Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have rolled out the next phase of a program that collects data to close gender gaps in various aspects of women's lives. Through six new partnerships, the Data2x initiative will dig up data on women's health, employment, poverty and progress, among other things, to help guide better policies and smarter investment to benefit women and society at large.
Backed with millions of dollars and potentially millions of supporters, a new group aiming to curb gun violence will launch Wednesday. Everytown for Gun Safety will include Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of mothers.
The Senate's Democratic conference using personal accounts of mistrust of police in African-American communities has called for a permanent, full-time prosecutor to investigate fatal confrontations like the one that ended Eric Garner's life. "You can't have a system investigating itself," said Sen. James Sanders Jr. .
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For months during campaign season, we heard from Rep. Michael Grimm's opponent that the congressman wouldn't "be at the table" -- wouldn't be able to contribute in real ways to Congress. Domenic M. Recchia Jr., the Democrat who challenged the congressman, said the trial for the 20-count indictment hanging over Grimm's head would distract him from serving his constituents and would distance GOP leaders from the Staten Island representative.
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Councilman Jumaane D. Williams is a Democrat who represents the 45th District, which includes parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, and Canarsie in Brooklyn. Following a report by the Daily News that Housing Authority overtime costs are rising more rapidly than other city agencies , including the Fire and Police departments, Council representatives challenged the agency's chairwoman during a hearing recently on how repair issues have had an impact on tenant safety.
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NYC Parks Brooklyn Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey joined City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca, and Brizzi family members at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday celebrating the completion of a major renovation of Nicholas A. Brizzi Playground in Borough Park. "We are pleased to be here today to unveil improvements to Brizzi Playground," said NYC Parks Brooklyn Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey.
City Councilmember Stephen Levin led a press conference at the City Hall steps Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Councilmember Levin's office New York City Council members stood with homeless and housing advocates at the steps of City Hall Monday afternoon in support of a resolution calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to quickly negotiate and sign the fourth in a series of agreements that create permanent supportive housing as record homelessness continues to grow.
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On December 5th, Long Island City's LaGuardia Community College commemorated the beginning of the renovation and subsequent expansion of its library. New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management Judith Bergtraum, and several faculty members and students attended the commencement ceremony.
Gay New York City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer , right, joined his colleagues in the New York City Council in a Dec. 8, 2014, protest against a Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. Dozens of LGBT advocacy organizations have endorsed a planned march against police brutality that is scheduled to take place in D.C. on Saturday.
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Manhattan: Friends of Animals read with dismay the op-ed by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley . It implies that carriage horses are some of the best regulated, cared for and most beloved animals in the city.
City Council members and advocates told the Fire Department of New York on Wednesday that it must boost the number of female firefighters beyond the current 44 out of 10,500. "In the year 2014, when women serve on the front lines of combat in our armed services, there is no reason for this lack of women in the FDNY," said Council member Elizabeth Crowley of Queens, who chaired a hearing on examining ways to increase the number of female firefighters.
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A half-dozen carriage drivers - and a few of their children - stopped by the Jackson Heights, Queens, office of Councilman Daniel Dromm to present the lawmaker with Christmas stockings full of coal. Horse carriage drivers Christina Hansen and Eddie Callaghan hang coal filled Christmas stockings outside Councilman Daniel Dromm's district office in Jackson Heights with Keelan Kelly,12, and Aidan Kelly,8, .
Councilmen Vincent Ignizio, center, and Steven Matteo, right, said they would continue to work with Rep. Michael Grimm, left, as a judge and Congress decide the congressman's fate. Congressman Michael Grimm speaks to the media after pleading guilty to tax fraud at Brooklyn Federal Court.
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New York City Public Advocate Letitia James's request for information from the grand jury that probed the police killing of a man on Staten Island earlier this year will be heard by state Supreme Court Justice William E. Garnett after another judge dropped out of the case. Garnett will preside over a Jan. 5 hearing in Staten Island into James' petition seeking transcripts and evidence from the grand jury that investigated the death of Eric Garner, David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the state court system, said in an e-mail.
Veteran state Supreme Court Justice William E. Garnett has been assigned to rule on requests to publicly release the Eric Garner grand jury record, the Advance has learned. Public Advocate Letitia James, the New York American Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Aid Society and others have petitioned the court to release more information about the case, including the grand jury transcripts.
Shown: State Sen. Daniel Squadron at the podium. Other officials, from left to right, include BP Eric Adams, U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Assemblymember-elect Jo Anne Simon, and Public Advocate Letitia James.
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler said that anyone blaming the deaths of two New York City police officers over the weekend on Mayor Bill de Blasio is causing "more discord and strife." "Those who have cynically and erroneously blamed Saturday's tragedy on the Mayor's previous acknowledgements of the challenges in community-police relations, or on peaceful and respectful protestors, do nothing to help move the conversation forward and in fact, foment more discord and strife," Nadler said in a statement.
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After months of debate and nail-biting negotiations, the House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act for an additional six years, according to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who hailed the program as being essential to New York's economy. Maloney was a key player in the final negotiations that helped secure passage of the bill.
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Officials Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council members Laurie Cumbo and Brad Lander, Sen.Charles Schumer and Assemblywoman Yvette Clarke were on hand at City Hall back in November to hail the earlier announcement that Brooklyn was one of the finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention When crowning a prospective leader of the free world, there's no place better to be than the County of Kings. While many, like myself, have been filled with anticipation ever since, there have also been a myriad of detracting mumblings regarding potential problems the convention could cause for New Yorkers - from traffic and a lack of hotel rooms to a loss of revenue for local businesses.
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State Sen. Daniel Squadron joins Build Up NYC activists, led by Santa Claus, at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation headquarters on Wednesday to push for transparency from the BBPC on the plans for housing at Pier 6. Photo courtesy of Build Up NYC More than a dozen Build Up NYC activists, led by Santa Claus, arrived at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's office Wednesday morning to sing their own rendition of "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas."
State Sen. Daniel Squadron is holding a Town Hall tonight that will focus on how to make state government work better. Squaadron: "There are a whole lot of ways that improving the system -- whether reigning in unlimited campaign contributions, closing gaps in ethics laws, or making it easier to vote -- that will improve people's lives."
Build Up NYC, along with State Senator Daniel Squadron, protested the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's lack of transparency by caroling outside the Corporation's headquarters this morning , singing a version of "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" with the lyrics changed to call for the disclosure of the list of potential Pier 6 developers. "The entire [Pier 6 development] process and plan continue to raise major concerns - about responsible development, the local school overcrowding crisis, the impact of the nearby LICH site, and a changing financial landscape," said Squadron.
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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams reflected on the state of Brooklyn in his first video holiday message to the borough's residents. "We are in a good place as a borough," he said in the video, which runs under two minutes on YouTube.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams recognizes Madeline Scotto, a 100-year-old math teacher at St. Ephrem School in Dyker Heights, as November's "Hero of the Month", during a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall that cited her for her long and distinguished career in education; also pictured are Anthony Pollari and Jack Lavelle, two of her eighth-grade students. Photo Credits: Kathryn Kirk/Brooklyn BP's Office Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has paid tribute to a 100-year-old math teacher at St. Ephrem School in Dyker Heights, as well as a firefighter who saved the life of a 6-year-old boy in Brownsville.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Ruben Diaz, of the Bronx, both adamantly agreed that they are all unified in this time of great loss in the city. The borough presidents of the Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan gathered Sunday to address Saturday's fatal shooting of two NYPD officers.