New chairman for Community Board 1

Downtown Express article by Yannic Rack

There was a changing of the guard in Lower Manhattan this week.

anthony-notaroDEPRINT_WEBWEBCommunity Board 1 chose a new leader on Tuesday, overwhelmingly electing former vice-chair Anthony Notaro to the top job after his only challenger unexpectedly dropped out of the race last month.

Notaro is taking the reigns from Catherine McVay Hughes, who decided not to run for a customary third term as the unofficial — and unpaid — chief of the community.

“It’s amazing, looking back on what Catherine and the board have achieved over the last few years,” said Notaro after a ceremonial vote at the board’s June 28 meeting. “It is a bittersweet night,” he told Hughes. “Thank you for all of your hard work. And don’t go far! We’re gonna need you.”

US News & World Report: New York City Considers Jail, Fine for Buyers of Fake Designer Goods

By Steven Nelson

New York City Council member Margaret Chin, a Democrat representing lower Manhattan, wants to frighten the fashion anarchists who purchase fake designer bags away from the tempting offers of clever street vendors.

Legislation proposed by Chin and six other city council members would make buying a counterfeit product in the city a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000.

Chin announced the proposal in April and the bill was discussed during a Thursday hearing of the council’s Public Safety Committee — where it will likely linger for months as officials prioritize the city budget. The New York City Council has 51 members, 46 of whom are Democrats.

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1st Precinct Officer Steve Rose Organizes Event to Aid Sandy Victims

From the New York Times, A Ranger Rolls Up His Sleeves and Takes a Big Role in Hurricane Relief:

Brad Richards, the son of lobster fishers in Prince Edward Island, joined the Rangers just 17 months ago, but he is definitely a New Yorker now. In the days after Hurricane Sandy, he has been a frequent volunteer in hard-hit parts of the city, gutting flood-damaged homes in Queens and helping to organize a benefit hockey clinic on Staten Island…

Last week Richards helped on Staten Island, thanks to a suggestion from Steve Rose, a policeman he knows from Lower Manhattan whose son plays on the St. Joseph by-the-Sea hockey team in the borough.

They organized a skating clinic at a rink in Staten Island’s Tottenville section, and Richards brought along his teammates Gaborik, Eminger, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Carl Hagelin, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman, Jeff Halpern and Taylor Pyatt.

“The response we got from the people of Staten Island was just incredible,” Rose said. “We raised over $14,000 in a four-hour span. It was just phenomenal.”

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President Obama Visits the First Precinct



Captain Edward Winksi holds up log book with President Obama’s signature after his visit to the 1st Precinct on May 5, 2011

NY1 STORY:

At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, President Barak Obama’s limousine pulled up to the 1st precinct stationhouse in TriBeCa, just blocks from the World Trade center site. Once inside, there was a strong show of the support from the New York City Police Department.

Officers proudly showed off where the commander-in chief signed into the stationhouse’s log book, with his name and “God Bless.” “On a personal level, it was an honor to meet with him, to say thank you and shake his hand,” said Lieutenant Franco Barberio of Emergency Services.

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Police Arrest Two Men in Murder of Pace University Student

By Julie Shapiro, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Police have arrested two New York City men in connection with last month’s murder of a Pace University student, the NYPD said.

Max Moreno, 21, was shot in the head in his luxury apartment at 2 Gold St. in the early morning of Sept. 29, after allegedly selling marijuana to a couple, police said.

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