Gotham Gazette Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. http://www.gothamgazette.com/component/tags/tag/nydia-velazquez 2017-10-19T05:41:18+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Hiram Monserrate Has No Place in Elected Office 2017-08-11T00:10:40+00:00 2017-08-11T00:10:40+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7120:hiram-monserrate-has-no-place-in-elected-office Samar Khurshid <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/nydia_moya_via_ydanis_crop.jpg" alt="nydia moya via ydanis crop" width="600" height="430" /></p> <p>Rep. Velázquez, the author, rallying for Moya for Council (photo: @ydanis)</p> <hr /> <p>Elections send messages.</p> <p>You don't have to look any farther than the victory of Donald Trump to see that electing a racist, misogynistic demagogue helps to normalize abhorrent behaviors in the eyes of some Americans. That may be why, as the Southern Poverty Law Center reports, our country saw 1,094 bias incidents in the first 34 days after the November election.</p> <p>If the president advocates for violence against opponents and unabashedly sexualizes and demeans women, then how can we effectively combat these dangerous practices?</p> <p>The same can be said for our local elections. While there is far less media coverage of who runs for our local city and state offices, the implications are arguably just as great. Your local City Council member or state senator is often your most important local advocate. They work to bring resources to your district and manage problems that arise -- and they host park cleanups, sponsors holiday toy giveaways, and hand out merit certificates at your child's local school.</p> <p>In fact, for many of our youngest New Yorkers, these most local elected officials are the first and most enduring images of a politician that they will have in their lives.</p> <p>That's why I refuse to stand by and watch as corrupt former official Hiram Monserrate plots his reentry into New York politics with a run for the 21st City Council District in Queens.</p> <p>For those who don't know, Hiram Monserrate is a former Council member and state senator who was ejected from the Legislature for slashing his fiancée in the face and, to cover his actions, drove her over an hour to the hospital avoiding Elmhurst Hospital only blocks away. Additionally, in 2012 Monserrate was sentenced in federal prison for stealing tens of thousands of dollars in public funds.</p> <p>He has a history of violent outbursts and altercations that should immediately disqualify him from office. If that isn't enough, he also helped orchestrate the State Senate coup that handed power over to Republicans and doomed countless pieces of truly progressive legislation from becoming law, from the Dream Act to enshrining the protections of Roe v. Wade into New York law.</p> <p>Thankfully, there is another choice in this election: State Assembly Member Francisco Moya.</p> <p>I am proud to support Francisco for City Council. Not only have I known Francisco since he was a staffer in my Congressional office, but I have had the chance to watch him grow into a leader on countless issues in Albany.</p> <p>Where Hiram Monserrate's collusion set our progressive goals back, Francisco Moya moved them all the more forward. Francisco sponsored and championed the Dream Act, so that all New York students, regardless of immigration status, could have access to affordable higher education. He stood up to the real estate industry to secure needed affordable housing for our city. Most of all, he fought time and again for policies like paid family leave and $15 minimum wage that strengthen families and ensure that they have the resources to lead healthier, more prosperous lives.</p> <p>This is why countless unions, advocacy groups, and elected officials at all levels of government have joined me in supporting Francisco's candidacy. I know that they share my belief in Francisco's ability to bring his unparalleled leadership to City Hall, just as I know that they are deeply afraid of what Hiram Monserrate would do in that same Council seat.</p> <p>Let's be clear: Monserrate comes nowhere near Moya in terms of community supporters, positive accomplishments, or campaign funds raised. His electoral track record is even worse. Since 2010, Monserrate lost three straight elections and hasn't won a Democratic primary since 2005. In this sense, Moya has the clear advantage going into the September 12 vote, but nothing can be taken for granted.</p> <p>We shouldn't forget that many people wrote off Donald Trump. It was assumed that a thrice-married, fraud-tainted reality star with a trail of sexual assault accusations would never be president, and yet here we are. We must not be this complacent again in the face of a corrupt abuser like Hiram Monserrate with a criminal record looking to secure a prestigious job in city government.</p> <p>Electing Hiram Monserrate would send the message that it’s OK to steal taxpayer money. Electing Hiram Monserrate would send the message that abusing your partner is OK and can be explained away by a momentary lapse in judgement. This is deeply troubling, especially as so many struggle with the wounds of domestic abuse and sexual assault.</p> <p>After all, this is New York and the world is watching. Our city overwhelming rejected Trump and his politics of hate and abuse at the ballot box. Even today, we continue to send the message that our city is place of diversity, tolerance and equality. Will the voters of the 21st City Council District send the message that Hiram Monserrate doesn't reflect our values, as they did with Trump? I certainly hope so.</p> <p>***<br />Rep. Nydia Velázquez represents New York’s 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. On Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ReElectNydia" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@ReElectNydia</a>.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/nydia_moya_via_ydanis_crop.jpg" alt="nydia moya via ydanis crop" width="600" height="430" /></p> <p>Rep. Velázquez, the author, rallying for Moya for Council (photo: @ydanis)</p> <hr /> <p>Elections send messages.</p> <p>You don't have to look any farther than the victory of Donald Trump to see that electing a racist, misogynistic demagogue helps to normalize abhorrent behaviors in the eyes of some Americans. That may be why, as the Southern Poverty Law Center reports, our country saw 1,094 bias incidents in the first 34 days after the November election.</p> <p>If the president advocates for violence against opponents and unabashedly sexualizes and demeans women, then how can we effectively combat these dangerous practices?</p> <p>The same can be said for our local elections. While there is far less media coverage of who runs for our local city and state offices, the implications are arguably just as great. Your local City Council member or state senator is often your most important local advocate. They work to bring resources to your district and manage problems that arise -- and they host park cleanups, sponsors holiday toy giveaways, and hand out merit certificates at your child's local school.</p> <p>In fact, for many of our youngest New Yorkers, these most local elected officials are the first and most enduring images of a politician that they will have in their lives.</p> <p>That's why I refuse to stand by and watch as corrupt former official Hiram Monserrate plots his reentry into New York politics with a run for the 21st City Council District in Queens.</p> <p>For those who don't know, Hiram Monserrate is a former Council member and state senator who was ejected from the Legislature for slashing his fiancée in the face and, to cover his actions, drove her over an hour to the hospital avoiding Elmhurst Hospital only blocks away. Additionally, in 2012 Monserrate was sentenced in federal prison for stealing tens of thousands of dollars in public funds.</p> <p>He has a history of violent outbursts and altercations that should immediately disqualify him from office. If that isn't enough, he also helped orchestrate the State Senate coup that handed power over to Republicans and doomed countless pieces of truly progressive legislation from becoming law, from the Dream Act to enshrining the protections of Roe v. Wade into New York law.</p> <p>Thankfully, there is another choice in this election: State Assembly Member Francisco Moya.</p> <p>I am proud to support Francisco for City Council. Not only have I known Francisco since he was a staffer in my Congressional office, but I have had the chance to watch him grow into a leader on countless issues in Albany.</p> <p>Where Hiram Monserrate's collusion set our progressive goals back, Francisco Moya moved them all the more forward. Francisco sponsored and championed the Dream Act, so that all New York students, regardless of immigration status, could have access to affordable higher education. He stood up to the real estate industry to secure needed affordable housing for our city. Most of all, he fought time and again for policies like paid family leave and $15 minimum wage that strengthen families and ensure that they have the resources to lead healthier, more prosperous lives.</p> <p>This is why countless unions, advocacy groups, and elected officials at all levels of government have joined me in supporting Francisco's candidacy. I know that they share my belief in Francisco's ability to bring his unparalleled leadership to City Hall, just as I know that they are deeply afraid of what Hiram Monserrate would do in that same Council seat.</p> <p>Let's be clear: Monserrate comes nowhere near Moya in terms of community supporters, positive accomplishments, or campaign funds raised. His electoral track record is even worse. Since 2010, Monserrate lost three straight elections and hasn't won a Democratic primary since 2005. In this sense, Moya has the clear advantage going into the September 12 vote, but nothing can be taken for granted.</p> <p>We shouldn't forget that many people wrote off Donald Trump. It was assumed that a thrice-married, fraud-tainted reality star with a trail of sexual assault accusations would never be president, and yet here we are. We must not be this complacent again in the face of a corrupt abuser like Hiram Monserrate with a criminal record looking to secure a prestigious job in city government.</p> <p>Electing Hiram Monserrate would send the message that it’s OK to steal taxpayer money. Electing Hiram Monserrate would send the message that abusing your partner is OK and can be explained away by a momentary lapse in judgement. This is deeply troubling, especially as so many struggle with the wounds of domestic abuse and sexual assault.</p> <p>After all, this is New York and the world is watching. Our city overwhelming rejected Trump and his politics of hate and abuse at the ballot box. Even today, we continue to send the message that our city is place of diversity, tolerance and equality. Will the voters of the 21st City Council District send the message that Hiram Monserrate doesn't reflect our values, as they did with Trump? I certainly hope so.</p> <p>***<br />Rep. Nydia Velázquez represents New York’s 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. On Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ReElectNydia" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@ReElectNydia</a>.</p> <p>

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The Week Ahead in New York Politics, May 11 2015-05-10T02:56:23+00:00 2015-05-10T02:56:23+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5717:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-may-11 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to look for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p><strong>SKELOS WATCH:</strong> The fallout from Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' arrest on federal corruption charges continues, with Skelos facing increased pressure to step down from his leadership post. The Legislature is back in session in Albany on Monday, it seems that it is only a matter of time before Skelos takes the path indicted Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took after his arrest: becoming a rank-and-file member of his body while a colleague ascends to the throne. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5710-dean-skelos-thwarted-reform-and-maintained-power-despite-the-odds" target="_blank">our in-depth look at how Skelos came to power and what he's done over the years to maintain it</a>]</p> <p>Meanwhile, there are only about <strong>five weeks left in the legislative session</strong> and for any real policy work to get done, the Senate leadership must be stabilized. There are a whole host of issues that lawmakers and advocates want to see action on, but in order for anything to really get done, it will come down to negotiations among Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and the leader of the Senate, whether it is Skelos or a replacement. Some of the <strong>key issues on the negotiating table</strong> include <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5702-quiet-early-in-new-phase-of-mayoral-control-debate-de-blasio-bloomberg" target="_blank">mayoral control</a> of New York City schools, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5716-tenant-advocates-seize-on-scandal-in-push-for-stronger-rent-laws" target="_blank">rent laws</a> and the 421-A tax break for real estate development, 'raise the age' and other <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5694-criminal-justice-reformers-look-to-impact-albany-as-legislators-return-to-session" target="_blank">criminal justice reforms</a>, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5709-even-amid-albany-dysfunction-advocates-forge-path-to-paid-family-leave" target="_blank">paid family leave</a>, the minimum wage, and more. It doesn't seem anything else will be done on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5696-with-another-llc-loophole-vote-coming-dwindling-optimism-about-any-campaign-finance-reform" target="_blank">the ethics reform front</a>, even though there is more and more <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5696-with-another-llc-loophole-vote-coming-dwindling-optimism-about-any-campaign-finance-reform" target="_blank">scrutiny on the LLC loophole</a> and the problems with the influence of campaign donations and donors. Gov. <strong>Cuomo is in a tough spot</strong>, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5713-amid-further-ethics-scandal-what-can-cuomo-do-now" target="_blank">the worse Albany looks the worse he looks</a>, and he also wants to get more legislation done before the end of session, but his hands are tied as the Senate deals with the upheaval of Skelos' arrest. The governor may just resort to doing <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5713-amid-further-ethics-scandal-what-can-cuomo-do-now" target="_blank">as much as he can</a> without the Legislature, as he's indicated with recent decisions to convene a wage board looking at the minimum wage for fast-food workers.</p> <p><strong>DE BLASIO TO DC</strong>: Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading back to Washington, DC this week. On Tuesday he'll unveil the <strong>"Progressive Agenda"</strong> that he and collaborators from around the country have put together. A liberal version of the 1994 Republican "Contract with America," it will focus on reducing inequality and creating opportunity. The mayor has argued that a national progressive movement can be extremely helpful to his work in New York. De Blasio will reportedly also head to California this week, where he will speak at his daughter's school, Santa Clara University.</p> <p>Meanwhile, it promises to be another busy week in the City of New York itself, with the City Council in action, many events and rallies around the city, and continued analysis of de Blasio's recently unveiled fiscal year 2016 Executive Budget leading up to the start of council hearings on the budget, which start May 18, and a final budget deal by the end of June.</p> <p>Public Advocate Letitia James is due back from Israel this week, she's been there on a nine-day visit.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - see our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday <a href="http://www.eleanorslegacy.com/spring-breakfast" target="_blank">morning</a>, Eleanor’s Legacy will host its Spring Breakfast honoring Congressional Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and featuring appearances from Congressional Reps. Nita Lowey, Grace Meng, Louise Slaughter, and Nydia Velazquez, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List.</p> <p>Mark-Viverito has a busy Monday: in addition to the Eleanor's Legacy event, the speaker will be&nbsp;speaking "at MOVE Systems Press Conference to Announce Food Cart Pilot Program" at City Hall; speaking at "Press Conference to Announce the Grand Marshals for the 2015 National Puerto Rican Day Parade; speaking "at New York City Council Jewish Heritage Event" at City Hall, and <a href="http://www.bronxnet.org/" target="_blank">appearing</a> "Live on BronxTalk" at 9 p.m.</p> <p>On Monday at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall,&nbsp;"workplace safety advocates will unveil the latest alarming findings from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health's "Price of Life: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in NYC...Advocates will call for: public agencies to stop awarding taxpayer dollars and public contracts to repeat safety offenders; prosecutors to use criminal statutes to go after contractors who violate safety regulations; increased resources for OSHA inspectors to spot problems before they become fatalities; and elected officials to keep a strong Scaffold Safety Law, which holds those who control construction sites responsible if they fail to provide proper safety equipment and a worker is injured or killed as a result."</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday, "Governor Cuomo Makes an Announcement Regarding the Enough is Enough Campaign" at FIT in Manhattan.</p> <p>At about 10:30 Monday morning, "The New York City Independent Budget Office will release a report...that examines the city's provision of mental health and discharge planning services in the jail system. The report specifically looks at these services in relation to the city meeting its obligations under the Brad H. court settlement and provides data on the number of inmates eligible for and receiving mental health and discharge planning services in 2009 and 2013. Details on city spending are also included."