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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is in hot water after it was revealed that the state Assembly paid a secret settlement of more than $100,000 to two female interns of Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez after they alleged that Lopez sexually harassed them. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked his […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Fed up with the delayed opening of the Asphalt Green Battery Park City community center, two Lower Manhattan mothers decided to start an online petition demanding that the center’s developer, the Battery Park City Authority, “stop the unnecessary bureaucratic delays.” To local residents’ dismay, the B.P.C.A. hasn’t yet announced a […]

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MICHAEL BURKE  |  At the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s monthly board meeting in June, Patrick Foye, the agency’s executive director, expressed his support for restoring the Fritz Koenig Sphere to the World Trade Center site and including it in the National Sept. 11 Memorial. “This is an artifact that survived and […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] Battery Park City parent Matt Schneider turns to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for support in lobbying the city Dept. of Education to solve Downtown’s school overcrowding crisis. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | A court ruling last week would allow tenants of a fire-ravaged Chinatown-area building to move back into their homes. Exactly when tenants would get the green light, however, and whether they’ll be able to maintain their low monthly rents once they reclaim their apartments, remains to be seen. In April 2010, […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |    After years of fighting for a school gymnasium, parents and administrators at Millennium High School have lost hope. The school and community began to fiercely rally around the cause in the early 2000s and have since managed to raise $2.5 million for the gym. Kathleen Grimm, the Department of Education’s Deputy […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Downtown residents’ wish to have their own ceremony at the National Sept. 11 Memorial for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was never granted. Instead they were given what some community members feel is an equally good opportunity for reflection: special access to the memorial on the first Sunday of every month. […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, had heard about the New Amsterdam Market on South Street near Peck Slip. In fact, he had supported it in various ways since founder, Robert LaValva, put the New Amsterdam Market on the Lower Manhattan map in 2005. But Silver […]

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BY SHELDON SILVER  |  I have lived in Lower Manhattan my whole life, and it is difficult to put into words my memories of what happened on that terrible day, September 11, 2001. I stood outside my building, looking up as United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the South Tower. That image is seared into […]

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BY Aline Reynolds | Last weekend, Hurricane Irene ravaged much of the East Coast, including coastal parts of the Tri-State area and resulted in historic flooding in parts of New England. To the relief of many, the storm spared the low-lying areas of Lower Manhattan. City officials prepared for the worst and hoped for the […]

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