In the News: School Delay

••• “State budget cuts could delay the construction of Downtown’s much-needed new elementary school, the city said last week. The new 400-seat school, likely at the Peck Slip Post Office site, will not start construction until 2014, a Department of Education spokesman said. Work on the school was supposed to begin in 2013, but the city no longer has enough money after the state proposed slashing funding for new school seats by 48 percent, the DOE said.” (DNAinfo)

••• Tribeca Trib eulogizes Anne Compoccia, former chair of CB1: “When an intimidating group of fish handlers with alleged Mafia ties moved into a Washington Street warehouse in the spring of 1996, the operation brought all-night noise and the glare of lights to the sleepy northern Tribeca neighborhood. One night, Compoccia entered the warehouse, alone, to ‘read  them the riot act,’ as she put it. […] A crackdown by city agencies, brought to bear by Com­poccia, her CB1 staff and former City Councilwoman Kathryn Freed ended the operation within a month.”

••• “Governor Paterson’s nomination of two neighborhood residents and community leaders, Anthony Notaro and Martha Gallo, to serve on the Board of the Battery Park City Authority, neither of whom had been confirmed by the State Senate as of the day Andrew Cuomo was sworn in as the governor, are now in limbo.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “Family members of 9/11 victims are ramping up their efforts to save the World Trade Center sphere. Michael Burke, whose brother was killed on 9/11, posted a petition online last week demanding that the dented, 25-foot sphere return to the Trade Center site to be part of the 9/11 memorial. Burke’s petition has already gathered more than 800 signatures, some from people who mentioned the names of loved ones who were killed.” (DNAinfo)

••• “Two big film festival operators, Tribeca Enterprises and the Sundance Institute, are about to greatly expand their efforts to use technology to bring specialty movies to a national audience. […] Tribeca plans on Monday to announce a significant expansion of its fledgling movie releasing arm, Tribeca Film, which was founded last year as a test in releasing movies both digitally and in theaters. Tribeca Film plans to increase its annual output to 26 pictures, up from 11.” (The New York Times)

••• The New York Times ran an obituary for artist Andy Jurinko, who lived in Lower Manhattan. He was known for his paintings of baseball stadiums.


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