Events for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

8:30 a.m Chair of the M.T.A. Finance Commission Richard Ravitch will address the Building Congress in Trianon Ballroom at 1335 Sixth Avenue.

8:30 a.m. Time's Up! bicycle advocates educate the public about importance of using bike lanes at the Brooklyn entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge.

9 a.m. The Executive Committee of the New York City Economic Development Corporation will meet at 110 William Street.

9 a.m. A forum for non-profits on how to navigate the fiscal crisis will be held at 209 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn.

9:30 a.m. Council member Bill de Blasio joins union members and elected officials to call on the Administration for Children's Services to "pay state-mandated wage rates to home-based child care providers." On the steps of City Hall.

10 a.m. Senator Charles Schumer will announce the winners of a statewide lottery for inauguration tickets in Suite 1702 at 757 Third Avenue.

10 a.m. City Council Governmental Operations Committee examines Election Day problems. On the 14th floor of 250 Broadway.

11 a.m. Assemblyman Michael Gianaris is joined by friends and family of drunk-driving victim Panayiota Demetriou to call for tougher DWI laws at 21-77 31st Street, Suite 107, in Queens.

Noon. Community organizers and residents protest proposal to put a jail in the South Bronx. On the steps of City Hall.

1 p.m. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold a monthly meeting at 225 Park Avenue.

5:30 p.m. City Council will celebrate 60th anniversary of Israeli independence at Council Chambers, City Hall.

6 p.m. Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union holiday party. Campanile, 30 East 29th Street.

7:30 p.m. Speaker Christine Quinn will hold a community council meeting regarding recent West Village muggings in the basement of Our Lady of Pompeii Church on Carmine Street.


2 p.m. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and housing advocates will present data on "the tax-positive benefits of attached homes." At 100 Veterans Highway, Hauppauge.


9 a.m. Police officers will protest firing of Pleasantville officer at  80 Wheeler Avenue in Pleasantville.

10:30 a.m. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will announce an investment in ZeroPoint Clean Tech, a renewable energy company that manufactures Biomass Gasification Systems. At the Hebeler Corporation Manufacturing Annex, 720 Riverview Boulevard, Tonawanda.

11 a.m. Representative Maurice Hinchey will join Ulster County officials to debut the county's new hybrid bus. Ulster County Transit Center, 1 Danny Circle, in Kingston.

11 a.m. Consumer Reports Webwatch and NYPIRG representatives warn consumers about scams and frauds on the Internet. At the L.C.A. Press Room, Room 130, L.O.B., Albany.

Noon. Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef inducts six people into the Civil Rights Hall of Fame. At the Comfort Inn, Nanuet.

Noon. State agencies involved in energy issues will hold an energy policy briefing and R.G.G.I. auction background conference call at 1-888-469-1676. To access use the verbal passcode: ENERGY. Events for Wednesday, December 17, 2008