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Phil Robertson vs. Ahmadinejad

Evidently Muslims are the only politically protected group that trumps homosexuals.

PA James Calls On TD Bank To Terminate Financial Backing Of Smith & Wesson

Following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which killed 14 and wounded 21 people, Public Advocate Letitia James took immediate action against TD Bank, N.A. and TD Securities USA, financiers of Smith & Wesson, which manufactured the firearms used in the massacre....
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PA James Commemorates Anniversary Of Garner Grand Jury Decision

"One year ago today, our collective conscience was shocked when a Staten Island grand jury did not indict the individual responsible for Eric Garner’s death. ...
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50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act

Statement from NYC Public Advocate Letitia James:...
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What About The Three Men In A Room?

You should know that we human beings have mastered the ability to create our own psychological defense mechanisms to point out other people's problems in order to cover up our own....
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Immigrant Assistance Service Enforcement Act

You should know that effective February 2, 2015, the Immigrant Assistance Service Enforcement Act has become law in New York State....
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Since 2009, I Have Been Trying To Prevent It

You should know that in order to prevent corruption and the temptation of elected officials from earning money from outside of their legislative salaries, back in 2009, which was six years ago, I introduced a piece of legislation, S.3149, which prohibits a member of the legislature from engaging in any outside paid activity during his or her term of office....
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The 3 New Amigos – What Is The Difference?

You should know that during the 2015 State of the State Address and the presentation of the Executive Budget for New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intentions to visit Mexico accompanied with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver....
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cous

You should know that Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is a bright, well-educated, articulate, intelligent, professional, beloved and highly respected African-American woman who has been elected to serve as the Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference....
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Kudos To Bronx!

You should know that after 50 years, for the second year in a row, the murder rate in Bronx County is under 100....
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Hispanic Ministers To Lay A Wreath

This Thursday, December 25th, at 12 noon, close to fifty Hispanic Evangelical leaders of New York City, will hold a prayer vigil and a wreath laying ceremony on the corner of Tompkins Avenue and Myrtle in Brooklyn, where NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed while sitting in their patrol car....
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Assemblyman Sepúlveda Calls For An Apology From PBA President Patrick Lynch

Statement from Assemblyman Luis R. Sepulveda regarding remarks made by PBA President Patrick Lynch:...
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New Legislation Expanding Pro-Voter Law

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law two pieces of legislation today that will strengthen the city’s Pro-Voter Law and expand voter registration opportunities in the city. The bills—passed by the New York City Council on November 25, 2014—increase to 26 the number of municipal agencies offering voter registration, provide voters assistance in completing registration applications, and increase language assistance for limited-English-proficient citizens, among other program improvements. Council Members Ben Kallos and Jumaane Williams introduced the legislation....
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Well, Well, Where Were No. 11 & 12?

You should know that Mrs. Gail Badillo, the widow of the late Congressman Herman Badillo is upset and angry because of the lack of respect and reverence from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and some elected officials who did not attend the funeral services for her husband on Sunday, December 7, 2014....
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NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli Is No. 1

You should know that there were three statewide elections in New York State, and the candidates who ran as incumbents were: Andrew Cuomo for Governor, Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General, and Tom DiNapoli for State Comptroller....
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The Problem With NYC & The Department Of Homeless Services

You should know that a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Gilbert Taylor from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), to discuss a variety of issues that impact the homeless population in the City of New York....
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Enduring The Same Injustice

You should know that both New York City Police Chief Gerald Nelson and New York City Police Inspector Manual De la Rosa have been confronted with difficult times and apparent discrimination toward them, within the NYPD....
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Police Chief: Edward Delatorre, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

You should know that there is an old saying: "No good deed goes unpunished."...
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The Insensitivity Of Eric Schneiderman

You should know that in one of my previous columns I wrote about how elected officials use all kind of tactics to keep their job....
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Queens Jurisdiction Over Rikers Island?

A bill proposing to change the jurisdiction of crimes committed on Rikers Island passed with seeming ease earlier this year, but has since become more controversial....
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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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The New York In China Center Leads The US "New Majority Alliance" Delegation To China

With the support of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, the New York in China Center has been invited by the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce to lead the US "New Majority Alliance" delegation in visits to Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai from September 8th to 17th.
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Bronx Council Candidate Corners Beauty Salon Vote

Juana Blanco, owner of the Continental Beauty Salon in Fordham Heights, is not interested in politics. She lets pretty much anyone post signs on the salon window, including the campaign poster for councilman hopeful Randy Abreu.
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A Million-Dollar Council Race, In Bronx

Chances are, when you think of Bronx, you do not picture many of the neighborhoods that comprise Council District 13, where one of the more interesting races in the northern borough will take place on Primary Day, September 12, 2017.
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Statement From BP Ruben Diaz Jr.

RE: Trump Administration's Repeal of DACA.

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Richard Leslie

Richard Leslie is a Bronx resident who works in Westchester as a network administrator. His passion for photography and an interest in current events has led him to the field of journalism.