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Pressure to reveal racial info about COVID-19 impact

The city continues to release data of which neighborhoods are getting hit hardest by COVID-19 and the pattern emerging if one of racial and wealth disparity.

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‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Singer Bill Withers has died at the age of 81.

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Bail reform overhauled in New York budget

After months of outcry, bail reform will be overhauled in New York, just months after the elimination of cash bail for the vast majority of misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases.

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Low-income zip codes hit hardest by COVID-19

COVID-19 cases are spiking in low income neighborhoods, in communities of color and immigrant neighborhoods.

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Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus

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COVID-19 mobile testing site opens in the Bronx

A new COVID-19 mobile testing site is open in the Northeast Bronx.

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center accepting medical supplies donations

In response to an outpouring of generosity by our community to donate critical medical supplies, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University–University Hospital of Brooklyn has established a special email that can be contacted by anyone interested in making donations.

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AG James pushes to increase abortion access during COVID-19 pandemic

New York Attorney General Letitia James is pushing to ensure women across the state and the nation are able to access safe and legal abortions during the coronavirus public health crisis.

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Al Sharpton urging faith leaders to discontinue services for Palm Sunday and Holy Week leading into Easter

Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton convened a call with the heads of the nation’s largest historically Black religious denominations and other faith leaders to call on clergy to refrain from having church services as we head into Palm Sunday and Easter Holy Week.

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What you need to know about rent, mortgage and property taxes

April 1 means the biggest payment most people make each month is due: their rent or mortgage payments

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Former NFL Player is now a medical doctor fighting the coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Myron Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar and college football player who was drafted by the NFL to play for the Tennessee Titans in 2010.

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No additional rent relief for New Yorkers as April 1 nears, Gov. Cuomo says

With April 1 just days away, many renters in New York who are struggling financially because of the coronavirus outbreak are still hoping for relief from the state.

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NYC cracking down to make sure people follow social distancing rules

President Donald Trump has extended social distancing guidelines and New York City will now fine people violating distancing rules, but some were out Monday ignoring those rules.

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Worst of the outbreak still coming to NY

The worst of the coronavirus outbreak is yet to come and extra hospital space is being built and converted around New York in preparation.

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Locked up: No masks, sanitizer as virus spreads behind bars

Prisons and jails are considered a potential epicenter for America’s coronavirus pandemic, health experts said.

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Mayor de Blasio calls for rent freeze amid COVID-19 crisis

Mayor. Bill de Blasio is calling for a rent freeze for 2.3 million tenants in nearly 1 million rent-stabilized units across the City amid the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Civil rights leader, MLK aide Joseph Lowery dies at 98

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday

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Beloved Harlem pastor dies of coronavirus

The longtime pastor of Harlem’s Macedonia Baptist Church, Reverend Isaac Graham, passed away Sunday after a short but intense battle with coronavirus.

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The federal government is sending money to Americans. When will your funds arrive?

With Republicans and Democrats in Congress said to have reached a deal on a new economic stimulus package amid the coronavirus crisis

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PODCAST: COVID-19 Behind Bars

As coronavirus spreads throughout New York City, advocates are letting their voices be heard about conditions in the city’s jails and prisons.

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De Blasio says he's 'looking into possibility' of rent freeze

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to suggest he was open to a rent freeze during the coronavirus outbreak but offered no further details about when a decision might be made.

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New York’s newest medical school holds first (remote) Match Day

The CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York (CSOM)—the first medical school established in New York State in over 40 years—held its inaugural Match Day event today with a virtual ceremony.

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Apollo Theater's 'Amateur Night' to hold auditions online

For the first time in its 86-year history, the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night auditions will be conducted exclusively through online submissions, as the nonprofit fills the coveted slots for the summer and fall 2020-21 season.

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Black Press establishes coronavirus pandemic task force and resource center

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association of African American-owned newspapers and media companies, is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing the NNPA Coronavirus Task Force and Resource Center.

