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March 3, 2015: MMA, NFIB Small Business Day, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, Patricia Elliott

Mixed Martial Arts is still illegal in New York. With the Assembly leadership change, MMA advocates are hoping this is the year the sport will be allowed in New York. UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, and UFC fighter Dennis Bermudez make the case for MMA legalization.

Mike Durant, New York State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and David Mahoney, owner of Noble Gas, are here for NFIB’s small business day.

Today is New Yorkers for Responsible Lending (NYRL) annual lobby day. Susan Shin, the Senior Staff Attorney for the New Economy Project, and Franklin Romeo, the Director of Homeowner & Consumer Rights Project, discuss how to create more economic justice in NY’s debt collection and mortgage/foreclosure policies.

Some Buffalo parents are demanding a federal receiver take over failing Buffalo schools immediately. Patricia Elliott, the assistant director at Better Schools/Better Neighborhoods in Buffalo, explains the outcry from parents who say children in these failing schools are being denied equal education opportunities.

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