Events for March 8, 2007

8:30 a.m. NYC School Construction Authority trustees will have a meeting at the Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street.

8:30 a.m. Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey will discuss substance abuse by victims of trauma at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse / Columbia University conference at Wiener Conference Center, 633 Third Avenue.

10 a.m. Council Member Hiram Monserrate, Council Member Miguel Martinez and the NALEO Educational Fund will call for the passage of legislation introduced by Senator Barack Obama that would put a stop to the U.S . Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) proposed 66 percent hike in fees for immigration and naturalization applications and petitions at City Hall.

10:30 a.m. The Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and the Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will have a public hearing on the rising rate of autism in New York state at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Noon. Siobhan Dennehy, executive director of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, is the guest of honor at the 23rd annual Irish Heritage and Culture Committee banquet at Bronx Community College, West 181st Street and University Avenue.

5:30 p.m. Celebrities from World Boxing Cares visit New York Foundling’s North Manhattan Family and Community Services at 542 West 153rd Street.

5:30 p.m. Assemblyman Keith Wright and Harlem Mothers SAVE (Stop Another Violent End) hold a family town hall meeting at the Minisink Town House, 646 Malcolm X Blvd., at 142nd Street.

6 p.m. State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing will have a fundraiser celebrating his 37th birthday with special guest Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at the World Bar at 48th Street and 1st Avenue.

6:30 p.m. U.S. Senator John McCain and moderator Walter Isaacson will have a “John McCain Exchange of Ideas” at the Hudson Theatre, 145 West 44th Street.

6:30 p.m. The NYC Department of Environmental Protection gives consumers information about their water and sewer bills at the Washington Heights Isabella Geriatric Center, 515 Audubon Avenue, at 190th Street.

7:30 p.m. The New York Young Republican Club will have their Monthly Speakers Forum featuring Hon. Herman Badillo, former Bronx borough president and author of One Nation, One Standard, and Nicole Gelenis, Searle Freedom Trust Fellow with the Manhattan Institute, at the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmens Club at 283 Lexington Avenue and 36th Street.

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