Government

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.

(Photo courtesy Gov. Cuomo's Office, via Gotham Gazette)

NYS Lags on 2020 Census Prep

Communities, Government, Immigration January 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm

New York State missed a deadline the legislature set for a report that would outline recommendations for achieving an accurate count in the 2020 Census, and an official state commission has yet to be formed, Gotham Gazette reports.

On Jan. 15, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (woman with a red jacket in a front row) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (man with a blue tie in a front row) were delivering a proclamation to honor Korea’s March first Independence Movement and Yu Gwan-sun. (Photo via The Korea Daily)

Proclamation Marking Korean Independence Movement Adopted in NYS Legislature

East Asian, Government, History January 18, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Members of the Korean community applauded the adoption of a resolution that designates March 1, 2019 in honor of the centennial of the March 1st independence movement, report The Korea Daily and The Korea Times.

Daniela Simba suffered conversion therapies in her native Ecuador, and has fought against them in her New York home. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

For LGBTQ Immigrants, State Anti-Discrimination Laws are Personal

Government, LGBTQ, New York January 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

The New York State Senate approval of a ban on gay conversion therapy and a bill adding gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws have a special significance for LGBTQ Hispanic immigrants who fled bigotry in their own countries, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Puerto Rico Feels Pinch of Government Shutdown

Government, National, Puerto Rican January 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm

The effects of the partial government shutdown are increasingly being felt in Puerto Rico, where an estimated 4,000 federal workers are without pay, El Nuevo Día reports. The biggest worry is potential delays in reconstruction projects, particularly those managed by the Housing Administration, one of the main agencies affected by the shutdown. Tourism is also impacted as many landmarks are federally run, although the local government intervened to keep the San Cristóbal and San Felipe del Morro castles open. Meanwhile the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended 40% of operations in the El Yunque forest. FEMA, considered to provide essential services, remains open.

Anna Kaplan (Photo via annafornysenate.com)

‘From Tabriz to Albany’ – LI’s New State Senator

Government, Long Island, Women December 5, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Born Anna Monahemi in Iran, Democrat Anna Kaplan will represent Long Island’s 7th district in the NYS Senate, Tablet reports.

ndrés Hipólito Morales left Mexico when he was 22. Now, he has his own flower business in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

As López Obrador Takes Office, Mexicans in US are Hopeful

Government, Mexican, New York December 3, 2018 at 4:55 pm

As President Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office, Mexicans in New York and Los Angeles express hope for less corruption and violence back home, more respect for nationals in the U.S., and a focus on such issues as education and women’s rights, El Diario/La Prensa and La Opinión report.

Matthew Washington, deputy Manhattan borough president, YLN, Eric Ng, president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)

City Drops Chinatown Jail Plan But Distrust Lingers

East Asian, Government, Manhattan November 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Sing Tao Daily covers the mixed reaction to the city announcing it will no longer build a new jail at 80 Centre St. and instead expand the Manhattan Detention Complex.

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Photo by Cyril Josh Barker via Amsterdam News)

NYS Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Makes History

African American, Government, New York, Women November 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman to lead a New York state legislative chamber. She speaks to Amsterdam News.

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

In Public Advocate Bid, Mark-Viverito Cites Representation Concerns

Government, Latino, New York, Youth November 28, 2018 at 5:11 pm

In announcing her candidacy for New York City public advocate, Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke about the lack of Latino and female representation in city government, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

José Peralta (Photo via El Diario)

Call to Rename NY DREAM Act after Peralta

Dominican, Government, Immigration November 26, 2018 at 3:36 pm

As Queens residents mourned the sudden death of José Peralta, the first Dominican-American state senator, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is requesting that the New York DREAM Act be named in his honor, El Diario/La Prensa reports.