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The City Council’s One Lesbian Speaks Up

The City Council’s One Lesbian Speaks Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Rosie Mendez, the Lower East Side City Council veteran first elected in 2005, has been passionate about tenants’ rights her entire career. An attorney by training, she worked at Brooklyn Legal Services and then for the People’s Economic Opportunities Project on the Lower East Side before becoming chief of staff to former […]

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Bill de Blasio stood on the steps of City Hall January 1 to be sworn in as New York’s 109th mayor, nothing in the inaugural ceremony suggested a hint of retreat from the progressive themes his campaign raised. That’s encouraging, but the proving ground will likely be the next six months […]

2013: Year in Photos

2013: Year in Photos

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO, MICHAEL LUONGO & SAM SPOKONY/ DESIGN BY MICHAEL SHIREY/ TEXT BY PAUL SCHINDLER

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite a mushrooming of candidate debates around town, the race for City Council speaker is limited to just 51 voters. But that’s not to say that this year’s seven announced candidates have suddenly decided to open up to a wider constituency an exclusive prerogative councilmembers previously guarded jealously. In fact, individual members […]

Coalition Lays Out Proposals for Post-Quinn Council Reforms

Coalition Lays Out Proposals for Post-Quinn Council Reforms

BY SAM SPOKONY | A coalition of City Council members and Democratic Council nominees likely to win on November 5 took to the steps of City Hall on October 30 to begin making their case for sweeping reforms to the Council’s rules. Two months before they take office — and a week before they are even […]

Fighting For New York’s Future

Fighting For New York’s Future

GAY CITY NEWS ENDORSEMENT | It’s been 20 years since New York, an overwhelmingly Democratic town, has had a Democratic mayor. During that period, a number of trends cheered many, probably most New Yorkers. Crime went down dramatically; the 414 murders in 2012 represented an astonishing decline of almost 80 percent since 1993. With safer […]

Gay Calls to Divest in Russia

Gay Calls to Divest in Russia

BY ANDY HUMM | Members of Queer Nation, which has led the charge among New Yorkers pressuring Russia to repeal its notorious anti-gay laws, are calling on city and state officials to pull their investments in Russia as bad both morally and financially. While they are turning up the heat, along with Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and […]

False Prostitutions More Widespread than Known

False Prostitutions More Widespread than Known

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Police arrested more men than previously known in controversial 2008 prostitution stings that involved young undercover vice cops first soliciting consensual sex from men in six Manhattan porn shops then offering to pay for the sex and arresting the men for prostitution. Internal NYPD records recently disclosed in a federal lawsuit brought […]

LGBT, AIDS Groups Look to Quinn-Less Future

LGBT, AIDS Groups Look to Quinn-Less Future

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Christine Quinn’s 14 years in the City Council come to a close, some community groups are expressing concern that they are losing a sympathetic leader who steered millions of city dollars into their coffers. “As far as HIV, we lose an ally,” said Lyndel Urbano, the manager of government affairs at […]

Controversies Continue as CB2 Takes Up Stalled Stonewall Plaque

Controversies Continue as CB2 Takes Up Stalled Stonewall Plaque

BY ANDY HUMM |  The Stonewall Inn bar –– the 1969 raid on which sparked the modern LGBT liberation movement –– is on a street renamed Stonewall Place and was made an official National Historic Landmark in 2000, but it does not have an official plaque marking its role in history. Gay State Senator Brad […]

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