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Budget Hearings Breakdown
May 13th, 2010

The City Council kicked off its executive budget hearings this morning, and over the next month there will be dozens more.

This schedule is subject to change, but here is how it’s laid out now.

Friday, May 14

Human Rights Commission, 10 a.m.
City University of New York, 10:30 a.m.
Education and School Construction Authority (Capital), 12 p.m.

Monday, May 17
Citywide Administrative Services, 10 a.m.
Board of Elections, 10:45 a.m.
Campaign Finance Board, 11:45 a.m.
Aging, 12:30 p.m.
Juvenile Justice, 2 p.m.
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By on May 13, 2010, 6:00 pm
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Sick Leave, Wage Standards Coming to City Hall
May 10th, 2010

Tomorrow’s going to be a big day for two issues that have been floating around City Hall for quite some time: paid sick leave and prevailing wage standards.

At 9:30 a.m., council members and 32BJ will rally on the steps of City Hall in support of a bill to require developers that receive city subsidies to pay building service employees a prevailing wage. A hearing will follow at 10 a.m. (For more on wage standards at city-subsidized developments, check out “Subsidies in the City.”)

At 2 p.m., the council will hold a hearing on the paid sick leave bill. More on that issue here.

By on May 10, 2010, 5:33 pm
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Rough Road Ahead
April 13th, 2010

Watch out, there may be some rough roads ahead.

After snowstorms and other winter wear, some New York City streets have come to resemble war-torn terrain and not the byways of a well-kept metropolis.
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Now Gotham Gazette and The Huffington Post want to know what kind of craters mark your streets. Is your block a virtual obstacle course? Has your car or bike tire exploded thanks to an avenue’s neglect?

Send us photos and addresses of neglected roadways in your neighborhood, along with any other lurid details you care to provide, and we’ll report back next week.

By on April 13, 2010, 11:37 am
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Historic Vote Broken Down
March 22nd, 2010

It’s here. Good or bad, supporter or critic, the United States is on its way to universal health care.

For a local take, check out how the New York delegation voted last night below. Among our representatives, the vote was 24 to 4. In Washington, health care passed 219 to 212.

And to take a look at the floor debate (all three-plus hours) visit here.

Ackerman, Gary, New York, 5th — Ay
Arcuri, Michael A., New York, 24th — No
Bishop, Timothy, New York, 1st — Ay
Clarke, Yvette D., New York, 11th — Ay
Crowley, Joseph, New York, 7th — Ay
Engel, Eliot, New York, 17th — Ay
Hall, John J., New York, 19th — Ay
Higgins, Brian, New York, 27th — Ay
Hinchey, Maurice, New York, 22nd — Ay
Israel, Steve, New York, 2nd — Ay
King, Pete, New York, 3rd — No
Lee, Christopher J., New York, 26th — No
Lowey, Nita, New York, 18th — Ay
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By on March 22, 2010, 11:27 am
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9/11 Bill Advances in Congress
March 16th, 2010

A bill that would provide permanent health care for 9/11 emergency and cleanup workers has advanced a step in Congress, according to the mayor’s office. The House Health Subcommittee today approved the bill, known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The move comes less than a week after the city and 9/11 workers reached a tentative agreement to give a total of $575 million to workers who became sickened from their time at the trade center site. Those one-time payments, though, would not provide ongoing coverage.

In a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailed the passage as “an important step in our effort to secure sustained medical monitoring and treatment for the first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks,” and reiterated his oft-expressed opinion that the issue deserved a federal response. The mayor also urged passage of the bill by the full House and Senate.

For more on the legislation, see 9/11 Health Care Bill Could Get Boost in Congress.

By on March 16, 2010, 3:43 pm
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State Must Provide Mentally Ill With Supported Housing
March 1st, 2010

A federal judge has ordered that New York State must stop sending people with mental illness to adult homes and instead being pace them in community-based supported housing. Judge Nicholas Garaufis of Federal Court in Brooklyn gave the state four years to find placement for people who want them at a minimum rate of 1,500 beds per year.

The ruling follows a lawsuit brought by Disability Advocates that the rights of the mentally ill were violated because being placed in adult homes stopped them from functioning as normal members of society.

Some adult home residents who have already made the transition to supported housing say they have the freedom they have craved for years. The New York Times reported that family members of those housed in adult homes due to mental illness have mixed feelings about the move to supported housing.

