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"I have a past, but I'm looking towards the future," said Project Comeback graduate Douglas Rucker as he took the stage at the TriBeCa Film Center to receive his certificate during the graduation ceremony on Friday.


A month or so ago signs of life began to spring up around the market. “Coming soon the new Jefferson Market” signs were in the windows; could it be, had someone swept in to save the landmark store?


 
A last minute post for those of you who need some last minute goodies for your Valentine. Go to St. Luke's School today and not only will you be able to stock up on homemade, sugary goodness, but you'll be helping to provide meals, a safe place to go after school and some basic necessities for children who are orphans due to AIDS in Ilinge, South Africa.


Immediately after Obama's Inaugural Address most political commentators here said they were disappointed: no memorable, ringing phrases to remember, they claimed. But in our shrunken world in which the communications revolution brought Obama into millions of homes on every continent, the speech by our first black president—best-selling author, superior orator, part rock star, part teacher, part preacher—was heard around the world like no other Inaugural Address before it.


Thanks to 9/11 Environmental Action for the heads up.               
                 
On The Agenda:

1)     Update on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum by Joe Daniels, President & CEO.

2)     Presentation on Strengthening the Safety, Oversight and Coordination of Construction, Demolition and Abatement Operations,  by Cass Holloway, Chief of Staff and Jerry Russo, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Operations.


Lower East Side Activist Rob Hollander is fuming over changes made to the procedure for challenging new developments, implemented by Mayor Micheal Bloomberg and Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert Limandri. This is in response to Monday's announcement that, among other major reforms that included making diagrams of proposed buildings available online, limited the time period citizens have to challenge new buildings to 30 days. 
 

No less reprehensible a character than Ken Starr has weighed in on the marriage equality debate, working with the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund in defending the constitutionality of the "defense of marriage" act and proposing that the 18,000+ same sex couples recently wed in California be forcibly divorced.


After well over a hundred letters in a hundred hours the DOB agreed to meet with the CAAAV.


Once in a while—but not too often—grassroots activists, government agencies and elected officials join together to support the public interest, and wind up with a happy result.

That has been the 30-year history of the Archives building adventure, which culminated recently in protecting eight community non-profit organizations from a rent increase that would have been the death knell for most of them.


The New York State Assembly passed a legislative package on Monday that will reform housing regulations to increase rent-regulated units statewide.


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