The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on July 14 about the landmarking of the Upper West Side powerhouse.
Local elected officials, Community Boards 4 and 6, and preservation groups have pushed for the commission to designate the former Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Powerhouse at West 59th Street and 11th Avenue, which provided electricity for New York City’s first subway system. This is the third time the station has been considered for a landmark designation.
Buffalo News: Approval predicted for medical marijuana State legislators likelyto act this session
By Tom Precious
NEWS ALBANY BUREAU
ALBANY — Long-stalled efforts to permit the medicinal use of marijuana in this state appear to have a good chance of passage before lawmakers end their session in June. It would make New York the 15th state to legalize the drug for medical reasons.
The New York Times: Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage
By JEREMY W. PETERS
Gov. David A. Paterson plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to make marriage between same-sex couples legal in New York, advancing his push for greater rights for gay men and lesbians, at a time when other states have done so.
Mr. Paterson’s plans represent the most public effort yet by the governor, who has been a consistent supporter of gay rights, to position himself and New York at the crest of a broadening national movement.
Some years from now, when the bizarre circumstances that made him governor are forgotten, and New York's fiscal crisis is resolved and similarly relegated to the past, David Paterson could be remembered as the one who saw to it that same-sex couples could legally marry in this state.
Let that thought prevail, at least for this one day.
New York governor to propose legalizing same-sex marriage
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Gov. David Paterson will announce plans Thursday to introduce same-sex marriage legislation in the state Assembly, according to an assemblyman who was asked to be present for the announcement.
"The governor's office called me and asked if I would stand with the governor," said Micah Z. Kellner, a state assemblyman from Manhattan. "I said I will be thrilled to stand with the governor when he makes this announcement."
On Sunday, March 8, Senator Duane joined New York City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenant Association and the residents of the complex to celebrate a landmark victory for rent stabilized tenants.
In its unanimous decision issued on Thursday, March 5, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled that Tishman Speyer and the previous owner of the complex, Met Life, imprope
As State elected officials representing the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we write in response to recent complaints regarding increased helicopter traffic over the neighborhood. In fact, some constituents have noted that helicopters pass overhead as often as twice every minute, disrupting their lives and contaminating the environment with noise pollution.
The following is a summary of some of my office's activities since my last community report:
Adopting the FY 2008-9 Deficit Reduction Plan
On February 3, working with the Governor and the Assembly, the Senate passed a critical deficit reduction plan. This legislation will result in closing a budget gap of approximately $1.6 billion for the current fiscal year and will improve the State's bond rating. This will significantly decrease the costs of funding for public works and other vital projects.
On November 25, State Senator Duane joined New York City Councilmember Jim Gennaro, former New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Al Appleton and advocates in a press conference on the steps of City Hall to call on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ban natural gas drilling in New York State’s Marcellus Shale formation. Part of this large mineral reserve deposit thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface is located under New York City’s watershed.
Also on November 20, Senator Duane was pleased to join leaders of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) at a press conference announcing the organization’s receipt of a $13,000 grant from Preserve New York, a program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts. This dedicated funding will allow GVSHP to complete research and documentation of the history of the area between 14th Street and Houston Street, Fourth Avenue/the Bowery and Avenue D in order to produce recommendations for landmark protections.
On November 20, State Senator Duane joined State Senator-Elect Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh to respond to reports that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has proposed completely eliminating M8 crosstown bus service from the Lower East Side to the West Village. While he recognizes that hard times call for difficult decisions, it is too soon to tell if this is the most economically prudent choice in light of community needs and the State’s fiscal crisis.
James J. SampelPresidentNew York City Board of Elections200 Varick St., 10 FlNew York, NY 10014
Dear President Sampel:
I am writing in regard to compliance with federal civil rights law at polling sites throughout New York’s 29th State Senate District. The Center for Independence of the Disabled (CIDNY) surveyed twelve distinct polling sites in my district and found significant deficiencies including poll workers who were not prepared to accommodate the needs of the disabled voters and inadequate poll site access.