Senator Adriano Espaillat, along with Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, congratulated the participants in Dyckman Basketball's 10-and-under and 12-and-under divisions on a successful season. The organization provides educational, athletic, and cultural activities for over 500 youths while fulfilling their mission of "Upwords and Onwards Through Athletics."
Today’s federal court ruling validates the basic truth that members of the African-American and Latino community have long known: that stop-and-frisk policing tactics have violated the rights of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and aggressively targeted young people who have done nothing wrong.
(New York, NY) – Months after his nomination by President Obama, U.S. elected officials of Dominican heritage celebrated the confirmation of Thomas Perez. The U.S. Senate’s approval makes Perez the first Cabinet Secretary of Dominican heritage.
As Ranking Member of the New York State Senate Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee, and representative for the 31st Senate district, which contains more rent regulated units than any other district in the city of New York, the past and present decisions made by the NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) governing rent increases continues to wield significant influence over the future of our community.
By SEN. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT and ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA
New York City’s specialized high schools are beacons of learning and opportunity. Their students face a rigorous academic curriculum, including Advanced Placement classes that range from chemistry to art history. Students are exposed to diverse extracurricular activities from athletics to theater, from fencing to speech and debate. The schools boast higher graduation rates than the New York City average; graduates routinely go on to elite colleges and even have earned Nobel prizes and other high honors. However, under the arbitrary and outdated admissions formula that consists of a single multiple-choice test, many students of merit are denied access.
Estela Vazquez is Executive Vice President of 1199 SEIU, the largest healthcare union in the country and the largest union local in the country. Ms. Vazquez diligently represents the 15,000 hospital workers at Montefiore, Beth Israel and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Centers, among other institutions.
A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ms. Vazquez became politically active in 1961 as a junior high school student, joining demonstrations to demand the removal from government of the family and supporters of the brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo, who had been in power for 31 years.
The U.S. League of Dominican-American Elected Officials, led by New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights) praised President Obama’s selection of Assistant Attorney General and Justice Department Civil Rights Division head Thomas Perez as nominee for U.S. Labor Secretary.
While my remarks were obviously made in good fun, I don’t think there’s anything particularly “radical” about passing meaningful campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special interests in Albany, raising the minimum wage to assist working families, ensuring that women earn equal pay for equal work, or protecting the rights of our society’s most vulnerable.