Pet advocates give F's to City Council

If they were pets, half of the members of the City Council would be in the doghouse. A pet-loving organization called the League of Humane Voters of New York City has issued a scorecard of how supportive the 51 Council members were last year of select legislation favored or opposed by the group.

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Pedicab drivers won’t roll over in face of new law

The city’s 500 pedicab owners and operators are gearing up for the long haul. They’re readying for a protracted battle with the city against a new law that places severe restrictions on their livelihood. Last Wednesday, several dozen of the pedal-powered cabbies wended their way down traffic-clogged Broadway from Columbus Circle to City Hall to call attention to their plight.

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No More Kindergarten Waiting List at 2 Village Schools - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

Updated, 4:52 p.m. | The waiting list for kindergarten at two of New York City's most celebrated elementary schools, Public School 41 and Public School 3 in Greenwich Village -- which had stirred anger among parents -- is no more. The Department of Education announced on Friday that it had reached a lease agreement with Greenwich House, which will provide classroom space at 27 Barrow Street for pre-kindergarten students in Greenwich Village, next year.

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Met Food and N.Y.U. try to meet on lease renewal

For more than a decade, East and West Villagers have seen New York University snatch up land and existing buildings for new dorms and facilities. But, when the school tried to jack up a beloved supermarket's rent in a building it owns on Second Ave., residents rebelled.

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Magazine editor's efforts for school are award-winning

In the mid-1990s, Washington Irving High School was racked by violence and believed to be a staging ground for gang activity. Area business proprietors wanted to close the school down, and Robert Walsh, then head of the 14th St.-Union Square Business Improvement District -- today known as the Union Square Partnership -- came looking for volunteers to tackle the problem. He knocked on the door of Jane Chesnutt, editor in chief of Woman's Day magazine, and found a willing partner.

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Local pol's relative killed in Iraq by roadside bomb

City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, a vocal critic of the Iraq war, felt the ongoing conflict hit home with devastating impact last month when she learned that her first cousin once removed had been killed.

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Housing Authority blasted by Councilwoman Rosie Mendez following Daily News investigation

NYCHA's road (waste) warriors City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez blasted the Housing Authority Sunday for letting employees commute on the taxpayers' dime - including one who made regular trips to the Poconos. "The taxpayers of New York deserve a thorough investigation of how NYCHA, and indeed all other city agencies, allow employees to use city vehicles for nonauthorized travel to and from work," Mendez said in response to a Daily News investigation.

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Grand Street News Can Rosie Save NYCHA

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer last month signed legislation that would increase the shelter allowance provided to public housing authorities serving families on public assistance. According to City Council Public Housing Subcommittee Chairperson Rosie Mendez, the new law covers about 6000 New York City Housing Authority residents.

"The recent shelter allowance gives NYCHA equal treatment with private landlords," explains Mendez. "Prior to this law, NYCHA received only $168 per family of four in a two bedroom apartment, while a private landlords got $450 for the same."

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Feds eye New York building sale at housing projects

New Yorks top federal housing official said on Tuesday the city's cash-strapped Housing Authority should consider selling buildings in expensive neighborhoods to create more apartments elsewhere. "It may displace some people, and that is a concern," Sean Moss, the regional administrator for the federal Housing and Urban Development Department, said at a forum on the Housing Authority's future. "That is not necessarily a bad thing if you can create more housing with that," Moss said. "Instead of having 300 units [in a project], maybe there is a way to increase that if they are able to ... sell those assets so that you can create more housing."

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Equality is the goal, from marriage to the military

"Basic equality" is the central political goal of the gay community, according to Assemblymember Deborah Glick. The struggle for marriage legislation is at the heart of this campaign. Glick, along with many others in the gay leadership, is optimistic that, with Governor Eliot Spitzer's support, the issue is moving steadily forward in Albany. State Senator Tom Duane, who has been "fighting for marriage legislation for most of this decade," says he has a positive outlook, but "we're not there yet."

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