Events for May 18, 2007

8 a.m. The directors of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will meet at One Liberty Plaza.

8 a.m. Leaders in Internet, politics and new media participate in the annual Personal Democracy Forum at the Michael Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street.

8:25 a.m. A bicyclist, subway rider, and driver race for the fastest commute time in Transportation Alternatives' "Great NYC Commuter Race," starting at Fix Cafe, North 11th Street at Bedford Avenue, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and finishing at the Bellevue Hospital, East 26th Street and First Avenue.

8:30 a.m. Council member Eric Gioia, Transportation Committee Council chair John C. Liu, London’s Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron and President of Partnership for New York City Kathryn Wylde will speak at a panel discussion on what the city can learn from London’s congestion pricing at New York University’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South.

8:30 a.m. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes will host the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Breakfast at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel, 333 Adams Street, in Brooklyn.

9:45 a.m. Assemblymen Keith Wright and Herman Farrell, Jr. will call on the Housing Court to appoint an administrator for three Harlem buildings after an arson investigation and suspicious gas leaks at 235 West 146th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

10 a.m. The Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions will hold a hearing on MTA finances and future plans at 250 Broadway.

11 a.m. The New York Aquarium will hold a blood drive at Education Hall, West 8th Street and Surf Avenue, in Brooklyn.

1 p.m. The New York Academy of Science will release a report on HIV-positive Asian New Yorkers at the annual Asian and Pacific Island HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event at the Schwartz Lecture Hall at the NYU Medical Center, 550 First Avenue.

4 p.m. State Sen. Andrew Lanza will host a Teacher Appreciation Awards Ceremony at 6541 Hylan Boulevard on Staten Island.

7 p.m. U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao will address the Society of Asian Federal Officers at the Gala Manor Banquet Hall, 37-02 Main Street, in Flushing.

9 p.m. A scholarship fundraiser for victims of the Virginia Tech shooting will be held at Webster Hall, 25 East 11th Street between Third and Fourth avenues.