Government

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.

Jessica Ramos (Photo by Oscar Frasser via Times Ledger)

Will Ramos Challenge Peralta?

Elections 2018, Government, Latino, Queens January 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Jessica Ramos, the former head of Latino media in the de Blasio administration, is considering a run against state Sen. Jose Peralta. She speaks to Times Ledger.

Bronx Councilmember Ritchie Torres, at the podium, flanked by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, spoke before the final meeting of the session. (Photo by Jarrett Murphy via City Limits)

Will City Council Debate Be More Contentious?

Government, New York, Police December 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

City Limits examines the broader implications of Tuesday’s Right to Know vote on the NYC City Council.

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 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.