</p> <p>At 11 a.m. on Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer&nbsp;will hold a "Press Conference Kicking Off Shred It Events with AARP" at Union Settlement, 237 East 104th Street. On Monday evening, Stringer will "Holds a Town Hall at Big Six Towers" in Woodside.</p> <p>"On Monday, Mayor de Blasio will visit Corona Family Residence, a homeless facility in Queens...After the visit, the Mayor will hold a media availability to make an announcement related to homelessness" at about 1:30 p.m., according to his public schedule.</p> <p>On Monday at 2 p.m. at City Hall,&nbsp;"leading housing coalitions and labor leaders to announce massive mobilization for stronger rent laws," specifically a march on Thursday "to demand laws that can keep NYC affordable for working people."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include&nbsp;"the Committee on Housing and Buildings will hold a hearing on Introduction 222-2014, in relation to amending the obligation of owners to provide notice to their tenants for service interruptions, and Introduction 592-2014, in relation to preservation of hotels. The Committee on Housing and Buildings will also hold an oversight hearing on construction safety.</p> <p>"The Committee on Environmental Protection will hold a hearing on Introduction 240-2014, in relation to filing semiannual reports on catch basin cleanup and maintenance, and Resolution 549-2015 calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto the application by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC to construct the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas terminal off the coast of New York.</p> <p>"The Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Governmental Operations will hold a joint hearing on Introduction 251-2014, in relation to the collection of demographic data regarding numerous Asian Pacific American sub-demographic groups, Introduction 551-2014, in relation to requiring city agencies to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification where racial identification is required, Introduction 552-2014, in relation to collecting and reporting data related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and Resolution 472-2014 calling on the state and federal governments to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification in all instances where racial identification is required."</p> <p>On Monday, the state Legislature is in session in Albany.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, “Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Tish James, the New York City Council Jewish Caucus, and members of the New York City Council cordially invite you to a Jewish Heritage Month Celebration, featuring special guest speaker Dr. Ruth Westheimer.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-board-meeting-2-4-3/?instance_id=800" target="_blank">evening</a>, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Board Meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/762574073862914/" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit (CAU), in collaboration with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &amp; Transgender Community Center, will host an LGBT City Agencies and Community Meet &amp; Greet: “Meet and connect with all of New York City's LGBT focused agency representatives and learn about all the services and resources city agencies have to offer to the LGBT community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://www.nypressclub.org/index.php" target="_blank">6:30 p.m.</a> Monday, the New York Press Club will host the panel event, “The Investigators,” where a “panel of investigative reporters will discuss the state of their art in contemporary New York, joined by the City's new Investigations Commissioner, Mark G. Peters.” Panelists will include Greg Smith of New York Daily News, William Rashbaum and Michael Schwirtz of The New York Times, and Murray Weiss of DNAinfo.com New York, and the panel will be moderated by Tom Robbins.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/ah_2015.htm" target="_blank">evening</a> at 6:30 p.m., the Manhattan Institute will hold its Fifteenth Annual Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, honoring Senior Fellow at Manhattan Institute and Co-Author of 'Broken Windows Policing,' George Kelling, and Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, Eva Moskowitz, “for Their Dedication to Increasing Safety and Opportunity in New York...The Alexander Hamilton Award was created to honor those individuals helping to foster the revitalization of our nation’s cities.”</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Mayor de Blasio will be in Washington, DC on Tuesday: <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/bill-de-blasio-nyc-contract-with-america-new-york-117676.html#ixzz3ZhdsGkqY" target="_blank">according to</a> POLITICO, early in the day he'll appear at a Roosevelt Institute event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others, and then he&nbsp;"will hold a 3 p.m. news conference outside the U.S. Capitol with labor leaders, Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists to unveil his "Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.""</p> <p>From the mayor's office:&nbsp;"On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio will travel to Washington, D.C. to unveil The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality. There will be two events. In the morning, the Mayor will deliver remarks at the National Press Club. This event, hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, will also feature Nobel Prize winning economist and professor Joseph Stiglitz and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. In the afternoon, the Mayor will make an announcement at the House Triangle near the U.S. Capitol Building steps."</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventViewer.aspx?EventID=170" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Association for a Better New York will host a “breakfast with Scott Rechler,” who will "provide a regional perspective for addressing New York's competitive challenges and opportunities. He will also outline reforms underway at the Port Authority as well as priorities and goals for the Port Authority and for the region going forward.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-cabinet-meeting-2-2-3/?instance_id=798" target="_blank">9:30 a.m</a>. Tuesday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Cabinet Meeting.</p> <p>Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397354&amp;GUID=78F37BCD-63B5-457D-BD6D-3F54CE73EE9F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">joint hearing</a> of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, the Committee on Public Safety, the Committee on Courts and Legal Services, and the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services to “examine New York City’s action plan” on behavioral health and the criminal justice system.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the state Legislature is in session in Albany.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio "will be joined by a bipartisan coalition of mayors from around the country for meetings with Congressional leadership to call for a six-year transportation authorization that significantly increases federal transportation investments. Wednesday afternoon, the mayors will hold a press conference at the U.S. Capitol. Additional details regarding Mayor de Blasio's schedule while in Washington will be released as they become available." Later on Wednesday, "Mayor de Blasio will travel to Santa Clara, California."</p> <p>"Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced Brooklyn Job Fair 2015, an opportunity for Brooklynites to come to Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday, May 13th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and apply for positions at some of New York City's major businesses. This networking event is being co-hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and is part of a sustained effort by Borough President Adams to advance hiring of local residents through the borough. According to statistics by the New York State Department of Labor, Brooklyn's unemployment rate in March 2015 was 6.7%, a higher number than that of the city and the state."</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday, City and State, in collaboration with the Bronx Borough President’s Office, will host an <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VUypLNNVikq" target="_blank">event</a> in celebration of its first ever Bronx Special Issue publication: “City &amp; State will publish our first ever special issue covering everything Bronx. This special print edition will feature comprehensive coverage of major issues and industries in the Bronx, perspectives from every Bronx elected official and much more! This print edition will be launched City &amp; State’s first ever Bronx-based event that will correspond with Bronx week.” Attendees will include Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., SOMOS Chair and Bronx Democratic Party Chair Marcos Crespo, State Senator Jeff Klein, and Kyle Kimball, President of the New York City Economic Development.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">noon</a> Wednesday, the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development will meet for a hearing on “Bridging the Employment Gap.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The state Legislature is due to be in session on Wednesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.cooper.edu/events-and-exhibitions/events/zephyr-teachout-monopoly-moment-new-anti-trust-paradox" target="_blank">evening</a>, Cooper Union will host "The Monopoly Moment: The New Anti-Trust Paradox" featuring Fordham Law professor and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/identifying-contracting-opportunities-at-cuny-nys-and-the-us-federal-government-for-veteran-owned-tickets-15919056326" target="_blank">evening</a>, Vets GSA in partnership with CUNY and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will host “a workshop and seminar that will be focusing on identifying contracting opportunities for New York State and the US Federal Government for Veteran Owned Businesses...This session will provide information for Services Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran Owned Small Business to make them award or the multitude of open source business development intelligence websites that can be used to assist in the increasing the businesses ability to assess competition and identify and bid on viable opportunities.”</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Thursday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Senate Standing Committee on Codes, the Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection, and the Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, will hold a joint hearing regarding “Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2271080&amp;GUID=C51CF8CD-5791-4138-AF95-BA337B9142BD&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Finance “concerning amendments to the District Plan of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District” and a full-body Stated Meeting at 1:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://actionnetwork.org/events/march-to-savenyc-stronger-rent-laws-now" target="_blank">5:00 p.m.</a> Thursday, New York Communities for Change, Real Rent Reform Campaign, and Alliance for Tenant Power will host “Rally to Save NYC..Landlords and developers are taking our neighborhoods away from us. The affordable housing crisis and gentrification have brought millions of New Yorkers to a breaking point. If we don’t win stronger rent laws in June, our city will be lost. This is our last chance to hold onto the place we call home.” There <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1427067027598490/" target="_blank">will be</a> a rally in Foley Square, followed by a march.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday evening, Manhattan BP Brewer&nbsp;will speak "at American Planning Association panel discussion on 421-a and rent stabilization, Rudin Family Forum at the Puck Building."</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday <a href="http://www.manhattan-institute.org/events/cmp_05-15-15.htm" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research will host “New York’s Next Health Care Revolution: How Employers Can Help Empower Patients and Consumers...In a just-released collection of essays published by the Manhattan Institute, a group of leading experts offer a clear diagnosis of New York’s health care ills, as well as a menu of concise, actionable reforms that employers and policymakers can use to make the Empire State’s health care system truly patient-and consumer-centered.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday <a href="http://files.ctctcdn.com/94e27db1401/e58045fc-9536-45b2-827d-f5601badb114.pdf" target="_blank">morning</a>, Brooklyn BP Adams, in coordination with The Youth Council on Community Engagement, will host “Youth Participation on Community Boards Boot Camp...Brooklyn’s youth ages 16 – 25 and those who work with youth are invited to learn about civic engagement and how their local community board addresses the issues in their neighborhood.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#1" target="_blank">evening</a>, Lea DeLaria (of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) and the Empire State Pride Agenda will host its Spring Dinner at Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center: “The Empire State Pride Agenda is New York’s statewide civil rights and advocacy group dedicated to winning equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families.” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will provide the evening’s keynote.</p> <p>Also Saturday evening, City Council Member Jumaane Williams and supporters will host a 39th birthday celebration/fundraiser for Williams: “Join us as we celebrate one of the most progressive and visionary public servants representing New York City communities today. Help fundraise to support the future of Brooklyn's rising star in government and invest in OUR future!”</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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The Legislature is back in session in Albany on Monday, it seems that it is only a matter of time before Skelos takes the path indicted Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took after his arrest: becoming a rank-and-file member of his body while a colleague ascends to the throne. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5710-dean-skelos-thwarted-reform-and-maintained-power-despite-the-odds" target="_blank">our in-depth look at how Skelos came to power and what he's done over the years to maintain it</a>]</p> <p>Meanwhile, there are only about <strong>five weeks left in the legislative session</strong> and for any real policy work to get done, the Senate leadership must be stabilized. There are a whole host of issues that lawmakers and advocates want to see action on, but in order for anything to really get done, it will come down to negotiations among Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and the leader of the Senate, whether it is Skelos or a replacement. Some of the <strong>key issues on the negotiating table</strong> include <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5702-quiet-early-in-new-phase-of-mayoral-control-debate-de-blasio-bloomberg" target="_blank">mayoral control</a> of New York City schools, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5716-tenant-advocates-seize-on-scandal-in-push-for-stronger-rent-laws" target="_blank">rent laws</a> and the 421-A tax break for real estate development, 'raise the age' and other <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5694-criminal-justice-reformers-look-to-impact-albany-as-legislators-return-to-session" target="_blank">criminal justice reforms</a>, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5709-even-amid-albany-dysfunction-advocates-forge-path-to-paid-family-leave" target="_blank">paid family leave</a>, the minimum wage, and more. It doesn't seem anything else will be done on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5696-with-another-llc-loophole-vote-coming-dwindling-optimism-about-any-campaign-finance-reform" target="_blank">the ethics reform front</a>, even though there is more and more <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5696-with-another-llc-loophole-vote-coming-dwindling-optimism-about-any-campaign-finance-reform" target="_blank">scrutiny on the LLC loophole</a> and the problems with the influence of campaign donations and donors. Gov. <strong>Cuomo is in a tough spot</strong>, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5713-amid-further-ethics-scandal-what-can-cuomo-do-now" target="_blank">the worse Albany looks the worse he looks</a>, and he also wants to get more legislation done before the end of session, but his hands are tied as the Senate deals with the upheaval of Skelos' arrest. The governor may just resort to doing <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5713-amid-further-ethics-scandal-what-can-cuomo-do-now" target="_blank">as much as he can</a> without the Legislature, as he's indicated with recent decisions to convene a wage board looking at the minimum wage for fast-food workers.</p> <p><strong>DE BLASIO TO DC</strong>: Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading back to Washington, DC this week. On Tuesday he'll unveil the <strong>"Progressive Agenda"</strong> that he and collaborators from around the country have put together. A liberal version of the 1994 Republican "Contract with America," it will focus on reducing inequality and creating opportunity. The mayor has argued that a national progressive movement can be extremely helpful to his work in New York. De Blasio will reportedly also head to California this week, where he will speak at his daughter's school, Santa Clara University.</p> <p>Meanwhile, it promises to be another busy week in the City of New York itself, with the City Council in action, many events and rallies around the city, and continued analysis of de Blasio's recently unveiled fiscal year 2016 Executive Budget leading up to the start of council hearings on the budget, which start May 18, and a final budget deal by the end of June.</p> <p>Public Advocate Letitia James is due back from Israel this week, she's been there on a nine-day visit.