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Resident Teresa González. Income-based rents for NYCHA low-income apartments may go up to 35 percent. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYCHA Tenants Fear Rent Hike Will Leave Them Homeless

Government, Housing, New York April 27, 2018 at 5:01 pm

HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to raise public housing rents has alarmed New York tenants, many of them Hispanic, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Pedro Mejia being sworn in. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Mejía is First Dominican in NJ Legislature

Dominican, Government, Metro Area April 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Pedro Mejía, a Secaucus businessman who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 15, was sworn in as the first Dominican state representative in the New Jersey General Assembly, Reporte Hispano reports.

Delivery workers use electric bicycles in New York City. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Relief for Delivery Workers as Mayor Moves to Ease E-Bike Ban

Government, Labor, New York, Transportation April 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Delivery workers – mostly immigrants – expressed relief as the mayor announced that the city will allow some e-bikes on streets after multiple complaints over increased fines and confiscations by the NYPD, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Urging New Yorkers to Be Counted in 2020 Census

Urging New Yorkers to Be Counted in 2020 Census

Featured Posts, Government, Immigration April 3, 2018 at 5:57 pm

City officials urged that all New Yorkers be counted in the 2020 Census, and vowed to continue fighting against the inclusion of a citizenship question.

A large percentage of the New York City population does not have citizenship.  (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

New York Fiercely Opposes Census Citizenship Question

Government, Latino, New York March 28, 2018 at 5:58 pm

City and state officials, Latino leaders and immigration activists blasted Trump’s decision to include a citizenship question on the next census and vowed to try to prevent this from happening, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Protesters marched against the Trump administration’s decision to rescind TPS for 60,000 Haitians. (Photo via The Haitian Times)

Haitians Sue Over TPS

Caribbean, Government, Immigration March 21, 2018 at 5:29 pm

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a group of Haitian TPS holders over the termination of the status, reports The Haitian Times.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu visits the High Line on March 18 to study sustainable development in NYC. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Kaohsiung Mayor Visits New York

East Asian, Environment, Government, New York March 21, 2018 at 2:04 pm

The visit of Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu to New York, marked the first by a Taiwanese government official after President Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Alicka Ampry-Samuel (foreground) at a press conference at City Hall on Feb. 20, putting pressure on NYCHA to fix heat and hot water issues in public housing. (Photo from Council member Ampry-Samuel’s office via Bklyner)

Alicka Ampry-Samuel is ‘Showing Up’

Brooklyn, Government March 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Bklyner looks at what Council member Alicka Ampry-Samuel has already done in her first two months representing the 41st district, and what she hopes to do for her native Brownsville.

Long Island Language Advocates Coalition (LILAC) coordinator and senior paralegal at Empire Justice Cheryl Keshner speaking at a Suffolk County Legislature public hearing Tuesday in Riverhead. (Photo by Maria Piedrabuena via RiverheadLOCAL)

Suffolk Bill Would ‘Ensure Language Assistance’

Government, Long Island March 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

A bill in Suffolk County would codify into law an executive order expanding language access services in government agencies, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

Lisette Camilo’s Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, in her office. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘I Never Allowed Myself to Be Swayed by Other People’s Doubts’

Dominican, Government, Latino, Women March 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Lisette Camilo, the first Latina commissioner of the Citywide Administrative Services agency, reflects on International Women’s Day in an interview with El Diario/La Prensa.

TD has committed $10 million to a NYC loan fund for small businesses and M/WBEs. (Photo by Mike Mozart, Creative commons license)

More Loans for M/WBEs

Business, Communities, Government, Women February 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm

The city announced that three city-designated banks are committing funds to triple the size of loan funds for small businesses and M/WBEs.

Members of the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) prior to the start of this year’s National Retreat, which will focus on a strategic agenda for Haitians across the United States. (Photo courtesy of Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte via Caribbean Life)

Meeting to ‘Chart a Path Forward’ for Haitians

Caribbean, Government, Immigration February 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Assembly members Rodneyse Bichotte and Clyde Vanel joined other Haitian-American lawmakers at a National Haitian American Elected Officials Network retreat to discuss strategies and policies affecting the community, reports Caribbean Life.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson (center) meets with Council member Chaim Deutsch (second from right) of Flatbush and Jewish community leaders at the home of Josh Mehlman (third from left), the chairman of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition. (Photo courtesy of Office of City Councilman Chaim Deutsch via The Forward)

What a New City Council Means for the Jewish Community

Government, Jewish, New York January 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm

The reshuffling of the New York City Council under new leadership means the loss of influence for some Jewish members. Does this translate to a loss of power for the community as a whole? The Forward takes a look.

New Council Speaker Corey Johnson after winning the vote to succeed Melissa Mark-Viverito.  (Photo by William Alatriste/City Council)

The Speaker Race: City Council Elects Corey Johnson

Government, LGBTQ, New York January 4, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Gay City News and Gotham Gazette cover the election of Corey Johnson as the first openly gay and HIV-positive man to lead the New York City Council.

Hoboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla being sworn in by Sen. Cory Booker. (Photo via Twitter)

History Made as Elected Officials Sworn In

News India Times, the Filipino Reporter and Brooklyn Daily Eagle cover the swearing-in ceremonies of Hoboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla, Jersey City Councilman-at-large Rolando R. Lavarro Jr., and Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Elena Baron.