Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Widows, Widowers of Police Officers and Firefighters Killed in the Line-of-Duty Receive Cost of Living Increase

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation (S.3168-A/A.4079-B) increasing special accidental death benefits for spouses and children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Specifically, the new law increases cost of living benefits by 3 percent for the deceased's spouse or the deceased's children under the age of 18 or, if a student, under the age of 23. This legislation goes into effect immediately.

"Police and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty are mothers, fathers, husbands and wives - and the family members they leave behind must be properly cared for," Governor Cuomo said. "With this measure, we continue to honor these brave first responders and better help ensure their families get the support and the benefits they deserve."

Senator Andrew Gounardes said, "When a police officer or firefighter dies in the line of duty, we must do all we can to support their loved ones left behind. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for signing my bill to provide a cost of living increase in for widows and widowers who would not receive adequate benefits otherwise. This benefit will ensure their families sacrifice is not forgotten."

Assemblymember Latoya Joyner said, "The families of those who have lost their loved ones in the line-of-duty should not be left alone to pick up the pieces. Just as their spouse or parent served with honor and dignity, it is our duty to serve them in their time of grief. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation to increase these death benefits, providing families with financial stability."

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Democrats Call President's 'Lynching' Comment 'Grotesque,' Demand Apology

C-SPAN: House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) calls on President Trump to apologize for comparing the impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.” Vice-Chair Katherine Clarke (D-MA) also weighs in, calling the comment “grotesque.”

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House GOP Leaders Hold Weekly News Conference

Key Day in Impeachment Inquiry, Syria in Crisis, Trudeau Appears to Win Re-Election

Former Alt-Right Member Wants to Prevent Others from Joining These Hate Groups

Why Romney is More Willing to Criticize Trump

This report was published on YouTube on October 21.

Opioid Settlement Reached in Ohio with Drug Companies

Erdogan, Putin Hold Talks as Truce in Syria Set to Expire

Turks Living Along the Border with Syria Steadfastly Support Erdogan's Offensive

Israel's Netanyahu Gives Up Attempt to Form New Government

U.K. Lawmakers Debate, Vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill

Global News: British lawmakers are set to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement bill in the House of Commons, as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline approaches. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed European Union divorce bill faces two key votes. Lawmakers are first being asked to approve it in principle, followed by a vote on the government's schedule for debate and possible amendments.

Canada: The 2019 Federal Election in Six Minutes

Global News: Canadians have elected a Liberal minority government. 

The Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, will head back to parliament for a second consecutive term as the governing party, although they’ll need to negotiate support from at least one other party in order to pass any legislation while they are in office.

6-Year-Old ‘King’ of NYC Takes Last Chemo Pill

$27 Million for Reparations Over Slave Ties Pledged by Seminary

The New York Times: The Princeton Theological Seminary said it was committed to “telling the truth” about its ties to slavery. Black students don’t think it goes far enough.

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Local News Is Dying. New York May Try to Pass a Law to Save It.

The New York Times: Legislators are proposing a first-in-the-nation bill to force cable companies to offer independent local news.

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NYCHA Needs Structural Changes and Plan to Raise More Cash, Research Group Reports

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Source: The New York Daily News

Monday, October 21, 2019

Daniel Pantaleo Receives Standing Ovation at PBA Meeting

Pantaleo was terminated by NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill several weeks ago.

Officer Says He Was Scrutinized by Colleagues for Refusing to Stand

By Gary Glennell Toms

A member of the New York Police Department's Police Benevolent Association recently spoke with From The G-Man and expressed outrage over an incident that occurred during the organization's October 8, 2019, meeting at Antun's, which is located in Queens Village, New York.

According to the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who was recently terminated by Commissioner James O'Neill for using an illegal chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner in 2014, made an appearance and received a standing ovation. "The minute he appeared, nearly every PBA member jumped up and loudly applauded for a good two minutes," said the officer. "The man was treated as though he was a hero and did nothing wrong, but the fact of the matter is he violated NYPD procedure and played a significant role in the death of an unarmed man. That's not just my assessment. That's the assessment of Commissioner O'Neill and the judge who recommended that Pantaleo be fired," the officer stated.

The officer also claimed that Pantaleo appeared to play the victim while addressing those in attendance. "He told us he and his family have fallen on hard times and thanked the PBA's top five and the PBA body for their support," the officer said.

