Amsterdam News: 2013 Year in Review (Part 2)

Cyril Josh Barker | 1/2/2014, noon
part 2 of the 2013 year in review
De Blasio


  • Tragedy strikes when 1-year-old Antiq Hennis is shot in his stroller during a shoot-out in Brooklyn.His father, Anthony Hennis, is the intended target.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people line Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn for the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day. Political candidates use the parade to reach out to Black voters.
  • The city's primary elections set the stage for the general elections. Bill de Blasio becomes the Democratic candidate in the mayoral race, facing Republican Joe Lhota.
  • Letitia James wins the Democratic line for public advocate after a runoff with Daniel Squadron. Scott Stringer wins as the Democratic candidate for city comptroller.
  • Eric Adams wins uncontested for Brooklyn borough president.
  • Ken Thompson wins as the Democratic candidate for Brooklyn district attorney against Charles Hynes, who later runs as a Republican to regain his seat.
  • After five years in the position, Ben Jealous announces that he is resigning as president and CEO of the NAACP. Lorraine C. Miller is named CEO of the NAACP during the search for Jealous' replacement.
  • After a one-year hiatus, the 41st annual Urban League Classic returns to MetLife Stadium. The Benedict College Tigers beat the Virginia State University Trojans 30-14.
  • Tamika Mallory resigns as executive director of the National Action Network. Janaye Ingram is named as her replacement.
  • Al-Shabaab Islamic militants allegedly attack the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 62 civilians and wounding over 170.
  • The African American Day Parade takes place in Harlem.
  • The Million Youth March takes place in Harlem, bringing out hundreds of demonstrators who speak out against gun violence and racial profiling.
  • Aaron Alexis is killed by police officers after opening fire at the Washington, D.C., Naval Yard, leaving 12 killed and 8 injured.
  • The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation opens its $20 million renovation and redesign of its plaza in Brooklyn.
  • Federal prosecutors review the case of Ramarley Graham to determine whether his civil rights were violated.
  • Former AmNews co-owner John L. Edmonds dies at age 87.
  • Nina Davuluri, Miss New York 2013, wins the 93rd Miss America pageant.
  • Demonstrators hit the streets after 37-year-old Kyam Livingston dies of illness while in police custody after being held for seven hours with no medical attention.
  • Students at the City University of New York's (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College protest against former disgraced CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus teaching a class at the college.
  • The AmNews and Bill Lynch Associates host their annual Labor Breakfast.
  • Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins releases his autobiography, “A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic.”
  • Gay Men's Health Crisis Center Executive Director Marjorie Hill resigns.