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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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

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 0 comments

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

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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

State Senator Gustavo Rivera and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at Rivera's victory party at the Escape Restaurant & Lounge in Norwood in the Bronx on September. (Photo via Gay City News)

Bronx Council Member Defeated After Anti-Gay Video

Bronx, LGBTQ, Politics September 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm 0 comments

Losing in the primaries to incumbent Gustavo Rivera for a Bronx State Senate seat, Fernando Cabrera had released a video generously praising the Ugandan government, reports Gay City News.

Tim Wu at World Journal headquarters with World Journal North America CEO James Yang. (Photo via World Journal)

Tim Wu Shares Views with World Journal

East Asian, New York, Politics September 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm 0 comments

Lieutenant governor hopeful Tim Wu expressed his views on a number of topics of interest to the Chinese community at World Journal’s editorial offices.

Rodneyse Bichotte addressing the crowd at Kreyolfest 2014 (Photo via Haitian Times)

Will Haitian Americans Gain in Albany?

Black, Caribbean, New York, Politics September 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm 0 comments

Haitian-American candidates are poised to make gains in the NYS capitol, Haitian Times reports.