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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 January 9, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 32 Judge says city broke law when it O.K.’d N.Y.U. plan BY LINCOLN ANDERSON I PHOTO BY SAM SPOKONY The second time is twice as nice: At her inauguration for her second term in office, Margaret Chin got a strong show of support from prominent politicians, including, from left, Councilmember Brad Lander, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and new Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. See Page 4. Johnson’s staff chief a surprise choice BY LINCOLN ANDERSON I n a surprising turn of events, two days after taking office as the new city councilmember for the Third District, Corey Johnson named Jeffrey LeFrancois as his chief of staff. It had previously been widely thought that R.J. Jordan already had the job nailed down — or, at least, so it seemed. LeFrancois was Assemblymember Richard Gottfried’s deputy chief of staff for five years, also serving as his community liaison and L.G.B.T. liaison. LeFrancois recently left his job with Gottfried and was traveling in South America, before returning to the city just two weeks ago. Political observers got the news when, slightly after noon last Friday, Gottfried tweeted out: “Congrats to @ jlef423 Jeffrey LeFrancois, my former Deputy COS — Councilmember @ CoreyinNYC’s new COS. Great news for all of us!” However, it had been assumed that Jordan, Johnson’s campaign manager and close friend, would be his number one after Johnson took office. JOHNSON, continued on p. 6 n a devastating blow to New York University, on Tuesday, State Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills ruled that the city and state broke the law by O.K.’ing the university’s plan to use three parkland strips for construction of its hotly contested South Village expansion scheme. It was a stunning victory for a community lawsuit filed by a first-of-its-kind coalition made up of N.Y.U. faculty, preservationists, activists and dozens of Village residents and community organizations. Mills ruled that what N.Y.U. PLAN, continued on p. 12 Muscle-headed gym keeps flouting regs with illegal signage BY SAM SPOKONY E quinox made them do it — but now two city agencies are making them undo it. The trendy gym on Greenwich Ave. at W. 12th St. is being forced to take down a massive advertising sign that covers nearly the entire side of its four- story building, which lies within the Greenwich Village Historic District. Responding to complaints from both neighbors and preservationists, the Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled on Jan. 7 that the sign must come down, since the gym never received the neces- Come to Village Prep! We excel in... ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (K-12): Tutoring (All Subjects) • SAT Prep Homework Help Gifted & Talented Prep (Pre-K) • Common Core Curriculum EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS (ALL AGES): Computer • Fitness • Tae Kwon Do Art • Piano • Learning Chinese A Center for Enriched Academic Programs | Kindergarten to 12th Grade 236 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 | 212-780-0098 | EQUINOX, continued on p. 11


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