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For Manuel Casanova, the attack on the U.S. Capitol last year by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump showed how divided the country truly is. In fact, it served as a call to action for him to run for office himself. more
Bring up the proposed homeless shelter at 6661 Broadway during a Community Board 8 meeting, and prepare for fireworks. But it was a much different tone during a recent town hall involving one of the shelter’s supporters, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi. There was less focus on the complaints, and ultimately more of an opportunity to ask questions. more
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin may have surprised the White House with his decision Sunday to no longer back President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan. But one lawmaker who wasn't? U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman. more
Controversy continues to surround a proposed men’s homeless shelter in North Riverdale, not just by its residential and commercial neighbors around the site, but among local elected officials as well. more
Letitia James is in. Kathy Hochul most likely will run. And both Bill de Blasio and Jumaane Williams are making a lot of noise about mounting their own campaigns as well. more
Alessandra Biaggi announced Wednesday she is supporting the planned facility at 6661 Broadway that is expected to house more than 100 single men by 2023, declaring that "housing is a human right." more
New York City hasn't even finished the 2021 election, but a number of eyes are turning to state races next year with state attorney general Letitia James already jumping into the race for governor, with others like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams not far behind.  more
Jay Jacobs is holding firm to his leadership role in New York’s state Democratic Party, weathering a storm of his own making when he appeared to compare a Black woman running for mayor of Buffalo to former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. more
It’s a name that might evoke serenity and relaxation. But Letchworth Village was anything but.

For decades, the massive complex was home to thousands diagnosed with physical or mental disabilities. Too many, in fact. Residents — especially children — were forced to live in filthy conditions, many times with no clothes to wear and nothing to do.

It was enough to create a national outcry so loud, an entire nation radically reformed disability services.

“I’ve visited penal institutions all over the country,” U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi said. “I’ve visited hospitals all over the country. I’ve visited the worst brigs in the military. I’ve never seen anything like” Letchworth.

How could he know, less than a half-century later, his granddaughter would experience something tragically similar. But it wasn’t Letchworth Village state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi toured last month — instead, it was Rikers Island. A place also hidden far away from inquiring eyes, this time on a one-square-mile plot of mostly landfill-created dirt in the middle of the East River. But not hidden far enough. more

From the very start of his congressional campaign, Jamaal Bowman hasn’t been shy about distinguishing himself from his predecessor, Eliot Engel. Since first going to Capitol Hill last January, Bowman has stayed true to this promise. Except as far as some are concerned — at least on this side of the Bronx — that focus seems to be well outside of Riverdale. more
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