The BroadsheetDAILY ~ 6/25/20 ~ The Election Is Over, But the Counting Continues –

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Tally Dally

The Election Is Over, But the Counting Continues

The preliminary results in the contested race to represent the 65th Assembly District (which stretches from the Battery to Vesey Street on the West Side and traces a jagged line between Broadway and the East River, topping out just above Houston Street, on the East Side) in Albany favor incumbent Yuh-Line Niou over challenger Grace Lee.

Of all the ballots 7,214 ballots cast in Tuesdays Democratic primary, according to the Citys Board of Elections, Ms. Niou garnered 4,440 (or slightly more than 61 percent of the total), while Ms. Lee took 2,741 (or 38 percent).

Although the November election will technically decide who represents Lower Manhattan in the State Assembly for the next two years, the heavily blue landscape of Lower Manhattan usually makes the nomination of the Democratic party tantamount to winning the wider contest, and most often relegates the actual election to the status of a formality.

But neither candidate has declared victory or conceded defeat, because this years contest will also incorporate an unknown (but much higher than usual) number of mail-in ballots, which were made available as a precautionary measure to help stem the spread of the pandemic coronavirus. These votes are unlikely to be counted until early July, City election officials say.

Whether the absentee ballots will break down differently than those cast in person, and whether they could do so in sufficient numbers to change the elections apparent outcome, remains unclear

In the meantime, Ms. Niou says, while we will continue to make sure every vote is counted, last nights numbers show us winning in every part of our district. We ran our campaign with integrity and persistence, powered by a grassroots army focused on lifting up our community in Lower Manhattan. She also expressed gratitude to supporters, ranging from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to member of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

In this truly unprecedented time, I believe that we need to meet this moment with bold ideas, followed up by bolder actions, she continues. New York needs a real plan for recovery that protects and supports our working families and small businesses, and we simply cannot pretend that there is some solution that does not involve asking the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share. Failing to do so means cuts to schools, cuts to hospitals, cuts to transit, cuts to infrastructure, cuts to our safety net, cuts to senior programs. And the impact of these cuts will put a stop to any recovery, so more people will suffer longer while we wait on a farcical trickle-down economy that will never arrive.

The votes have all been cast, but because we successfully fought for vote-by-mail, we have to be patient until every vote is counted, she concludes. I am immensely grateful to every person who sent in their ballot, voted early, or voted in person on Tuesday. With the power of our community behind us, we will make sure every vote is counted until our victory is affirmed!

Ms. Lee says, usually, on an election night we have answers, but our public-health crisis has made everything uncertain until the absentee ballots are opened on July 1. Still, I am proud of the movement we built, which started in my living room, and I am especially grateful to my friends, family and supporters who made this journey with me.

I am very thankful for the supporters who made calls, inspired others, went to the polls, mailed their ballots and voted for new leadership, Ms. Lee adds. We always knew this was an uphill battle.

Matthew Fenton

Centre Stage

City Plans Black Lives Matter Street Mural for Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan will soon have new piece of street art: the Administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio has commissioned a Black Lives Matter mural for Centre Street, between Worth and Reade Streets. The painting will consist of large letters emblazoned on the roadbed, and is among five such installations, with one planned for each borough.

This project was inspired by the impromptu creation of a similar mural on Fulton Street, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn a week ago. When word spread of this project, Mr. Blasio showed up at the site and helped paint it. A few days later, he announced that this section of Fulton Street was to be closed to vehicular traffic for the remainder of the summer.

Putting a Dent in Rents

Pandemic and Economic Downturn Impact Local Leasing

A new report from brokerage Douglas Elliman and appraiser Miller Samuel indicates that rents are trending downward in Lower Manhattan, while the inventory of vacant apartments is ballooning. These tidal shifts appear to be attributable to the health crisis associated with the pandemic coronavirus, and the economic slowdown it has triggered. The monthly Elliman Report for May documents that new lease signings have fallen at an unprecedented rate, while vacancies have surged to a new record.

For all of Lower Manhattan, the report finds that the median rent is now $3,895, which represents a 7.3 percent drop from one month earlier when the median rent was $4,200, but a slight increase of one-half of one percent from last May, when the median figure was $3,875.

Coaches Dana & Ann came up with some wild challenges for you to try.

Show off your skills at home, in the park, anywhere!

Rockefeller Rainbow#ROCKYRAINBOW

Make a rainbow with this classic soccer trick


Get creative with a basketball balance

Teardrop TP Juggle #TEARDROPTP

How long can you juggle a roll of TP?


Show off your dance moves!

to receive a special Virtual BPC Community Field Day e-mail on June 26th!

The Downtown Virtual Calendar

Thursday June 25


Pieces of China: Episode 5: Bohan Phoenix

China Institute


Understanding Anne Frank With Teresien Da Silva

Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust


Battery Dance TV provides free online live dance classes and programming for the general public.

