Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Culture, In the News, Metro Area, New York, Politics, Western European January 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has been selected as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Greek Parade in New York City. Greek News reports that Menendez was chosen because of his support for Cyprus and Greek national causes.

Comptroller looks into Bronx park funding

Bronx, Environment, In the News, New York, Politics January 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

The Riverdale Press is reporting that following an Independent Budget Office study on funding for parks in the Bronx, the City Comptroller has decided to conduct an audit to see if the Bronx was in fact cheated out of its share of city funding.

The march for voting rights continues to this day.

How new voting laws impact African Americans

African American, In the News, Politics January 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

The Amsterdam News is keeping an eye on new voting laws enacted across several states that require government IDs, eliminate early voting and ban registration drives and how African American voters will be impacted.

Historic OWS photos go on display at South Street

Economy, In the News, New York, Politics January 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

The grassroots uprising that changed the national political debate in 2011 will be memorialized in a new exhibit in Lower Manhattan. 150 of the most striking images of Occupy Wall Street will go on display at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Romney’s Mexican family

Immigration, Mexican, Politics, Video January 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has officially invoked his father’s Mexican roots. It came during campaigning for the New Hampshire primary. And no sooner had he invoked his Latino cred, Univision sent reporter Edgar Munoz to Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, where some 50 of Romney’s cousins call home.

Liz OuYang of OCA-NY addressed a packed press conference, flanked by Private Danny Chen's father (wearing a hat) and mother (in a white sweater). Chen's parents addressed the crowd through a translator as well.

Danny Chen update: Details of abuse and calls for sensitivity training

Asian, New York, Politics January 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

In light of Army Private Danny Chen’s death three months ago, Council member Margaret Chin and Council Speaker Christine Quinn have introduced a resolution in the City Council, calling on the Defense Department to examine policies on the Army’s cultural diversity and sensitivity training for soldiers.

About 75 religious leaders and organizations--at least six of them Jewish--signed a letter sent to the mayor that explained the reason for the boycott of his interfaith breakfast.

Jewish leaders have mixed feelings on Muslim boycott

In the News, New York, Politics January 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Members of the Jewish community are expressing mixed feelings on how they view NYPD monitoring of the city’s Muslim community. The NYPD’s reported surveillance on Muslims, which involves undercover operatives infiltrating mosques, evolved into a rallying cry for a boycott of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast last week.

Debate over homeless shelter continues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Greenpoint residents object to homeless shelter

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing, New York, Politics January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Residents of Greenpoint, Brooklyn are confronted by the reality of homelessness daily. The Brooklyn Bureau reports that men and women sleep on city sidewalks, in the subway station, in McGlorick and McCarren parks, and under the BQE. According to a report by the Coalition for the Homeless, New York CityRead More

Filipino slams US cash for visas plan

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian January 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

Applications for EB-5 visas have quadrupled over the last four years. The visa grants two year green cards to investors who fork over $500,000 to $1M to create or maintain 10 jobs. Although New York area developers have raised more than a Billion dollars from this visa over the pastRead More

Occupy Wall Street ends year with arrests.

New Year’s Eve NYPD crackdown on OWS

Economy, Featured Posts, New York, Politics January 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

“Whose year? Our year!” That was the cry of protestors as they got ready to occupy the new year, before a police crackdown led to a number of arrests at Zuccotti Park on New Year’s Eve. Gothamist reports on the ferocious sequence of tweeting and chanting before police moved in and pulled out the pepper spray.

Estevez gets keys to new home

Update: Kidney patient gets home

Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York, Politics December 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It’s being described as the miracle in Washington Heights. A week ago we told you about Octavio Estevez, a 54 year old homeless kidney patient who could not qualify for a transplant because he had no permanent address. Manhattan Times reports that the city came through and delivered the gift of shelter.

Jewish fundraisers stick with Obama

Jewish fundraisers stick with Obama

Economy, In the News, Politics December 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

President Obama is getting a vote of confidence from top-level Jewish fundraisers. The Jewish Daily Forward is reporting that top bundlers from President Obama’s 2008 campaign are sticking with the president in 2012. The President’s relationship with the Jewish community has been continuously scrutinized, and many speculated about a lossRead More

Colorlines has campaigned to drop the phrase "illegal immigrants" from common use. (Photo via Colorlines)

Some success with campaign to drop the i-word

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics December 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

It’s an Herculean task. But the folks at Colorlines are not shying away from a campaign persuading the media to stop referring to people as “illegal immigrants” or “illegal aliens.” In this editorial, Colorlines reports that 2011 was a big year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times,Read More

Bronx short-changed on park funding?

Bronx, Environment, In the News, New York, Politics December 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

An investigation by the Independent Budget Office concludes that the Bronx may have been cheated out of taxpayer funding for city parks. The Riverdale Press reports that in 2003, the Department of Environmental Protection promised $200M in capital funding for Bronx parks, in exchange for the Borough’s patience, putting upRead More

Politicians disagree with Bronx redistricting proposal

Politicians disagree with Bronx redistricting proposal

Bronx, New York, Politics December 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Common Cause/New York, a non-profit, nonpartisan, citizens’ lobby is proposing to keep communities together in the Bronx when district lines are redrawn. But some elected officials might end up losing power.