Government

Marta Martinez in her home in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Activists: Expand Law That Led to Drop in Evictions

Government, Housing, New York April 11, 2019 at 11:48 am

With the “Right to Counsel” law being credited for a large drop in evictions in the city, Hispanic organizations are asking the mayor to expand the program, El Diario La Prensa reports.

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‘One Day’ Act to Protect Immigrants Included in State Budget

Government, Immigration, New York April 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

The New York state budget includes a provision that reduces certain misdemeanor sentences by one day and protects immigrants from facing deportation, writes Jackson Heights Post.

Serrano (l) with Diaz (r) during a protest of the Mott Haven jail. (Photo by Alex Mitchell/Schneps Media via Bronx Times)

Jose Serrano to Retire

Bronx, Government, Latino March 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Rep. Jose Serrano announced he will not seek re-election in 2020 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, reports Bronx Times.

Joan Grangenois-Thomas (center) celebrates her victory at a Port Chester restaurant. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

Election Brings Diversity to Port Chester’s Council

Government, Latino, New York March 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm

In its latest municipal election, Port Chester elected a more diverse government including two new council members, an African-American woman and Westchester’s first Colombian elected official, Westchester Hispano reports.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Nydia Velásquez are pushing for a bill that would benefit Dreamers and TPS holders. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Pelosi and Velásquez Push for DACA/TPS Bill in New York

Government, Immigration, New York March 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Nydia Velásquez and other New York lawmakers and immigrants to call for federal protections for DACA and TPS recipients, El Diario La Prensa reports.

MOIA Reports on the ‘State of our Immigrant City’

MOIA Reports on the ‘State of our Immigrant City’

Government, Immigration, New York March 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs released its second annual report on March 19.

Demonstrators in Albany ask for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. (Photo via El Diario)

Clamor for Driver’s Licenses Bill Reaches Albany

Government, Immigration, New York, Transportation March 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm

A broad pro-immigrant coalition and several legislators marched in Albany to urge the State Legislature to include in the next budget legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to have access to a driver’s license, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Julie Menin, recently named Director of the Census for NYC, addressing community and ethnic media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

NYC to ‘Light a Fire’ for a Complete Census Count

Demographics, Featured Posts, Government, Immigration March 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm

The new director of the Census for NYC met with the community and ethnic media on March 7 at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during the opening of her Queens office. (Photo via El Diario)

Queens Immigrants Hopeful as AOC Opens Shop in Jackson Heights

Government, Queens March 5, 2019 at 4:43 pm

As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened a new office in Queens, residents expressed hope she will be closer to them to address pressing housing and immigration issues, El Diario La Prensa reports.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (center left) and Council member Paul Vallone (center right) with Korean organization leaders including Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York Co-president Christine Colligan, Korean American Association of Greater New York President Minsun Kim and Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Executive Director Linda Lee in the front center. (Photo courtesy of Vallone's office via QNS)

Johnson Proposes ‘More Specialized High Schools’

East Asian, Government, Queens, Social Services February 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined Queens Council member Paul Vallone at a meeting with Korean-American leaders to address community issues such as education and small businesses, report QNS and Queens Chronicle.

New York State Senate Majority Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, swearing in Sen. Kevin Thomas with his wife Rincy beside him. (Photo via Sen. Thomas' office)

Kevin Thomas, First Indian-American State Senator, Takes Office

Elections 2018, Government, Long Island, South Asian February 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

Desi Talk interviews Kevin Thomas, the first Indian American member of the New York State Senate and one of the newly-elected Democratic senators who reflect the changing demographics of Long Island.

Doris  Hernández (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘Betrayal!’ – Community Opposition to Amazon Deal Grows

Business, Government, Latino, Queens January 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm

As the City Council’s concern about Amazon’s planned corporate offices in Queens grows, community activists outraged at the subsidies the city will provide the company are mounting an opposition, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Jessica Ramos swears in before senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her mother Melfy Londoño. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Emotional Swearing-Ins for New Queens Latina Representatives

Government, Queens January 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Tears, empanadas, sangria and salsa dancing: Queens Latino covers the emotional, festive swearing-in ceremonies of new Queens Latina NYS representatives Catalina Cruz and Jessica Ramos.

Venezuelan gathering in front of the statue of Simón Bolívar in Central Park South. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Venezuelans Gather in US Cities to Support Opposition Leader

Government, South American January 24, 2019 at 4:13 pm

The Venezuelan community took to the streets in several U.S. cities in support of self-appointed President Juan Guaidó, and thanked President Trump for his endorsement, report El Diario La Prensa, Diario Las Américas and El Diario de El Paso.

Olivert Saldivia, a Dreamer member of Make the Road New York arrived to Albany early in the morning to witness the big day. (Photo via El Diario)

‘A Dream Come True’: Emotional Scenes at NY DREAM Act Vote

Education, Government, Immigration, New York January 24, 2019 at 2:55 pm

New York Dreamers and activists woke up early and traveled to Albany en masse to cheer as the State Senate finally approved the New York State DREAM Act, El Diario La Prensa reports.