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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

Beginning Labor Day weekend, anyone working for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority or the New York side of the port authority are required to either be fully vaccinated, or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. more
Margaret Nelson is the new city parks commissioner. Well, at least the acting one. Mayor Bill de Blasio elevated Nelson to the top spot this week to replace Mitchell Silver, who stepped down after seven years leading parks in New York City. more
If you could boil Councilman Eric Dinowitz down to one core issue, it would probably be education. Although Dinowitz loved making a difference in the lives of his students, he also realized there’s only so much he could do in that setting. That’s why he decided to leave the classroom, he said, and run for city council in the first place. more
Now that the city's elections board has cleared its counting system of dummy test ballots, the agency tried yet again to release preliminary results from the citywide primary races for mayor, comptroller and public advocate. And while they haven't changed much from what was reported before — it has presented some new, interesting scenarios for when tens of thousands of absentee ballots are opened and counted. more
The city's elections board is expected to release preliminary ranked-choice counting results later in the day Wednesday, after a mishap with tens of thousands of test ballots caused the agency to release erroneous results Tuesday evening. more
More than 800 different languages are spoken in New York City, home to a number of diverse ethnic and racial groups. And then there are the neighborhoods themselves in each of the boroughs — many of which find their news from more than 300 media outlets, including The Riverdale Press. more
Any other time, such correspondence might be welcome to many. But here? Just a couple weeks before voters would decide if he’ll keep that seat past December? Eric Dinowitz abused his office, at least two of his primary challengers claim, and he charged taxpayers to do it. more
Should electricity remain a utility — or should it be a right? more
Southern New Hampshire University might be a four-hour drive away, but some of its top students call this part of the Bronx home. more
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