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Stop And Frisk Bill Signed Into Law

Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law A.11177-A/S.7945-A, or the "Stop and Frisk" legislation, which prohibits the retention, in an electronic database, the personal information of individuals who are stopped, questioned and frisked by police, but are not charged with a crime or violation.

Former Bronx Prosecutor Gail Goode

Former Bronx prosecutor Gail Goode plans to turn in her signatures at 1 p.m. today to get on the ballot in September as a challenger to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand....
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Klein D-Bronx, Hopeful On DNA Bill Vote

Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, is hopeful that his bill to greatly expand the number of DNA profiles collected by the state can still be voted on this legislative session....
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Zionism: A Movement Of The Elite & Intelligentsia

Before the creation of a Jewish state, all Jews existed in Diaspora. Dispersed throughout the world, Jews adopted the corresponding language, culture, and traditions of their perspective countries, but preserved a common ethnic identity as a Jewish people....
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A Brief Overview Of Dialectical Inquiry

Although sometimes subsumed within a political science program of study, dialectics is endowed with a generality allowing for its application to all facets of life. Dialectical investigation is premised on the idea that each object and process possesses an opposite—a competing force—which constitutes both its defining element and the impetus for change....
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Mayor & City Council Budget Agreement

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is concerned that in the midst of the Great Recession, when the need for services is at an all-time high, our city will be closing senior centers and early education centers....
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Supreme Court On 2nd Amendment

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) applauds the SCOTUS decision incorporating the 2nd Amendment to the states in the case of McDonald v. Chicago....
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Passage Of Two Key Budget Bills

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that the Legislature has passed his Transportation, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation and Public Protection, General Government budget bills, finalizing a large portion of the State budget for fiscal year 2010-11 and achieving $1.043 billion in General Fund savings....
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Bronx's John Reynolds Speaks Out

Bronx Green Party candidate for NY State Senate in 33rd SD speaks out on labor, workers’ rights; and on empowering communities of color, and immigrant communities in the Bronx; asserts “Green Party is only true opposition to democratic party machine”...
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Community Leaders Support Desiree

Today Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter announced the support of 20 community leaders from the 33rd Senate District. The diverse and influential group jointly recognized Desiree as a “trusted community leader” with a “strong record of standing up for the people of this district.” ...
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Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz' Failure

I beg to differ from Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) who condemned Arizona's recently passed immigration law, calling it un-American. The law requires the police to stop and question anyone who looks like an illegal immigrant....
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Microstamping Bill Opposed

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and State Senator Eric Schneiderman are once again promoting junk science in an attempt to convince the New York State Legislature to pass their latest gun control scheme....
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Pilgrim-Hunter On Pedro Espada

The campaign of Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter released the following statement from spokesperson Eric Koch today in reaction to the news that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo had charged Senator Espada and 19 executives with looting his Bronx not-for-profit:...
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Desiree Hunter Announces Candidacy

Community organizer Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter announced her candidacy today for the New York State Senate, representing the 33rd District, in front of scores of supporters. Hunter, a 26 year resident of the district, is challenging the incumbent State Senator Pedro Espada, who threw the State into chaos last Summer. ...
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No To More Raids & Militarization Of The Border

As senators Charles Schumer and Lindsay Graham announce their 4 pillar blueprint plan for future immigration legislation today, hundreds of immigrant workers, community members, and local politicians will convene at the Fordham Lutheran Evangelical Church to voice a different message absent from the current immigration debate....
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Cap State Spending & Property Taxes?

Governor David A. Paterson today submitted legislation that would impose long-term fiscal discipline in New York State and ease the crushing property tax burden on New York homeowners....
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Laws Baning Texting While Driving

Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn) was very pleased by the efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to propose a set of guidelines for states to create laws that would ban text messaging while driving....
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FDNY Agrees To Utilize Volunteer Emergency Services

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, along with her colleagues and the Community-based Volunteer Ambulance Corps, hailed a victory after today’s committee hearing on the utilization of volunteer ambulance groups by the FDNY/EMS....
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Volunteer Emergency Medical Services

City Hall, NY – Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, along with Council Members Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn), Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) and Al Vann (D-Brooklyn), and dozens of community-based volunteer ambulance leaders, called on the FDNY to utilize the City’s neighborhood volunteer ambulances....
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NY 2010-11 Budget Must Cut Spending

The Unshackle Upstate business coalition warned that any increase in taxes, fees, mandates or assessments, or any increase in spending is absolutely unacceptable and a slap in the face to every New York taxpayer and employer....
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Marricka Scott-McFadden Named Deputy Bronx BP

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today announced that Marricka Scott-McFadden would serve as the new Deputy Bronx Borough President, beginning in January 2018.

Right To Know Police Reform Legislation

Statement from Borough President Diaz Re: Right To Know Police Reform Legislation:

BP Diaz Unveils His Office's New Website

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today unveiled his office’s newly revamped website.
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Christopher Columbus: Score One For Italian Americans

Democratic Borough President of Bronx Ruben Diaz, Jr. recently explained in the New York Post, why he is proudly marching in the Columbus Day Parade.
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Dr. Scott Noren On The “Money To Entities” Announcements By Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) NY

Senator Gillibrand, along and other Congressional incumbents, travel to New York municipalities during reelection cycles announcing federal grants to local municipal entities like fire and police departments.
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Officials Suspect Russia Used U.N. Facilities to Impact 2016 Election

Richard Zablauskas’s cat was stuck in a tree—a tree that belonged to his neighbors, who he believed were Russian spies.
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The Top Secret Primary For Bronx Borough President

This time last year many political prognosticators thought it likely that Ruben Diaz Jr. would be on the 2017 Democratic primary ballot along with Mayor de Blasio. And that’s exactly where he will be on Tuesday—except instead of making noise as a challenger to the sitting mayor making a bid to be the first Latino in City Hall, Diaz will be seeking re-election to his current post.
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In Bronx, Young Progressives Challenge Establishment Dem

One City Council race in Bronx pits a group of young progressives challenging a conservative Democratic senator from the old guard of Bronx politics.
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Bronx Pols Seek To Boot Sexual Predators From Family Shelters

A group of Bronx lawmakers want sex offenders out of city shelters.
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Bronx Assemblymember Mark Gjonaj Is Trying To Spend His Way Onto The City Council

City Council candidates typically promote themselves by knocking on doors, speaking at candidate forums, and sending campaign mail — repeatedly — to the addresses of people they think will definitely vote. What they cannot ever afford to do is run a television commercial in a market as prohibitively expensive as New York City.

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Thomas Lockhart

was born June 8, 1953. Mr. Lockhart is a former Bronx resident from the Marble Hill section, and attended The Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. A former All-American basketball player at both institutions, he left for Europe in 1976 to pursue a professional career after a brief encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Continuing his education he actively plunged into corporate marketing communications with international companies like Philips, Alstom, Qiagen Instruments, KPMG, European Space Administration, ABN-Amro Bank and the Port of Rotterdam, while continuing to play ball and coach. Teaching English and advertising in Holland led to the setup of Ideas Unlimited, his own International Business Communications firm. Mr. Lockhart has lived and worked in various countries for the past 33 years, speaks German, French, Dutch and is currently learning Italian. Now residing near Zurich Switzerland, he has three children, Jarrett, 31 Chief of Staff with the Bronx City Council, 14th District, Maraya, 21 and Malik, 11. Tom is currently serving as Communications Manager and Asst. Operations Coordinator of the Marble Hill Reunion and Development Project.