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Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Bill Thompson (D)

by Veronica Volk
Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson

Edwin Martinez1, flickr

This isn’t former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s first rodeo.  Four years ago he ran against and lost to Mayor Bloomberg by 4.6 percent, but this race has been different altogether.  Last time around it was his adamant stance on term limits that lit a fire under his campaign; in this race he may not have such a clear rallying point. 

Morning Brief: September 22

by Jeff Coltin
High Line Park

David Berkowitz, flickr

The High Line—that creative park built on top of old elevated train lines on Manhattan’s west side—is finally done! Gothamist has some pictures of the new stretch, which goes all the way north to the 31st Street. But New York Mag warns us that even this part of the park is impermanent.

NYC Jail Watchdog Board Lacks Minorities

by Associated Press, Jake Pearson
Rikers Island Jail

Tim Rodenberg, wikimedia

At a time when New York City jail officials are struggling to quell rising levels of violence and better care for a growing number of mentally ill inmates, a civilian oversight board is being criticized for having no minorities or experts in mental illness.

Lawmakers Advance Port Authority Reforms

by Associated Press
Port Authority Bus Terminal

Wally Gobetz, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill designed to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

   It moves to the full Senate after a Senate committee approved the bill on Thursday.

   New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and state Sen. Bob Gordon are prime sponsors of the bill, which grew from lane closings at the George Washington Bridge a year ago. The closures appear to have been politically motivated.

NYC Named Nation's Most Vegan-Friendly City

by Associated Press
Vegetables.

Kenneth Hegemeyer, Flickr

Manhattan's skyline never looked so appetizing.

   The famed skyline was rendered in vegetables on Wednesday as part of an award given by an animal welfare group.

   The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals declared that New York was the nation's most vegan-friendly city.

   To mark the occasion, PETA commissioned the vegetable skyline, complete with a Chrysler Building made of radishes.

Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish New Yorkers

by Associated Press
NYPD officers.

katie chao and ben muessig, Flickr

Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in New York City following unrest overseas this summer, but the attacks are random and not from any organized group, police officials said Wednesday.

   Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, who heads the special victims division, said there's been an increase since July 1, when reports about the unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news.

9/11 Fund hands out $100M in Scholarships

by Associated Press
9/11 Tribute in Light
 
A scholarship fund set up for families of 9/11 victims said Wednesday it recently surpassed $100 million in awards handed out since the terrorist attacks.
 
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund said it surpassed the milestone while awarding more than $11 million in the 2013-2014 academic year.

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