Each day, a different encore presentation from the companys Live in HD series is available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of operas greatest singers.

Tribeca Community On Display

All of Us Thank All of You

Fine artist and long time Downtown resident Adele H. Rahte has spent the stay-at-home period designing and creating these fabric collages representing the people in our community as a special form of thank you to the essential workers of our community andcity for keeping us safe.

On display during the month of July at the Tribeca Community WindowGallery located at 160 West Broadway.

Race and Class

A Lower Manhattan Community Leader Considers How Much Has Changed and How Much Still Needs To Change

Im a lot older than many of the young people now protesting in the streets, reflects Pat Moore, 67, who chairs the Quality of Life Committee on Community Board 1. And my father, who died last January, was a police officer at a time when there were very few black men on the NYPD. So I have a slightly more complicated perspective about all this.

I was born in 1953, and my family is from Louisiana, she recalls, so Im old enough to remember traveling to the South as a little girl, and sitting at the back of the bus, or visiting the public pool, where nobody who looked like me was allowed to go in.

Pushing for Peace of Mind

Local Leaders Urge Heightened Federal Response to September 11 Mental Health Issues

Community Board 1 (CB1) is urging federal lawmakers to expand benefits offered by the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to include more robust help for survivors of the terrorist attacks who are grappling with mental health issues.

A Fraudulent Scheme to Evade the Rent Stabilization Laws

FiDi Renters Seek Recompense for Years of Rent Overcharges; U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Overturn Tenants Victory

More Financial District tenants are going to court to demand restitution from years of illegally high rent, on the heels of a 2019 ruling by New York States highest court, which found that as many as 5,000 Lower Manhattan apartments had been illegally deprived of rent stabilization benefits.

The most recent suit was filed on behalf of tenants at 90 Washington Street, a 397-unit rental building located between Rector and Joseph P. Ward Streets. This filing follows similar legal actions on behalf of tenants at 63-67 Wall Street, Ten Hanover Square, 50 Murray Street, 90 West Street, and 53 Park Place.

Eyes to the SkyJune 15 28, 2020

Summer Solstice June 20, 2020

Every day is Sun day for the month of June, when the Sun is up for 15 hours plus a few minutes most days and darkness prevails, most days, for a few minutes less than 9 hours.The longest days of the year occur as Earth reaches the point in its orbit when the North Pole is tilted closest to the Sun, known as the summer solstice. This year, astronomers calculate that the solstice occurs onSaturday, June 20 at 5:44pm. According to my pencil on paper figuring from Starry Night* data, whichis offered to a tenth of a second,day length at our location on Friday the 19this 3 seconds shorter than on the solstice and on the 20thday length is 2 seconds longer than on Sunday the 21st.

Changing Lanes

CB1 Wants to Claim Part of the Pike for Cyclists

Community Board 1 is calling upon City and State transportation officials to closeat least temporarilythe lane of Route 9A (also know as the West Side Highway) that adjoins the Hudson River Park, between Chambers and Canal Streets, to enable continued social distancing, as New York scales back quarantine measures in the wake of the pandemic coronavirus outbreak.

The plan would use concrete barriers to bar traffic from the westernmost lane of the eight-lane highway, for a half-mile stretch of the waterfront boulevard, in order to allow users of the Hudson River Park additional room for biking, jogging, and walking.

Honorable WilliamWall Opens for Business

The Honorable William Wall is open.

June 25: Today in History

1630 Fork introduced to American dining by Gov. Winthrop

1667 Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys, French doctor, performs first blood transfusion

1798 US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens

1868 -President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hr day

1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn: 7th Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne, Custer killed

1910 Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes)

1938 Federal minimum wage law guarantees workers 25 cents per hour (rising to 40 cents by 1945) and a maximum 44 hour working week

1940 Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower and grave of Napoleon in France

1953 86F in Anchorage Alaska

1967 400 million watch Beatles Our World TV special

1987 Pope John Paul II receives Austrian President Kurt Waldheim

1988 Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

1997 Christies auctions off Princess Dis clothing for $5.5 million

June Lockhart with Lassie


1865 Robert Henri, US painter, leader of Ashcan school

1903 George Orwell, [Eric A Blair], British India, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), (d. 1950)

1924 Sidney Lumet, Phila, director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe)

1925 June Lockhart, NYC, actor (Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction)

1945 Carly Simon, NYC, singer (Anticipation, Youre So Vain)


1767 Georg Philipp Telemann, German late-barok composer, dies at 86

1876 George Armstrong Custer, US General, dies at the Battle of Little Bighorn aged 36

1906 Stanford White, Architect, shot dead atop Madison Square Garden which he designed by Harry Thaw jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit

1916 Thomas Eakins, American artist (b. 1844)

1979 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (b. 1906)

1995 Warren Earl Burger, Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78

1997 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

2003 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)

2009 Michael Jackson, King of Pop (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

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