Today, as the Trump Organization is trumpeting the opening of the long-delayed and controversial Trump SoHo condo-hotel on April 9, it is uncharacteristically quiet about what happened to the remains of the dead that were disturbed during its construction.  In 2006, during excavation, construction workers unearthed human remains buried in an 19th-century cemetery that was part of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church that stood on the spot for over two centuries until burning down in 1963.


Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron and other elected officials and community leaders from Manhattan and Brooklyn will join today, Friday April 9th at 10:30 am to urge the City to reexamine regulation and enforcement of tourist helicopter traffic.


Governor Patterson released the following statement regarding the Board’s decision to close St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center: "While we are disappointed that we were unable to find a partner for the acute care inpatient services, we should use this as an opportunity to ensure that the healthcare needs of this community are met by creating an urgent care center combined with other vital health care services the community needs.”


Last night the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center (SVCMC) voted to close their hospital inpatient operations. This saddens many whom have been fighting diligently to keep emergency and vital health care services on the west side on Manhattan. There will be a rally today, Wednesday, April 07, at 11 a.m. outside of St. Vincent’s at 12th Street and 7th Avenue to urge the State not to approve any St. Vincent’s closure plan until there is an appropriate urgent healthcare option for the West Side. We urge you to attend.


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the guilty plea of MARC A. BERNSTEIN, 55, a lawyer who stole more than $2.2 million from his clients and failed to pay income taxes. BERNSTEIN pled guilty to all of the charges against him. If he abides by the conditions set by the court at the time of the plea, BERNSTEIN will be sentenced to up to 3 to 9 years in state prison, and will be required to pay restitution.  


State Senator Daniel Squadron was kind enough to send out a reminder that on Sunday April 11th at 5PM the annual 25th Senate District Community Convention will convene to discuss a litany of topics from health care and public housing, to LGBT marriage and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

“The US criminal justice system is in deep crisis, not only because of exceptional factors like the war on terror and long-overdue immigration reforms, but simply because of "ordinary injustice" -- the fact that police, courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the corrections system are completely overwhelmed, and have stopped respecting civil rights.

A reminder TONIGHT is a special meeting of the full CWG.  Working Teams will be presenting the status of their proposed Preliminary Action Plans and Study Areas.  All voting members are encouraged to send a representative.  The meeting will start promptly at 6pm @ American Legion Post 1291, 191-193 Canal Street, 2nd Floor.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


Come join a rally to celebrate the passage of new health care reform law by Congress and thank all members of NYC Congressional delegation who voted for it. Its today at 11am on the steps of City Hall. See you there!


Councilmember Margaret Chin will be meeting constituents at the Rutgers subway stop on Madison & East Broadway at 8:30 tomorrow morning to remind them to complete their census forms. Have you?


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