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liu would legalize it, p. 13 Volume 83, Number 12 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 August 22 - 28, 2013 Yetta Kurland: Bold in vision and yet spare on the details BY dUncan osBorne Spend just 90 minutes with Yetta Kurland and she will describe herself many different ways. She is “a community activist, a civil rights attorney,” a “tenants’ rights attorney,” a “small business owner,” a “civil litigator” and “an educator.” These are only some of the titles that Kurland used in an interview last week with The Villager and its sister newspapers. Photo by Tequila Minsky Harry Belafonte spoke at Monday’s rally for Bill de Blasio, left, at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site, with Susan Sarandon, far right. publisher slaps pol as mayoral campaigns spar on St. Vincent’s BY lincoln anderson A hastily organized rally Monday morning by Christine Quinn supporters to counter another scheduled to occur right after it by her mayoral opponent Bill de Blasio at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site turned chaotic after the octogenarian publisher of a monthly Village newspaper suddenly lost it and went on a brief slapping spree. After berating one of the pro-Quinn speakers, former state Senator Tom Duane, as a “fatuous idiot!” George Capsis, 85, then rapped the other CATS For MAYOR speaker, state Senator Brad Hoylman, lightly on the chin and shouted at him, “And look up!”’ Then, as Capsis was being ushered away from the rally, he clamped Continued on page 6 “I see myself as a reformer,” Kurland said. “I think that that’s what’s so important about my candidacy.... I’m willing to stand up to powerful interests, and I think I do so in a positive, solution-based way.” Kurland is engaged in a particularly bitter race with Corey Johnson for the City Council seat that Speaker Christine Quinn has held Continued on page 5 guerriero would advocate for unions and working class BY heather dUBin Cathy Guerriero says her run for public advocate is 20 years in the making. Although she has never held public office, Guerriero’s charisma and aggressive campaign style have brought a fresh perspective to the political arena. An educator, she said her fervor is fueled by the desire to represent the working class of New York. In that vein, education, small businesses and unions are her top issues. In a recent telephone interview, Guerriero recalled the beginning of her political quest. When she was 21 years old, a professor asked her what she wanted to do when she grew Continued on page 9 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

August 22, 2013 The Villager

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