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East Siders Jam Forum on Proposed Constitutional Convention

East Siders Jam Forum on Proposed Constitutional Convention

BY LEVAR ALONZO | State Senator Liz Krueger, Citizen Action of New York, the Legal Aid Society, and the Lexington Democratic Club, along with other Upper East Side Democratic clubs, co-sponsored a Sept. 14 forum on the proposal to hold a state constitutional convention. Area residents packed the All Souls Church at 1157 Lexington Ave. […]

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s election provoked waves of revulsion all over New York City. In Hell’s Kitchen, a full-time drag performer, realizing his rights would be under attack, sought advice from a politically connected friend — City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who suggested he join a political club. Following up on that suggestion, Marti […]

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

BY LEVAR ALONZO | A clear winner emerged from a crowded field of nine Democrats vying in last week’s primary for the District 4 City Council seat. Keith Powers, a third-generation resident of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, easily topped the field, winning more than 41 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the […]

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbent District 6 City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal easily surmounted challenges from her 2013 runner-up, Mel Wymore, and Dr. Cary Goodman to win renomination in last week’s Democratic primary. Rosenthal captured just under 65 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for Wymore and four percent for Goodman. Wymore, a longtime member […]

Anti-Trump Resisters Flood Grand Central on Eve of UN Speech

Anti-Trump Resisters Flood Grand Central on Eve of UN Speech

With President Donald Trump, back in New York for only the third time since taking office in January, set to deliver an address to the United Nations General Assembly the following day, hundreds of demonstrators affiliated with Rise and Resist protested inside Grand Central Terminal during rush hour on September 18. The protest’s theme was […]

Dance Dance Evolution? Cabaret Law Could Waltz Into History

Dance Dance Evolution? Cabaret Law Could Waltz Into History

BY LAUREN GILL | Mayor Bill de Blasio supports the repeal of an archaic law that bans dancing in establishments that do not have a special, hard-to-get license as long as those clubs and bars enact certain basic security measures, a rep announced at a Thurs., Sept. 14 City Hall hearing on the statute. “The […]

Nine Democrats in the Hunt for Garodnick’s Council Seat

Nine Democrats in the Hunt for Garodnick’s Council Seat

BY LEVAR ALONZO | A crowded field of nine Democratic candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds and experience — from seasoned insiders to political newcomers — are vying for the open District 4 City Council seat. With just a week left before September 12 primary, it’s time for voters from Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, East […]

Albanese Counts on Debates to Break Through

Albanese Counts on Debates to Break Through

BY JULIANNE CUBA AND PAUL SCHINDLER | Sal Albanese, who earned a reputation as a maverick during his 16 years representing Bay Ridge on the City Council in the 1980s and ‘90s, is making another run for mayor, after a strong third place finish in the 1997 Democratic primary, an abandoned campaign in 2001, and […]

LGBT for Bdb Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

LGBT for Bdb Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In August 2013, as Bill de Blasio was just starting his meteoric rise from the back of the pack to a smashing victory in that year’s Democratic mayoral primary, an energized crowd of LGBTQ supporters turned out for a fundraiser at the Cutting Room on E. 32nd St. headlined by many gay […]

Direct Action in Defense of Dreamers

Direct Action in Defense of Dreamers

BY PAUL SCHINDLER WITH PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On September 5, after a week of dreaded anticipation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime hardliner on immigration issues, announced that the Trump administration has “rescinded” President Barack Obama’s policy protecting from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Sessions’ announcement, made without […]

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