Saturday, July 30, 2011

Carl Heastie on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview Bronx County Democratic Party Chair New York State Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who represents the 83rd AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

Member Items

"Member items are such a small portion of the budget, that I still for the life of me can't understand why it gets as much focus as it does."

"Which is less than .1% of the budget."

"Sometimes these needs can be lost by an agency in Albany that doesn't know the community as well as the Assembly member."

"Local member-items are very important."

Legislative Session

"I am not going to deem it historic. I think that every legislative session in my 11 years that I have been there. There's been good work that has been done in the 11 years."

"I don't want to say that one session is better than the other."

Governor Paterson

"I said this at the County Dinner when Governor Paterson was there. I think history will show that outside of a lot of the distractions that some of the media reported some very good things were done under his administration."

Bronx County Democratic Party

"Even when we had the inter family problems it never affected our government relationships."

"Last year when everyone had their primaries. I went above and beyond I think to help every elected official that had a race save for Nelson."

"We didn't support Nelson(Castro) last year and Nelson won. But I have to say that since that point Nelson he could have taken another tact. Look you know I beat you guys. I don't want anything to do with you guys. But he has become part of the family and he and I we have repaired our relationship. He has repaired his relationship with the Borough President, and I have no problem saying I am going to do everything I can
to make sure that Nelson get's re-elected in 2012."

Rivera Vs. Espada

"We stayed neutral in that race, but every elected official individually had the ability to take a side and they all did for the most part they all took a side."

"I have to be very mindful of how people deal with things also it is not as though there were no Bronx Senators who endorsed against Pedro Espada, so I take my lead from the people in the organization."

"If I didn't get a calling from a lot of the Democratic members of the Senate who were his colleagues to say that this has to be a priority. Then I wasn't going to put that burden on them as well."

"It is my plan right now. That every incumbent that is running for re-election next year is going to be supported by the organization."


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Martin Dilan on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York State Senator Martin Dilan, who represents the 17th SD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

District Leader Race Between Erik Dilan and Ed Towns

"I disagree with him totally. He knew what he was getting into when he first got into the race. First let me clear the record here. There are 12 at large members of District Leaders of Kings County if you subtract those twelve votes Erik Dilan would still be the District Leader of the 54th AD. There were enough elected District Leaders that gave him a plurality. I believe Erik got 38 votes Congressman got 10 votes subtract 12 from 38 you can do the math the Congressman would have been defeated anyway. He indicates that he withdrew from the race one or two days before he was there till the last minute, so I mean the Congressman just lost the race."

"You talk about the Assembly race. I believe that there will be another defeat for the Towns family."

The Race in the 54th AD

"When the district was created I believe it was back in 1982. It was a Latino leaning district. It was so the people of this district could have the ability to choose a Latino. It's very unfortunate that we have two Congressional members on opposite sides and one I believe is attempting to split the Latino vote for the benefit of the Towns."

"If you look at the credentials of Mr. Gonzalez he claims to be working in the community for 13 years as an organizer. However he is 26 years old. That means he started organizing while he was at the age of 13. I believe that he was a participant in the agency that is now also backing him.

On meeting Jesus Gonzalez

"The youth of Make the Road did clean the lot. I know I responded to them after I responded to them. They proceeded in behaving in a negative fashion. These are not the type of people that I like to work with."

"I can recall maybe what he may be referring to. At the time perhaps maybe he was 13 years old and didn't have complete comprehension of what was going on, and I did encounter Mr. Gonzalez recently and we had a conversation about this and I gave him some background."

Rafael Espinal

"It's very unfortunate that Ralph Espinal has to be guilty because of associations."

"I think it's unfair that they tie Rafael Espinal to anyone."

"I think it's totally unfair what the press has done to Ridgewood-Bushwick. I think it's totally unfair what they have done to Assemblyman Vito Lopez. However you know when you are in politics you have to have a thick skin and I think the Assemblyman has handled himself well."

"I don't see what Ridgewood-Bushwick is doing wrong."

"Erik Dilan lives in a market rate apartment when he applied for the apartment he put his income on the application. The appropriate income that he has as far as I am concerned he is paying market rate."

