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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 […]

BY SAM SPOKONY  | While its goal is to win a whopping $100 million in damages based on longstanding allegations of callous neglect and barely habitable apartments, a class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza has also revealed deep rifts among both the complex’s tenants and their lawyers. Numerous publications, including Downtown […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | Days after filing a $100 million class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza on behalf of a fellow tenant of the complex, Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar is dealing with an ethical crisis of her own. Rajkumar, who spoke openly about the suit a day after it […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Citing longstanding complaints of freezing apartments, sky-high electric bills, rising rents and lack of necessary repairs, two Gateway Plaza tenants on Tuesday filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against the complex’s management and the Battery Park City Authority. One of those tenants, Maureen Koetz — a former vice-president of Gateway’s tenant […]

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPT. 10, 2013  |  BY JOSH ROGERS  | A voting machine at P.S. 89 in Battery Park City was not working this morning, a development which might delay the results in the City Council and district leader races. “It was chaos,” said Jeff Galloway, a designated poll watcher for one of the campaigns […]

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By JOSH ROGERS  | If you want to keep things the same, sometimes you have to vote for change. That’s the case in perhaps only one issue in the City Council race Downtown. Councilmember Margaret Chin wants to axe the Council’s Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee, which she heads, but her Democratic primary challenger Jenifer Rajkumar […]

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District leader Jenifer Rajkumar criticized her opponent, City Councilmember Margaret Chin, on Chin’s support from Jobs for New York, a PAC funded by the Real Estate Board of New York and others at the Aug. 22 debate sponsored by Downtown Express and The Villager. It was one of many points of contention between the two […]

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Who’s stopping who? Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has been the most frequent defender of N.Y.P.D.’s stop and frisk policy, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told us she holds Mayor Bloomberg responsible for the large number of stops. “As it relates to stop and frisk, Ray Kelly has implemented, I believe, the plan as his […]

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  Lions and supporters — and REBNY? With fighting lion dancers and about 175 of her supporters in attendance, Jenifer Rajkumar officially opened her new campaign office in the heart of Chinatown on Sunday. The location, at 18 Pell St., between Mott St. and Bowery, was formerly the beloved Sun Wah Barbershop. It’s wedged right between […]

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Where there’s a will, Will it be Barry’s Way?   Once upon a time, namely 2005, there was a governor, George Pataki, and he had an authority he controlled (actually many hundreds including the Battery Park City Authority), and he had a wife, Libby, who was on the board of the Women’s Museum, which had its […]

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