Council Member Aims To Close a Landmark Loophole - March 14, 2007 - The New York Sun

NEW YORK CITY OFFICIALS COULD GAIN A POWERFUL NEW tool to save would-be historic and landmark buildings from the wrecking ball. Under a bill to be introduced today by City Council Member Rosie Mendez of Manhattan, the Department of Buildings would be allowed to revoke building permits for newly designated landmark properties if the owners have not completed a substantial amount of work or spent a significant amount of money on the projects when landmark status is granted.

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COUNCIL MEMBER MENDEZ PROPOSES HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO HELP KEEP LOW-INCOME SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES Room Eight

Bill Will Provide Free Legal Counsel to Seniors Facing Eviction and Foreclosure City Hall, November 15th, 2007 * Council Member Rosie Mendez announced pioneering legislation today to protect New York City's low-income seniors from eviction and foreclosure. The Right to Counsel Bill will provide free legal representation to seniors with household incomes of less than $27,000 who are in jeopardy of losing their home. With evictions and foreclosures threatening many New Yorkers, The Right to Counsel Bill has garnered considerable support, with 21 Council Members and 80 community groups in support. Councilwoman Mendez was joined by several of the Council Members and supporting groups.

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Still keeping it real on L.E.S._ Chico's message is indelible

Believe it or not, one of New York's most prolific and influential visual artists works for the New York City Housing Authority. On a sweltering August afternoon, Antonio "Chico" Garcia, wearing a paint-splattered blue T-shirt with "Lower East Side" written on it in white letters, sneakers and dark blue painter's pants, was not sitting in an air-conditioned studio studying a canvas. Instead, he was taking a cigarette break outside the Nathan Strauss Houses Community Center on E. 27th St., which,for the moment,is his studio.

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St. Brigid's saved from wrecking ball by anonymous $20M donation

Historic St. Brigid's Church in the East Village was saved from the wrecking ball Wednesday by a $20 million donation from an anonymous angel. The huge - and unexpected - cash infusion will allow the nearly 160-year-old church to reopen once badly needed repairs are finished. "This magnificent gift will make it possible for St. Brigid's Church to be fittingly restored with its significant structural problems properly addressed," Edward Cardinal Egan said.

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St. Brigid's faithful thankful church still standing

It was 7:30 a.m. last Friday when the really hard core of the Committee to Save St. Brigid gathered on Avenue B to commemorate the hour and day last year when a wrecking crew from the Catholic Archdiocese punched a hole in the shuttered church's east wall and started to demolish the historic building.

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SCORING ON END RUN VS. THE VOTERS - New York Post

THE council members conjured up old Abe Lincoln. And George Orwell. Even Venezuelan beastie Hugo Chavez made a cameoappearance at City Hall - when one member said he preferred him to our mayor, better known as the man who wants to rule New York for life.

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Scoopy's Notebook

Historic reversal: After waffling for weeks, saying it didn't support the full South Village Historic District as it's being proposed, New York University has come out in support of the district boundaries as endorsed by the South Village Landmark Association (SoVilLa) and Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

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Save the M8 or bus(t), marchers cry

The twain did meet when two groups of marchers converged at The Cube on Astor Place Saturday afternoon. About 75 people turned out to call on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to save the M8 Eighth St. crosstown bus route.

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Protesting NYPD Protest Rules Transportation Alternatives

Opposition to a recently enacted police regulation limiting public gatherings continues to draw crowds.Last Saturday night, September 29, several hundred people gathered in Washington Square Park and marched through the West Village banging drums,carrying banners, and chanting, "Resist, resist, you know you are pissed."The march was organized by the group Radical Homosexual Agenda, whose recent protests have been reminiscent of memorable demonstrations mounted by the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP.

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Police Charged with False Arrests of Gay Men at Adult Video Stores (Gotham Gazette, February 2, 2009)

Anger is building against the police department in the wake of an increase in arrests of gay men for prostitution at Manhattan adult video stores. Last week, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined in the outcry. She said she is working with the mayor's office and commanders of the police department to set up a meeting that will include gay community groups "to get to the bottom of this."

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