Mary Alice Miller's blog
“This is a very important moment in our community,” said Assembly member Hakeem Jeffries as he made his case to represent the 8th Congressional district. “There are people in this country who wake up each and every day trying to figure out how to advance an agenda that hurts working families, middle-class folks, seniors, and communities of color.” Jeffries wants the opportunity to work with Pres. Barack Obama in his second term. “We must do everything possible to help him help our community.”
What does Councilmember Charles Barron offer to voters in the upcoming 8th Congressional District Primary?
With the surprise retirement announcement of 15-term Congressman Edolphus Towns, voters in the newly constituted 8th Congressional district will have new representation, no matter who they vote for. Council member Charles Barron and Assembly member Hakeem Jeffries are vying for the winner-take-all primary on June 26. Both are well-known in the district’s traditional communities of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie and Flatlands.
Does anybody read the NYS Constitution anymore? Last week in the dead of night, the NYS Legislature addressed a number of bills on Assembly and Senate redistricting, a DNA database, casino gambling, performance evaluations for educators, the establishment of the independent redistricting commission, and pension reform. All but one was passed with a simple majority of 36 votes. There is, however, a problem the governor, Senate Republicans, and New York’s media insist upon ignoring: there was no quorum for the Tier VI pension vote.
In the aftermath of the 2008 mortgage meltdown that threatened the worldwide banking system many have asked, “Why haven’t any banksters gone to jail for causing the problem?” Eric Schneiderman, NYS Attorney General, is committed to pursuing criminal as well as civil prosecutions. Schneiderman’s target is a private national mortgage electronic registry system known as MERS. Created by a consortium of the nation’s largest banks including Bank of America, J.P.
The New York State Senate has voted in favor of a bill that would authorize the use of school buildings and school sites for religious meetings and worship when not in use for school purposes. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Golden, was passed by 54 to 7. Among State Senators who voted in favor of the bill were Adams, Dilan, Parker, and Sampson. Sen. Montgomery was among those in opposition. The Assembly has not yet taken a vote on the bill sponsored by Bronx assemblyman Nelson Castro.
(Just last week, Assemblyman Boyland gave me an exclusive interview. Imagine my surprise when I read this.)
By now anyone who cares has heard that William Boyland, Jr. has been acquitted of two corruption charges stemming from consulting work for Medisys, which manages Brookdale Hospital.
One day after Andrew Lopez (18), Kristian Lopez (17), and Jonathan Carrasquillo (22) were arrested for the rooftop shooting that killed pregnant mom Zurana Horton, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Joe Hynes attended "A Cup of Joe with Joe" in East Flatbush with Assemblyman Karim Camara and Councilman Jumaane Williams.
I asked DA Hynes the question folk in Brownsville have been asking: Will there be a plea deal available for Ms. Horton's killers?
Let’s face it. There is a segment of urban males whose behavior can only be characterized as uncivilized. They have no conflict resolution skills, cannot regulate their own behavior, and allow self-righteous anger to guide their decisions. In response to any perceived slight, these males take to the streets and start shooting. If they could shoot, these males would only hit their intended target. But since they can’t shoot, any innocent in the vicinity is at risk, including women and children.
Just a few days after next week’s Primary election, a Judicial Convention will take place to determine which candidates will run for Supreme Court seats in November. Hosted by the Brooklyn Democratic County, the convention will decide which candidates will run for 6 open Supreme Court seats. Three incumbents are seeking re-election. Elected judicial delegates will perform their only function: voting for November’s nominees in an essentially ceremonial process.
Raphael Espinal’s campaign for the open 54th AD seat has caused a firestorm of controversy with campaign literature featuring a ‘doctored’ photo of a May 1 protest rally against the proposed 202 bed men’s shelter.
“Marriage equality has become the law of the land,” said State Senator John Sampson.
Term limited Councilman Charles Barron was asked by Our Time Press if he is going to switch seats with his wife, two-term Assembly woman Inez Barron. “I am leaving all my possibilities open,” the councilman said. “I am thinking, if we need, to switch seats. That’s a possibility.”
Man Up Inc! was born from heartache. Almost 10 years ago, 8-year-old Dashawn Hill was walking down the street with his mother when they got caught in a gun battle. Dashawn was struck and killed. In response, A. T. Mitchell brainstormed with others to confront violence in the East New York and Brownsville communities. Man Up Inc! began in the streets and has grown to service local communities with a School/Neighborhood Watch, after school and summer programs, and a variety of anti-violence initiatives.