Events for Wednesday, July 30, 2008

8 a.m. T.S.A. Administrator Kip Hawley speaks at F.B.I. and T.S.A. terrorism and transportation conference; .11:15 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen speaks; Sheraton Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave

8:30 a.m. The New York Building Congress releases report on rising construction costs at an industry forum; Hilton New York, 1335 Sixth Ave.

9:30 a.m.Press conference to announce $750,000 initiative to help 125th Street businesses affected by rezoning; Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp., 290 Lenox Ave., 2nd floor conference room.

11 a.m. The League of Dominican American Elected Officials holds a news conference on the impact of rising oil and gas prices on working class Latinos; West 43rd Street and Broadway.

11 a.m. Broadband Advisory Committee holds public briefing; Committee of the Whole Room, City Hall.

Noon. Activists protest attack on Black families by the NYC Administration of Children’s Services; in front of ACS Headquarters, 150 William St.

Noon. Members of Community Voices Heard set up soup line to highlight poverty issues; City Hall, across from 250 Broadway.

1 p.m. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and State Senator Frank Padavan discuss shortage of skilled auto technicians; Center for Automotive Education & Training, 15-30 Petracca Place, Whitestone.

4:30 p.m. Health care rights group celebrates 43rd anniversary of Medicare; 25 Beaver St.

7:00 p.m. DL21C’s Womens Issues and Environmental Committees hosts Jill Long Thompson, candidate for Governor of Indiana, former Congresswoman, Undersecretary for Agriculture and vice chair of the Democratic Leadership Council. Joined by Congressional candidate Daniel Johnson of North Carolina; Gstaad Lounge, 43 W 26th Street; free for members, $7 for nonmembers, please RSVP.