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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.

Iris Baez, the mother of Anthony Baez. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via The Bronx Free Press)

‘A Historic Moment’ for Victims of Police Brutality

Government, New York, Police October 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Nearly 14 years after her son died at the hands of a police officer, Iris Baez joined fellow advocates and public officials at City Hall the day before the Right to Know Act went into effect, reports The Bronx Free Press.

(Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

How the ‘Public Charge’ Rule Would Impact NYC Schools

Education, Government, Health, New York October 24, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Chalkbeat looks at how the federal government’s proposed redefinition of “public charge” would affect health clinics based in NYC public schools.

Yovelsi Ortuno, from Venezuelan restaurant Patacón Pisao on the Lower East Side. (Photo via El Diario)

Can a Council Bill Help Small Businesses Survive?

Business, Government, New York October 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Business owners welcome a City Council bill to protect small businesses, many of them immigrant-owned, from rising rents, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Claudia (center), who is still trying to reunite with her son, alongside New Sanctuary Coalition executive director Ravi Ragbir and Assemblymember Harvey Epstein on the far right, in Foley Square on Oct. 15. (Photo by Chelsey Sanchez via The Indypendent)

NY State Legislators Push for Transparency on Separated Children

Government, Immigration, Manhattan October 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Public officials and community leaders rallied for support of the Separation of Children Accountability Response Act (SCAR Act), which would require agencies to report on the separated children in their facilities, reports The Indypendent.

Marching in support of immigrants and refugees in NYC on World Refugee Day. (Photo by Sean Parrish for Voices of NY)

Immigrants on Benefits Could Be Denied Green Cards

Government, Immigration, New York September 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm

In response to a proposed government regulation that would restrict green cards for immigrants who use public benefits, advocates stressed the potential consequences of the move and said they would consider taking legal action.

The city approved a plan to eliminate selective admissions to try to integrate District 15 middle schools. (Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

A Step Closer to Integration in a Brooklyn School District?

Brooklyn, Education, Government September 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm

The city has approved a plan that would end the selective admissions process at middle schools in a western Brooklyn school district, reports Chalkbeat.

Many who attended the town hall held signs of opposition to the proposed jail, which would straddle the Civic Center and Chinatown. (Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Anger Boils Over at Town Hall on Chinatown Jail Plan

East Asian, Government, Manhattan September 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

A town hall meeting for city officials to explain plans to build a new jail by Chinatown “quickly descended into a shoutfest,” reports Tribeca Trib.

Laura Curran and her team during a meeting with members of the Hispanic press on Long Island, held on Thursday, September 6, in Mineola. (Photo from NCPO via Noticia Long Island)

Nassau Executive Laura Curran Seeks to Regain Hispanics’ Trust

Government, Latino, Long Island, Media September 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

The first female Nassau County executive vowed to improve relations with the Long Island immigrant community in a meeting with the Hispanic press, Noticia Long Island reports.

Daisy Rodríguez, a member of MRNY, wants ICE abolished. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Bill Seeks to Forbid NYC Contracts with ICE

Government, Immigration, New York September 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm

The City Council held a hearing, the first of its kind in the nation, on a bill that would ban any type of contract between the city and ICE, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Commissioner Bitta Mostofi. (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

MOIA’s Mostofi Visits Bay Ridge Mosque

Brooklyn, Government, Muslim August 28, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, visited the Beit el-Maqdis Islamic Center to address concerns that included the Muslim ban, Islamophobia and immigration, reports Bklyner.