Monday, May 21, 2018

Democratic Leaders Hold News Conference to Unveil 'Better Deal' Agenda

Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with party colleagues, hold a news conference to unveil their “Better Deal for Our Democracy” agenda.

Click here for video.

Source: C-SPAN

New NRA President Blames School Shootings on Ritalin

Incoming NRA president Oliver North suggested that the ADHD medication Ritalin could be responsible for school shootings.

Pope Reportedly Tells Gay Man: God Made You Like This

Coalition Fights to Save Harlem Landmark, Seeks Public Support

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The following statement was submitted today by the Historic Districts Council

On April 17, 2018, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a public hearing for the proposed Central Harlem 130-132 Streets Historic District. The testimony at the public hearing overwhelmingly supported the designation of these special blocks in Harlem, whose aesthetic beauty is only surpassed by the significance of their cultural history. The history which happened here — from the artists of the Harlem Renaissance, to the organization of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 — transformed the world.

This small, three-block district is now in danger of being chipped away by a building owner who opposes landmarking. The threatened property is 161-165 West 132nd Street, a four-story Classical Revival garage building with an intact facade, cornice, and original windows on the second floor.  Our coalition, including Save Harlem Now!; Manhattan Community Board 10; and the West 130th Street and West 132nd Street Block Associations call for your help to get this historic district designated intact. The owner has hired a well-connected lobbying firm to remove his building from the district - we need to use our voices to contact our elected officials and tell them to listen to the community: No carve outs in Harlem!

We are especially concerned that after the LPC designates this district intact, the City Council will not. There are powerful forces at work to remove this building, despite overwhelming community support and the LPC deliberately including it in the proposed district. 

Please click here to send a letter to the City Council today.

Thank you! 

The U.S. Considered Declaring Russia a State Sponsor of Terror, Then Dropped It

After an attack on a former spy, the State Department pondered placing that label on Putin’s government. Instead, the Trump administration continued a longtime U.S. policy of treating Russia as a partner in fighting terrorism even as evidence of its misbehavior mounts.

by Sebastian Rotella

The attempt to kill a former Russian spy in England bore an ominous signature: The assailants used a lethal nerve agent of a type developed in the Soviet Union, and British investigators quickly concluded that only the Kremlin could have carried out such a sophisticated hit.

Soon after the March attack, Rex Tillerson, then the U.S. secretary of state, ordered State Department officials to outline the case for designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law. Experts in the department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism began to assemble what they thought was a strong case.

But almost as quickly as the review began — within about two days — the secretary of state’s office sent new instructions to drop the initiative, according to State Department officials familiar with the episode.

“There are a lot of issues that we have to work on together with Russia,” a U.S. official said. “Designating them would interfere with our ability to do that.”

The State Department’s reluctance to impose the terror designation was not a product of Trump administration sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials say. Rather, it reflected an ambivalent and at times contradictory policy toward Russia on terrorism issues that stretches back more than a dozen years, American intelligence officials and foreign-policy experts said.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: ProPublica 

Army Corps of Engineers Will Leave Puerto Rico as Thousands Lack Electricity

This report was published on YouTube on May 19. 

Source: PBS NewsHour

The Week Ahead in Washington

Alexis Simendinger and Jennifer Shutt previewed the week ahead in Washington, D.C. Topics included the defense authorization bill and fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills, immigration, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Click here for video.

Source: C-SPAN 

Daniel Ellsberg: Whistleblowing is Needed to Avert Catastrophic U.S. War with Iran & North Korea

This video was published on YouTube on May 18. 

Source: Democracy Now!

Trump’s EPA Doesn’t Want You to Know Chemicals in Teflon Are Poisoning Waterways & Firefighters

This video was published on YouTube on May 18. 

Source: Democracy Now!

Land, Labor, and the Black Codes: The Civil War and Reconstruction

This video was published on YouTube on March 30, 2015. 

In The Unfinished Revolution: Reconstruction and After, 1865-1890, Professor Eric Foner examines the pivotal but misunderstood era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War, the first effort in American history to construct an interracial democracy. 

Beginning with a discussion of the dramatic change in historians’ interpretations of the period in the last two generations, Foner goes on to discuss how Reconstruction turned on issues of continued relevance today. 

Source: ColumbiaLearn

The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.

A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of today.

This article was originally published on July 27, 2017. 

Last month, hours after a jury acquitted former police officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile, protesters in St. Paul, Minnesota, shutdown Interstate 94. With signs that read: “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace,” the chant of “Philando, Philando” rang out as they marched down the highway in the dark of night.