This decision confirms what adult home residents have been saying for yearsthat living in these large institutionalized homes isolates them and
marginalizes them, and frustrates any hope of recovery. Supported housing does the oppositeit keeps people in the community and supports a normal lifestyle. It is a much better alternative for people with psychiatric disabilities, says Geoff Lieberman, Executive Director of the Coalition
of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled

By on March 1, 2010, 10:38 pm
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Approving Chips and Charters
February 25th, 2010

Approving Charters and Chips

It was by all accounts, another raucous Panel on Educational Policy meeting last night. This time the issue was allocation of school space — largely putting charter schools in building already occupied by regular public schools — and most of those who came to the microphone, according to the Daily News, backed the Department of Education’s plans.

Not surprisingly the Panel of Educational Policy largely did too, though it did, apparently, postpone plans to place Eagle Academy, an all-male school for grades six through twelve, in IS 59 in Queens after it fell one vote short of the seven needed to approve the proposal.

Last night’s hearing came after months of arguments about school space throughout the city, with some accusing the Department of Education of pitting parents against parents — conventional schools vs. charters — in the drive for precious classrooms. Earlier this week, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and several City Council members called for a moratorium on co-locations and for an independent panel to review allocations of space.

Although charters receive public money, it cannot go for facilities, a restriction that has prompted the Bloomberg administration, big fans of charter school, to give them space. (For more on these issues, see Charter Schools Enter Uncharted Waters.)

While last night’s meeting was a victory for charter supporters, it represented a stunning defeat for lovers of home-backed brownies. The panel unanimously approved a policy that would ban home-backed goodies from school bakesales in favor of such toothsome treats as individually sized portions of Doritos.

By on February 25, 2010, 1:23 pm
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Half Baked?
February 24th, 2010

Now I know I was born too soon — or at least my kids were.

Just as my bakesale days are drawing to a close, the Department of Education has banned homemade treats for most school bakesales. Parents will no longer have to churn out batches of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (compete with lots of old-fashioned, cholesterol-busting rolled oats) as I did: All they have to do is buy a box of Pop-Tarts.

The department, which craves standardization in curriculum and in testing, has decided it’s good for food too. According to a report by Sharon Otterman in today’s Times, the department will allow the sale of 27 specific items in individual packages “that have been approved for sales in city vending machines” including two varieties of Doritos (at least one of which comes heavily laced with chemicals) and one type of Pop-Tart. Fresh fruits and vegetables are OK as well.

Homemade items, however healthy, are verboten because “its impossible to know what the content is, or what the portion size is, deputy chancellor Kathleen Grimm told Otterman.
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By on February 24, 2010, 10:51 am
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Protecting Pedestrians
February 24th, 2010

The hit and run accident that critically injured mayoral aide Errin Phelan early Sunday morning and hurt her friend Alma Guerrero points up how dangerous it can be to simply cross a street in New York. And while on the face of it, the conduct of the driver seems completely egregious, if past cases are any indication, there is no guarantee anyone will be convicted of a major offense for the crime.

As Gotham Gazette reported late last year, people who kill with their vehicles usually get off with a slap on the wrist — unless it can be proved they were drunk at the time of the accident. Since the driver who struck Phelan has not yet been apprehended, there is no way to determine whether she was drunk, stoned or high when she mowed down the two young women on Flatbush Avenue. (Police questioned the owner of the car, Cindy Jasmin, who says her sister Frances was driving. Investigators reportedly are skeptical.)
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By on February 24, 2010, 9:09 am
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Broadway Walkway Here to Stay
February 11th, 2010

For all you Times Square revelers, the Bloomberg administration is going to give you a little more room to stretch your legs — permanently.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced this morning the pedestrian plazas at Times and Herald Squares were here to stay. When the plazas were first announced in February last year, the administration said they would be made permanent if they improved traffic flow on 6th and 7th avenues and if it made the areas safer for pedestrians.

The results, according to the administration, will allow tourists and New Yorkers alike to sit back and relax in the plazas colorful furnishings for years to come.

According to the Department of Transportation, travel speeds for trips north in West Midtown improved by 17 percent from fall 2008 to 2009, compared with 8 percent in East Midtown. For trips south in West Midtown, travel speeds fell 2 percent. East Midtown had an increase of 3 percent, according to the transportation department.

Before this morning’s announcement, some speculated that the results would not be good enough to keep the plazas. A report in the New York Times said officials found the results “disappointing.”

