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Many Downtown voters could still smell the 9/11 fires 12 years ago — the last time New Yorkers were certain they would be getting a new mayor. Today, the odor is a distant memory to some, a vivid one to others. But many who will be voting for the city’s next leader Nov. 5 were […]

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BY ELISSA STEIN  |  The city has been buzzing with the news that the Village Halloween Parade, a Downtown tradition for 39 years, is not definite for 2013. If the parade producers don’t raise $50,000 by Oct. 21, the annual event won’t take place this year. Sixty thousand participants won’t be showing off their costumes. […]

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In Lower Manhattan the mobs of tourists are no longer coming to spend their money before and after seeing the Statue of Liberty. The African Burial Ground is closed. So is Federal Hall where George Washington was sworn into office, and his namesake city has reached unprecedented levels of dysfunction. The closed monuments caused by […]

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BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  City Council Speaker Christine Quinn began this year as such a prohibitive frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral race that for months the major question asked was how likely it was that her opponents could keep her below the 40 percent threshold and force her into a runoff. Now, Public Advocate Bill […]

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(Squadron’s our pick) Sit back registered Democrats and wait until November to vote again — that is unless you care about who becomes mayor of New York City. Abysmal turnout is expected for the runoff Tues., Oct. 1 to pick the Democratic candidate for Public Advocate. Without a Republican in the race, the Democratic nominee […]

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Democracy, as the saying goes, is the worst form of government except for all of the others.  Along those lines, New York’s creaky voting machine system is the worst except for the “modern” electronic vote scanners the state picked a few years ago. That one’s technology is so cutting edge that it was impossible to […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  I’m typing at my desk on a recent hot day when I realize that I reek. I bring my forearm to my nose and take a whiff. Ah, yes, chlorine. Like the coconut of cheap sunscreen and the gasoline of motor boats, chlorine is one of those noxious smells full of […]

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After 12 years under Mayor Bloomberg — the last four of those only thanks to a controversial, legislative extension of term limits — the city is set to elect a new mayor. The Sept. 10 Democratic primary field has two candidates who seem most qualified to run the city — Christine Quinn and Bill de […]

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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 […]

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It’s probably a testament to Scott Stringer’s fine work as Manhattan borough president that there are several good candidates to replace him.  All four of the Democrats running would continue and build on Stringer’s exemplary system of screening, appointing and training community board members — which has pretty much ended the cronyism and conflict of […]

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