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Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city would expand its voluntary composting program to Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn and four areas in the Bronx after successful pilot programs in some city schools, a few residential Manhattan buildings, and a neighborhood in Staten Island. Next spring it will grow to include parts of Queens and more locations in Brooklyn and Staten Island, as long as the next mayor continues the program. Organic waste accounts for 35 percent of the city's landfill-bound garbage, and officials estimate it can save as much as $60 million a year through the composting program. Cities like San Francisco could be a model for New York as it tries to reduce waste.

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In a possible sign that the renewed controversy over his habit of raunchy online behavior may be jeopardizing his bid for mayor, Anthony Weiner's campaign manager quit over the weekend. The candidate tried to downplay Danny Kedem's departure yesterday, saying, "We've gotten more volunteers and more people coming over to help the campaign in the last several days than anytime since the campaign started."

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers seemed to imply yesterday that Bill and HIlary Clinton would like to see Weiner drop out of the race; she later clarified her words, saying, "All I meant to say is that I suspect that they, like many of us, would like to see the whole story go away."

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd puzzled over the candidate's wife, Huma Abedin, standing by her "eel-like" husband. "You must remember one thing," Dowd writes, "Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet." Weiner, Dowd muses, probably seemed like a prince in comparison to the men  she grew up around.

Former Obama campaign advisor and Democratic strategist David Axelrod piled on, saying that Weiner was "wasting time and space" and that he would not be the next mayor of New York City. "Americans believe in second chances, but not third chances."

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Anthony Weiner said more dirt about his Internet sex life would come out during his mayoral campaign and boy was he right. This week the revelation that Weiner had the sort of online sexual relationships with women that led to his resignation even after he resigned from office forced the Weiner campaign into damage control.  The revelations had a major impact in public opinion according to a Marist Pollthat showed his support dropping to 16 percent with his negatives at an all-time-high. Council Speaker Christine Quinn now leads the pack with 25 percent with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson at 14 percent. Weiner admitted on Thursday to having three explicit online relationships with women even after he resigned his seat in Congress. Weiner has said he will continue with his campaign. 

 


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Forgotten Coney Island

Only a few blocks down from the amusement district, where the sounds of the frolicking beachgoers and carnival games have come back with renewed vigor after the seashore neighborhood's near-cataclysmic meeting with Hurricane Sandy, there is a different Coney Island that most tourists and beach goers don’t see.

This is the Coney Island that continues to struggle to return to normalcy nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy came ashore. The Coney Island where parks and playgrounds remain fenced off because of sinkholes or other damage done by last year’s storm.

“They say Coney Island is open for business. Sure, the entertainment district is, but no one talks about the parts of Coney Island where people actually live. They don’t talk about the neighborhoods,” said Ed Cosme, a resident who formed The People’s Coalition of Coney Island to raise awareness about the problems in the parts of the neighborhood that don’t normally draw tourists and bathers.  

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Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted to continuing lewd online exchanges with female admirers well after resigning from Congress amid a sexting scandal.

After images of Weiner's private parts and texts of private conversations with an admirer were made public yesterday by a gossip blog, the former congressman held a news conference to apologize for his behavior and to reaffirm his desire to be the next mayor.

Weiner said he would not drop out of the race. His wife, Huma Abedin, stood by his side.

"We discussed all of this before Anthony decided he would run for mayor, so really what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him," she said in a statement she read to reporters.

With the election increasingly looking like a made-for-the-tabloids drama, the political establishment began calling for the candidate to drop out of the race.

"The serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City," The New York Times Editorial Board wrote.

A handful of rival candidate for mayor also called for him to drop out.

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