Epstein hopes to make Albany more organized

Harvey Epstein

Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, pictured in Stuyvesant Town in April prior to the special election (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, who sailed to victory at the polls in the special election in April, just two months after getting the support of the county committee in February, will be facing primary challengers in September.

Those challengers are Democrats Akshay Vaishampayan, a former finance compliance consultant who lives in Kips Bay (profiled by Town & Village last week) and Juan Pagan, an East Village resident who ran against Epstein in the special election on the Reform Party line.

This week, Town & Village spoke with Epstein about his legislative and district efforts since taking office four months ago as well as goals for the next legislative session in Albany.

One of the goals is making the state capital a more organized place since currently, there could be any number of similar bills floating around, authored by different lawmakers.

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Teens allegedly shot four people with BB gun from window at Straus Houses

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Straus Houses

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested two teenagers for shooting multiple people with a BB gun air rifle from an apartment inside the Straus Houses last week.

Rickey White,18, and a 16-year-old boy allegedly fired the air rifle out of an apartment window from 224 East 28th Street on Sunday, August 26 around 1 p.m.

Police said that White’s mother handed the black Daisy Air Rifle BB Gun to the teen and both boys allegedly told police that they used the gun to shoot at four different people on the street from an apartment. Police also said that the 16-year-old could be seen on video using the gun to shoot at individuals on the sidewalk.

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