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No one knows for sure how the ongoing oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico will affect the deep sea ecosystem, but scientists are not optimistic. Oil from what is now considered the nation’s second largest spill, 1989’s Exxon Valdez mishap, slicked 11,000 square miles of ocean surface and 1,300 miles of pristine Alaskan coastline while killing hundreds of thousands of birds and marine mammals and untold numbers of fish and fish eggs. But the impacts of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon leak in the Gulf may be far worse given that much of the loose oil is actually in the water column, not on the surface.


Today at the steps of city hall protesters will gather to try and convince Gov. Paterson not to sign a bill (#S6873) banning sublets— a decision he is set to make in the next 24 hours. Now is your last chance to push back and demonstrate to the Governor the dire affect this would have on everyday New Yorkers!! 


Citing his unwavering commitment to working families, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC) announced its endorsement of Eric Schneiderman in the race for New York State Attorney General today. The union, which represents 80,000-plus New Yorkers and is known for its highly sophisticated political operation, plans an aggressive field program to communicate with its members throughout the state to recruit volunteers for the campaign.



Magnan Metz Gallery is proud to present for the first time in the United States an exhibition of personal work by Cuban painter Raúl Martínez (Ciego de Avila, 1927 – Havana, 1995), considered one of the most influential artists in Cuba’s history. The exhibit opens Thursday, July 22 from 6 to 7 PM.



Former Attorney General candidate, respected lawyer and LGBT leader Sean Patrick Maloney endorsed Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General today at a press conference in front of City Hall. In his enthusiastic endorsement, Maloney cited Schneiderman’s lifelong record of fighting for progressive justice and the values of the Democratic Party.



On Friday, Governor Patterson signed into law modifications to the stop and frisk database prohibiting the NYPD from keeping personal information of those stopped and questioned by the police but not arrested or given a summons. I am pleased that we are starting dialogues about these injustices. This law is the first step towards addressing the myriad of problems with the stop and frisk policy, but at the same time more must be done.



Triclosan is a synthetic chemical compound added to many personal and household care products to inhibit illness by preventing bacterial infection. It works by breaking down the biochemical pathways that bacteria use to keep their cell walls intact, and as such kills potentially harmful germs if used in strong enough formulations. First developed as a surgical scrub back in 1972, triclosan is now used in upwards of 700 different consumer-oriented products, many of which people use more than once a day. They include hand soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, kids’ toys, yoga mats and, of course, hand sanitizers.



Despite a delay in fundraising due to the Capitol's late-ending session, Eric Schneiderman today reported raising the second highest total this period. With $1.6 million raised over the last six months, and $2.7 million overall, Schneiderman more than doubled Sean Coffey, who reported raising $780,000 in the same period (Coffey bolstered this fundraising with a $2 million loan to himself), also doubling Eric Dinallo (at $787,000), Richard Brodsky ($519,000), and Dan Donovan (at $611,000).



Sunday, July 25 the NYICFF presents the first East Coast screening of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, in 3D, with live on-stage animal stars, demo and Q&A with Hollywood animal trainer, photo ops with the animal stars, plus prizes, cat and dog masks and activity books for all attendees!!! 



“The extradition and indictment of this defendant bring us a step closer to apprehending the members of an international identity theft ring,” said District Attorney Vance. “This Office is committed to shutting down criminal operations that traffic in stolen information used to steal identities and illegally acquire money.”