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Jazz Show 411, p. 15 Volume 3, Number 6 FREE East and West Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Noho, Little Italy and Chinatown January 3 - 16, 2013 Squadron: Leaving out gun reg would be ‘mind-boggling’ BY SAM SPOKONY Daniel Squadron, a cosponsor of the state Senate’s bill requiring microstamping — a hotly debated new technology that advocates believe would strongly help solve gun crimes and deter gun violence — said Thursday that it would be “simply mind-boggling” if Governor Cuomo leaves microstamping out of the gun control legislative Photo by Milo Hess Their New Year’s was chill! Coney Island Polar Bears Club members dashed into the frigid waters at their annual New Year’s Day swim in Brooklyn. Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom BY ALBERT AMATEAU Sophie Gerson, a beloved Greenwich Village neighbor and Democratic Party activist who served two terms on the local school board after retiring from a teaching career, died Saturday in Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 88. The cause of death was an infection. More than 200 mourners, including city councilmembers, community board members, Democratic district leaders and residents of the LaGuardia Place co-op where she lived with her family since 1967, paid their respects at the Mon., Dec. 31, funeral. Her son, Alan Jay Gerson, former city councilmember, who spent the past year or so helping his mother to get around the neighborhood as her health became fragile, recalled her devotion to her family and to the things she cared about. “She cared about the world. She cared about injustice and she cared about righting wrongs and making things better,” her son said. “When the neighborhood had a prob- lem a few years ago about motorcycle noise, my mother went right up to the Hell’s Angels’ clubhouse on E. Third St. and spoke to a leader — his name was Bird, and he listened,” her son recalled. She was an early member, with her husband, Herman, of the Village Independent Democrats (V.I.D.) and joined the breakaway Village Reform Democratic Club (V.R.D.C.) to support Mayor Ed Koch when V.I.D. supported Mario Cuomo for package he is expected to announce as part of his State of the State Address on Jan. 9. “A majority of the members of the state Senate all support this,” Squadron said in an e-mailed statement. “It’s time to let it come to a vote.” He was responding to recent reports that Cuomo Continued on page 9 Peaceful printer left positive mark in East Village BY LINCOLN ANDERSON In a tragic story that sent a shockwave of fear through the city and resonated around the world, Sunando Sen, a 46-year-old immigrant, was killed last week, when he was pushed in front of a subway in Queens by an emotionally disturbed woman. Sen’s death is being felt especially deeply in the East Village, where he worked for years at New York Copy and Printing Co., on E. 11th St. Continued on page 8 5 15 CA N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2012 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC between Second and Third Aves. Early Wednesday morning, a memorial note to Sen along with flowers and yellow ribbon were taped to the wall outside the store’s entrance, while on the shop’s front counter votive candles flickered amid a collection of cards left by friends and customers. Bidyut Sarker, the printing shop’s owner, was opening up Continued on page 2 EDITORIAL, LETTERS PAGE 10 TAKING STOCK OF ’12 PAGE 14


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