Press Coverage

"In making cases when they write stories they get the side of the Working Families Party they get the side of Make the Road. They don't get the side of the other candidate it's very rare that they would call Mr. Espinal to get his position on something. There is no one here that speaks for Mr. Espinal."


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Schneiderman lucha contra Wall Street El Diario La Prensa


Schneiderman lucha contra Wall Street

Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 7-27-2011

El mercado inmobiliario es una parte de la economía que parece no recuperarse. No cabe duda de que muchas familias latinas en busca del sueño americano de la casa propia fueron víctimas de prestadores predatorios y, como el resto de los afectados, sintieron que nuestros líderes en Washington sacrificaron a la ciudadanía para salvar a Wall Street.

Según indica un informe de New York Communities for Change, los afro-americanos y latinos en la ciudad de Nueva York son muchos más propensos que la población general a haber recibido un aviso de pre-ejecución hipotecaria entre diciembre de 2009 y diciembre de 2010.

Pero parece que hay una luz de esperanza para aquellos que quieran desertar al gobierno después de conocer tales cifras. Parece que las demandas de nuestra comunidad no cayeron en saco roto pues el fiscal general de Nueva York, Eric Schneiderman, reconoce que los ambiciosos ricachones de Wall Street se aprovecharon de los latinos trabajadores para llenarse los bolsillos.

Las negociaciones se están realizando entre los bancos y los fiscales federales y del estado para ponerle fin a la debacle inmobiliaria. Los federales favorecen un acuerdo con los bancos, en lugar de una investigación exhaustiva por miedo a desestabilizar la economía.

Los bancos, entre los que se encuentran titanes como JP Morgan, han ofrecido a los agentes federales —así como los fiscales generales de 50 estados, liderados por el fiscal general de Iowa— resolver la disputa de forma extrajudicial por una suma de hasta $30 mil millones a cambio de amnistía general.

Schneiderman ha roto lazos con este grupo y, a cambio, propone conducir una investigación extensa primero y luego determinar el desagravio; el fiscal general de Nueva York ha comenzado a pedir archivos e información para desempolvar los trapos sucios y parece que no va a parar hasta que alguien se haga responsable.

El domingo, en un desayuno que se llevó a cabo con el propósito de iniciar el desfile dominicano en el Bronx, el fiscal general Schneiderman aclaró que sin el apoyo de la comunidad dominicana no estaría donde está…Supongo que su búsqueda de justicia para los afectados en este caso es su manera de decir gracias.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

En debate presupuestario Bloomberg perdio 2 a 0 El Diario La Prensa


En debate presupuestario,
Bloomberg perdió 2 a 0

Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 6-29-2011

Fuentes en City Hall dicen que la presidente del Concejo Municipal Christine Quinn es la ganadora en el mano a mano con el Alcalde por el presupuesto de la ciudad. La fuente lo puso así, “Quinn salió con todo lo que quería. Desde salvar las estaciones de bomberos hasta evitar despedidas de profesores; cuando se agrega igualdad en matrimonio, Quinn tuvo una de las mejores semanas en su carrera política”.
Estoy de acuerdo con el análisis. También incluiría al presidente del UFT Michael Mulgrew entre los ganadores. Porque aplastó a Bloomberg en dos ocasiones: Impidió la reversión del Life In First Out a nivel estatal y ahora evitó que se despidieran maestros. Bloomberg estuvo perdió 0 a 2 en esta pelea presupuestaria: No logró que Cuomo le diera más dinero estatal y tuvo que ceder a las exigencias de Quinn.

¿Carrión para Alcalde?
Pero si Quinn sintió alivio cuando Weiner salió de la lista de aspirantes para 2013, ahora debe agarrar aire porque mis fuentes me dicen que el ex presidente de El Bronx, Adolfo Carrion, está considerando entrar al ring. Carrión fue nombrado para su actual puesto como director regional del Departamento de Viviendas y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD) para Nueva York y Nueva jersey por el Presidente Obama. Quién sabe si Obama le pondría su sello de aprobación a una potencial campaña de “Carrión para Alcalde”, como lo hizo con Rahm Emmanuel, su ex jefe de gabinete, cuando se lanzó para alcalde de Chicago. Carrión tiene $1.3 millones en sus arcas de campaña.
Si decide postularse, Carrión sería el único latino en la carrera. Carrión podría ganarle a Quinn en temas que juegan bien con la población latina. Por ejemplo, en estos días un prominente funcionario latino me habló de su molestia porque Quinn no apoyó a los livery cabs durante las negociaciones para una nueva ley de taxis. Lo que pasa es Quinn está tratando de satisfacer a la opulenta industria de medallones porque quiere como amiga de los negocios durante la contienda por la alcaldía, dice mi fuente.