The officer alleged that when he remained seated during the salute to Pantaleo, fellow officers stared at him in disapproval and disgust. "The majority of them looked at me sideways, and I really didn't give a fuck," said the officer. "I've been on the job a long time, and I'm regarded as a cop's cop by many. But a lot of people also know that I stand for what's right and don't support bullshit in any form."

The officer went on to note that Garner's death is a tragedy for all involved and that Commissioner O'Neill made the right call in terminating Pantaleo. "I fully support the commissioner's decision, and any cop that looks at the video of the takedown and says Pantaleo did nothing wrong, they're being disingenuous and they're lying to themselves and the public," proclaimed the officer. "Pantaleo's actions set off an unfortunate chain of events that caused a man to lose his life. We take an oath to protect and serve the public, and a man is dead because of Pantaleo's recklessness. I won't stand for that, and I mean that figuratively and literally."

From The G-Man is attempting to obtain footage or a photo of the incident. If successful, it will be published on the site.     

The Week Ahead in Washington


C-SPAN: Jason Dick and Alayna Treene previewed the week ahead in Washington.

ICE Detentions Bring Profits to Louisiana, But at What Cost?

This report was published on YouTube on October 20.

The Debrief: Texas Tornadoes, Trump Backs Down on G7, Landmark Opioid Trial

New Lead in Disappearance of 3-Year-Old Alabama Girl

Strikes in the U.S. as Unions Demand More Than Pay Raises

This report was published on YouTube on October 20.

Croatian PM Says North Macedonia, Albania 'Deserved' to Start EU Accession Talks

Turkey's Erdogan Accuses West of 'Standing by Terrorists' in Syria

State of Emergency Extended in Chile After Deadly Riots

Lebanon's Hariri Announces Reform Package After Days of Protests

Spain's Sanchez Under Pressure Over Catalan Protests Amid Unionist Rally

U.K. Lawmakers Debate PM Boris Johnson's Legislative Agenda

Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Apologizes to Hong Kong Muslims

Governor Cuomo Commits $10 Million for Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park in Buffalo

October 20, 2019 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million for two signature features of what will be the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park in Buffalo. New York State will help fund a pedestrian bridge to replace the current Hudson Street Bridge and a lagoon, which will create access to the lake’s edge in the park. 

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park will be located at the current site of LaSalle Park, the City of Buffalo’s largest waterfront park. 

For years, the City of Buffalo and the community have envisioned something greater for LaSalle Park. With the support of New York State and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr, Foundation, which previously committed $50 million toward the park, the park’s potential will come to fruition.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

Mayor de Blasio Discusses Council Vote to Close Rikers Island

This video was published on YouTube on October 17.

11 Companies Receive NYS Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Certification

Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito today announced that the following 11 businesses were recently certified by the Office of General Services’ (OGS) Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development (DSDVBD):

Kehler Dam Logistics, LLC, located in Rome, NY, provides logistical consulting and other services. 

JVP Logistics, located in Erie, PA, specializes in shipping and freight logistics. 

Seneca Industrial Services, Inc., located in Barker, NY, is a construction and project management and consulting services company. 

Jack of All Trades, located in Unadilla, NY, is a general construction and estimations company. 

Frago Media, LLC, located in New York City, specializes in photography and videography. 

Connectinc Global Management, LLC, Located in Long Island City, NY, provides IT solutions and IT training services. 

Floors at Your Door and More, Inc., located in Jamestown, NY, sells commercial and residential flooring. 

Global Blue DVBE, Inc., located in McClellan, CA, provides computer system design services. 

Cotra, LLC, located in New Rochelle, NY, is a business consulting services company. 

Skyline Concepts, LLC, located in New York City, creates branded apparel, printing, and marketing materials. 

The Clowdis Firm, P.C., of New York City, is a law firm specializing in medical malpractice, healthcare law, business law, intellectual property, and veterans’ benefits law.

The Division was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in May 2014 with enactment of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act. There are 726 certified businesses.

The Act promotes and encourages participation of SDVOBs in NYS public procurements of public works, commodities, services and technology to foster and advance economic development in the State. More information on the program and the certification process can be found here https://ogs.ny.gov/Veterans/

Source: Office of General Services

Suspicions, Concerns, Comments about ACT/SAT and College Admissions

An Interview with Alan J. Singer 

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Source: Education News

Beaten and Left in Solitary Confinement, He Thought He Would Die

The New York Times: Transferred off Rikers Island, he was among four young men who won a $980,000 settlement after a lawsuit described brutal beatings at an Albany jail.