The scene was familiar. A year earlier, massive protests had erupted when Yanez killed Castile, after pulling him over for a broken taillight. Dashcam footage shows Yanez firing through the open window of Castile’s car, seconds after Castile disclosed that he owned and was licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

A respected school nutritionist, Castile was one of 233 African-Americans shot and killed by police in 2016, a startling number when demographics are considered. African-Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but account for 24 percent of people fatally shot by police. According to the Washington Post, blacks are “2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers.”

Today’s stories are anything but a recent phenomenon. A cardboard placard in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and on view in the new exhibition “More Than a Picture,” underscores that reality. 

Click here for the full article. 


Hollywood & Race: 'Lost Boundaries' (1949)

Lost Boundaries is a 1949 American film directed by Alfred L. Werker that stars Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer (in his first starring role), and Susan Douglas Rubeš.

The film is based on William Lindsay White's book of the same title, a non-fiction account of Dr. Albert C. Johnston and his family, who passed for white while living in New England in the 1930s and 1940s.

The film won the 1949 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Screenplay.

Source: Wikipedia and YouTube Movies

Trailblazers in Black History: Janet Jackson

The Music Icon Becomes First Black
Woman To Receive Billboard Icon Award

By Ron Dicker

Janet Jackson kept the hits coming Sunday on the night she became the first black woman to win the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

She slayed a medley of her most popular songs ― including “Nasty” and “Throb” ― and gave a powerful speech that pledged solidarity to #MeToo while calling for an end to “loud and harsh” public discourse.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: The Huffington Post 

This Man Was Moving Into His Home When Cops Arrived: 'I Was Fearful For My Life'

Someone called the police on Darren Martin for suspected armed robbery. The reality? He was moving into his New York City apartment.

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Source: The Huffington Post

Divided Supreme Court Rules for Businesses Over Workers

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. The outcome is an important victory for business interests.

Click here for the full article.

Source: NBC News 

Update: 1:36 p.m. (EST)
Statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo 

"At a time when labor is already under attack, the Supreme Court's decision will allow companies to severely restrict the options their employees have to fight back against workplace violations like racial discrimination and sexual harassment. I join with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in calling on Congress to address the dangerous consequences of this faulty ruling and pass legislation to protect the rights of workers." 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

DOJ Seeks Probe of FBI Conduct in 2016 Campaign After Trump 'Spy' Claim

by Adam Edelman

Following demands by President Donald Trump for the Justice Department to investigate his claim that his campaign had been "infiltrated or surveilled" by the FBI, the agency on Monday directed the Inspector General to probe those accusations.

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Source: NBC News 

Border Patrol Agent Stops U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana

In this video provided by Ana Suda, a U.S. Border Patrol agent tells Suda and her friend that he stopped them and checked their identification documents because they were speaking Spanish in a store in Havre, Montana.

Source: CBS News 

Pompeo: Iran to Face 'Strongest Sanctions in History'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out the U.S. strategy for seeking a new course in Iran after President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month. He spoke at the Heritage Foundation, and CBS News' Kylie Atwood joined CBSN to discuss the highlights.

Young Nicaraguans Lead Protests Against President Ortega

Source: FRANCE 24 English

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn: 'Either We Import Stability, or We Export Instability'

Source: FRANCE 24 English

US-China Trade War is 'On Hold'

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Is GDPR a Good Thing for EU Tech Companies?

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Pro-War Pundits on US Airwaves

UN: Challenges Persist in Meeting Humanitarian Needs in Syria

Nigeria: Cleaning Up the Oil Industry’s Past Mistakes

Thai Coup Anniversary: Protests Expected Against Military

Maduro Wins Venezuela Polls: 'They Underestimated Me'

US Middle East Policy: Has Trump Fulfilled His Campaign Pledges?

Happening in Harlem: Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories


New York, NY - Infecting Change Productions (ICP) has announced the debut of Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories at the National Black Theatre from May 24-26

The three-night event is presented by Mississippi native J.P. (Jana) Haynes, an author, playwright, spoken word artist and the writer, director and producer of show. 

According to Haynes: “We are thrilled that New York is the next stop on our tour and we are honored to debut at the National Black Theatre. At Infecting Change Productions (ICP), the name speaks for itself. We are on assignment to set the world on fire with an infection of love, positivity and belief in your ability to do the impossible and be the inspiration for you to do it.”

