Government

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.

Natalio Martinez, from Mexico, works at a street food cart in Manhattan. (Photo by Mariela Lombard for Voices of NY)

Council Advances Bill Grading Food Carts Like Restaurants

Food, Government, New York May 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm

As the City Council Health Committee approved a bill requiring sanitary grades for food carts, some street vendors support it while expressing concerns about out of control inspections, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Forensic scientists Verónica Cano and Yasser Hernández work for the Biology Department of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner analyzing the DNA of missing persons. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

New York Families Get Help Locating Their Missing Relatives

Government, New York May 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

On Missing Persons Day May 20, the city called on relatives to provide information on their cases to have experts from the Office of Chief Medical Examiner attempt to solve them, including undocumented immigrants, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

New York City Council member and chair of the Immigration Committee Carlos Menchaca, addressing the 15th Annual Ippies Awards. (Screen shot from CCEM video)

15th Year Ippies Are Awarded

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Government, Media, New York, Video May 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm

City Council member Carlos Menchaca addressed the 15th annual Ippies Awards May 18, which were held by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The Red Hook Star-Revue, BKLYNER and BRIC TV were among the first place winners.

Thomas Sung (third from left), filmmaker Steve James (next to Sung) and members of the Sung family at a press conference. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Abacus Bank Founding Family Share Thoughts on Social Justice

Business, East Asian, Government May 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

The family behind Abacus Bank, which primarily serves the Chinese community, spoke at a media event about their legal battle with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, reports Sing Tao Daily.

The Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition rally was held May 10 on the steps of City Hall. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via The Bronx Free Press)

Offer More Re-entry Support, Advocates Urge City

Government, New York May 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Advocates for community programs that help the formerly incarcerated with re-entry services are asking the city for more support, The Bronx Free Press reports.

Carlos Menchaca on May 13 at the event where he announced his re-election campaign. (Photo by Kadia Goba via Kings County Politics)

Menchaca Announces Re-election Bid

Elections 2017, Government, Politics May 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Supporters of Carlos Menchaca gathered in a Sunset Park restaurant on May 13 as the City Council member kicked off his re-election bid, reports Kings County Politics.