Disappointing or not, Times and Herald Squares have officially been taken over by pedestrians.

Pictured above is Times Square now and below is a video from the transportation department about the project.

By on February 11, 2010, 11:56 am
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The City's Nastiest Neighborhoods
January 27th, 2010

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Photo (cc) 2009 Adrian Miles

Is your neighborhood spic and span or rife with refuse?

The Bloomberg administration puts most of the city in the former category and hopes to keep it that way despite a budget crunch. Last month, the Mayor’s Office of Operations reported 97.3 percent of city sidewalks and 96.1 percent of city streets were largely litter free.

But is the city right? The Huffington Post and Gotham Gazette want to know how clean you think your neighborhood is. Has the Bloomberg administration wiped noxious grime and garbage from city streets? Or does trash pile up on your street corner? Is your block cleaner or dirtier than other neighborhoods?

Visit The Huffington Post here to upload photos of your most frightening tales of city trash. Or you can comment below.

And check back later next week to see whether your block is a refuge for neat freaks or still grapples with garbage.

By on January 27, 2010, 11:55 am
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A Night of Counting
January 26th, 2010

Last night thousands of volunteers scoured the city for men, women and children who call the streets home.

It happens every year since 2003, and it’s called the HOPE Street Survey — or the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate. Volunteers for the city’s Department of Homeless Services tour the five boroughs from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. looking for people living on the streets. The count is supposed to capture an estimate of the city’s homeless population that do not use the shelter system.

Every year, according to the department, the numbers have declined, and since 2005 they have almost been cut in half — from 4,375 to 2,328.

Advocates dispute the study’s findings. Patrick Markee of the Coalition for the Homeless wrote that the survey has “an inherently flawed methodology.” The survey, he continued, fails to count the homeless that are in hard to reach locations and it doesn’t factor in inclement weather.

Last night, for instance, was unseasonably warm.

Either way, we won’t know last night’s results anytime soon. According to the press office at the Department of Homeless Services, the count can take weeks to compile.

For more, listen to this segment from Brian Lehrer this morning.

By on January 26, 2010, 5:47 pm
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Big Tobacco Takes on Council
January 12th, 2010

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The City Council sent a message to big tobacco this afternoon: put it out.

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Company and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands filed a lawsuit against the city in December over a law approved by the City Council last year that bans the sale of flavored tobacco products in the five boroughs.

In response to the suit, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, health care advocates and several members of the City Council gathered at City Hall to let “big tobacco” know they wouldn’t be backing down, settling or negotiating anytime soon.

“What we did was legally right, but, more importantly, it was morally right, and we are not going to let this lawsuit threaten us,” said Quinn, who compared the tobacco product’s packaging to a tube of lip gloss. “Tobacco yet again has shown itself to be nothing but greedy and only interested in hurting the public health of New Yorkers.”

The lawsuit alleges the city overstepped its authority by going further than Congress and the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations. Federal law “does not permit a municipality to impose such sweeping regulation of tobacco products,” the complaint filed by the tobacco companies states.

Just weeks before the City Council approved its law, federal officials approved a ban on the sale of flavored cigarettes. The city then went a step further by banning the sale of chewing tobacco, cigars and cigarillos as well. It is this step big tobacco alleges is unconstitutional.

Health care advocates disagree, arguing Congress’s actions encouraged municipalities to create their own regulations.

Because of the packaging and the location of advertisements in corner stores and bodegas, said city officials, these flavored tobacco products can seem as appealing as candy to young adults and children. The products’ flavors, which range from cookie dough to grape to lemon-lime, don’t help either, they said.

“They have created what appears to be to children a smooth seamless transition from candy to tobacco products,” said Joanne Koldare, director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke Free City. “But we’re on to them.”
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By on January 12, 2010, 1:47 pm
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Paterson Reacts to the Health Care Vote
December 24th, 2009

Today the Senate passed it’s health care reform bill along partisan lines. Gov. David Paterson, despite assurances from Rep. Charlie Rangel , is worried that the bill will add to New York’s growing budget deficit and hurt health care providers. Here is a statement from Paterson:

Today the Senate passed a landmark health care reform bill, an historic accomplishment in the long-standing effort to improve the health care system to better serve more Americans. This bill, and the version passed earlier this month in the House of Representatives, make important progress for the 2.5 million uninsured New Yorkers and for uninsured Americans in every state.

