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Thousands rally outside City Hall, demand more affordable housing

Publication Date: 
Monday, October 9, 2017

Thousands came together at City Hall on Monday, calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to build more affordable housing and punish slumlords. More than 5,000 people demonstrated, many of whom said the mayor needs to fulfill a campaign promise from four years ago to increase access to safe affordable housing.

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Protesta frente alcaldía en demanda de más vivienda asequible

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Miles de personas protestan frente a la alcaldía para pedir a Bill de Blasio que construya casas asequibles y penalice a los arrendadores. Los manifestantes reclaman que de Blasio cumpla una de sus promesa de campaña, de hace cuatro años, de aumentar el acceso a viviendas seguras y asequibles.

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Build bigger, Bill and create housing for New Yorkers

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Mayor de Blasio set up towering expectations that his vision to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments would end the “tale of two cities” he condemned on his first campaign trail.

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NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Weather Obituaries Thousands slam Mayor de Blasio's affordable housing plan in City Hall rally

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Thousands of senior citizens, NYCHA residents, teachers and church parishioners turned out in the pouring rain Monday to call out Mayor de Blasio for falling short on his pledge to make housing in the city affordable to New Yorkers.

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News Housing advocates rally at City Hall Park

Publication Date: 
Monday, October 9, 2017

A coalition of activists from various religious organizations braved the torrential rain outside City Hall on Monday and called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to build more affordable housing units for the city’s seniors and prioritize public housing repairs.

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Thousands call for more affordable housing for seniors

Publication Date: 
Monday, October 9, 2017

Thousands of New Yorkers rallied in the rain outside City Hall Monday afternoon calling for more affordable housing for senior citizens. The protest was coordinated by Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of city churches. Metro IAF says they suggested a plan to Mayor Bill de Blasio that would transform underutilized public housing areas into 15,000 affordable apartments for senior citizens - but the mayor would not consider the plan.

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5,000 demonstrators expected to blast Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan in City Hall rally

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Four years after Mayor de Blasio was elected on promises of making the city more affordable, 5,000 people are expected to descend on City Hall and say he hasn't done nearly enough.

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Holding de Blasio to his affordable housing promise

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Four years ago, New Yorkers elected Bill de Blasio mayor after he told a two-cities tale about too many of us being priced out of our homes and hometown. One term in, rents are still rising even as he's on pace to fulfill his hugely ambitious promise to save or create 200,000 affordable units over 10 years. As de Blasio glides to reelection — talking about being open to new ideas, but not yet walking that walk — New Yorkers are still being priced out, and ever further out. Bed Stuy, Bushwick, Brownsville.

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Where our democracy thrives: everywhere

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Monday, August 14, 2017

About a year after the 2009 Rick Santelli rant that helped trigger the rise of the Tea Party, a reporter from a national newspaper called and asked what I thought “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky would have said if he’d been told that many of the organizing tools and concepts promoted by Alinsky had been studied and applied by Tea Party leaders.



 

Brooklyn leaders want NYPD to put lock on Glock to stop flow of illegal guns

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Church leaders and parishioners packed the St Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York Thursday night not only to gather and pray but also as a call to action. The religious network East Brooklyn Congregations made a list of demands for their invited guest, Police Commissioner James O'Neil.

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The true toughness Jeff Sessions must show

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a message to America: He’s going to be tough on crime. To those so us who live, work and pastor in the killing fields of Baltimore, or Cleveland or Chicago, or the former killing fields of the South Bronx or East Brooklyn, that could be good news. We’ll see.



 

NYPD Commissioner tries to ease fears of pro-immigrant crowd at packed Bronx church

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

THE BRONX –– More than 600 people from South Bronx churches packed Immaculate Conception Church with one goal in mind: to ask the police commissioner to make sure this community of immigrants is safe for everyone, regardless of immigration status. "I am the grandson of immigrants," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill told the crowd. "I understand diversity. We are a majority minority police department. That's what it takes to keep this city safe."

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More than 600 Bronx church leaders meet with NYPD

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

MOTT HAVEN, Bronx (WABC) -- Hundreds packed the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon for a meeting with NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

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NYCHA launches Mold Busters team to combat moisture and growth in its developments

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

If there’s something strange in your NYCHA home, who you gonna call? Obviously, Mold Busters! The New York City Housing Authority will announce on Monday the launch of a pilot program to abate pervasive mold from its aging buildings. Under the program — dubbed Mold Busters — workers will be equipped with special meters to monitor moisture in apartments and accurately target the cause of the mold.

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A Priest’s Legacy: Blessing His Flock, and Organizing It

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Soft light shone upon the body of the Rev. Neil Connolly, which lay in repose under the dome of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A procession of mourners — nuns, priests, family and friends — made their way up the aisle, hugging one another as they approached his open coffin, stopped and prayed, then gently touched his pristine robe as a final goodbye.



