Rev. Khader El-Yateem will officially launch his run for the 43rd district council seat in Brooklyn on Sunday Feb. 26. (Photo by Gabe Carroll for Voices of NY)

Palestinian-Born Pastor Looks to Build ‘Community of Welcome’

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Politics February 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Bethlehem-born Rev. Khader El-Yateem is running for the City Council seat in his home district in Brooklyn, and hopes to work as a bridge-builder in the community.

Khader El-Yateem (Photo by Aslan Media, Creative Commons license)

First Palestinian-American to Run for Public Office in NYC

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics February 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Rev. Khader El-Yateem of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge has joined the race for the 43rd District City Council Seat, reports Kings County Politics.

Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announces he is running for re-election.  (Photo courtesy of Peter Koo, via Times Ledger)

Koo Runs Again for City Council

Politics, Queens February 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

The “mayor of Flushing,” City Council member Peter Koo, announced Feb. 13 that he is running for re-election, Times Ledger reports.

Bills Perkins (Photo via Amsterdam News)

A Winner for 9th Council District Seat, for Now

Elections 2017, Government, Manhattan, Politics February 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Bill Perkins, who served on the City Council from 1998-2005, handily won a special election for the 9th district seat. But he’ll have to run again in the primary, reports Amsterdam News.

Xi-Lou Alison Tan, wife of Assemblyman Ron Kim of Flushing. (Photo via World Journal)

The Woman Behind Assemblyman Ron Kim

Asian, New York, Politics February 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Assemblyman Ron Kim’s wife, Xi-Lou Alison Tan, talks to World Journal about how they met and their cross-cultural union.

Nancy Tong (Photo by Kimberly Conner for Voice of NY)

Nancy Tong Joins South Brooklyn Council Race

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics January 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm

The first and only Asian-American elected official in Brooklyn, District Leader Nancy Tong of Bensonhurst, announced she is running for the City Council, report Kings County Politics and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

White Plains councilwoman Milagros Lecuona traveled to Washington D.C. to support the women’s march. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

In a First, Hispanic Woman Runs for White Plains Mayor

Metro Area, Politics, Women January 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Westchester Hispano profiles Milagros Lecuona, the first woman, first Hispanic and first immigrant to run for mayor of White Plains.

Cecilia Carrera and Freddy Naranjo, from the Social Christian Party, branch 6, chatting with their compatriots at the Sabor Latino Restaurant in Queens. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Local Ecuadoreans Wrapped Up In Presidential Election Back Home

Metro Area, Politics, South American January 25, 2017 at 5:25 pm

As the Ecuadorean community in New York is absorbed by the Feb. 19 presidential election back home, Queens Latino reports on several campaign events in the city.

Stringer on City Contracts with Asian Americans and More

Stringer on City Contracts with Asian Americans and More

Business, East Asian, Immigration, Media, New York, Politics January 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer spoke about city contracting with Asian-American businesses and other topics at the office of Korea Daily in Long Island City.

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

African American, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Opinion, Politics, Women January 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

In an opinion piece in Colorlines, Jamilah Lemieux describes her feelings about an “absence of sisterhood” with white women that is keeping her away from the Women’s March on Washington.

Mayor de Blasio, with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at his side, at a promotional event for IDNYC in 2015. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office, via City Limits)

More on the IDNYC Brouhaha

Government, Immigration, New York, Police, Politics January 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

City Limits writes about how NYC originally planned not to retain records as part of its IDNYC program, and how the current controversy over the records could have been averted.

Race for a Bronx City Council Seat Widens

Race for a Bronx City Council Seat Widens

Bronx, Politics December 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm

State Assemblymember Mark Gjonaj has joined the race for the City Council seat in the East Bronx being vacated by Jimmy Vacca. In a story on the candidates, Norwood News looks at what a win by Gjonaj could mean for his Assembly district.

Carlos G. Girón, Republican leader of Queens’ 34th Assembly District and former candidate to the New York State Senate for the 16th District, at the Hispanic Parade in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via Impacto)

Meet the New Leading Latino Voice in New York’s GOP

Latino, Politics, Queens November 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Impacto NY profiles Carlos G. Girón, a Guatemala native who lives in Queens and is an up-and-coming Latino leader in the Republican Party in New York.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

NJ Mayors Side with Immigrants

Elections 2016, Government, Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, Politics November 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

The mayors of cities with a strong Hispanic presence, such as Newark and Paterson, have raised their voices to defend immigrants in the wake of Trump’s election, Reporte Hispano reports.

New York Leaders Vow to Protect Immigrants

New York Leaders Vow to Protect Immigrants

Elections 2016, Immigration, New York, Politics November 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

As they bet on a peaceful transfer of power, participants at the Somos el Futuro Conference in Puerto Rico vow to keep fighting for equality and immigrant rights despite the uncertainty generated by the prospect of a Trump government, El Diario/La Prensa reports.