Sunday, October 31, 2010

Following the city wide elections part 4.

New York city holds elections for city offices every four years. This year New Yorkers are voting for mayor, public advocate, comptroller. There will also be local elections for borough president and city council members.

The mayor is the Chief Executive Officer on New York. The Mayor’s duties include appointing and removing agency heads and commissioners for mayoral agencies and many public authorities, and proposing a city budget.

The Comptroller is the city’s Chief Financial Officer. The Comptroller’s responsibilities include auditing city agencies and investigating all matters concerning the city’s finances.

The Public Advocate act as a “watchdog” or go-between. The job of the Public advocate includes monitoring the operation of the public information and service complaint programs of city agencies and investigating. In the mayor’s absence, the Public Advocate acts as the mayor.

Destination Casa Blanca New York Politics Edition will bring you a special live edition with the latest analysis of the city wide election night, giving special attention to the mayoral election. What can Latino New Yorkers anticipate for the next four years?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mike Rendino on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview Republican Mike Rendino, who is running for the New York State Assembly in the 82nd district. The seat is currently held by Assemblyman Michael Benedetto. We discussed his reasons for running, the needs of the district and his plans for addressing the problems that affect the community. In addition to running on the Republican line, Mike is also running on the Conservative and Independence party lines.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rally in Jackson Heights on THE PEREZ NOTES

This video was taken in the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, at a rally hosted by Council member Daniel Dromm, in support of Marriage Equality. For those of you that were unable to attend, here is the video. A number of elected officials attended, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Danny Dromm,Councilman Jimmy VanBramer, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Mike DenDekker, Francisco Moya and a number of other elected officials. The rally was pretty lively and plenty of sparks flew mainly at the people who do not support the measure. This video was provided to me by a good friend Dr. Joel Kuszai. Hiram Monserrate was the recipient of many of the verbal jabs.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ephraim Cruz on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, the co-founder of Bronx 4 Change Ephraim Cruz. We discussed his differences, with the leadership of the Bronx Democratic Party. The people he mentioned, were Chairman Assemblyman Carl Heastie, Consultant Patrick Jenkins, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. We touched on a number of topics, from the hate crime that occurred in the Bronx, to his feelings that there is a lack of democracy within the party structure. He also stated his reasons for founding Bronx 4 Change, and some of the elected officials that support the organization. Ephraim also mentioned, some of the retribution he has received, as a result of being a part of BFC.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Javier Castano on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview Javier Castano, who is the founder, and publisher of We discussed Latino's and the media, and how he came up with the idea for Queens Latino. We also discussed Latino political power in Queens.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Earl Caldwell on THE PEREZ NOTES

I have in my archives, an interview I conducted with Civil Rights journalist Earl Caldwell. In the interview, Earl discusses the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His case that went to the Supreme Court, regarding the Black Panther Party, and his departure from the New York Times. Take a listen.