The Heroes and Villains of New York City

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09/30/2009 4:00 AM |


Ruben Diaz Sr.

You don’t have to look too far in Albany to find a villain (see Espada above)–state government in New York has long been a swamp of corruption, hackery and influence peddling, but Diaz Jr. takes it an extra step, above and beyond his role as a Senator representing the Bronx. Where does he get the energy? From his fear of the gays. Diaz Sr., a Democrat who doubles as a Pentecostal minister, has been the most ardent opponent of Governor Paterson’s gay marriage bill, vowing to do all in his power to keep basic civil rights out of the hands of fellow New Yorkers. But then what would you expect from someone who tried to keep the Gay Games out of New York in 1994 using the following reasoning: “You don’t have to be clairvoyant to realize that this can and will lead to sexual encounters with the risk of exposure to AIDS.”

8 Comment

  • they just lost their lease, and need to find another….preferably in the immediate neighborhood, for not much money…

  • Mayor Bloomberg is in the picture but there isn’t anything written about him, how come?

  • His editing staff is still next to impeccable. I think you meant savvy.

  • In terms of heroes and villains, you have both in what’s going on with the 1-2-3 Community Space. You’ve written about the heroes, but there is also a villain, or rather villains. You can read about them on a blog set up to chronicle the eviction of 1-2-3 by money-grubbing landlords (I know, that’s redundant).

  • I think Bloomberg is on the cover as he’s referred to in the Reverend Billy editorial.

  • Thanks GOD this jackass is being called out. I’m glad to see the villains behind the villains called out.

  • Graydon Carter is a villain because time and age has given him a different perspective in life? Prepare author, for you too will in time (and with age) join the ranks of ‘villains’ everywhere. Unless you’re just so closed minded as to never change.

    Also, when does libertarianism == ‘giving up’. That’s just reductionism.

  • You list Bloomberg as a villain but his traffic doyenne, Sadik-Khan, is a hero. And Billy Talen, no matter how well intentioned, is a clown.