In the Rezone
Recently, the City Planning Commission approved plans for the rezoning of West Harlem, a plan meant to protect the smaller-scale of the neighborhood. Some locals believe it still allows for outsized development in some places, specifically along the 145th Street corridor. They have written a letter to the City Council, which will make the final decision on the rezoning in the next month or so, urging it to reduce the height of buildings on 145th Street. The letter, provided to The Observer by a concerned citizen, can be read in full after the jump.
The hearing room was full and the overflow room was overflowing at the New York City Council’s offices at 250 Broadway this afternoon. Maybe it was the fact that this was the first elevator safety hearing since two New Yorkers lost their lives in elevators in the past year. Maybe it was the fact that this was the first oversight hearing on elevator safety since 2003.
This in a city where most people live and work in high-rise, all serviced by some 60,000 elevators.
The main issue of the afternoon was two new elevator safety bills proposed by the council: one that would require existing elevators to be furnished with more safety devices and another that would require elevator workers to be licensed.
“We require licensing of our plumbers. We require licensing of our electricians. And the lack of elevator licensing is a major loophole,” said councilmember James Vacca, a sponsor of the licensing bill. “It is also a threat to the safety of millions of New Yorkers.”
Lee Saunders, a boisterous national labor leader, interrupted a speech he was giving in midtown this morning to read from a piece of paper handed to him by an aide.
“Cathie Black is resigning?” he said, somewhat unsure. The crowd jumped to their feet, applauding and cheering.
That’s pretty much how the rest of New Read More
At the Somos el Futuro legislative conference in Albany this weekend, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli could be seen hugging Senator Charles Schumer-not because he was feeling particularly affectionate, but because Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, chairman of the conference, which gathers top Democratic officials to discuss issues of concern to Hispanic New Yorkers, had urged attendees to Read More
The latest ad from the business-funded Committee to Save NY, features Cuomo ally, Carl McCall, who has already appeared in a radio ad for the cause.
Substantively, the ad is pushes back against groups urging for higher taxes, in order to fund programs that are facing major funding reductions under Cuomo’s proposal.
Politically, Read More
A blind quote from a top Cuomo aide who referenced “tribal politics” is drawing criticism from a City Councilman from West Harlem.
“Considering his well-known close relationship with the reporter who wrote this article, the Governor has a special obligation to disavow these racially-tinged comments,” said Councilman Robert Jackson, in a public statement, referring Read More
A long-simmering dispute between two uptown City Councilmembers spilled into the open today as Robert Jackson of Harlem accused two Dominican lawmakers of attempting to turn Dominican residents of his district against him.
According to sources present at a Zoning Committee hearing today regarding Columbia University’s plan to expand their athletic facilities in Inwood, Jackson Read More
This was bound to happen.
After pretending not to know the Democrats who signed a letter urging Governor Cuomo to rethink his budget cutbacks, the state party’s executive director accidentally bumps into one of them.
Almost on cue, New York City Councilman Robert Jackson walked by.
The Harlem Democrat has been Read More
The City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus has sent a letter to Gov. David A. Paterson urging him to sign legislation that would outlaw the NYPD’s practice of retaining the personal information of people who are stopped and frisked but not arrested or summoned.
“Maintaining the personal information of these individuals found to be Read More
Here are City Councilmen Robert Jackson, chairman of the Education Committee and Fernando Cabrera, who sits on both the Education Committee and Higher Education Committee [corrected].
With thousands of teacher layoffs proposed by Michael Bloomberg, it’s understandable that these guys were the least happy people walking out of City Hall earlier this morning.
Jackson Read More