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West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 Volume 83, Number 8 $1.00 July 25 - 31, 2013 Board 5 O.K.’s needle exchange around Union Sq. By lael hineS and lincoln anderSon Community Board 5 has given its conditional approval for a needle-exchange program for heroin users to operate just steps away from Union Square Park. On July 11, the full board of C.B. 5 O.K.’d the application of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center to the State Department of Health to allow the center to distribute clean needles to Keepin’ it reel on the L.E.S. ‘Soho Wild Man’ is cleared, again, of assault charges The hurricane next time: Post-Sandy preparations already started nearly two months ago, on June 1. On Monday evening, Graffiti Community Ministries, a Baptist church on E. Seventh St., held a seminar to help locals learn the basic steps to take before disaster strikes. Also participating in the program were representatives CATS For MAYOR Continued on page 24 Photo by Tequila Minsky A young boy got tips on casting with a rod and reel on the East River on Saturday. Art and fishing are netting parkgoers at Pier 42. See Page 25. By heather duBin Hurricane Sandy caught the city and many New Yorkers off guard last October. While anything can happen during an emergency, a little preparation goes a long way. In fact, hurricane season officially heroin users right outside the park, which is notorious as a locus for heroin users. According to the C.B. 5 resolution, the board received support from local businesses for the program. The needle exchange would operate five days a week, three hours per day, starting some days as early as 11 a.m., and on other days going as late as 8 p.m. or 11 p.m. of the Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program, a community support and networking group formed after Hurricane Irene, and Ready New York, a campaign of the city’s Office of Emergency Continued on page 4 By heather duBin Second-degree assault charges are no longer on the table for Richard Pearson, a mentally ill man accused of waging a reign of terror on the streets of Soho by verbally and physically harassing residents and merchants. After two grand juries failed to indict Pearson on assault, the prosecution opted not to pursue a third presentation to a grand jury, and informed Judge Charles Solomon of this in State Supreme Court on July 19. Both grand juries have indicted Pearson for possession of a narcotic, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in State Supreme Court on July 12 for possession of cocaine. Pearson, 48, has been dubbed the “Soho Wild Man” by some community Continued on page 7 JOHN CATSIMATIDIS FOR MAYOR A New Yorker for all New Yorkers Paid for by Catsimatidis 2013 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC

The Villager, July 25, 2013

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