjamin, a real estate developer and chair of Community Board 10, is looking to build on his years […]

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