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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Politicians honored at women’s conference

Brooklyn: Several elected officials were recognized with congressional citations at the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Comment.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Coast Guard honors Dr. Olivia Hooker

People: The United States Coast Guard says a ceremony was held at Coast Guard Sector New York in Staten Island last Thursday to officially rename the Sector New York Galley in honor of centenarian Dr. Olivia Hooker, who holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman admitted into the U.S. Coast Guard. Comment.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NY State Assembly passes Paid Family Leave Act

New York: New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Assemblymember Michele Titus on Tuesday, March 17 announced the passage of the Paid Family Leave Act that will enable all workers to maintain employment and still receive some income while on leave to care for an elderly relative, manage an unexpected medical emergency, or bond with a newborn or adopted child (A.3870, Nolan). Comment.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Yorkers march in solidarity with Selma

New York: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, civil rights activist Norman Siegel, Karen Daughtry and State Senator Jesse Hamilton walked arm in arm over the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday along with hundreds of others. Those who couldn’t make it to Selma, Alabama to mark the historic 50th anniversary of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” marched symbolically on Saturday. Comment.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

McCray calls for women’s equality at Int. Women’s Day March

New York: First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray fired up thousands at a demonstration rally in the shadow of the United Nations in New York City, calling for women’s equality on International Woman’s Day, Sunday, March 8. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

EmblemHealth brings SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to NY

New York: EmblemHealth, New York’s leading health benefits and wellness company, announced today that it has brought the successful Hartford-based SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to New York. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Kudos for Heastie, deBlasio on housing initiative

Brooklyn: As Chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams has applauded State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for meeting with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio “to promise that renewing and strengthening the rent regulation laws would be his number one priority.” Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Free at last: Court vacates conviction of Barbadian

Barbados: A New York State Supreme Court judge on Thursday vacated the conviction of a Barbadian national who had spent 18 months in jail for a crime prosecutors now say never occurred. Comment.

Una’s a phenomenal woman: JA PM

Jamaica: As members of the Brooklyn-based Progressive Democratic Political Association (PDPA) on Sunday celebrated the 80th birthday of former New York City Councilwoman Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller described the trailblazing Caribbean woman as “phenomenal.” Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Two CAL pilots suspended

Trinidad and Tobago: The two pilots of the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight, which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at JFK International Airport in New York last Saturday night, have been taken off duties, pending the outcome of an investigation. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Cash Poor Essential College Guidance

Queens: “Cash Poor or College? The Essential Guide to College Admissions,” a free and open-to-the public lecture series at Queens Library at Laurelton, Queens is equipping, a predominantly group of teens and families to navigate the college admissions process. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Brooklyn BP, community look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio

Brooklyn: There were no backs turned in protest of the appearance of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio when he appeared in Brooklyn to attend the nation’s largest gathering held annually in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment.