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BY JOHN BAYLES  |  The special legislative task force in charge of drawing new district lines for New York State now has an added incentive to speed up the process: a ruling by a federal court issued on Monday. L.A.T.F.O.R. (Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment) has had 11 months to come up […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS |  Former Verizon worker Richard Dambakly toiled atop the pile at Ground Zero 12-to-16 hours a day for six months straight following the 9/11 attacks. The following year, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent five months of intensive chemotherapy that sent his cancer into remission. Dambakly, now 50 and the […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  In an op-ed in the Daily News on Sunday, Feb. 19, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron proposed a game-changing plan for the Battery Park City Authority. Battery Park City is now 40 years old, observed Squadron, and has matured from empty landfill in the Hudson River to a community […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | It’s difficult to assess measures of exposure to the toxins resulting from 9/11 when much of the necessary supporting scientific evidence was never recorded. That’s what members of the Scientific Technical Advisory Committee (S.T.A.C.) panel discovered after reviewing data concerning the link between the cancer and 9/11. Months passed following the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The Delancey Street corridor will soon be less intimidating for pedestrians, according to the city Dept. of Transportation, which in June will implement a new safety plan for the heavily trafficked street. Responding to the latest death of 12-year-old Dashana Santana and a slew of other pedestrian accidents along Delancey Street […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Federally subsidized cancer treatment is still the number one topic of discussion within the 9/11 health community. Thanks to the push of advocates and politicians, it has also become a major talking point of the recently formed World Trade Center Health Program Scientific and Technical Advisoary Committee, which scheduled a teleconference […]

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BY  ALINE REYNOLDS | Lower Manhattan residents and 9/11 family members have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum in time for the 11th anniversary of the attacks. However now, next Sept. 11 is no longer a plausible deadline for the museum’s opening, since disagreements surrounding the project’s financing have […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Pier A in Battery Park City is undergoing a major renovation. BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee had several items to discuss at its monthly meeting on Dec. 6, but the elephant in the room was the Battery […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  After months of meetings, the NYC Department of Transportation has come up with a concrete plan to manage the influx of tour buses expected to arrive Downtown starting next month for the opening of the National Sept. 11th Memorial. Lower Manhattan is anticipating a notable increase in tour buses once the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Why are there two different geographical parameters within the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act? And, if post-traumatic stress disorder is recognized by the U.S. Army, then why doesn’t the U.S. Department of Justice consider it to be a compensatory illness for 9/11 victims? These were two of the most […]

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