Monday, June 11, 2012
At a time when political candidates are holding press events to tout endorsements, a group of elected leaders met in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan on Monday to denounce a candidate for Congress, Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
In his annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his parade of guests urged the crowd to fight the modern battle against inequality. And in at least once instance, that meant, for some, booing the person at the podium.
"We must deal with the issues of today," said Sharpton, who flew into the event after spending the morning in Washington DC. He equated the need to update the civil rights struggle today with the 1965 television sitcom F-Troop, which, according to Sharpton drew its humor from the fact that the post-Civil War soldiers "were fighting a war that had already been fought."
"The problem with many of us today is we want to fight the civil rights battle of 50 years ago," said Sharpton. "And not deal with the civil rights battle of today."
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Before his ethics probe heated up, Rep. Charlie Rangel was speaking out about how he would not vote to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unless it was to bring the troops home.
The vote took place earlier this week and the funding was approved.
Rangel, along with most of the Congress members from New York City, voted no. Mike McMahon, the Democrat representing the Republican-leaning 13th district in Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, was the only one from NYC to vote for the funding.
Here’s how the rest of the New York delegation voted on the bill (and thank goodness for the handy map from the Times):
NY-1: Democrat Tim Bishop-yes
NY-2: Democrat Steve Israel-yes
NY-3: Republican Peter King-yes
NY-4: Democrat Carolyn McCarthy-yes
NY-5: Democrat Gary Ackerman-yes
NY-6: Democrat Gregory Meeks-no
NY-7: Democrat Joe Crowley-no
NY-8: Democrat Jerry Nadler-no
NY-9: Democrat Anthony Weiner-no
NY-10: Democrat Ed Towns-no
NY-11: Democrat Yvette Clarke-no
NY-12: Democrat Nydia Velazquez-no
NY-13: Democrat Mike McMahon-yes
NY-14: Democrat Carolyn Maloney-no
NY-15: Democrat Charlie Rangel-no
NY-16: Democrat Jose Serrano-no
NY-17: Democrat Eliot Engel-yes
NY-18: Democrat Nita Lowey-yes
NY-19: Democrat John Hall-yes
NY-20: Democrat Scott Murphy-yes
NY-21: Democrat Paul Tonko-no
NY-22: Democrat Maurice Hinchey-no
NY-23: Democrat Bill Owens-yes
NY-24: Democrat Mike Arcuri-yes