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How should a community come together in the wake of hatred and find a way to collectively heal? That’s the question many in this corner of the Bronx are asking themselves after at least four synagogues along the Henry Hudson Parkway were targeted by a vandal last month. more
New York City is a big place — so big, it’s easy to get lost. Or at the very least, overlooked. Especially anyone living or working in the outer boroughs. Just ask pretty much every mayor who’s led the city. All of them, that is, except one — Maya Wiley. If voters choose to elect her first, of course. more
The Spuyten Duyvil non-profit executive director was on the verge of officially finished runner-up to now-Councilman Eric Dinowitz in a March 23 special election to replace Andrew Cohen. She was gearing up to take another crack at the seat for the June 22 primary until she received word the city’s elections board wasn’t going to allow her name on the ballot. more
It’s a common misperception of America’s already shameful history of slavery that it only existed south of the Mason-Dixon Line. But Laura Carpenter Myers knows better, and wants to ensure others do, too. more
Although it’s dominated the news for the past year, Americans’ reckoning with how Black communities are policed is hardly new — even in the wake of killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  more
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many to quickly figure out how long-planned life events like weddings could work in a time of forced social distancing. Many simply postponed these events indefinitely, but not everything can be pushed back. more
Shaking hands and kissing babies were once the way to winning elected office, but not when election season is in full swing in the middle of a pandemic.  more
It may have come in a week late, but the $212 billion state budget is packed to the gills. And some state lawmakers say the extra deliberation was worth it. In previous years, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi said she felt disheartened by the budget process. Gov. Andrew Cuomo almost completely controlled the process, according to law, and rarely would he yield to some of the more liberal big-ticket items she and other newer lawmakers craved.  But this year felt entirely different.  more
If there’s one thing the candidates in the March 23 special election may agree on, it’s that not enough people came out to vote.  Barely 9,000 of the district’s 90,000 registered voters cast early, live or absentee ballots in the race. For Mino Lora — who currently sits in second place in the race to replace Councilman Andrew Cohen behind early frontrunner Eric Dinowitz — this low turnout is by design. more
State lawmakers accomplished something this budget season many deemed impossible: They finally legalized marijuana in New York. Effective immediately, anyone older than 21 in New York can legally carry up to three ounces of marijuana and even smoke it in public, although many restrictions on where that’s permitted already are in place. For instance, smoking it in schools or while driving a car remains illegal. more
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