Events for Wednesday, August 13, 2008

7:30 a.m. Federal Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Thomas Barrett unveils fleet of hydrogen vehicles at the 77th Street ramp in Central Park.

9:15 a.m. A group of reportedly hundreds demonstrate against the Lower East rezoning plan before the start of the City Planning department hearing, in front of 40 Washington Square South.

10 a.m. City Councilman Jim Gennaro hosts a discussion for senior citizen center directors about budget cuts at Hillcrest Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows.

10 a.m. Opponents of the Willets Point development plan hold rally and press conference prior to the City Planning department meeting in the Tishman Auditorium at NYU Law School, 40 Washington Square South. (Press conference at 10:30).

11 a.m. New York Civil Liberties Union and allies rally in support of Student Safety Act on the City Hall steps.

11 a.m. Sherman Browne announces his candidacy for State Assembly; 788 E. 214th St. in the Bronx.

11 a.m. City Councilman Tony Avella cuts up his city parking permit to protest what he calls the misuse of "official" and unauthorized permits. On the City Hall steps.

11 a.m. Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta presides over promotion ceremony; Building 9 Auditorium at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randalls Island.

11:30 a.m. State Senator Carl Kruger presents a Purple Heart and other medals to World War II veteran Frank Marsala at 2201 Ave. U.

Noon. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty honors Bruce Ratner as builder of the year at Tavern on the Green.

1 p.m. Elected officials and civic leaders rally in support of the Willets Point development plan on Washington Square Park South, at LaGuardia Place.

5 p.m. Families from Harlem march to denounce violence from West 134th Street, between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Avenue, to the PAL Harlem Armory on 143rd Street between Lenox and Fifth.

6:30 p.m. Leaders of 57th Assembly District hold interfaith prayer service for Barack Obama at Mount Sinai Baptist church, 241-45 Gates Avenue in Brooklyn.

7 p.m. Campaign reception for State Senator Ruben Diaz at Maestro’s Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale Ave. in the Bronx.

  Events for Wednesday, August 13, 2008