The cast will perform a scene from the play at 8 a.m. on May 23 on "Make It Plain". The show is broadcast on SiriusXM Progress (Channel 127). 
According to the show host Mark Thompson, “Selma The Musical is the Hamilton of America’s voting rights history.” 
Click here for additional information. 
Source: Mercury

The Eviction Machine Churning Through New York City

By Kim Barker, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Grace Ashford and Sarah Cohen

When Neri Carranza went to see the apartment on West 109th Street in Manhattan, she folded money into the pocket of her blue jacket, just in case she liked the place. This would be the first apartment she had ever looked at, the first time she could make a home of her own, paid for with the earnings from her first job, at a glass factory. And the apartment was exactly as her friend from church had described it: small but comfortable.

So on a freezing Sunday in 1956, Ms. Carranza, then 32, with a crown of black hair and a fierce desire for independence, moved into the narrow two-bedroom apartment. She made it her own, cleaning and decorating every Sunday, planting yellow roses and hot-pink geraniums in window boxes, painting the walls white when they needed a new coat. As landlords came and went, Ms. Carranza stayed, becoming a fixture in the largely Latino neighborhood.

“I had everything I ever wanted,” Ms. Carranza said.

But one day in 2010, when she was 87, Ms. Carranza learned that her new landlord wanted to evict her for what seemed like the most nonsensical reason: She supposedly didn’t live in her own beloved home.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: The New York Times (via Empire Report New York) 

Reform Party Nominates Molinaro, Backs Bharara for Attorney General

By Jimmy Vielkind 

ALBANY — The Reform Party has nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for governor, giving the leading Republican candidate his first ballot line as he seeks to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Molinaro spoke to the Reform Party's convention Sunday on Long Island, according to radio host Curtis Sliwa, who serves as its chairman. The party was created in 2014 by Republican operatives working on Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign, and was originally dubbed the “Stop Common Core” line.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: Politico (via Empire Report New York) 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Preparing City For Marijuana Legalization, Instructs NYPD To Halt Arrests

By Benjamin Fearnow

ew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to instruct NYPD to stop arrests of New Yorkers smoking weed in public while additionally forming a task force to ease what he sees as an inevitable full-on legalization of recreational marijuana.

De Blasio will direct the New York Police Department to hand out summonses -- and not arrest -- people caught smoking pot by officers in public areas across the city, aides told the New York Daily News Sunday.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: Newsweek (via Empire Report New York) 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cuomo Presents Governor's Medal for Public Service to 99-Year-Old WWII Veteran Sidney Walton

Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo met with WWII veteran Sidney Walton at the State Capitol and presented him with the Governor's Medal for Public Service. Mr. Walton, a New York native, is currently on a "No Regrets Tour" of the United States that aims to give anyone hoping to meet a WWII veteran the opportunity to do so. He plans to meet the governors of all 50 states and complete his tour at the White House on his 100th birthday in February. 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Poetry Spotlight: 'Murderers' Devón

The dark money flows
False promises of hope
Liberty and Justice
Found hanging from a rope

Legislative leaders
Chairmen of the Board
Christianity be damned
For money is their Lord

America is broken
Africa left to bleed
Soulless Men of Wall
Blinded by their greed

Sunni versus Shia
Palestine’s aflame
Putrid smell of Death
Murder in God’s name

Sheridan in Whiteclay
Lakota Nation slain
Mother Earth is drenched
In sorrow, blood and pain

Man replaces Master
And sits upon the throne
Conscious filled with evil
His heart now made of stone

No fear of Revelations
Or The Horsemen on the way
The death dealers revel
But surely they will pay

For each will be judged
At the tolling of the bell
And the power they possess
Will not exist in Hell

This poem is one of 25 showcased in "The Awakening: A Collection of Poems....for the Dead". 

Santa Fe School Shooting: Possible Explosive Devices Found

Authorities have confirmed that possible explosive devices have been found both on school property and off-campus in connection with the Santa Fe High School shooting. Multiple fatalities have also been confirmed.

The EPA’s 'Leadership Summit' on PFOA Pollution Will Exclude Victims and Community Groups

By Sharon Lerner

In Partnership with The Investigative Fund

Kristen Mello wasn’t invited to the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming “National Leadership Summit” on PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS chemicals. For most of her life, Mello, a member of Westfield Residents Advocating For Themselves, drank water contaminated with the chemicals that are going to be discussed at the meeting. At least six compounds in this class seeped into local drinking water from firefighting foam used at the Air National Guard base in her hometown of Westfield, Massachusetts. Mello and several of her immediate family members have developed some of the health problems associated with the chemicals, including thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver problems. While most people in the United States have been exposed to PFAS, Westfield is one of the growing number of communities to learn they’ve had an especially high dose of the chemicals as the result of living near a military installation or manufacturing site that used them.

