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VOLUME 26, NUMbER 15 DECEMbER 18-JANUARY 15, 2014 DE bLASIO’S RIGHT HAND KNOWS DOWNTOWN P. 7 construction continues, But command center gets readY to close W tioning in France this summer when two doctors there discovered a “dark shadow” on the babies’ sonogram. A third French doctor diagnosed Georgia’s condition as duodenal atresia and warned that there was a danger she would be born with Down syndrome. Roccos said she was not worried about Down since the babies had genetic testing as BY SAM SPOKONY ith less than two weeks to go before the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center is scheduled to be phased out of existence, it’s still unclear exactly what that transition will look like, or even if it will actually have to take place. The command center, which was established in 2004 through executive orders issued by thenGovernor George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, oversees and coordinates all public and private construction projects worth more than $25 million that take place south of Canal St. At the behest of local leaders, those orders were continued in 2011 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg, although the size of the command center’s staff has gradually dwindled over the years. The organization, which over the years had received funding from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the Port Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, currently employs only three fulltime workers, along with six consultants, and its state-financed budget is about $1.8 million. Continued on page 22 Continued on page 8 Cecilia and her twin sister Georgia, right, were born last month but Georgia needed major surgery two days later and was expected to stay in the hospital for at least a month. She’ll be celebrating Christmas with her family next week. Doubly grateful for Christmas t BY J O S H R O G E R S hey’ll be home for Christmas. Actually, Georgia and Cecilia Roccos Smithmyer, two of the youngest residents of the Financial District, are home now. Cecilia, born with her twin sister Nov. 12, hadn’t prompted any more worry than expectant parents usually have, but Georgia, formerly known as Baby B, was facing major surgery and a long recovery right after her birth. Doctors at Mount Sinai operated on Georgia two days later, and much to their surprise, she recovered fully in a week and came home for a last-minute Thanksgiving celebration. “Wow, what a Thanksgiving,” their mother, Christina Roccos, said this week. “How can we be any more thankful than to have two healthy babies?” Roccos, her husband Martin Smithmyer, and their daughter Antonia, 6, were vaca- Come to Village Prep! We excel in... ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (K-12): Tutoring (All Subjects) • SAT Prep Homework Help Gifted & Talented Prep (Pre-K) • Common Core Curriculum EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS (ALL AGES): Computer • Fitness • Tae Kwon Do Art • Piano • Learning Chinese A Center for Enriched Academic Programs | Kindergarten to 12th Grade 236 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 | 212-780-0098 | 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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