Government

(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.

City Council members Daniel Dromm, in foreground, and Carlos Menchaca discuss the Trump administration's proposed changes to the definition of "public charge." (Photo by Michael Rock via Queens County Politics)

Addressing the ‘Public Charge’ Proposal in Queens

Government, Immigration, Queens November 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm

At a forum in Jackson Heights, Council members Carlos Menchaca and Daniel Dromm joined other lawmakers to discuss the federal government’s proposal to expand the definition of “public charge,” reports Queens County Politics.

Most of the items in the 99-cent stores come from China. (Photo via World Journal)

Trade War May Pump Up Prices at 99 Cent Stores

Business, East Asian, Government, Queens November 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Chinese owners of 99-cent stores in Flushing consider raising prices amid the trade war between China and the U.S., reports World Journal.

Monica Martinez shows off the Noticia Long Island cover on her stunning win as New York state senator. (Photo via Noticia)

Monica Martinez Win Brings Hope for Long Island TPS Families

Central American, Elections 2018, Government, Long Island November 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Newly elected Salvadoran-American state senator Monica Martinez talks with Noticia Long Island about the hopes her win has brought to the TPS community, and her desire to keep working for the 9th District in Suffolk County where she was a legislator.

Sharon Lee was appointed as the deputy head of Queens. (Photo provided by the mayor's office)

Sharon Lee Becomes First Asian Deputy Borough President

East Asian, Government, Queens November 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Sharon Lee, once the senior advisor and press secretary for former City Comptroller John Liu, was named the deputy borough president of Queens, reports World Journal.

(Photo by Liena Zagare via Bklyner)

More Interpretation Services at Poll Sites But Still From Afar

Elections 2018, Government, New York October 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm

The city expanded interpretation services to include more languages at polling sites. However, interpreters must stay more than 100 feet away from the entrance, a requirement some call “unreasonable,” reports Bklyner.