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DNA Info: New NYPD Deputy Commissioner Gets Tepid Responses From Black, Latino Leaders

CITY HALL — Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio heaped praise Wednesday on Benjamin Tucker, the new pick as the NYPD’s First Deputy Commissioner following Friday’s abrupt resignation of Philip Banks III. But the response from politicians and community leaders has been lukewarm at best. Banks, the chief of department and a […]

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New York Times: Politicians Show Frustration After a Police Chief’s Exit in New York

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 convey his disappointment. By then, Mr. Banks, who is African-American, was already telling people that he resigned because he believed the police commissioner, William J. Bratton, was […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on Change in Minor Marijuana Possession Arrest Policy

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:    “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 […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Nomination of Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to Replace Eric Holder as Attorney General

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the nomination of Loretta Lynch for United States Attorney General: “Loretta Lynch is a first-rate attorney, talented law enforcement professional and principled public servant. Her career journey is the absolute embodiment of the American dream, and she will serve this great country […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Appointment of Ben Tucker as First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD

New York, NY– Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the appointment of Ben Tucker as the First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD: “The departure of Chief Banks, which seems to have been unnecessarily provoked, left a gaping hole that the police department will struggle to fill. Ben Tucker has an interesting […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Appointment of Ben Tucker as First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD

New York, NY– Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the appointment of Ben Tucker as the First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD: “The departure of Chief Banks, which seems to have been unnecessarily provoked, left a gaping hole that the police department will struggle to fill. Ben Tucker has an interesting […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Departure of Chief Phillip Banks III

New York, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) released the following statement on the resignation of NYPD Chief Phillip Banks III: “Chief Phillip Banks III is a talented law enforcement professional whose intelligence, strength and integrity helped make New York City a safer place for everyone. The departure of Chief Banks is another blow […]

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Sandy-scarred houses of worship neglected by federal law

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. An attempt to amend the law and allow for such assistance in the case of natural disasters passed in the House but died in the Senate, and […]

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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 […]