However, I am deeply troubled that the Senate version of the bill worsens what was already an inequitable situation for New York and I will continue to be an advocate on behalf of New Yorkers to ensure we are treated fairly by this critical federal legislation. The Senate bill adds close to an additional $ 1 billion annually in new State Medicaid costs to New York. This could result in a 15 percent reduction in payments to providers, meaning hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and community clinics could ultimately face these reductions because of strained State and City budgets.

To avoid this outcome, the House and Senate must convene a real Conference Committee to fairly merge these bills and allow our delegation to fight for equitable legislation for New York State.

To see what other prominent New Yorkers think health care reform will mean to the state, check out these editorials and our Health Topic Page.

By on December 24, 2009, 1:28 pm
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Another One Bites the Dust
December 23rd, 2009

As expected, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Paul Cosgrave will “retire” next week, adding to the crew of commissioners who will not be joining the mayor for a third term.

This particular “retirement,” which the News dubbed a resignation, comes after the city’s 911 call system upgrade was two years behind schedule and over budget. The mayor’s statement below boasts Cosgrave’s work on 311, but is silent on the 911 controversy.

In another department, the mayor announced on Monday the appointment of Salvatore Cassano to head the Fire Department following Nicholas Scopetta.

Here is the mayor’s statement on Cosgrave:

When I appointed Paul Cosgrave Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications in 2006, our Administration had made unprecedented gains increasing public access to City information and services. Still, I charged Paul with going even farther, giving New Yorkers new ways to interact with City government, and making City government even more transparent. He had great success achieving those goals.

Paul expanded our 311 Customer Service Center, which provides New Yorkers round-the-clock access to information and services in some 180 languages. He helped create an enhanced 311 service for public school families which provides an easy-to-use resource for parents and guardians seeking answers about their childrens education. Thanks to his efforts, New Yorkers can now access 311 by phone, via multiple online channels, and attach pictures and videos to complaints submitted from their desktops or mobile phones. And just last month, we announced an agreement with the MTA to explore streamlining public access to mass transit information. Paul spearheaded the effort to create the New York City Wireless Network, a state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure transforming how City agencies ensure public safety and deliver services, as well as the expansion and adoption of broadband service in low income neighborhoods.

Through it all, Pauls greatest strengths have been his ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders and find ways to get things done. On behalf of the people of the City of New York, I thank him for his distinguished service and wish him all the best in retirement.

By on December 23, 2009, 12:32 pm
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Air Pollution Borough by Borough
December 15th, 2009

Image provided by the mayor's office

Image provided by the mayor's office


The Bloomberg administration released its first ever street-level air survey chronicling the air quality in every borough. The survey showed that Manhattan’s high traffic areas have the worst air quality.

The survey compiles data, including measurements of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and elemental carbon, gathered from 150 sites throughout the city last winter. The survey was conducted as part the mayor’s PlaNYC 2030 — his vision for sustainability in the five boroughs.

In a prepared statement, the mayor, who is at the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen, said, We are collecting air samples around the city at ground level so we can measure the air New Yorkers breathe while walking on the streets. This study clearly demonstrates the impacts that pollution from vehicles and certain oil-burning boilers has on our neighborhoods and it shows us that the most densely populated areas are also the most polluted.”

The level of pollutants correlated with the level of traffic and building fuel use, according to the survey. All of these contaminants are associated with health problems, like asthma and emphysema.

Just last week, the City Council approved legislation to force large buildings in the city to conduct energy audits every decade. When first introduced, the bill would have also required those buildings to implement the audits’ recommendations, but it was retooled following criticism by property owners. It does require those buildings to conduct maintenance to reduce their energy consumption.

By on December 15, 2009, 6:14 pm
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World Trade Center Health Effects: Finding the Links
December 7th, 2009

Dana Farrington filed this report from City Hall.

Impatience was contagious in City Hall today as three City Council committees heard from concerned parties about the World Trade Center Medical Working Groups second annual report, released in September. Of particular concern was a bill, currently stalled in the U.S. Senate health committee, which would provide long-term medical care for those affected by the World Trade Center collapse — mentally and physically — and worries over which side effects would not be covered in the meantime.

