May 22 - 28, 2009
“I want you to get this right — because this is going tobe all over Streetsblog,”
said, as he explainedto us on Sunday how he got the whopping shiner under hisleft eye. The Soho activist said he recently had been walkingon Greene St. when a young cyclist came barreling downthe sidewalk toward him. At a point where the pavementnarrowed, the two came face to face, with the rider stillracing at a rapid rate. Sweeney abruptly grabbed the bike’shandlebars, to which the cyclist responded, “Are you lookingfor trouble?”“Yeah!” Sweeney answered, though, he said, on secondthought maybe he shouldn’t have. Before Sweeney knew it,the cyclist — whom he said was “clean cut, like a yuppie”— had sucker punched him in the face. Some bystanders— “young citizens, his age,” he noted with satisfaction —grabbed the bike rider and held him. “They said, ‘What areyou punching the old guy for?” a remark Sweeney said actu-ally hurt more than the physical blow.The cyclist protested that Sweeney “started it,” but theactivist retorted, “No, you were on the sidewalk.” In the end,since he was late for a Downtown Independent Democratsmeeting, Sweeney decided not to call the police or presscharges, and they let the man go. It’s not Sweeney’s ﬁrst runin with bikes. He’s been a vocal critic of the new Grand St.bike lane, which — along with his opposition to a proposedPrince St. pedestrian mall — led Streetsblog, not long ago,to dub him NIMBY of the Year.
The Downtown Independent Democrats fundraiser lastSunday at D.I.D. President Sweeney’s Soho loft, drew quitea crowd, with the likes of Congressmembers
— whose senate aspirations took ahit last week when President
signaled his support forSen.
— and Council Speaker
. Civil Court Judge
was there — andpointed out she had every right to be there.Rules bar judges from attending such political eventseven when as in this case, they are in the home of your ex-boyfriend — but not if they are candidates running for ofﬁce,and Freed told us she has her eye on State Supreme Court.But she said, though it’s possible she might be on the ballotthis year, there are a bunch of candidates already approvedby the judicial screening panel who were “ahead” of her inline, so to speak, so she might have to run next year. SupremeCourt would mean $10,000 more a year, plus “more interest-ing cases,” Freed said.Last year she told us she was “fed up and disgusted” withbeing a judge but also spoke of possibly wanting to move upthe judicial ladder.
If you believe that in politics a win is a win, then justskip this item. City Council candidate
forceda runoff in the Village Reform Democratic Club’s endorse-ment vote Monday night. Councilmember
, whocame out of V.R.D.C. and who according to Gleason allies,won a unanimous Council endorsement vote in the 2001race when Gerson was one of seven Democrats running foran open seat, did go on to beat Gleason 16 - 12 in the ﬁnalvote Monday.“I’m ecstatic,” Gleason told UnderCover. “This is not onlyhis home club but the club meeting was in his home.”Indeed the meeting was in the lobby of Gerson’sLaGuardia Pl. building, also home to
, whoco-founded the club as well as Alan the person (she’s hismother). Downtown political veterans will recall V.R.D.C.was formed almost three decades ago when a faction of Village Independent Democrats splintered to support
’s unsuccessful primary run for governor against
.Gerson the Younger did not return a call for comment.
, who got two votes Monday, was the onlyother candidate to get any V.R.D.C. support.Political eyes now turn to the Downtown IndependentDemocrats’ vote June 2. Club honcho Sean Sweeney, who isclearly leaning toward Gleason, put out a press release high-lighting Gleason’s strong showing, and UnderCover mustadmit we were a little ﬂattered that Sweeney seemed to bewriting in our style (We or he didn’t pull a
though — these words and thoughts are ours).
A standoff between the city and the Battery Park CityCommunity Emergency Response Team kept the CERTfrom participating in last Sunday’s drill at the World TradeCenter.CERTs from around the city came to Lower Manhattanto help ﬁrst responders with the drill, and
,chief of the B.P.C. CERT, said he was embarrassed not to getan invitation to an event right in his team’s backyard. TheB.P.C. CERT is the largest in the city and one of the oldest,formed in 2003.“It’s been very frustrating and maddening,” Notaro said.The dispute with the city arose because the B.P.C. CERTformed before the city Ofﬁce of Emergency Managementstarted overseeing the teams and credentialing them.
, spokesperson for O.E.M., said all the B.P.C. CERThas to do is ﬁll out some paperwork and they would becomeofﬁcial, but Notaro said the city had lost it. He said he didnot want to resubmit it because he is concerned about whathappened to sensitive info like social security numbers.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College held itsannual fundraising dinner at Chelsea Piers complete withscholarship winners and their inspiring stories (one wespoke with,
, is Cornell bound, andanother who spoke to the crowd,
, a former highschool dropout, turned down Smith and N.Y.U. to enroll atColumbia this fall.)Other notables who attended included
, M.C.and Channel 2 news anchor, honorees
,co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, and ChristineLarsen of JPMorgan Chase. College president
, gala co-chairperson and formerDowntown Express publisher, partied on the Hudson as did
of City University of New York who are allno doubt pleased that the school’s long-awaited demolitionof damaged Fiterman Hall is expected to be done in a fewmonths.Speaking of 9/11-damaged buildings, we also spied a trimand ﬁt
, who looked like he no longer hadthe weight of the Deutsche Bank building on his shoulders.Maikish left as executive director of the Lower ManhattanConstruction Command Center a month before the fatal ﬁreat the former bank building two years ago. The construc-tion czar who warned the community board about some of the building’s problems before the ﬁre, has downplayed hisrole in the building’s demolition subsequent to the deadlyinferno, and District Attorney
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The upcoming week’s schedule of CommunityBoard 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-wise noted, all committee meetings are held at theboard ofﬁce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room709 at 6 p.m.
ON THURS., MAY 21:
The Quality of LifeCommittee will meet, and the Landmarks Committeewill meet at 6 p.m. at 49-51 Chambers St., room 501.
ON TUES., MAY 26:
Community Board 1 willhold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the 3-LeggedDog Art and Technology Center at 80 Greenwich St.at Rector St.
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