“Wayne was an absolutist—moral, faithful, tea totaling, tenacious—a believer in redemption, with reportorial standards beyond reproach. No short cuts, no cheap rumors—only shocking facts; never going with a piece unless certain of its accuracy; smiling rather than taking umbrage when reporters chased his work without citing him.”
He made history in becoming mayor and faced multiple crises during a single term in City Hall.
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‘He was a radical with a commitment to nuance and precision, and a vision to scale up both the movement’s research and organizing agendas.’
‘Rebecca Reich had planted herself in front of me at a City Limits event to ask why we weren’t writing about the fierce battle being waged in her neighborhood.’
Long-time tenant champion and 40-year Bronx resident Carmen Vega-Rivera, whose career in housing advocacy began with a fight against her own landlord over a decade ago, died Sunday at the age of 65.
For her, a fury at life’s manifold injustices was never separated from a deep belief in the goodness of the world and its people, and a passionate faith—not a hope, but a faith—that the joy would ultimately blot out the darkness.
The names of the city’s real builders, who labor for decades in the toughest neighborhoods, are nowhere. Their accomplishments, everywhere. One of the greatest of these, Luis Garden Acosta, died last week at the age of 73.