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With apologies to Albert Einstein, there’s a new definition of insanity in America: Sending thoughts and prayers over and over again, and expecting the mass shootings to stop. This weekend’s bloodshed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, reminded us once again of how broken things are in America when it comes to gun violence […]

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BY ARTHUR SCHWARTZ | We all know that 2020 will be a watershed year in national politics. The unthinkably monstrous, racist, sexist, xenophobic, grandiose thing in the White House is so ripe for a challenge that 25 or more candidates are looking to be the one to take him down. And in the run-up to that […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Updated Fri., Aug. 2, 6:30 a.m. | The Two Bridges megaproject does not get a pass from the city’s ULURP public-review process. That was the ruling by a State Supreme Court justice, who on Thursday decided in favor of a lawsuit on the Lower East Side megaproject filed by the New York City […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund has been permanently funded by the federal government, after money began to dwindle earlier this year and advocates went to Congress to pressure lawmakers. The bill’s full name — The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th […]

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BY BRAD HOYLMAN | I have always been proud to be your state senator, but never more so than this year. Under the new Senate Democratic majority, the 2019 legislative session was one of the most transformative sessions in New York State history, positively impacting many people in our district. We enacted historic and comprehensive protections […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Governor Ricardo Roselló announced his resignation late Wednesday night in a video posted on Facebook. His resignation comes after mass public outcry on the island and impending impeachment proceedings. Three attorneys commissioned by Carlos Mendez Nunez, the president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, found five different offenses meriting impeachment. According to […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Retail vacancies remain an ongoing issue throughout much of the city, including in Downtown Manhattan, in areas like the East Village and West Village, such as along Bleecker St. Now the City Council has passed a bill that will create a database of retail spaces and their vacancy status, and which […]

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For many New Yorkers, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s delayed response to the Manhattan blackout on July 13 — as he continued his quixotic campaign for president a thousand miles away in Iowa — was the last straw. Since the days when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia rode on a police motorcycle sidecar to get to major incidents around […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Local politicians and immigration advocates last Friday called on New Yorkers to prepare themselves for ICE raids. “This administration has really set its sights on immigrant communities and I want to make sure that New Yorkers stay vigilant,” said Congressmember Yvette Clarke during a press conference at Foley Square on July […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Hundreds of protesters at Union Square on Mon., July 15, demanded the resignation Ricardo Roselló, Puerto Rico’s governor, in response to corruption, along with homophobic and misogynistic comments he recently made. The rally was organized by Frente Independista Boricua.  “Folks have had enough,” said Jesus Gonzalez, national organizer at The Center for […]

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