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Re-opening the Rector Street Bridge!

I was proud to assist the New York State Department of Transportation in re-opening the Rector Street Bridge on schedule.  I facilitated the acceleration of electrical work by ConEdison, which allowed the enhanced lighting to be in place in time for the October 9 opening of  the bridge.

October 26, 2009
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Protecting Neighborhood Businesses

As chair of the Senate Cities Committee, I hosted a public hearing on retail diversity and neighborhood health on September 19th.  Too often, New York City neighborhoods suffer from a drought of diverse retail or suffer as locally owned businesses are driven out.   My hearing brought together small business owners, government officials, and community members to discuss the problem and identify potential solutions.  The goal is to develop state policies to promote local and diverse retail.  If you have ideas for how to promote retail diversity and neighborhood health

October 25, 2009
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Gov asks mayor & Thompson for B.P.C. help

By Julie Shapiro

Feature article in the Downtown Express

Desperate to fill the $3 billion hole in the state’s budget this year, Gov. David Paterson is making another grab for the Battery Park City Authority’s money.

Paterson wants to take $300 million from the authority, which would be an unprecedented use of the authority’s funds. Paterson tried and failed to do something similar earlier this year, and his current proposal is also far from a done deal.

October 23, 2009
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Greenbridge Workshops: Introduction to Permaculture

Preregistration is required at least one week in advance for the workshop. Call 718-623-7220 for more information or to register. 

Free, but space is limited!

November 10, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Greenbridge Workshops: Street Tree Care

Preregistration is required at least one week in advance for the workshop. Call 718-623-7220 for more information or to register.  Free, but space is limited!

November 5, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Greenbridge Workshops: Rainwater Harvesting

Preregistration is required at least one week in advance for the workshop. Call 718-623-7220 for more information or to register.  Free, but space is limited!

October 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry

6:30pm: Panel with Brenda Cárdenas, David Dominguez, Gina Franco, Scott Inguito, Urayoán Noel & Rich Villar. Moderated by Francisco Aragón

8:00pm: Reading with Brenda Cárdenas, David Dominguez, Gina Franco & Scott Inguito

Francisco Aragón , poet and editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry , hosts a reading of leading Latino poets and a panel exploring multi- and interlingualism, the role of location and other topics.

October 29, 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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A Reading of the Poetry of Thom Gunn with Alfred Corn, Elaine Equi, Wendy Lesser, Robert Pinsky, Robert Polito, Tom Sleigh & Joshua Weiner

Cosponsored by the Poetry Society of America and the New School.

@ Theresa Lang Community & Student CenterArnhold HallThe New School55 West 13th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Admission Free

October 28, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Past the Barriers: The Poetry & Poetics of Thom Gunn

A Conversation with John Peck & Brian TeareIntroduced by Joshua Weiner

Poets John Peck and Brian Teare discuss the formal precision and bold subject matter of British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who found his poetic voice during the five decades he lived in the Bay Area.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members and Poetry Society of America Members

October 27, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Sudden Orpheus : A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz with Diane Ferrer

The performance on Saturday, October 24 will be followed by a panel at 3:30pm with Thalia Field, Edwin Frank, Ariel Goldberger, Claudia Orenstein & Leonard Schwartz

In Sudden Orpheus , an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz's own poems. A panel discussion follows the Saturday performance.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

October 24, 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Sudden Orpheus : A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz with Diane Ferrer

The performance on Saturday, October 24 will be followed by a panel at 3:30pm with Thalia Field, Edwin Frank, Ariel Goldberger, Claudia Orenstein & Leonard Schwartz

In Sudden Orpheus , an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz's own poems. A panel discussion follows the Saturday performance.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

October 23, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Seminars with John Felstiner: “ Can Poetry Save the Earth? ”

In a round-table discussion, John Felstiner leads an in-depth exploration of poems that reveal our spirited yet fraught connection with nature, poems whose environmental imprint and impetus can freshen and sharpen our consciousness of the world around us.

Readings for the first seminar: Psalms , the Wordsworths, Coleridge, Keats, Clare, Whitman, Dickinson, Hopkins, Frost and Williams; for the second evening: Lawrence, Jeffers, Millay, Roethke, Bishop, Levertov, Haines, Ammons, Merwin, Kinnell, Hughes and Snyder. All materials provided.

October 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Public Seminars with John Felstiner: “ Can Poetry Save the Earth? ”

In a round-table discussion, John Felstiner leads an in-depth exploration of poems that reveal our spirited yet fraught connection with nature, poems whose environmental imprint and impetus can freshen and sharpen our consciousness of the world around us.

Readings for the first seminar: Psalms , the Wordsworths, Coleridge, Keats, Clare, Whitman, Dickinson, Hopkins, Frost and Williams; for the second evening: Lawrence, Jeffers, Millay, Roethke, Bishop, Levertov, Haines, Ammons, Merwin, Kinnell, Hughes and Snyder. All materials provided.

October 21, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Reforming Albany: What is Wrong with the State Legislature and How to Fix It

A panel discussion taking place Oct 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Moderated by:

Lawrence Norden, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Featuring:

    The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblymember, 57th District, New York State Assembly

    Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/New York

October 27, 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Greenbridge Workshops: Getting to Know Your Soil

Preregistration is required at least one week in advance for the workshop. Call 718-623-7220 for more information or to register. 

Free, but space is limited!

October 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Bringing the SLA to the Community

On October 13, I hosted a discussion on nightlife concerns, bringing together State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chairman Dennis Rosen, SLA CEO Trina Mead, SLA Deputy Commissioner of Licensing Kerri O’Brien, SLA Deputy CEO for New York City Michael Jones, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, representatives from the offices of Assembly Members Silver, Kavanagh, and Glick, and leaders from district community boards.

October 15, 2009
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Pumpkin Day

HEY KIDS!   Come and pick out your own pumpkin. Decorate it & take home.  Other arts & crafts & live music too!

$5 Suggested Donation

(Rain date is Saturday, October 31)

 

*A TOWN SQUARE EVENT For more info, contact TSI at info@townsquareinc.com

October 24, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Parade and Party

KIDS OF ALL AGES!

Join Town Square’s Parade & Party

● Meet at 176 Java Street (Manhattan/McGuinness) @ 4 pm

● Parade down Manhattan Avenue led by the NYPD Jazz Band

● Party to follow at 176 Java Street to 7 pm (ages up to 12 yrs)

● Arts & Crafts ● Food & Drinks ● Games ● Music

● Party Admission $5 for 1 Kid/1 Adult ● Kids must be accompanied by an Adult

*A TOWN SQUARE EVENTFor more info, call TSI at 718.609.1090 or PSC at 718.383.5290.

October 25, 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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