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - see our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday <a href="http://www.eleanorslegacy.com/spring-breakfast" target="_blank">morning</a>, Eleanor’s Legacy will host its Spring Breakfast honoring Congressional Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and featuring appearances from Congressional Reps. Nita Lowey, Grace Meng, Louise Slaughter, and Nydia Velazquez, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List.</p> <p>Mark-Viverito has a busy Monday: in addition to the Eleanor's Legacy event, the speaker will be&nbsp;speaking "at MOVE Systems Press Conference to Announce Food Cart Pilot Program" at City Hall; speaking at "Press Conference to Announce the Grand Marshals for the 2015 National Puerto Rican Day Parade; speaking "at New York City Council Jewish Heritage Event" at City Hall, and <a href="http://www.bronxnet.org/" target="_blank">appearing</a> "Live on BronxTalk" at 9 p.m.</p> <p>On Monday at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall,&nbsp;"workplace safety advocates will unveil the latest alarming findings from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health's "Price of Life: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in NYC...Advocates will call for: public agencies to stop awarding taxpayer dollars and public contracts to repeat safety offenders; prosecutors to use criminal statutes to go after contractors who violate safety regulations; increased resources for OSHA inspectors to spot problems before they become fatalities; and elected officials to keep a strong Scaffold Safety Law, which holds those who control construction sites responsible if they fail to provide proper safety equipment and a worker is injured or killed as a result."</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday, "Governor Cuomo Makes an Announcement Regarding the Enough is Enough Campaign" at FIT in Manhattan.</p> <p>At about 10:30 Monday morning, "The New York City Independent Budget Office will release a report...that examines the city's provision of mental health and discharge planning services in the jail system. The report specifically looks at these services in relation to the city meeting its obligations under the Brad H. court settlement and provides data on the number of inmates eligible for and receiving mental health and discharge planning services in 2009 and 2013. Details on city spending are also included."</p> <p>At 11 a.m. on Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer&nbsp;will hold a "Press Conference Kicking Off Shred It Events with AARP" at Union Settlement, 237 East 104th Street. On Monday evening, Stringer will "Holds a Town Hall at Big Six Towers" in Woodside.</p> <p>"On Monday, Mayor de Blasio will visit Corona Family Residence, a homeless facility in Queens...After the visit, the Mayor will hold a media availability to make an announcement related to homelessness" at about 1:30 p.m., according to his public schedule.</p> <p>On Monday at 2 p.m. at City Hall,&nbsp;"leading housing coalitions and labor leaders to announce massive mobilization for stronger rent laws," specifically a march on Thursday "to demand laws that can keep NYC affordable for working people."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include&nbsp;"the Committee on Housing and Buildings will hold a hearing on Introduction 222-2014, in relation to amending the obligation of owners to provide notice to their tenants for service interruptions, and Introduction 592-2014, in relation to preservation of hotels. The Committee on Housing and Buildings will also hold an oversight hearing on construction safety.</p> <p>"The Committee on Environmental Protection will hold a hearing on Introduction 240-2014, in relation to filing semiannual reports on catch basin cleanup and maintenance, and Resolution 549-2015 calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto the application by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC to construct the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas terminal off the coast of New York.</p> <p>"The Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Governmental Operations will hold a joint hearing on Introduction 251-2014, in relation to the collection of demographic data regarding numerous Asian Pacific American sub-demographic groups, Introduction 551-2014, in relation to requiring city agencies to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification where racial identification is required, Introduction 552-2014, in relation to collecting and reporting data related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and Resolution 472-2014 calling on the state and federal governments to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification in all instances where racial identification is required."</p> <p>On Monday, the state Legislature is in session in Albany.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, “Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Tish James, the New York City Council Jewish Caucus, and members of the New York City Council cordially invite you to a Jewish Heritage Month Celebration, featuring special guest speaker Dr. Ruth Westheimer.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-board-meeting-2-4-3/?instance_id=800" target="_blank">evening</a>, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Board Meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/762574073862914/" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit (CAU), in collaboration with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &amp; Transgender Community Center, will host an LGBT City Agencies and Community Meet &amp; Greet: “Meet and connect with all of New York City's LGBT focused agency representatives and learn about all the services and resources city agencies have to offer to the LGBT community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://www.nypressclub.org/index.php" target="_blank">6:30 p.m.</a> Monday, the New York Press Club will host the panel event, “The Investigators,” where a “panel of investigative reporters will discuss the state of their art in contemporary New York, joined by the City's new Investigations Commissioner, Mark G. Peters.” Panelists will include Greg Smith of New York Daily News, William Rashbaum and Michael Schwirtz of The New York Times, and Murray Weiss of DNAinfo.com New York, and the panel will be moderated by Tom Robbins.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/ah_2015.htm" target="_blank">evening</a> at 6:30 p.m., the Manhattan Institute will hold its Fifteenth Annual Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, honoring Senior Fellow at Manhattan Institute and Co-Author of 'Broken Windows Policing,' George Kelling, and Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, Eva Moskowitz, “for Their Dedication to Increasing Safety and Opportunity in New York...The Alexander Hamilton Award was created to honor those individuals helping to foster the revitalization of our nation’s cities.”</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Mayor de Blasio will be in Washington, DC on Tuesday: <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/bill-de-blasio-nyc-contract-with-america-new-york-117676.html#ixzz3ZhdsGkqY" target="_blank">according to</a> POLITICO, early in the day he'll appear at a Roosevelt Institute event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others, and then he&nbsp;"will hold a 3 p.m. news conference outside the U.S. Capitol with labor leaders, Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists to unveil his "Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.""</p> <p>From the mayor's office:&nbsp;"On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio will travel to Washington, D.C. to unveil The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality. There will be two events. In the morning, the Mayor will deliver remarks at the National Press Club. This event, hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, will also feature Nobel Prize winning economist and professor Joseph Stiglitz and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. In the afternoon, the Mayor will make an announcement at the House Triangle near the U.S. Capitol Building steps."</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventViewer.aspx?EventID=170" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Association for a Better New York will host a “breakfast with Scott Rechler,” who will "provide a regional perspective for addressing New York's competitive challenges and opportunities. He will also outline reforms underway at the Port Authority as well as priorities and goals for the Port Authority and for the region going forward.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-cabinet-meeting-2-2-3/?instance_id=798" target="_blank">9:30 a.m</a>. Tuesday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Cabinet Meeting.</p> <p>Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397354&amp;GUID=78F37BCD-63B5-457D-BD6D-3F54CE73EE9F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">joint hearing</a> of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, the Committee on Public Safety, the Committee on Courts and Legal Services, and the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services to “examine New York City’s action plan” on behavioral health and the criminal justice system.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the state Legislature is in session in Albany.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio "will be joined by a bipartisan coalition of mayors from around the country for meetings with Congressional leadership to call for a six-year transportation authorization that significantly increases federal transportation investments. Wednesday afternoon, the mayors will hold a press conference at the U.S. Capitol. Additional details regarding Mayor de Blasio's schedule while in Washington will be released as they become available." Later on Wednesday, "Mayor de Blasio will travel to Santa Clara, California."</p> <p>"Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced Brooklyn Job Fair 2015, an opportunity for Brooklynites to come to Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday, May 13th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and apply for positions at some of New York City's major businesses. This networking event is being co-hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and is part of a sustained effort by Borough President Adams to advance hiring of local residents through the borough. According to statistics by the New York State Department of Labor, Brooklyn's unemployment rate in March 2015 was 6.7%, a higher number than that of the city and the state."</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday, City and State, in collaboration with the Bronx Borough President’s Office, will host an <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VUypLNNVikq" target="_blank">event</a> in celebration of its first ever Bronx Special Issue publication: “City &amp; State will publish our first ever special issue covering everything Bronx. This special print edition will feature comprehensive coverage of major issues and industries in the Bronx, perspectives from every Bronx elected official and much more! This print edition will be launched City &amp; State’s first ever Bronx-based event that will correspond with Bronx week.” Attendees will include Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., SOMOS Chair and Bronx Democratic Party Chair Marcos Crespo, State Senator Jeff Klein, and Kyle Kimball, President of the New York City Economic Development.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">noon</a> Wednesday, the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development will meet for a hearing on “Bridging the Employment Gap.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The state Legislature is due to be in session on Wednesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.cooper.edu/events-and-exhibitions/events/zephyr-teachout-monopoly-moment-new-anti-trust-paradox" target="_blank">evening</a>, Cooper Union will host "The Monopoly Moment: The New Anti-Trust Paradox" featuring Fordham Law professor and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/identifying-contracting-opportunities-at-cuny-nys-and-the-us-federal-government-for-veteran-owned-tickets-15919056326" target="_blank">evening</a>, Vets GSA in partnership with CUNY and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will host “a workshop and seminar that will be focusing on identifying contracting opportunities for New York State and the US Federal Government for Veteran Owned Businesses...This session will provide information for Services Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran Owned Small Business to make them award or the multitude of open source business development intelligence websites that can be used to assist in the increasing the businesses ability to assess competition and identify and bid on viable opportunities.”</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Thursday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Senate Standing Committee on Codes, the Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection, and the Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, will hold a joint hearing regarding “Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2271080&amp;GUID=C51CF8CD-5791-4138-AF95-BA337B9142BD&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Finance “concerning amendments to the District Plan of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District” and a full-body Stated Meeting at 1:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://actionnetwork.org/events/march-to-savenyc-stronger-rent-laws-now" target="_blank">5:00 p.m.</a> Thursday, New York Communities for Change, Real Rent Reform Campaign, and Alliance for Tenant Power will host “Rally to Save NYC..Landlords and developers are taking our neighborhoods away from us. The affordable housing crisis and gentrification have brought millions of New Yorkers to a breaking point. If we don’t win stronger rent laws in June, our city will be lost. This is our last chance to hold onto the place we call home.” There <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1427067027598490/" target="_blank">will be</a> a rally in Foley Square, followed by a march.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday evening, Manhattan BP Brewer&nbsp;will speak "at American Planning Association panel discussion on 421-a and rent stabilization, Rudin Family Forum at the Puck Building."</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday <a href="http://www.manhattan-institute.org/events/cmp_05-15-15.htm" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research will host “New York’s Next Health Care Revolution: How Employers Can Help Empower Patients and Consumers...In a just-released collection of essays published by the Manhattan Institute, a group of leading experts offer a clear diagnosis of New York’s health care ills, as well as a menu of concise, actionable reforms that employers and policymakers can use to make the Empire State’s health care system truly patient-and consumer-centered.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday <a href="http://files.ctctcdn.com/94e27db1401/e58045fc-9536-45b2-827d-f5601badb114.pdf" target="_blank">morning</a>, Brooklyn BP Adams, in coordination with The Youth Council on Community Engagement, will host “Youth Participation on Community Boards Boot Camp...Brooklyn’s youth ages 16 – 25 and those who work with youth are invited to learn about civic engagement and how their local community board addresses the issues in their neighborhood.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#1" target="_blank">evening</a>, Lea DeLaria (of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) and the Empire State Pride Agenda will host its Spring Dinner at Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center: “The Empire State Pride Agenda is New York’s statewide civil rights and advocacy group dedicated to winning equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families.” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will provide the evening’s keynote.</p> <p>Also Saturday evening, City Council Member Jumaane Williams and supporters will host a 39th birthday celebration/fundraiser for Williams: “Join us as we celebrate one of the most progressive and visionary public servants representing New York City communities today. Help fundraise to support the future of Brooklyn's rising star in government and invest in OUR future!”</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? E-mail Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max any time:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>&nbsp;(please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).</p> <p>***<br />by Shannon Ho, Marco Poggio, and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, March 23 2015-03-20T15:41:48+00:00 2015-03-20T15:41:48+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5644:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-march-23 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>We're getting close to the state budget deadline of April 1. This week will be full of both private negotiations and public sessions in Albany, where lawmakers attempt to come to a budget deal while showing <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5636-three-different-budgets-with-two-weeks-to-go" target="_blank">significantly divergent takes</a> on key issues - as well as central mechanisms related to the budget and policy. Governor Andrew Cuomo has jammed quite a bit of policy into <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5636-three-different-budgets-with-two-weeks-to-go" target="_blank">his budget</a>, attaching initiatives to appropriations in an attempt to strong-arm the Legislature into agreeing to his policy demands. This is especially true around <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5634-schneiderman-unveils-ethics-plan-to-cure-the-disease" target="_blank">ethics</a> and educaiton reforms, but Cuomo has also used creative tactics to push compromise, tying an education tax credit favored by Republicans to <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5628-separating-fact-from-fiction-on-the-dream-act-choi" target="_blank">the DREAM Act</a>, which is favored by Democrats, for example. The Legislature is in session Monday through Thursday again this week.