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Shining a Light on ALEC

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Via City & State State Sen. Daniel Squadron and NY lawmakers seek disclosure For most of its nearly 40-year history, the conservative think tank known as the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has had substantial influence on the shaping and introduction of legislation in New York and across the nation. And until fairly recently, the group has managed [&hellip
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She’s Been Helping Her Elders Since She Was a Teen

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, West Side Spirit, WESTYS

WESTY_MiriamLevi As someone who has “always felt comfortable working with seniors,” it’s no surprise that Washington Heights resident Miriam Levi has made it her life’s work to help and care for seniors. Now 39, Levi has been the director of community life activities at Jewish Home Lifecare, which provides health care services for seniors on the [&hellip
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A Gun, a Badge and a Heart for the Homeless

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, West Side Spirit, WESTYS

WESTY_VanessaWanderligh Few New Yorkers know more about the daily problems the homeless face than Vanessa Wanderlingh, a homeless outreach officer with the NYPD’s 20th Precinct. “Within this last year I have engaged close to 100 individuals on the Upper West Side. I work with local outreach teams … and multiple residents of the community to offer [&hellip
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Organizing the Chaos, Post-9/11

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

02_OTDTSliderThurs Union worker leads NYC memorial ride to honor first responders, returning vets   Most New Yorkers have vivid recollections of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But for Gregg Nolan, then a foreman with Local 15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, the images of working down at Ground Zero are indelibly etched [&hellip
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Officials raise concerns over unlikely stolen city property—manhole covers

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Man hole38 Place yourself on a city stoop during a recent smoldering summer evening. Perhaps you are taking your mind off of the heat with a book or cool glass of wine, when you notice a white, windowless van screeching past. Maybe you see two men, wearing what look like uniforms, park and get out of the [&hellip
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When Times Get Tough, the Tough Get Rolling

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Man hole38 Officials raise concerns over unlikely stolen city property—manhole covers Place yourself on a city stoop during a recent smoldering summer evening. Perhaps you are taking your mind off of the heat with a book or cool glass of wine, when you notice a white, windowless van screeching past. Maybe you see two men, wearing what [&hellip
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Imagining Greenwich Village in 2031

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

James KelleherIMG_9441 Residents, politicians, activists envision impact of NYU’s long-term expansion plan New York University scored a key victory last week as the City Council approved a slightly scaled back version of the school’s controversial 2031 expansion plan. While the project was pared down, it will still add close to 6 million square feet of academic space [&hellip
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Senator Tom Duane Opens Up on Leaving Albany

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown, Politics

Supported tenant’s rights, LGBT issues for more than 20 years New York State Sen. Tom Duane surprised both political insiders and constituents alike last month when he announced he would not be running for re-election after representing a district that stretched from the Upper West Side to Greenwich Village to the East Village for the [&hellip
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The Race for Tom Duane’s Seat

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Politics, West Side Spirit

Tom Duane It’s been nearly two months since State Sen. Tom Duane announced that he will not seek re-election this fall, and the race for his seat in the 27th District is taking shape. Brad Hoylman, the solidly backed chair of Community Board 2, who before Duane’s announcement was seeking Christine Quinn’s City Council seat, will run [&hellip
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