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our primary picks, p. 14 Volume 83, Number 13 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 August 29 - September 4, 2013 Chin and Rajkumar trade barbs in rowdy debate for District 1 By HeaTHer DUBIn Sparks flew as City Councilmember Margaret Chin and challenger Jenifer Rajkumar, candidates in the race for the City Council’s First District, clashed in a debate last Thursday, sponsored by NYC Community Media, publisher of The Villager and Downtown Express. About 170 spectators — with an even show of support for both candidates — packed Kurland and Johnson clash at City Council race debate and concrete proposals during their debate on Aug. 26, at the Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on W. 23rd St. The event, which was sponsored by NYC Community Media (the publisher of The Villager and the East Villager), marked one of the last, if not the final, face-to-face showdowns between the two candidates before the primary election on Tues., Sept. 10. The debate was co- CATS For MAYOR Continued on page 4 Weiner not going down easy, keeps on waging campaign Photo by Sam Spokony Yetta Kurland, left, and Corey Johnson verbally sparred during Monday night’s District 1 debate. By sam sPoKony For two people so ideologically similar in their fundamental concerns, the two Democratic candidates for the District 3 City Council seat have proven increasingly adept at getting under one another’s skin. Corey Johnson, the current and twiceelected chairperson of Community Board 4, and Yetta Kurland, a civil rights attorney and activist, each traded verbal jabs the room at New York Law School in Tribeca. The crowd was extremely vocal during the 90-minute debate and, at times, antagonistic with each side rooting loudly for their candidate. The women will face off in the Democratic primary election on Sept. 10 for the Lower Manhattan Council seat. Hot topics of the debate moderated by Lincoln Anderson, editor of The Villager, and Paul Schindler, editor of Gay City News. The result of the primary will effectively decide the winner of the District 3 seat, which has been held for the past 14 years by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and which spans from 55th St. to Canal St. Continued on page 6 By PaUL sCHInDLer Politically powerful voices in New York, Anthony Weiner insisted, are not happy that he’s running for mayor –– and that’s a good thing. “It’s fairly clear I make the big institutional forces of the city batty,” he told The Villager and its sister publications at NYC Community Media in an interview that ran about an hour earlier this month. “I’ve basically said I don’t give a s--- and it makes them crazy. I mean, look how crazy the New York Times is,” he said. The Times, he argued, has found about five different ways to press him to get out of the race. But in a city where affordable housing opportunities are scarce, hospitals are closing, Continued on page 10 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 29, 2013, The Villager

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