</p> <p>Meanwhile, New York City officials await decisions in Albany (while also <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5600-in-albany-de-blasio-critiques-cuomos-budget-defines-citys-needs" target="_blank">trying to affect those decisions</a>, of course) and carry on their own budget work. The City Council will wrap up its month of preliminary budget hearings this week and then formulate a formal response to the mayor, who will then issue his Executive Budget in April, leading to another round of council hearings and a final budget deal by July 1. The City is eagerly awaiting word from Albany on things like funding for schools, homelessness prevention, public housing, and much more.</p> <p>De Blasio is in Boston on Sunday and Monday, participating in the&nbsp;U.S. Conference of Mayors Cities of Opportunity Task Force Summit; on Monday,&nbsp;"there will be a press conference on transportation issues at 12:30pm" at Faneuil Hall;&nbsp;he'll return to New York City on Monday evening. De Blasio was in Albany on Saturday for the Somos el Futuro Conference, where he reiterated <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/US%20Conference%20of%20Mayors%20Cities%20of%20Opportunity%20Task%20Force%20Summit" target="_blank">his push</a> for full education funding from the State and other top priorities, and received&nbsp;"the Champion for Latinos Award at the dinner gala."</p> <p>And the whole week builds to the annual Inner Circle Show this Friday (dress rehearsal) and Saturday, at which the press will roast the mayor, and vice versa.</p> <p>There's plenty happening this week. See our day-by-day rundown below for more.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday morning, schools&nbsp;Chancellor Carmen Fariña will visit a "CTE program to make an announcement" at the Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Queens.</p> <p>Comptroller Scott Stringer's only public event scheduled for Monday is an 8:15 a.m. appearance&nbsp;on "Buen Día New York," WADO 1280 AM.</p> <p>Also Monday <a href="http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6a3c6f6168c3f1dbf2e16c506&amp;id=5eb213f604&amp;e=c69e0ca980" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association will host a breakfast with United States Senator Charles Schumer at Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s headquarters.</p> <p>At 10:30 Monday morning,&nbsp;Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer "will issue a report, Small Business, Big Impact: Expanding Opportunity for Manhattan's Storefronters, with case studies and policy recommendations to help small businesses grow and thrive in New York City." At The Halal Guys on the Upper West Side, Brewer will be joined by Robert Cornegy, Chair, New York City Council Small Business Committee; The Halal Guys co-founders Muhammed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed; and Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director, BetaNYC. The report's recommendations include "Take the pressure off lease renewals"; "Overhaul regulations and city policies governing street vending" and "Help established, successful small businesses threatened by rent increases by encouraging "condo-ization" of storefront space." [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5621-as-city-eases-burdens-access-to-capital-rising-rents-remain-issues-for-small-businesses" target="_blank">our recent report on key issues facing small business in New York City and the City's new efforts to help ease regulatory burdens</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday’s Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, three of the five borough presidents will appear together: “Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams talk about borough and city-wide issues facing Queens, Brooklyn and Bronx residents.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at 10 a.m. at City Hall, preceding the relevant City Council preliminary budget hearing, "hundreds of New York City seniors and service providers were invited to descend upon City Hall's Council Chambers and make their voices heard at the Department for the Aging budget hearing to advocate for $33 million in critical funding for senior services."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. on Monday at City Hall, Rep. Nydia Velázquez and other local leaders will release a report on how the Republican congressional budget would impact New York City: “From transportation, to housing, to health and human services, New York would be acutely affected by proposed cuts,” says a media advisory on the event.</p> <p>At noon at City Hall, there will be a "Rally for action by Earth Day on plastic bag reduction bill" hosted by Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin, who sponsor the relevant bill, and Council Member and Sanitation Committee Chair Antonio Reynoso, as well as other elected officials: "The bill (Int. 209) will reduce disposable bag use by requiring retail and grocery stores to charge 10 cents per single-use plastic or paper bag. Supporters of the bill turned out in large numbers at a public hearing before the Council's Sanitation Committee last fall, and will rally again for its passage by Earth Day (April 22)."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule consists of two preliminary budget hearings: a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385763&amp;GUID=BD5E9A55-8C53-466C-B096-D1BFF8461AF1&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Aging jointly with the Subcommittee on Senior Centers; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385724&amp;GUID=227EDE37-9441-425B-BE67-09E3AA150B14&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Health.</p> <p dir="ltr">CUNY Journalism School's brown bag lunch series continues on Monday <a href="http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/events/brown-bag-speaker-event-investigative-edition/" target="_blank">with a conversation</a> between Errol Louis and Tom Robbins, both journalists and CUNY J-school professors. "Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will discuss his recent piece on the brutal beatings of former Attica Prison inmate George Williams...Errol Louis, director of the Urban Reporting Program and host of NY1's Inside City Hall, will pick Robbins' brain on the work that went into the nine-month project, as well as the larger issues of prison violence that it illuminated."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 2 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;outside FDNY headquarters at MetroTech Center, Brooklyn BP Adams "will announce a borough-wide fire safety education campaign, following a fatal fire Saturday in Midwood that claimed the lives of seven siblings, aged five to 16, from the Sassoon family. His effort will include multilingual outreach and the distribution of free smoke detectors...Adams will call for the creation of a burn center in Brooklyn...Adams will be joined by local elected officials and Jewish leaders."</p> <p dir="ltr">Also&nbsp;<a href="https://my.citizenactionny.org/civicrm/event/register?id=475" target="_blank">Monday</a>, in Albany, Citizen Action of New York will hold Moral Monday to Raise the Wage: “Nearly 3 million workers – 37% of New York’s workforce – earn less than $15 an hour. Thirty-six percent of adults earn less than $15 an hour; 41% women earn less than $15 an hour, and 28% of workers with at least some college education earn less than $15 an hour. A full-time worker earning $9 an hour will bring home just $18,720 per year – still below the federal poverty line for a family of three. Under the Self-Sufficiency Standard guidelines, a more accurate measure of the cost of living in New York, the hourly wage that 2 full-time workers must each earn to meet basic budget needs ranges from $13.40 in Schenectady County, to $16.15 in New York City, to $20.73 in Suffolk County.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at <a href="http://gaming.ny.gov/pdf/03.18.15.GCMeetingNotice.pdf" target="_blank">noon</a>, there will be meeting of the New York State Gaming Commission at the New York State Department of Labor.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/23/corporations-authorities-and-commissions-meeting" target="_blank">afternoon</a> in Albany, the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions will hold a hearing to consider several pieces of legislation.</p> <p>Monday <a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/vincent_gentil_daniel_donovan.html" target="_blank">evening</a>, “The Middle Class Action Project will host a candidates forum with Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan and Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile to discuss economic issues facing the middle class,” according to the Staten Island Advance.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=ELE032415&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank">morning</a>, the New York Bar Association will host Campaign Finance: The Current State of Affairs and Where We Go From Here: “Since the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United, campaign finance law has moved at a rapid pace, leading the way for the creation of various entities that facilitate the injection of billions of dollars into elections. And Congress just increased the power of political party committees by significantly increasing applicable campaign finance limits. This program will consist of three panels composed of top-tier campaign finance law experts, regulators, reporters and political consultants.” Panelists will include Nicholas Confessore from The New York Times; Dave Levinthal from the Center for Public Integrity; Eric Friedman from NYC Campaign Finance Board; Bill Hyers from Hilltop Public Solutions; Fritz Schwarz, Jr. from the Brennan Center; Douglas Kellner from the NYS Board of Elections; and Jerry Goldfeder from Stroock &amp; Stroock &amp; Lavan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include&nbsp;a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385765&amp;GUID=E7600B96-680A-46E7-BC58-6ACCFADDEF6F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services for a preliminary budget hearing; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387010&amp;GUID=29E5350F-4E34-4E21-B6AD-F913E0A3708F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Zoning and Franchises to review proposed Land Use Applications; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387012&amp;GUID=D86ABDD6-CD52-4235-84B8-78322F2B5B9D&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions to review land use applications.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/environmental-conservation" target="_blank">morning</a> in Albany, the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation will hold a hearing to consider a variety of bills to amend the environmental conservation law; <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/transportation-meeting" target="_blank">the Senate</a>&nbsp;Standing Committee on Transportation will meet to consider several bills amending the highway law and the vehicle and traffic law; <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/judiciary-meeting" target="_blank">the Senate</a>&nbsp;Standing Committee on Judiciary will meet to discuss the reappointments of several judges at the New York Court of Claims; and in the <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/codes-meeting" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, the Senate Standing Committee on Codes will meet to discuss a series of act to amend the civil rights law and the penal law.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaomsfdf2f42506f&amp;oseq=&amp;c=&amp;ch=" target="_blank">evening</a>, the YWCA will host its Women's History Month Reception 2015. The theme of this year's series of events is Leadership and Generosity: A Call to Action; and as it culminates on Tuesday, the YWCA is <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5631-after-making-history-james-seeks-change" target="_blank">honoring Public Advocate Letitia James</a> as "YW Woman of the Year" for her hard work toward gender and racial equity for women and girls. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5631-after-making-history-james-seeks-change" target="_blank">our new profile of PA James as a recent history-maker, the first woman of color elected to city-wide office</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday evening, City Council Member Andy King and his staff will be hosting one in a series of Constituent Services Nights in different NYCHA housing developments. The program will include resources and solutions for housing, food stamps, immigration, Access-A-Ride and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-space-new-ideas-for-civic-life-tickets-16040805481" target="_blank">evening</a>, Parsons DESIS Lab and Lower Manhattan HQ will host Public Space: New Ideas for Civic Life: “New York City has an abundance of public spaces rich in culture and design, from Central Park to the New York Public Library. However, despite these places’ role as the physical center of civic life, digital platforms have emerged as the preferred way for government to engage the public. How can we revitalize public spaces as places to enhance civic life and public participation in government?” Speakers will include Mary Rowe of&nbsp;Municipal Arts Society&nbsp;and Victoria Milne of the city's&nbsp;Department of Design and Construction.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday <a href="https://sipa.columbia.edu/experience-sipa/events/public-policy-challenges-womens-empowerment-in-new-york-city" target="_blank">evening</a>, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs presents Public Policy Challenges: Women’s Empowerment in NYC: “Come learn from and engage with leading practitioners on New York law, policy, and services related to violence against women.” The panel will include Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of the New York Women's Foundation; Rose Pierre-Louis, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence; and Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>Wednesday’s City Council schedule will include two preliminary budget hearings: a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=386665&amp;GUID=0791D02E-BA44-4E3B-96D8-D0BAAD5BF30D&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Education and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385766&amp;GUID=6C600A3D-FE2C-4DB4-801B-510A3E846734&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/25/social-services-meeting" target="_blank">morning</a> in Albany, the Senate Standing Committee on Social Services will meet to discuss a variety of potential amendments to the social services law.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday at noon, the New York State Bar Association will host Human Trafficking in New York State: Legal Issues and Advocating for the Victim, “to educate attorneys across the country on how to identify potential victims of human trafficking.” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5538-new-york-must-strengthen-sex-trafficking-laws-manhattan-da-cy-vance" target="_blank">Manhattan DA Cy Vance's recent op-ed on the need to strengthen sex trafficking laws in New York</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday evening, the city's Panel on Educational Policy (PEP) will host a public meeting at Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday, at <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digitalnyc-five-borough-tour-queens-tickets-15204438886" target="_blank">6:30 p.m</a>., the Digital NYC Five Borough Tour will hit Queens. Panelists will include Kristin Hodgson, Communications Director at Meetup, and Jukay Hsu, Founder of Coalition for Queens.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Thursday morning at Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, “All alumni are invited to join us for the inaugural interview session and breakfast for the new Oral Archive on Governance in New York City: The Bloomberg Years” featuring Howard Wolfson, former Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385771&amp;GUID=70960B71-4200-4630-8E35-006D6DB7B72A&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Public Housing for a preliminary budget hearing; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385769&amp;GUID=4BF26D8C-3072-40F3-8EF8-4FF3B44EB540&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">joint meeting</a> of the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Economic Development for a preliminary budget hearing; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387013&amp;GUID=FD998D40-A475-47DA-B8A5-E1787EE801FA&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use to review all items reported out of the Subcommittee hearings.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-lead-evening-of-politics-and-power-tickets-15996007489?aff=efbeventhttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-lead-evening-of-politics-and-power-tickets-15996007489?aff=efbevent" target="_blank">evening</a>, “Join us at Civic Hall – the new beautiful co-working space for civic tech and VRL’s new NY home! – for an evening of workshops and an engaging panel of women leaders.” The event is hosted by VoteRunLead, Veracity Media, Civic Hall, Republican Majority for Choice, Women's Information Network NYC (WIN NYC), She Should Run, Emerge America, Rising Stars and Greater NYC for Change.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at <a href="https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea9bntf9b8933a9b&amp;oseq=&amp;c=&amp;ch=" target="_blank">5:30 p.m.</a>, CUNY Institute for Educational Policy at Roosevelt House will host Challenging the Tenure Laws in New York State: Why or Why Not?: “Davids vs. New York, a highly publicized lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure and seniority laws, is underway. Plaintiffs contend that the current laws violate children's constitutional right to a sound, basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms; defendants claim the lawsuit is a spurious attempt to destroy hard-won protections for the state's teaching profession.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday evening, Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the Council's Irish caucus - Council Members Danny Dromm, Corey Johnson, Liz Crowley, and Jimmy Van Bramer - along with other council members, will host the Council's Irish Heritage and Culture celebration at City Hall.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="https://twitter.com/idaneekmiller/status/577573825614761984?refsrc=email&amp;s=11" target="_blank">evening</a>, City Council Members Donovan Richards and Member Daneek Miller, and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs will host an IDNYC Community Meeting in Queens.