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Why Black Homeowners in Brooklyn Are Being Targeted for Fraud

The New York Times: Deed theft, or stealing the title to a house, has become a worrisome crime in Brooklyn, targeting rapidly gentrifying communities of color.

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After Years of Declines, NYC Subway Ridership is Slowly Rising

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Source: The New York Daily News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

In Memoriam: Rep. Elijah Cummings

THIS REALLY HURTS. I'm still in shock. Unlike many in Congress, this man really gave a damn about his constituents, his country, and the Black community as a whole. He was the voice of reason in Washington and a beacon of hope for those who believe bipartisanship is essential in creating a government by, for and of the people.

From The G-Man will be dark over the next three days in honor of Congressman Cummings and his legacy. May his family, friends, colleagues and supporters find some measure of comfort in the days and weeks to come.....and may he forever rest in peace.  G-Man

Sen. Chuck Schumer: Rep. Elijah Cummings Was A Great Man

Sen. Ben Cardin Reacts to Death of Rep. Elijah Cummings

Joe Scarborough: Rep. Elijah Cummings 'Was A Man Of His Word'

Nancy Pelosi Speaks on Capitol Hill After Death of Elijah Cummings

Governor Andrew Cuomo Comments on the Death of Elijah Cummings

Governor Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Congressman Elijah Cummings from October 18 until interment. 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Power of the Pen: S.3171/A.264B Signed in New York

Legislation Protects Patients from Excessive Hospital Emergency Room Charges

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation (S.3171/A.264B) protecting patients from excessive out-of-network hospital emergency charges, including hospital inpatient services that follow an emergency room visit. The new law requires health insurance companies to ensure that when enrollees receive care from a non-participating provider, the patient will not incur greater out-of-pocket costs than they would have incurred from a participating provider.

"In an emergency, every second counts and its ridiculous to expect someone facing a potential life or death situation to first check and see if a hospital is part of their health insurance network," Governor Cuomo said. "With this new law, insurers will need to do the right thing and make sure patients aren't strapped with excessive and potentially debilitating out-of-pocket costs tomorrow simply because they needed emergency room care today."

The bill also requires that hospital charges for emergency services are subject to an independent dispute resolution process that was established by New York's Surprise Medical Bill law, originally enacted in 2014, which was the first of its kind in the nation to comprehensively protect consumers from surprise bills for out-of-network costs.

The law goes into effect immediately.

Senator Liz Krueger said, "When New Yorkers go to the hospital in an emergency, they can't be expected to make sure every procedure is delivered by an in-network provider. This new law will protect New York families from outrageous surprise medical bills and help keep overall medical costs down. I thank Assembly Member Cahill for carrying this bill in the Assembly, and Governor Cuomo for signing it today."

Assembly Member Kevin Cahill said, "Relieving consumers of the aggravation associated with billing disputes between health care providers and insurance companies is one step closer to completion. With Governor Cuomo's signature on our legislation today, New York reasserts its national leadership in protecting patients from surprise bills and providing a responsible means of holding down health care costs."

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

U.S. House Approves Resolution Opposing U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria, 354-60

C-SPAN: The House has voted 354-60 to approve a resolution expressing its opposition to President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. Three Republicans and Michigan Independent Representative Justin Amash voted present.

House Democrats Hold News Conference

C-SPAN: House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and other Democrats spoke to reporters about legislative agenda items they are trying to accomplish other than the impeachment inquiry.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Gives Weekly News Briefing

Trump on Turkey-Syria Conflict: ‘That Has Nothing to Do with Us’

Pence Travels to Turkey in Hopes of Cease-Fire

Giuliani, Pence Defy Congressional Subpoenas

Can Hong Kong's Chief Executive Hold onto Her Job?

Erdogan: No World Power Can Stop Turkey's Military Offensive in Syria

Brexit Breakthrough? Talks Intensify on Eve of Last-Chance EU Summit

Catalonia Protests: Spain's Main Party Says Independence Not an Option

Dutch Family of Seven Waiting for 'the End of Time' Discovered in Basement

Nigeria: Police Frees Scores of Beaten and Starved Boys from a 'Torture School'

Reminder Issued to Older New Yorkers About Medicare Open Enrollment

The New York State Office for the Aging reminds older New Yorkers that this year’s Medicare open enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7, 2019. Medicare health and prescription drug plans can make changes each year to costs, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. The open enrollment period is when all people with Medicare can change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. Plan changes take effect January 1, 2020.

