Posts Tagged ‘West Side Express’

UNSAFE ELEVATORS

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Three-quarters of Housing Authority elevators were rated unsatisfactory, according to a new study by Borough President Scott Stringer. Stringer called for an immediate review of all Housing Authority elevators to make sure they contain door-zone restrictors, which prevent people from leaving stalled elevators. Stringer’s study comes just one month after 5-year-old Jacob Neuman died after [&hellip
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FOOD STAMP INCREASE

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New federal provisions, slated to go into effect on Oct. 1, increase the minimum amount of food stamp benefits-and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum wants to make sure New Yorkers know about it. Gotbaum gathered with other activists on Sept. 29 to raise awareness about the improvements and encourage New Yorkers, especially immigrants with children, to [&hellip
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PATCH OF PARK

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Council Member Gale Brewer has dedicated many parks during her political career, and on Sept. 19, she was able to unveil a park that bore her name-sort of. That day was NYC Park(ing) Day 2008, a worldwide event where communities build temporary parks in parking spaces. On the Upper West Side, Brewer secured a spot [&hellip
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WINNER IN STATE COMMITTEE RACE

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In a quiet race for a spot on the Democratic Party’s state committee, Larry Hirsch, president of the Community Free Democrats, ousted longtime incumbent Robert Ginsberg. Hirsch said he decided to run for a committee position to have a hand in organizing the local party and pushing a progressive agenda at the state level. “I [&hellip
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NADLER CONDEMNS IRANIAN VISIT

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York, calling the trip “a mission to spread ugly propaganda” and supporting protesters who gathered outside the United Nations. Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 23. The Iranian president drew criticism after his last visit to New York in September 2007, [&hellip
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TENANTS CONFERENCE

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s housing commissioner, Shaun Donovan, will deliver the keynote address at the fourth annual West Side Tenant’s Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27. The conference will offer workshops on tenant’s rights, rent stabilization, legislative reform of rent laws and tenant association organizing. The conference, sponsored by the Housing Conservation Coordinators and various Upper West [&hellip
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LINCOLN CENTER TURNS 50

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Lincoln Center is commemorating its 50th anniversary with a yearlong celebration. From May 2009 to May 2010, the performing arts giant will hold a series of artistic and educational events, beginning with a ceremony to honor its original groundbreaking and ending with a campus-wide open house. The institution has been undergoing extensive renovations, including the [&hellip
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HOPE SHINING NATIONAL LAUNCH

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A new child safety organization, Hope Shining, is coming to New York City. The initiative seeks to increase awareness, prevention and support services for children and families affected by violence and abuse. At the launch event, scheduled for Sept. 25, Hope Shining planned to unveil findings from a new national child abuse survey, as well [&hellip
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WALL STREET WOES

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With the stock market taking a plunge not seen since the Sept. 11 attacks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, held a press conference on Sept. 15 at City Hall to give a sobering yet optimistic assessment of the city’s economic health. He gave assurance that the budget will remain in balance despite tax revenue lost from [&hellip
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ALBANY BILLS HARD TO PASS

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Albany is known for its dysfunctional legislature, which could explain why local legislators have a low success rate in getting bills signed into law in 2008. In the Senate, where Democrats are in the minority, State Sen. Bill Perkins introduced 34 bills. Two made it out of the Legislature, a success rate of 5.8 percent. [&hellip
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