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Crowded Agenda in Garodnick’s Finish

Crowded Agenda in Garodnick’s Finish

BY REBECCA FIORE | In Jan. 2006, Daniel Garodnick assumed office as East Side District 4’s city councilmember and at the conclusion of a tenure spanning the 12-year maximum allowed under the city’s term limits scheme, he boasts most recently of having made affordable housing protections more transparent, providing needed tax relief to small businesses, […]

Gracie Mansion’s 150-Year Journey to Housing Mayors

Gracie Mansion’s 150-Year Journey to Housing Mayors

BY REBECCA FIORE | At the General Society Library on W. 44th St., Paul Gunther, executive director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, spoke this week to a room filled with more than 50 people about the lively history of one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in Manhattan, often affectionately dubbed the city’s “Little White […]

Mayor’s Big Win Soft on UES; Speakership Up for Grabs

Mayor’s Big Win Soft on UES; Speakership Up for Grabs

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an election night in which most incumbents were returned to office, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept to reelection, and a proposed state constitutional convention was soundly rejected by voters statewide, the mayor outperformed in Manhattan relative to his citywide numbers but his results on the Upper East Side showed notable softness. […]

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

BY NATHAN RILEY | A measure approved by the City Council on October 31 guarantees that homeless shelters across New York will be staffed by people trained to prevent fatal overdoses. Three years ago, drug overdose became the leading cause of death among the homeless. The new legislation expands the city’s public health commitment to reduce […]

Weinstein, Trump Scandals Earn Cy Vance a Write-In Foe

Weinstein, Trump Scandals Earn Cy Vance a Write-In Foe

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Manhattan Express sat down with District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., on Sept. 6 for an interview currently airing on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (youtube.com/watch?v=RHgiKX7lsl0 or bottom of this story), the two-term incumbent seemed headed toward an unopposed and decidedly non-controversial reelection. Vance discussed a variety of issues, some of which highlighted progressive […]

Republican Harary Focuses on Local Concerns, Mum on DC’s GOP

Republican Harary Focuses on Local Concerns, Mum on DC’s GOP

BY LEVAR ALONZO | Democrats have long enjoyed a political stranglehold in most New York City Council districts, where oftentimes the race is decided in the Sept. primary rather than on Election Day in Nov. Republican businesswoman Rebecca Harary is looking to break their grip.  Harary, who won her party’s nomination in an uncontested Sept. 12 […]

City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

BY LEVAR ALONZO | At its most recent meeting, Community Board 4 members and elected officials on hand were up in arms as they discussed lapses by the Department of Buildings (DOB) that are allowing for the demolition of two more residential buildings in Hell’s Kitchen. The pair of four-story buildings at 335-337 W. 55th St. […]

Transportation Is Hot Button at East Side Town Hall

Transportation Is Hot Button at East Side Town Hall

BY LEVAR ALONZO | Residents of the East Side were primed and ready as Mayor Bill de Blasio fielded questions from all comers on Tues., Sept. 26 at a three-hour town hall meeting. Well over 200 people were in attendance at the High School of Art and Design on E. 56th St., with District 4 Councilmember […]

Advocates Charge Homeless Shelters Lax in Supplying Narcan to Prevent Overdoses

Advocates Charge Homeless Shelters Lax in Supplying Narcan to Prevent Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | Advocates for the homeless are pressing the City Council to mandate that shelter staff from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) as well as their clients have ready access to medicine that reverses overdose poisonings, allowing the victim to breathe unassisted almost immediately. Nobody disputes the need for making Narcan available […]

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Tenants subjected to dangerous and intentionally demoralizing conditions were given new hope last week, in the form of legislation designed to, among other things, mitigate “construction as harassment” — a tactic employed by landlords and building owners in which unpleasant living conditions are used to harass rent-regulated New Yorkers until they […]

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