Public school students did poorly in the Common Core Standard tests, prompting a reevaluation of Bloomberg's education policy. (Photo by Jeremy Gordon, Creative Commons license)

Bloomberg Blamed for Low Common Core Tests Results

Education, Government, New York August 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Teachers, parents and activists, stunned by the dismal performance of public schools students in the Common Core Standards test, are placing the blame on Bloomberg’s education policy, reports Amsterdam News.

The parents of officer Russel Timoshenko, killed in the line of duty in 2007, attended the RAOA anniversary gala where their son was honored. (Photo via

Russian Police Group Marks Decade

Crime, Eastern European, Government July 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

The Russian American Officers Association celebrated its 10th anniversary, reports RussianNY. The group addresses the cultural and language gap between the NYPD and the immigrant Russian community which led to the organization’s founding.

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Quinn Runs on Record, for Better or Worse

Elections 2013, Featured Posts, Government, LGBTQ, Politics, Video July 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

One could argue she doesn’t have a choice, but still, mayoral candidate Christine Quinn embraces her record, all of it – the good, the unpopular, the controversial – with surprising gusto.

Are Relations Between NYPD and Muslims on Mend?

Are Relations Between NYPD and Muslims on Mend?

Featured Posts, Government, Opinion, Religion, Voices' Picks July 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Relations between Muslims and the NYPD have been rocky after revelations of the controversial surveillance program emerged. However, as Ramadan begins, a Pakistan Post columnist sees signs that Commissioner Kelly and the department are looking to start anew.

Re-election Bids May Face Mayor’s Wrath After Stop-and-Frisk Vote

Re-election Bids May Face Mayor’s Wrath After Stop-and-Frisk Vote

Elections 2013, Government, Latino, Politics July 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Latino City Council members seeking re-election could be among those targeted by Mayor Bloomberg for voting in favor of the Community Safety Act which curbs the practice of stop-and-frisk, reports El Diario-La Prensa. The mayor is planning to use his money to fight against the re-election campaigns of the act’s supporters.

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Brooklyn Pantries Feel Pinch of Looming SNAP Cuts

Brooklyn, Food, Government, Social Services, Women July 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

With the advent of summer, Brooklyn food pantries see a surge in visitors, with almost two-thirds already reporting supply shortages, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. With cuts to the the food assistance program on the horizon, the Food Bank for New York City is bringing awareness to what the cuts would mean.

(Photo via Gay City News)

LGBT Victories Dimmed by Defeat for Voting Rights

Government, In the News, LGBTQ, Politics June 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm

The LGBT community reveled in the Supreme Court’s overturning of DOMA, reports Gay City News. However, the Jewish Daily Forward and the Indypendent spoke of more muted celebrations, in light of the devastating Voting Rights Act ruling a day earlier.

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Opinion: NYPD’s ‘Backwards’ English-Only Policy

Government, Opinion, Politics, Women June 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

An editorial in El Diario-La Prensa does not take well to the until now little known English-only policy in the NYPD, criticizing Bloomberg and Kelly for defending the policy. Mayoral candidates de Blasio and Liu also add their condemnation.

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New Regs Come as Few Chinatown Buses Remain

Government, In the News, Transportation June 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm

When it comes to the Chinatown-Boston route, only one bus company remains following a series of shutdowns. Downtown Express reports that the city has passed new regulations for intercity buses. Will it help revitalize the bus industry in Chinatown?

(Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario-La Prensa)

Cuts to Food Benefits Could ‘SNAP’ New Yorkers

Food, Government, In the News, Latino, Social Services June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Budget cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would devastate the city’s poorest families, 19 percent of whom are Latino. Some of them speak to El Diario-La Prensa about their already draining situation

State Sen. Jose Serrano, speaking above, was one of the public officials in attendance at the Bronx LGBTQ Center's press conference to address the recent spike of hate crimes against the community. (Photo via YouTube video of Serrano speaking)

Bronx LGBT Community Fights Against Hate, for Embattled Pride Center

Bronx, Government, In the News, LGBTQ, Media June 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

After a tough year, the newly reopened Bronx Community Pride Center held its first press conference where local officials and advocates discussed the recent spike in violence against the community, reports Hunts Point Express.

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Queens Council District Most Diverse

Communities, Government, Immigration, Queens, Voices' Picks June 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Queens Courier reports that City Council District 23 of northeastern Queens is the most ethnically diverse district in the city, according to its representative Councilman Weprin, who acknowledged that it comes with some challenges.

In 13 years as Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz has been a tireless, media-savvy cheerleader for the borough, including the controversial Atlantic Yards development. (Photo by Azi Paybarah, Flickr Creative Commons License)

In Marty Markowitz Tenure, a Cautionary Tale

As Marty Markowitz’s third term as Brooklyn Borough President comes to an end this year, voters having to decide who will succeed him are left with many open questions about his legacy, and even the function of the job.

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Immigrants Pay Billions More Into Medicare Than They Take Out

Government, Health, Immigration, Labor June 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

A recent study has found that between 2002 and 2009, immigrants contributed a cumulative total of over $115 billion more to Medicare than they took out, reports Colorlines, while those born in the U.S. generated a deficit of $28.1 billion.

School bus drivers, mechanics and matrons protesting during their strike last February in New York City. Months later, they tktk (by Michael Fleshman, Flickr Creative Common License)

Months After Bus Strike, Workers Remain on Edge

The month-long bus strike that left 152,000 students without transportation to school in January has left many bruised feelings and unresolved issues that the next mayor will have to contend with.