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PROBLEMS - Contact Your Public Servant

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NYC Council Member, Council District 13
James Vacca
3040 East Tremont Avenue
718-931-1721
jvacca@council.nyc.gov

Bronx Borough President
Adolfo Carrión Jr.
851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
718-590-3500
webmail@bronxbp.nyc.gov

State Senator, District 34
Jeff Klein
3713 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, New York 10465
718-822-2049
jdklein@senate.state.ny.us

State Assemblyman, Assembly District 82
Michael Benedetto
3369 East Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10461
718-892-2235
Benedetto@assembly.state.ny.us

U. S. Congress
Representative Joseph Crowley
2800 Bruckner Blvd

NY POST DISSASTERS

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What a week... First there was the earthquake, which hit the east coast and then tremors, followed by a hurricane. Holy cow- Thank the Lord it's finally over. New York City was spared the worst of earthquake, tremors last week and then Hurricane IRENE this weekend -

By The Grace of GOD, New Yorkers were mostly spared.

Thank God it's over... It has been a very rough week, including an earthquake and tremors, followed by the violent weekend visit from Hurricane IRENE. God's good deed for NYC decade!

BOEDC HOSTS BRONX COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT FORUM

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This Friday, June 15, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will host the first ever “Bronx Commercial Investment Forum.”

The event will offer an opportunity to learn about the advantages of being in the Bronx from successful business leaders as well as visionaries that have relocated their companies to the borough.

CRIME UPDATE

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Over the past three years, there have only been three days during which there were no murders, slashing, nor stabbings reported from The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island.

In fact, as of Monday NYC has enjoyed more than a week without any homicides reported to NYPD in the five boroughs. Could it be the cold temperatures? February of last year saw the city going through ten straight days without a homicide.

Hydraulic Fracturing or FRACKING?

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The energy industry wants you to know that they are responsible operations and that natural gas is found throughout the world in underground formations, such as sandstone, carbonates, coal and shale. Gaining access to this gas involves drilling vertical, horizontal or multi-lateral wells to the target formation.

Various completion techniques, such as hydraulic fracturing, are then used to create an effective connection between the well and the targeted hydrocarbon-containing formation, thereby providing a pathway for the gas to be produced.

Saved Lehman High School

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NYC Council member Jimmy Vacca says he has been officially advised that Lehman High School has now been taken off the closure list by the Department of Education.

Vacca says "This is once again a major victory for our community"

http://www.lehmanhs.com

ASSORTED INTERESTING EVENTS

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Event: National Press Foundation presents: Food, From Farm To Table
When: Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:00 p.m. EDT (DEADLINE)
Where: St. Louis, Missouri

COASTAL DEFENSES

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As the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which swamped New Jersey, New York and other parts of the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012, is fast approaching, there are some announcements:

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced $162 million in funding Thursday for 45 storm-protection projects from North Carolina all the way to New England.

The government is providing $15 million for salt marsh restoration along the New Jersey coast. It also allocated $4 million to help storm-proof the federal government's Ohmsett oil spill research and test facility in Middletown.

AMNESTY GOING BANANAS IN NYC

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Amnesty International USA claims it's easier to trade weapons around the world than it is to trade bananas.

This statement about bananas suggests how easy it could be for brutal dictators and armed groups to buy weapons and use them against civilians.

Amnesty plans to stage a huge event in New York City to educate the public about irresponsible arms trades.

World leaders are meeting to negotiate an arms trade treaty in July, so now is the perfect time to demand an arms trade that protects human rights.

A bulletproof arms trade treaty will:

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.