Government

Bergen County Prosecutor and state attorney general nominee Gurbir Grewal with Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (Photo via Phil Murphy/Twitter)

First Sikh-American State Attorney General?

Government, Metro Area, South Asian December 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s pick for state attorney general, could become the first Sikh-American in the country to serve in the position, writes News India Times.

Jackson Heights (Photo by simplethrill, Creative Commons license)

Council Bill Combating Immigrant Tenant Harassment Passes

Government, Housing, Immigration, New York December 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Legislation introduced by Peter Koo that amends the Housing Maintenance Code’s definition of harassment has passed in the City Council, reports Queens Tribune.

(Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

NYC Speaker Holds Final Roundtable with Ethnic Press

Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is leaving the City Council and her position as speaker at the end of the month, spoke with reporters at her final ethnic media roundtable.

(Photo via El Diario)

The Speaker Race: Hopefuls Promise Latinos to Fight Trump

Government, Latino, New York December 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Council members Ydanis Rodríguez, Mark Levine, Jimmy Van Bramer and Jumaane Williams addressed the Latino community in a debate sponsored by Make the Road New York, El Diario and Univisión 41, El Diario/La Prensa reports.  

On Nov. 18, community leaders and elected officials marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for an extension of TPS. Photo Credit: Fabiola Jean

Temporary Protected Status to End for Haitians

Caribbean, Government, Immigration November 21, 2017 at 5:05 pm

The Haitian Times covers the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S.

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School at 1186 Carroll St. in Brooklyn (Image via Google Maps)

Protesting the DOE’s Medgar Evers Decision

Brooklyn, Education, Government November 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School parents and central Brooklyn officials demonstrated on the steps of the Department of Education against a decision made, they say, without involving members of the school, reports Amsterdam News.

Housing 2.0: ‘The Power of Advocacy’

Housing 2.0: ‘The Power of Advocacy’

Government, Housing, New York November 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

City Limits sees some changes in the city’s housing policy reflected in its new plan.

A Conversation with Yuh-Line Niou

A Conversation with Yuh-Line Niou

Asian, Government, Health, Manhattan, Video November 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Yuh-Line Niou, the first Asian-American to represent Chinatown in the state Assembly, speaks to CUNY TV’s “Asian American Life” about her first year in office. The episode also covers Korean-American reaction to North Korea, and smoking in the Asian community.

Governor-elect Phil Murphy with members of Make the Road New Jersey during his campaign. (Photo via Facebook)

Murphy’s Victory Lifts Hopes of NJ Hispanic Community

Government, Immigration, Latino, Metro Area November 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

As advocates are hopeful that the victory of Gov. Phil Murphy in New Jersey will bring positive changes for Hispanics, the elected governor has named a Latino to run the transition team, Reporte Hispano reports.  

Assemblyman Ron Kim speaks about a bill he and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, left, are pushing to prevent deadly bus crashes like the one in Flushing last month. Young Lim, center, whose husband was injured in the Northern Boulevard collision, came out in support. (Photo by Ryan Brady via Queens Chronicle)

Flushing Officials Seek Tighter Regulations for Private Buses

Government, New York, Queens, Transportation October 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

Following the deadly bus crash in Flushing last month, Assemblymember Ron Kim and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, have introduced bills to strengthen regulations on private buses, reports Queens Chronicle.

Council Member Paul Vallone announcing his four-year plan for the Korean community, alongside representatives from the Korean American Association of Greater New York, the Korean American Business Council of New York, Korean Community Services and the Korean American Association of Queens. (Photo via paulvallone.com)

Queens Council Member Announces Plan for Korean Community

Business, East Asian, Government October 26, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Council member Paul Vallone of eastern Queens released a four-year plan to “empower” the Korean community, with a focus on small businesses, reports Queens Chronicle.

Arturo Rodríguez, from the Dominican Republic, admits to be a frequent hookah user. (Photo via El Diario)

City is Fuming Over Hookah Fad Among Youths

Government, Latino, Manhattan, New York October 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Legislation signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio curbs access to hookah pipes, which have become popular among young Latinos in Upper Manhattan, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Amanda Morales-Guerra, with her son David in Holyrood Church, a month after seeking sanctuary to ask for a solution to her immigration situation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario NY)

Guatemalan Mother Still Waits for a Second Chance

Government, Immigration, Manhattan October 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Amanda Morales-Guerra and her three children continue to live in Manhattan’s Holyrood Church, as immigration authorities refuse to reopen her case to allow her attorneys to contest her deportation order, reports El Diario/La Prensa.

Public Advocate Letitia James issues solutions to assist the growing number of homeless students. (Photo By William Engel via Kings County Politics)

‘Common Sense Solutions’ to Help Homeless Students

Education, Government, Housing, New York, Youth October 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Public Advocate Letitia James presented four “common sense solutions” to address the city’s shortcomings in supporting homeless students, reports Kings County Politics.

(Screen shot via Brooklyn Daily Eagle video)

#StompTheBan: Resistance Through Dance

Brooklyn, Government, Middle Eastern October 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Days before President Trump’s latest travel ban would have gone into effect, a protest in Brooklyn featured performances and traditional dances, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.