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Editorial: Stripping Kellner Punishes East Siders Too

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Last week, news broke that embattled Assemblyman Micah Kellner was found to have violated restrictions set for him following the revelations of alleged sexual harassment in his office earlier this year. The punishment for Kellner’s continuing to employee interns in his office, and also for the allegedly ongoing environment of sexual harassment, is that both [&hellip
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East Side Pols Endorse Seawright for Assembly

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Upper East Side State Senator Liz Krueger, State Senator José M. Serrano, and City Council Member Ben Kallos jointly announced their endorsement of Rebecca Seawright for New York State Assembly in the 76th Assembly District, which includes the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island. “Rebecca Seawright will be an effective partner who will deliver [&hellip
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OP-ED: Roy Matz Goodman — Statesman and Friend

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Roy Goodman was truly a good man, an honorable man, a dedicated, caring, personable, and accessible “Statesman of the Senate.” Albany has seen few men of his education, intelligence, integrity, humanity and generosity of spirit. He possessed a quick wit and a good sense of humor, never used to criticize or belittle but rather used [&hellip
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When a polar bear is just a polar bear

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An enchanting exhibit by school kids at the Met By Joseph Smith I wish more New Yorkers were aware of a show as intriguing, unusual, and beautiful as P. S. Art 2014, on view at the Metropolitan Museum through August 24. This annual show represents artists in the New York City public schools, pre-K through [&hellip
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Op-Ed: Get the Blue Bikes Out of the Red

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A few ideas to bail out Citi Bike By Charles Gross Citi Bikes, New York City’s public biking program, may well be the city’s best transport innovation since the subway. The program is a hit with residents, so much in fact that Citi Bike is a victim of its own success. Unlike the subway, Citi [&hellip
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Racing Through East Midtown

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More than a dozen teams participate in the first annual East Midtown Challenge Nearly 70 people from 13 teams raced through East Midtown earlier this month as part of the first-annual Great East Midtown Challenge. The event kicked off at Central Synagogue, as teams answered questions from the previous four issues of Our Town before [&hellip
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Op-Ed: Supporting Small Businesses

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By Ben Kallos Along Second Avenue, we have seen firshand how municipal construction can impose grave hardships on small businesses. Shuttered shops and declining profits reduce the number of good jobs and change our neighborhoods for the worse. Though our city must continue to grow and change, we must also assist the businesses on whom [&hellip
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Editorial: Saving Small Business: A Proposal

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For the past several weeks now, we’ve been bringing you stories of small neighborhood businesses forced to leave the neighborhood. The corner bodega that closed its doors after 40 years. The laundromat that can’t pay the enormous increase in rent. The successful grocery store forced to relocate or close. It is no exaggeration to say [&hellip
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