“People’s health and financial status can change over the course of a year. At the same time, plans can change what they will cover and also adjust the cost to the beneficiary. This is an important time of year for older adults to review their plans—what they cover and what they cost—to ensure they are getting the best deal for themselves,” said Acting Director Greg Olsen. “Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) counselors at each local office for the aging can provide older New Yorkers with the information needed to make an informed choice about a plan that is a good value and meets their health care and prescription drug coverage needs.”

Several resources are available to help Medicare beneficiaries and their families review and compare current plan coverage with new plan offerings:

Medicare.gov has comprehensive information for people interested in signing up or changing their plans. The Medicare Plan Finder tool provides a personalized comparison of plan choices.

1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) offers around-the-clock assistance for those who want to find out more about coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Multilingual counseling is available.

The Medicare & You handbook includes a summary of Medicare benefits, rights, and protections; lists of available health and drug plans; and answers to frequently asked questions about Medicare.

One-on-one counseling assistance is available from HIICAP counselors at each local office for the aging or through the HIICAP toll free line: 1-800-701-0501.


Medicare recipients who have limited incomes and resources may qualify for extra help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. Older adults may apply online or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778 to find out more.)

During the open enrollment period, NYSOFA and Medicare also remind older adults to treat their Medicare number as they do their social security number and credit card information. People with Medicare should never give their personal information to anyone arriving at their home uninvited or making unsolicited phone calls selling Medicare-related products or services. If someone calls and asks for a recipient’s Medicare number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

Beneficiaries who believe they are a victim of fraud or identity theft should contact Medicare. More information is available at Help fight Medicare fraud.

Source: The New York State Office for the Aging

Muslim Families Denied NYC Ferry Rides For 'Security': Complaint

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Source: Patch.com

Final Student Loan Servicer Regulation Takes Effect Today

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the Department of Financial Services has issued a final regulation that will protect student loan borrowers from unscrupulous practices in the student loan servicing industry. The regulation, which goes into effect today, requires companies that service student loans held by New Yorkers to meet new standards addressing problems that have plagued the student loan servicing industry. DFS issued the final regulation after taking into consideration comments submitted during a 60-day comment period. This is the latest step in Governor Cuomo's historic commitment to protecting the approximately 2.8 million student loan borrowers in New York.

"New York is taking aggressive action to protect students who invest in their education and to hold unscrupulous lenders accountable for deceptive practices," Governor Cuomo said. "This new regulation will force student loan servicers to be more transparent when it comes to how they do business and in the process help ensure students and their families aren't misled when trying to pay for their higher education."

Under the final regulation, student loan servicers are required to: provide clear and complete information concerning fees, payments due and terms and conditions of loans; apply payments in borrowers' best interest, rather than in ways that maximize servicer fees; inform borrowers of income-based repayment and loan forgiveness options; maintain and provide to consumers a detailed history of their account; when a borrower's loan is transferred to a new servicer, ensure all necessary servicing information is transferred with the loan so the borrower's repayment is not disrupted; provide accurate information to credit reporting agencies; and provide timely and substantive responses to consumer complaints.

Department of Financial Services Superintendent Linda A. Lacewell said, "While the federal government strips away consumer protections, New York continues to step up for students. Our new and final regulation will protect New York's nearly 3 million student loan borrowers from predatory practices and demand clear information from student loan servicers to help borrowers make the best financial choices towards their future."

 The final regulation announced today also prohibits servicers from defrauding or misleading borrowers, engaging in any unfair, deceptive, abusive or predatory act or practice or misapplying borrowers' payments.

A copy of the final regulation is available on the DFS website.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Mothers of Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin Submit Letter to NYC Council Speaker

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New York, NY – Gwendolyn Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, and Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, co-authored a letter to New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson about the unintended effects of a ban on menthol cigarettes. 

While stating clearly that they in no way encourage, support or promote smoking, the bill, as it stands, will create a whole new market for "loosies" and reintroduce another version of stop-and-frisk policing in Black and financially-challenged communities. They voiced concern that a ban will re-introduce many hard to employ, young Black New Yorkers to the criminal justice system. 

The letter was shared with Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network. 

