Volume 79, Number 01 | June 10 - 16, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933


Villager photo by Patrick Hedlund

Back row, from left, Troy Masters, Lincoln Anderson, Josh Rogers, Jason Sherwood, Allison Greaker, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Julie Shapiro, John W. Sutter, David Jaffe, Dani Zupanovich, Cynthia Soto, Mark Hassleberger. Front row, from left, Francesco Regini, Cheryl Williamson, Colin Gregory, Jamie Paakkonen. (Missing from photo, Patrick Hedlund and Albert Amateau.)

Silver proclaims The Villager’s ‘doing a wonderful job’

In recognition of the Better Newspaper Contest 2008 awards recently won by The Villager and its sister paper Downtown Express and the two papers’ ongoing coverage of the community, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on June 5 issued an Assembly proclamation for each paper. Silver presented the official framed documents to Publisher John W. Sutter at Community Media’s offices last Friday. The Villager’s proclamation stated, in part: “Whereas, businesses that inform and contribute to the vibrancy of those communities merit the highest commendation…

Proclaimed, That The Villager and its talented and dedicated staff be commended for producing such a high caliber community newspaper in the heart of New York City, a city known internationally for its exceptional newspapers; and we congratulate The Villager on its recently announced New York Press Association Awards, noting with pride the significance of its professionalism, commitment to community, and many contributions to the spirit of excellence which so distinguishes the City and State of New York.”

Silver said he looks forward to The Villager each week, and that he’s usually the one who takes the bundle of papers and unties them and puts them in the rack in his Grand St. co-op apartment building’s lobby. “This is my hometown, and you are my hometown newspaper,” he said. “I just want to add my name to someone who says, You’re doing a wonderful job.”

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