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Saturday, May 21, 2016

New president of NY’s largest grocery workers union

People: Tony Speelman, a committed labor leader who has dedicated nearly four decades of fighting for hard working men and women, was unanimously elected president of the over 20,000 member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 (UFCW). Robert Newell, who began his career in 1990 pushing shopping carts at Pathmark, was unanimously elected secretary-treasurer. Comment

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fight continues for summer youth funding

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene continues his long fight for summer youth funding. On Monday, Eugene, chairman of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, was joined by his colleagues, as well as youth advocates from throughout New York City, in rallying on the steps of City Hall to save summer programs for 34,000 children. Comment

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Landlord’s indictment a ‘bittersweet victory’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has characterized as a “bittersweet victory” Monday’s indictment of Manhattan developer Steve Croman on 20 felony charges related to allegations of tenant intimidation and fraud on May 9. Comment

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Caribbean submits ideas to solve major challenges

New York: The New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced that 290 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean have submitted ideas to solve major challenges and improve city life for the 2016 Mayors Challenge. Comment

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pols troubled by mass voter ‘roll purging’

Brooklyn: As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump struck up decisive victories in Tuesday’s New York Primaries, a number of area politicians have expressed concern over that they described as mass voter “roll purging.” Comment

Friday, April 15, 2016

Eugene campaigns to save summer programs

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Tuesday joined with the Campaign for Children, youth advocates and hundreds of young people who previously attended summer camp programs in an effort to “save summer camp programming” for more than 31,000 students throughout New York City. Comment

Caribbean judge appointed to State Commission

St Vincent: Chief Judge of New York State, Janet DeFiore, has appointed Caribbean-born judge in Brooklyn to be a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Comment

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mayor hails ‘Women Celebrating Women’

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill deBlasio on Sunday commended the 17 women, including First Lady Chirlane McCray, who were honored at the gala “Women Celebrating Women” award ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Making Community College tuition free

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has introduced Assembly Bill A9254, originally sponsored by Senator James Sanders (S6597), which provided a waiver of tuition for community college for two years or up to two years of career and technical education. Comment

NYC First Lady headlines women awards

Brooklyn: New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, who traces her roots to St. Lucia and Barbados, on Sunday headlined the “Women Celebrating Women” gala Award Ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Macaulay graduate receives Rangel Fellowship

People: Carlsky Belizaire ’15 (Queens College) an alumnus of Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York has received the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship, awarded to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. Comment

Friday, April 1, 2016

Freelancers Union launches ‘World’s Longest Invoice’

New York: As part of its campaign to protect independent workers from deadbeat companies, Freelancers Union launched on Monday “The World’s Longest Invoice” — an online counter where independent workers can share stories and add the amount they have been stiffed to a running national total. Comment

Recipe Rescue cooking champs

Food: Two ninth-grade students who are members of NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers Project Reach Youth (PRY) Track program at the John Jay High School Campus came out top winners on March 12 in the 2016 Recipe Rescue cooking competition hosted by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Taking first place in the final round for high school students was Evelyn Corona Ramirez, 14, and in fourth place was Cheyenne Washington, 15. Comment