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It was quite a scene in front of 197-199 Madison Street (pictured) yesterday afternoon, as a tenant-landlord dispute took some unexpected turns.  We’ll have a full report later today. We’ll also review the contentious radio encounter between Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Reshma Saujani, her opponent in next week’s Democratic Primary.

Across New York City, it’s the first day of the school year. Our state senator, Daniel Squadron, is in Brooklyn and the West Side to hand out his Parent Resource Guide. Meanwhile, a lot of public school parents are rather annoyed at what they see as the Department of Education’s lack of planning. Due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday, there will be no classes Thursday and Friday, meaning it’s a one-day school week.

Last night, we listened in on an interesting discussion about the health of small businesses on the Lower East Side. A couple of hours earlier, we attended a Chinatown Working Group meeting in which the organization’s leaders basically said their work on a community plan has come to a complete standstill. We’ll have more from both meetings later on.

We’re looking for a high of 83 today and a 30% chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

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