But when Mello sent the EPA a request to attend the PFAS summit, which will be held May 22-23 at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., the agency said she wasn’t welcome.  

Click here for the full article. 

Source: The Intercept_

U.S. House Rejects Farm Bill, 198-213

The House rejects the farm bill 198-213. Speaker Ryan then moves to reconsider the vote. All the Democrats and 30 Republicans voted no. The time of reconsideration vote is not known and the House continued with Special Order speeches.

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Source: C-SPAN 

Trump Taps Robert Wilkie to Run Veterans Affairs in Surprise Announcement

Source: CBS News

Cuomo Issues Open Letter to President Trump, Elected Officials in the Wake of Santa Fe Shooting

To President Trump, Members of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate:

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Las Vegas. Orlando. Parkland.

And now, Santa Fe.

When is enough enough? How many more innocent people have to die before you act?

You were elected to lead - do something. Your first responsibility is to the people of this country, not the NRA - do something. My heart breaks for the families who have to grieve from this needless violence - DO SOMETHING.


Andrew M. Cuomo
Father of Cara, Mariah and Michaela
Governor of New York
NRA "F" Rated Elected Official 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

NYC Council Speaker to Discuss Marijuana Decriminalization at NAN Rally

On May 19 at 9:30 a.m., New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will make an appearance at  the National Action Network's (NAN) House of Justice, 106 West 145th Street, to discuss marijuana decriminalization. 

According to a May 15 report published in The Gothamist, "City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Al Sharpton met at City Hall to demand an end to the racial disparities of marijuana arrests, and to call for marijuana legalization." 

The rally will be streamed live on and Impact Television. It will also be available on WLIB 1190 AM.

Source: Mercury

Sen. Sanders No Longer Accepting Applications for Free Computers

The following statement was submitted today by the office of New York State Senator James Sanders, Jr. 

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) had a very limited amount of computers to donate to non-profit organizations located in his district who are in need. However this process is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

Why Puerto Rico Deserves Statehood

The months-long recovery effort in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria has reignited the debate around statehood for the U.S. territory. Jose Fuentes, former Attorney General for Puerto Rico, explains why it’s time to make Puerto Rico the 51st state.

Trump Targets Planned Parenthood, Family Planning Services with New Abortion Rule

by Jonathan Allen

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved forward with a proposal Friday that would effectively ban Planned Parenthood and similar organizations from providing abortion and related services under the same roof as operations funded by federal family-planning grants, according to an administration official.

The so-called Hyde amendment prohibits the use of competitive federal family-planning grant funds for abortion, but organizations like Planned Parenthood have traditionally used the federal money for other health services while using private money for abortions and related services — sometimes at the same facilities and with the same staff.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News 

Governor Andrew Cuomo Responds By Issuing
Letter to NYSDOH Commissioner Howard Zucker

The governor directed Zucker to take immediate steps to protect and support New York's reproductive health facilities, which are critical to families across the state, no matter their financial status. The Governor issued the letter in light of reports of actions to be taken by the federal administration that would silence providers, limit health care, and restrict support for these services. 

Click here to view the letter. 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Rapper Meek Mill Backs Out of White House Talk on Prison Reform

by Dartunorro Clark

Rapper Meek Mill abruptly backed out of a prison reform event at the White House on Friday because he was concerned that a meeting with President Donald Trump would have distracted the public from the topic, according to a statement obtained by NBC News.

"I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system," said Mill, whose legal name is Robert Rihmeek Williams.

Click here for summary. 

Source: NBC News 

Trump Responds to North Korea's Summit Threat

President Trump to Speak at White House Prison Reform Summit

Source: PBS NewsHour

Hate Group Leader Appointed to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

By Heidi Beirich

It’s deeply disturbing that Tony Perkins has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

As head of the hate group Family Research Council, Perkins specializes in spreading false propaganda that demonizes the LGBT community and Muslims.

Perkins’ idea of "religious freedom" is having the freedom to discriminate against entire groups of people he doesn’t like.

His well-documented bigotry has no place in any government entity.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: The Southern Poverty Law Center

UK's anti-Slavery Czar Resigns

Source: euronews.

Trump: 'The European Union Has Been Terrible to the United States on Trade'

Source: euronews.

EU Acts to Protect EU-Iran Business from US Sanctions

Source: euronews.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Seeks Another Six Years in Power

Source: euronews.

Russian Former Spy Discharged from UK Hospital

Source: euronews.

