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PHOTOS AND REPORTING BY SAM BLEIBERG | New Yorkers showed up like never before to vote in the state primary elections last Thursday. An attention-grabbing gubernatorial campaign, progressive challenges to Democratic senate incumbents, and a close contest for attorney general brought voters of all ages and backgrounds. City Media spoke with voters at P.S. 33 in Chelsea […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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