Before the hearing, a man in a full Fire Department captain uniform sat quietly in the front row. The retired captain, John Gallagher, had arrived at the trade center site in the afternoon after the attacks and spent the next 30 hours on duty, followed by another three months of working full time at Ground Zero. He now has pulmonary fibrosis and breathes through an oxygen tank, which sat next to him inside a black rolling suitcase. Though he receives full funding for his medical care because the government has recognized the dust and other hazards at the trade center caused his illness, he said he had come to the hearing to fight for those who are not covered. Among his concerns were people with cancers, such as thyroid and kidney cancers, whose illnesses were not recognized under current coverage programs.

Councilmember Domenic Recchia raised his voice and temper over the reports assertion that cancer is not directly related to the disaster. “I hope your next report says there is a link,” Recchia said.
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More Road Deaths
November 30th, 2009

In the wake of the passage of Leandra’s law, which makes it a felony to drive intoxicated with children in the vehicle, two car accidents in New York City offer more evidence that sober drivers can be deadly too. In both cases, the alleged drivers had suspended licenses.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Allmir Lekperic apparently struck and killed Peter and Lillian Sabados as they carried canned goods to their Staten Island church. According to press accounts, Lekperic had his driver’s license suspended 29 times since 2006 — most recently in September — and had a number of other traffic violations as well.

And on Friday, Sonya Powell was walking with her fianc in the Bronx when she was hit by a car, allegedly driven by Sheldon Reid. Reid had pleaded guilty to driving without a license in 2001.

The deaths could focus attention on a bill proposed by Assemblymember Robert Sweeney that would make vehicular assault and vehicular manslaughter felonies when committed by a driver with a suspended or revoked license.

Lekperic, now out on $50,000 bail, faces two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree. According to the Staten Island Advance, he could confront addition charges following an investigation of the crime. The current felonies carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Reid also has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident as well as aggravated unlicensed operation.

As Gotham Gazette reported last week, very few people involved in fatal accidents are convicted of felonies. For more, see Death by Car.

By on November 30, 2009, 2:03 pm
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Who Uses and Likes NYC Condoms?
November 19th, 2009

All over the city NYC Condoms can be found. They’re free, plentiful and pretty easy to find. And if the 3.4 million distributed monthly are any indication, they’re quite popular, too.

But over two years after the city began the condom campaign, anecdotal evidence has trickled in suggesting that people want other options, such as larger sizes. So researchers set out to find out who was aware of the branded condom, whether they’ve used it, and if they were satisfied with it. They had 361 people fill out surveys at events where attendees were mostly either black or gay in attempt to address the needs of populations at elevated HIV risk. The results of the survey were published last month in the American Journal of Public Health.

“We found high levels of NYC Condom awareness, and awareness translated into use,” the report’s authors wrote. Just over 76 percent of respondents have seen the condoms, and 75 percent have actually picked them up. Just over 68 percent of those who “got some” actually used them. About 53 percent have used them, but didn’t necessarily pick them up themselves.

While college graduates were the most likely to have seen the condoms, they were least likely to use them. About 38 percent of graduates reported using them compared with just over 64 percent of those with only some college and those with a high school diploma or less.

Researchers noted that people want options. “Demand exists for alternatives to NYC Condoms,” they said. The average rating for the branded condom on a scale of 1-to-10 was 6.6. About 22 percent said they would like the city to offer an ultra-thin version, 18 percent said they’d like extra-strength, and 14 percent asked for a larger size.

The authors also pointed out the limitations of the study. Since the survey was aimed at an at-risk population; only chose those who were at least 18-years-old; and 50 percent of those approached refused to participate, the results “are not generalizable to all New Yorkers.”

On a related note, the NYC Condom is on Facebook, where you can send friends and acquaintances “e-condoms” if you ever felt the need.

By on November 19, 2009, 10:57 pm
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Sick Leave Testimony from Afar
November 17th, 2009

Dana Farrington filed this report on the City Council hearings Tuesday on paid sick leave.

Advocates for paid sick leave in New York City may have viewed the law in San Francisco as an example before, but they probably had not done so literally — until today. The City Council sponsored its first video-conference during a Civil Service and Labor Committee hearing on a bill that would require paid sick leave here, allowing the division manager of San Francisco’s Office of Labor Enforcement Standards to provide testimony and answer questions regarding her city’s paid sick leave ordinance.

Donna Levitt, the division manager, explained that the business community opposed the ordinance prior to its implementation in 2007 but said that her office had not heard many complaints since.

Representatives of New Yorks business community were not convinced.
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