The Transit Workers Union Local 100 is holding a daylong “reclaim public transit” event tomorrow in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street and the Working Families Party, against the backdrop of their protracted contract negotiationswith the Metropolitan Transit Authority. According to the statement announcing the event, it is designed to “highlight funding and infrastructure needs of public transportation across the nation” and “raise awareness about how public transit supports good jobs, sustainable communities, a greener environment and reduced consumption of oil.” Tomorrow’s event will include a pair of press conferences as well as leafleting and petitions calling on the MTA to “reoccupy” underutilized buildings in Downtown Brooklyn in order to cut costs. Read More
Elected officials in southern Brooklyn are putting The New York Times on notice.
At issue is an article about insurance fraud in Russian-speaking communities of Brooklyn where a law-enforcement official was quoted saying, “This is the Russian mind-set, and this is why it’s endemic in the system …. If you’re not scamming the system, if you’re not scamming the government, you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing — you’re looked upon as a patsy.” Read More
Kirsten John Foy, an aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and president-elect of the Brooklyn chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is holding weekly vigils to push for prosecutors to take action in the death of African-American teenager Ramarley Graham, who was shot by police at his home in the Bronx last month. Starting tonight, Mr. Foy, representatives from the National Action Network, and Mr. Graham’s parents will stand in front of the 47th Precinct every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Foy says they won’t stop until the district attorney or the U.S. Attorney takes up the case.
“We’re hoping that the district attorney does a complete, thorough investigation and concludes that these officers committed a crime, as most of the community now believes,” Mr. Foy told The Politicker. “Worst case he decides theres no value in the prosecution and then the U.S. Attorney decides to look into this, because what went down here was egregious and criminal.” Read More
Governor Cuomo came to Queens College this morning to present his executive budget message and he was briefly interrupted by a protester who identified herself as a teacher affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“Mic Check! Mic Check!” the woman shouted. ”I’ll be very brief I promise you, I’ll be very brief.”
“So will I,” Governor Cuomo responded.
He attempted to continue his speech, but the woman continued to shout over him. Read More
Occupy Wall Street protesters have been fairly quiet since their rally in Duarte Square last month, but the group is planning a series of candlelight vigils on Sunday to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with the support of local politicians, Russell Simmons and a pair of 1960′s folk musicians. Read More
Occupy Wall Street protesters plan to march from Zuccotti Park to Governor Cuomo’s office in midtown to protest his opposition to the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax,” but the Governor won’t be on hand for the protest. Read More
Occupy Wall Street–the ongoing, wide-ranging protest about the vagaries of capitalism–has quickly become a cultural phenomenon, but so far has only been able to regularly attract a few hundred protesters at a time. Part of the problem, perhaps, was the protesters inability to get labor unions to sign on.
This may be changing. Read More
City residents and elected officials are coming together this Sunday to rally against a flashing neon sign at an Upper West Side Duane Reade.
The flashing billboard, affixed to the second story of a Duane Reade at 72nd and Broadway, has generated complaints from neighborhood residents who say that the sign is disruptively bright. The Read More