Politics

LGBT groups will fight the judge's decision in Puerto Rico in the coming days. (Photo via El Diario)

Gay Marriage Controversy in Puerto Rico Rattles New York

LGBTQ, Politics, Puerto Rican October 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Several New York politicians reacted to the controversy sparked in Puerto Rico after a federal judge refused to green-light gay marriage, El Diario reports.

On Oct. 22, Gloria Oh, a councilwoman in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, held a press conference charging that she was the victim of a "racist political attack." (Photo via Korea Daily)

NJ Politician Charges Critics With Anti-Korean Racism

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics October 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Gloria Oh says flyers have singled her out for criticism in connection with the proposed LG construction because she is Korean American, reports Korea Daily.

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

Brooklyn’s First Asian American District Leader Aims to Help

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics October 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Nancy Tong, the first Asian-American district leader in Brooklyn, wants to help open more pre-K facilities and promote affordable housing for seniors.

Phil Gim points out Ron Kim's attendance at the June press conference. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Flushing Candidates Spar Over HS Test Issue

East Asian, Education, Politics, Queens October 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Legislative proposals to reform the Specialized High School Admissions Test have generated contention between incumbent Ron Kim (D) and challenger Phil Gim (R), who are vying for the State Assembly seat in Flushing, according to articles from Sing Tao Daily.

Nereyda Silfa became a citizen last year and is now registered to vote in November. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Boosting Efforts to Register Latino Voters

Immigration, Latino, Politics October 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

As voter registration deadlines approach, efforts are being redoubled to get more Latinos to participate in the next election, El Diario reports.

State Sen. Ruben Díaz Sr. with his son Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. (Photo via El Diario)

For Latinos, Political Power in NYC Is a Family Matter

Latino, New York, Politics October 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Many Latinos have a career in public office thanks to their families’ political dynasties, El Diario reports.

Brazilians Follow Elections Back Home Closely

Brazilians Follow Elections Back Home Closely

Politics, South American September 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

But Brazilians voting in NY and NJ are discouraged about their choices.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Casey Tolan, via Gotham Gazette)

Modi Promises Lifetime Visa for Indian Americans

In the News, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian September 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s promise to change visa policy and his vision for the country’s future have energized the community in the U.S. But the enthusiasm has not dampened the spirits of his critics, reports Gotham Gazette and News India Times.

Political dissent can be advertised atop a cab. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pakistan’s Political Divide on Display in NYC

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian, Voices' Picks September 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Opposition and government supporters staged noisy rallies as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the U.N.

Far Rockaway boardwalk, six weeks after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (Photo by cgc76, Creative Commons license)

FEMA Dollars for Rockaway: More Than Budgeted by City?

Environment, In the News, Politics, Queens September 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

The Wave reports that NYC officials are grappling with the news that FEMA will award more money to rebuild the Rockaway Boardwalk than the city budgeted.

Puerto Ricans in Bronx Cheer Venezuelan President

Puerto Ricans in Bronx Cheer Venezuelan President

Bronx, Featured Posts, Latino, Politics, Puerto Rican, Voices' Picks September 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Nicolás Maduro urged the release of long-time political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

Tim Wu and John Liu. (Photos via timwu.org and liunewyork.com)

Tim Wu, John Liu Rejoin Academia After Primary Defeats

Asian, New York, Politics September 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Two Asian-American politicians who were defeated in the September 9 Democratic primary are rejoining academia, reports World Journal.

Carlos Menchaca speaking at the City Hall Mexican Independence Day Celebration (Photo by William Alatriste via Gotham Gazette)

Mexicans in NY: The Promise of More Political Clout

Mexican, Politics September 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Mexicans are the fastest growing Latino group in New York, and their political clout is likely to increase as they overcome some challenges, Gotham Gazette reports.

Roosevelt Avenue is the epicenter of Latino life in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latinos in Queens: Much Diversity, Little Political Clout

In the News, Latino, Politics, Queens September 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Although Latinos in Queens make up 28 percent of the borough’s population, their local and state government representation appears to have stalled, El Diario reports.

Public Advocate James at a body-worn camera press conference (Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Gotham Gazette)

Trying Out an NYPD Body Camera

Crime, In the News, New York, Politics September 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Kristen Meriwether of Gotham Gazette decided to try out an NYPD body camera, one of two types being used in a pilot program.