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VOLUME 26, NUMBER 3 JULY 3-JULY 16, 2013 Seaport Museum Loses an Anchor P. 14 Principals learn hard lessons in risk management By J os h R o g ers t all seemed settled. After months of parent anxiety, school officials said they had found kindergarten seats in Lower Manhattan for the last of the 148 stranded children. The feeling of relief may have lasted five seconds. That’s when the Downtown principals, who stepped up to solve the waitlist problem, shared the budget risks and pressures that came attached to the solution. Ronnie Najjar, principal of P.S. 89 in Battery Park City, said she feared the pending “day of reckoning,” namely Oct. 31 when her school budget could I Continued on page 23 Is the park tax dead or alive? BY L I N CO L N A N D E R S O N eports of the Hudson River Park NID’s death have been greatly exaggerated — at least according to one well-placed source. Scott Lawin, vice chairperson of the Friends of Hudson River Park, said on Tuesday that the effort to create the Neighborhood Improvement District for the park is still alive and kicking. “Very much so,” he said. “We’re redoubling our efforts.” But in an interview July 1, developer Douglas Durst, the former chairperson of Friends who had been one of the NID’s strongest backers, said R Continued on page 3 Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess Pride & Independence This year’s LGBT Pride Parade was capped off in Tribeca with fireworks and a Cher concert, Sun., June 30, a few days short of Independence Day. It was a particularly joyous day as hundreds of thousands of revelers celebrated last week’s Supreme Court decision granting same-sex couples federal marriage benefits. CATS For MAYOR JOHN CATSIMATIDIS FOR MAYOR A New Yorker for all New Yorkers Paid for by Catsimatidis 2013 5 15 canal st re et • NYC 10 013 • Copyrig ht © 2013 NYC Commu n ity Med ia , LLC

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