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VQuSZYF4pNu" target="_blank">6 p.m</a>., City and State will host Above and Beyond: Honoring Women of Public and Civic Mind: “Each year, City &amp; State honors 25 women who exhibit exceptional leadership in their fields and have made important contributions to society."</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday at City Hall, the Committee on Contracts, the Committee on Courts and Legal Services, the Committee on Community Development and the Committee on Youth Services will all hold preliminary budget oversight <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">hearings</a> throughout the day.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="https://twitter.com/elizcrowleynyc/status/578573565894795264?refsrc=email&amp;s=11" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, in celebration of Women’s History Month, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley will host a special film screening of a documentary on Geraldine Ferraro’s life titled “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” the film about the life of the first female Vice Presidential nominee of a major political party.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yYWIuIiFwwpYrE7fswc-okWyVrw_K6TFiKgvfXZMBao/viewform" target="_blank">evening</a>, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, District Leader Shirley Patterson and Green Earth Poets Café will host Shirley Chisholm Women of Excellence Awards and Reception: “Brooklynite Shirley Chisholm was a catalyst of change who made history by becoming the first African-American woman elected to Congress. Because of her values Barack Obama became the first African-American President in 2008. Senator Hamilton will continue her legacy by recognizing the achievements of iconic Brooklyn women on Friday, March 27th at the historic First Baptist Church in Crown Heights.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday evening, the Inner Circle Show will hold its rehearsal; with the main event on Saturday <a href="http://innercircleshow.org/?page_id=2503" target="_blank">night</a>, both at the New York Hilton Hotel.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday at noon, Zephyr Teachout and others are <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/835159699896878/" target="_blank">holding a rally</a>:&nbsp;"Gov. Cuomo has turned his back on our students. Join us as we rally outside his Midtown Office to demand that he fully fund our public schools, support struggling schools, not raise the cap on charter schools, and limit high-stakes testing!"</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? E-mail Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max any time:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>&nbsp;(please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).</p> <p>***<br />by Rati Mukhuradze, Marco Poggio, and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>We're getting close to the state budget deadline of April 1. This week will be full of both private negotiations and public sessions in Albany, where lawmakers attempt to come to a budget deal while showing <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5636-three-different-budgets-with-two-weeks-to-go" target="_blank">significantly divergent takes</a> on key issues - as well as central mechanisms related to the budget and policy. Governor Andrew Cuomo has jammed quite a bit of policy into <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5636-three-different-budgets-with-two-weeks-to-go" target="_blank">his budget</a>, attaching initiatives to appropriations in an attempt to strong-arm the Legislature into agreeing to his policy demands. This is especially true around <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5634-schneiderman-unveils-ethics-plan-to-cure-the-disease" target="_blank">ethics</a> and educaiton reforms, but Cuomo has also used creative tactics to push compromise, tying an education tax credit favored by Republicans to <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5628-separating-fact-from-fiction-on-the-dream-act-choi" target="_blank">the DREAM Act</a>, which is favored by Democrats, for example. The Legislature is in session Monday through Thursday again this week.</p> <p>Meanwhile, New York City officials await decisions in Albany (while also <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5600-in-albany-de-blasio-critiques-cuomos-budget-defines-citys-needs" target="_blank">trying to affect those decisions</a>, of course) and carry on their own budget work. The City Council will wrap up its month of preliminary budget hearings this week and then formulate a formal response to the mayor, who will then issue his Executive Budget in April, leading to another round of council hearings and a final budget deal by July 1. The City is eagerly awaiting word from Albany on things like funding for schools, homelessness prevention, public housing, and much more.</p> <p>De Blasio is in Boston on Sunday and Monday, participating in the&nbsp;U.S. Conference of Mayors Cities of Opportunity Task Force Summit; on Monday,&nbsp;"there will be a press conference on transportation issues at 12:30pm" at Faneuil Hall;&nbsp;he'll return to New York City on Monday evening. De Blasio was in Albany on Saturday for the Somos el Futuro Conference, where he reiterated <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/US%20Conference%20of%20Mayors%20Cities%20of%20Opportunity%20Task%20Force%20Summit" target="_blank">his push</a> for full education funding from the State and other top priorities, and received&nbsp;"the Champion for Latinos Award at the dinner gala."</p> <p>And the whole week builds to the annual Inner Circle Show this Friday (dress rehearsal) and Saturday, at which the press will roast the mayor, and vice versa.</p> <p>There's plenty happening this week. See our day-by-day rundown below for more.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday morning, schools&nbsp;Chancellor Carmen Fariña will visit a "CTE program to make an announcement" at the Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Queens.</p> <p>Comptroller Scott Stringer's only public event scheduled for Monday is an 8:15 a.m. appearance&nbsp;on "Buen Día New York," WADO 1280 AM.</p> <p>Also Monday <a href="http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6a3c6f6168c3f1dbf2e16c506&amp;id=5eb213f604&amp;e=c69e0ca980" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association will host a breakfast with United States Senator Charles Schumer at Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s headquarters.</p> <p>At 10:30 Monday morning,&nbsp;Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer "will issue a report, Small Business, Big Impact: Expanding Opportunity for Manhattan's Storefronters, with case studies and policy recommendations to help small businesses grow and thrive in New York City." At The Halal Guys on the Upper West Side, Brewer will be joined by Robert Cornegy, Chair, New York City Council Small Business Committee; The Halal Guys co-founders Muhammed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed; and Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director, BetaNYC. The report's recommendations include "Take the pressure off lease renewals"; "Overhaul regulations and city policies governing street vending" and "Help established, successful small businesses threatened by rent increases by encouraging "condo-ization" of storefront space." [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5621-as-city-eases-burdens-access-to-capital-rising-rents-remain-issues-for-small-businesses" target="_blank">our recent report on key issues facing small business in New York City and the City's new efforts to help ease regulatory burdens</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday’s Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, three of the five borough presidents will appear together: “Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams talk about borough and city-wide issues facing Queens, Brooklyn and Bronx residents.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at 10 a.m. at City Hall, preceding the relevant City Council preliminary budget hearing, "hundreds of New York City seniors and service providers were invited to descend upon City Hall's Council Chambers and make their voices heard at the Department for the Aging budget hearing to advocate for $33 million in critical funding for senior services."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. on Monday at City Hall, Rep. Nydia Velázquez and other local leaders will release a report on how the Republican congressional budget would impact New York City: “From transportation, to housing, to health and human services, New York would be acutely affected by proposed cuts,” says a media advisory on the event.</p> <p>At noon at City Hall, there will be a "Rally for action by Earth Day on plastic bag reduction bill" hosted by Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin, who sponsor the relevant bill, and Council Member and Sanitation Committee Chair Antonio Reynoso, as well as other elected officials: "The bill (Int. 209) will reduce disposable bag use by requiring retail and grocery stores to charge 10 cents per single-use plastic or paper bag. Supporters of the bill turned out in large numbers at a public hearing before the Council's Sanitation Committee last fall, and will rally again for its passage by Earth Day (April 22)."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule consists of two preliminary budget hearings: a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385763&amp;GUID=BD5E9A55-8C53-466C-B096-D1BFF8461AF1&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Aging jointly with the Subcommittee on Senior Centers; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385724&amp;GUID=227EDE37-9441-425B-BE67-09E3AA150B14&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Health.</p> <p dir="ltr">CUNY Journalism School's brown bag lunch series continues on Monday <a href="http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/events/brown-bag-speaker-event-investigative-edition/" target="_blank">with a conversation</a> between Errol Louis and Tom Robbins, both journalists and CUNY J-school professors. "Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will discuss his recent piece on the brutal beatings of former Attica Prison inmate George Williams...Errol Louis, director of the Urban Reporting Program and host of NY1's Inside City Hall, will pick Robbins' brain on the work that went into the nine-month project, as well as the larger issues of prison violence that it illuminated."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 2 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;outside FDNY headquarters at MetroTech Center, Brooklyn BP Adams "will announce a borough-wide fire safety education campaign, following a fatal fire Saturday in Midwood that claimed the lives of seven siblings, aged five to 16, from the Sassoon family. His effort will include multilingual outreach and the distribution of free smoke detectors...Adams will call for the creation of a burn center in Brooklyn...Adams will be joined by local elected officials and Jewish leaders."</p> <p dir="ltr">Also&nbsp;<a href="https://my.citizenactionny.org/civicrm/event/register?id=475" target="_blank">Monday</a>, in Albany, Citizen Action of New York will hold Moral Monday to Raise the Wage: “Nearly 3 million workers – 37% of New York’s workforce – earn less than $15 an hour. Thirty-six percent of adults earn less than $15 an hour; 41% women earn less than $15 an hour, and 28% of workers with at least some college education earn less than $15 an hour. A full-time worker earning $9 an hour will bring home just $18,720 per year – still below the federal poverty line for a family of three. Under the Self-Sufficiency Standard guidelines, a more accurate measure of the cost of living in New York, the hourly wage that 2 full-time workers must each earn to meet basic budget needs ranges from $13.40 in Schenectady County, to $16.15 in New York City, to $20.73 in Suffolk County.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at <a href="http://gaming.ny.gov/pdf/03.18.15.GCMeetingNotice.pdf" target="_blank">noon</a>, there will be meeting of the New York State Gaming Commission at the New York State Department of Labor.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/23/corporations-authorities-and-commissions-meeting" target="_blank">afternoon</a> in Albany, the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions will hold a hearing to consider several pieces of legislation.</p> <p>Monday <a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/vincent_gentil_daniel_donovan.html" target="_blank">evening</a>, “The Middle Class Action Project will host a candidates forum with Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan and Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile to discuss economic issues facing the middle class,” according to the Staten Island Advance.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=ELE032415&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank">morning</a>, the New York Bar Association will host Campaign Finance: The Current State of Affairs and Where We Go From Here: “Since the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United, campaign finance law has moved at a rapid pace, leading the way for the creation of various entities that facilitate the injection of billions of dollars into elections. And Congress just increased the power of political party committees by significantly increasing applicable campaign finance limits. This program will consist of three panels composed of top-tier campaign finance law experts, regulators, reporters and political consultants.” Panelists will include Nicholas Confessore from The New York Times; Dave Levinthal from the Center for Public Integrity; Eric Friedman from NYC Campaign Finance Board; Bill Hyers from Hilltop Public Solutions; Fritz Schwarz, Jr. from the Brennan Center; Douglas Kellner from the NYS Board of Elections; and Jerry Goldfeder from Stroock &amp; Stroock &amp; Lavan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include&nbsp;a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385765&amp;GUID=E7600B96-680A-46E7-BC58-6ACCFADDEF6F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services for a preliminary budget hearing; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387010&amp;GUID=29E5350F-4E34-4E21-B6AD-F913E0A3708F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Zoning and Franchises to review proposed Land Use Applications; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387012&amp;GUID=D86ABDD6-CD52-4235-84B8-78322F2B5B9D&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions to review land use applications.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/environmental-conservation" target="_blank">morning</a> in Albany, the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation will hold a hearing to consider a variety of bills to amend the environmental conservation law; <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/transportation-meeting" target="_blank">the Senate</a>&nbsp;Standing Committee on Transportation will meet to consider several bills amending the highway law and the vehicle and traffic law; <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/judiciary-meeting" target="_blank">the Senate</a>&nbsp;Standing Committee on Judiciary will meet to discuss the reappointments of several judges at the New York Court of Claims; and in the <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/24/codes-meeting" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, the Senate Standing Committee on Codes will meet to discuss a series of act to amend the civil rights law and the penal law.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaomsfdf2f42506f&amp;oseq=&amp;c=&amp;ch=" target="_blank">evening</a>, the YWCA will host its Women's History Month Reception 2015. The theme of this year's series of events is Leadership and Generosity: A Call to Action; and as it culminates on Tuesday, the YWCA is <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5631-after-making-history-james-seeks-change" target="_blank">honoring Public Advocate Letitia James</a> as "YW Woman of the Year" for her hard work toward gender and racial equity for women and girls. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5631-after-making-history-james-seeks-change" target="_blank">our new profile of PA James as a recent history-maker, the first woman of color elected to city-wide office</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday evening, City Council Member Andy King and his staff will be hosting one in a series of Constituent Services Nights in different NYCHA housing developments. The program will include resources and solutions for housing, food stamps, immigration, Access-A-Ride and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-space-new-ideas-for-civic-life-tickets-16040805481" target="_blank">evening</a>, Parsons DESIS Lab and Lower Manhattan HQ will host Public Space: New Ideas for Civic Life: “New York City has an abundance of public spaces rich in culture and design, from Central Park to the New York Public Library. However, despite these places’ role as the physical center of civic life, digital platforms have emerged as the preferred way for government to engage the public. How can we revitalize public spaces as places to enhance civic life and public participation in government?” Speakers will include Mary Rowe of&nbsp;Municipal Arts Society&nbsp;and Victoria Milne of the city's&nbsp;Department of Design and Construction.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday <a href="https://sipa.columbia.edu/experience-sipa/events/public-policy-challenges-womens-empowerment-in-new-york-city" target="_blank">evening</a>, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs presents Public Policy Challenges: Women’s Empowerment in NYC: “Come learn from and engage with leading practitioners on New York law, policy, and services related to violence against women.” The panel will include Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of the New York Women's Foundation; Rose Pierre-Louis, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence; and Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>Wednesday’s City Council schedule will include two preliminary budget hearings: a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=386665&amp;GUID=0791D02E-BA44-4E3B-96D8-D0BAAD5BF30D&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Education and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385766&amp;GUID=6C600A3D-FE2C-4DB4-801B-510A3E846734&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/mar/25/social-services-meeting" target="_blank">morning</a> in Albany, the Senate Standing Committee on Social Services will meet to discuss a variety of potential amendments to the social services law.