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Important notices about important political events!

In a few short months, New Yorkers will decide whether to grant Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg a third term or give another candidate a chance to prove his mettle. The Mayor declined a recent invitation from our coalition to discuss his position on historic preservation and neighborhood planning issues. 

Where do the other 2009 Mayoral Candidates stand?

Ask them...over coffee and danish!

New York Manhattan District Attorney Richard Aborn sent out this press release yesterday: 

Manhattan District Attorney candidate Cy Vance today announced his Plan to Reduce Recidivism: Enhancing Reentry Services, a program to help those leaving incarceration find jobs, housing and essential services, aimed at significantly reducing the instances of repeat offenses.


Margaret Chin has dedicated her life to public service for over 30 years. A former teacher, she has been working with community groups in lower Manhattan on affordable housing, education, and equity issues for most of her life. She left her position as Deputy Executive Director of the non-profit group Asian Americans for Equality, where she worked to protect and build affordable housing, in September 2008, to focus on her campaign. Ms. Chin was also a member of Community Boards 1 and 3.


Discrimination in the media has the ricocheting impact of permeating into social norms.  More than unfair, discrimination against minority broadcasters is irresponsible. Below is yesterday’s press release by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. urging 46 companies to eradicate prejudices in their advertisements.

While you read this article and I tell you of the beginnings of New York’s first authentic northern Italian eateries, I hope you hear the iconic Nino Rota waltz from the Godfather floating in the background.

The number of unemployed New Yorkers will reach 400,000 by 2010 - the largest number in more than 15 years – and cause more than one million people in New York City to be directly affected by unemployment amid the lingering recession, according to a new report by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr.

If train travel is so much less polluting than driving or flying, why are passenger rail options in the U.S. so limited compared to Europe? And is anything being done to shift more travelers over to American rail lines from cars and planes?

Let’s start with a small review of history; the stock bubble of 1929.  Then, as now, there was an excessive debt behind the collapse but most people either owned their homes outright or had a conventional mortgage requiring decent equity.  A lot of them, of course, were in the stock market, but nothing like now (401k’s), and there were no credit cards or car loans either.