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BY ALINE REYNOLDSMembers of the New York Congressional delegation are desper-ately trying to secure the passage of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act before the New Year, when the make-up of Congress will change and Republicans will gain control of the House. Their desperation is due to last weeks move by Republican senators who chose to enact a libuster until the Bush tax cuts were extended across the board. The bill, named after New York Police Department detective James R. Zadroga, is designed to provide con-tinued annual funding to health care centers for sick 9/11 workers, as well as those who lived and worked in the contaminated area for months after the attacks. The bill passed the House oor last September.Last Friday, hordes of reporters and 9/11 workers huddled around a podium across from 7 World Trade Center to hear Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, co-sponsors of the House version of the bill, speak out in support of the bills passage. Maloney and other Democrats perceive the Republicans opposition to the bill as a treacherous act towards those who sacriced their lives and health on 9/11. Sixty-two-year-old Bill Ferraro was also present at the press conference. Prior to 9/11, he had a clean bill of health. On the day of the attacks, the union ironworker, who helped build the Twin Towers in the 1960s, rushed to the site of the attacks to help. He has since been diagnosed with silicosis and asbestosis, respiratory diseases caused by inhaling silica dust and asbestos bers. This is my new friend, said Ferraro, pulling out an inhaler from his pocket. Ferraro still works, but his limited BY ALINE REYNOLDSCommunity Board 1 member Catherine McVay-Hughes, a stalwart advo-cate and resident of Lower Manhattan for over a decade, could soon be looking for a new place to call home. She and other communi-ty members are distressed by the possibility that the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center could soon cease to exist. The city-state agency, which oversees all Downtown con-struction projects with a price tag of over $25,000, is due to expire on December 31, unless Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor David Paterson both sign off on its renewal by that date. Were waiting anxious-ly, but were still not quite there, explained Robert Harvey, executive director of the L.M.C.C.C. at the C.B. 1 World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee meeting on Monday. Bloomberg plans to sign the executive order, N.Y.C. Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith told Harvey on Monday, but Paterson must BY JOHN BAYLESDavid Emil was think-ing of stepping down as President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation last summer, but he didnt. He did, how-ever, announce his depar-ture, at least as the presi-dent, two weeks ago.The reason I am leaving is because my father died in the summer, said Emil. I am the executor of his estate, and it requires that I devote a substantial amount of time to the work.Emil said he decided to stay on board over the sum-mer because he wanted to see the demolition of 130 Liberty, the former site of the Deutsche Bank building, through to completion. And that is why he will remain, although in a part-time man-ner with part-time pay and part-time responsibilities, until the project is nished.My goal is to help the agency to do whats nec-essary to the very end of completion of 130 Liberty, said Emil.The building, barring unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weath-er, is scheduled to be fully demolished by mid-January.Emil was the owner of the Windows of the World res-taurant in the North Tower before the 9/11 attacks. And according to Emil, the sole Construction command centers end worries residentsEmils exit a signal for L.M.D.C.s future G.O.P. move to block 9/11 bill angers NY polsContinued on page 12Continued on page 12 Continued on page 17downtown expressVOLUME 23, NUMBER 31 THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN DECEMBER 15 - 21, 2010NOVEL CHOICES FOR HOLIDAY READING, PG. 23Downtown Express photo by Milo HessWould the real Santa please stand up?On Saturday, the citys annual Santacon event began at City Hall Park, made a stop at Biddy Earlys Pub on Murray Street and nally ended in Central Park.December 15 - 21, 2010 2downtown expressCustomers of J&R Music and Computer World and other stores along Park Row as well as tourists and locals looking for a taxi, will no longer have to loiter on the sidewalk for minutes on end attempting to waive down a cab. Thats thanks to a new taxi relief stand located between Ann and Beekman Streets, the result of a joint effort between J&R, the