Events for Wednesday, March 4, 2009

8 a.m. New York Times Chief Financial Correspondent Floyd Norris will intervew former chief accountants at Securities and Exchange Commission in a discussion on the S.E.C.'s role in accounting. At Ernst & Young, 22nd floor café, 5 Times Square, Seventh Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets.

8 a.m. The Columbia Business School's Center on Global Brand Leadership holds BRITE '09 conference with "thinkers from the worlds of business, technology, media and marketing." At Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Cinema second floor, 116th Street and Broadway.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Corporate restructuring experts discuss "Distressed Investing & Deal Making in 2009." At Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue and 12th Street.

10:30 a.m. Chinatown tenants and advocates release a survey showing that "redevelopment is displaying small businesses and poor tenants." At Surdna Foundation, 330 Madison Avenue, on the 30th floor.

11 a.m. Haitian community leaders launch an initiative to prevent famine in Haiti and create a "seed bank" for Haitian farmers. At Bread and Roses Gallery 1199, ground floor, 310 West 43rd Street, near Eighth Avenue.

Noon. Kingsborough Community College honors three alumni in N.Y.P.D.'s harbor and scuba diving units who helped rescue Hudson River plane passengers. At Kingsborough Community College, Oceanview Room, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in Brooklyn.

Noon. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joins C.U.N.Y.  to announce plans of dispatching more nurses throughout the city. At St. Vincent's Hospital lobby, 170 West 12th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

12:30 p.m. Darfur People's Association of N.Y. will hold a rally in advance of International Criminal Court's expected decision regarding potential arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. At Dag Hammarskjold Park, East 47th Street and Second Avenue.

1:30 p.m. City Homeless Outreach Population Estimate is released at 33 Beaver Street, on the 17th Floor, in Room 1770.

4 p.m. New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge hosts a roundtable discussion on "the International Criminal Court and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir." At 20 Cooper Square, fifth floor conference room, between Fifth and Sixth Streets.

6 p.m. Supporters of keeping New York's lever-style voting machines to speak at city Board of Elections meeting on voting systems. In the commissioners' hearing room, sixth floor, 42 Broadway.

6:30 p.m. Psychology and philosophy professors discuss "Darwin 200: Evolution and the Ethical Brain" at event sponsored by John Templeton Foundation. The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

8 p.m. Ashford & Simpson, Vernon Reid, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte and others will perform at a concert-launch of  "Honor! a Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy" festival. Carnegie Hall, 161 West 56th Street.


11:30 a.m. Babylon Town officials announce new housing assistance program aimed at middle-income families. Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst.

2 p.m. Nassau County Health Department offers free flu shots. At William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, 28 West Carl Street, in Hicksville.

5 p.m. Tim Mazzei, Republican candidate for Brookhaven town supervisor, will hold a press conference for local high school newspaper reporters. At 1900 Route 112, Medford.

6 p.m. Asian Women In Business begins four-week series on small business ownership. On the sixth floor of 1290 Sixth Avenue, at 52nd Street.

7 p.m. Nassau County comptroller takes questions live from residents on "Access Live." P.A.T.V., Cablevision Channel 20.


10 a.m. The state Senate Environmental Conservation Committee will hold a public hearing on the Bigger Better Bottle Bill. In Room 124, of the Capitol in Albany.

10 a.m. The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will recognize the Rensselear County Child Support Collection Unit for increasing collections by 8 percent in 2008.  At 1801 6th Avenue, on the second floor, in Troy.

10:40 a.m. Community advocates and lawmakers call for immediate reform of the state's Industrial Development Agencies. At Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

11 a.m. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference will hold a news conference to discuss their proposals for the 2009-10 state budget. Room 315, of the Capitol, in Albany.

11 a.m. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver holds a news conference to discuss the Assembly's expected passage of reforms to Rockefeller drugs laws. In room 342, of the Capitol.

11 a.m. Assemblyman Marc Alessi and Senator Craig Johnson hold a news conference to advocate for the restoration of funding for breast cancer research in the 2009-10 state budget. The L.C.A. press room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

5:30 p.m. David Paterson will hold a Town Hall meeting. At the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth Street, Niagara Falls.

7 p.m. State Senator Thomas Morahan discusses David Paterson's proposed state budget and how federal economic stimulus package will affect county on "County Executive's Forum." At Rockland County government access channel, Cablevision Channel 78. Events for Wednesday, March 4, 2009