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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., JUNE 18:
The Quality of LifeCommittee will meet.Note: Community Board 1’s monthly meetinghas been postponed until June 30 at 6 p.m. inthe Southbridge Towers Community Room at 90Beekman St.
Rumors of the Peck Slip Post Office’s demise justwon’t go away, and this week the U.S. Postal Servicefinally admitted they’re considering closing the Seaportoutpost.“It’s one of the options, but no final decision hasbeen made,” U.S.P.S. spokesperson
toldUnderCover.The Postal Service is doing a facilities optimizationstudy to see if they can make better use of their spaces,including the Peck Slip office, Reid said. E-mail andonline bill payments have cut into the Postal Service’srevenue, with mail volumes plummeting to levels notseen since the 1960s, so the U.S.P.S. has to make cuts,Reid said.Reid expects a decision to come by the end of theU.S.P.S. fiscal year Sept. 30.Meanwhile, UnderCover tipster
heardfrom Peck Slip employees this week who were told thatin September, they would be moving to the much largerChurch St. post office. Hovitz is also hearing that thePeck Slip building was sold, but property records don’tshow a sale. Workers first began delivering the messageto Hovitz about the pending closure almost a year ago.
does not have anydirect power over the parties mired in a dispute over thefuture of the World Trade Center site, but usually themajor players eventually show up to testify at Gerson’sLower Manhattan Redevelopment hearings.However, when Gerson scheduled a hearing on theTrade Center site for June 3, at the outset of the recenttense negotiations over the site’s finances, the PortAuthority begged off, requesting that Gerson move thehearing later in the month.Gerson agreed, on one condition: that Port Authorityexecutive director
come to the rescheduledhearing. The Port agreed, and Gerson set a new hearingdate of June 15.But then, as the date approached, Gerson heard fromthe Port that Ward would be out of town during the newhearing and wanted to send written testimony. That wasunacceptable to Gerson, so he postponed the hearingonce again, now to June 26 at 10 a.m.“It’s so important to have [Ward] there to answerquestions,” Gerson said. “To wait one more week madesense.”UnderCover asked Gerson if Ward had promised toshow up to Gerson’s hearing if the major issues aboutthe site’s future remained unresolved. The parties havespoken very little publicly since negotiations started atthe beginning of the month.The Port Authority “made it clear that it was uncon-ditional attendance, whether or not they have a deal,”Gerson said. “It’s not going beyond this month, I assureyou,” he added of his thrice-scheduled hearing.
, who challenged Assembly Speaker
last year in his first primary in over twodecades, has entered the Downtown Democratic Districtleader fray to join a race that already pits incumbent
.“I didn’t know the job was so glamorous,” quippedSilvera.It is unusual, but not unprecedented, to have threepeople vying for the unpaid position, which is intended tohelp local Democratic legislators stay connected to theirconstituencies, rally the party troops, etc. There’s a maleand female leader for each part of an Assembly district.None of the candidates had much bad to say abouteach other — hey guys, if you run for an office not manypeople know about, can you at least make it fun?Newell did say he had wished Silvera had endorsedhim against Silver. There wasn’t much chance of thathappening, given Silvera has been a loyal Silverado overthe years. Which brings up another interesting point —Silver has not yet endorsed Silvera. The speaker told ushe’ll wait to see who makes the ballot before weighingin on the race.Newell said it would be good if one of the eight dis-trict leaders in Silver’s district did not always agree withthe speaker. (Newell did quickly endorsed Silver last yearafter losing the primary.)Newell and Silvera are backing
for CityCouncil while Turkel is in incumbent Alan Gerson’scorner.
A developer wants to overhaul the former Citibank head-quarters at 250 West St. and replace the ofﬁces with 105condos and a rooftop addition — but there’s the small matterof paying for it.Developer Elad Properties sought approval for the chang-es to the historic building from Community Board 1’sLandmarks Committee last week and plans to go to the cityLandmarks Preservation Commission July 7. C.B. 1’s com-mittee gave the project an advisory go-ahead, but the devel-oper doesn’t yet have the money to build the project.“Nobody is ﬁnancing anything,” a candid
,C.O.O. of Elad Properties, said after the C.B. 1 meeting.Company spokesperson
later added, “It’searly on in the process. We haven’t crossed that bridge yet.”Kaplan said the company would not seek ﬁnancing untilthey receive city approval.It’s been just over a year since the community board sawanother plan for the building, from developer Coalco NewYork. They defaulted on the property, Shargian said.
, 39, Downtown Express’s senior mar-keting consultant, and
, 32, tied the knotin Key West Sun., June 14. The lead up to the weddingwas a wild bus ride — literally. The happy couple took acrowded bus down from New York with Finger’s plus-sizeburlesque band, the Glamazons. Footage from the rideand the Orthodox Jewish wedding is expected to air inOctober on a wedding reality show that Sherwood’s conﬁ-dentiality agreement forbids him from disclosing. Mr. andMs. Sherwood are back in the city and are hoping to takea short honeymoon away from the cameras soon. We wish ‘em well. Congrats.
, general counsel to the Lower ManhattanDevelopment Corp., missed the L.M.D.C.’s meeting lastweek, but Chairperson
assured the board that shehad a very good reason: Chang gave birth to a son,
, April 19. Degan, who weighed 7 pounds, 8ounces, was also welcomed into the world by father
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