DUANE’S MOTHER DIES

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State Sen. Tom Duane’s mother, Winifred Duane, died on Nov. 5 after a stroke days earlier. She was 84. A wake was held last week at a funeral home on West 14th Street. Winifred Duane is survived by her three sons—Tom, John and James—and their families. State Sen. Duane was able to attend the special [&hellip
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CRIME GROUPS GET AWARD

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Three West Side crime prevention groups received the MetLife Foundation Community Police Partnership Award on Nov. 6. The national award acknowledged the success of the Westside Crime Prevention Program, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center and 20th Precinct for their work with senior citizens at Amsterdam Houses and Amsterdam Addition. The West Side honorees were chosen from [&hellip
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POL. PUSHES INNOCENCE BILL

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For those wrongfully convicted of a crime, a new state bill would establish “actual innocence” as a reason to vacate a prior conviction. State Sen. Eric Schneiderman, who chairs the committee on criminal justice matters, said the state is behind the curve on giving courts an opportunity to reverse convictions in cases without DNA evidence. [&hellip
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RETAIL REPORT

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Although many of the “mom-and-pop” stores that previously lined the West Side’s commercial strips have closed, some new chain stores have opened up in the neighborhood. Michaels Arts and Crafts and discount clothing store TJ Maxx recently opened in the new mixed-use residential development Columbus Village, on Columbus Avenue between West 97th and 100th streets. [&hellip
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