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4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.

AMSTERDAM NEWS

BROOKLYN BP MARTY MARKOWITZ STEERED NO-BID

CITY CONTRACTS TO HIS NON-PROFIT

An investigation has uncovered that Brooklyn

Borough President Marty Markowitz secured nearly $700,000 in no-bid city contracts for his non-profit,

Best of Brooklyn Inc., in the past four years. Markowitz's non-profit sends children from low- income families to camp and generally promotes Brooklyn by initiating and participation in various events such as the Brooklyn Book Festival. According to a tabloid four of the 18 contracts were issued on the same day for $24,999,just $1 short of the amount that would have required review by the city comptroller.After the City Council Speaker Christine Quinn slush fund fiasco earlier this year, that amount was dropped to $5,000. City Comptroller Bill Thompson said that purposely breaking up a contract into smaller parts for the purposes of avoiding scrutiny violates the law.

SONNY ABUBADIKA CARSON AVENUE DEBATE

GOES ON

"It's a shame that streets can be named after everyone in city--police officers, actors, whoever, but not our Sonny Abubadika Carson, this is due to the dictorial actions of Speaker Christine Quinn, who decided

that the Black community could not honor one of our freedom fighters while she named a street after that

racist Al Jolson. She pulled his name from a street renaming package which we traditionally all vote on

and pass, respecting the wishes of the city's diverse communities," said Councilman Charles Barron. The City Council is approving the street renaming package to include the names of the two auxiliary police officers, Nicholas T. Pekearo and Yevgeniy Marshalik, who were killed last year in the West Village. "We will continue to put Sonny Abubadika Carson's name on Gates Avenue even though it should have been

sanctioned by the city," Barron concluded.

FIGHTING FOR AFRICA'S FUTURE

PRESS CONFERENCE,SEPTEMBER 18

A September 18 press conference is scheduled at Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem (328 Malcolm X Avenue)

at 12 p.m. to announce KnockOut Poverty, an evening fundraising event of sports and entertainment to help eradicate poverty in Africa. KnockOut Povety will take place on September 28 at the Hammerstein Ballroom and will feature an IBF lightweight championship bout between Eromosele Albert and Ossie Duran, as well as entertainment from Grammy Award-winning artist Youssou N'Dour and others. For more information,call (212) 981-5250 or visit www.allforafrica.org.

CITY HALL RECEPTION FOR GRENADA

PRIME MINISTER,SEPTEMBER 19

Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron will host a City Hall reception for Grenada, Carriacou

and Petit Martinique Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.The event will take place on September 19 at 11 a.m.in City Hall's Red Room. This is the newly elected prime minister's first visit to the United

States. The stated purpose of the trip is to explore investment opportunities and to update Grenadians

abroad about the new government's plans. Prime Minister Thomas and his delegation will also be at a

town hall meeting at Medgar Evers College on September 21.For more information about the visit, call

(212) 599-0301.

UNITY YOUTH RALLY IN NEWARK,SEPTEMBER 20

Organizers for Newark's Unity Youth Rally say that it is in the spirit of the Million Youth March and

the Black Unity Youth Rally. Scheduled to take place from 12 to 4 p.m. on September 20, the Unity Youth Rally will be held on the corner of Broad Street and Market Street in Newark, New Jersey. For more

information,call (973) 818-4460.