New York City Department of Transportation and the Downtown Alliance. Introducing the second taxi relief stand in Lower Manhattan will not only give drivers a place to take a break and get a free cup of coffee, but it will also bring more cabs Downtown, said Elizabeth Berger, president of the Downtown Alliance.J&R customers often rely on taxi service to get home, since many of them are transporting heavy appliances they purchased in the store. They previously had trouble nding cabs, often having to rely on car service or public transpor-tation. Park Row where J&R is situated is very difcult, said Abe Brown, one of the managers at J&R. [The cabs] are like, stuck in a maze. After years of futile requests to various city agencies, according to Brown, the Taxi and Limousine Commission agreed last spring to implement the service. The relief stand was installed on November 1. Brown and the other store managers offer the cab drivers free coffee at the caf during their breaks, along with use of the stores facilities. The stand will provide a respite for our hardworking taxi drivers citywide, according to J&R President Rachelle Friedman.They cant thank us enough theyre so happy and so excited that somebody cares for them, Brown said. The Park Row stand is the 43rd taxi relief stand in Manhattan, and the second one in the Downtown area. The other stand is on South Street, between Wall Street and Gouverneur Lane. Japanese FusionWaterfront Restaurant and LoungeBattery Park City, 21 South End Ave p|ore: 212-/8b-9888 & 212-/8b-98/8 lax: 212-/8b-3180Free 0e||very (r|r. $10) Vor- Fr| 11- 11 Sal & Sur 12-11HAPPY HOUR (oe||rd Lourge or|y 4-/)$3 6eer$4 Rail Cocktails$3 Regu|ar Ro|| ard Se|ecl Appel|zers Host yourcompany party here!KaijouNewYork.comSpecializing in luxury condominium sales, rentals, and property management. Margaret H Liu, President 21 South End Ave, Battery Park City212-786-1789www.batteryparkrealty.comBATTERY PARK REALTY, INCNumber 1 selling broker for the all new Green Building, Visionaire, River House & Millennium TowerTaxi relief arrives on Park RowPhoto courtesy of the Downtown AllianceNEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-9, 12-19EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 10-11YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-27CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 C.B. 1MEETINGSThe upcoming weeks schedule of Community Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the board ofce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6 p.m.ON WED., DEC 15: C.B. 1s Seaport Committee will meet. ON THURS.,DEC 16: C.B. 1s full board will meet at St. Johns University, 101 Murray Street at 6 p.m.Read the Archives www.DOWNTOWNEXPRESS.comdowntown expressDecember 15 - 21, 2010 3TUNNEL RENAMED AFTER FORMER GOV The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will be renamed the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel after former New York Governor, who held ofce from 1975 to 1982. Carey is credited for rescuing the state from civic and nancial collapse, particularly during the scal crisis of 1975. Governor Carey laid the foundation for New York Citys revitalization, and for the development of Lower Manhattan and the outer boroughs that accompanied it, according to the memo of the bill, which was passed in the State Senate on December 7. It is tting that this crucial artery to the life of the city is named in his honor. Carey is credited for rescuing the city from insolvency in the mid-1970s, and for securing its revival thereafter. He also spearheaded several economic development proj-ects, including the South Street Seaport and Battery Park City, and improved public transportation. The tunnel, which opened in 1950, connects Wall Street with southwestern Brooklyn, and is accessible from Lower Manhattan via the F.D.R. Drive. It is the longest continuous underwater tunnel in North America, accord-ing to the Metropolitan Transit Authoritys website. It got its claim to fame in the 1997 lm, Men in Black, as the agents headquarters.N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron said the renaming of the tunnel is an appropriate tribute to his achievements, and praised the former governor for his strong leadership skills. Governor Carey rose above those things that so often divide us Republican and Democrat, upstate and downstate to craft a solution that kept the whole state strong, and [that] allowed the state to rise, and the city to rise, from what looked like dark days that might never end, Squadron recently said on the Senate oor. NEW LANDMARK IN TRIBECA Tribeca inherited yet another landmark on Tuesday, at 258 Broadway (at Warren Street). For 70 years, the building housed Rogers, Peet and Company, a mens retail cl