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A better choice for District 1: Jenifer Rajkumar

Four years ago Margaret Chin told us she would have said no to the deals to get beloved schools like P.S. 234 decades ago, and Spruce Street School more recently, because the community was giving away too much to corporations and developers and didn’t get enough affordable housing. It raised our eyebrows, but we endorsed read more here »

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Johnson and Rajkumar win V.I.D.’s backing for Council

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In a very competitive endorsement vote for the upcoming City Council District 3 (Greenwich Village/Chelsea) primary election, the storied Village Independent Democrats club gave their nod to Corey Johnson over Yetta Kurland last Thursday. In the first round of voting, Johnson got 26 votes to Kurland’s 22; a third candidate who read more here »

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Kurland and Johnson both snag union support in City Council race

Two candidates for City Council in the Third District (West Council, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen) recently won dueling union endorsements. On Feb. 26, Yetta Kurland won the unanimous support of the executive board of the New York Metro Area Postal Union — the largest local in the American Postal Workers Union. “Yetta Kurland is the kind read more here »

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Meadows enters the field; Villager is running for Council

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Shaking things up in the campaign for the City Council’s Third District, a third candidate is entering the race. Alexander Meadows, a member of Community Board 2 for the past three years who lives in the far West Village, said he will be holding a press conference to announce his candidacy read more here »

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  John Catsimatidis, the billionaire owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, announced his entrance into the race for mayor of New York City last week, running as a Republican. A main platform of Catsimatidis’s campaign is to bring the World’s Fair back to New York City — to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where read more here »

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Presidential politics in the air

Exiting Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Ave. Monday after Ed Koch’s funeral, Governor Andrew Cuomo and former President Bill Clinton shared a look. Of course, Cuomo and Hillary Clinton are potential presidential candidates in 2016. Bill Clinton spoke at Koch’s funeral, at one point, riffing on Koch’s trademark line — “How’m I doin’?” — by saying read more here »

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Pols renew their call for gun control in wake of tragedies

  BY SAM SPOKONY  |  For state Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and state Senator Daniel Squadron, the push for gun control has been like a record on repeat. Back in October, both led the unsuccessful call for a legislative special session to pass laws strengthening New York’s restrictions on firearm sale and possession — already some read more here »

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D.I.D. does it up at La Mela

Downtown Independent Democrats had their holiday party at La Mela Ristorante, at 167 Mulberry St., on Tues., Dec. 18. Neighbors, local activists, elected officials, a slew of judges and candidates, rubbed shoulders, as they noshed on the restaurant’s pasta, calamari and salad, washed down with beer and wine. Among those who hung out at the read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of August 23, 2012

Vicious Village assault A Jersey City man was hospitalized on the early morning of Sun., Aug. 19, after three men stabbed him in the West Village for no apparent reason. The victim, 48, who is black, had just gotten out of a taxi on Seventh Ave. South, between Charles and W. 10th Sts., at around 2 read more here »

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Johnson is running for Council and Greco reportedly for Senate

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Corey Johnson says he has decided not to run for state Senate in the upcoming election to fill outgoing Senator Tom Duane’s seat. “After carefully weighing whether or not to run for state Senate, I’ve decided to move full steam ahead with my campaign for City Council next year,” said the Community read more here »

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