Events for Thursday, March 12, 2009

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. John's University hosts "Study Abroad and Emergency Preparedness" conference at the School of Law's Belson Moot Courtroom, Queens Campus.

9:30 Attorneys for Arent Fox L.L.P., Earl Colson and Steve Kimelman host a discussion on "how investors caught up in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities scandal can protect their financial and tax positions." At Arent Fox L.L.P., on the 34th floor of 1675 Broadway.

10 a.m. City Council's Transportation Committee will hold a hearing regarding transportation agencies financial accountability, in City Hall chambers.

10 a.m. Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation directors meet at the Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, the 37th-floor conference room.

10 a.m. to Noon. The Bronx Borough President's office and The New York Botanical Garden present "Empowering Bronx Women: A Panel Discussion on Women and the Opportunities Before Us." At The New York Botanical Garden, East 200th Street.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Council Member Tony Avella and the American-Italian Cancer Foundation sponsor mobile mammography screenings. At Waldbaum's Shopping Center, 133-11 20th Avenue, Queens.

10 a.m. Office of Emergency Management commissioner and Department of Education executive director participate in an emergency preparedness workshop with fourth and fifth graders. At P.S. 9, 80 Underhill Avenue, in Brooklyn.

10:30 a.m. The Parks Department celebrates 276th anniversary of Bowling Green Park at Broadway and Whitehall Street.

11 a.m. Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall to attend culinary hiring event in the parking lot of Citi Field, Roosevelt Avenue and 126th Street, Queens..

Noon. Demos ("a nonpartisan public policy center") joins The Nation and the Institute for Policy Studies to host a forum featuring experts and scholars discussing policy proposals for the new administration on domestic and international issues. At Demos, 220 Fifth Avenue, on the fifth floor.

Noon. The Coalition to Keep New York Working, Clean Water Jobs Coalition, and the Long Island Sound Citizens Advisory Committee hold a news conference to call on the state and federal government to "increase funding for wastewater infrastructure and Long Island Sound restoration programs." On the steps of City Hall.

Noon. Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., joins actors, film crews and production union members to urge David Paterson towards the extension of the Empire State Tax Credit to save in-state jobs. Fifth-floor conference room, 1 Centre Street.

12:30 p.m. South Bronx residents protest toll proposals in front of the office of State Senator Ruben Diaz, 1733 East 172nd Street, in the Bronx.

4 p.m. C.U.N.Y. professors, staff and students discuss the impact of proposed budget cuts on C.U.N.Y. at the New York City College of Technology, Atrium Auditorium, 300 Jay Street, in Brooklyn.

5 p.m. N.Y.C.'s director of population division Joseph Salvo will speak on "New Immigrants to New York: How and When Will They Gain Power in Government?" In room four of Spiro Hall, Wagner College.

5:30 p.m. The N.Y.C. Coalition to Stop the Cuts demonstrates against proposed budget cuts, outside of Michael Bloomberg's Upper East Side residence, 17 East 79th Street.

5:30 p.m. Council member Eric Gioia hosts a St. Patrick's Day celebration at Donovan's Pub, 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, in Queens.

6 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and members of the Queens congressional delegation host town hall meeting on the federal stimulus package, at York College, Lecture Hall 94, 20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, in Queens.

6:30 p.m. Local agencies and community groups present an emergency preparedness strategy for residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown at P.S. 20, 166 Essex Street.

LONG ISLAND

Noon. The Riverhead Town Board holds a "special" board meeting,  at 200 Howell Avenue, in Riverhead.

1:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Ted Koppel and Arthur Sulzberger Jr., will keynote the News Literacy Conference at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, off Long Island Expressway, Exit 62.

2 p.m. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy holds a news conference on the "Silver Alert System," a tracking system to locate seniors suffering from dementia and other cognitive disorders. In the large conference room, 12th floor, H. Lee Dennison Building.

6 p.m. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy holds second in a series of interactive town hall meetings known as "We Work For You" at Kings Park High School, 200 Route 25a, Kings Park.

NORTH

10:30 a.m. The Public Service Commission will hold a meeting in the 19th floor board room, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany.

12 p.m. The Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform will hold a public hearing to discuss "restructuring the state's tax laws to a more progressive model." At Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Room 4, Albany.

3 p.m. The New York Public Service Commission will hold a public statement hearing on a proposal by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation to increase rates for electric and natural gas delivery service. At the Common Council Chambers, Municipal Building, Third Floor, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.