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"Daily Voice" featured Pace alumni Bartek Szymanski in "Norwalk Actor Makes TV Debut On NBC's 'Chicago PD'"

10/24/2019

"Daily Voice" featured Pace alumni Bartek Szymanski in "Norwalk Actor Makes TV Debut On NBC's 'Chicago PD'"

An actor and director from Norwalk will soon make his television debut on the NBC series, “Chicago PD.”

Bartek Szymanski will guest star in the fifth episode of the seventh season of the show, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Born in Stamford, Szymanski is known for independent films including “Creedmoria” and “The Farthest Apple From the Tree.” He graduated from Brien McMahon High School in 2014 and served as the Senior Class President, studying BFA Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials at Pace University in New York City.

Szymanski was elected Executive President of the Student Government Association at Pace University, the highest office a student can hold. He is also credited for helping to add two new Student Senate seats for the Performing Arts School, adding theater spaces for students and creating round tables between business leaders and student creators.

Szymanski says that he is “proud to come from Norwalk and hopes to open more doors for students in the arts, especially within his childhood community.”  

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"Broadway World" featured Pace University in "Candice Bergen And Producer Hawk Koch To Join Pace University's Master Series"

10/17/2019

"Broadway World" featured Pace University in "Candice Bergen And Producer Hawk Koch To Join Pace University's Master Series"

Pace students and the local community will have the chance to get firsthand insights from Candice Bergen and Hawk Koch in a conversation at Pace University on October 29th. Bergen starred in the critically acclaimed CBS comedy series "Murphy Brown," for which she received five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards over a 10-year run. Last fall she returned to the iconic role in the CBS revival. Most recently she appeared in, "Book Club" alongside Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen.

Bergen just finished filming Steven Soderbergh's "Let Them All Talk" opposite Meryl Streep and Dianne Wiest, which will be released next year. Hawk Koch has been intimately involved with the making of more than 60 major motion pictures, among them such classics as "Chinatown," "Heaven Can Wait," "Wayne's World," "Marathon Man," "The Way We Were," "Primal Fear," "Peggy Sue Got Married," and "Rosemary's Baby." Koch's memoir, "Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood" will be published by Post Hill Press in November 2019.

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"The Pride LA" featured Pace University's Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies Dr. Karla Jay in "Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s LGBTQ Town Hall w/ Democratic Presidential Candidates"

10/11/2019

"The Pride LA" featured Pace University's Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies Dr. Karla Jay in "Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s LGBTQ Town Hall w/ Democratic Presidential Candidates"

The Pride LA spoke with Dr. Karla Jay at Pace University in New York City to get her expert opinion on tonight’s event. Check it out:  

Can you introduce yourself?

I am Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies at Pace University, where I also started the Queer Studies Minor.  I have penned 10 books, including Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation.  I co-edited Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation almost 50 years ago. I was an early member of the Gay Liberation Front (1969) and a co-founder of Radicalesbians (the famous Lavender Menace action, 1970).  With GLF, I was a Grand Marshal of the 2019 NYC Pride March, and was also the Grand Marshal of the River City Pride March in Jacksonville, FL (Oct. 2019).

How are you feeling about the LGBTQ Town Hall on Thursday?

On one hand, I am very excited that there are two Town Halls about LGBTQ issues this Fall.  This week’s format promises to allow candidates to delve more deeply into their positions and ideas. On the other hand, watching ten candidates over five hours seems like a marathon, not pleasurable viewing.  I doubt more than 10 percent of CNN viewers will do more than watch a couple of candidates they are already interested in or want to know a bit more about. 

What do you expect to see?

I expect that the candidates will lead off with a position statement, all of which will be fairly alike in saying they warmly support our community. I am hopeful that the moderators can move beyond a recitation of each candidate’s past positions.  I would like to see some proposals for concrete actions for the future.

What do you think they need to address? Why is HR1777 important?

How will each candidate help to enact an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make sure that discrimination against LGBTQ individuals is banned?  What executive orders will they issue?  Will they allow discrimination in the name of religious freedom? Not only have these issues not been clearly covered, but I can’t recall ANY of the candidates mentioning lesbians as being anything except part of the queer alphabet they have memorized so well.  Since women generally live longer than men and since HIV ravaged so many more men than women in the LGBT communities, I would love to hear them address HR1777, the Ruth and Connie Elder Americans Act of 2019.  “To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide equal treatment of LGBT older individuals, and for other purposes.”   Our elders are a “vulnerable population,” often subject to abuse and denial of services, sometimes in the name of religion. What is their proposed solution? President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a concerted effort to combat (sometimes deadly) homophobia in other countries.  What steps are the candidates prepared to take to stop the persecution and murder of LGBTQ individuals in other countries?  Will the American flag fly at all U.S. embassies during Pride?  Will 10% of our ambassadors be LGBTQI?

What do you want to see happen regarding family planning rights for the LGBTQ+ community?

Only three states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination against prospective LGBTQ foster parents and 10 states actively allow discrimination. I would like to see the government remove funding from any adoption or foster parent agency that discriminates against any prospective parent. It’s not going to happen, but I want to hear candidates actually say that they think we are just as capable of raising wonderful children as heterosexuals. I would like to hear them say that trans-people should be able to adopt and foster.