 

Interfaith outrage on housing and special ed

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The New York City Housing Authority and Department of Education came under sharp criticism Sunday at a Manhattan Together assembly held at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church attended by around 500 people. Seated in the audience at the church, at 103 Pitt St., were representatives of various community organizations, churches, synagogues and mosques, and a large turnout of public housing residents, parents and immigrants. The keynote speaker at the afternoon session was City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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EXLCUSIVE: Scott Stringer, parents urge Education Dept. to fix online system they say deprives special needs students

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

City Controller Scott Stringer and New York parents are calling for a fix to a flawed Education Department computer system blamed for ruining the educations of kids with special needs.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer Calls On Department Of Education To Fix Special Education Data System

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Activist groups now have the support of city Comptroller Scott Stringer in their fight for special needs children. He spoke Sunday to a meeting of Manhattan Together to talk about the Department of Education’s Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) program, which is supposed to help special needs students but has cost the department on overtime and Medicaid reimbursements, which are supposed to be used for the services the DOE provides.

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News Hundreds join together to end violence in Melrose

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hundreds of South Bronx church members marched to end violence in Melrose on Sunday. Participants who marched in the Feast of the Mother of Perpetual Help say they are not happy with safety and housing conditions in Melrose and are demanding change.

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White House wants to make it easier for law enforcement to use ‘smart guns’

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The White House issued a set of recommendations Friday aimed at curbing the illegal use of firearms by making it easier for federal, state and local agencies to purchase “smart guns” that would function only in the hands of specified users. The measures include a proposed rule that would allow the Social Security Administration to report beneficiaries with mental health problems to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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After 41 SESIS errors over two hours, a special-ed teacher joins a push for reform

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

When her son was in pre-kindergarten, Tiffany Zerges asked the city to find out whether he had a disability and to come up with a plan to serve him. “Although by law we were allowed a response to our request within 60 days,” Zerges said at a special-education forum this week, “60 days came and went, then 90, then 120 days.”

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Fariña’s confession: The Department of Education admits it has miles to go to fix special education

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Speaking to Chancellor Carmen Fariña at two Daily News forums almost a year ago, parent after parent reported that schools had failed to deliver special education services for their children or had come through only after months of effort.

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Parents and educators call on de Blasio to improve services for disabled students

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Monday, March 14, 2016

More than 300 parents, educators, and activists called on Mayor de Blasio to improve services for disabled city students at a Monday night rally at Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan.

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Juntan fuerzas por los estudiantes de educación especial en NYC

Publication Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016

Hace 15 días, un estudio del Departamento de Educación evidenció que 40% de los estudiantes con necesidades especiales en el sistema educativo de la Ciudad de Nueva York nunca recibe los beneficios de los programas a su disposición. ¿Por qué? Organizaciones comunitarias, padres y maestros tienen la respuesta.

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Cuomo and de Blasio can team up for kids

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Two recent reports shed light on tangible progress and daunting problems in our city’s schools — and point the way for joint action by Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo. Can the state’s two most powerful leaders manage to work together for the good of kids?

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Turning vacant lots into affordable homes

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Monday, February 22, 2016

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent report that identified 1,130 vacant and city-owned lots is shocking, but all too familiar. Every empty lot represents a missed opportunity for the city to build more desperately needed affordable housing. What’s more, building on vacant sites means that no residents need to be displaced in the process, nor is there a need for the kind of complicated and controversial trade-offs that have mired Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed housing plan in a heated debate with housing advocates and community boards.

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Gun ex-con used to shoot two cops in Bronx was purchased in Tennessee by different man, who listed fake address

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Friday, February 5, 2016

The gun used by an ex-con to shoot two cops in the Bronx was purchased in Tennessee by a different man who said he lived there but was later found to be living in the Bronx, police sources said Friday.

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Top pols urge Mayor de Blasio to invest city’s money in smart guns for the NYPD

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

Two top pols want to see NYPD cops carrying smart guns. Controller Scott Stringer and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries pushed Mayor de Blasio Monday to use the city’s purchasing power to push gun manufacturers to make smart guns, ordering up a weapon to put on the NYPD’s approved firearms list.

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Stringer and Jeffries Call on NYPD to Invest in ‘Smart Guns’

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

Comptroller Scott Stringer and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries urged City Hall today to add so-called “smart guns” to the list of approved weapons for NYPD officers—which they said would spur gun manufacturers to finally develop better safety technology to meet the demand.

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Stringer: City Should Demand Gun Manufacturers Produce Smart Guns

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday was urging the city to consider demanding gun manufacturers to produce more smart guns. Stringer said that besides the federal government, the New York City is one of the largest gun buyers in the country, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported. Stringer said that the city should use its economic influence to help shift the market into producing more smart guns, which is believed to a safer option for gun use.

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