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Susan Burns was officially installed as the sixth president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent last weekend. more
Saying someone has the heart of a champion is not a compliment that should be taken lightly. After all, not everyone is worthy of such an effusive description. Grant Schwartz isn’t your typical high school athlete. more
A Roman Catholic college building a center and curriculum around the Holocaust? It would never work. Hire a Muslim woman to lead it? It just can’t happen. But it did — and 10 years later Mehnaz Afridi is sought after from around the world to share her perspective on some of the darkest moments in human history. more
Some of New York City’s larger hotels that significantly cut staff or outright shut down in wake of the coronavirus pandemic will need to open by the end of the month, or could be forced to pay out severance for as much as $15,000 per employee. more
The Riverdale Press welcomes two new members to its team this week  — except one of them is not so new. more
Jordan Dewbre wants to help as many people as possible during these difficult times. BronxWorks has joined a consortium of nonprofits to form the Bronx Rental Assistance Network — or BxRAN — to help connect those renters in need with the state’s emergency financial assistance program. more
Jay Jacobs is holding firm to his leadership role in New York’s state Democratic Party, weathering a storm of his own making when he appeared to compare a Black woman running for mayor of Buffalo to former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. more
John Buczkiewicz misses the quiet. No, he didn’t recently move. In fact, he still lives on the same block he has for years along Greystone Avenue. And it seems it’s his neighborhood’s turn to blame the disruption of late-night peace on one group: Manhattan College students. more
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step toward alleviating what they described as the crisis on Rikers Island earlier this month by agreeing to temporarily transfer more than 200 women and transgender-identifying inmates to two upstate prisons. more
It’s a name that might evoke serenity and relaxation. But Letchworth Village was anything but.

For decades, the massive complex was home to thousands diagnosed with physical or mental disabilities. Too many, in fact. Residents — especially children — were forced to live in filthy conditions, many times with no clothes to wear and nothing to do.

It was enough to create a national outcry so loud, an entire nation radically reformed disability services.

“I’ve visited penal institutions all over the country,” U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi said. “I’ve visited hospitals all over the country. I’ve visited the worst brigs in the military. I’ve never seen anything like” Letchworth.

How could he know, less than a half-century later, his granddaughter would experience something tragically similar. But it wasn’t Letchworth Village state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi toured last month — instead, it was Rikers Island. A place also hidden far away from inquiring eyes, this time on a one-square-mile plot of mostly landfill-created dirt in the middle of the East River. But not hidden far enough. more

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