Volume 73, Number 5 | June 2 - 8, 2004

Scoopy's Notebook

I’ll drink to that! dba, at 41 First Ave., held a May 17 fundraiser to get George W. Bush out of office and netted $1,750 in tip donations, $60 in T-shirt donations and $833 in dba owners’ donations for a grand total of $2,643. The bar sent several checks and money orders to the John Kerry for President campaign fund last week.

D.I.D.’nt back Chuck: In their recent endorsement votes, Downtown Independent Democrats did not support Senator Chuck Schumer for reelection. According to club president Sean Sweeney, the club split, 14-14, which equals no endorsement. Sweeney said D.I.D. members are still outraged that Schumer promised at a fundraiser while running against Al D’Amato that he would work to change the one-way Verrazano Bridge toll, but once elected caved in to Staten Island voters and refused to address the hated toll. “We sent a message to Schumer that you shouldn’t neglect your base,” Sweeney said.

D.I.D.’nt back Moss, either: Longtime Downtown Democratic state committeeman Larry Moss also was not re-endorsed by D.I.D., his home club. The vote was 18 no, eight yes and three not voting. Sweeney said one thing some club members object to is Moss’s no longer helping collect petition signatures. Moss told Scoopy he was proud of writing, introducing and passing resolutions opposing the invasion of Iraq and supporting gay marriage, and lobbying the Democratic Party to adopt them. “I believe this work on the great issues of our time is more important to Democrats in the Village and Lower Manhattan than the internal politics of the various local clubs,” Moss said. “I have no hard feelings over their past challenge,” Moss said, referring to the attempted coup when D.I.D. supported Lawrence Goldberg for state committee against him two years ago. “I am sorry they did not endorse me but I again hold out my hand in friendship.”

Not-so-plain Jane: Jane St. has had some tough times lately, so it’s good to hear that The Jane Street Association is sponsoring its Annual “Street Sale” on Sat. June 5 (rain date, Sun., June 6) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jane St. between Eighth Ave. and Hudson St.

adios: Baruch Houses activist Israel Perez says he’s no longer a member of the Committee To Defeat Margarita Lopez, and in fact hasn’t been for about six months. “I don’t trust the leadership anymore,” Perez declared. “They’re supporting the dormitory on Ninth St.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to start a Committee To Elect Margarita Lopez, though.

Houston St. huh? At a recent meeting of Community Board 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee, a member of Transportation Alternatives did a powerful Power Point presentation on how pedestrian-safety features are being added to Queens Boulevard, a.k.a., the “Boulevard of Death.” For example, left-turn lanes are being removed. However, in the city’s planned reconstruction of Houston St., left-turn bays are being added. Go figure. The Soho Alliance is trying to collect $20,000 to hire attorney Barry Mallin to fight the Houston St. plan.

Correction: Susan Stetzer, the new district manager of Community Board 3, lives on E. Third St.

Plot thickens: Borough President C. Virginia Fields has submitted her list of appointments for Community Board 2 and, according to a well-placed source, the longtime C.B. 2 member that some board members were gunning for is not on it. The allegedly removed board member asked that Scoopy not print anything, since the board member has not received a letter from the B.P.’s office stating whether he or she has or hasn’t been reappointed.

Spoils of victory: We hear that if Kerry beats Bush that Borough President Fields might not stick around to run for mayor. A very early supporter of Kerrey, Fields, word has it, would get an ambassadorship, which, sources say, definitely might interest her.

Great green: Maybe things aren’t so bad in BAMRA-lot after all. Lois Rakoff called to say that the Bleecker Area Merchants’ and Residents’ Association had their 11th Annual Greenup Day recently, with free refreshments from Carpo’s Cafe. “We’re having fun, food and satisfaction — and BAMRA is alive and kickin!’ ” Rakoff crowed.

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