Carlina Rivera was one of three candidates endorsed by the New York City Progressive Caucus earlier this month.

Campaign Finance Filings Show District 2 Council Race is Heating Up (Updated)

City Council District 2 candidate Carlina Rivera is not only campaigning against her Democratic primary opponents – she’s also positioning herself as part of the city’s vocal resistance to the Trump administration. …

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District 1 Council Candidates File Campaign Finance Disclosure Statements

There was a filing deadline this week for candidates participating in this year’s city elections, which means we have a few more clues about the shape of the upcoming City Council race in District 1. …

Photo: Office of Council member Margaret Chin. Bill signing, 2015.

Mayor, Council Member Chin Participate in Affordable Housing Tele-Town Hall Today

During the lunch hour today, Mayor de Blasio and local City Council member Margaret Chin will be participating in a “telephone town hall meeting” on the topic of affordable housing for seniors. …

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Sheldon Silver’s Appeal Will Be Heard on Thursday

It’s a big week for former Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, who’s appealing his conviction on federal corruption charges. …

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New Political Group Forms to Challenge Truman Democratic Club

Local politics is about to get a little more interesting. There’s a new political club challenging the long-established Truman Democratic Club on the Lower East Side. …

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Open Letter to Elizabeth Street Garden Group: Please Cancel Your Rivington House Action (Updated)

A community group, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, has scheduled a rally at Rivington House facility this morning to, as their Facebook invite explains, “Wake up Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council member Margaret Chin” to the lost opportunity for affordable housing at the former nursing home. This event is not sitting well with other local activists, who have been advocating for the return of Rivington House for many months. …

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Council Candidate Rivera Endorsed By Squadron, Niou

Carlina Rivera, a candidate for City Council in District 2, has picked up two significant local endorsements. …

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Squadron, Niou Push to Restore Senior Center, NORC Funding

State Sen. Daniel Squadron and State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou visited a Lower East Side senior center yesterday as part of a campaign to restore funding for NYC senior programs. …

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“Impeach President Bannon” Poster Pops up on Essex Street

Yenta Laureate spotted this “Impeach President Bannon” poster on the facade of 147 Essex St.

Timed for President’s Day (observed Monday), the protest signs …

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez at the Supreme Court with congressional leaders. Jan. 30, 2017.

Rally to Save Affordable Care Act on the Lower East Side Saturday Morning

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez at the Supreme Court with congressional leaders. Jan. 30, 2017.

Our local congresswoman, Nydia Velazquez, has been keeping a high …

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Assembly member Niou Helps Yeshiva Deal With MTA Bus Issue

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State legislators, of course, make laws. But they also specialize in providing, “constituent services,” aiding local community members and organizations in …

Rabbi Samuel Spiegel with Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and staff.

Local Rabbi Blesses Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou’s Temporary District Office

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou invited reporters to her temporary district office near City Hall last week, where a Lower East Side rabbi offered a blessing and a few general words of encouragement. …

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American Political Items For Collectors Show Comes to the L.E.S.

In case you’ve recently found yourself longing for bygone political eras, you may want to check out this unusual pre-Super Bowl event coming up …

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“Rally Against Hate” Will Be Held in Tompkins Square Park Monday Night

After yesterday’s dramatic events at John F. Kennedy International Airport and airports across the country, the fight against Donald Trump’s immigration policies comes to the Lower East Side Monday evening. …

Washington Square Park. Photo via New York Civil Liberty Union's website.

Where to Turn If You’re Concerned About Trump Immigration Crackdown

Thousands of people came to Washington Square Park last night to protest Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration. They were joined by local elected officials and by members of the de Blasio administration. Earlier in the day, the mayor vowed to pursue legal action if Trump follows through with threats to withhold funding from sanctuary cities. …