Government

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E. Harlem African Burial Ground Plan Moves Closer to Final Approval

African, Government, Manhattan July 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Plans for development of a site in East Harlem to include a memorial for an African burial ground were approved by the City Planning Commission, City Limits reports.

Liu decision’s to join the U.S. Army is not supported by his family (Photo provided to World Journal)

Hopes for Chinese to Naturalize Via Military Dashed

East Asian, Government, Immigration July 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Chinese students are among the foreigners whose futures are left in limbo after the federal government halted the MAVNI program, which gives expedited naturalization to immigrants who join the U.S. Army, reports World Journal.

Handicrafts street vendor Segundo Pérez. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

With City Hall in Queens, Residents Offer Praise and Criticism

Government, Immigration, Latino, Queens July 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

As Mayor de Blasio “moves” to Queens as part of the “City Hall in Your Borough” initiative, Latino immigrants express gratitude for his efforts to maintain a sanctuary city and make specific demands (more schools, affordable housing) while some grumble that he is just pandering for votes, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

East New York residents speak to City Limits about their concerns regarding the mayor's rezoning plan. (Image via City Limits)

East New York Residents on Rezoning, A Year Later

Brooklyn, Government, Housing June 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

In videos produced by City Limits, East New York residents voice their hopes and concerns more than a year after the neighborhood became the first to be rezoned under the mayor’s affordable housing plan.

Practicing tai chi at Queens Community House in Rego Park (Photo from Queens Community House via World Journal)

Chinese Seniors Staying Away From Social Services?

East Asian, Government, Seniors, Social Services June 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

According to a staff member at a Queens senior center, an increasing number of Chinese seniors who are eligible for social services shy away from the benefits because of immigration concerns, reports World Journal.

Two Latinas Run for Suffolk Legislature Seat

Two Latinas Run for Suffolk Legislature Seat

Government, Latino, Long Island June 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm

For the first time two Latina candidates will vie for a seat in the Suffolk County Legislature, a sign of not just the growing Hispanic power on Long Island, but also of deepening rifts within the community, La Tribuna Hispana USA reports.

(Photo by Ann Schimke via Chalkbeat)

NYC Releases School Diversity Plan

Education, Government, New York June 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm

The largest school system, and among the most segregated, in the country has laid out its plans to increase diversity in its schools. Chalkbeat takes a look at initial reaction to the proposals.

Maria Torres-Springer (Photo via The FilAm)

Torres-Springer on Affordable Housing, Federal Funding and More

Government, Housing, New York June 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

NYC Housing Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer met with community and ethnic media to discuss housing issues in the city.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito during her presentation at the first SOL NYC summit. (Photo by Vicente Villafañe courtesy of Lalaboy PR via El Diario)

SOL Summit: Trump Sparks Unity, Activism among NYC Latinos

Government, Immigration, Latino, New York June 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

At the first Summit on Latinos, leaders share that the “existential threat” posed by Trump has actually reinvigorated Hispanic communities by forcing them to organize and take action, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Council members Ydanis Rodriguez, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso announcing the Summit on Latinos, with the participation of Director de CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Dr. Ramona Hernandez. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

First New York ‘Summit on Latinos’ to Focus on Immigration

Government, Immigration, Latino May 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

With a focus on immigration challenges, Hispanic politicians and scholars will gather this Thursday at Hunter College for the first Summit on Latinos, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Elaine Chao in Chinatown (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Elaine Chao Visits Chinatown, Promising Equal Opportunity to Asian Community

East Asian, Government, Manhattan May 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

During a visit to Chinatown, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao spoke with the local Chinese media and addressed Park Row – a vital road in the neighborhood – and discrimination facing Asians.

Hispanic New Jersey Mayors Blast Trump Budget

Hispanic New Jersey Mayors Blast Trump Budget

Government, Latino, Metro Area, Politics May 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Several Hispanic mayors of New Jersey towns fret that President Donald Trump’s budget will have devastating effects on the local economy and education, Reporte Hispano reports.

Natalio Martinez, from Mexico, works at a street food cart in Manhattan. (Photo by Mariela Lombard for Voices of NY)

Council Advances Bill Grading Food Carts Like Restaurants

Food, Government, New York May 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm

As the City Council Health Committee approved a bill requiring sanitary grades for food carts, some street vendors support it while expressing concerns about out of control inspections, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Forensic scientists Verónica Cano and Yasser Hernández work for the Biology Department of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner analyzing the DNA of missing persons. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

New York Families Get Help Locating Their Missing Relatives

Government, New York May 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

On Missing Persons Day May 20, the city called on relatives to provide information on their cases to have experts from the Office of Chief Medical Examiner attempt to solve them, including undocumented immigrants, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

New York City Council member and chair of the Immigration Committee Carlos Menchaca, addressing the 15th Annual Ippies Awards. (Screen shot from CCEM video)

15th Year Ippies Are Awarded

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Government, Media, New York, Video May 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm

City Council member Carlos Menchaca addressed the 15th annual Ippies Awards May 18, which were held by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The Red Hook Star-Revue, BKLYNER and BRIC TV were among the first place winners.