Source: Mercury  

National Weather Service: Coastal Storm Warning for New York

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Committee for Advancement of Women in Financial Services Industry Formed in New York

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Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Power of the Pen: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Closing Double Jeopardy Loophole

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Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Coverage of the 2019 New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony

This video was published on YouTube on October 15. 

On October 8, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that 23 names will be added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Empire State Plaza to honor the memory and heroism of the brave men and women who have lost their lives battling fires in the past year. With the addition of those added to the Memorial today, the Fallen Firefighters Memorial now honors 2,575 individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial, dedicated in 1998, honors the memory and valor of New York's fallen firefighters at the memorial each year. 

The memorial also pays tribute to more than 100,000 New York State active firefighters who put their lives on the line every day in the name of public safety.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul attended the event. 

Source: NYGovCuomo

Mayor de Blasio Hosts Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Reception

This video was published on YouTube on October 15.

In Memoriam: NYPD Sgt. Linhong Li

Off-Duty Queens Cop Commits Suicide, 10th This Year  

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Source: The New York Daily News  

Note: Sgt. Li was also a U.S. Marine who served  in Iraq. From The G-Man would like to take this opportunity to honor his service with the following video tribute. May he forever rest in peace.

Dana Fradon, Prolific New Yorker Cartoonist, Is Dead at 97

The New York Times: In the nearly 1,400 cartoons he published between 1948 and 2003, he cast a wide and whimsical net on American society and skewered pomposity. 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Documents Reveal Hospital Industry is Leading Fight Against Medicare for All

The Intercept_: Tenet Healthcare, the nation’s third-largest investor-owned operator of hospitals, has donated nearly $630,000 to the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future.

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Let’s Be Serious — Trump Doesn’t Mind These Incitements to Kill Journalists

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Source: The Intercept_

Congressman Jim Jordan Says Whistleblower Entitled to Protection, Not Anonymity

Before attending the House Intelligence Committee's deposition of State Department official George Kent as part of it's ongoing impeachment inquiry, Representative Jim Jordan calls for the disclosure of the identity of the whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Trump over his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky. "He has the right to protection, it doesn't say anonymity," Jordan says of the whistleblower law. "When you're talking about the president of the United States, for God's sake, the American people, who we all represent--they have a right to know." Representative Jordan also confirms that George Kent, who oversees Ukraine policy at the State Department, was subpoenaed to appear before the committee to give his deposition, and he says that if former National Security Adviser John Bolton is called to appear, Republicans will have questions for him about what led up to the July 25 phone call.

Representative McCaul Calls for Impeachment Inquiry Vote on House Floor

C-SPAN: Texas Republican Representative Michael McCaul calls for a vote on an impeachment inquiry resolution on the floor of the House, say it's a matter of fairness for the president and would give the minority subpoena power in the impeachment process. He says he also believes that the president and the White House would cooperate with the impeachment investigation if there were such a vote.

Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks and Trump’s Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich

Fourth Democratic Debate Takes Place in Ohio Tonight

Courts Block 'Public Charge' Rule on Low-Income Immigrants

Officer Who Fatally Shot Woman at Home Arrested

Delay in ex-South African Leader's Case as Appeal Planned

Seoul Showcases New Weapons to World

Populists Hold on to Power in Poland

Bangladesh Imposes More Restrictions on Rohingya Refugees

Turkish Offensive in Syria: Will the Fighting Undo the Gains Made Against the Islamic State Group?

Violence Against Women: South African Police Take to Streets

Brexit: EU, UK Scramble to Reach Deal Before Summit

Egypt: Jailed Activist Ramy Shaath 'is a Prisoner of Conscience', Wife Tells FRANCE 24

Violent Clashes Break Out as Spain Jails Catalan Separatist Leaders

Hong Kong Faces First Recession in Decades After Months of Protests

Growing Concerns About Possible Flu Vaccine Shortage in Canada

This report was published on YouTube on October 14.

Nail Salon Employees March for Better Working Conditions

This report was broadcast on PIX 11 News on October 14.

Mayor de Blasio Holds Criminal Justice-Related Roundtable

Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Not Guilty in Two Manhattan Gropings

DA Says Aware of a Dozen Other Accusers

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Source: The New York Daily News 

Stacey Abrams to Headline the Brooklyn Community Foundation's Invest in Brooklyn Dinner

BROOKLYN, NY - Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will headline Brooklyn Community Foundation’s annual Invest In Brooklyn Dinner—a benefit for the organization’s racial and social justice work taking place at the Weylin on Friday, October 18 at 6:30pm. 

