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The proposed Billboard Scaffolding Bill (Intro 623) would allow billboards to go up on work scaffoldings, which proliferate the city. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation opposes, suggesting the billboard scaffolding would have a devastating impact on small businesses.

It is already March and for the Hamptons’ real estate-driven economy— where the only form of financial engine pays for everything from summer rentals, to hamburgers, to newspapers— desperation has begun to set in.

Election rumors in the Town of Southampton are heating up.  Between missing money (that no one can seem to find) and the implosion underway in the economy, it will take clean hands and moral strength to pull the Hamptons through this storm.


Assembly Member Deborah Glick and State Senators Tom Duane and Daniel Squadron recently sent an excellent letter supporting a proposal to spend $57 million of federal “stimulus” funding on Pier 40 infrastructure repair.  Now they need our help to persuade others to approve this essential work.

I don’t really consider myself an activist in the traditional sense.  But for as long as I can remember, I have been civic minded. I like to think of the city as the vessel of civilization; it is our privilege - and duty - as citizens to invent culture, foster the arts, establish and maintain economies.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Tibet's fight for independence. The Dalai Lama, like hundreds of thousands of his countymen, has been in exile ever since. Along the way, over a million Tibetans have been killed by the Chinese government.

This is not news.


The Republicans recently discovered a new left-wing plot. C-Span asked more than 60 American historians to rate our presidents, repeating a poll that was held in 2000. Their results placed Bush II at number 36, behind Herbert Hoover and only slightly above Warren Harding—who spent a good deal of time playing poker—and William Henry Harrison, who died one month into his presidency.


OSO is the steakhouse for locals in the know.  OSO serves all three meals but I would argue dinner is the best.  Executive Chef Brian Naylor uses locally produced ingredients to deliver plates that possess equally unique and scrumptious flavor combinations.  OSO is comfortable, yet has a distinctly European flair that would suit either wine or espresso.  I suggest you order both… after desert of course. 


In February the New York State Assembly passed a housing reform package that included the repeal of the Urstadt Laws and essentially vacancy decontrol.  The Senate’s vote is promised after the completion of the state budget negotiations, presumably in April.
 

The changes that are made or not made, the historic sites that are preserved, and the construction projects that are prevented—all of this is the result of the tireless hours of unglamorous and often unrecognized work put in by (formerly) anonymous faces.