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At Tenants Conference, Knowledge is Empowerment

At Tenants Conference, Knowledge is Empowerment

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Holes in apartment walls, rodents, and mold in buildings where tenants are paying rent on time — the sights seen by Public Advocate Letitia James made for a strong, and appropriately graphic, opening to Dec. 2’s West Side Tenants Conference. James, the producer of New York City’s annual list of 100 […]

New Push On Buses, But Mostly Outside Manhattan

New Push On Buses, But Mostly Outside Manhattan

BY REBECCA FIORE | Even with legislation sponsored by Upper West Side City Councilmember Mark Levine and the creation of a Bus Turnaround Coalition (BTC) aimed at speeding up installation of Transit Signal Priority (TSP) on buses, Manhattan routes are not currently considered top priorities. TSP, a joint push by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the […]

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General Jeff Sessions, a longtime hardliner on immigration issues, announced that the Trump administration has “rescinded” President Barack Obama’s policy protecting from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.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 […]

In UWS Reelection Bid, Helen Rosenthal Has Both Opponents and Antagonists

In UWS Reelection Bid, Helen Rosenthal Has Both Opponents and Antagonists

BY JACKSON CHEN | Incumbent City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal has at least four opponents in her bid for reelection to her District 6 seat, but those are not the only political antagonists she faces on the Upper West Side. Rosenthal will face off against challengers Mel Wymore and Cary Goodman in the September 12 Democratic primary, […]

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 […]

Parents Demand Seats in Upper East Side Pre-K “Desert”

Parents Demand Seats in Upper East Side Pre-K “Desert”

BY JACKSON CHEN | Each day, Irina Goldman consults a printout of local schools and their contact information. Going down the list, she calls or emails them to find out if there’s any movement on the several Upper East Side pre-kindergarten programs that her four-year-old daughter has been waitlisted for. And the schools’ responses are […]

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,” […]

Affordable Housing Chief Worry at Stringer Forum

Affordable Housing Chief Worry at Stringer Forum

BY JACKSON CHEN | At an Upper West Side town hall hosted by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, affordable housing took center stage as the chief concern among neighborhood residents who lined up to air their grievances. On April 6, Stringer invited the community to the Goddard Riverside Community Center on Columbus Avenue at West 88th Street […]

Surging Senior Population Prompts Stringer Blueprint

Surging Senior Population Prompts Stringer Blueprint

BY JACKSON CHEN | In an effort to address the needs of a surging senior population, City Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a blueprint of policies for ensuring their welfare and supporting the work of those who provide care for them. At a March 21 press conference at the Greenwich House Senior Center at Washington Square, […]

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 […]

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