"While the Mayor is proposing to close fire companies, 200 people are in need of emergency shelter after being displaced by the massive fire that struck Chinatown last week," said City Council Fire & Criminal Justice Chair Elizabeth Crowley. "If Engine 4 had been closed that night, as it was proposed to close in last year’s budget, the Chinatown community would have lost more homes, businesses and probably lives. It is simply irresponsible to eliminate fire companies when our fire services are responding to more emergencies than ever before." 

"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.”

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.

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