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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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The District 3 City Council race, for the seat held the past 14 years by Speaker Christine Quinn, pits two passionate and energetic L.G.B.T. contenders against each other for what has often been dubbed “the gay seat.” Yetta Kurland is an attorney who has won some impressive civil rights victories in her career, remains outspoken […]

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This year’s Republican primary for mayor is an interesting race, with the two top candidates being John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota. A third candidate, George McDonald, is also in the running. Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani and most recently head of the M.T.A., brings a track record of having worked in New […]

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Noise is not art To The Editor: Thank you for covering the reaction of Tribeca residents to Pier 26 noisy events (news article, July 31 – Aug. 13, “Is Tribeca pier too alive with the sound of music?”). Though fortunately less frequent, in Battery Park City a similar problem exists with the Brookfield Arts & […]

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There might be people who love Lower Manhattan as much as Liz Berger did, but we doubt anyone loved it more. Berger had an enthusiasm for Downtown that was infectious, and her dedication to our community made it a better place to live and work. Like many others, we were saddened to learn of her […]

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