10 grand state grant causes controversy in New York.

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.

—Thomas Jefferson


According to the NY Post, Democrat State Senator—and ex-police Captain—Eric Adams of Brooklyn recently secured $10,000 grant, as a “member item,” for a research center run by ex-convicts who will study whether proposed state laws are racist.

It will be used by the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, which is a part of CUNY’s Medgar Evers College. “A racial-impact study is a new concept. We’re going to be looking at legislation that has the potential to have negative impact on racial minorities,” said Divine Pryor, deputy executive director of the group.

Pryor—Pryor who has been critical of policies that make it difficult for convicts who have served their time to get jobs and find housing—was released from prison in 1992 after serving 10 years for robbery and burglary. Pryor told The Post that he’d use the $10,000 provided by the Senate to design the methodology for the analysis, then raise hundreds of thousands to perform it. It’s not clear whether he’d seek public, private or foundation money.

Marty Golden, also an ex-police officer, (R-Brooklyn) blasted the study as a “waste of taxpayer dollars” that attempts to divide the state by race and ethnicity.

“This is the United States of America. Whatever happened to ‘This is one New York’? This is going in a bad direction,” said Golden, who is also an ex-cop.

Adams defended the study, insisting the goal is to find out what’s happening “on the ground”—not to divide the state.

“We’ve got to know what we’re doing in Albany,” he said. “If we know beforehand what the impact is, we might better find a way to solve a problem.”

The NY Post—known for and sometimes chided because of—their flare for the headline entitled the article EX-CON-STITUTIONAL.

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