Catholic Church Abuse Scandal: Chilean Bishops Offer Mass Resignation to Pope Francis

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Bronstein: 'Arab Countries Should Put All the Leverage They Have to Help Their Palestinian Brothers'

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Violence Against Women in India: 'A Lot Needs to Be Done to Better Enforce the Law'

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Eye On Africa: Yahya Jammeh Accused of Ordering 50 Migrant Deaths in 2005

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Racism Revelations from New York to Paris

This report was published on YouTube on May 17. 

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Homophobic Attacks on the Rise in France

This report was published on YouTube on May 17. 

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Calls for Boycott of 2018 FIFA World Cup

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, calls on high-ranking U.S. government officials, sports fans and leaders of industry, to follow the lead of the United Kingdom, Poland and Iceland, and boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Furthermore, FIFA sponsors of the 2018 World Cup, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, HyundaiKia, VISA, Anheuser-Busch, and McDonald's, as well as U.S. broadcasters FOX Sports and Telemundo, should be informed of the inexcusable and illegal actions undertaken by Russia in the run-up to hosting soccer's biggest tournament.

“The United States needs to send a clear & loud message to Russia that there are consequences for not respecting international law and order,” stated UCCA President Andriy Futey.  “We cannot tolerate this type of behavior and need to condemn the Russian Federation by boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup!”

Click here for the full announcement and to read the UCCA's April and May 2018 newsletters, which are available in English and Ukrainian.  

Source:  The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Justin Trudeau's Full Commencement Speech to NYU Graduates

Source: CBC News

North Korea Threatens to Call Off Next Month's Summit with U.S.

Source: CBS News

Gina Haspel Confirmed as CIA Director

Source: CBS News

GIVE and SNUG to Receive Over $17 Million to Combat Violent Crime, Shootings

More than $17.8 million in funding will be provided to the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative and SNUG, New York's street outreach program - both of which received national recognition for employing an evidence-based approach toward reducing gun violence. The 17 counties and 20 law enforcement agencies participating in the GIVE initiative will share $13.3 million of the funding, while the 11 SNUG sites throughout the state will share $4.5 million. This funding will allow communities to build on the work supported by GIVE and SNUG, which helped them significantly reduce gun violence and homicides in 2017.

"By investing in evidence-based practices with a proven record of success, New York is committed to combating gun violence in every corner of this great state," Governor Cuomo said. "From enacting the strongest gun safety laws in the nation to supporting these crucial programs, this administration is doing everything in its power to combat gun crime and protect New Yorkers."

Crime data from GIVE police agencies in 2017 show the number of individuals killed by gun violence has declined since 2016 by nearly 23 percent, while shooting incidents involving injury dropped by 15 percent. Firearm activity in GIVE jurisdictions also decreased compared to the five-year average between 2012 and 2016, with 21 percent fewer individuals killed by gun violence, and 7 percent fewer shooting incidents. There were 866 shooting victims in 2017, which was fewer than any of the previous eight years.

There were 546 murders statewide in 2017, which is a 13 percent decrease compared to the previous year and the lowest number since reliable record keeping began in 1965. Preliminary data indicates that firearm homicides dropped from 368 in 2016 to 292 in 2017 - a 20 percent decrease and the fewest on record.

Click here for the full announcement

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Senator to Announce Lawsuit Against Duo Who Accused Him of Bribery


On May 20 at 12 p.m., on the steps of City Hall, State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will hold a press conference to announce plans to sue in civil court a couple from Far Rockaway for $1 million because they intentionally tried to defame him by spreading lies that he sought a bribe.

In 2016, Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera leaders of an agricultural group called Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts came forward with some very serious accusations, which Sanders believes were politically motivated.

The duo, who are former chefs, said they came to Sanders when he was a City Councilman seeking funding to advance their organization and that he promised to give them $1.7 million in taxpayer money in exchange for a $250,000, which is false.

“These individuals made statements, which are untrue, and now they are going to have to face the consequences of those actions,” Sanders said. “This lawsuit that I will be filing is about setting the record straight. I have consistently fought for the districts I have represented during my time in politics, both at the city and state level, and I will not allow these people to ruin my record of service to my constituency because of their nefarious motivations or agenda.”

Moses and Rivera went so far as to take their claim to investigators.

Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts does not have 501(c)3 status and could not have received discretionary funding in the first place. Even, hypothetically, if money were to have been given, it would have had to go through a city agency – the Parks Department, because the land they wanted to utilize was parkland. The Parks Department would have then reimbursed them for the money they spent if they were able to document their expenditures with receipts.

Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr.