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OPINION: New biz bills don’t address closings’ cause

BY SHARON WOOOLUMS | On March 18, the City Council’s Small Business Committee held a hearing on nine bills that Mark Gjonaj, the committee’s chairperson, claims would help struggling small businesses. This was the largest number of bills submitted at any one time to “help” small businesses. Meanwhile, lawmakers in all boroughs are hosting forums and […]

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | “Never again, never again,” shouted Congressmember Carolyn Maloney in the midst of a crowd of elected officials, religious leaders and Upper East Side residents on March 17. The congressmember organized the gathering outside of the Upper East Side campus of Asphalt Green on Sunday in light of the several swastikas and slur […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The pews at the Church of the Village were filled last Thursday with advocates calling for more homeless housing in the city. Many of them were themselves homeless. The occasion was a town hall organized by House Our Future NY, an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 63 […]

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BY ED YUTKOWITZ | Elected officials joined members of the Village Independent Democrats on Sat., March 2, to honor longtime District Leader Kathleen “Keen” Berger on her retirement. The occasion was a breakfast kicking off the Democratic club’s petitioning effort on behalf of local candidates in the next election, including Ashlee Crawford and Robert Rosenthal for Civil […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Thurs., Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m.: Brooklyn Councilmember Jumaane Williams cruised to victory in a crowded special election for public advocate on Tuesday night. According to unofficial New York City Board of Elections results, with nearly 97 percent of scanners counted, Williams had received more than 33 percent of the vote. The […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS | After 13 years of inertia, the New York State Legislature passed the Child Victims Act on Feb. 14, which will extend the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual assault to demand legal recourse. “For years, survivors of child sexual abuse looked to Albany for justice and for years, their pleas […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Tues., Feb. 19, 5:15 p.m.: Venturing into Manhattan, Randy Credico, a.k.a. “Person 2” in the Roger Stone indictment in the Russian collusion investigation, was out on the town in Chelsea Monday. Of course, right along with him was his ever-loyal canine sidekick, Bianca. Also tagging along was a two-man Danish crew […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | On Feb.13., the New York State Legislature held its first public hearing on sexual harassment in 27 years. “Some people in office view this as a problem that they would like to go away,” said Cynthia Nixon, the actor and activist who ran for governor last year, speaking at the law […]

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BY MATT TRACY | Local elected officials and advocates braved the snowy conditions outside City Hall on Tuesday morning to demand the resignation of Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., who remains defiant in his refusal to step down or even apologize for his recent homophobic remarks. The City Council took direct action against Diaz the […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Julie Menin’s star has kept rising since her days leading Lower Manhattan’s Community Board 1 as its chairperson in the aftermath of the devastating 9/11 attack. Now Menin’s civic career is poised to reach yet another highpoint as she shoulders critical new responsibilities — ones that will see her confronting the policies […]

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