Lew Fidler

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    City Council Honors Michael Jackson, White People Walk Out

    Today the city council held a moment of silence for Michael Jackson and councilmembers Inez Dickens and Helen Diane Foster gave the King of Pop a nice tribute, but just as things got underway several members walked out. Staten Island's James Oddo confirmed to Azi Paybarah that he walked out in resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Hebrew Academy Charter Panned, Jeered at Marine Park Hearing

    The city is eager to put a charter school called Hebrew Language Academy, bankrolled by the Stenhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, in Marine Park. There have been objections from civil libertarians and from Diane Ravitch to the presumed religious nature of the school. But yesterday, GerritsenBeach. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    Court Backs Council Metal Bat Ban

    No studies have offered conclusive evidence that metal bats pose more of a danger than wooden ones. A federal judge has cleared the way for the City Council's ban on metal bats in high school baseball. The prohibition, the first of kind in the country, can now take effect on Saturday. According t ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Council Orgy

    Erasing term limits and contribution caps amid a speaker battle

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2005

    Brooklyn's New Top Dem: Freddy Who?

    New Brooklyn Democratic party chief Vito Lopez (the tall guy without the hat) looms behind Mayor Mike at a mayoral housing press conference this month. ( The new leader of the city's largest Democratic organization had a tough time saying the name of his own party's standard bearer last ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2005

    Brooklyn Court Insurgent Wins Round as Foes Rally

    A judge yesterday upheld the election of avowed reformer Margarita Lopez-Torres who won the race for the highly-prized Surrogate's Court judgeship in Brooklyn last month by a slim 120-vote margin. Queens Supreme Court Justice Leslie Leach ordered the Board of Elections to certify Lopez-Torres' elect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2005

    Saving NYC's Liberties from America

    Proposed law seeks to protect New York's liberal laws from right-wing judges The steps of City Hall attract a motley crowd; sitting there all day, it would be possible to see a half-dozen or more press conferences and rallies for myriad causes and campaigns. One day last week Fernando Ferrer appear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2005

    Weiner Scores with Mets Deal

    Mayoral hopeful was king of the Queens option For months now, statements from the Weiner campaign dealing with the West Side stadium have ended with the line, "Fourteen months ago, in April of 2004, Rep. Weiner was the first to suggest building in Willets Point, Queens," or something similar. It wa ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2002

    Angel Falls

    Looking Back at the Quixotic Brooklyn Councilmember

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