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Today’s Headlines from New York City

Details about the recently approved city budget at NYC.gov. Mixed City Council reaction to poverty formula for grants. (Capital NY) New York City budget funds Rockaways ferry service only through October (7online) AP IMPACT: NYC Jails Neglected Suicide Precautions . (AP/ABC) New York City Approves Municipal ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants (Democracy Now!) More Than Half of NYC Holocaust Survivors Living in Poverty Despite German Reparations. (Forward) A Guide to New York’s New Medical Marijuana Law.(NYmag) Brooklyn DA Discusses Efforts to Turn Tide in His Office (NY1) Steven Wishnia examines New York’s retirement crisis in a two part series for LaborPress. 1. Fear of a Cat-Food Diet: Facing New York’s Retirement Crisis 2. Avoiding a Cat-Food Diet: Ideas to Fix the Retirement Crisis NYC is looking to hire an Assistant Deputy Commissioner, SNAP (HRA). (CityLimits) Queens Museum announced the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for emerging NYC artists– three $20,000 grants + artist’s project at Queens Museum   The New…

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Today’s New York City Headlines

Cuomo Signs Off on Speed Camera Expansion NY casino location board may expand Brooklyn, NY, Celebrates Do the Right Thing Day in Honor of Director Spike Lee City Council Expands Funding Of Veterans Services  TLC’s Unintended Taxicab Confession Deal Could Bring Limited Free Wi-Fi to Port Authority Airports Bronx CUNY funds restored  A Fighter for NY’s Mexican Community  Stabbing victim walks into Jamaica McDonald’s with knife in back  Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place “Reality TV” Writers Outraged by Working Conditions: NYC City Council Committee Holds Hearing On Working Conditions For Reality TV Production (CBS) And here’s the Labor tke: NYC Reality TV “Sweatshop” Hearing Decries Wage Theft, Long Hours & “Beleaguered And Exhausted Workforce” – Deadline.com http://bit.ly/1nHJDAM Related articles Bullying a Pressing NYC Issue After Fatal Bronx Stabbing NY Senate – Skelos Not Ready To Bring NYC Speeding Bill For Vote

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Ridgewood Rezoning heads to City Planning this Thursday

For the first time in 40 years, Ridgewood Queens may have one of its manufacturing areas rezoned for residential use. At a packed Land Use committee meeting on Myrtle Avenue, Community Board 5 members heard from the public, contractors, developers and the owner of the lot. With about a block and a half being rezoned for the developers needs. At the end of the meeting, the committee voted in favor of recommending the rezoning. Two days later, at a full CB5 board meeting at Christ The King high school, the rezoning proposal was approved. A city Planning Commission meeting on April 24, (10:30 at Borough Hall, 2nd floor) will be the next stop for the proposal. Some residents, worried about the eyesore the property has become since City Brothers lost their license to operate their waste removal business from the site, are very much in favor of the development. Arguing…

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CUNY Latin@ Cultural Studies Conference, 4/25/14

“The one-day conference aims to ignite an interdisciplinary conversation among members of CUNY and the community about the role of Latino/a literature, art, film, performance and media in local and global processes of change.” Date:April 25, 2014 Time:9 AM LaGuardia Community College 31-10 Thomson Avenue Long Island City, Queens E-building 718-482-5985 Website: http://lagcc-cuny.digication.com/cuny_latino_cultural_studies_conference Admission: Free

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For or Against the Ridgewood Rezoning? How to Speak Up

In the working-class neighborhood of Ridgewood (Queens), neighbors, developers and local leaders have been debating the fate of 176 Woodward Ave. Developers are eyeing the site for rezoning and eventual development as a 88 unit mixed use complex that would include 88 residential units and over 100 parking spaces. With the community board scheduled to make its recommendation on April 9th, time is running out to speak for or against the rezoning/development. How can you have your voice heard on this matter? Here are three options Show up to the April 7th meeting of the Zoning and Land Use Review Committee of CB5 at at 61-23 Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, at 7:30pm on Monday, April 7th. Public comment will be accepted at the meeting. (See Details below) Contact CouncilMember Antonio Reynoso (who will be voting on the rezoning) Contact the Community Board at qnscb5@nyc.rr.com Here is the announcement of the April 7th…