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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. 

A Timeline: Sandy Aftermath

by Claudia Morell, Jeff Coltin, Kris Venezia, Chris Williams, Ann Pierret, George Bodarky, Connor Ryan, Alen Kanlic, Associated Press

CasualCapture, flickr

To report fallen trees or other damage: call 311 or text 311-692 Crews are may not be able to respond right away.

Get the latest on mass transit info here.

Friday 11/2

6:18 PM: Metro-North opens another section, by tomorrow morning, trains will run from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central. 

NY Democrats Get Letter Pressuring Them to Vote

by Associated Press
Vote Sign.

hjl, Flickr 

New York's Democratic Party is writing to registered Democrats telling them that unnamed organizations are monitoring their neighborhood's election turnout and that the party will want an explanation if they do not cast a ballot.

   The letters went out to about 1 million voters this week ahead of Tuesday's election. It represents a get-out-the-vote tactic that is being used increasingly around the country by both parties.

   The letters note that "who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record."

New York Program Will Support Ebola Medical Volunteers

by Associated Press
Ebola Medical Staff.

Army Medicine, Flickr 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan Thursday to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients by guaranteeing that they won't lose their jobs or benefits while they are overseas.

   De Blasio said it's incumbent on New York to play "a lead role in recruiting and supporting medical professionals" because the city and state are home to so many top-rated hospitals and medical schools.

   The initiative is modeled on benefits provided to military reservists.

How Banks Could Bring New Hope to Sandy-Stricken Areas

by Allie Marshall
Representative Jeffries and Reverend Mobley in the Church

Allie Marshall

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, Coney Island is still reeling from the damage.  The United Community Baptist Church on Mermaid Street is in shambles, completely gutted after the extensive water damange.  The seperation of church and state doctrine prevents houses of worship to receive federal relief funds.  Without money from the government, places of worship have had to turn to banks; but, banks are not giving out any loans.  

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