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday at noon, the New York State Bar Association will host Human Trafficking in New York State: Legal Issues and Advocating for the Victim, “to educate attorneys across the country on how to identify potential victims of human trafficking.” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5538-new-york-must-strengthen-sex-trafficking-laws-manhattan-da-cy-vance" target="_blank">Manhattan DA Cy Vance's recent op-ed on the need to strengthen sex trafficking laws in New York</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday evening, the city's Panel on Educational Policy (PEP) will host a public meeting at Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday, at <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digitalnyc-five-borough-tour-queens-tickets-15204438886" target="_blank">6:30 p.m</a>., the Digital NYC Five Borough Tour will hit Queens. Panelists will include Kristin Hodgson, Communications Director at Meetup, and Jukay Hsu, Founder of Coalition for Queens.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Thursday morning at Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, “All alumni are invited to join us for the inaugural interview session and breakfast for the new Oral Archive on Governance in New York City: The Bloomberg Years” featuring Howard Wolfson, former Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385771&amp;GUID=70960B71-4200-4630-8E35-006D6DB7B72A&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Public Housing for a preliminary budget hearing; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385769&amp;GUID=4BF26D8C-3072-40F3-8EF8-4FF3B44EB540&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">joint meeting</a> of the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Economic Development for a preliminary budget hearing; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387013&amp;GUID=FD998D40-A475-47DA-B8A5-E1787EE801FA&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use to review all items reported out of the Subcommittee hearings.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-lead-evening-of-politics-and-power-tickets-15996007489?aff=efbeventhttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-lead-evening-of-politics-and-power-tickets-15996007489?aff=efbevent" target="_blank">evening</a>, “Join us at Civic Hall – the new beautiful co-working space for civic tech and VRL’s new NY home! – for an evening of workshops and an engaging panel of women leaders.” The event is hosted by VoteRunLead, Veracity Media, Civic Hall, Republican Majority for Choice, Women's Information Network NYC (WIN NYC), She Should Run, Emerge America, Rising Stars and Greater NYC for Change.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at <a href="https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea9bntf9b8933a9b&amp;oseq=&amp;c=&amp;ch=" target="_blank">5:30 p.m.</a>, CUNY Institute for Educational Policy at Roosevelt House will host Challenging the Tenure Laws in New York State: Why or Why Not?: “Davids vs. New York, a highly publicized lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure and seniority laws, is underway. Plaintiffs contend that the current laws violate children's constitutional right to a sound, basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms; defendants claim the lawsuit is a spurious attempt to destroy hard-won protections for the state's teaching profession.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday evening, Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the Council's Irish caucus - Council Members Danny Dromm, Corey Johnson, Liz Crowley, and Jimmy Van Bramer - along with other council members, will host the Council's Irish Heritage and Culture celebration at City Hall.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="https://twitter.com/idaneekmiller/status/577573825614761984?refsrc=email&amp;s=11" target="_blank">evening</a>, City Council Members Donovan Richards and Member Daneek Miller, and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs will host an IDNYC Community Meeting in Queens.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VQuSZYF4pNu" target="_blank">6 p.m</a>., City and State will host Above and Beyond: Honoring Women of Public and Civic Mind: “Each year, City &amp; State honors 25 women who exhibit exceptional leadership in their fields and have made important contributions to society."</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday at City Hall, the Committee on Contracts, the Committee on Courts and Legal Services, the Committee on Community Development and the Committee on Youth Services will all hold preliminary budget oversight <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">hearings</a> throughout the day.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="https://twitter.com/elizcrowleynyc/status/578573565894795264?refsrc=email&amp;s=11" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, in celebration of Women’s History Month, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley will host a special film screening of a documentary on Geraldine Ferraro’s life titled “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” the film about the life of the first female Vice Presidential nominee of a major political party.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yYWIuIiFwwpYrE7fswc-okWyVrw_K6TFiKgvfXZMBao/viewform" target="_blank">evening</a>, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, District Leader Shirley Patterson and Green Earth Poets Café will host Shirley Chisholm Women of Excellence Awards and Reception: “Brooklynite Shirley Chisholm was a catalyst of change who made history by becoming the first African-American woman elected to Congress. Because of her values Barack Obama became the first African-American President in 2008. Senator Hamilton will continue her legacy by recognizing the achievements of iconic Brooklyn women on Friday, March 27th at the historic First Baptist Church in Crown Heights.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday evening, the Inner Circle Show will hold its rehearsal; with the main event on Saturday <a href="http://innercircleshow.org/?page_id=2503" target="_blank">night</a>, both at the New York Hilton Hotel.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday at noon, Zephyr Teachout and others are <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/835159699896878/" target="_blank">holding a rally</a>:&nbsp;"Gov. Cuomo has turned his back on our students. Join us as we rally outside his Midtown Office to demand that he fully fund our public schools, support struggling schools, not raise the cap on charter schools, and limit high-stakes testing!"</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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In New York City, City Council hearings will continue on Mayor Bill de Blasio's preliminary fiscal year 2016 budget - once those hearings wrap up at the end of the month, the Council will craft its response to de Blasio, negotiations will continue, and the mayor will present his Executive Budget, leading to another round of council hearings. Key portions of the city budget are, of course, dependent upon the state budget, so much anticipation (and lobbying) surrounds negotiations in Albany, where Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to push through his spending plan, with major education and ethics reforms, despite significant disagreement from both Democrats (who control the State Assembly) and Republicans (who control the State Senate). Cuomo is also right in the middle on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5627-on-minimum-wage-cuomo-again-finds-the-not-so-happy-middle" target="_blank">the minimum wage increase he's pushing</a> and other issues.</p> <p>While there will be a lot of action in Albany this week, this weekend is <a href="http://www.somosnewyork.org/" target="_blank">the annual Somos el Futuro Conference in Albany</a>, at which there is always plenty of networking, negotiating, and more.</p> <p>Speaking of budget negotiations, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (a former State Senator) launched <a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/let-her-in?source=c.tw&amp;r_by=12690944" target="_blank">a petition</a> on Sunday to put additional pressure on the governor and other legislative leaders to include Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in budget negotiations. "Despite comprising over half of New York State's population, no woman has ever had a seat in statewide budget negotiations," it begins.</p> <p>As for de Blasio, he <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5600-in-albany-de-blasio-critiques-cuomos-budget-defines-citys-needs" target="_blank">made his case in Albany</a> a few weeks ago and continues to lobby behind the scenes, while also praising the Assembly and its new Speaker, Carl Heastie of the Bronx, for <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5624-assembly-budget-champions-de-blasio-agenda" target="_blank">its one-house budget outline</a>. A key aspect of state funding for de Blasio is that for his universal pre-kindergarten program. On Sunday de Blasio held an event to kick off enrollment for pre-K for the 2015-2016 school year - enrollment officially opens on Monday. The City is hoping to expand pre-K enrollment from year one's 53,000-plus to all 73,000-or-so four-year-olds in the city. Monday is the start of pre-K enrollment and the end of the application period to be on one of the city's Community Education Councils. CECs are the local representative bodies that help inform education policy decision making and have been highlighted during the "Mayoral Control Forums" <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5630-theme-of-james-mayoral-control-forums-more-local-say" target="_blank">held by Public Advocate Letitia James in recent weeks.</a></p> <p>James held a rally at City Hall on Sunday to call on the State to fully fund city schools in line with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and to criticize Gov. Cuomo's education reform policies. She starts her week with one event on her public schedule: a Howard University alumni affair.</p> <p>Along with James, environmental activists and others, Comptroller Scott Stringer begins his week at a City Hall press conference to&nbsp;voice opposition to the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas export facility.</p> <p>The mayor starts his week with a busy Monday:&nbsp;he'll "host a breakfast for City Council Leadership in Manhattan...meet with Congressman Jerry Nadler and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez in City Hall," host an afternoon press conference with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to make an announcement; and, at 11 p.m. "appear on Tavis Smiley" on PBS, according to his public schedule.</p> <p>On Thursday evening, the mayor is expected to speak at a fundraiser in Manhattan to support City Council Member Vincent Gentile's congressional campaign. By the way, if you want to register to vote in that special election or the other one (Assembly District 43) happening May 5, you have until April 10 to register.</p> <p>On Monday evening, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will speak at a Citizens Union event on solving Albany's corruption probably. He is <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ag-schneiderman-legislators-accounts-spending-article-1.2150476?cid=bitly" target="_blank">expected</a> to unveil new plans to expand his role in doing so and new proposals pushing state lawmakers further in ethics reforms. Details below.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening at&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">the City Council</a>&nbsp;and all over the city, with many events to be aware of. See our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday <a href="http://nownyc.org/violence-against-women/rallyinalbanymarch16/" target="_blank">in Albany</a>, National Organization for Women NYC will rally to end human trafficking: “For the last three years NOW-NYC has been fighting for the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA). Consensus is growing that the problem of trafficking can be tackled by legislators ensuring survivors-especially children-get help not punishment. TVPJA does that and more, and its passage would make New York a national leader in the fight against human trafficking.” [Related: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5538-new-york-must-strengthen-sex-trafficking-laws-manhattan-da-cy-vance" target="_blank">read Manhattan DA Cy Vance's recent op-ed on the need to strengthen New York's sex trafficking laws</a>]</p> <p>On Monday afternoon, Assembly Speaker Heastie will hold a "news conference announcing comprehensive legislation to combat human trafficking. He will be joined by members of the Assembly Majority and advocates," according to his public schedule.</p> <p>Both the State Senate and the State Assembly are in session in Albany on Monday afternoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385696&amp;GUID=260C9114-0F81-4779-B83E-4B383BB578C9&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Civil Rights for its preliminary budget hearing and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385698&amp;GUID=1A73698D-9724-4C47-8199-FD57FC4D5F52&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Oversight and Investigations for its preliminary budget hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday morning,&nbsp;"New York Law School hosts "A Bold Step for New York's Children: A Symposium on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility" featuring Jeremy Creelan, Soffiyah Elijah, Jacqueline Greene, Sheriff Allen Riley, Joel Copperman, Richard Aborn, Laurie Parise and others," according to City &amp; State NY. [Related: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5583-with-raise-the-age-cuomo-continues-push-to-reform-juvenile-justice" target="_blank">read our report on Governor Cuomo's much-praised effort to "Raise the Age"</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Also according to City &amp; State NY,&nbsp;on Monday at 11:30 a.m. "State Sen. IDC Leader Jeff Klein, state Sens. Diane Savino and Adriano Espaillat, New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres and others gather for a rally calling for funding in state budget to repair and upgrade NYCHA developments, Million Dollar Staircase, State Capitol, Albany."</p> <p dir="ltr">The City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is holding a TB Day of Action on Monday, in which Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and others are participating to raise awareness.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at <a href="https://twitter.com/IDaneekMiller/status/575757148933656576" target="_blank">5:30 p.m</a>., New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Brad Lander will host a “Celebration of Bangladesh Independence,” at the Council Chambers inside City Hall. Other Council Members in attendance will include Rafael Espinal Jr., Rory Lancman, Daniel Dromm, I. Daneek Miller, Annabel Palma, Mark Weprin, Jimmy Van Bramer, among others.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday evening, BP Brewer will attend the opening of the new Hunter College faculty/laboratory research space at Weill Cornell Medical College.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/about/agencyplan.shtml" target="_blank">evening</a>, NYCHA will host its Manhattan town hall meeting at Johnson Houses CC, in East Harlem.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/442968339186343/?notif_t=plan_user_invited" target="_blank">evening</a>, good government group Citizens Union will host “Can New Yorkers Fix Albany’s Corruption Problem?” - its first Civic Conversation of the year, featuring Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and an esteemed panel. “Join Citizens Union for our first Civic Conversation of the year. This educational forum will bring expert panelists and the public together to discuss why there is a crime wave of corruption in Albany and what can be done to fight back and change the capitol's ethics.” After Schneiderman delivers remarks, panelists will include Richard Briffault, Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School, Chair of NYC Conflicts of Interest Board and Former Moreland Commissioner; Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow at Demos, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner Graduate School, and Former NYS Assemblymember for the 92nd District; Jennifer Rodgers, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, Former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The panel will be moderated by Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3226462" target="_blank">morning</a>, “Join Crain’s and New York real estate's most impressive players to explore the next stage in the city’s development. Chairman of the NYC Planning Commission Carl Weisbrod will unveil the de Blasio administration’s latest zoning policies and urban-planning initiatives. A panel of experts will assess City Hall’s ambitious efforts to create and maintain 200,000 units of affordable housing. The conference will conclude with the sharpest minds in the business debating how best to reform a broken tax system that must pay for it all.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday <a href="http://www.ywcanyc.org/events/womens-history-month-breakfast-panel-young-women-leaders/" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Young Women’s Christian Association of New York will host a discussion on Leadership and Generosity: A Call to Action: “We will look at ‘Young Women Leaders’ featuring Aissata M.B. Camara, Elizabeth Plank, Carmen Perez, Maria Naggaga, Yuh-Line Niou, and Candace Simpson.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385702&amp;GUID=0671640C-5EBD-479B-8DB8-5C795B75621B&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Juvenile Justice, jointly with the Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Women’s Issues for a preliminary budget hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday at <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/event/democracys-problems-and-prospects-book-talk-douglas-e-schoen" target="_blank">noon</a>, The Brennan Center for Justice will present Democracy's Problems and Prospects: A Book Talk with Douglas E. Schoen: “America’s democracy is floundering, Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, and millions remain without gainful employment. Despite all this, longtime political strategist and polling expert Douglas E. Schoen remains optimistic.