Posts Tagged ‘Local Government’

Dominican voting bloc creates battleground pockets across traditionally black Harlem | NY Daily News

Dominican voting bloc creates battleground pockets across traditionally black Harlem | NY Daily News

By Simone Weichselbaum / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS It’s the uptown version of the purple state. Dominicans are gnawing away at the once-stable black power base as new voting trends show Latinos throughout upper Manhattan — and especially in Harlem’s emerging battleground pockets — are flocking to the polls in increasing numbers. A rising number […]


UPinion: A New Day At The City Council

UPinion: A New Day At The City Council

By Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (@ydanis) With the expected election of Melissa Mark-Viverito to the Speaker of the NYC Council, we are electing not only the first speaker of Latino descent, but a true leader–wholly committed to building a progressive New York City for all residents. Over her time at the city council, I have […]


It’s Official: Washington Heights & Dominicans Are #1

It’s Official: Washington Heights & Dominicans Are #1

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Well…. sort of. It turns out that according to the newly released report, “The Newest New Yorkers,” published by the city’s Department of City Planning; Washington Heights has the largest number of foreign-born people of any city neighborhood (80,174) and Dominicans are the city’s largest immigrant group at 380,200 residents or […]


Postmarked for success | Manhattan Times News

Postmarked for success | Manhattan Times News

Story and photos by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer The WHEELS were turning – and they would not be deterred. This past Fri., Dec. 13th, the students of the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) marched out on the street, yelling and screaming. But there was no protest to be heard. Instead, the noise was an expression […]


Fired Washington Hts. Dominos workers to be reinstated after walkout, sez Attorney General | NY Daily News

Fired Washington Hts. Dominos workers to be reinstated after walkout, sez Attorney General | NY Daily News

By Jan Ransom / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Victory is theirs. With extra cheese. More than two dozen deliverymen who were fired from a Washington Heights Dominos over the weekend — after participating in a rally for higher pay — got their jobs back Thursday, thanks to N.Y. Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman. “New York’s labor laws […]


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 […]

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