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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 23, 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 23, 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 21, 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 18, 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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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 10, 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 10, 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 1, 2007
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July 31, 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 16, 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 4, 2007
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Senator Perkins Responds To Governor Choide For Newly Formed Higher Education Commission.

ALBANY — Governor Spitzer is facing criticism from African-American leaders questioning his decision to appoint a former top Giuliani aide once accused of making a racist remark to a newly formed state higher education commission.Among the 28 members of the commission is John Dyson, a wealthy businessman and a creator of the "I Love NY" ad campaign who served as deputy mayor for finance and economic development from 1994–96.In 1994, Mr.

May 31, 2007
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Senator Perkins Attends Unveiling Of $11 Million Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture Renovation.

It was a great day in Harlem. The brass band played as the sun majestically shone down from a boundless sky. The poets interpreted, as the wind whispered to the waving tree that would one day grow big and strong and tower like a Watusi guard in front of the newly renovated "Center of Knowledge on the Global Black Experience." The talking drums beat out the news, carrying the message from beneath the new steel-gray, glass façade of the entrance at 515 Lenox Avenue, up to 136th Street, and then vibrating back to 135th Street.

May 28, 2007
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Senate Minority Unveils "Green Apple Initiative," Seeks To Tackle Air Pollution, Clean Up Brownfields, Halt Suburban Sprawl And Preserve The Wetlands That Keep Our Drinking Waterways Safe For Recreational Use

The New York State Senate Minority Conference today announced their "Green Apple Initiative" to protect New York's environment. Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) said the measures are "an important part of our '9 to 5 Agenda' to help families live, grow, work and thrive in the Empire State."

May 15, 2007
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Bill Perkins Introduces Legislation Requiring Insurance Providers To Cover Preventive Screenings For Colon Cancer

In recognition of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, State Senator Bill Perkins today announced that he has introduced legislation (S4450) to require insurance providers to provide diagnostic screenings for colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as “colon cancer”).

May 6, 2007
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Sen. Bill Perkins Demands Immediate City And State Action To Stop Placing Homeless Children In Homes With Serious Lead Hazard

Joined by community, housing, health and environmental leaders, State Sen. Bill Perkins (D - Harlem), today demanded immediate action by the City and State to improve the oversight and administration of the city’s Housing Stability Plus (HSP) program to insure that homeless children are no longer placed by the city into homes with serious lead hazards, resulting in the poisoning of children. Lead poisoning in children is preventable, but not curable.

January 22, 2007
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