Tom Duane

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    May 1, 2013
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    July 10, 2012

    Former Historic Home of Beastie Boy Faces Possible Demolition

    We have recently learned that a historic, federal era row-house is in threat of demolition in the South Village.The property, located at 186 Spring Street, was built in 1824 and is one of the last structures of its kind that has mostly remained intact as it was originally constructed. It also belong ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    'Drill Ass, Not Gas' and Other Messges We Heard at Pride 2012 [PHOTOS]

    Yesterday's Pride Parade was marked by extremely beautiful weather and a much more relaxed tone than last year's march, which was frantic right after Marriage Equality Act had just passed. Although we wrote in this week's Voice feature that debate has grown limited in gay organizations, the march ... More >>

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    June 25, 2011

    Governor Andrew Cuomo, Activists React to Marriage Equality in Albany

    Sen. Tom Duane and Natasha Dillon After the Vote​After the Senate passed same-sex marriage equality in Albany last night, the reactions were mixed: volatile, ecstatic, tearful, joyous, and outraged. There was a shared sense of history and exhaustion by people for and against the issue, as many ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Finally, a List of Who You Have to Blow in the New York State Senate to Get Gay Marriage

    Paul Schindler of Gay City News has put together a great scorecard of how everyone stands on gay marriage in the state Senate, which is where the issue will be decided. Senator Tom Duane's bill needs 32 votes. Currently, 26 Democrats and zero Republicans publicly support it. Those Log Cabin Republ ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Sweatshop Free Upper West Side Rallies the Troops to Battle Saigon Grill

    westsidespirit.comThe restaurant, in calmer times​Saigon Grill is associated more with being the site of labor disputes than for the Vietnamese cuisine it dishes up. It's been embroiled in battles since 2007, and picketers and protesters are a common occurrence in front of the restaurant. Ev ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    10 Arrested at Protest Over Detention of Immigration Reform Advocate

    Photos by Mizue Aizeki. There was a protest in Manhattan today over the detention of Jean Montrevil, a Haitian who has had a green card since 1986 but, owing to a drug conviction for which he served time in the 1990s, has been subject to supervision and was detained by U.S. Immigration authoritie ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    MTA Considers Cuts; Parents, Disabled Advocates, Others Complain

    There's no B or D service into Manhattan because of a sick passenger, and the MTA board is preparing to vote on service cuts to pull the Authority out of the red ($400 million) -- into which it sank, just months after the last Doomsday "rescue" plan, thanks to spectacular financial mismanagement -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Gay Marriage Debate Continues: Diaz Cries "Treason"!

    So, Who Do We Have to Blow? We'll find out shortly. The marriage debate has begun in the state senate. By the end of the day, the undecideds should be outed, and marriage advocates (if they haven't retired) will know exactly who they'll have to blow moving forward. But before the vote, a lot of ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Gov Adds Gay Marriage to Special Session Agenda

    As Maine doesn't go, so goes New York, maybe: Governor Paterson says that along with the pressing budget issues for which he called the special session of the legislature for Tuesday, he's also going to push the gay marriage bill, which he proposed in April but which got set aside as Albany pursued ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Manhattan D.A. Candidates Scramble for Gay Support

    ​New York is so gay that even its law enforcement officials look for political support from the LGBT community. All three current candidates for Manhattan D.A. -- Richard Aborn, Leslie Crocker-Snyder, and Cy Vance, Jr.(pictured, center) -- sent us photos of themselves at the Pride Parade. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Duane, CB4: Hell's Kitchen Will Have 1,026 More Kids Than Schools Can Handle by 2019

    School overcrowding seems to follow the revitalization of New York neighborhoods, and Hells' Kitchen -- known to some by its post-gentrification name Clinton -- may soon be getting its hyper-influx. State senator Tom Duane and Manhattan Community Board 4 have compiled a report that claims planned re ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    $85 Million in Albany Member Items Disbursed for Parrot Adoption, Self-Esteem, Etc.

