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–Ricardo Morales, the former city official linked to the Rivington House scandal, says he wants his job back. Responding to statements from the mayor that he was fired for poor job performance, Morales told NY1, “I don’t believe in vengeance… I am not looking for a payday either. I am looking for justice … [and] justice means they should put me in the same place I was in February [before being fired].” [New York Post]

–On a couple of days this week, elected officials will ride the subway to find out how commuters feel about the MTA. They will be at the East Broadway F station Thursday at noon. [Daily News]

–“20 races to watch” in New York City, including the competitive campaigns in City Council districts 1 and 2. [Gotham Gazette]

–An appeals court ruled in favor of a local landlord, finding that a formerly rent stabilized apartment on East Fifth Street was legally decontrolled. [CityLand]

–Remembering the great playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who spent some of his early years on the Lower East Side at theaters such as La MaMa, Genesis and Caffe Cino. [New York Times]

–Of course Mel Brooks loves an artist’s depiction of a herring on a bialy. Did you know Brooks’ grandfather had a herring warehouse on Essex Street? “Our family was into herring two generations before I was born, so I guess they expected me, as a good little Jewish grandchild, to carry on the herring tradition,” says Brooks. “Unfortunately, I skipped over it and went into show business.” [Religion News]

–Jerome Peel is making, “customizable workwear from the heart” out of a space below a barbershop on Ridge Street. [Fader]

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