Trabajo incompleto: Una redistribucion electoral justa El Diario La Prensa


Trabajo incompleto: Una redistribución electoral justa El Diario La Prensa 7-6-2011
Roberto Pérez
Se podría decir que el gobernador Cuomo ha tenido una de las secciones legislativas más productivas de la historia, pero un asunto que se le salió de las manos fue el de la redistribución independiente de los distritos electorales.
Cambiar el área geográfica que cubre un funcionario electo es un asunto muy polémico. Estas líneas geográficas pueden ser recalculadas cada 10 años, dependiendo de cambios demográficos determinados por el Censo. En el estado de Nueva York es la asamblea legislativa quien determina las líneas de los distritos electorales de representantes estatales y federales. Lo que el gobernador y muchos otros quieren es que sea una comisión independiente quien determine cualquier cambio en los distritos.
La constitución de los Estados Unidos dice que los distritos del Congreso y puestos legislativos estatales tienen que ser reconfigurados para reflejar cambios poblacionales. Esto ayuda a que, por ejemplo, una comunidad latina tenga la oportunidad de ser representada por un latino/a.
Pero desafortunadamente, porque el trabajo de un político es ser re-elegido, muchos tratan de elegir a sus votantes, en lugar de que los votantes los escojan a ellos.
Una de las razones por las que la redistribución no se llevó a cabo durante esta sesión fue porque el líder del senado estatal, el republicano Dean Skelos, reconoce que la demografía no favorece su partido. Skelos está preocupado por el abrumador crecimiento de la comunidad latina y el hecho de que los presos en upstate (casi siempre residentes de la ciudad) ya no serán contados como miembros de esa parte del estado, lo cual podría favorecer al Partido Demócrata.
Pero aún sin la redistribución independiente, Skelos tendrá que enfrentar una batalla bien fuerte. De acuerdo con Lucia Gómez , del el National Institute for Latino Policy, “el gobernador Cuomo ha jurado que vetará cualquier plan de redistribución que no haya sido propuesto por una comisión independiente”.
Si n importar lo que pase los electos oficiales latinos todavía están siguiendo los procedimientos muy de cerca. Yo le pregunte al miembro de la asamblea legislativa Guillermo Linares acerca de este tema, y esto fue lo que él dijo. “Como oficiales electos de la minoría, nosotros todavía necesitamos estar por encima del proceso para asegurarnos de que los crecientes números en nuestra población se reflejen a través del estado en el liderazgo que debemos tener en los próximos diez años”.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Podran los latinos sacar provecho de la redistribucion electoral? El Diario La Prensa


Podran los latinos sacar provecho de la redistribucion electoral?

Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 7-20-2011

El debate para la redistribución de distritos ha comenzado y la pregunta que emerge es si este proceso ayudara a aumentar la representacion hispana en en el congreso.
En las ultimas semanas he discutido este asunto con políticos latinos involucrados en este proceso. Mi pregunta central ha sido: ¿Si usted estuviera trazando las líneas electorales para el congreso, cual seria la mejor manera para aumentar la posibilidad de elección de latinos para el congreso?
De todas las personas con las que hable, el siguiente fue el escenario más popular:
El distrito ha cambiar seria el del congresista Charles Rangel, cuyo rango electorales es en este momento 46.1% latino. Si se extiende las actuales fronteras de este distinto para incluir el noreste de El Bronx, la proporcion latina aumentaria para convertirse en un super distrito latino.
En la actualidad la parte del noreste de El Bronx que pasaria al llamado distrito Rangel le pertenece a los congresistas José Serrano y Eliot Engel.
El congresista Serrano, cuyo distrito es 66.5% latino, pierde la parte noreste de su distrito, pero, por el bien del fortalecimiento latino, este se mueve hacia el este y acoge partes de El Bronx actualmente están representadas por el congresista Joe Crowley, cuyo distrito es 44.4% latinos e incluye fuertes vecindarios hispanos como Soundview.
Crowley quien tiene que crecer tendrá que renunciar a una parte de El Bronx para dársela a Serrano, y añadir una parte más grande de Queens, posiblemente una parte de lo que era el distrito de Anthony Weiner.
Ahora hagamos reality check, y hablemos de las barreras.
“Históricamente los latinos no han sido gran jugadores cuando se trata de la redistribución,” advierte de entrada el asambleísta Peter Rivera.
Como el jefe de la delegación de Nueva York, Rangel probablemente terminara decidiendo como trazar sus líneas. Ademas ha estado renuente a abandonar Manhattan o retirarse. Crecer hacia el sur, añadiendo el afluente Upper West Side, seria mejor para él, en vez de moverse a El Bronx.
Por otra parte, el congresista Crowley, quien es el presidente del Partido Democrata de Queens, goza de gran influencia y ya ha dejado muy claro que los rumores de dejar El Bronx son meras exageraciones. “ Yo sigo siendo re-elegido en mi distrito sin ningún problema. Conozco mi distrito y mis constituyentes, entonces por qué me voy a mudar”.
Asi estan las cosas en este juego de redistribucion electoral. Por ahora, aunque suena ideal, una movida a favor de anchar la representacion latina en el congreso suena poco probable.

Latinos and The Re-Districting Debate


The redistricting debate has already begun, and the question that remains to be seen is will the Latino community make their presence felt, or will they continue to receive the short end of the stick in proportion to their numbers?

In recent weeks I have been in discussion with a number of Latino political players who are involved in the process, and my question was. If you were drawing the Congressional lines how would you draw them to increase the likelihood of electing Latinos to Congress, and here is the most popular scenario amongst the people I spoke to.

It begins with Congressman Charles Rangel whose district is 46.1% Latino, and needs to grow by 77,834 the district would become even more Latino by adding the north west part of the Bronx that currently belongs to Congressman Jose Serrano, and Congressman Eliot Engel that includes KingsBridge Heights.

Congressman Serrano whose district
is 66.5% Latino and has to grow by 23,888 loses the northwest part of his district and for the sake of Latino empowerment moves east, and picks up parts of the Bronx currently represented by Congressman Joe Crowley whose district is 44.4% Latino and includes heavily Hispanic neighborhoods like Soundview.

Crowley who has to grow by 50,075 would give up part of the Bronx to Serrano, and add a bigger part of Queens, possibly part of Weiners former
district.

Now the reality check! Here are some of the barriers.
“Historically Latinos have not been players when it comes to redistricting.” Is how Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera framed the question.

Second, as the Dean of the New York delegation, Rangel will likely get to decide how his lines are going to be drawn, and has been reluctant to leave Manhattan in the past, plus adding the affluent upper-west side may be more appealing to him than moving to the Bronx. Plus if I were a betting man, I would also guess that one of the favorites to take the seat when, and if Rangel retires. New York County Democratic Chair Assemblyman Keith Wright will have a lot to say in determining how the lines are going to be drawn.

Add to that Crowley who as Chairman of the Queens Democratic Party has an enormous amount of clout and made it very clear to me that rumors that he wants to leave the Bronx are greatly exaggerated stating “ I continue to get re-elected in my district with no problems. I know my district, and my constituents. So why would I move.”

Will Latinos get shortchanged again stay tuned.

