District 2 Council candidates square off at forum

Residents watch the forum at Boys & Girls Republic

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Candidates running to replace term-limited City Councilmember Rosie Mendez met to discuss the central issues of their campaigns at the Boys & Girls’ Republic on the Lower East Side this past Monday night. District 2 covers the area west of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to Fifth Avenue, covering Flatiron, the East Village, Alphabet City and parts of the Lower East Side, and stretching up to Kips Bay.

Democrats Ronnie Cho, Juan Pagan, Carlina Rivera, Jasmin Sanchez, Mary Silver and Jorge Vasquez and Republican Jimmy McMillan appeared at the forum to talk about affordable housing, small businesses, issues important to seniors and education. Democrat Erin Hussein is also running for the seat but was unable to attend the debate.

The Henry Street Settlement, along with the Women’s Political Caucus of New York, sponsored the event and Henry Street executive director David Garza moderated the discussion among the candidates. Garza started the conversation by asking the candidates to outline what they feel is the most important issue for the district and what they plan to do.

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Woman dies after botched butt injection in E. 21st St. building


By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A Harlem woman died after she received a butt injection in a building on East 21st Street near First Avenue earlier this month. The New York Post reported on Monday that 31-year-old Latesha Bynum reportedly received the injections in the unmarked building on July 15 and 12 days later, was struck with dizziness and chest pain. She called 911 around 11 p.m. and was brought to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s last Thursday, but was later pronounced brain-dead before being taken off life support.

The Post noted that the building is not a legitimate medical office, according to the Department of Health.

A resident of the building told the Post that police had been investigating an apartment on the third floor of the building for most of the last weekend. The NYPD told Town & Village that the investigation is ongoing but there have not been any arrests in the case as of Wednesday morning.