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"...It's a modest step in the right direction, though it remains to be seen whether it will lead to meaningful reform."
Rep. Jeffries talks election results and future of Congress on NY 1's "Inside City Hall" with Errol Louis"...Now the Republicans have to step up and govern effectively. They can no longer be the obstructionist party that they've been over the last several years."
"This change appears to be a step in the right direction and a good-faith attempt by the Mayor to achieve a more equitable approach to minor marijuana possession in New York City. However, the new policy must be enforced equitably across all races. To the extent the police department continues to disproportionately enforce the law in black and Latino communities, any administrative change on minor marijuana possession will constitute window-dressing in the name of reform. The policy must be accompanied by the NYPD's willingness to treat everyone equally."
New York, NY – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) released the following statement on his unanimous election to serve as Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus:
"Congratulations to Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the incoming Chairperson, and the newly-elected members of the executive board.
WASHINGTON– Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement concerning the synagogue attack in West Jerusalem:
Washington, DC – During tonight’s Special Order Hour, Rep.
Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the New York Police Department’s change to its minor marijuana possession arrest policy:
Brooklyn, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the nomination of Loretta Lynch for United States Attorney General:
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Not long after Philip Banks III, the New York Police Department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, abruptly resigned on Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio phoned several black elected officials to conv
For all the rebuilding since Superstorm Sandy, damaged houses of worship have been left out in the cold due to federal prohibitions on direct aid to religious institutions.
Community leaders in Brooklyn say a church there has been ignored in the two years since Sandy damaged it.
The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is considering a request to investigate whether the NYPD's controversial "broken windows" crime-fighting strategy violates the civil rights of blac