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City Leaders Condemn "new Yorker" Obama Cartoon

Community leaders gathered in Midtown Manhattan Tuesday to condemn the "New Yorker" for a cover cartoon of Barack and Michelle Obama.

They protested outside the magazine's offices.

The presumptive presidential candidate is depicted in Muslim clothing in the Oval Office, fist-pumping his gun-toting wife. A portrait of Osama Bin Laden hangs above the fireplace, in which an American flag burns.

The magazine's editor said the cartoon was meant to be satirical, but many still say it is just offensive.

July 18, 2008
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Columbia Expansion Expected To Get Boost From 'blight'

By PETER KIEFER, Staff Reporter of the Sun 

July 17, 2008
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Columbia University Clears Hurdle For Huge West Harlem Expansion

A state board voted Thursday to approve Columbia University's $6 billion expansion into West Harlem, paving the way for the property to be seized.

July 17, 2008
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It's On! State Starts Eminent Domain For Columbia

by Eliot BrownThe New York Observer

The state's main development agency, the Empire State Development Corporation, kicked off the public process for eminent domain for Columbia University's 17-acre West Harlem expansion today, starting a final chapter in the approvals for the contentious $7 billion initiative.

July 17, 2008
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Senate Democrats Urge Public Service Commission To Support $4.5 Billion Energy Acquisition Of Energy East

State Senate Energy Committee Ranking Members are concerned over Commission’s approach to purchase of Energy East by Iberdola S.A.

(New York, NY) State Senate Democratic members Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) and Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan)  raised concerns that the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) recent stall of the planned acquisition of Energy East could prevent a lucrative investment opportunity for the state.

July 11, 2008
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State Senator Rips Bloomberg's Denial Of His Minority-contracting Failures

by Samuel Breidbart and Sarah LaveryThe Village Voice

After hearing that Mayor Bloomberg casually dismissed the failures of his administration’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise initiative, state Senator Bill Perkins had a clear message to the mayor: it’s time to confess.

June 27, 2008
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Government To Issue National Recall

December 10, 2007 -- New York Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced that the state Consumer Protection Board’s (CPB) Safe Toys NY Campaign found that toys with unsafe lead levels remain on store shelves across the state. The findings resulted from the Governor’s call for a statewide investigation of toys being sold in New York and revealed retail practices are in need of improvement in order to protect consumers. While inspections found increased compliance with recall requirements, toys with unsafe lead levels were still being sold.

December 10, 2007
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Perkins Says Columbia Must Remember Community Concerns

Senator Bill Perkins, D-West Harlem, fielded questions from residents within the footprint of Columbia’s proposed expansion zone at the Manhattanville Community Center on Monday night.At the meeting, Perkins criticized behind-the-scenes negotiations between the city and Columbia and stressed that community concerns must be taken into account as the University’s proposal for a 17-acre campus moves forward.Perkins emphasized that residents of the area must fight for those who might be displaced from their apartment without their consent.

November 7, 2007
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Furor Over MTA Chief's Club Ties

Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV is criticizing the newly confirmed Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman, Dale Hemmerdinger, over his ties to the Harmonie Club, a private social group that has been accused of discrimination.Mr. Powell is demanding that Mr. Hemmerdinger back up his claim that he actively recruited minority members while president of the organization 20 years ago. "In fact, the Harmonie Club had no minority members at the time," Mr.

October 24, 2007
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Bill Proposed To Crack Down On Fake Ids

State Senator Jeff Klein, D-Bronx and Westchester, has proposed a bill that would hold the makers and vendors of fake IDs accountable for minors’ access to alcohol and for the consequences of underage drinking.With this bill, Klein hopes to decrease the availability and ease with which minors can access fake identification cards.

October 24, 2007
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MTA Nominee Defends Membership In Social Club

Governor Spitzer's nominee to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Dale Hemmerdinger, is defying a request from a state lawmaker that he resign from the Harmonie Club, a private social group in Manhattan.

October 22, 2007
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D.m.v. Chief Is Pressed To Defend Plan To Give Licenses To Illegal Immigrants

ALBANY, Oct. 15 — In a hearing punctuated by angry exchanges about terrorism, Senate Republicans grilled the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday, pressing him to defend Gov. Eliot Spitzer ’s plan to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Senator Vincent L. Leibell, an upstate Republican, declared that under the proposal, Osama bin Laden could obtain a driver’s license in New York. The commissioner, David J. Swarts, shot back, "I think we’d probably catch that right away." Mr.

October 19, 2007
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Congestion Pricing’s Effects On Upper Manhattan Debated

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hotly debated congestion pricing plan is aimed primarily at reducing traffic in the area of Manhattan below 86th Street. Yet while the focal point of the plan is downtown, its effects would ripple across the city, and local politicians and environmental activists differ dramatically on its ramifications for northern Manhattan.

October 18, 2007
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A Racist Incident Rocks Teachers College

A day after a noose was found hanging on the doorknob of Professor Madonna Constantine’s office, the Teachers College community rallied to her support in decrying the incident as intolerable.

October 11, 2007
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No Suspects Yet In Noose Incident

As hundreds of students, professors, and city leaders gathered Wednesday to protest the hanging of a noose on the office door of an African American Teachers College professor, police said that there were no suspects yet in the criminal investigation of the incident.Officials said Wednesday that they were considering the incident aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Investigators reported that the noose had not been on the door of Professor Madonna Constantine’s office as late as 11:30 p.m.

October 11, 2007
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Early Diagnosis Key To Breast Cancer Awareness, Says Senator Perkins

State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) today urged New Yorkers to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking the initiative to learn all they can about the deadly disease that one in eight women will develop at some point during their lifetime.The Harlem lawmaker said the earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chances of successful treatment and that screenings for the disease are an important component.“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the ideal time to be proactive about your health,” said Senator Perkins.

October 2, 2007
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August 1, 2007
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Senator Perkins Asks Constituents To Help The Secure The Call Foundation Give New Life To Old Cell Phones

State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) believes that the nation’s 45 million old cell phones can serve an important purpose when retooled as emergency phones for those who would be in need of its services.To that end, Senator Perkins urged his constituents to donate unused phones and batteries to the Secure the Call Foundation. "As an owner of a cell phone, I rely on it to help me stay in touch with my colleagues in the Senate as well as what’s going on in my district," he said. "I also know that it’s an important tool to have in the event of an emergency.

July 17, 2007
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Timing Of Review Of Harlem's Expansion Plan Irks Board

More than three years in the making, the city is moving forward on Columbia University's proposed 17-acre campus expansion into West Harlem.

June 5, 2007
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