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Cuomo nixes bill to regulate health care middlemen

BY GABE HERMAN | Governor Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 26 vetoed a bill that independent pharmacists said would protect them and patients against health care middlemen causing higher fees. The bill would have required Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to be regulated and licensed. Advocates for the bill have said PBMs effect the health care system […]

BY GABE HERMAN | Now that the holidays are over, let the mulching begin. The city’s Mulchfest program, which collects people’s Christmas trees to recycle them and create mulch to help trees and other greenery, runs through Jan. 11. City officials gathered at Washington Square Park on Jan. 2 for a formal celebration of the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Hudson River Park had a record-breaking 2019 for attendance and some of its environmental programs, according to a recent announcement from the Hudson River Park Trust. The park had almost 200,000 people attend the park’s nearly 800 events and programs during the year. Such programs include dance and music events, movie […]

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BY SALLY CURTIS | As more families move into Lower Manhattan, there is an ever-increasing demand for ballfields for youth team sports. Ballfield advocates are pitted against real estate interests and developers who want commercial development and tourist attractions like the Highline. The conflict is all the more acute since it is taking place in […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | It’s Saturday morning at the northern end of the Greenmarket in Tribeca — Greenwich near Duane Street — as a steady trickle of neighbors carrying paper or plastic bags dump their kitchen refuse. Bin after bin provided by GrowNYC and NYC Sanitation are filling up. This a city Compost Collection drop-off site […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Just in time for the holiday giving spirit, 9/11 healthcare advocates presented a generous check to support firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer. The $100,000 donation came from an anonymous donor and will go to the FDNY Foundation’s Fired Up for a Cure program, which supports current and retired firefighters […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | If you happened to see groups of half-naked people running through the streets of Lower Manhattan this past Saturday afternoon, there was no cause for alarm. It was the 2019 Undie Run, presented by the charity Movember and the men’s underwear company Saxx. Hundreds of men and women participated in the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | As the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project begins its process through the City Council, there continues to be some community pushback, including a petition signed by over 1,800 local NYCHA tenants who oppose the current flood protection plan at East River Park. A group called NYCHA Speaks is behind the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Independent pharmacy owners rallied in late October at City Hall — and nine other cities throughout New York State — to support legislation that would increase regulations on prescription drug middlemen, who are known as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The Oct. 23 rally at City Hall included hundreds of supporters and […]

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BY ELISE BIRKETT | In a city that less than a decade ago labelled honeybees as equally dangerous as hyenas and venomous snakes, beekeeping has become not only a hobby for many New York City residents, but a platform for bee conservation and food-insecurity education. In July, bees were declared the most important species on […]

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