PCV man enters Council race

Keith Powers, pictured petitioning, is a lobbyist and community activist. (Photo courtesy of Keith Powers)

Keith Powers, pictured petitioning, is a lobbyist and community activist. (Photos courtesy of Keith Powers)

By Sabina Mollot

A Peter Cooper Village resident and executive at a lobbying firm has become the most recent candidate to join the race for the City Council seat that’s now occupied by Dan Garodnick.

Keith Powers, 32, has already led a pretty politically active career, having previously worked for two Manhattan elected officials, and until recently served as president of the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.

Though he stepped down from that volunteer position earlier in the year, last month he took on a new role as one of three new board members of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association. He’s also been serving as chair of Community Board 6’s Business Affairs and Street Activities committee, which focuses heavily on nightlife and liquor licenses. He’s still involved with Eleanor Roosevelt, too, as the club’s district leader.

“I bring a certain amount of experience and I think it’s a great next step for me to be running to replace Dan,” said Powers. He added, “With term limits you don’t have a lot of time to play catch-up.”

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Man arrested for multiple burglaries

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police busted a man for multiple burglaries after catching him trespassing in a residential building on West 26th Street last Saturday morning. Police said that they found Alan Panzano, 30, inside the stairwell near the 30th floor inside 55 West 26th Street at 6:07 a.m. last Saturday, reportedly with a backpack full of various keys and other tools commonly used for lock-picking.

Panzano allegedly told the officer who busted him that he was in the building to visit a friend named “Shawn White” who lives in “apartment 22C” but the superintendent told police there is no person named Shawn White who lives in the building and the building doesn’t have an apartment 22C. When he was arrested, Panzano was allegedly in possession of a stolen wallet with a gift card still inside. Police reportedly recovered 45 different keys, lock cylinders, latex gloves, assorted screwdrivers, wires with hooks at the ends, drills bits and WD40, all of which police said are commonly used to break into apartments.

According to the District Attorney’s office, a resident of 55 West 26th Street discovered that his wallet was missing from his apartment around 12:30 p.m. on May 21, and also noticed that his computer had been unplugged. He told police that his wallet contained a credit card, a debit card, a $60 Visa gift card and $60 in cash. Police said that surveillance video showed Panzano entering and leaving the West 26th Street building on that day.

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