April 2010

The Attorney General campaign of Eric Schneiderman received a major boost today with the endorsement of Democratic State Senator David Valesky. Valesky joins over 50 progressive reformers – and the leadership of 1199/SEIU United Healthcare East – in endorsing Schneiderman’s candidacy in recent days.

Every year the Annual Crime Victims' Candlelight Vigil provides a special forum for victims and advocates to remember homicide victims and to honor the struggle of others harmed by crime. The theme of this year's Vigil is “25 Years of Transforming Lives.” The program will focus on supporting and recognizing pioneers and service providers in the field of community advocacy, healing and crime prevention. 


New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez today announced her support for State Senator Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General. In addition, Schneiderman announced that veteran political operative Patrick B. Jenkins is joining the campaign as a senior adviser.


The days when bohemians sat in Fanelli’s sipping whisky and discussing art and politics, (still our main theme here at SoHo Journal Magazine) may be gone but our Woody Allen like fascination hasn’t ended and at times the streets feel the same as they did; very early on a Saturday morning or very late on a Thursday night the ghosts of modern thinkers and revolutionaries still haunt the ragged cobblestones.  Fortunately for us a handful of the original renegades still remain and we were lucky enough to pin them down for a chat about how things used to be! As part of an ongoing series we chatted with oldtimers Jim Stratton, Penelope Grill, and Mimi Smith about the glory days.

It’s true that conventional baby clothing and bedding—conventional referring to that made with cotton grown using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and bleached and dyed with yet more harsh chemicals—hasn’t seemed to present a problem thus far for generations and generations of babies. But more awareness of chemical sensitivities has many environmentalists and public health advocates wondering if the clothes and bedding children are exposed to could be impacting their health negatively.

“Corporations aren't people, and they don't deserve the same rights people have to influence the political process," said Assembly Member Rory Lancman. “At the very least, corporations should need permission from their shareholders before spending corporate resources on political campaigns, and should disclose not only such expenditures but the business rationale for spending shareholder money to support or defeat a candidate.”

Want to see toothsome people in sticky situations? Ahhh, caught your attention. Well attend the SMOOTH HOTEL fashion/art show on Monday, May 3rd from 6 to 8 PM. It features Barbara Nitke’s photographs of provocative people misbehaving in anonymous hotel settings in collaboration with New York fashion designers Tom and Linda Platt. Opening night will feature smooth drinks and Nitke's models, overdressed at the bar in their photo wardrobe. Sexy. 

Dutchess County Democratic Chair Elisa Sumner and three Dutchess County Democratic leaders today announced their individual support for State Senator Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General.

It says something about the current political climate that Rick Lazio, famous for invading Hillary Clinton’s space during the 2000 U.S. Senate race, is considered the most moderate of the three Republican candidates who want to run for New York governor this year. The other two both have big mouths and solid bank accounts: Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and upstate developer Carl Paladino. Both feel they deserve strong support from the Tea Party crowd, and both do.

"We wanted to provide an update on the now-deadly fire on Grand Street. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those injured, and especially with the family of Sing Ho, who died in the fire. We are currently working with City agencies and local community organizations, including Asian Americans for Equality, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, University Settlement - Project Home, the Chinese-American Planning Council, and the Chinatown Partnership, to secure housing for those displaced and help affected small businesses recover from this tragedy.

“With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day less than two weeks away, this is the perfect time to be looking at ways to make our city even greener,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “We’re incredibly excited to be introducing a package of bills that will dramatically expand and overhaul the way we recycle here in New York City. Our legislation will divert over 8,000 tons of plastic every year away from landfills and incinerators. That’s equal to the amount of trash produced by nearly 10,000 people each year.”

“Massive state-funded mental hospitals, many of them among the largest and most elaborate structures ever erected in America, were a prominent feature of the American landscape for more than a century. Once sources of civic pride before becoming warehouses of neglect, the asylums were emptied towards the end of last century, and now sit crumbling, keeping their secrets.” Check out Christopher Payne’s haunting photographs at Clic Gallery from April 13 to May 23rd, 2010.  There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, April 15.