Government

Council members at a hearing. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Council Races a Test to Latino and Women’s Power 

Elections 2017, Government, Latino, Politics, Women August 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm

As women’s representation in the New York City Council may be diminished after the upcoming municipal election, some worry that Melissa Mark-Viverito’s exit will also portend a weakened Latino influence, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

View of East 116th Street (Photo by Richard Petrosino, Creative Commons license)

Gale Brewer Says No to East Harlem Rezoning Proposal

Government, Housing, Manhattan August 3, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced that while she supports an East Harlem rezoning, she recommends a disproval of the city’s proposal as it currently stands, reports City Limits.

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NYC Rally Against Missile Defense in South Korea

East Asian, Government, Manhattan August 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm

A diverse group of organizations spoke out in midtown Manhattan against the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, reports Newsroh.

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E. Harlem African Burial Ground Plan Moves Closer to Final Approval

African, Government, Manhattan July 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Plans for development of a site in East Harlem to include a memorial for an African burial ground were approved by the City Planning Commission, City Limits reports.

Liu decision’s to join the U.S. Army is not supported by his family (Photo provided to World Journal)

Hopes for Chinese to Naturalize Via Military Dashed

East Asian, Government, Immigration July 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Chinese students are among the foreigners whose futures are left in limbo after the federal government halted the MAVNI program, which gives expedited naturalization to immigrants who join the U.S. Army, reports World Journal.

Handicrafts street vendor Segundo Pérez. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

With City Hall in Queens, Residents Offer Praise and Criticism

Government, Immigration, Latino, Queens July 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

As Mayor de Blasio “moves” to Queens as part of the “City Hall in Your Borough” initiative, Latino immigrants express gratitude for his efforts to maintain a sanctuary city and make specific demands (more schools, affordable housing) while some grumble that he is just pandering for votes, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

East New York residents speak to City Limits about their concerns regarding the mayor's rezoning plan. (Image via City Limits)

East New York Residents on Rezoning, A Year Later

Brooklyn, Government, Housing June 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

In videos produced by City Limits, East New York residents voice their hopes and concerns more than a year after the neighborhood became the first to be rezoned under the mayor’s affordable housing plan.

Practicing tai chi at Queens Community House in Rego Park (Photo from Queens Community House via World Journal)

Chinese Seniors Staying Away From Social Services?

East Asian, Government, Seniors, Social Services June 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

According to a staff member at a Queens senior center, an increasing number of Chinese seniors who are eligible for social services shy away from the benefits because of immigration concerns, reports World Journal.

Two Latinas Run for Suffolk Legislature Seat

Two Latinas Run for Suffolk Legislature Seat

Government, Latino, Long Island June 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm

For the first time two Latina candidates will vie for a seat in the Suffolk County Legislature, a sign of not just the growing Hispanic power on Long Island, but also of deepening rifts within the community, La Tribuna Hispana USA reports.

(Photo by Ann Schimke via Chalkbeat)

NYC Releases School Diversity Plan

Education, Government, New York June 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm

The largest school system, and among the most segregated, in the country has laid out its plans to increase diversity in its schools. Chalkbeat takes a look at initial reaction to the proposals.

Maria Torres-Springer (Photo via The FilAm)

Torres-Springer on Affordable Housing, Federal Funding and More

Government, Housing, New York June 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

NYC Housing Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer met with community and ethnic media to discuss housing issues in the city.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito during her presentation at the first SOL NYC summit. (Photo by Vicente Villafañe courtesy of Lalaboy PR via El Diario)

SOL Summit: Trump Sparks Unity, Activism among NYC Latinos

Government, Immigration, Latino, New York June 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

At the first Summit on Latinos, leaders share that the “existential threat” posed by Trump has actually reinvigorated Hispanic communities by forcing them to organize and take action, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Council members Ydanis Rodriguez, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso announcing the Summit on Latinos, with the participation of Director de CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Dr. Ramona Hernandez. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

First New York ‘Summit on Latinos’ to Focus on Immigration

Government, Immigration, Latino May 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

With a focus on immigration challenges, Hispanic politicians and scholars will gather this Thursday at Hunter College for the first Summit on Latinos, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Elaine Chao in Chinatown (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Elaine Chao Visits Chinatown, Promising Equal Opportunity to Asian Community

East Asian, Government, Manhattan May 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

During a visit to Chinatown, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao spoke with the local Chinese media and addressed Park Row – a vital road in the neighborhood – and discrimination facing Asians.

Hispanic New Jersey Mayors Blast Trump Budget

Hispanic New Jersey Mayors Blast Trump Budget

Government, Latino, Metro Area, Politics May 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Several Hispanic mayors of New Jersey towns fret that President Donald Trump’s budget will have devastating effects on the local economy and education, Reporte Hispano reports.