Nabe planning must start from bottom: CB8

Charles Moerdler has never considered himself a “top-down” kind of guy. At least when it comes to government at the hyperlocal level. So why anyone would think he’d support city council Speaker Corey Johnson’s bill he says would overhaul community planning from the mayor’s office on down is beyond him.

CB8 committee nearly shut down before it started

They’re not expected to do much more than choose a pair of new committee chairs, but how Community Board 8 assembled its nominating committee raised questions about whether the board is properly notifying the public about meetings. And the current board chair has committed to do better

Bill Caplan has way to fight climate change — now

The debate over the existence of man-made climate change is all but settled — 97 percent of climate scientists agree on this, according to NASA. And for the past few years, many policymakers — especially of the Democratic persuasion — have called it an existential threat.

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Wiley finds strength in crisis, leading to better tomorrow

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.

Derek Chauvin verdict rare instance of police accountability

Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The former police officer faced a jury of his peers, yet even in what many saw as an open-and-shut case, there were still some uncertain what would happen until the moment Judge Peter Cahill read the word “guilty” three times.

Heist not enough to slow JFK’s Enchanted Garden

For many years, the Enchanted Garden has been a community staple and a quiet place within a bustling city to sit and enjoy nature. But earlier this month, someone interrupted that peace by breaking into the garden and stealing some of its maintenance equipment.

Politicos turn away from Zoom, head for Clubhouse

What would you say to your elected representative if you could call them up right now? Until recently, this question was a moot point because most constituents didn’t have direct access to their representatives beyond maybe text-based social media. They would have to jump through a series of hoops before ever being able to get on the phone with their Assemblyman, council member, or even a mayoral frontrunner.

CB8, shops give bike lanes a Bronx cheer

As the warmer months approach, more people are turning to outdoor activities. Among them? Bicyclists. But if any of them are looking for designated space along streets like Mosholu Avenue, they may need to keep looking.

Knolls Crescent bank looks to close — for real this time

It’s always a pleasant surprise when grassroots community activism actually gets the attention of those in power and leads to something positive. The residents of Knolls Crescent got a taste of this last year when they successfully delayed the closing of their local Chase Bank branch.

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Weekend vandalism targets 4 synagogues

Four temples were targeted in a series of vandalism attacks spanning from Thursday to Sunday. Police say someone threw rocks through windows at the Riverdale Jewish Center on Independence Avenue, Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale on West 246th Street, Young Israel of Riverdale on Henry Hudson Parkway East, and the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale on West 250th Street.

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Press finds its new housing reporter in time for summer

A new reporter is joining The Riverdale Press in June, but to make sure he arrives and is ready to go, we’re going to need a little help.

Lora nearly tossed from primary ballot

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.

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