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Robert Jackson Wins Big Against Incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara

Robert Jackson Wins Big Against Incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Third time’s the charm for Robert Jackson, the former city councilmember and longtime education activist. After unsuccessfully seeking the State Senate District 31 seat in 2014 and 2016, Jackson defeated incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara in Thursday’s Democratic primary. Alcántara was heavily criticized for joining the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) — the […]

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 […]

Change in the Air: But in the Cards for Cynthia?

Change in the Air: But in the Cards for Cynthia?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Following an Aug. 22 appearance before a small crowd of mostly young LGBTQ people of color at a downtown Brooklyn hotel, Cynthia Nixon took a moment to answer the most critical question NYC Community Media had about her uphill quest to become governor of New York. How in the less than five […]

New Chancellor Could Step Up DOE Efforts to Combat Bullying

New Chancellor Could Step Up DOE Efforts to Combat Bullying

BY ANDY HUMM | School starts Sept. 5 in New York City for 1.1 million students in 1,800 schools with a new chancellor, Richard Carranza, who has served in San Francisco and Houston and who wrote in June about his support for his gay twin brother, Reuben, and explained “Why It’s So Important to Include LGBTQ […]

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Five transgender and gender non-conforming people have sued Texas Chicken & Burgers charging they were effectively refused service at one of the chain’s Manhattan locations this past spring because, they believe, they are transgender and gender non-conforming. “These folks are demanding to be heard,” said Gennaro Savastano, an associate in the appellate […]

Manufacturers Make Case for Garment District Staying in Manhattan

Manufacturers Make Case for Garment District Staying in Manhattan

BY MARK NIMAR | The future of Manhattan’s Garment District was among the fashionable topics of concern at July 25’s full board meeting of Community Board 4 (CB4), as a costume designer, a glove maker, and an embroidery expert insisted the city’s recently proposed zoning laws for the iconic neighborhood will negatively affect their businesses, […]

MSCC Homeless, Housing Study A Roadmap

MSCC Homeless, Housing Study A Roadmap

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | For years, the Midtown South Community Council (MSCC) has planted seeds in hopes a coalition will grow to help the homeless. This month, as part of that effort, a sapling sprung when the council released its first-ever “Homeless and Housing Study.” “The idea was to answer the public’s outcries,” said John […]

State Health Commish Gives Pot a Go

State Health Commish Gives Pot a Go

BY NATHAN RILEY | In a report that will be read by public health officials across the country, the New York State Health Department has declared that legalizing marijuana would bring positive benefits; the “pros outweigh the cons,” opined Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health   commissioner. The report, which went public two weeks ago, makes […]

Court, Fines Fail to Bring Landlord to Heel

Court, Fines Fail to Bring Landlord to Heel

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The repairs are still not done. The city has levied fines and charges that total more than $151,000, a Housing Court judge mandated seven months ago that repairs be completed within 30 days, and yet longtime tenant Cathy Levan is still waiting for her home to be habitable. “It’s been such […]

In Kavanaugh, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

In Kavanaugh, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Donald Trump nominated a conservative to fill the seat on the US Supreme Court left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement just 12 days before that he would retire, he selected a federal appeals court judge who is less of a firebrand and more of a longtime functionary in official […]

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