Events for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

8:30 a.m.Developer Larry Silverstein updates progress at the World Trade Center and unveils designs for 99 Church Street during an Alliance for Downtown New York and Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association Breakfast at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St.

9:45 a.m. Symposium on ethics and character in the U.S. presidency sponsored by Yeshiva University. Speakers include numerous prominent voices including Robert Dallek, Nicholas Lemann and Eric Alterman. Free open to the public at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St.

10 a.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials discuss implementation of Jan. 31 requirement to present proof of identity/citizenship at border crossings and the opening of advance passport card applications at the New York Passport Agency, 376 Hudson St.

10 a.m. The Insurance Department holds public hearing on proposal by Group Health Incorporated and Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York to merge and convert to a for-profit company at H.I.P., 55 Water St.

10 a.m. Meeting of the New York State Economic Development Power Allocation Board in the Clarence D. Rappleyea Building, 123 Main St., 16th Floor Executive Conference Room, White Plains.

11 a.m. New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson and the New York City Pension Funds will announce plans to target an unprecedented number of America’s largest companies to strengthen workplace protections against bias and discrimination. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th St., room 310.

11 a.m. Immigrant advocates launch the Truth About Immigrants campaign at the Loft space of Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th Floor, near New Street, Lower Manhattan.

11 a.m. Council Member Bill De Blasio and community leaders call on City Planning to speed up the Carroll Gardens downzoning process at the City Planning Office, 16 Court St., Brooklyn.

12 p.m. Press conference announcing launch of New York Election Protection Program and voter assistance hotline; City Hall Steps. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wine tasting fundraiser for Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. at 1410 Madison Ave. 8 p.m. Former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich speaks at 92nd Street Y; 1395 Lexington Ave., at 92nd Street.