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Focus on schools, park air rights, Meatpacking BID

BY DAVID GRUBER  |  Just when I thought we could have a breather on Community Board 2 after working through three ULURP’s over   …….the last two years and no major new ones in the pipeline, I have again been proven wrong (as are most of my predictions, although I did well with the Academy read more here »

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As goes the city’s new mayor, so goes the Village

BY ARTHUR Z. SCHWARTZ  |  We Villagers like to think of ourselves and our community as something exceptional. If fact, it was the only community in the city where constituents tried to declare an independent republic. (That was in 1917 for history buffs.) And we have been, during the last 50 years, more successful than read more here »

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Fire safety to pre-K and protecting pets, a busy start

BY COREY JOHNSON  |  Of the many things I love about the Third Council District, one of them is its place in our city’s history. Everyone brags about their respective district, but the Third District has some of our city’s best individual landmarks and historic districts. The Greenwich Village Historic District is one of our read more here »

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Trying in many ways to make our community a better place

By MARGARET S. CHIN | When I think about progress, I think about the ways that our community can become better — and how we can improve our lives, the lives of our children and those of our neighbors. Over the past year, I have been proud to support a host of programs, progressive legislation, read more here »

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Green scene: Gotta have parks

BY RICH CACCAPPOLO  |  The Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee, working with the Parks Department and the Hudson River Park Trust, as well as block associations and neighborhood organizations, and backed by the support of our local elected officials, drove several noteworthy accomplishments in 2012. The committee has great plans in the coming read more here »

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Doing my part in the critical fight against fracking

BY RACHEL LAVINE  |  What does it mean to be the New York Democratic State Committeewoman for the 66th Assembly District, a long title for a political position whose duties are obscure to most voters? It entails two principal duties. The first is voting for candidates for statewide office at the New York State Democratic read more here »

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Reform Albany’s campaign finance system

BY BRAD HOYLMAN  |  I heard a lot about Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture before I took office as a state Senator last month. Still, it was a culture shock to see it in action. For example, there is a practice that allows lobbyists to call senators off the Senate floor during session for face-to-face meetings about read more here »

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Feeling hot, hot, hot! Union Sq. hotter than ever!

BY JENNIFER E. FALK  |  Union Square continues to be one of the hottest neighborhoods in New York City. Working with our neighborhood partners, the Union Square Partnership continues our dedication and commitment to one of the city’s most vibrant, 24-hour communities. BUSINESS Anyone who lives, shops or even passes through the Union Square district read more here »

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With new M12 bus, plaza redesign, we’re on a roll

BY COREY JOHNSON  |  I want to thank The Villager once again for allowing us the space to report on what Community Board 4 continues to advocate for on behalf of residents and business in the Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen and Clinton neighborhoods. BOARD FOUR To start, we applaud the M.T.A.’s proposed new bus route on the Far West Side of Manhattan from W. 59th read more here »

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New leadership, new challenges and also a new home

BY DAVID GRUBER  |  This past year we have seen many changes at Community Board 2. In June our then Chairperson Brad Hoylman chose not to stand for a second term and instead run for the vacated state Senate seat of Tom Duane, which he did successfully. BOARD TWO I was honored to be elected read more here »

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