Cynthia Nixon debates Hochul, not Cuomo, Schneiderman a no-show

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon discusses her platform at an event hosted by local political clubs. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon made her case to East Side Democrats at a candidate event co-hosted by various local political clubs on Monday. Governor Andrew Cuomo did not make an appearance, instead sending Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to speak for both herself and the current governor. The event was called a debate by organizers but was set up more like a forum, with candidates taking turns speaking,

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was also supposed to send a representative but a scandal that erupted in the middle of the event explained the absence of his office. Journalist Ronan Farrow broke a story in the New Yorker just before 7 p.m. that night with four women accusing Schneiderman of violent sexual assault. Village Independent Democrats President Erik Coler said that the AG’s office canceled the appearance 20 minutes before the event was supposed to start. Schneiderman ultimately announced his resignation from the office a few hours later.

Nixon, meanwhile, was greeted warmly at the event, with enthusiastic cheers, especially at mentions of the governor’s shortcomings although Hochul was greeted warmly as well when she came up to speak about her advocacy in women’s rights and healthcare.

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Topless women in Times Square deserve equality, says Maloney

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (center), pictured with Christine Quinn, special advisor to the governor, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on Women’s Equality Day, when she was drawn into the debate over desnudas (Photo by Grace Harman)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (center), pictured with Christine Quinn, special advisor to the governor, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on Women’s Equality Day, when she was drawn into the debate over desnudas (Photo by Grace Harman)

By Sabina Mollot

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who has made equal rights for women a focal point of her legislative career, extended that attitude to the much maligned “desnudas” or topless women in body paint who’ve been hitting up tourists for tips in Times Square.

Last Wednesday, which was Women’s Equality Day, Maloney and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, along with a handful of other female elected officials, called for the passage of the Women’s Equality Amendment. At that time, she also told a reporter from the New York Observer she thought the desnudas should be treated the same as male performers like the Naked Cowboy.

That neighborhood is part of Maloney’s district, which covers much of Manhattan’s East Side as well as part of Brooklyn and Queens. Maloney is also now a member of the mayor’s task force that was recently assembled to tackle the issues of legality surrounding the desnudas’ business practices as well as those of the costumed cartoon characters who also pose for pictures with tourists in the neighborhood.

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