    The state senate laid out its new member items, and it's hilarious or grim reading depending on whether you read it as a student of human nature, or as a taxpayer. Jimmy Vielkind has the list. The $85 million feedbag of discretionary items for senators' constituents includes $2 million for Pedro Es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Tom Duane Burns Up the Floor for HIV/AIDS Rent Bill

    This is a little long, but you seldom see a legislator get so hot on the floor of a chamber, and if you aren't familiar with the old days of the AIDS epidemic it might be instructive. Tom Duane rises to speak on behalf of a state senate bill that would keep HIV/AIDS patients from having to payin ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Upper East Side Gay-Bashing Epidemic?

    Assemblyman Micah Kellner, one of the officials to whom state senator Tom Duane reached out when Joe Holladay got gay-bashed on the Upper East Side last week, has told WCBS that there have been other incidents in the neighborhood recently that are disturbingly similar -- "Three of which are curren ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Update: Gay-Bashed on Pride Weekend

    Joe Holladay, the man whose gay-bashing we reported on Saturday morning, has been getting some help. Today state senator Tom Duane announced that "Mr. Holladay's case has been referred to the New York City Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force for further investigation," and asked for any witne ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Hell's Kitchen Neighbors March in Memoriam at Deadly 9th Ave Stretch

    Not all this weekend's parades were as cheerful as the Puerto Rican Day festivities. Because the stretch of Ninth Avenue between 45th and 36th Streets has seen a lot of pedestrians run down by cars -- the most recent being art restorer Susanne M. Schnitzer, killed in a hit and run on April 9 -- th ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Obama Defends DOMA, Pisses Off Gay People

    Boy, this is turning out to be a shitty Pride Month. With the Albany coup making the New York gay marriage bill more problematic than ever, state senator Tom Duane, previously rumored open to joining the rebels to get the bill passed, now says he's completely behind Malcolm Smith and seems to indica ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    On Third Avenue. Albany went coup-coup! Pedro Espada Jr. seized the state senate with the help of Hiram Monserrate and billionaire Tom Golisano. After some skirmishes, which saw Tom Duane appearing to lean GOP to save gay marriage, the Dems locked the chamber, but Espada got the key and the GOP w ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Albany Coup Update: Duane "Flirting" With GOP for Gay Marriage?

    They're still swinging in Albany, where the New Model Republican Majority is locked out of the state senate chamber. Democratic cavaliers are leaning on Hiram Monserrate, with operatives availing a robocall that claims Monserrate has "abandoned Barack Obama and everything we believe in" with his apo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Duane Says He Has Gay Marriage Votes; NY1 Says, No You Don't

    Tom Duane says he has the votes to pass a gay marriage bill in the state senate. NY1 is less sure. They surveyed the senators and got 27 firm no votes (including five Democrats) and only 20 firm yeses. As there are eight Republicans among the undecided/uncommitted and we all know how they are, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Doomed Gay Marriage Bill Passes Assembly

    In a statement, Sheldon Silver expresses his pleasure that the gay marriage bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell and backed by Governor Paterson, passed the assembly 89 to 52. "This is a matter of equity and justice," he say. "New Yorkers should have the right to marry who they chose." W ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Medical Marijuana Bill Considered in Albany

    Sweet! Here it is 4.20, and PolitickerNY reports movement on a medical marijjuana bill for the state. The current bill would allow "certified patients" who, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, "are likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the primary or adjunctive tr ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Paterson, Hated by All, Turns to Gays as Last Resort

    Bad news, Governor: the unions are flipping out over your proposed civil service givebacks or layoffs, and Andy Cuomo's scooping up your lost support. The MTA may announce another round of service cuts. Your name is even getting booed at Mets games. It's time to drop the gay bomb! As we said before ... More >>

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    February 15, 2009

    Protesters Say Cops Target Older Gay Men with Bogus Charges at XXX Shops

    Photos by Candice M. Giove. In front of a backdrop of hot pink placards - some splashed with hearts and cupids - Robert Pinter, a 53-year-old gay man, recounted the horror of being falsely arrested for prostitution this past October. He is one of many older gay men, activists said, targeted by yo ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Malcolm Smith on Gay Marriage: "We Don't Have the Votes"

