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BY Tricia Joyce | State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Task Force on School Overcrowding convened for its monthly meeting as usual in April.  What wasn’t “usual” about this meeting was that the NYC Department of Education released a “briefing” that stands to change the way the city’s public schools are zoned forever. This news was […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER |Residents of some choice real estate in Manhattan and Brooklyn are beside themselves. They can’t open their windows because of non-stop helicopter noise and fuel odors from the choppers taking off and landing at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on Pier 6 near the intersection of Whitehall and South Streets. The noise […]

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Welcoming Walcott New Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s appearance at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s School Overcrowding task force last week was a welcome one, for numerous reasons. First and foremost, he made no jokes concerning the overcrowding crisis that is facing this neighborhood. His decision to show up and the professional behavior he exhibited was appreciated. […]

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By Marissa Maier | At the ribbon cutting ceremony for New York Downtown Hospital’s new Wellness and Prevention Center on Friday, May 20, Dr. Warren Licht recounted an all too familiar story to the crowd. “All of us here today have made a visit to a doctor’s office,” said Dr. Licht, the hospital’s Senior Vice […]

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BY Terese Loeb Kreuzer | With around 11, 000 residents in Battery Park City plus numerous office workers, the Vesey Street bridge that crosses eight-lane West Street (Route 9A), is usually thronged. However, people with mobility issues and anyone pushing strollers or carrying heavy packages often find they can’t get across the highway that separates […]

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Thumbs up! New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver deserves a thumbs up following last week’s news that the deal he brokered with 11 Battery Park City condominiums and the Battery Park City Authority to reduce ground rents by a whopping 35 percent between 2012 and 2042 had been approved. It is a deal that […]

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A multi-pronged legislative package passed in honor of Earth Day aims to make New York State more environmentally friendly by banning the use of dangerous chemicals, setting  clearer policies for disposing of hazardous waste and protecting New York’s wetlands. On Monday, May 2, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair […]

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