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Melissa Sklarz Dives into Queens Race

Melissa Sklarz Dives into Queens Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the past several decades, Melissa Sklarz has amassed a wide-ranging portfolio in local LGBTQ and Democratic activism. An out transgender woman, Sklarz served on the Police Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Committee that established standards for police interactions with the trans community; she’s been a co-president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New […]

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

BY NATHAN RILEY | Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he […]

Lesbians Locked in a “Qualifying” Round

Lesbians Locked in a “Qualifying” Round

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even among the 40 percent of New York State voters who say they know who Cynthia Nixon is, much of that recognition comes from her long-running role as Miranda Hobbes in the “Sex and the City” TV and film franchise. Theater aficionados will be familiar with her substantial body of work on […]

Herman Bell Gains Parole, as Cuomo, de Blasio Lose Ethics

Herman Bell Gains Parole, as Cuomo, de Blasio Lose Ethics

BY SUSIE DAY | Dear Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, You, as governor and mayor — New York State’s most powerful liberals — have argued constantly. I, along with millions of New York civilians, have endured years of your snark-attacks and antler-locks. Recently, it got really bad, when you, Governor Cuomo, insinuated that you, Mayor […]

Now, Parade Is For All Who Choose to Be Irish

Now, Parade Is For All Who Choose to Be Irish

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has stepped off 257 times, its many marchers including New Yorkers great and small, groups from all over the US and the world, and pipers and drummers beyond counting. This year’s edition featured all of the above, with an estimated 150,000 marchers, including the […]

City Reopens Its Chelsea Health Clinic

City Reopens Its Chelsea Health Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Three years after its planned closing sparked outrage and protests among AIDS activists, the renovation of the city’s Chelsea sexual health clinic is largely completed and the clinic has been seeing patients since March 5. “I want to give credit to the important alliance between the advocates and the people who work […]

Council Votes to Shelter Homeless Youth Up to 24

Council Votes to Shelter Homeless Youth Up to 24

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By unanimous votes on March 7, the City Council approved three measures aimed at strengthening shelter options for homeless youth in New York, including a long contested move to raise the age limit for eligibility in youth shelters to include those 21 to 24 years old. The State Legislature last year […]

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. “This budget proceeds against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty,” the […]

Corey Johnson Makes It Official

Corey Johnson Makes It Official

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Every seat in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater, capacity 700, was filled by the time City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s formal inauguration opened on January 28. Musical performances by students from PS 111 and PS 51 created a hopeful mood with “This Land Is Your […]

Cuomo Needs to Step Up on Discovery Reform

BY NATHAN RILEY | As anyone who spent three minutes listening to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reelection message knows, crime is down. New York City last year had the fewest murders since modern statistical methods started. And it isn’t just de Blasio; crime fell during Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three terms. It’s been a long-term trend. Yet […]

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