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Sen. Biaggi takes aim at NBCUniversal

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State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi was among nearly 20 lawmakers Tuesday demanding the incoming chief executive of NBCUniversal address what they have described as a toxic workplace for women.

“The company is setting a dangerous precedent by silencing victims and ignoring complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace,” Biaggi said, in a release. “As members of the New York state legislature, we have a duty to shine a light on toxic culture and uplift the voices of New Yorkers who face harassment, assault and discrimination at work.”

“NBCUniversal must take concrete action to address the unsafe work environment they have created, and join the national movement to dismantle a culture of workplace harassment and discrimination.”

The move comes after reports that the media giant didn’t renew a contract with actress Gabrielle Union, who had been a judge on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent.” Union says she raised concerns about racist jokes make on the set, and having been told that her hairstyles were “too black,” according to Biaggi.

Union’s issues come on the heels of complaints against former “Today” host Matt Lauer, and claims the company walked away from Ronan Farrow’s initial reporting against former movie studio head Harvey Weinstein.

 

Bowman wants Engel looking at Afghanistan

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel may be focused on impeaching President Trump, but one of his primary opponents believes the Bronx Democrat’s attention should be elsewhere.

Jamaal Bowman is calling on Engel to use his House Foreign Affairs Committee to investigate America’s continued military involvement in Afghanistan, which has been ongoing for the last 18 years.

The school administrator cited a report from The Washington Post which says it has unearthed documents proving government officials have lied about the status of the conflict there, and whether American military objectives would ever be met.

“This shocking report reveals that our political leaders have not been honest and transparent about the nearly trillion-dollar war in Afghanistan,” Bowman said in a release. “Our leaders in Washington must immediately address this debacle.”

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