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Silver on Paterson’s Future, Girls Prep Debate Rages On, “Eater” on the LES

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State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver weighs in on the future of Governor Paterson:

Right now he’s the Governor. There are no vacancies. I don’t
anticipate there’d be any vacancies, but I think the Governor would
make a good congressman. A good Senator. And a great Governor.

After a ribbon cutting ceremony in Syracuse, Speaker Silver enjoyed a cup of coffee at Starbucks with Syracuse University student and fellow LES resident, Shaquana Gardner. During the summer, we attended a ceremony in the Speaker’s Manhattan office, in which he presented Gardner with an award recognizing her academic achievements. She was the recipient of a a scholarship from the Henry Street Settlement.

Photo from: Syracuse.com

The NYT looks at the historically low turnout in last week’s runoff election:  “Fewer than
8 percent of the city’s roughly three million enrolled Democrats voted
in an election that cost the city $15 million and the four candidates
millions more.” However, John Liu, the Democratic nominee for Comptroller, made the most of his popularity in Chinatown:

The largest turnout of any Assembly district in the city, 19 percent,
was in Lower Manhattan, which includes Chinatown, where Mr. Liu won
with 69 percent of the vote. In one election district there, turnout
was 67 percent, and Mr. Liu won with 81 percent. He carried another
nearby district, where turnout was 50 percent, with 94 percent of the
vote.

The charter school debate rages on – Should Girls Prep get more space at PS 188? There’s a lengthy and spirited conversation taking place in the comments section of Gotham Schools’ web site. The Lo-Down visited Girls Prep yesterday – we’ll have a closer look at what’s going on there in the next couple of days.

The New York Times profiles the “Eater” guys, Lockhart Steele and Ben Leventhal. Lockhart, who lives on Rivington Street, calls Schiller’s his neighborhood canteen. He hangs out at DBGB in the afternoons, where they have free Wi-Fi. Best date spot? Frankie’s 17 on Clinton Street.

The Times catches up with David Sax, author of “Save the Deli.” Due to the inordinate amount of time spent at Hobby’s Deli in Newark, there was only a passing reference to Katz’s on the Lower East Side:

Mr. Sax, who spent a night behind the counter learning to slice meat at
Katz’s, said the best delis have a master cutter, not a slicing
machine. When you steam a piece of meat for a long time, as with a good
piece of pastrami once it has been cured and smoked, it will tear apart
if it isn’t cut by hand.

Check out the lineup for the CMJ Music festival, which begins October 20th. Many of the venues are, of course, in the neighborhood.

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