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Friedlander Remembered, MADD at Silver, Velazquez/Credit Card Bill

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Miriam Friedlander memorial at City Hall: Knickerbocker Village has some video from last night's tribute to the legendary and beloved LES councilmember. We'll have more thoughts on the memorial, and Friedlander's legacy, over the weekend.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is organizing a protest outside Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office today. They are unhappy about changes he wants to make in the proposed "Leandra's Law," the bill making it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car. Silver wants it to be a misdemeanor unless the driver's blood alcohol
level is at least 0.18, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.According to the Daily News, "Silver said the Assembly will address the issue, but didn't specify
how: 'As a father and a grandfather, I am deeply committed to doing
whatever it takes to protect our kids from drunk drivers.'"

Sources on Capitol Hill tell the Times, although her staff denies it, that Rep. Nydia Velazquez, is blocking a bill that would extend credit card reform to small businesses.

Jeremiah reports: David's Shoe Repair is back in business.

The Columbia Spectator observes it's a "full house at Cafe Katja."

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  1. Without exception, my meals and drinks and times at Katja have been wonderful. No joke, and this ain’t a shill… happy to see that they’re getting the good press that they deserve.

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