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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 […]

East Siders Jam Forum on Proposed Constitutional Convention

East Siders Jam Forum on Proposed Constitutional Convention

BY LEVAR ALONZO | State Senator Liz Krueger, Citizen Action of New York, the Legal Aid Society, and the Lexington Democratic Club, along with other Upper East Side Democratic clubs, co-sponsored a Sept. 14 forum on the proposal to hold a state constitutional convention. Area residents packed the All Souls Church at 1157 Lexington Ave. […]

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s election provoked waves of revulsion all over New York City. In Hell’s Kitchen, a full-time drag performer, realizing his rights would be under attack, sought advice from a politically connected friend — City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who suggested he join a political club. Following up on that suggestion, Marti […]

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

BY LEVAR ALONZO | A clear winner emerged from a crowded field of nine Democrats vying in last week’s primary for the District 4 City Council seat. Keith Powers, a third-generation resident of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, easily topped the field, winning more than 41 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the […]

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

Rosenthal Beats Back Challengers on UWS

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbent District 6 City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal easily surmounted challenges from her 2013 runner-up, Mel Wymore, and Dr. Cary Goodman to win renomination in last week’s Democratic primary. Rosenthal captured just under 65 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for Wymore and four percent for Goodman. Wymore, a longtime member […]

Anti-Trump Resisters Flood Grand Central on Eve of UN Speech

Anti-Trump Resisters Flood Grand Central on Eve of UN Speech

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | With President Donald Trump, back in New York for only the third time since taking office in January, set to deliver an address to the United Nations General Assembly the following day, hundreds of demonstrators affiliated with Rise and Resist protested inside Grand Central Terminal during rush hour on September […]

Dance Dance Evolution? Cabaret Law Could Waltz Into History

Dance Dance Evolution? Cabaret Law Could Waltz Into History

BY LAUREN GILL | Mayor Bill de Blasio supports the repeal of an archaic law that bans dancing in establishments that do not have a special, hard-to-get license as long as those clubs and bars enact certain basic security measures, a rep announced at a Thurs., Sept. 14 City Hall hearing on the statute. “The […]

Nine Democrats in the Hunt for Garodnick’s Council Seat

Nine Democrats in the Hunt for Garodnick’s Council Seat

BY LEVAR ALONZO | A crowded field of nine Democratic candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds and experience — from seasoned insiders to political newcomers — are vying for the open District 4 City Council seat. With just a week left before September 12 primary, it’s time for voters from Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, East […]

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