Diaz Vs. Castro El Diario La Prensa


Díaz vs. Castro

Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 7-13-2011

Fuentes me dicen que el senador estatal Rubén Díaz Sr. está furioso con miembros de la delegación del Bronx que cambiaron su voto del matrimonio igualitario. Y su blanco es el asambleísta Nelson Castro, quien ha sido llamado traidor por cambiar su voto.
Dicen que el Senador Díaz alega que Castro le prometió que no iba a votar a favor para el matrimonio igualitario, algo que el asambleísta Castro rechaza rotundamente. Lo llamé para preguntarle acerca de la situación, y me dijo que nunca le había hecho esa promesa al senador. Pero, sí sabía que el Senador Díaz le había llamado traidor por su voto a favor del matrimonio gay.
Pero además del asunto de las bodas gay, el Reverendo Díaz siente que Castro tiene una deuda vieja con él por no haberle hecho fanfarria a Héctor Ramírez, el opositor de Castro en la última elección, a quien Díaz endosó en papel. Díaz parece creer que Castro le debe agradecer esto, a fin de cuentas Castro se enfrentaba a la maquinaria democrática del Bronx, la cual estaba decidida a eliminarlo por ser aliado al régimen del ex jefe demócrata de El Bronx, el asambleísta José Rivera.
El Reverendo Díaz le dejó claro a Castro que dos personas tienen en la mira su puesto: el activista comunitario Haile Rivera, cabecilla de la asociación sin fines de lucro “Hands on New York”, quien trabajó en la campaña de Obama, y la líder del distrito Yudelka Tapia, quien corrió por el puesto del concejal Fernando Cabrera.
Con esto, el Reverendo Díaz le advierte a Castro que, por su traición, él podría respaldar a uno de sus contendientes.
La furia del Reverendo Díaz tras el asunto del matrimonio gay no sólo se centra en Castro. Dicen que también está molesto con el jefe del partido democrático del Bronx, el asambleísta Carl Heastie, porque cambió de parecer y terminó apoyando las bodas gay. Fuentes me dicen, sin embargo, que Heastie nunca le prometió al Senador Díaz que votaría en contra.
Será interesante ver cómo resulta todo esto porque el hijo del reverendo, el presidente de El Bronx Rubén Díaz Jr., quien es parte del liderazgo demócrata de El Bronx, recientemente lideró un evento para recaudar fondos para Castro. Ya veremos.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Michael Gianaris on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents the 12th SD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

"I think the number one issue for everybody not only locally not only in the State, but throughout the country is the economy, and jobs and there is a lot more that needs to be done there. Unfortunately we have Republican leadership in the Senate now they are busy enacting policies to help the wealthiest people in the state rather than trying to help the working men and women that make the state operate.

"For example the State Senate passed a bill to provide a tax credit for the purchase of corporate jets. That seems to be a little bit stupid, if I could be blunt about it. At a time when people are out of work."

"In Brooklyn, Marty Golden State Senator Republican which is odd enough just to say that. But he was no friend of tenants this year, as the rent discussion was taking place. He represents almost 40,000 rent stabilized units. Now there, is not just one person per unit. So that's tens of thousands of people that he represents that rely on those protections, that he didn't lift a finger to help."

"The terrain for Democrats next year is very favorable."

"It also doesn't help that Mayor Bloomberg pours money by the hundreds of thousands directly into the Republicans campaign accounts."

"The Senate now is Republican not because the voters wanted it that way. But because of gerrymandering."

"Right now the Government does not reflect the will of the people."


Saturday, July 16, 2011

THE PEREZ NOTES featured in Nueva York

En este episodio comenzamos nuestro recorrido en LaGuardia Community College en Long Island City, visitando a Roberto Pérez, director de "The Pérez Notes", un programa radiofónico sobre política, arte y entretenimiento dirigido a la comunidad hispana bilingüe de Nueva York. (Taped: 10/15/2009)

Lois Marbach on THE PEREZ NOTES


This is an interview, I conducted with Political Consultant Lois Marbach on 3-25-09. Occasionally I like to post interviews from my archives. Here is a bio on Lois that I found on her web-site. Below the bio you will find the audio of the interview.

Lois was the Queens coordinator of volunteers for the Presidential campaign of Mondale-Ferraro. Starting with the Mayoral campaign of Carol Bellamy, Lois has been a consultant, and the Queens coordinator, for the successful Primary election campaigns of: Carol Bellamy, David Dinkins, Liz Holtzman and Karen Burstein. In Mark Green's race for Public Advocate, she was a consultant for both the Primary and General elections. Her current clients include: Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, City Council Member Sara Gonzalez, City Council Member Leroy Comrie, City Council Member Julissa Ferreras and New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate. Lois continues to consult with numerous candidates and elected officials and is a consultant to the New York City Council.

