Payback in New York, now in New Jersey style?
A city college’s Puerto Rican cultural institute got its city funding cut by nearly half, after the institute refused to support the Puerto Rican Day Parade’s decision to honor convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera at its parade two weeks ago.
The institute, run out of the Hunter College campus of the City University of New York, saw its funding from the City Council drop from approximately $970,000 to $500,000.
The City Council is led by its Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was a strong supporter of Rivera marching in the parade.
Rivera was a leader of the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN, which claimed responsibility for over 100 bombings during the 1970s and 1980s. Six people were killed as a result of various bombings, including a 1975 bombing which killed four at the landmark Manhattan restaurant Fraunces Tavern.
Rivera served 35 years in federal prison after being convicted of seditious conspiracy. His sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in January.
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