Events for March 2, 2007

8 a.m NYC Comptroller William Thompson addresses business and community leaders at York College in Jamaica, Queens.

8:30 a.m. Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks at an Association for a Better New York breakfast forum at the Hilton New York, 1335 Sixth Ave., between 53rd and 54th streets.

8:30 a.m. The Continuing Care Leadership Coalition hosts a forum on the proposed state budget at the Schervier Nursing Care Center Community Hall, 2975 Independence Ave. in Riverdale.

9 a.m. The New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis will present a high-profile panel featuring top economists, policy analysts, and business executives, with New School President Bob Kerrey discussing “Is the Sky Falling? Challenging Conventional Economic Wisdom” at The New School, 55 West 13th Street

9 a.m. The Rev. Al Sharpton prays with Nicole Paultre-Bell, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield prior to their grand jury testimony regarding the police shooting of Sean Bell outside the Queens Criminal Courthouse, 125-01 Queens Blvd.

10 a.m. A finance committee hearing on property tax assessments will be held at City Hall.

10 a.m. The state’s Committee on Codes, Committee on Correction and Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will have a public hearing on people with a history of alcohol and/or drug dependency being released from incarceration and the implementation of a parole initiative at the Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway.

10 a.m. Celebrity readers including Susan Sarandon, Serena Williams and Kayla Pratt participate in “reading on the Red Carpet” to celebrate Read Across America Day at The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

10 a.m. Open Society Institute will hold a roundtable discussion on Turkey at 400 West 59th St. between 9th and 10th Avenues.

2 p.m. A panel discussion on ending child marriages in developing countries will be held at the Church Center for the United Nations at 777 UN Plaza.

3 p.m. A 15-year-old girl who used to be a soldier in the Congo appears at a panel discussion on children of war at the Open Society Institute, 400 West 59th St.

6:30 p.m. The Brennan Center for Justice conducts panel discussion on reforming and renewing the American government, featuring the Observer’s Joe Conason, Representative Jerrold Nadler, the editorial board of The New York Times and Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, at Lipton Hall, 40 Washington Square South.

– Gillian Reagan