Year in Review 2010
Cyril Josh Barker | 4/12/2011, 5:30 p.m.
Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. announces in a ITALNew York TimesITAL op-ed that he will not run against Sen. Kristen Gillibrand for U.S. Senate. Rep. Charlie Rangel requests a leave of absence from his post as Chairman of the House of Ways and Means Committee while his ethics violation investigation continues. At the 82nd Academy Awards, actress Mo'Nique wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie "Precious." Screenwriter Gregory Fletcher takes home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for the film, becoming the first African-American to win the award. New Yorkers attend public hearing to voice their outrage over service cuts to the MTA. President Obama signs an executive order renewing the White House Initiative on historically Black colleges and Universities. Expelled State Sen. Hiram Monserrate announces he will run to get his seat back in a special election to fill his spot. New York is named one of 16 finalists in the Race to the Top program competing for nearly $1 billion federal funding given by the U.S. Department of Education to improve public schools. Supermarket chain Best Yet Market opens a location in Harlem. City University of New York (CUNY) students across the city protest against proposed budget cuts made by the state. Percussionist Lester Jenkins dies. Harriet Tubman Day is celebrated in Brooklyn. A groundbreaking ceremony with praise and protest is held for the Barclays Center at the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. The stadium is scheduled to be completed in 2011 and there are plans to bring NBA team the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn. Residents in Harlem rally to prevent service cuts to Riverbank State Park. The state's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation claims that the budget cuts to close state parks are needed. A nor'easter blows through the city bringing four inches of rain and winds up to 65 mph. The storm topples trees and creates widespread power outages. The family of NYPD shooting victim Sean Bell file a civil suit against the city. President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act into law. The Association of Community Organizations Refrom Now (better known as ACORN) disbands after 40 years. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia make an impromptu visit to Harlem to tour the Apollo Theater. In an 11-2 vote the MTA board votes in favor to make several cuts to bus and subway service in order to fill its $800 million budget gap. The United Negro College Fund celebrates its 66th anniversary.
New York State loses the Race to the Top competition. Mayor Bloomberg and teachers union leader Michael Mulgrew put the blame on one another for the loss in much needed funds for public education. Longtime ITALAmNewsITAL staffer Hattie Doran passes at age 68. The NAACP kicks off its "Yes We Count" campaign, aimed to get Blacks to take part in the 2010 Census as the tabulation begins. Sen. Eric Adams launches a billboard campaign urging people to stop wearing sagging pants. Harlem entrepreneur Claude Sharrieff Frazier dies at age 84. Upstate businessman Carl Paladino announces his candidacy in the New York gubernatorial race under the Republican Party with Tea Party support. He is deemed controversial because of racist comments he's made as well as racist e-mails he has transmitted. Harlem School for the Arts is threatened to close due to lack of funding. A suspected "flash mob" breaks out on Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan, resulting in 33 arrests and four people being shot by BB guns. A revival of the August Wilson play "Fences" opens on Broadway, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Adam Clayton Powell IV announces his candidacy to unseat Rep. Charlie Rangel as the midterm elections get underway. Civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks dies at age 85. Gov. Paterson introduces his minority- and women-owned (MWBE) business bill to make state agencies and public authorities accountable for diversity in procurement. Al Sharpton's National Action Network hosts its 12th Annual Conference. Hip hop pioneer Guru dies at age 48. Five-year-old Syniah Herndon survives after being shot in the leg during a daytime shootout in Brooklyn. State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. is formally sued by State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for siphoning $14 million from Soundview Health Clinic for personal expenses. NNPA publisher Lenora Carter dies at age 69. Harlem School of the Arts is saved after donations are made to prevent the school from closing. Mayor Bloomberg decides to comply with a state law that charges homeless New Yorkers 44 percent of their income to stay in shelters. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig owned by BP explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In the aftermath, environmental concerns arise and the oil affects the economy of the gulf coast. President Obama makes a stop in the city to lay out a plan for financial reform. Civil rights icon Dorothy Height dies at age 98. Arizona passes the controversial Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. The law mandates law enforcement to arrest those suspected of being illegal immigrants based on basic characteristics. Rumors swirl that box retailer Wal-Mart has plans to build its first store in the city in Brooklyn. After 161 years, St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan closes due to financial difficulties.