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Under Cover, Week of June 4, 2015

Odd Politics It’s literally an odd year for politics Downtown. There’s usually something interesting in the “evens” — state Assembly and Senate races as well as ones for Congress and either governor or president. Every other “odd” has mayoral and City Council elections, but then there’s years like this one with mostly offices for positions […]

Star & hard work Comedian Billy Crystal joked about smoking pot and sleeping late (hey, so did at least two presidents) when he was at community college on Long Island several decades ago, but he also got serious at B.M.C.C.’s annual gala last week. Crystal then got serious saying it was at community college that […]

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SENATOR HIP-HOP We’re pretty sure when Jay-Z drops his next single, he won’t have State Sen. Daniel Squadron rapping with him, but we have to think Mr. Beyonce appreciated the senator’s homage to him this week as Squadron argued against a bill that they both oppose. The bill allows ticket re-sellers like StubHub to continue […]

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George Lucas knocks ‘Star Wars’ “Star Wars” creator George Lucas was at B.M.C.C. last week for a Tribeca Film Festival interview with CBS-bound talk show host Stephen Colbert, who claims to be the movie’s first fan since he was able to see a screening before the premiere. Lucas volunteered that he didn’t care that some […]

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Silver fallout Paul Goldstein, director of Assemblymember Shelly Silver’s district office, has just retired but he continues to work part time at the same job. Goldstein, 60, did not refer directly to Silver’s federal indictment on corruption charges Wednesday, but he did tell UnderCover the change is good for him and for Silver, who has […]

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Seaport Watch City Councilmember Margaret Chin sounded like she took a particularly tough line this month against the proposed 500-foot tower at the South Street Seaport, but it wasn’t nearly as forceful as we’re pretty sure many of the other opponents of the project hope. “It’s not going to happen under my watch,” Chin told […]

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And the winner is… Congrats to Buxton Midyette, who was recommended unanimously by the 66th Assembly District’s quartet of Democratic district leaders — John Scott, Jean Grillo, Keen Berger and Arthur Schwartz — to fill the vacant seat for state committeeman. Alan Schulkin, the previous state committeeman, recently vacated the post after getting tapped to be deputy […]

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Silver Speculation With Shelly Silver out as Assembly speaker and under indictment, there naturally has been some scuttlebutt as to who might run for his Assembly seat if it opens up, but not nearly as much as we would have guessed. Even if Silver beats the rap, he could very well decide not to run […]

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(UPDATED FEB. 13, 2015 WITH A QUOTE FROM SILVER) Silver fallout After new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was named to replace Shelly Silver,  Downtown Assemblymember Deborah Glick last week criticized the “backroom negotiation” that led to his selection, but she also noted that the new speaker reappointed her to be chairperson of the Assembly’s Higher […]

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Seen around Downtown in Tribeca this past week were a couple of girls singing Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” while jumping up and down with joy outside the transplanted country/pop crooner’s new loft. Apparently, Swift’s new role as New York City “cultural ambassador” may be having the desired effect of luring tourists — or […]

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