Amsterdam News: 2013 Year in Review (Part 2)
Cyril Josh Barker | 1/2/2014, noon
- The city's political landscape makes a major change after the general elections: Bill de Blasio is elected the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years; Letitia James in elected public advocate, making her the first Black, female, citywide-elected official; and Ken Thompson is officially elected Brooklyn's first new district attorney in nearly 30 years.
- Nationwide cuts to food stamps leave 47 million Americans with less money to buy food due to to the end of a temporary boost of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
- Pressure is put on Mayor-elect de Blasio to follow through on his promises to compensate the “Central Park Five.”
- Red Lobster opens in Harlem on 125th Street.
- Kim Royster is promoted to deputy chief, making her the third African-American woman to achieve the rank of chief in the NYPD's history.
- Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a waring shot at her abusive husband, is released from prison on house arrest after she is granted a retrial.
- George Zimmerman is arrested in Florida after aiming a gun at his girlfriend.
- Civil rights leaders hold protests at retailers over shop-and-frisk, with many calling for boycotts.
- The New York City Commission on Human Rights requests information from several retailers over their security practices when it comes to stopping people.
- The release of the book “The Diary of Malcolm X” is put on hold after family members of the late civil rights leader and the publisher of the book land in court over unverified content in the book.
- The family of Kyam Livingston, who died in police custody after she fell ill, file a federal lawsuit.
- Disaster strikes when at least four are dead and 63 others injured following a Metro-North Railroad train derailment near Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.
- Preliminary reports by the National Transportation Safety Board determine that the train was traveling at 82 miles per hour rather than 30 miles per hour, which is the speed required on the section where the accident occurs.
- Students and Harlem community members march on City College to protest a string of actions taken by the college and CUNY to bring back the ROTC. Six students are arrested for protesting.
- Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio makes the first appointments to his administration. Among them are Anthony Shorris as deputy mayor, Dominic Williams as his chief of staff and Bill Bratton as NYPD commissioner.
- Former South African President and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela dies at age 95. As the world mourns the death of Mandela, all eyes are on South Africa, where his memorial takes place. President Barack Obama speaks at his memorial service.
- The FDNY graduates a record number of diverse firefighters.
- Black-owned radio station AM 1600 WWRL plans to switch to Spanish language, getting rid all of its Black and progressive programming.
- Dance icon Fred Benjamin dies at age 69.
- Interfaith Medical Center remains open after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office decides to continue funding the hospital until March 2014.
- The Target Corporation and the United States Secret Service say that more than 40 million credit and debit cards used in Target stores may have been compromised due to a data breach.
- An unnamed gunman shoots three teenagers, two fatally, in a neighborhood near Interstate 78 in Newark, N.J., on Christmas Day.
- The shooting occurs shortly after three other men are killed and two more wounded by a shooting at a strip club in Irvington, N.J.