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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 […]

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 […]

New York’s Thumbs Down on President’s Homecoming

New York’s Thumbs Down on President’s Homecoming

BY JACKSON CHEN | For President Donald Trump’s first homecoming visit to New York City, protestors welcomed him with vocal resistance that flanked him every which way. During his brief May 4 stop in the city, Trump met with Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid to honor the 75th anniversary of a […]

Tenant, Pedestrian Well-Being Dominate UWS Town Hall

Tenant, Pedestrian Well-Being Dominate UWS Town Hall

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and a panel of city agency representatives fielded concerns and worries raised by Upper West Siders during a town hall meeting on April 25. With topics flooding in from online submissions as well as from audience members, Rosenthal at times joined the criticism of city agencies and […]

For Resilient Candidate, Reform Begins at Home — and in the Bedroom

For Resilient Candidate, Reform Begins at Home — and in the Bedroom

BY JACKSON CHEN | An Upper Manhattan community activist — running what is something of his umpteenth race for office — has now set his sights on the State Senate’s District 30. Ruben Dario Vargas, 65, said he intends to to bring up issues that he sees as unaddressed in the district, which covers parts […]

Lopez-Pierre Faces Call for Party Ouster, Admits Scamming and Lying

Lopez-Pierre Faces Call for Party Ouster, Admits Scamming and Lying

BY JACKSON CHEN | Brooklyn City Councilmember David Greenfield, citing repeated anti-Semitic statements by Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a Democratic primary candidate for the District 7 Council seat, has called on the Manhattan Democratic Committee to remove him from the party’s rolls. Lopez-Pierre, meanwhile, has compounded controversies surrounding his attacks on the Jewish community and other race-baiting […]

A Third Candidate, With Striking Ties, Joins District 7 Council Race

A Third Candidate, With Striking Ties, Joins District 7 Council Race

BY JACKSON CHEN | A political newcomer could turn the City Council District 7 election this year into a three-way race, with incumbent Councilmember Mark Levine already being challenged by Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a candidate who has used anti-Semitic and race-baiting language as part of his campaign. In a district that covers Manhattan’s West Side from […]

Divisive Voice Reemerges in West Side Council Race

Divisive Voice Reemerges in West Side Council Race

BY JACKSON CHEN | A radical challenger who has repeatedly employed racially-fueled and demeaning rhetoric to stoke resentment against the Jewish community has once again set his sights on the City Council’s District 7 seat currently occupied by Councilmember Mark Levine. Thomas Lopez-Pierre, 48, who describes himself as “of Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Haitian descent,” […]

Maloney: Despite Trump Transit Cuts, Second Ave Subway Safe

Maloney: Despite Trump Transit Cuts, Second Ave Subway Safe

BY JACKSON CHEN | Despite hailing from the Big Apple himself and touting infrastructure improvement during his campaign, President Donald Trump’s cuts to the federal Department of Transportation’s budget could leave two major New York City projects in the shadows. Trump’s budget blueprint, released on March 16, proposes to squeeze $2.4 billion from the federal […]

Urging Vigilance, a Buoyant Bharara Champions “Facts, Not Falsehoods”

Urging Vigilance, a Buoyant Bharara Champions “Facts, Not Falsehoods”

BY RAINER TURIM | More than 900 people packed the Cooper Union’s Great Hall downtown on April 6 to hear Preet Bharara, the recently axed US attorney for the Southern District of New York. But that crowd figure was in dispute — well, not really, but Bharara couldn’t help but take a poke at the […]

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