How do we stop the persecution and murder of LGBTQ+ individuals, especially Black Trans Women?

It is difficult to stop murder of any sort in a country with so many armed and angry right-wing white men. Most of the candidates are for some form of gun control, but I would like to see them promise to prosecute homophobic and trans-phobic murderers to the full extent of the law.  And how about sending some federal marshals into schools to free up the restrooms and enable equal access for trans students (the way that the federal government helped racial integration of schools)? How about a special initiative to offer education and job training and then—yes, good jobs!—to trans women of color?  I’m sure the murder rate would drop.

Who would you want to see representing the LGBTQ+ community as a lifetime appointed federal judge?

Love this question!  First of all, I agree with Andy Humm that we should pack the courts, even if we have to expand the number of Supremes and other judges.  If the Senate is still held by Republicans, would the candidates declare a “national emergency” and fill the seats? There have been at least 12 out state supreme court justices, 10 of whom are still serving, and all of them are from blue states, so let’s invite all of them to be on the federal bench.  Each one already has more experience that many of the Federalists appointed by Trump. Also at the top of my list would be Roberta A. Kaplan, Edie Windsor’s lawyer.  We also have plenty of talented attorneys at Lambda Legal, the Transgender Law Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Why is it important for folks to watch this Town Hall?

Our chosen families, our jobs, our educations, our right to weddings and wedding cakes, our right to live where and how we want, and perhaps our very lives are at stake! If you are among the very privileged with a private plane to scoot you off to a friendlier political clime, you can ignore the goings on. But for the 99 percent of us who are less privileged, we cannot afford to ignore the current race.  If you cannot live without your queer life or don’t want to, tune in.

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"The Nation" featured Pace University professors Emily Gold Waldman and Bridget Crawford in "Is the tax on tampons unconstitutional?"

10/01/2019

"The Nation" featured Pace University professors Emily Gold Waldman and Bridget Crawford in "Is the tax on tampons unconstitutional?"

...Through panels and discussion, Period Equity hoped to build upon a framework outlined in a 2018 law review by Emily Gold Waldman and Bridget Crawford, professors at Pace University. Since tampons and pads can be seen as a “unique proxy for the female sex,” Waldman, a constitutional law scholar, and Crawford, a tax attorney, argued the tax violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. “It was a sort of interesting intellectual puzzle in a way, because it’s not like right on its face [the tax] says women, but you’re talking about a product that is obviously inextricably linked to female biology,” Waldman said. She noted that menstrual products are often referred to as “feminine hygiene products.”

Period Equity and the local attorneys partnering with the group are aware that challenging the tax will require going against decades of established jurisprudence. In 1979, the Supreme Court ruled in Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts v. Feeney that a law giving hiring preference to veterans in the state — 98 percent of which were men at the time — over non-veterans wasn’t unconstitutional because it served a “legitimate and worthy” purpose. And while litigants in New York and Florida both voluntarily dismissed their cases once the legislature repealed the tax, the only case to have a hearing, California’s, was ultimately dismissed by the judge in 2018.

Still, Period Equity and its partners are optimistic. They point out that United States v. Windsor, which paved the way for the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage, was actually a tax case. “Tax is this amazing lens that really reduces discrimination to dollars and cents,” Crawford said. 

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"LoHud" featured Dyson professor of public administration Gina Scutelnicu in "Yonkers moves towards more greener, more transit oriented future"

09/19/2019

"LoHud" featured Dyson professor of public administration Gina Scutelnicu in "Yonkers moves towards more greener, more transit oriented future"

Priced out in Yonkers?

Westchester is generally classified as being a high-medium county, that's "kind of priced to drive out the middle class and lower class from being able to live there,” said Gina Scutelnicu, an assistant professor of public administration at Pace University. 

From 2015 to 2018, the number of rent-stabilized apartments in Westchester dropped by 3,000, according to statistics issued by the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal. 

The number of rent-stabilized apartments in Westchester was 26,651 in 2018, down by 2,995 from 2015 when the figure was 29,646.

“In Yonkers, in particular, the slogan is, ‘we want to appeal to the young professionals, to the empty-nesters,’ ” said Scutelnicu. She said that other cities such as Mount Vernon and Pelham have had greater successes in providing affordable housing. 

There’s a disconnect, Scutelnicu said. There should be better communication with the residents, so more public service, public opinion surveys, town halls and city hall meetings. 

Scutelnicu said more attention should be paid to educate and involve them in the process. 

When a new developer is coming in, the community needs someone to advocate for them, Scutelnicu said. A lot of neighborhood associations and nonprofits have been successful in doing this. 

Other than engaging communities, cities can build more affordable housing and increase the number of affordable units in new developments, Scutelnicu said.

Mayor Spano said the city isn't pricing people out, but rather bringing in “people who have higher incomes in," and that should have a net positive effect on residents. 

He also noted that much of the housing that was built was on formerly contaminated sites. 

“We're building workforce housing… So there should be something for everyone. It may not be everything everyone wants, but it should be something for everyone,” Spano said. 

Recently, the city renovated the William A. Schlobohm Houses, one of the oldest public housing complexes in Yonkers, and a nearby senior community. The substantial completion for the complexes is expected for December. 

Still, the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers’ website says the Section 8 waiting list has over 10,000 applicants and it is closed.

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