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Rodriguez Re-hires “Terrorist” Staffer, Hours After Hiring Him Back

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in Politics

It’s been a revolving door-kind-0f-day for Council staffer David Segal. Hours after being re-hired by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Segal was handed a letter from his boss informing him that he had been fired again. Segal was canned by Rodriguez last week after the New York Post revealed that the 26-year-old was arrested seven years ago [&hellip
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Dartmouth Weighs in on State Senate Contest Between Two Alums

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in Politics

This year’s Senate contest in New York contains no less than two alums of Dartmouth College: Kirsten Gillibrand, class of ’88; and Wendy Long, class of ’82. The college’s main campus newspaper, The Dartmouth, recently published an article highlighting that fact, and also asked several students to weigh in with some armchair political analysis. One [&hellip
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Espaillat vs. Rangel Inches Closer to Reality

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in West Side Spirit

Espaillat vs. Rangel Inches Closer to Reality By Andrew J. Hawkins When the state Legislature was battling over redistricting lines earlier this month, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who represents parts of the Upper West Side and Northern Manhattan, was assuring reporters that he wasn’t planning to jump into a congressional race. Now it looks like [&hellip
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Charges Against Councilman Rodriguez From Zuccotti Park Arrest Are Dropped

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown, Politics

“Say ‘Hi’ to Vinnie for me” Those were the parting words of Judge Matthew Sciarino to Council Ydanis Rodriguez after dismissing charges of obstruction of justice and resisting arrest stemming from the councilman’s November arrest. Sciarino, a criminal court judge who was transferred to Manhattan from Staten Island after posting revealing details about his life [&hellip
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School Daze: As Cuomo pushes competitative grants, school districts come to terms with a permanent recession

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in Politics

As budget negotiations entered their final stages last week, teachers and students crammed the halls of the Capitol, carrying signs and shouting slogans for increased school aid. Given that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal this year raises education spending by 4 percent, an $805 million bump over last year, all the activity seemed a bit superfluous. [&hellip
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Eyes Of The City Council

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in Breaking News, Politics

Speaker Quinn hugs Patricia Smith, daughter of Police Officer Moira Smith, who was killed on 9/11. Madison Square Park playground was renamed in honor of the fallen officer. Photo Credit: William Alatriste Photographer William Alatriste sees the City Council in a different light Photographing a politician behind a podium can be about as exciting as watching paint dry. Which is why the City Council’s official photographer, William Alatriste, tries to avoid those shots at all costs. “Propaganda—I don’t do that,” Alatriste says. Alatriste started out at the [&hellip
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West Sider Tapped to Head Fraud Unit

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Politics, West Side Spirit

FW-Schneiderman5535(as) President Barack Obama has proven willing to do something Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far been reluctant to do: give Attorney General Eric Schneiderman more investigatory powers. The president recently tapped the West Sider to co-chair a new joint mortgage fraud investigation unit, giving him access to more resources and more ground troops to go [&hellip
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