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IDC Issue Animates UWS State Senate Primary

IDC Issue Animates UWS State Senate Primary

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | In next Thursday’s Democratic primary, State Senator Marisol Alcántara and former City Councilmember Robert Jackson will face off for the second time — but the political dynamics in New York have changed a lot since their first encounter in 2016. This year, party activists as well as many mainstream Democrats, fired […]

Cuomo Pressured to End Overdoses

Cuomo Pressured to End Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | At its largest demonstration ever, End Overdose NY tried to shame Governor Andrew Cuomo into introducing comprehensive changes that will bring down the number of opioid-related deaths. The protestors from the harm reduction community who support a public health approach dramatized their criticism by marching from the New York City morgue […]

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A long-promised 16-story, 100-percent affordable apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen could instead become a development of 30 to 50 stories with a majority of the units offered at market rate, according to four plans that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office proposed to local elected officials earlier this month. A plan to build […]

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

BY NATHAN RILEY | Public officials in the city and state should suspend marijuana enforcement until Albany resolves the pressing question of legalization. A new consensus is gaining momentum that the risks of marijuana can be controlled by public health measures. At its recent State Convention, New York State Democrats supported legal adult sales of recreational […]

City Greenlights Sutton Place Megatower

City Greenlights Sutton Place Megatower

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A city agency has given the go-ahead to developers building a 64-story tower on the Upper East Side. The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) decision arrives after years of advocacy against the tower — including a community-based rezoning effort led by the East River 50s Alliance (ERFA) in an attempt to […]

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

BY NATHAN RILEY | While Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio dance around harm reduction measures to reduce the record-high number of overdose deaths, Cynthia Nixon is embracing Safer Consumption Spaces at events in the city and upstate. Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger unequivocally supports allowing users to inject in health care facilities where overdose […]

Department of Buildings Conference Cites Risk Reduction as “Moral Imperative”

Department of Buildings Conference Cites Risk Reduction as “Moral Imperative”

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Twelve construction workers died in 2017, a fatality number that has remained the same for the last three years. “The 12 fatalities are unacceptable,” said Timothy Hogan, the city Department of Buildings’ deputy commissioner for enforcement. He was speaking to more than 350 building professionals at the DOB’s eighth annual Build […]

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Amidst LPC Rules Change Fight, Chief Resigns

Amidst LPC Rules Change Fight, Chief Resigns

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | When Meenakshi Srinivasan announced on April 19 that she would be resigning as chairperson of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the timing struck many as peculiar. Less than a month earlier, a public hearing at LPC over a proposed rules change for the agency was standing room only, and the overwhelming majority […]

Lesbians Locked in a ‘Qualifying’ Round

Lesbians Locked in a ‘Qualifying’ Round

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even among the 40 percent of New York State voters who say they know who Cynthia Nixon is, much of that recognition comes from her long-running role as Miranda Hobbes in the “Sex and the City” TV and film franchise. Theater aficionados will be familiar with her substantial body of work on […]

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