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaajuht65bf65114&amp;oseq=&amp;c=&amp;ch=" target="_blank">evening</a>, CUNY Institute for Education Policy (CIEP) will host a one-on-one conversation with the President of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Michael Mulgrew: “This unscripted conversation will cover a wide range of pressing issues facing New York State's teachers and their students.” Mulgrew will be speaking with CIEP Director David Steiner, who is also Dean of the Hunter College School of Education and former State Commissioner of Education.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">[<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">Explore the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette for something you may have missed</a>]</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>Wednesday <a href="https://medicalmarijuanany.eventfarm.com/" target="_blank">morning</a>&nbsp;in Albany, Capital New York will host “Medical Marijuana: Is N.Y. Doing it Right?”, an in-depth conversation on the topic of New York’s medical marijuana law "covering regulation, accessibility, barriers to entry into the local market, program costs and more.” Featured speakers will include the incoming Counsel to the Governor of New York, Alphonso David; Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried; State Senator Diane Savino; and others.</p> <p>On Wednesday, City Council Member Andy King and the Riverbay Corporation will host the "2015 Veterans Job and Resource Fair" in Co-op City in the Bronx. "Employers as well as non-profit resource organizations and city agencies will be present, including JP Morgan Chase &amp; Co., which, with other founding corporations, launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission in 2011 with the goal of hiring 100,000 military veterans by 2020."</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Public-Programming/Calendar/Detail?id=29936" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, the Graduate Center at CUNY will host another public lecture in the Immigration Seminar Series: “Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families.” Among the speakers will be Joanna Dreby, Associate Professor of Sociology at University at Albany, SUNY.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/03/8563512/join-us-albany-capital-pro-trivia-night" target="_blank">evening</a>, “Albany Capital Pro Trivia Night!...Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind tees up questions on all things policy, politics and media."</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/219676070/" target="_blank">evening</a>, Beta NYC is hosting a Civic Hacknight in Queens with Coalition 4 Queens.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday at <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyVanBramer/status/574995625818865665" target="_blank">6:30 p.m</a>. at MoMA PS1, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will host a Cultural Town Hall event featuring special remarks from the Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also in Queens Wednesday evening, BP Katz is <a href="http://queensbp.org/parent-advisory-board-meeting-on-common-core/" target="_blank">hosting</a> a "parent advisory board meeting on common core" that will include reps from the city DOE.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>All day Thursday,&nbsp;the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development <a href="http://www.anhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ANHD-Equitable-City-3-19-15-conference-draft-agenda-@-2-4-15.pdf?utm_source=Copy+of+Copy+of+Save+the+Date-+2015+Conference-12-22-14&amp;utm_campaign=Conference-2-18-15&amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank">will host</a> its Annual Community Development Conference. The morning keynote speaker will be Thomas J. Curry, Federal Comptroller of the Currency. The afternoon keynote speaker will be Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of New York City Council.</p> <p>Thursday morning,&nbsp;Manhattan BP Brewer hosts a meeting of the Manhattan Borough Board.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at City Hall, there will be a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nycvotes" target="_blank">Student Voter Registration Day</a> press conference held by elected officials, advocacy groups, and school representatives.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2/?instance_id=704" target="_blank">morning</a>, Queens BP Melinda Katz will hold a land use meeting at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=386662&amp;GUID=47F6C384-09FB-45A1-9104-FF65F5C5EE18&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Governmental Operations for its preliminary budget oversight hearing; a&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387530&amp;GUID=C12461F6-CE27-4DAA-8B3B-CE5B37A8F0C5&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>&nbsp;of the Committee on Veterans to consider a resolution "calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.752, the Veterans' Education Through SUNY Credits Act";&nbsp;and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=388796&amp;GUID=0A445A3A-EA51-4CE1-8E4B-60D5DBBBAFE8&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Education to consider multiple resolutions, including one "calling upon the New York State Legislature to reject any attempt to raise the cap on the number of charter schools,"&nbsp;one&nbsp;"calling upon the Department of Education to amend its Parent's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to include information about opting out of high-stakes testing and distribute this document at the beginning of every school year, to every family, in every grade,"&nbsp;and one "calling upon the New York State Legislature to eliminate the Governor's receivership proposal in the executive budget for New York City."&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://observer.com/2015/03/bill-de-blasio-will-raise-cash-for-vincent-gentile/" target="_blank">Thursday</a>, Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to speak at a fundraiser for the Democratic candidate in the special election to fill the vacant 11th Congressional District seat, Brooklyn City Council Member Vincent Gentile. Democratic activist Bill Samuels and Manhattan Council Member Ben Kallos will host the event at Mr. Samuels’ Manhattan home.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://salsa.ridersny.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=81335" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Department of Transportation and the MTA are hosting a town hall to unveil plans around the Utica Avenue B46 SBS Project, according to Riders Alliance, which is encouraging its members to attend and make their voices heard.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/owners/outreach-education.page" target="_blank">evening</a>, at 6:30 p.m., Housing Preservation and Development will host a Owner Outreach and Education Forum with Council Members Inez Barron and Rafael Espinal and Cypress Hills Development Corporation in East New York, Brooklyn.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday at <a href="http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/html/news/events.shtml" target="_blank">6:30 p.m</a>., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will host East Side Coastal Resiliency Project's Community Engagement Session: “Following on HUD's Rebuild by Design competition, New York City is working to reduce the risk of extreme weather and climate change, as well as improve quality of life. This project focuses on neighborhoods near the East River between Montgomery and 23rd Streets.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at <a href="http://www.meetup.com/NYYRCInc/events/220671231/" target="_blank">7 p.m</a>., the NYC Young Republican Club will host its monthly meetup at the Women's National Republican Club.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">[</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" style="text-align: center;">Explore the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette for something you may have missed</a><span style="text-align: center;">]</span></p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong><a href="https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/cc/event.jsp?event=7&amp;" target="_blank">All day Friday,</a>&nbsp;Common Cause NY, Citizens Union, the New York City Council, and other partners will host Student Voter Registration Day “to increase youth voter registration and excite young people about being involved in the democratic process. Through interactive discussion SVRD encourages youth to see how issues at the polls affect their everyday lives.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385723&amp;GUID=0DE8ACAF-40B0-4C9C-99E7-403C2AE93B87&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, jointly with the Subcommittee on Libraries, for a preliminary budget hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="https://donate.amnestyusa.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1839&amp;ea.campaign.id=35248&amp;ac=TKAGM" target="_blank">morning</a>, Amnesty International USA will have its weekend-long 2015 Human Rights Conference and Annual General Meetings, in Brooklyn: “The 2015 Annual General Meeting will bring over a thousand human rights activists from around the world together to engage in networking opportunities, human rights actions, inspiring plenaries, outstanding key notes, and hands-on workshops." Speakers will include Harry Belafonte, Ann Burroughs, Rosa Alicia Clemente, Nusrat Durrani, Steven Hawkins, Thomas Jagow-Schultz, Benjamin Jealous, Linda Sarsour, Ciara Taylor, Vincent Warren, Jesse Williams, and Jie-Song Zhang.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/member_files/076/20150227a/index.pdf" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright will host a Women’s History Month celebration, at which the Assembly Member is also set to give out Women of Distinction Awards to recognize “remarkable women and their efforts to improve our community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Friday at 5:30 p.m., to commemorate women's history month, Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Jumaane Williams "<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shirley-chisholm-women-of-distinction-awards-celebration-registration-16097197150" target="_blank">will host</a> the second annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Celebration &amp; Award Ceremony" at Brooklyn Public Library-Central Branch. "This event will honor seven extraordinary women from New York City who are making tremendous strides in their fields by using their skills and expertise to strengthen our communities. Two young community leaders will also be honored during the event and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will serve as the event's keynote speaker."</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VP3LUNBWrWB" target="_blank">evening</a> in Albany, City &amp; State NY will host a Somos Albany Kickoff Cocktail Reception. The event will feature New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and New York State Assemblyman &amp; Somos el Futuro Chair Marcos Crespo.</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday <a href="http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/html/news/events.shtml" target="_blank">morning</a>, The Office of Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, together with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will host "Tuberculosis Awareness Walk and Rally."&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Saturday <a href="http://events.cuny.edu/EventDetail.asp?EventId=59780" target="_blank">morning</a>, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) will host a CUNY Citizenship Application Assistance Event in Brooklyn.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Sunday <a href="https://twitter.com/inwoodgovt/status/575724090482388992/photo/1" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez will give his State of the District speech at George Washington Educational Campus.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">[</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" style="text-align: center;">Explore the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette for something you may have missed</a><span style="text-align: center;">]</span></p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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In New York City, City Council hearings will continue on Mayor Bill de Blasio's preliminary fiscal year 2016 budget - once those hearings wrap up at the end of the month, the Council will craft its response to de Blasio, negotiations will continue, and the mayor will present his Executive Budget, leading to another round of council hearings. Key portions of the city budget are, of course, dependent upon the state budget, so much anticipation (and lobbying) surrounds negotiations in Albany, where Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to push through his spending plan, with major education and ethics reforms, despite significant disagreement from both Democrats (who control the State Assembly) and Republicans (who control the State Senate). Cuomo is also right in the middle on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5627-on-minimum-wage-cuomo-again-finds-the-not-so-happy-middle" target="_blank">the minimum wage increase he's pushing</a> and other issues.</p> <p>While there will be a lot of action in Albany this week, this weekend is <a href="http://www.somosnewyork.org/" target="_blank">the annual Somos el Futuro Conference in Albany</a>, at which there is always plenty of networking, negotiating, and more.</p> <p>Speaking of budget negotiations, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (a former State Senator) launched <a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/let-her-in?source=c.tw&amp;r_by=12690944" target="_blank">a petition</a> on Sunday to put additional pressure on the governor and other legislative leaders to include Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in budget negotiations. "Despite comprising over half of New York State's population, no woman has ever had a seat in statewide budget negotiations," it begins.</p> <p>As for de Blasio, he <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5600-in-albany-de-blasio-critiques-cuomos-budget-defines-citys-needs" target="_blank">made his case in Albany</a> a few weeks ago and continues to lobby behind the scenes, while also praising the Assembly and its new Speaker, Carl Heastie of the Bronx, for <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5624-assembly-budget-champions-de-blasio-agenda" target="_blank">its one-house budget outline</a>. A key aspect of state funding for de Blasio is that for his universal pre-kindergarten program. On Sunday de Blasio held an event to kick off enrollment for pre-K for the 2015-2016 school year - enrollment officially opens on Monday. The City is hoping to expand pre-K enrollment from year one's 53,000-plus to all 73,000-or-so four-year-olds in the city. Monday is the start of pre-K enrollment and the end of the application period to be on one of the city's Community Education Councils. CECs are the local representative bodies that help inform education policy decision making and have been highlighted during the "Mayoral Control Forums" <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5630-theme-of-james-mayoral-control-forums-more-local-say" target="_blank">held by Public Advocate Letitia James in recent weeks.</a></p> <p>James held a rally at City Hall on Sunday to call on the State to fully fund city schools in line with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and to criticize Gov. Cuomo's education reform policies. She starts her week with one event on her public schedule: a Howard University alumni affair.</p> <p>Along with James, environmental activists and others, Comptroller Scott Stringer begins his week at a City Hall press conference to&nbsp;voice opposition to the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas export facility.</p> <p>The mayor starts his week with a busy Monday:&nbsp;he'll "host a breakfast for City Council Leadership in Manhattan...meet with Congressman Jerry Nadler and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez in City Hall," host an afternoon press conference with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to make an announcement; and, at 11 p.m. "appear on Tavis Smiley" on PBS, according to his public schedule.</p> <p>On Thursday evening, the mayor is expected to speak at a fundraiser in Manhattan to support City Council Member Vincent Gentile's congressional campaign. By the way, if you want to register to vote in that special election or the other one (Assembly District 43) happening May 5, you have until April 10 to register.</p> <p>On Monday evening, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will speak at a Citizens Union event on solving Albany's corruption probably. He is <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ag-schneiderman-legislators-accounts-spending-article-1.2150476?cid=bitly" target="_blank">expected</a> to unveil new plans to expand his role in doing so and new proposals pushing state lawmakers further in ethics reforms. Details below.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening at&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">the City Council</a>&nbsp;and all over the city, with many events to be aware of. See our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday <a href="http://nownyc.org/violence-against-women/rallyinalbanymarch16/" target="_blank">in Albany</a>, National Organization for Women NYC will rally to end human trafficking: “For the last three years NOW-NYC has been fighting for the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA). Consensus is growing that the problem of trafficking can be tackled by legislators ensuring survivors-especially children-get help not punishment. TVPJA does that and more, and its passage would make New York a national leader in the fight against human trafficking.” [Related: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5538-new-york-must-strengthen-sex-trafficking-laws-manhattan-da-cy-vance" target="_blank">read Manhattan DA Cy Vance's recent op-ed on the need to strengthen New York's sex trafficking laws</a>]</p> <p>On Monday afternoon, Assembly Speaker Heastie will hold a "news conference announcing comprehensive legislation to combat human trafficking. He will be joined by members of the Assembly Majority and advocates," according to his public schedule.