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In Johnson’s Council Office, Le Francois In, Jordan Out

In Johnson’s Council Office, Le Francois In, Jordan Out

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | In a surprising turn of events, two days after taking office as the new city councilman for the Third District, Corey Johnson named Jeffrey LeFrancois as his chief of staff. It had previously been widely thought that R.J. Jordan, his campaign manager, already had the job nailed down. LeFrancois was West […]

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing before a cheering crowd, Democrat Bill de Blasio sounded the themes of progressive values that won him the earlier Democratic primary and that clearly appealed to a wide swath of New York City voters in the general election. “The people of this city have chosen a progressive path and tonight we […]

VIDEO: Spirited Exchange, Some Sharp Contrasts in Johnson-Kurland Council Debate

VIDEO:  Spirited Exchange, Some Sharp Contrasts in Johnson-Kurland Council Debate

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a spirited debate frequently punctuated by cheers, boos, and catcalls from the audience, the candidates who are seeking the City Council seat held by Speaker Christine Quinn for the past 14 years faced off for roughly 90 minutes. “I think 14 years is a long time to be representing a district,” […]

Corey Johnson: Practice Complete for Ex-Footballer Seeking Quinn Seat

Corey Johnson: Practice Complete for Ex-Footballer Seeking Quinn Seat

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | There is something about Corey Johnson that is carefully crafted. Or perhaps it’s everything. The 31-year-old is vying with Yetta Kurland, a civil rights attorney, for the City Council seat that Speaker Christine Quinn has held for 14 years. For an interview with Gay City News, he arrived with his hair freshly […]

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On Saturday, July 20, as most of New York crumpled under the seventh day of the worst heat wave in memory, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso, first-time City Council candidates from different Brooklyn districts, pedaled 15 miles on bicycle from East Williamsburg to Sunset Park, greeting voters and drawing attention to where […]

New York LGBT Pride Day: A Photographic Retrospective

New York LGBT Pride Day: A Photographic Retrospective

BY DONNA ACETO, MICHAEL LUONGO & DUNCAN OSBORNE | With many hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators, the June 30 LGBT Pride March was not only an exuberant show of community strength and personal courage but also a celebration of the previous week’s victories over the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 at […]

Center Hosts Garden Party 30

Center Hosts Garden Party 30

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | The LGBT Community Center kicked off Pride Week with its annual Garden Party, its 30th anniversary event. Held for the first time at Pier 84 at West 44th Street and the Hudson River, the party presented “A Taste of Pride,” featuring specialties from 40 restaurants across the city. Click on any […]

It’s Official: Corey versus Yetta in Race to Succeed Quinn

It’s Official: Corey versus Yetta in Race to Succeed Quinn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Seven months after Corey Johnson, the chair of Community Board 4 in Chelsea, officially announced his aim to succeed Speaker Christine Quinn in the City Council’s District 3 seat, Yetta Kurland stepped up to say she too would contest the seat in 2013. The December 10 City Hall press conference at […]