Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ campaign says he will run for re-election on the Republican and Conservative party lines in November after losing the Democratic nomination in September.
It’s an undeniable fact that Latinos living in the United States are increasingly gaining political leverage. But it’s one thing to have power and a very different thing to use it to make progress, says columnist Mónica Gutiérrez in El Diario/La Prensa.
With the arrival of the New Year, several New York ethnic publications highlighted the most relevant stories for their communities in 2012. Here are some of them, coming from backgrounds as varied as Jewish, Filipino and Hispanic.
Residents in Upper Manhattan are split as to whether their City Council representative should know Spanish, found Northattan. Another of the publication’s articles looked at how redistricting has split the Asian-American community’s political clout.
Michaelle Solages became the first person of Haitian descent elected to New York State Assembly on November 6. However, instead of celebrating, the former photojournalist is helping her Sandy-stricken frustrated neighbors in Nassau’s District 22, reports The Haitian Times.
Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop Chinese voters from turning out in record numbers in Chinatown, Flushing and Brooklyn, reported World Journal, adding that the level of participation buries the stereotype that Chinese-Americans don’t vote.
On election night, an unprecedented vote took place outside of the 50 states: Almost 61 percent of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood, the first time a clear majority voiced their desire to become the 51st state.
The impact of the Latino vote on Tuesday’s elections represents a coming of age for a growing community that has felt disrespected and invisible. Now the homework begins, says Dolores Prida in her weekly column in El Diario La Prensa.
Victories swept through Chinese, Korean and Albanian New Yorkers as one of their own became the first of their community to attain political office – in Congress for Grace Meng and in the State Assembly for Ron Kim and Mark Gjonaj.
For many gay voters an Obama defeat would set the clock back on some important victories for the LGBT community over the last four years, including the president’s endorsement of gay marriage and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy.
“Sandy will determine Obama’s future,” was the headline of the lead article in Pakistan Post, a leading Urdu language weekly.
According to a new report, Asian American voters in New York and across the country found polling places on Primary Day that did not offered the required translation services and poll workers that provided inaccurate information, the World Journal reported.
State Sen. José Peralta officially joined the 2013 race for Queens Borough President when he kicked off his campaign on Monday in Jackson Heights, making him the first Latino to run for the position, reported Javier Castaño of Queens Latino.
Members of the Polish American Congress welcomed Mitt Romney’s supportive mentions of Poland during the third presidential debate this week, saying their country should take diplomatic advantage of the moment, the Nowy Dziennik reported.
Unlike their more conservative elders, younger Russian Jews are evenly split among Obama and Romney, found a poll conducted by the Research Institute for New Americans. The Jewish Week delves into why the older generation sides with Republicans.