Politics

Grace Meng (Creative Commons license photo via Wikipedia)

A ‘Misunderstanding’ Over Book on ‘Comfort Women’

East Asian, History, Politics April 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Rep. Grace Meng did not intend a snub when she refused the offer of a book on Korean “comfort women,” her office explained to The Korea Times.

The President of the New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration sees the New York ID cards as a huge victory. (Photo by Enrique Soria via Diario de Mexico)

Carlos Menchaca: ‘I am Responsible for Creating Bridges’

Brooklyn, Immigration, Latino, Mexican, Politics April 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Carlos Menchaca is becoming a non-traditional leader for the Mexican community in the Big Apple and for immigrants in general, reports Diario de México.

Fatima Ashraf and her husband Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, with their sons Ismael (at left) and Yousef (Photo courtesy of Fatima Ashraf)

Countering the Effects of Surveillance and Distrust

Black, Featured Posts, Muslim, Police, Politics, Voices' Picks March 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

In this audio report, the mother of two young boys discusses how to deal with the effects of mistrust that police surveillance engenders, while a community activist urges the political empowerment of Muslims in New York.

A waste facility in the south bronx (Photo by Sarah Crean via New York Environment Report)

Fighting for ‘Waste Equity’ in Trash-Burdened Areas

Bronx, Brooklyn, Environment, Health, Politics, Queens February 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

A bill before the City Council would help to promote greater “waste equity” and relieve three neighborhoods – the South Bronx, North Brooklyn and Southeast Queens – of the heavy waste processing burden they carry for the city’s trash, reports New York Environment Report.

Melissa Mark-Viverito giving her first State of the City address.

Mark-Viverito, the State of the City, and Immigrant Rights

Immigration, New York, Politics February 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

A progressive agenda, including a focus on immigrant rights, has characterized Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s first year, Gotham Gazette reports.

Carlos Menchaca at a Red Hook event last year. (Photo via The Red Hook Star Revue)

Opinion: Menchaca ‘Has Held Fast to Principles’

Brooklyn, Business, Opinion, Politics February 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm

The Red Hook Star-Revue offers a spirited defense of Carlos Menchaca, who was ousted as co-leader of the Brooklyn City Council delegation on Feb. 5.

(Photo by Thomas Hawk, Creative commons license)

Opinion: The Rockaways Need More Than a Ferry

Opinion, Politics, Queens February 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm

An editorial in The Wave expresses disappointment at what Mayor Bill de Blasio had to say about the Rockaways.

Assemblyman Carl Heastie (c) flanked by the Bronx Delegation, thanks supporters for backing him for Assembly Speaker.
(Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

Heastie: Good News for the Bronx

Bronx, Politics February 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm

The election of Carl Heastie as NYS Assembly speaker “effectively changes the trajectory of the Bronx,” writes Norwood News.

Leila Eliot, 16, a new C.B. 3 member, second from left, and other young people interested in community boards and participants in a mock budget exercise. (Photo by Dusica Sue Malesevic via The Villager)

Getting Teens on Community Boards

New York, Politics, Youth January 29, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer recently hosted an informational meeting to encourage teens to serve on community boards, The Villager reports.

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Making the Case for Change in Greece

Politics, Queens, Western European January 28, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Days before the Syriza party triumphed in the Greek elections, speakers in NY explained its anti-austerity position and encouraged Greeks to vote, The National Herald reports.

Sheldon Silver speaking last October, with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials looking on, after the signing of the 25 mph bill. (Photo by NYCDOT, Creative Commons license)

Chinatown Friends Still Support Silver

East Asian, Manhattan, Politics January 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

In Chinatown, many say that Sheldon Silver did well for the community and they believe him innocent of charges, Sing Tao Daily reports.

City Council member Margaret Chin (Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)

Criticized, City Council Member Chin Holds Firm

East Asian, Manhattan, Police, Politics December 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

City Council member Margaret Chin, despite being criticized, continues to favor the indictment of policeman Peter Liang, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Michael Blake (Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

Gearing Up to Serve Bronx District

Bronx, Politics December 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Michael Blake, the new assembly member for the 79th district, talks with Norwood News about his plans.

Herman Badillo was considered “the most influential Puerto Rican politician” of the 1950s and 1960s. (Photo via El Diario)

Remembering Herman Badillo

New York, Politics, Puerto Rican December 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

The death of former Rep. Herman Badillo, considered the most influential Puerto Rican politician for decades, has prompted an outpouring of grief, El Diario reports.

CB3 chair Gigi Li. (Photo via The Lo-Down)

CB3 Moves to Improve Diversity

Black, Latino, Manhattan, Politics December 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Community Board 3 chair Gigi Li has announced a series of moves that appear responsive to members who criticized her leadership last spring, reports The Lo-Down.