Heastie: Nothing in New York should ‘glamorize’ the confederacy

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat from the Bronx, told reporters at a new convention center that nothing should glamorize the former confederacy. | AP Photo ALBANY — Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he hopes New York removes any public monument that glorifies the Confederacy, but said a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg should stay in a Capitol mural. Heastie, a Democrat from the Bronx, told reporters at a new convention center that nothing should glamorize the former confederacy. He said on Thursday in Schenectady that he supported official efforts to rename streets in Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton and remove busts of Confederate generals from Bronx Community College.Story Continued Below “The Confederacy was the enemy of the country. We shouldn’t […]

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08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, effective at the end of today, a White House spokeswoman announced. U.S. stocks rebounded in a volatile session, while the dollar cut losses and bond yields rose to session highs, as reports emerged about Bannon’s departure. A number of conservatives are not at all happy that the president decided to part ways with Bannon. After declaring “WAR” following news of Bannon’s ouster, Breitbart News’ senior editor-at-large wrote that Trump risked becoming “Schwarzenegger 2.0.” Also out: Carl Icahn. A day after the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, Trump said radical Islamists “must […]

Hamilton, Simon, Adams Want Possible Slave Burial Site Investigated

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

State and city officials, community activists, and historians came together on the Park Slope/Gowanus border yesterday to advocate for a thorough investigation into the possibility that a lot on 193 9th Street was once a burial ground for enslaved Africans. State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Central Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D-Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Boerum Hill) met with preservationists and advocates to make clear their support for a full and fair investigation into the space. They said the lot also contained the remains of 256 Maryland soldiers who died during battle in the Revolutionary War. “We believe very strongly that there are remains here at this site, both of the Marylanders and of people who were enslaved to owners here […]

Brooklyn DA candidate appears to blow by contribution limits

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Corporations are limited to giving an aggregate total of $5,000 per year to all New York candidates, parties and PACs. | Getty ALBANY — A candidate for Brooklyn district attorney, Patricia Gatling, appears to have accepted campaign contributions that blow past the state’s limits, allowing her to build up a sizable fundraising lead in the Democratic primary campaign to elect a permanent replacement for the late Ken Thompson. Gatling has reported raising $110,000 from corporations that gave above the legal limit. That figure amounts to 45 percent of all the contributions she has received. Story Continued Below According to her most recent filing with the state Board of Elections, she received $10,000 apiece from East Coast Diagnostics Inc. and Sophisticated […]

Putting Con Con Question Front And Center

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

From the Morning Memo: When voters head to the polls in November, Evan Davis wants the question of whether to hold a constitutional convention literally front and center. “It’s not a yes or no thing. It’s a everyone-voting kind of thing; everyone having an opportunity to cast their vote,” said Davis, a former counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo. He’s suing the state Board of Elections in order to require that question over whether to hold a convention to revise the constitution be placed on the front of voters’ ballots. A ruling is expected in the coming weeks. “This is the first time that the issue of where the constitutional convention question should be on the ballot is before the courts,” […]