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Happy Halloween everybody! The Season of the Witch is upon us all. So to celebrate in true macabre fashion, I’d like to present both a trick and a treat in one super cool package: My homage to the author of Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly. For those of you not familiar with her story, I’ll splain:


Criticism gets increasingly vocal as opposition to Mayor Bloomberg strengthens. On Tuesday the Working Families Party delivered a petition to Councilman David Yassy to sway his undecided vote on Mayor Bloomberg’s appeal for a term extension. The WFP, officially not opposed to ending term limits as long as it goes to a public referendum, has organized a massive grassroots petition rallying support.


No candidate for president in my lifetime has ever been attacked so viciously and from such a wide range of sources as Barack Obama, who somehow has confounded the screamers by maintaining a composure that has further angered his enemies.


The wind is at the Democrats’ backs in the battle for Senate control with one big surprise in the making: Liddy Dole of North Carolina may join husband Bob in retirement.

Kay Hagan, a feisty state senator, only recently took the lead against Liddy, who had held a steady edge in September.

Hagan has rapped Dole for for being a loyal Bush follower, and for being lethargic on the Senate floor.


Its dirty business when it comes to erecting a “garbage garage,” especially in a neighborhood on the rise with million dollar real estate at stake. Thus is the case in Hudson Square, where the city is planning to build a 120 ft. tall Sanitation facility on the lots at Spring and West Streets. The building will hold Manhattan’s garbage trucks, store supplies and act as a refueling station.


 

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly member Deborah Glick visited the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) Wednesday morning to see the fruit of the capital lending that they secured.

In 2005 the Assemblymembers, both representing the district, backed funding from the New York State Community Capital Assistance Program that greatly helped the museum create new programs and expand its social outreach.


Mike Bloomberg has shown great confidence in his first elected position, but he can’t seem to make up his mind about his future political life, at least not at the time of this writing.

 

He has toyed over the past few years with running for president or perhaps vice-president, and now he is trying to figure out whether he should get city law changed, without a public vote, so he could seek a third term as mayor.


Dear Ed,

 

We of course had our differences in the presidential election four years ago, so it’s very gratifying to me that you are now rooting for Obama and Biden.

I must admit I had expected you to go with John McCain, whom I know you admire. But that must have changed after he plucked Sarah Palin out of Alaska.


In an era where art can no longer be categorized in movements (see By Eleanor Heartney’s “The Visual Arts: Blurring the Boundaries”), Ms. Aleksandra Nowak’s collection at CFM Gallery is a refreshing throwback to a classic medium and timeless temperament.

 


When the Museum of the Moving Image launched landmark website“The Living Room Candidate” in 2000 it was met with critical acclaim. At the time the site, which neutrally showcases historic political commercials from 1952 through 2008, was a fascinating discussion for the sophisticates lounging in bar stools on the election’s eve. But after eight years of G. W.