    In December, it was reported that Malcolm Smith had scrapped a deal with dissident Democrats to make him majority leader rather than accept state senator Ruben Diaz' demand that gay marriage leave the senate's agenda. The Empire State Pride Agenda and other marrige equality advocates praised Smith. ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Habemus Corruptio! Senates Dems' Deal Settled

    We know we've said this before, but it looks as if, on the morning of the actual vote, the Democrats of the state senate have pulled together a deal that will get everyone, including the rebellious Gang of Three, on board for Malcolm Smith to be elected to majority leader. The New York Times break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Obama Win Bittersweet for Gay Rights Supporters

    Barack Obama's ascension to the White House on Tuesday was historic, sweeping and decisive. So it stings the morning after to see that his triumph co-exists with the approval of proposals nationwide to ban gay rights. "It's mostly glass half-full, but it's also glass half-empty," said New York Sta ... More >>

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    September 7, 2008

    LGBT New Yorkers Put Muscle Behind Obama

    With just 60 days to go until the finish of an increasingly competitive presidential race, LGBT elected officials and leaders in New York City -- including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and State Senator Tom Duane (pictured) -- gathered with supporters on Sunday to affirm their support for th ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Golisano's Senate Picks: Mostly (and in NYC, Only) Same-Old

    Politics on the Hudson reports that Tom Golisano, one-man PAC, has made 39 Responsible New York endorsements for the State Senate. In general, he favored Democrats narrowly (25-22) and incumbents widely. But in New York City Districts, he favored Democrats widely (14-2), and only chose incumbents. ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    NYC RFD: Early Morning Notes from Our Little Town

    Rockaway: Have You Seen This Man? "Victor Volunuev suffers from mild dementia and may be disoriented. He walked away from Belle Harbor assisted living facility on June 2, 2008... Approx. 5′4″, 145 lbs, 66 years old. Speaks Russian and some English. Last seen wearing black shorts, green t-shirt a ... More >>

  • News

    December 18, 2007

    Motel Sucks

    Exploiting a Depression-era loophole, more landlords are booting renters for short-term hotel guests

  • NYC Life

    October 3, 2006

    Talk Ain't Cheap

    The Nightlife Summit didn't solve every club owner's problems, but it's an overdue start

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    July 6, 2006
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    July 6, 2006

    Gay Marriage "Inevitable": Rally in Sheridan Square

    Hundreds gathered Thursday evening, near the place where the gay rights movement was born, to blast the high-court decision that New York's constitution does not give gays and lesbians the right to marry. "We are gonna win this battle," a furious State Senator Tom Duane told the crowd, which spille ... More >>

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    June 20, 2006
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    January 3, 2006

    The Outsider Comes In

    The party bosses choose a former activist as Council Speaker

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    February 8, 2005

    Odd Man Out

    With his fancy footwork over gay marriage, Bloomberg could be stepping on too many toes

  • News

    February 24, 2004

    It Can Happen Here

    Is New York's Marriage Law Gender Neutral? The City Council Speaker Says Yes. The Mayor Says No. It's Time for the Rest of us to March.

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    December 24, 2002

    The Working Through

    Karen Finley Teaches a Class on Dealing With 9-11

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    December 24, 2002

    Life After SONDA

    Gay Politics Will Never Be the Same

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    February 13, 2001

    Plaza Sweet

    Fashion Institute Hatches un-FIT Traffic Plan for Neighbors

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    June 6, 2000

    Bias Ban in the Balance

    Will Lazio Burn State Hate Crimes Bill's 'Chance in Hell'?

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    May 2, 2000

    Ill Wind

    In Politics, Image Trumps Medical Reality

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    February 9, 1999

    Life After Duane

    Four Candidates Vie for 'the Gay Seat'

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    January 26, 1999

    The Company He Keeps

    Chelsea candidate Chris Lynn's suspect pals

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    January 19, 1999

    Room Disservice

    Fran Reiter will check out SROs on convention web site

  • News

    December 8, 1998

    Full House

    Theater Row Plan: Is It Art, or Real Estate?

  • News

    September 1, 1998

    Porn Free

    The city's war on sex shops has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with development. Especially around Times Square.

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    July 28, 1998

    Act II: The Siege

    Battle Over Theater Zone Nears Final Scenes

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