</p> <p>Both the State Senate and the State Assembly are in session in Albany on Monday afternoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385696&amp;GUID=260C9114-0F81-4779-B83E-4B383BB578C9&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Civil Rights for its preliminary budget hearing and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385698&amp;GUID=1A73698D-9724-4C47-8199-FD57FC4D5F52&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Oversight and Investigations for its preliminary budget hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday morning,&nbsp;"New York Law School hosts "A Bold Step for New York's Children: A Symposium on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility" featuring Jeremy Creelan, Soffiyah Elijah, Jacqueline Greene, Sheriff Allen Riley, Joel Copperman, Richard Aborn, Laurie Parise and others," according to City &amp; State NY. [Related: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5583-with-raise-the-age-cuomo-continues-push-to-reform-juvenile-justice" target="_blank">read our report on Governor Cuomo's much-praised effort to "Raise the Age"</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Also according to City &amp; State NY,&nbsp;on Monday at 11:30 a.m. "State Sen. IDC Leader Jeff Klein, state Sens. Diane Savino and Adriano Espaillat, New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres and others gather for a rally calling for funding in state budget to repair and upgrade NYCHA developments, Million Dollar Staircase, State Capitol, Albany."</p> <p dir="ltr">The City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is holding a TB Day of Action on Monday, in which Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and others are participating to raise awareness.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at <a href="https://twitter.com/IDaneekMiller/status/575757148933656576" target="_blank">5:30 p.m</a>., New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Brad Lander will host a “Celebration of Bangladesh Independence,” at the Council Chambers inside City Hall. Other Council Members in attendance will include Rafael Espinal Jr., Rory Lancman, Daniel Dromm, I. Daneek Miller, Annabel Palma, Mark Weprin, Jimmy Van Bramer, among others.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday evening, BP Brewer will attend the opening of the new Hunter College faculty/laboratory research space at Weill Cornell Medical College.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/about/agencyplan.shtml" target="_blank">evening</a>, NYCHA will host its Manhattan town hall meeting at Johnson Houses CC, in East Harlem.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/442968339186343/?notif_t=plan_user_invited" target="_blank">evening</a>, good government group Citizens Union will host “Can New Yorkers Fix Albany’s Corruption Problem?” - its first Civic Conversation of the year, featuring Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and an esteemed panel. “Join Citizens Union for our first Civic Conversation of the year. This educational forum will bring expert panelists and the public together to discuss why there is a crime wave of corruption in Albany and what can be done to fight back and change the capitol's ethics.” After Schneiderman delivers remarks, panelists will include Richard Briffault, Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School, Chair of NYC Conflicts of Interest Board and Former Moreland Commissioner; Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow at Demos, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner Graduate School, and Former NYS Assemblymember for the 92nd District; Jennifer Rodgers, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, Former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The panel will be moderated by Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3226462" target="_blank">morning</a>, “Join Crain’s and New York real estate's most impressive players to explore the next stage in the city’s development. Chairman of the NYC Planning Commission Carl Weisbrod will unveil the de Blasio administration’s latest zoning policies and urban-planning initiatives. A panel of experts will assess City Hall’s ambitious efforts to create and maintain 200,000 units of affordable housing. The conference will conclude with the sharpest minds in the business debating how best to reform a broken tax system that must pay for it all.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday <a href="http://www.ywcanyc.org/events/womens-history-month-breakfast-panel-young-women-leaders/" target="_blank">morning</a>, the Young Women’s Christian Association of New York will host a discussion on Leadership and Generosity: A Call to Action: “We will look at ‘Young Women Leaders’ featuring Aissata M.B. Camara, Elizabeth Plank, Carmen Perez, Maria Naggaga, Yuh-Line Niou, and Candace Simpson.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385702&amp;GUID=0671640C-5EBD-479B-8DB8-5C795B75621B&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Juvenile Justice, jointly with the Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Women’s Issues for a preliminary budget hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday at <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/event/democracys-problems-and-prospects-book-talk-douglas-e-schoen" target="_blank">noon</a>, The Brennan Center for Justice will present Democracy's Problems and Prospects: A Book Talk with Douglas E. Schoen: “America’s democracy is floundering, Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, and millions remain without gainful employment. Despite all this, longtime political strategist and polling expert Douglas E. Schoen remains optimistic.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaajuht65bf65114&amp;oseq=&amp;c=&amp;ch=" target="_blank">evening</a>, CUNY Institute for Education Policy (CIEP) will host a one-on-one conversation with the President of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Michael Mulgrew: “This unscripted conversation will cover a wide range of pressing issues facing New York State's teachers and their students.” Mulgrew will be speaking with CIEP Director David Steiner, who is also Dean of the Hunter College School of Education and former State Commissioner of Education.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">[<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">Explore the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette for something you may have missed</a>]</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>Wednesday <a href="https://medicalmarijuanany.eventfarm.com/" target="_blank">morning</a>&nbsp;in Albany, Capital New York will host “Medical Marijuana: Is N.Y. Doing it Right?”, an in-depth conversation on the topic of New York’s medical marijuana law "covering regulation, accessibility, barriers to entry into the local market, program costs and more.” Featured speakers will include the incoming Counsel to the Governor of New York, Alphonso David; Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried; State Senator Diane Savino; and others.</p> <p>On Wednesday, City Council Member Andy King and the Riverbay Corporation will host the "2015 Veterans Job and Resource Fair" in Co-op City in the Bronx. "Employers as well as non-profit resource organizations and city agencies will be present, including JP Morgan Chase &amp; Co., which, with other founding corporations, launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission in 2011 with the goal of hiring 100,000 military veterans by 2020."</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Public-Programming/Calendar/Detail?id=29936" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, the Graduate Center at CUNY will host another public lecture in the Immigration Seminar Series: “Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families.” Among the speakers will be Joanna Dreby, Associate Professor of Sociology at University at Albany, SUNY.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/03/8563512/join-us-albany-capital-pro-trivia-night" target="_blank">evening</a>, “Albany Capital Pro Trivia Night!...Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind tees up questions on all things policy, politics and media."</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/219676070/" target="_blank">evening</a>, Beta NYC is hosting a Civic Hacknight in Queens with Coalition 4 Queens.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday at <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyVanBramer/status/574995625818865665" target="_blank">6:30 p.m</a>. at MoMA PS1, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will host a Cultural Town Hall event featuring special remarks from the Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also in Queens Wednesday evening, BP Katz is <a href="http://queensbp.org/parent-advisory-board-meeting-on-common-core/" target="_blank">hosting</a> a "parent advisory board meeting on common core" that will include reps from the city DOE.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>All day Thursday,&nbsp;the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development <a href="http://www.anhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ANHD-Equitable-City-3-19-15-conference-draft-agenda-@-2-4-15.pdf?utm_source=Copy+of+Copy+of+Save+the+Date-+2015+Conference-12-22-14&amp;utm_campaign=Conference-2-18-15&amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank">will host</a> its Annual Community Development Conference. The morning keynote speaker will be Thomas J. Curry, Federal Comptroller of the Currency. The afternoon keynote speaker will be Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of New York City Council.</p> <p>Thursday morning,&nbsp;Manhattan BP Brewer hosts a meeting of the Manhattan Borough Board.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at City Hall, there will be a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nycvotes" target="_blank">Student Voter Registration Day</a> press conference held by elected officials, advocacy groups, and school representatives.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2/?instance_id=704" target="_blank">morning</a>, Queens BP Melinda Katz will hold a land use meeting at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=386662&amp;GUID=47F6C384-09FB-45A1-9104-FF65F5C5EE18&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Governmental Operations for its preliminary budget oversight hearing; a&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=387530&amp;GUID=C12461F6-CE27-4DAA-8B3B-CE5B37A8F0C5&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>&nbsp;of the Committee on Veterans to consider a resolution "calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.752, the Veterans' Education Through SUNY Credits Act";&nbsp;and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=388796&amp;GUID=0A445A3A-EA51-4CE1-8E4B-60D5DBBBAFE8&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Education to consider multiple resolutions, including one "calling upon the New York State Legislature to reject any attempt to raise the cap on the number of charter schools,"&nbsp;one&nbsp;"calling upon the Department of Education to amend its Parent's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to include information about opting out of high-stakes testing and distribute this document at the beginning of every school year, to every family, in every grade,"&nbsp;and one "calling upon the New York State Legislature to eliminate the Governor's receivership proposal in the executive budget for New York City."&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://observer.com/2015/03/bill-de-blasio-will-raise-cash-for-vincent-gentile/" target="_blank">Thursday</a>, Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to speak at a fundraiser for the Democratic candidate in the special election to fill the vacant 11th Congressional District seat, Brooklyn City Council Member Vincent Gentile. Democratic activist Bill Samuels and Manhattan Council Member Ben Kallos will host the event at Mr. Samuels’ Manhattan home.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://salsa.ridersny.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=81335" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Department of Transportation and the MTA are hosting a town hall to unveil plans around the Utica Avenue B46 SBS Project, according to Riders Alliance, which is encouraging its members to attend and make their voices heard.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/owners/outreach-education.page" target="_blank">evening</a>, at 6:30 p.m., Housing Preservation and Development will host a Owner Outreach and Education Forum with Council Members Inez Barron and Rafael Espinal and Cypress Hills Development Corporation in East New York, Brooklyn.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday at <a href="http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/html/news/events.shtml" target="_blank">6:30 p.m</a>., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will host East Side Coastal Resiliency Project's Community Engagement Session: “Following on HUD's Rebuild by Design competition, New York City is working to reduce the risk of extreme weather and climate change, as well as improve quality of life. This project focuses on neighborhoods near the East River between Montgomery and 23rd Streets.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at <a href="http://www.meetup.com/NYYRCInc/events/220671231/" target="_blank">7 p.m</a>., the NYC Young Republican Club will host its monthly meetup at the Women's National Republican Club.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">[</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" style="text-align: center;">Explore the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette for something you may have missed</a><span style="text-align: center;">]</span></p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong><a href="https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/cc/event.jsp?event=7&amp;" target="_blank">All day Friday,</a>&nbsp;Common Cause NY, Citizens Union, the New York City Council, and other partners will host Student Voter Registration Day “to increase youth voter registration and excite young people about being involved in the democratic process. Through interactive discussion SVRD encourages youth to see how issues at the polls affect their everyday lives.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=385723&amp;GUID=0DE8ACAF-40B0-4C9C-99E7-403C2AE93B87&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, jointly with the Subcommittee on Libraries, for a preliminary budget hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="https://donate.amnestyusa.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1839&amp;ea.campaign.id=35248&amp;ac=TKAGM" target="_blank">morning</a>, Amnesty International USA will have its weekend-long 2015 Human Rights Conference and Annual General Meetings, in Brooklyn: “The 2015 Annual General Meeting will bring over a thousand human rights activists from around the world together to engage in networking opportunities, human rights actions, inspiring plenaries, outstanding key notes, and hands-on workshops." Speakers will include Harry Belafonte, Ann Burroughs, Rosa Alicia Clemente, Nusrat Durrani, Steven Hawkins, Thomas Jagow-Schultz, Benjamin Jealous, Linda Sarsour, Ciara Taylor, Vincent Warren, Jesse Williams, and Jie-Song Zhang.</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/member_files/076/20150227a/index.pdf" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright will host a Women’s History Month celebration, at which the Assembly Member is also set to give out Women of Distinction Awards to recognize “remarkable women and their efforts to improve our community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Friday at 5:30 p.m., to commemorate women's history month, Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Jumaane Williams "<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shirley-chisholm-women-of-distinction-awards-celebration-registration-16097197150" target="_blank">will host</a> the second annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Celebration &amp; Award Ceremony" at Brooklyn Public Library-Central Branch. "This event will honor seven extraordinary women from New York City who are making tremendous strides in their fields by using their skills and expertise to strengthen our communities. Two young community leaders will also be honored during the event and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will serve as the event's keynote speaker."</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VP3LUNBWrWB" target="_blank">evening</a> in Albany, City &amp; State NY will host a Somos Albany Kickoff Cocktail Reception. The event will feature New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and New York State Assemblyman &amp; Somos el Futuro Chair Marcos Crespo.</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday <a href="http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/html/news/events.shtml" target="_blank">morning</a>, The Office of Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, together with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will host "Tuberculosis Awareness Walk and Rally."&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Saturday <a href="http://events.cuny.edu/EventDetail.asp?EventId=59780" target="_blank">morning</a>, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) will host a CUNY Citizenship Application Assistance Event in Brooklyn.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Sunday <a href="https://twitter.com/inwoodgovt/status/575724090482388992/photo/1" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez will give his State of the District speech at George Washington Educational Campus.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">[</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" style="text-align: center;">Explore the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette for something you may have missed</a><span style="text-align: center;">]</span></p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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