Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Analyzing Adam Clayton Powell IV’s decision to run against Rangel

Host David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez and Gail Smith discuss Adam Clayton Powell IV’s decision to run for the 15th Congressional District, agreeing that he is ready to take on the fight against Congressman Rangel.













Monday, August 30, 2010

The State Assembly is undeniably controlled by Speaker Silver

Host David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez and Gail Smith discuss Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV’s response to being part of a dysfunctional legislature, agreeing that he was not very concise on his response, because he needs to remain in good terms with the speaker.













Sunday, August 29, 2010

Adam Clayton Powell IV: An unclear platform?

Host David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez and Gail Smith discuss the political platform of Adam Clayton Powell IV on his run for the 15th Congressional District, stating that he hasn’t been clear on how he will get things done, how he will do the groundwork.













Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rags to Riches: Will the story end with the apprentice beating his mentor?

Host David Diaz and guests panelists Roberto Perez and Professor José Ramón Sanchez discuss the possibilities of new comers in this year’s primaries against the political machine of embattled Congressman Charles Rangel.













Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Isaac Sasson on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview Isaac Sasson, who is running for the New York State Senate in the 16th SD. The seat is currently held by State Senator Toby Stavisky. Topics of discussion were senior services, unemployment, the budget, taxes, education, and Senator Stavisky's record and her relationship with the Parkside Group.

To be considered you must talk Affordable Housing

Host David Diaz and guests panelists Roberto Perez and Professor José Ramón Sanchez discuss the affordable housing crisis in New York and how it’ll be an important issue to tackle for those seeking to be elected in November.













Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Getting votes by attacking wall street, is it smart or too risky?

Host David Diaz and guests panelists Roberto Perez and Professor José Ramón Sanchez discuss the attachment between New York politicians and Wall street.













Monday, August 23, 2010

Rob Giuffre on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview Rob Giuffre, who is running for the New York State Assembly in the 80th AD, against Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera. We discussed ballot access, education, his reasons for running, and Assemblywoman Rivera's record.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Esteban Duran on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview Esteban Duran, who is running for district against Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Topics of discussion were gentrification, the Broadway triangle, ballot access, and the role of a District Leader.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dan Halloran on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview New York City Council member Dan Halloran, who represents the 19th district. Topics of discussion were the downtown mosque, the state of the Republican party, the Tea party, and his exploration of a possible run against Congressman Gary Ackerman. We also discussed government reform, and public pensions.

Charles Rangel's image

David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos discuss how the charges against Congressman Rangel could affect his run to remain on the congressional seat he has been on for the past 40 years.













Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Promoting a different face of the Republican Party

David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos discuss how Rev. Michel Faulkner is trying to promote a different face of the Republican Party by supporting immigration reform, and encouraging a different type of government intervention rather than ending altogether.













Monday, August 16, 2010

Latino political power part 1.

The growing Latino population not only consist of a large number of registered voters, but it also includes high-spending consumers, private executives, and most notably, an increasing number of congress members, mayors, and other elected and appointed officials. In the particular case of New York, Latino immigrant groups in New York have elected representatives to the City Council and State Assembly within a generation of having a sizable presence in the United States, hence proving their growing political power.

Partisan elections

David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos discuss why elections should be kept partisan. The panelists state that labels are important to voters because it provides them with certain information.













Sunday, August 15, 2010

Discussing Stop & Frisk

David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos discuss the stop and frisk policy and why it’s difficult for political figures to take a stand on it.













Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sen. Espada is accused of violating labor laws

Lawyer Edgar de León explains the civil suits against Senator Espada, and the federal crimes that are underlined under them. Roberto Perez explains why he believes there is a political hand behind the charges and investigations against the Senator. The panel also discusses the case involving the alleged bogus training program where the Senator’s son, Pedro Gautier Espada, is also involved.













Friday, August 13, 2010

Sen. Pedro Espada's controversial severance package

Host David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez, Edgar de Leon, and Jason Smith discuss how Senator Pedro Espada allegedly violated not-for-profit corporation laws by negotiating a severance pay that if paid out would leave Soundview bankrupt, and by using Soundview’s funds to for campaign literature, and how this ultimately affects the community by taking money that could have been used for services.













Thursday, August 12, 2010

Family Dynasty

After watching a clip from an interview with Fernando Ferrer where he discusses the controversial subject of family politics/dynasty, where he expresses concern that people only see an issue when talking about Latino families, guest panelists Erica Gonzalez and Roberto Perez, tell host David Diaz they would prefer things to be different so that others will have an opportunity and there would be different models of leadership.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sen. Espada is accused of using public funds for personal expenses

Host David Diaz and guest panelists Jason Smith, Roberto Perez, and Edgar de Leon discuss the allegations that Senator Pedro Espada was using tax payer’s money to cover personal expenses. Edgar the Leon mentions what he sees as the appearance of total disregard for the appearance for improprieties from Senator Espada. The panel also discusses the fact that this is not the first time Senator Espada has faced these type of charges.













Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Community impact from ongoing investigations of Senator Espada

Host David Diaz and guests panelists Edgar de Leon, Roberto Perez and Jason Smith discuss the impact that the investigations and allegations against Soundview could have on the community, which will be vastly affected in the case that Soundview gets shut down. They also discuss Espada’s claim that last year’s coup was about his community. The guests think his actions had nothing to do with empowering the community.













Saturday, August 7, 2010

Investigating State Officials

Host David Diaz and guest panelists Roberto Perez, Edgar de Leon, and Jason Smith discuss the current process to investigate state officials, and state that new laws should be in place to investigate serious allegations against them.













Friday, August 6, 2010

Opinionating about Senator Pedro Espada Jr.

Guest panelists Erica Gonzalez and Roberto Perez express their opinions about State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his actions on the past year. Erica says there would have never been a Pedro Espada, if there hadn’t been an Efrain Gonzalez, who’s facing jail time for using public funds to host his personal businesses. Roberto Perez makes a statement on Espada’s defense mentioning the fact that he has brought health care to one of the poorest community in the country.













Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Progressive Caucus

Guest panelist Erica Gonzalez, editor of the opinion page at El Diario / la Prensa talks about the new Progressive Caucus, explaining how the younger Latino politicians are working in different ways than the older generation. Roberto Perez from the Perez Notes feels the Progressive Caucus is a bi-product of community groups and labor unions.













Dan Padernacht on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview Dan Padernacht, who is running for the New York State Senate in the 33rd SD. The seat is currently held by State Senator Pedro Espada. Topics of discussion were the Kings bridge armory, education, the state budget, stop and frisk, fund raising, health care, and ballot access. We also discussed the efforts of the unions and party leaders to get Dan to step out of the race.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mike Miller on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview New York State Assemblyman for the 38Th AD Mike Miller. We discussed the state budget, senior services, education, housing, immigration, the MTA, and some of the work he has done in his district. We also discussed his upcoming primary in September.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hank Sheinkopf on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview Political Consultant Hank Sheinkopf a while back, and I wanted to share this interview with the people that follow this site, and politics. Occasionally, I will be posting interviews that I have in the archives. People that love history will enjoy this interview. Hank discusses his background, from his early days with Herman Badillo, to his work on hundreds of political campaigns throughout the years.