Posts Tagged ‘Local Government’

Elected Officials Join Outraged Community Members In Supporting Unjustly Terminated Domino’s Workers

Elected Officials Join Outraged Community Members In Supporting Unjustly Terminated Domino’s Workers

On Monday, December 9th, 2013, Northern Manhattan elected officials stood side by side at a candlelight vigil with community leaders, activists and more to support 24 workers fired from Domino’s Pizza for speaking out against unfair labor practices. NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and NYC Council Member-Elect […]


Politicking With The People: Mark Levine – NYC Council 7th District

Politicking With The People: Mark Levine – NYC Council 7th District

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Q. Please give us a brief bio A. I began my career teaching bilingual math and science at junior high school 149 in the Bronx. I went on to found a community development credit union here uptown, Neighborhood Trust, which has given over $15 million in small loans to help low-income […]


Politicking With The People: Ydanis Rodriguez – NYC Council 10th District

Politicking With The People: Ydanis Rodriguez – NYC Council 10th District

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Q. You have a long history of activism and service. Please give us a brief bio. A. I was born in the DR to a family of 13 children and from a young age, my older sisters instilled in me the value of education. At that time, the only schools were […]


Politicking With The People: A Q&A With Juan Ignacio Rosa

Politicking With The People: A Q&A With Juan Ignacio Rosa

BY Dominican Pie (@DominicanPie) Our Politicking With The People series delves into the politicians, activists and people that make up the political landscape Uptown and beyond. Primary Elections go down this Tuesday, September 10th so make sure you go out and vote and have your voice heard. Q. What do you do? A. I am […]


Politicking With The People: Zead Ramadan – NYC Council 7th District

Politicking With The People: Zead Ramadan – NYC Council 7th District

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Q. You have a long history of public service in this community. Can you give us a brief bio? A. I grew up in WaHI, went to school here and experienced all the challenges of hard times, and the cultural benefits of living amongst our ethnically diverse community. My love for […]


Seeking Latino Edge in New York City Mayoral Election | WSJ

Seeking Latino Edge in New York City Mayoral Election | WSJ

By MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL Democrat Christine Quinn sprinkled a few Spanish words—”gracias,” “de nada”—into conversations with voters Tuesday morning at a subway stop in Washington Heights as she sought to shore up support in the Latino community, a crucial demographic a recent poll suggests is in her corner. The leading contenders for the Democratic mayoral […]


Upper Manhattan Parents Debate De-zoning Again | SchoolBook

Upper Manhattan Parents Debate De-zoning Again | SchoolBook

By Beth Fertig and Jeannie Choi The prospect of doing away with local school boundaries continues to be a divisive issue among parents in Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights. This week, the Department of Education held community hearings to explore the topic again. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, dozens of residents gathered outside the DOE’s headquarters with […]


In Washington Heights, 4 Mayoral Candidates Woo Hispanics | NY Times

In Washington Heights, 4 Mayoral Candidates Woo Hispanics | NY Times

By KATE TAYLOR Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, ventured a few sentences of Spanish. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, called on Congress to pass immigration legislation. William C. Thompson Jr., a former comptroller, reminded the audience that his grandparents immigrated from the Caribbean. Adolfo Carrión Jr., a former Bronx borough president, simply […]


Politicking With The People: Vince Morgan – NYC Council 9th District

Politicking With The People: Vince Morgan - NYC Council 9th District

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) If you take a look around at the political landscape around the country today, especially at the local level, what is immediately obvious is the marked leadership deficit that exists. Trustworthy, intelligent and accountable leaders are always needed but especially in these tough economic and uncertain times. This pronounced leadership deficit […]


UPinion: No Taxation Without Representation for NYC’s Immigrants

New York City has always been, and always will be, a city of immigrants. As our city brims with anticipation for the passing of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill currently before the U.S. Senate, millions are mobilizing to voice their thoughts on this crucial piece of legislation. This spurring of civic-engagement models what we expect […]


Honors set for Juan Rodriguez, who became the first non-native immigrant to New York City when he arrived from what is now the Dominican Republic in 1613 | NY Daily News

Honors set for Juan Rodriguez, who became the first non-native immigrant to New York City when he arrived from what is now the Dominican Republic in 1613 | NY Daily News

Upper Manhattan sets series of events to turn May 15 into ‘a carnival, a festival, and a celebration of a man who came here many, many years ago, and gave the Dominicans a claim on this great city at the very beginning of its history’. By Douglas Feiden / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Juan Rodriguez […]


Ydanis Speaks – The 2013 State of Northern Manhattan Address: The Future of Northern Manhattan

Ydanis Speaks - The 2013 State of Northern Manhattan Address: The Future of Northern Manhattan

