Gov. Cuomo backs Sen. Adriano Espaillat in Democratic primary battle – NY Daily News

Gov. Cuomo is throwing his political support behind Manhattan State Sen. Adriano Espaillat’s re-election campaign.

Cuomo, who is in Israel, announced his endorsement of Espaillat via a press release sent from the senator’s campaign organization. The endorsement comes just weeks after Cuomo helped thwart Espaillat’s bid for Congress by endorsing Rep. Charlie Rangel’s re-election. Continue reading


Nueva York, NY- Hoy, el Gobernador Andrew Cuomo respaldó al Senador Adriano Espaillat en su propuesta de reelección, citando el liderazgo de Espaillat en los temas de vivienda e inquilinos. Las leyes de los alquileres que protegen a más de 2 millones de neoyorquinos y cerca de 1 millón de unidades de viviendas asequibles están programadas para renovarse el próximo año; el Distrito Senatorial 31 representado por Espaillat tiene más apartamentos de alquileres estabilizados que ningún otro distrito del Senado en la ciudad de Nueva York o los condados circundantes. Continue reading

Dominican Parade Breakfast This SUNDAY

Dear Friend,

Join me this Sunday, August 10th at 8am at the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change’s Dominican Parade Breakfast as we are joined by the Hispanic Federation, UFT, 32BJ SEIU, and 1199 SEIU to honor four distinguished honorees: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Transit Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 President John Samuelson, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and New York StateComptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Únete a mí este domingo, 10 de agosto a las 8am en el Desayuno de la Parada Dominicana de los Demócratas del Norte de Manhattan para el Cambio.  Se úniran a nosotros la Federación Hispana, UFT, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU y cuatro homenajeados distinguidos: Letitia James, defensora del pueblo de la Ciudad de Nueva York; John Samuelson, presidente de la local 100 de la Unión de los Trabajadores del Transporte (TWU, en inglés); Melissa Mark-Viverito,  presidenta del Concejo Municipal de  Nueva York y Tom DiNapoli, contralor del Estado de Nueva York.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Port Authority Slammed for ‘Closet’-Sized Community Room in GWB Terminal – Washington Heights – New York

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Northern Manhattan’s elected officials and community groups blasted the Port Authority Friday for its handling of the ongoing George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal renovations, saying the agency had offered a “closet”-sized amount of requested community space in the new building. Continue reading

Rats and immigrant intimidation plague an Upper West Side block, residents say – NY Daily News

A battle cry to mobilize uptown tenants against a disgusting rat problem has ignited a potential court fight to protect foreign-born residents from what they say are bullying tactics on the part of the landlord.

The campaign — unofficially called “We want the rats to leave, not the tenants!” — hints at the escalating outrage aimed at GPS Realty. Residents claim the management team is trying to frighten longtime Latino renters into leaving 207 and 209 W. 107th St. Continue reading

Hearings Sought in New York on George Washington Bridge Lane Closures – Metropolis – WSJ

Hearings Sought in New York on George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

Hearings Sought in New York on George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey attempted to tamp down legislative inquiry into the reason for the closure of local access lanes onto the George Washington Bridge on Monday, when an executive testified for roughly 90 minutes before New Jersey legislators in Trenton.

Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal State Senator Adriano Espaillat spoke during a press conference in Manhattan in July 2012. Read a copy of the letter he sent seeking hearings into the temporary lane closures. Continue reading

Senators Espaillat and Peralta Advocate for State Dream Act

Senator Espaillat

Senators Espaillat and Peralta Advocate for State Dream Act

ALBANY—Latino lawmakers are putting pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to support legislation that would give undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college, as the state Assembly majority places the bill among its top priorities.

Senators Jose Peralta and Adriano Espaillat drafted a letter to Cuomo asking him to prioritize the DREAM Act in his State of the State speech on Jan. 8, which is “a defining expression of principles and values,” they wrote. Continue reading