Irish left out of visa reform

Irish left out of visa reform

Immigration, In the News, Politics, Western European December 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform reacted with surprise and puzzlement to news that legislation to change the basis for granting green cards is moving swiftly through Congress. Especially since the bill excludes highly skilled immigrants from Ireland from the fast track for legal entry into the US. Here’s moreRead More

Corruption, collusion or a conspiracy against us all?

African American, In the News, Opinion, Politics December 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Amsterdam News editor-in-chief Elinor Tatum questions whether a fear of people of color has triggered those in power to sweep Blacks out of political positions, “from the president on down.”

Indian GOP undecided on candidate

In the News, Politics, South Asian December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Indian-American Republicans are unsure whom to support among the party’s candidates. They hope that the most qualified Republicans will emerge once the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary get underway in early January.

Daniel Altschuler, president of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table (far left), next to Elizabeth Bonilla, of New York Communities for Change, and Magdalena Flores, Alexandra San Juan and Carlos Ramos of Make the Road New York.

Children of immigrants hope for change in Suffolk

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, Politics December 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Suffolk County’s growing Latino population made itself heard in the rise in youth voter turnout for the election of a new county executive.

Republicans seek ‘Jewish superdistrict’

Brooklyn, In the News, Politics December 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

With the deadline to present maps of new district lines approaching, various ethnic groups are pressing for more representation in Congress and the State Legislature. Now, they’ve been joined by Republicans who see a “Jewish superdistrict” in Brooklyn as a key to maintaining their majority in the Senate.

Tim Gay, Jerry Skurnik, Keesha Gaskins, and Senator Michael Gianaris at an October 26 Stonewall Democrats’ forum on redistricting.

LGBT groups quiet on redistricting

In the News, New York, Politics November 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

The future of legislation sought by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community could hinge on whether New York State Senate districts are redrawn by the members of that body or by an independent commission, but the organizations that advocate for the community aren’t playing a role in theRead More

Asian American group unveils new Unity Map that would reflect the growing Asian American population in Queens.

New map would empower Asians

East Asian, Featured Posts, Politics, Queens November 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

As Asian American organization unveiled its newly-drawn “Unity Map” on Nov. 16, in an effort to increase community representation.

Back on the beat for Bob Kappstatter

Bronx, In the News, New York, Politics November 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Former Daily News columnist Bob Kappstatter reappears, this time at a conference in Puerto Rico where he found that the Bronx/Brooklyn rivalry had flared up.

Republicans count votes at election headquarters at the Wallington Exchange restaurant in Wallington, NJ..

Poles elected to city council in N.J.

Eastern European, Metro Area, Politics, Uncategorized November 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

Polish Americans see victory in the Nov. 8 elections.

Celebrating in Englewood Cliffs, with Gloria Oh.

Communities see victories in NJ elections

Metro Area, Politics November 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Several communities saw their members get elected to local and state positions in New Jersey last Tuesday, Nov. 8. Some made history by becoming the first in their community to be elected to public office.

‘We feel snubbed,’ say non-Korean pols

East Asian, In the News, Politics, Queens November 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

While the Korean community praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg for dedicating a town hall meeting to its concerns last month, his decision has caused a backlash. Queens elected officials, including two Chinese-American representatives, want to know why they weren’t invited.

At a redistricting hearing in Manhattan earlier this fall. Asians called for the new boundaries to reflect their growing presence in the city.

Immigrants want redistricting to reflect changing city

East Asian, In the News, New York, Politics November 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

A decade ago, not one elected official in New York state was of Asian descent. Since then, Asian Americans now hold one seat in the State Assembly, two in the City Council, and the position of NYC comptroller. While this comes from the growing population and increased participation in voting, it also results from redistricting. With a new redistricting process in the works, immigrants hope that the new boundaries will reflect the true face of New York.

Number of Korean voters falls

East Asian, In the News, New York, Politics November 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

The number of Korean Americans registered to vote in New York City has declined by nearly 10 percent over the past year. According to a report released on Nov. 4 by MinKwon Center for Community Action, a non-profit organization, as of the end of October, the total number of KoreanRead More

Members of the New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights, activists, and students rallied on Nov. 7 to highlight that thousands of legal residents will not be able to vote in the following day's elections because they are not citizens.

Queens neighborhoods shortchanged

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics, Queens November 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

A press conference was held on Nov. 7 calling to allow legal residents the right to vote in local elections.

Filipino wins Jersey election

Metro Area, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian, Uncategorized November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Rolando Lavarro’s win for city councilmember of Jersey City, NJ was a historic moment for the city’s Filipino American community.