What follows is the full 2013 State of Northern Manhattan Address by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. Good Afternoon, how are we doing today? A big thank you to our Borough President Scott Stringer Rt that great introduction! Before we begin, I would like to ask everyone to please stand for a moment of silence for the […]


The man with the 30-year plan | Manhattan Times

The man with the 30-year plan | Manhattan Times

But first, re-election for Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez Story and videos by Sherry Mazzocchi This coming Sun., Apr. 21st, Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez will give a State of Northern Manhattan address at 2:30 pm at Yeshiva University. The Manhattan Times spoke to Rodríguez ahead of the event. Councilmember Rodríguez said education, economic development and housing are the […]


Taxi and Limousine Commission should not implement e-hail program without City Council approval | NY Daily News

Taxi and Limousine Commission should not implement e-hail program without City Council approval | NY Daily News

By Ydanis Rodriguez / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS For a year and a half, I drove Livery cab #112 for Bailey Car Service in my home neighborhood of Washington Heights. I did so at a time when I was new to this country, its culture and its people. But through this work, I managed to […]


Uptown Games Return to Washington Heights | DNAinfo

Uptown Games Return to Washington Heights | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — On your mark, get set, go! Hundreds of local school children will get a taste of track and field this month when the Uptown Games return to the Armory on West 168th Street. Now in its second year, the Uptown Games are a collaboration between State Senator […]


The State of Dominican-Americans In NYC Forum Takes Place This Saturday

The State of Dominican-Americans In NYC Forum Takes Place This Saturday

Councilmember Robert Jackson Presents Where are We Going? The State of Dominican-Americans in New York City In Collaboration With: CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, The Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership & Service, & City College’s Public Service Management Graduate Program Saturday, February 23, 2013 The City College of New York North Academic Center (NAC) (Entrance […]


Washington Heights School is Saved From Closure | DNAinfo

Washington Heights School is Saved From Closure | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer A popular Washington Heights school placed on the chopping block by the city’s Education Department has been spared from closing. Dozens of parents and advocates rallied outside of P.S. 132 Juan Pablo Duarte on Wadsworth Avenue Friday morning, shouting “Sí se puede” less than a month after they called on […]


Gabriela Rosa Sworn in as Uptown Assemblywoman | DNAinfo

Gabriela Rosa Sworn in as Uptown Assemblywoman | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Gabriela Rosa was sworn into the state legislature Sunday, becoming the first Dominican-American member of the Assembly — and uptown’s first female Assembly rep. Flanked by her mother Leonor Garcia, her husband Victor Estrella and her son Victor Gabriel, the Democrat took the oath of office to […]


Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School now has room for students to excel | NY Daily News

Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School now has room for students to excel | NY Daily News

By Michael J. Feeney / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS College planning has always been the main focus at this Washington Heights high school, but for years the students had no place to do it. In the past, students at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School were forced to meet their college counselors in the corridors. Other […]


Ydanis Speaks: Parents Are the Cornerstones of a Child’s Education

Ydanis Speaks: Parents Are the Cornerstones of a Child's Education

If you are a parent with a child in a district 6 elementary or middle school, you are likely already aware of the recent conversation around eliminating zones for schools so that children are no longer guaranteed slots in their local school. Needless to say, this proposal created an uproar from parents, some for and […]


Ydanis Speaks: To help our city after Hurricane Sandy, support small and local businesses

Ydanis Speaks: To help our city after Hurricane Sandy, support small and local businesses

Hello everyone, I apologize for the long time it has been since I last posted; we at city government have had a great deal on our plates with the Hurricane Sandy and all that has followed in the way of recovery. I know that this devastating storm only brought minimal damage to northern Manhattan but […]


Ydanis Speaks: Why Your Vote Matters

Ydanis Speaks: Why Your Vote Matters

Many of you may have seen a similar post on my Facebook page last Friday, this is an updated and revised post with several additions, please enjoy and engage in conversation… Recently, I had the honor of speaking at the College of Staten Island to students and faculty that take part in the Black Male […]


CUNY in the Heights Has A State of the Art New Home

CUNY in the Heights Has A State of the Art New Home

This past Saturday, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, NYS Assembly Woman Elect Gabriela Rosa and CUNY celebrated the opening of the brand new, state of the art building, set to house the CUNY in the Heights program. This program is a resource for students looking to continue their education, acquire professional […]


Ydanis Speaks: The Importance of Diversity in Higher Education Leadership

Ydanis Speaks: The Importance of Diversity in Higher Education Leadership

Hola mi gente! I hope you all enjoyed the first post of my new blog, Ydanis Speaks, and got to know a little bit about me. If you would like to get in contact with me feel free to friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or contact my office. I am always open […]

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