Editorial: Cuomo should be worried

After a brief period of gauging the public’s response to a Governor Miranda, award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon made her candidacy as a primary challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo official.

On Monday, her slick campaign website with a logo touting Cynthia for New York was launched, followed by a press conference in Brooklyn the next day. What came next was that former mayoral candidate and fellow high-profile lesbian Christine Quinn criticized Nixon (who supported Quinn’s opponent, Bill de Blasio in 2013) as being unqualified. While it may have just come off as being a bitter taunt from a losing candidate, Quinn does have a point.

Other than her activism for equality in education and LGBT rights, the Broadway veteran known best for her role on TV’s “Sex and the City,” is a political outsider. We know, we know, this wasn’t a problem for our president, whose reality TV history obviously helped him rather than hurt him. However, in New York, the races for local office can get pretty competitive and governor is a pretty high-reaching role for someone who’s never served in a public capacity.

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Council calls for stronger rent regs

Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association President Susan Steinberg (at right) waits to give testimony about why rent regulations are needed. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The City Council Housing and Buildings committee held a hearing on legislation aimed at maintaining rent stabilization in the city this past Monday, with city elected officials also expressing strong support for the repeal of various policies at the state level that allow landlords to increase rents and move apartments out of the program, such as vacancy decontrol, preferential rent and vacancy bonuses.

Although the state controls rent regulation, the legislation heard in the Council this week proposed the extension of rent stabilization in the city and includes a resolution determining that a public emergency requiring rent control continues to exist and will continue to exist on and after April 1.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson pressed representatives from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development at the hearing about whether or not the de Blasio administration supports the repeal of vacancy decontrol.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for car break-in, ‘Dealer’ busted in Kips Bay

Police arrested 59-year-old Reinaldo Campbell for alleged burglary at the corner of Broadway and East 20th Street on March 14 at 11:20 a.m. Police said that Campbell was seen casing and pulling on the doors of two commercial vehicles in an attempt to get inside, then got inside another commercial vehicle parked at the corner. He was arrested at the scene and also charged with possession of burglar’s tools and stolen property.

Police arrested 26-year-old Kayshawn Thomas for allegedly trying to sell a controlled substance at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 28th Street on March 14. Police said that Thomas was seen at 4:30 p.m., allegedly exchanging a small object for cash, with another person who wasn’t arrested. When Thomas was searched, he was in possession of alleged crack cocaine and marijuana. Thomas was also charged with sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Police arrested 38-year-old Seth Harris for alleged intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 55 West 26th Street on March 16 at 10:36 a.m. Police said that while an EMS worker was helping Harris, he was found to be in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance and alleged drug paraphernalia. Harris was later charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property while at the 13th precinct. Police said that Harris had identification and debit cards that didn’t belong to him and had allegedly used the cards to make unauthorized purchases.

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Police on lookout for phony basketball team now on robbery spree

The five robbery suspects seen at Blue Smoke restaurant in Flatiron

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for five young black men in connection with a number of robberies committed under the guise of raising money for a community basketball team. Most recently, they robbed a man at Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke barbecue restaurant in Flatiron on Sunday evening.

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, told community members at a community council meeting on Tuesday that police have identified at least one of the suspects as a 15-year-old boy who has previously been arrested for violent assaults and robberies throughout Manhattan.

In other recent incidents, the boy and four others whose ages are unknown have gone up to victims while holding a clipboard to solicit donations for a basketball team that doesn’t exist.

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