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          VOLUME 26, NO. 38                                  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021                                                  25 CENTS

                                                                     Columbus Heritage Coalition & I AM PAC
                Suozzi: “Local Journalism is
            Essential to a Thriving Democracy”                        Supports Eric Adams For Mayor of NYC
           Cosponsors Local Journalism Sustainability Act, bipartisan
           legislation that represents a lifeline for struggling community

                Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) has
           announced that the Local Journalism Sustainability Act has been
           included in the House Ways and Means Committee’s budget
           reconciliation mark up. The bipartisan legislation, of which
           Suozzi was an original cosponsor when it was reintroduced in
           the House in July, would help bolster local media outlets with
           temporary tax credits for publishers employing and hiring lo-
           cal journalists.
                “We must do everything we can to save local papers like the
           Queens Times and the dozens of other community newspapers
           across our region that have faced economic struggles due to the
           pandemic. Local journalism is essential to a thriving democracy
           and I am fighting to ensure this legislation is passed as part of
           the budget reconciliation,” said Suozzi.
                Under the tax bill that was released by the House Ways
           and Means Committee, local publishers would get annual tax
           credits of up to $25,000 for each journalist they employ, which
           could then be put toward their employers’ share of Medicare
           payroll taxes. The value of the credit would fall to $15,000   Pictured above at the Columbus Heritage Coalition fund raiser for NYC Mayoral Candidate
           after the law has been in effect for a year. Eligible publishers   Eric Adams, supported by the Italian American PAC (I AM PAC), held at the Columbus
           include print or digital local newspapers that serve the needs of   Citizens Foundation NYC is (l to r) Italian American Museum Founder and I AM PAC Board
           a regional or local community and who employ no more than   Member Cav. Joseph V. Scelsa, I AM PAC President James C. Lisa, I AM PAC Ambassador
                                                                   Congressman Tom Suozzi, NYC Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams, I AM PAC VP Robert Fonti,
           750 employees. These tax credits will help staunch layoffs that   I AM PAC Board Member Joseph Monticciolo and Console Generale d’Italia a NY Fabrizio
           have been gutting newsrooms while new organizations retool   Di Michele. Angelo Vivolo President of the Columbus Heritage Coalition (not pictured)
           to better compete online.                               orchestrated the fund raiser supported by the Italian American PA. I AM PAC is the first
                                                                   ethnic group to endorse Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams in the primary and is preparing to
                                                                   endorse him for the General election. Photo by Vinny LeVien.
         Covid-19 Has Killed as Many Americans
             as the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic                        Assemblyman David Weprin Applauds
                                                                      As Less is More Parole Reform Act is

                                                                            Signed Into Law by Gov. Hochul

             The covid-19 pandemic has  Americans who are helping spread
        killed over 676,000 Americans,  the highly contagious Delta vari-
        surpassing the estimated U.S.  ant of the virus.
        deaths from the 1918 Spanish       As NPR points out, the U.S.
        Flu pandemic. And despite ris-  population was roughly one-third
        ing vaccination rates, it looks  in 1918 what it is today, mean-
        like covid-19 is going to kill a lot  ing that a larger percentage of
        more Americans before this thing  the population was wiped out by
        is over.                     Spanish Flu. But covid-19 is far
             The U.S. reported 208,713 new  from over and still has plenty of
        cases of covid-19 on Monday,  time to kill more people.
        with 2,262 new deaths from the       The Spanish Flu pandemic,   Pictured is Assemblyman David Weprin stands with his colleague in government as
        disease, startling numbers being                           Governor Kathy Hochul signs Less Is More, a bill he co-sponsored in the NYS Assembly,
        driven largely by unvaccinated    (Continued on page 2)    into law. See story on page 2
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