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Anna Kaplan (Photo via annafornysenate.com)

‘From Tabriz to Albany’ – LI’s New State Senator

Government, Long Island, Women December 5, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Born Anna Monahemi in Iran, Democrat Anna Kaplan will represent Long Island’s 7th district in the NYS Senate, Tablet reports.

ndrés Hipólito Morales left Mexico when he was 22. Now, he has his own flower business in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

As López Obrador Takes Office, Mexicans in US are Hopeful

Government, Mexican, New York December 3, 2018 at 4:55 pm

As President Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office, Mexicans in New York and Los Angeles express hope for less corruption and violence back home, more respect for nationals in the U.S., and a focus on such issues as education and women’s rights, El Diario/La Prensa and La Opinión report.

Matthew Washington, deputy Manhattan borough president, YLN, Eric Ng, president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)

City Drops Chinatown Jail Plan But Distrust Lingers

East Asian, Government, Manhattan November 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Sing Tao Daily covers the mixed reaction to the city announcing it will no longer build a new jail at 80 Centre St. and instead expand the Manhattan Detention Complex.

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Photo by Cyril Josh Barker via Amsterdam News)

NYS Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Makes History

African American, Government, New York, Women November 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman to lead a New York state legislative chamber. She speaks to Amsterdam News.

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

In Public Advocate Bid, Mark-Viverito Cites Representation Concerns

Government, Latino, New York, Youth November 28, 2018 at 5:11 pm

In announcing her candidacy for New York City public advocate, Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke about the lack of Latino and female representation in city government, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

José Peralta (Photo via El Diario)

Call to Rename NY DREAM Act after Peralta

Dominican, Government, Immigration November 26, 2018 at 3:36 pm

As Queens residents mourned the sudden death of José Peralta, the first Dominican-American state senator, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is requesting that the New York DREAM Act be named in his honor, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

City Council members Daniel Dromm, in foreground, and Carlos Menchaca discuss the Trump administration's proposed changes to the definition of "public charge." (Photo by Michael Rock via Queens County Politics)

Addressing the ‘Public Charge’ Proposal in Queens

Government, Immigration, Queens November 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm

At a forum in Jackson Heights, Council members Carlos Menchaca and Daniel Dromm joined other lawmakers to discuss the federal government’s proposal to expand the definition of “public charge,” reports Queens County Politics.

Most of the items in the 99-cent stores come from China. (Photo via World Journal)

Trade War May Pump Up Prices at 99 Cent Stores

Business, East Asian, Government, Queens November 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Chinese owners of 99-cent stores in Flushing consider raising prices amid the trade war between China and the U.S., reports World Journal.

Monica Martinez shows off the Noticia Long Island cover on her stunning win as New York state senator. (Photo via Noticia)

Monica Martinez Win Brings Hope for Long Island TPS Families

Central American, Elections 2018, Government, Long Island November 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Newly elected Salvadoran-American state senator Monica Martinez talks with Noticia Long Island about the hopes her win has brought to the TPS community, and her desire to keep working for the 9th District in Suffolk County where she was a legislator.

Sharon Lee was appointed as the deputy head of Queens. (Photo provided by the mayor's office)

Sharon Lee Becomes First Asian Deputy Borough President

East Asian, Government, Queens November 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Sharon Lee, once the senior advisor and press secretary for former City Comptroller John Liu, was named the deputy borough president of Queens, reports World Journal.

(Photo by Liena Zagare via Bklyner)

More Interpretation Services at Poll Sites But Still From Afar

Elections 2018, Government, New York October 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm

The city expanded interpretation services to include more languages at polling sites. However, interpreters must stay more than 100 feet away from the entrance, a requirement some call “unreasonable,” reports Bklyner.

Iris Baez, the mother of Anthony Baez. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via The Bronx Free Press)

‘A Historic Moment’ for Victims of Police Brutality

Government, New York, Police October 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Nearly 14 years after her son died at the hands of a police officer, Iris Baez joined fellow advocates and public officials at City Hall the day before the Right to Know Act went into effect, reports The Bronx Free Press.

(Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

How the ‘Public Charge’ Rule Would Impact NYC Schools

Education, Government, Health, New York October 24, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Chalkbeat looks at how the federal government’s proposed redefinition of “public charge” would affect health clinics based in NYC public schools.

Yovelsi Ortuno, from Venezuelan restaurant Patacón Pisao on the Lower East Side. (Photo via El Diario)

Can a Council Bill Help Small Businesses Survive?

Business, Government, New York October 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Business owners welcome a City Council bill to protect small businesses, many of them immigrant-owned, from rising rents, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Claudia (center), who is still trying to reunite with her son, alongside New Sanctuary Coalition executive director Ravi Ragbir and Assemblymember Harvey Epstein on the far right, in Foley Square on Oct. 15. (Photo by Chelsey Sanchez via The Indypendent)

NY State Legislators Push for Transparency on Separated Children

Government, Immigration, Manhattan October 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Public officials and community leaders rallied for support of the Separation of Children Accountability Response Act (SCAR Act), which would require agencies to report on the separated children in their facilities, reports The Indypendent.