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Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus relief package bill

The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced an agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses.

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Unemployment benefits: What to know about filing a claim during COVID-19 crisis

With nearly 80 million jobs at risk across the country due to the coronavirus crisis, the New York Labor Department's website has been crashing.

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Mayor de Blasio: NYC schools could remain closed rest of year

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the PIX11 Morning News Monday he fears the coronavirus crisis could keep city schools closed for the rest of the school year.

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Assemblyman Charles Barron released from hospital

Brooklyn Councilwoman Inez Barron tells the AmNews that her husband, Assemblyman Charles Barron, was released from the hospital following treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19).

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POLL: Biden-Abrams ticket beats Trump-Pence

A Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and former Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams would beat a Republican pairing of Donald Trump and Mike Pence

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Rihanna donates $5 million to relief efforts

Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation is giving $5 million to the response efforts against the coronavirus.

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1st fed inmate tests positive for coronavirus in Brooklyn

An inmate a federal jail in New York city has tested positive for coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case in the federal prison system.

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Al Sharpton turns NAN headquarters into community kitchen

Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) are partnering with World Central Kitchen to deliver hot and cold meals daily to those in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Gov. Cuomo orders all NY hair salons, barbershops to close amid COVID-19 outbreak

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all personal care businesses to close until further notice as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to grow.

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Long Island Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre tests positive for coronavirus

Reports indicate that Long Island Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre has tested postive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Community leaders want Black pols to step up for Black New Yorkers during COVID-19 crisis

This week, dozens of Black organizers from across New York State called on Black elected officials to "save Black lives" during the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally and press conference.

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Schomburg Center acquires American icon Harry Belafonte’s personal archive

The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the personal archive of civil rights activist, award-winning entertainer and producer, and cultural icon Harry Belafonte.

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City Comptroller: NYC must take immediate action to prepare for economic impacts of COVID-19

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a new analysis of the economic impact of COVID-19 on New York City, including significant projected losses in the entertainment, hotel, restaurant, travel, and tourism sectors.

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Over half of NYC children live in or near poverty

Over half of New York City’s children live in or near poverty, according to “Keeping Track of New York City’s Children: 2020,” the biennial report released today by Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC).

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EXCLUSIVE: Councilwoman Inez Barron confirms she's tested positive for coronavirus

Councilwoman Inez Barron confirms that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

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Charter offers free internet to students without access at home

Charter Communications announced it would provide its Spectrum broadband internet and Wi-Fi services to households with students that do not already have a Spectrum internet subscription.

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Advocates, politicians want fewer arrests, end to broken windows policing to curb spread of COVID-19

Criminal justice advocates are calling on the city and state to suspend broken windows arrests and similar criminal penalty enforcement policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable populations.

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Officials: There is enough food to go around despite high demand

Amid the coronavirus pandemic many people have rushed to super markets and other stores to stock up on food and supplies, with many customers hoarding certain items.

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NYC should be prepared for 'shelter-in-place' order: Mayor de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers should be prepared for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order as the number of cases in the city reaches 814.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio holds press conference on COVID-19

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press briefing at City Hall with updates on the city's efforts on COVID-19.

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Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres confirms he has coronavirus

Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres confirms he has tested positive for coronavirus.

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VIDEO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives update on State's COVID-19 response

Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a press briefing on how that state is handling the COVID-19 situation.

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Civil rights leaders calling on Congress to address impact of coronavirus on Black Americans

The nation’s leading civil rights organizations have requested an urgent meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer regarding racial equity in the coronavirus response proposal.

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American Red Cross faces severe blood shortage as coronavirus outbreak threatens nation's supply

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Wartime in New York City and state, with calls for Trump to mobilize military

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared it “wartime” in New York Monday.

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Mayor de Blasio gives update on city's efforts on COVID-19

Mayor Bill de Blasio Holds Media Availability on COVID-19.

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