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VoLUmE 26, nUmbER 12 hIp-hop anD hoopS P. 23 noVEmbER 7-noVEmbER 19, 2013 hUDsON PaRK aiR RiGhts UP FOR DEBatE By LI nCoLn anDERSon our months ago, a bill allowing the transfer of unused development rights from Hudson River Park one block inland of the West Side Highway was suddenly and quietly introduced at the end of the Albany legislative session. The Assembly passed the bill on June 15 by a vote of 96 to 5. Then, after a marathon allnight session, the State Senate brought the bill up for a vote on Sat., June 17, and passed it unanimously at 5:18 a.m. by a vote of 57 to 0. F Continued on page 26 Downtown Express photo by Sam Spokony Bill de Blasio greeted jubilant supporters as he took the stage to declare victory on Tuesday night. “Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city, united by a belief that our city could leave no New Yorker behind,” said de Blasio, who is currently the city’s public advocate. “The challenges we face have been decades in the making, and the By TERESE LoEb kREUZER he day that Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee met to discuss the fate of the Stuyvesant High School Community Center, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was on the phone with Battery Park City Authority Chairperson Dennis Mehiel to talk about that very matter. “The Speaker made very clear that he wants this facility, which Continued on page 6 Continued on page 10 Landslide victory for de Blasio By Sa m Spo ko ny a n D J o S h R o G E R S B ill de Blasio trounced Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor and will be taking over City Hall in January. With virtually all election precincts reporting, de Blasio, who will be the first Democratic mayor in 20 years, won with over 73 percent of the vote. In his victory speech to a crowd of around 2,000 supporters in Brooklyn, de Blasio drilled home the points he made throughout his campaign — all of which were fundamentally based on a left-leaning, progressive approach to tackling the city’s problem of social and economic inequality. FiGhtiNG tO saVE COMMUNitY CENtER New clients’ p ets rece their first exa ive m for New Vet t FREE ! for your pet 212-390-VETS (8387) • • 241 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC

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