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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, 11 December 2016

New York

Dinner Raised Record-Breaking $28M for Vital UJA Initiatives

UJA held its annual Wall Street dinner at the Hilton with cocktails beginning at 5:00 PM. This year there were over 2,000 attendees with tickets selling out weeks in advance with the crowd excitedly anticipating the appearance of superstar Michael Douglas. Other illustrious awardees included Jeffrey Solomon, President of the Cowen Group, who received the Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award, and Jeffrey Aronson, Managing Principal of Centerbridge Partners, who was given the Gustave Levy Award.

As an attendee of this event for decades, this year was the most exceptional due to the enthusiasm of the crowd and the large showing of business titans

President-elect Trump has threatened to punish cities that undermine his efforts to deport undocumented immigrants. The new Republican-controlled Congress may also make cuts to longstanding aid programs. As reported by the NY Times, New York City officials are worried that they will lose federal funding and are frantically assessing their risk for losing billions of dollars in grants. 

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has been outspoken in his refusal to help identify or round up illegal

On Friday December 2nd, Airbnb surprised lawmakers by dropping the lawsuit that it filed against NYC in late October, as per the NY Times. Governor Andrew Cuomo had signed legislation on October 21, setting a fine of up to $7,500 for illegally listing multi-family dwellings for short term rental on platforms such as Airbnb. Days later Airbnb sued the city hoping to repeal the law.

Founded in 2008, Airbnb is a worldwide online short-term rental listing marketplace, which receives percentage fees from

Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing for his 2017 re-election bid. As such he is planning a public relations gimmick to improve the NYPD’s image with Hispanics and African Americans. As reported by the NY Post, last Friday the NY Police Department sent a letter to p.r. firms seeking out proposals for a promotion to improve its “depth of connection to various communities . . . with special emphasis and desired impact within communities of color.” The solicitation, signed by NYPD Chief Contracting

On Tuesday December 6th, the NYC Council passed a law requiring mayors to personally approve all modifications to or removal of city-imposed deed restrictions. The law requires the creation of an online database to track standing deed restrictions and alterations to them. According to his aides, Mayor de Blasio signed the bill and was helpful in crafting it. As per the NY Times, the law is an effort by city officials to prevent future situations similar to those which let Rivington House, a