Community News & Politics - Soho

 

Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel will be joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and members of the law enforcement community to urge the Senate to pass microstamping legislation (A.6468c/S.6005a). Microstamping technology is designed to allow law enforcement officials to trace firearms through cartridge casings found at crime scenes, even if the crime gun is never recovered.

 


Downtown Independent Democrats (DID), the oldest and largest progressive Democratic organization in lower Manhattan, tonight endorsed the below listed candidates for election in 2010. DID further passed four resolutions pertaining to St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Cordoba House, NYC Charter Revision and human trafficking.


Those of you who are buying into the recovery underway may want to re-think your plans. As has been mentioned here numerous times, there will be no recovery. We have been heading into a prolonged period of hyperdeflation, deflation or depression, depending upon whether it is you or your neighbor who is suffering the most.


 

The Citizens Crime Commission, the leading organization to reduce crime and improve criminal justice system in New York, has released the 100-plus page Guide to Juvenile Justice in New York City. The guide provides an overview of New York's juvenile justice system with historical context and highlights recent efforts to expand alternative programs.

 


Downtown Independent Democrats (DID), the oldest and largest progressive Democratic organization in lower Manhattan, held its most successful fundraiser to date this past Sunday. DID has thrown annual events since its founding almost 40 years ago in 1971.


An early look at the U.S. Senate races will surely send a cold chill down spines at the Democratic Headquarters. In all likelihood the GOP will win Senate seats, so much so that there is a real possibility that they could actually take control of the Upper House, wiping out the current Democratic control   of 59-4l, with the Democrats counting on the two independents to support their control.


Political artist Suzannah B. Troy video blogs about "Teflon" Mike Bloomberg and a citizen who wants to make a database of landlords who have Dept. of Buildings violations to give to banks so to prevent curropt landlords from recieving loans.  Says Troy: "Good luck."


Ghostbusters!!!  No really.  In an attempt to publicize the New York Public Library's looming budget crisis, Improv Everywhere, in cahoots with Library officials, subjected readers in the Rose Reading Room to a nostalgic treat. Reenacting the epic opening scene of Ghostbusters (1984) the pop-up improv troupe, in cahoots with Library officials, flooded the main room with sheet-clad ghosts looking for trouble. Guests were aghast— well most with laughter. And just when things were starting to look ghastly— Who you gonna call?


The Chinatown Working Group is “a democratic and open community-based planning initiative on the future of Chinatown. [Their] goal is to support the community’s residents, workers, businesses and visitors.”  The neighborhood has many challenges to face including: affordability, culture & historic preservation, economic development, education & schools, immigrant affairs & social services, parks, traffic & transportation, and zoning.  Thus these meetings are important and could change the fabric of the community.


“The first job of the District Attorney is to ensure safety in our streets,” said District Attorney Vance. “Intentionally firing a gun into a crowd was a dangerous and deplorable act, with potentially fatal consequences. Although the overall crime rate in the city remains low, any outburst of violence will be handled seriously.”