Remembering 9/11, Ethics Reform Stalls, 128 Hester Saga


New Yorkers pause on a rainy Friday to remember the victims of September 11, 2001. The New York Times is live blogging the ceremony at Ground Zero, until it concludes at about 12:30pm.

Today the candidates running in Tuesday's NYC Primary Election pause, in deference to 9/11. The final debate in the District 1 City Council race took place last night, a very short distance from the World Trade Center site. Later today, the Campaign Finance Board will distribute the final payments to eligible candidates. It remains to be seen if Councilmember Alan Gerson, denied matching funds thus far, will finally get his money. 

A plan to overhaul the state's ethics rules was blocked by Republicans in the Senate. Senator Daniel Squadron, who was instrumental in crafting the legislation, called the defeat of the bill "shocking and disappointing."

Downtown Express has an update on the battle between the tenants of 128 Hester and the building's landlord. 

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, concerned about legal issues, is holding up a bill that would offer relief to small businesses burdened with high rents

The Village Voice pits Babycakes against the Doughnut Plant. 

Metromix has a peak inside Los Feliz, the new Mexican restaurant that replaced Suba on Ludlow Street.