Woman mugged in Gramercy Park

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who violently mugged a woman in Gramercy Park on Friday, August 31 at about 3 a.m.

Police said that the victim, a 39-year-old woman, was walking in front of 7 Gramercy Park East when a man snuck up on her from behind and pulled her to the ground. The victim, who was intoxicated at the time, sustained some minor injuries but refused medical attention. The mugger then ran off on East 20th Street towards Third Avenue with the victim’s purse, which contained her credit cards.

The suspect is described as Hispanic with a light complexion, 20-30 years old and about 5’8″, 170 lbs., brown eyes and long brown curly or wavy hair worn in a manbun. He was last seen wearing a white button-down shirt, tan shorts, black/white shoes and dark colored glasses.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at Nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Assembly candidate Juan Pagan stays in race, despite cancer

Juan Pagan has been running for local office since 2006. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Despite an ongoing battle with prostate cancer and some intensive surgery he is now recovering from, an East Village resident who’s running in the primary against Assembly Member Harvey Epstein says he is staying in the race.

That candidate is Juan Pagan, a former corrections employee who later worked as a contractor and is now retired.

In a campaign interview with Town & Village this week, Pagan shared that he’d had a radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) on August 14 at Memorial Sloan Kettering in this latest bout with cancer. This is after a recent full recovery from stage 4 lymphoma, Pagan told Town & Village previously, and now Pagan is saying his doctors are optimistic this time around as well. Still, the 62-year-old candidate is taking it easy, and while he agreed to an interview with Town & Village over the phone he also canceled his participation in a debate earlier in the day.

“I have a high threshold of pain, but I’d be squirming in my chair,” he explained.

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Peter Cooper Village education expert explains how to combat screen overuse at home

Heather Miller, author of Prime Time Parenting

By Sabina Mollot

Most parents today are concerned about their children’s constant use of electronic devices from phones to computers, but often the parents themselves are just as addicted and as a result it’s their children who suffer.

However, it is possible for both children and parents to kick their screen habits, at least long enough to make time for their families and other matters of importance, and a Peter Cooper Village education expert has a new book on the subject to prove it.

Heather Miller, who just wrote the book Prime Time Parenting (Lifelong Books, $16, paperback), said the answer lies in keeping electronic screens out of the picture for just two hours each evening.

“Most parents feel that their kids are using video games and screens really much more than parents would like and they’re sometimes a little out of control,” Miller said. “Even toddlers are given tablets and their parents’ cell phones in a stroller. As soon as you introduce games… it gets very addictive. We live in a digital world, but it’s the amount. Another part of this issue is parents are not in control in (their) screen use. You need to start with your own.”

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