In addition to celebrating local nonprofit changemakers, the dinner will spotlight national and local efforts leading up to the 2020 Census, in a conversation between Abrams and NY Times best selling author Elaine Welteroth, award-winning journalist, thought leader, and the former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. 

Since her groundbreaking 2018 campaign, Abrams has focused on electoral justice and Census 2020 issues through the launch of her Fair Fight and Fair Count organizations. Abrams will examine the challenges and impact of a fair and accurate Census count nationally. Brooklyn has historically been the “hardest to count” county in New York State, with over 80% of Brooklynites living in hard-to-count neighborhoods. Through both advocacy and grantmaking, Brooklyn Community Foundation has led the charge to #MakeBrooklynCount in 2020. 

Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first and only public foundation dedicated to New York City’s largest borough. In 2018, Brooklyn Community Foundation distributed over $7 million to nonprofits, a record-breaking total in the Foundation’s 10-year history. 

Source: ABPartners

Monday, October 14, 2019

What New Yorkers Need to Know About Real ID

This video was published on YouTube on October 11. 

Source: Staten Island Advance

Family of Woman Killed Inside Home by Fort Worth, Texas, Police Holds News Conference

Cop Seen Shooting, Killing Woman in Her Own Home

Former White House Adviser Fiona Hill to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry

Trump Orders Troop Withdrawal from Northeast Syria

Japan: Rescuers Seek Survivors After Deadly Typhoon Hagibis, At Least 56 Killed

What Exactly is Russia's Role in the Middle-East?

Gulf Tensions: 'If the Iranian Oil Tanker Was Attacked, Saudi Arabia Was Probably Not Involved'

Turkish Offensive in Syria: 'Damascus Was the Only Way the Kurds Could Turn'

Queen Elizabeth's Speech 2019 to Open Parliamentary Year

Global News: Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech setting out the UK government's agenda at the State Opening of Parliament. The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year.

Governor Cuomo Announces Support for New Memorial Honoring Mother Cabrini

$200 Million, Jailed Immigrants and a Democratic Bastion Under Fire

The New York Times: A New Jersey county in one of the bluest regions of the country faces mounting pressure to stop housing detained immigrants in its jail.

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Higher Subway Speeds Worry NYC Train Operators — and New Report Explains Why

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Source: The New York Daily News

Suicide Attempts Rising Among Black Youths, Especially Girls: Study

The New York Daily News: Data suggests that the suicide attempts among black youths are more impulsive, reflecting a level of desperation that requires immediate attention, according to a new survey.

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NYPD PBA Prez Urges Members to Vote No on 'CCRB Power Grab'

Dear PBA Member:

I am writing to alert you to a critical issue appearing on your ballot this Election Day. On Tuesday, November 5th, New York City voters will decide whether to amend the New York City Charter – the City’s Constitution – to give the Civilian Complaint Review Board more power, more money and more staff

If approved, Ballot Question #2 would:
  1. Allow CCRB to investigate & recommend discipline for “false statement” allegations, rather than referring those cases to IAB;
  2. Increase CCRB’s budget and link it to NYPD headcount;
  3. Give the City Council and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams more control over the appointment of CCRB board members;
  4. Expand CCRB’s subpoena power; and,
  5. Require the Police Commissioner to provide detailed explanations for any departure from CCRB’s disciplinary recommendations.
Every cop knows that CCRB is already infected with anti-police bias. Including a radical expansion of CCRB’s power, budget and jurisdiction in the City Charter, where it cannot be easily changed, will hurt the careers of every cop on our job for years to come.

Turnout for this year’s election is expected to be very low, and we have more than 19,000 active and retired PBA members residing in New York City. That’s why we need you, your family and your friends to HEAD TO THE POLLS & VOTE NO ON QUESTON 2.

Election Day is November 5th, but be advised that New York City has implemented early voting starting on October 26th. Visit vote.nyc.ny.us to find early voting times and locations in your district.

If you care about your fellow police officers and the future of our job, you cannot afford to miss this vote.


