Politics

Ritchie Torres (Photo from @RitchieTorres via Gotham Gazette)

‘LGBTQ in 2021’ Initiative Launches

Government, LGBTQ, New York, Politics May 24, 2019 at 4:46 pm

The LGBTQ in 2021 coalition aims to more than replace the five outgoing LGBT members of the New York City Council, Gotham Gazette reports.

Mayor Bill de Blasio holding aloft the executive order he signed on May 22 mandating that at least  50 percent of ad spending by all NYC agencies be allocated to community and ethnic media. To his immediate right is Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs, and to her right is Lisette Camilo, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (Photo by Jehangir Khattak for Voices of NY)

‘At Least’ Half of City Ad $ to Go to Community and Ethnic Media

Featured Posts, Immigration, Media, Politics May 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on May 22 mandating that more than 50% of spending by all city agencies on advertising go toward print and digital publication in the community and ethnic media.

Juan Carlos Polanco (Photo via Impacto Latino)

Juan Carlos Polanco, the Hispanic Voice of New York Republicans

Bronx, Latino, New York, Politics May 22, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Bronx-raised former candidate for public advocate Juan Carlos Polanco, a prominent Hispanic voice of Republicans in New York, urged Latinos to ‘valorize’ their vote in this interview with Impacto Latino.

Gerardo Cruz, from Puerto Rico, does not think Bill de Blasio can beat Trump. (Photo by Ramón Frisneda via El Diario)

Hispanics Like de Blasio, But Do They Think He Can Beat Trump?

Latino, New York, Politics May 17, 2019 at 6:03 pm

While Hispanics widely respect Bill de Blasio’s work as mayor, some doubt he can run for president while managing the city, or that he can beat Trump in 2020, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Assemblywoman Rodneyse BIchotte, City Council member-elect Farah Louis and Male Democratic District Leader Josue Pierre. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

Rodneyse Bichotte: ‘Queen Maker’ of Brooklyn?

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Politics May 17, 2019 at 6:02 pm

“Bichotte wins again,” writes Kings County Politics in a story on her political power in Brooklyn given her recent victories.

Farah Louis, flanked by Haitian American New York State Assemblywoman, Rodneyse Bichotte (to Louis’s immediate right) delivers victory speech Tuesday night at the Juicy Box, a Haitian-owned restaurant and lounge in Flatbush, Brooklyn. (Photo by Photo by Nelson A. King via Caribbean Life)

Farah Louis Wins Brooklyn Special Election

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Politics May 15, 2019 at 5:38 pm

After a contentious race to fill Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ City Council seat in central Brooklyn, Farah Louis emerged victorious. Caribbean, Jewish and Brooklyn publications covered her win.

Rendering of "Our Destiny, Our Democracy," the planned monument to Shirley Chisholm by  Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous (Courtesy of the artists, via BK Reader)

Monument to Honor Chisholm Selected

Culture, History, Politics, Women May 14, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The artists say their design for the monument to Rep. Shirley Chisholm “celebrates [her] legacy as a civil servant who ‘left the door open’ to make room for others to follow in her path toward equity.” BK Reader reports on the selection and its attributes.

Farah Louis (left) and Monique Chandler-Waterman (Photos via The Haitian Times)

On Haitian Americans and the Brooklyn Special Election

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Politics May 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Ahead of the May 14 special election for Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ City Council seat, The Haitian Times takes a look at the role of Haitian-American voters in the district.

Council member Ritchie Torres at City Hall (Photo by Matt Tracy via Gay City News)

Ritchie Torres Sets Sights on an ‘Historic Race’

Bronx, LGBTQ, Politics May 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

In a wide-ranging interview with Gay City News, City Council member Ritchie Torres speaks about looking ahead to the Congressional race for Rep. José Serrano’s seat in the Bronx.

(Campaign ad for Farah Louis via Flatbush Jewish Journal)

Reacting to a Council Race Ad in a Brooklyn Jewish Paper

Brooklyn, Jewish, Media, Politics May 7, 2019 at 4:13 pm

In the race for the 45th City Council District seat, a campaign ad for candidate Farah Louis in the Flatbush Jewish Journal has “exposed a raw nerve,” writes Kings County Politics.

Mary Jobaida (Photo courtesy of Jobaida's campaign via QNS)

First Primary Challenger in Queens District in a Decade

Politics, Queens, South Asian May 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

Citing a need for a “true, democratic process,” Mary Jobaida is running in the 2020 Democratic primary for the 37th Assembly District seat currently held by longtime incumbent Catherine Nolan, reports QNS.

Denora Getachew with student Jayden López and instructor Karla Modesto. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hispanic Youths Learn about Democracy to be Agents of Change

Government, Latino, New York, Politics, Youth April 29, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Working with 40 schools in marginalized communities, the organization Generation Citizen seeks to empower and introduce youths, mostly Hispanics, to politics, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Jin Han Kim (Photo via The Korea Times)

Young Korean American Runs for Mayor of Edgewater, NJ

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics April 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm

A young 25-year old Korean American is challenging the incumbent mayor of Edgewater, NJ in the June 4 Democratic primary, reports The Korea Times.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams alongside 45th Council District candidate Monique Chandler-Waterman. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

Williams Supports Activist Chandler-Waterman in Council Bid

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Politics April 18, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams endorsed community activist Monique Chandler-Waterman in next month’s special election for his former City Council seat, reports Kings County Politics.

Photos above and below: NRIs4BJP supporters held Chowkidar March, car rallies, Chai pe Charchas across the country. In Maryland, Sikhs4Modi organized a car rally where Sikhs of America President Kanwaljit Singh thanked Modi for helping the Sikh community. A car rally was also held in Virginia. A Chowkidar March was held in Woodbridge, NJ, in which supporters walked from Iselin to Edison chanting “Hum Bhi Chowkidar”. (Photo courtesy of Krishna Anugula, OFBJP, via News India Times)

Rallying Voters Ahead of Elections in India

Metro Area, Politics, South Asian April 5, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Indians in the New York area and across the U.S. have participated in phone banking and car rallies before the elections in India start April 11, reports News India Times.