on the waterfront
For decades, the barriers that have separated the people of New York and Hart Island have been nearly as insuperable as the boundaries between the living and the dead.
Visiting the city’s potter’s field—one of the few in the country that is still in active use—has been almost entirely forbidden, with family members of the approximately 850,000 people buried there granted highly-restricted, and some say grudging access, to a small, fenced-off area by the island’s ferry dock. The city purchased the 101-acre island off the coast of City Island in the Bronx in 1868 and designated it “a public burial place for the poor and strangers.” Although the island once housed a reformatory, a workhouse, a convalescent hospital and a prisoner of war camp, the Department of Corrections, the island’s caretaker, has always cited security concerns in defense of its strict closed-off policies. Prisoners from Rikers perform the burials.
Now the City Council is considering two likely-to-pass bills (introduced by council member Elizabeth Crowley, who chairs the Committee on Fire & Criminal Justice Services) that would make Hart Island a more open and accessible place.
When Michael Bloomberg visited the Flushing Mall the Saturday before Election Day, supporters crowded around him on stage, yelled wildly when he spoke, and encircled him and his security detail as they left.
Dennis Gallagher didn’t. The former city councilman, who resigned his seat last year after admitting he sexually assaulted a woman in his Read More
A reader passed on some photos he said were taken Tuesday night showing campaign signs for newly elected Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley are all over the old district office of her predecessor, Anthony Como.
The city is still paying the rent on the building, according to the real estate Read More
Today is Elizabeth Crowley’s first day as a member of the City Council. After being sworn in in front of her new colleagues, Crowley said she knows what it’s like to be part of a big family.
“My parents had 15 children,” said Crowley, whose father and mother both also served in the City Council. Read More
I haven’t been able to reach any officials with the city’s Board of Elections yet, but if you ask Republican Anthony Como, the special election in Queens’ 30th Council District is over.
"I won by 38 votes," Como told me this evening. "I feel great."
Also running in the four-way special election Read More
This post has been updated.
The counting is still going on in the special election for the Queens 30th City Council district, but a spokesman for the candidate who came in last place is claiming victory–because he helped prevent another Democrat, Elizabeth Crowley, from winning.
According to unofficial results, Crowley is a few votes Read More
As of this morning, it looked like Republican Anthony Como had edged out Democrat Elizabeth Crowley to win yesterday’s special election for a City Council seat in Queens.
According to the Board of Elections, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the results are:
Anthony Como: 2,352 votes (31.71 percent of the vote)
Elizabeth Crowley: Read More
The Republican City Council candidates in a financial report filed with the C.F.B on May 23, Crowley has raised $159,400. Como, who is second place in fund-raising, has $48,230 and has received, so far, $100,826 in public funds [clarified]. Read More
Democratic City Council candidate Charles Ober got the Independence Party endorsement for the June 3 special election that will determine who will finish Dennis Gallagher’s term.
“Charles Ober has a genuine affinity for, and practical track record on, the issues and processes of grassroots democracy that the Independence Party cares about," said the party’s Queens Read More
Tom Ognibene’s ad in the latest Queens Courier asks residents to “re-elect” him to the City Council in the June 3 special election.
Ognibene, a Republican, is the former councilman of that Middle Village district, but was term-limited from office in 2001. His successor, Dennis Gallagher, resigned after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting Read More