Patrick J. Lynch
Source: NYPD Representative

Happening in Harlem: 32nd Precinct Community Council Meeting

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Source: A. Smith, President/NYPD Civilian Volunteer, 32nd Precinct Community Council

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Columbia University Professor Fired for Plagiarizing Book on North Korea

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Source: All World Report

Note: Dr. Charles Armstrong has served as a contributing writer for this news and information site for several years. He has also made numerous appearances on From The G-Man's sister site, "The G-Man Interviews", to discuss a range of issues concerning North Korea.

Given the extremely serious nature of the allegations presented in the aforementioned news report and the action taken by Columbia University, all episodes of the YouTube-based series that featured Dr. Armstrong have been removed.  

From The G-Man and The G-Man Interviews apologize for any role played in misrepresenting the facts. Moreover, the independent news platforms apologize to scholars and teachers from across the country who praised the interviews with Dr. Armstrong and indicated they were being used as teaching tools.   


Governor Cuomo Pledges Full Support for Mother Cabrini Memorial in New York City

Yesterday evening, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered remarks at the Columbus Citizens Foundation Gala, where he pledged his full support for a memorial for Mother Cabrini in New York City. 

Source: NYGovCuomo

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Native Americans See Hope in Switch from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

This report was published on YouTube on April 6, 2019. 

9NEWS: New Mexico became the fifth state in the United State to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Some Native Americans in Colorado say having a neighboring state make the change gives them hope for the future.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the Truth About Christopher Columbus

The following article was submitted by the editors of the Southern Poverty Law Center, 

Monday may be the federally recognized holiday of Columbus Day, but millions across the country will instead observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day, now officially observed in some states and cities. 

When Christopher Columbus arrived in what is now known as North America, the region was hardly unoccupied. It was not a “New World” to be discovered but home to millions of diverse, Indigenous people with their own cultures, languages and sovereignty who had occupied the land for thousands of years.

Historians agree that for people indigenous to the Americas, the arrival of Columbus and the Europeans who followed him was a calamity of catastrophic proportions. Over time, the population was decimated through war, disease, enslavement, forced displacement and outright murder.

White European colonizers defended their actions through the “Discovery Doctrine,” the ruthless notion that land they “discovered” belonged to them, with no regard to whether that land was occupied by people native to it.

Those who survived were stripped not only of their ancestral lands but of their cultural heritage through forced assimilation in brutal Christian missions and government-run boarding schools, injustices that lasted well into the 20th century.

American Indians were not granted U.S. citizenship until 1924 and were not given the right to vote until 1948. They were not granted religious freedom or the right to determine the welfare of children in their communities until 1978.

The effects of colonization are clear today.

A quarter of American Indians and Alaska Natives live in poverty and experience extreme inequities in employment and housing. Many Indigenous nations are still working to reclaim their languages, traditional ceremonies and spiritual practices. American Indians and Alaska Natives face significant barriers to exercising their right to vote, especially after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. And Euro-American culture continues to homogenize, appropriate and commodify the very same cultural practices that Indigenous peoples themselves were discouraged from openly expressing through state-sponsored violence.
It’s past time to rethink history.

Our Teaching Tolerance program is working to ensure that educators have the resources they need to reframe a Eurocentric view of U.S. history that dismisses the humanity and the histories of the first occupants of this land. 

Our online resources include primary source texts of Native people’s experiences and culturally responsive lessons that work to undo stereotypes about American Indians. We’re also hosting a professional learning webinar to help educators learn more about Indigenous history in the United States and to provide tools for bringing it into their classrooms.

And just this fall, we released our latest teaching framework, Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, which includes ample resources for educators to teach about Indigenous enslavement, which began with Columbus and occurred alongside African enslavement in the territory that is now the United States.

This Monday, rather than celebrate Columbus’ arrival in North America and the massive cultural erasure that followed, we can honor the survival and cultural heritage of the diverse American Indians and Alaska Natives – more than 5 million in the present-day United States — who’ve found resilience and perseverance in spite of political, social and economic barriers. We can honor the countless historical, cultural and diverse contributions that Native people have and continue to make.

We can practice a more ethical remembering by celebrating the history of Indigenous peoples whose land we reside on and by sharing stories of Native resilience, like the stories of Debra Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native American women elected to Congress; or Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate; or the leadership of Indigenous peoples in the climate justice movement. 

Observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day is an important step in dismantling a white supremacist understanding of U.S. history. This Monday, we encourage you to join with us in celebrating the rich history, wisdom and resiliency of American Indians and Alaska Natives.