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NY 1: Congressman Calls on Banks to Help Coney Island Church Destroyed by Sandy

Community leaders in Brooklyn say a church there has been ignored in the two years since Sandy damaged it. The pastor of the United Community Baptist Church in Coney Island says he needs about $2.5 million to repair the building. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries sent letters to the four biggest banks in the country asking for […]

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Rep. Jeffries, Community Leaders Call on Banks to Help Houses of Worship Decimated by Superstorm Sandy

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), joined by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, United Community Baptist Church Pastor Connis Mobley and other community leaders, launched an effort to assist houses of worship severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy two years ago on this day.  Rep. Jeffries, whose district includes the storm-torn neighborhood of Coney […]

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Rep. Jeffries, Canarsie Residents to Commemorate 2-Year Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy at Candlelight Vigil

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on Ebola’s Arrival in New York City

New York, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) released the following statement in the aftermath of the first confirmed case of Ebola in New York: “In the wake of the first confirmed case of Ebola in New York City, the Obama administration must reassess the strength of the measures put into place to protect […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the October 17 Vandalism of the Coney Island 9/11 Memorial

BROOKLYN, NY: Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement condemning the act of vandalism of the 9/11 Memorial in Coney Island, New York on October 17.    “The heroes who laid down their lives to save others on September 11 deserve our reverence and respect for the sacrifice they made that day.  The […]

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New York Daily News: Justice Dept. refers request to investigate NYPD to civil rights division

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 black and Hispanic New Yorkers, the Daily News has learned. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik said the matter had been referred to the division in […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

New York, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) released the following statement concerning the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson in the aftermath of unprecedented security breaches surrounding President Obama and the White House. “The resignation of Director Pierson is a welcome development, but it is not sufficient. We cannot have a situation […]

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Ebony: Grading Congressional Black Caucus Weekend 2014

The issues of Black folks only take center stage a few times a year in any substantive and collective way: the annual NAACP convention, the National Action Network convention, maybe a fraternity or sorority event, (R.I.P. to Tavis’ “State of Black America”)…Alas, for the most part, our needs as a collective don’t merit a lot of large […]

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House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Boost Innovation, Expand Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Inventors & Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – In a moment of refreshing bipartisan collaboration, yesterday evening the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 5108 (327 – 22). The bill, sponsored by Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and co-sponsored by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), will benefit students, law schools and the innovation and tech community by partnering law student practitioners with […]

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USA TODAY: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

Twelve House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday demanding “the highest level of transparency” concerning how the league investigated the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. Goodell made clear in interviews Tuesday night with USA TODAY Sports and CBS that he does not feel his job is in […]