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March 21, 2015, 10:08 am

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James Appeals Decision Keeping Garner Grand Jury Minutes Sealed

Public Advocate Letitia James
Public Advocate Letitia James

Public Advocate Letitia James announced she would immediately appeal State Supreme Court Judge William Garnett’s decision not to unseal the grand jury minutes in the Eric Garner case.

Garner died in Staten Island July 17 after a confrontation with the police, who wanted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold as he and other officers tried to make the arrest. Garner was taped saying he couldn’t breathe and then collapsed and died on the sidewalk.

After Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan brought the matter to a grand jury who returned a verdict of no charges against any of the police involved. This prompted James along with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and The New York Post to file a suit asking the court to unseal the transcripts.

“We are clearly disappointed with this ruling, but undaunted in our quest for justice and promoting reform of a broken system,” said James. “The secrecy of the grand jury process is not absolute, it is not sacrosanct, it should not be shrouded in secrecy, or cloaked from the watchful eyes of the public.”

The federal Justice Department is also investigating the case.

Cornegy Goes To Boys & Girls High School

Bedford-Stuyvesant City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. is joining Brooklyn Commissioner of the Board of Elections, Dr. John Flateau, and Director of Voter Assistance for the New York City Campaign Finance Board, Onida Coward Mayers to Boys & Girls High School today as part of Student Voter Registration Day (SVRD).

SVRD  is a non-partisan civic education and voter registration targeting young students to get involved in the political system. The pilot program will comprise a day of civic education and voter registration for 17- and 18-year-olds. 15 Council Members and 25 schools across all five boroughs are participating in the day’s activities.

“I’m an early adopter of Student Voter Registration Day because the strategy that worked 50 years ago in Selma is still relevant,” said Cornegy. “Young people must have the full range of civic engagement, from demanding change to controlling it through the vote. I know our young people have the passion to follow through, just as their grandparents did.”

Felder, Savino, Golden Back Property Tax Limits

Brooklyn State Senators Sincha Felder, Diane Savino and Marty Golden all voted for a measure that Staten Island Sen. Andrew Lanza introduced that would establish limitations upon real property tax levies in New York City, capping growth at two percent (or the Consumer Price Index (CPI),
whichever is less).

“On a regular basis, throughout my district and across the five boroughs, people speak to me about the increased cost of property taxes and the effect on their personal family budget.  This legislation, now heading to the State Assembly for passage, if signed by Governor Cuomo, will provide much needed
property tax relief to property owners,” said Golden.

“Once again Senator Lanza is at the forefront of leading the effort to relieve New York City property owners who are being strangled over and over again by ever-increasing property taxes,” said Felder.

 De Blasio Does Fundraiser For Gentile

Mayor Bill de Blasio, last night, facilitated a fundraiser for Bay Ridge City Council member Vinnie Gentile, who is running for the 11th Congressional District seat in a special election on May 5.

The event was held at the Manhattan home of Bill Samuels, a wealthy political donor and activist who is often involved in progressive causes.

At post time it was not known how much money Gentile raised.

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  1. cynthia tannis

    im presently n court with my LL. im a 64yr old. n i really need to talk with somebody about my situation. i have legal counsel. ive been living @ present addr $going on 17yrs. i also have SCRIE to help with rising costs of these rents each yr. theres a a discrepercy concern arrears rent. ive paid rent every yr strait since living here. whn i got SCRIE suddenly i owe this back rent. back never was a issue til 2012 whn a dispute arose wit scrie, nw im SUDDENLY n the arrears. I FEEL THT SUDDENLY SINCE A LOT OF DIFF CULTURES R MOVING INTO OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, nw im being put under tht gun n being forced to move. i cud b wrong, but for some reason n my gut i dnt think so! plz help. i cnt afford to move n or go into a shelter to start all over again. like i said soon ill be 65yrs. ive had fires 2xs, had to start over. family force b to move out, n i had to go into a shelter. plz all i want is to fin my days n peace here. i dnt give LL any problems wit repairs etc, tht most LL go thru. i jus want ths matter settled n continue living til its my numbers up! thank u n advance for listening ms c tannis

  2. cynthia tannis

    i saw u on tv n felt maybe heres someone tht cn help keep my apt. can we talk n wont u plz listen if its not worth it. well at least u did listen thts all im asking thank u again ms c tannis


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