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Demo turns fiery, p. 13 Volume 82, Number 45 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 April 11 - 17, 2013 The Villager judged to be among state’s top weekly papers The Villager won two first-place awards and nine awards over all in the New York Press Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were handed out at the annual NYPA spring convention last weekend in Upstate Saratoga Springs. It was a strong showing again for The Villager, which finished ranked among the top 10 of New York State community weeklies in total editorial points won. The Villager tied for ninth place over all with the Suffolk Times. Leading the way were veteran writer Jerry Tallmer and photographer Bob Krasner. Tallmer, 92 — one of the “founding fathers” of the Village Voice in 1955 Continued on page 4 Rajkumar’s running against Chin; Vows to be pro-community Photo by Tequila Minsky A mom and a potential future Little Leaguer joined in on the hike and all the hoopla for Pier 40 on Saturday. Leagues make pitch for more funding and fields for Pier 40 By PAUL BUfANO Hundreds of children and adults wearing bright orange shirts and jerseys chanted, “Save Pier 40!” Saturday morning as they marched alongside baseball mascots and drummers to celebrate the Greenwich Village Little League season opener. The march through the Village section of Hudson River Park was also intended to address the looming financial problem facing Pier 40. The huge Houston St. pier is in disrepair and in dire need of money for a fix-up. As a result, the local youth leagues had proposed building a pair of 22-story luxury residential towers at the foot of the pier to finance its maintenance and development. However, the leagues, as a coalition called Pier 40 Champions, recently failed to gain the necessary political support in order to proceed with the plan. So now the question is, Where does the money come from? Tobi Bergman, president of P3 (Pier Park & Playground Association) — a member of the Pier 40 Champions coalition of youth leagues — said that all possibilities have to be explored now that housing isn’t an option anymore. “Just eight years ago this spot was used as a parking lot for trucks. But some families said they knew of a better use for it and that’s how these By JOSH ROGERS City Council candidate Jenifer Rajkumar made her formal announcement Sunday, accusing opponent Margaret Chin of listening more to big developers than the people of Lower Manhattan. “Under this top-down approach, the councilmember goes into the room with a real-estate or outside interest, closes the door, makes the deal and shuts the peo- Continued on page 14 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC ple out,” Rajukmar said of Chin, the incumbent, who is also running in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. Rajkumar, 30, a Democratic district leader and attorney who moved to Battery Park City in 2010, chose the most common New York City location for a campaign announcement, City Hall, for an uncommon reason. Continued on page 9 editorial, letterS PAGE 10 VioletS StinG yelloWJacketS PAGE 27

The Villager, April 11, 2013

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