Events for November 15-17, 2008

SATURDAY

8:30 a.m. City Comptroller Bill Thompson will be among the speakers at Democratic State Senate Leader Malcolm Smith's first Annual Education Conference, held at the Far Rockaway Community Church of Nazarene, 1414 Central Avenue, in Far Rockaway, Queens.

9:30 a.m. Christine Quinn addresses the Teach for America Alumni Conference at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway.

10 a.m. Thompson hosts a free mortgage counseling and foreclosure clinic, inside the music room at Lehman College, at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, in the Bronx.

11 a.m. Council Member Leroy Comrie hosts the street-renaming ceremony for the late Reverend Gene McGhee, at the intersection of 164th Street and 107th Avenue in Jamaica.

11:30 a.m. Anthony Weiner releases data showing an increase in the number of New Yorkers seeking food stamps, at the Fathers Heart Ministries, 545 11th Street.

11:45 a.m. Tom Suozzi dedicates the Rosa Parks Memorial at Hempstead Transit Center, on West Columbia Street in Hempstead.

11 a.m.  Deputy Director and Chief Economist at Fiscal Policy Institute James Parrott, keynotes "The Economic Crisis: What does it mean for working New Yorkers?" at the Cornell Conference Center, 16 East 34th Street, on 6th sixth floor.

12:15 p.m.  Thompson is among the attendees at the Council of School Supervisors and Administrator's 44th Leadership Conference, at the Hilton Hotel, 1335 Sixth Avenue.

Noon. Council Member Tony Avella, joined by Catholic League President Bill Donohue, announces a resolution that would require the D.O.E. to amend its holiday display rule to allow nativity scenes. On theCity Hall Steps.

1:30 p.m. A rally protesting California's passage of Proposition 8 will be held on the City Hall Steps.

All day. Policy makers and historians discuss the first 100 days of the Obama administration at The Teatro Room, Casa Italiana, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

4 p.m. David Rees and Matt Taibbi address the question "How doomed is America?" At the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway, in Park Slope.

All day. Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay ordained bishop, keynotes "Passion & Pride 2008, at the; Middle Collegiate Church, 50 East 7th Street. (9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)

SUNDAY

11 a.m. David Patesron does a live interview on “The Open Line with Bob Slade,” WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM.

4 p.m. Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats honor the groups Brooklyn for Barack and Audacity of Park Slope for their work in the 2008 elections,  and present the "Conscious of Brooklyn" awards. At 141 Fifth Avenue, in Brooklyn.

MONDAY

Noon. Education advocacy groups hold a press conference detailing the potential impact David Paterson's proposed cuts to education. In the L.C.A. press room in the basement of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
 
3 p.m. Residents and community leaders from Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Bedford-Stuyvesant will gather along with elected officials in protest of redevelopment plans for the Broadway Triangle section of north Brooklyn. In front of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

6:30 p.m. The Municipal Art Society hosts its Imagine Coney effort,  bringing to together designers to develop a vision for redevelopment of the neighborhoos. At Bamcafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music.

6:30 City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden holds  a forum with Gowanus residents on the rezoning proprodal for the areas. At P.S. 32,  317 Hoyt Street.

7 p.m. State Senator Marty Golden holds an education town hall at P.S. 277.

Representatives from the Department of Education will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

7:30 p.m. The NYPD hold its monthly community meeting in Williamsburg-Greenpoint, where the events of November 4 will likely be a major topic. At Capital One Bank, 807 Manhattan Avenue.