Peter Rivera on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York State Assemblyman Peter Rivera, who represents the 76th AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

Redistricting

"Historically we as a community have not been players when it comes to redistricting. Historically our population has grown and somebody not us makes a decision as to what we should be looking at how we should be dealing with this growth of this unique population, and historically we have grown not to the numbers that we should have grown to because we weren't involved."

"In fact, the reason why we are only losing two Congressional seats, is because of the Latino population in the State of New York."

"The question that we have to ask each other and ourselves are we ready to tackle to take on the issue of redistricting."

"Historically our community is the last community to respond to some of these issues."

The Latino Vote

"The Democratic party does not get involved in the Latino Community the Republican party completely ignores the Latino community."

"Both parties pay no mind whatsoever to communities of color."

His relationship with State Senator Diaz

"I have always had a comfortable relationship with Senator Diaz not a great relationship but a comfortable relationship I thought we worked together on a whole bunch of issues. The relationship started to deteriorate when the same sex marriage bill came for a vote and low and behold I had a race because of my vote on the same sex marriage and Senator Diaz has told a numerous number of colleagues that they also can anticipate races as a result of their vote on same sex marriage. By the way most of my colleagues voted for same sex marriage."

"And if Luis Sepulveda was to come around tomorrow, and if I was to be told if I changed my vote. I would not have Luis Sepulveda as an opponent. I would not change one moment of my efforts."

"I happen to have a good relationship with the leadership in the Bronx with all the leadership in the Bronx for that matter and we respect and we trust each other and we confide in each other. We are not asked to love each other. Sometimes we cant do that. Sometimes it's just not within our gene make up."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Eric Ulrich on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich, who represents the 32nd CD. Here are some of the Council members views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

On not running for Congress

"If I ran and even if I were to be successful. I had no guarantee that the seat would be there next year, and so why would I give up my position in the City Council."

"Just to say I went to Congress for a year and a half, and then I am out of a job. I mean this is a legitimate concern. I think I made the right decision."

On Bob Turner's chances

"Yesterday I read that Mayor Koch is not supporting David Weprin. I have reason to believe that there are leaders in the Orthodox Jewish Community that are not satisfied with David Weprins position on same sex marriage for instance or his support of the Obama administration, and I think that they will take that with them to the polls on election day in September."

On Removing Phil Ragusa

"There is definitely going to be fight for the control of the Queens County Republican party unfortunately this is a fight that has been fought many times."

"I would like to see the party move in a new direction, and I am hoping that former Councilman Tom Ognibene will decide that he will run for the County Leadership. Because I think he will make a better County Leader."


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deidra Towns on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity to interview Deidra Towns who is running for the New York State Assembly in the 54th AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

On Running on a Third Party Line

"Everyone else a line was bestowed upon them. I have to run a full out race that's the irony people talk as if my path would be easier because of my relationships where as in fact, it has been the complete opposite, I have to do petitions. I have to raise money. I have to do the whole thing in the same compressed amount of time."

"I am the better candidate, because I have the most experience of my other two opponents. So my whole career has been a career of public service."

"My experience just growing up around politics. I have heard the conversations and I have an understanding of the inner workings and how things happen and how to make things happen. I will go to Albany with the ability to land on the ground. I know a lot of people that are already in Albany. Just because they have known me since I was a little girl, because I have been around politics all of my life, and having those relationships will certainly help me to be able to hit the ground running especially because we are in the middle a term. We are not starting it at the beginning of a term."

"As far as I am concerned I am the most Independent of my counterparts and I am not beholden to anyone. When I was in the 4th Grade, I interviewed Shirley Chisholm for a school project and Shirley Chisholm's motto was she was unbought and unbossed and if I can borrow that from her. I am and will be unbought and unbossed."

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Diana Reyna on THE PEREZ NOTES Part 2.


I had the opportunity, to interview New York City Councilwoman Diana Reyna, who represents the 34th CD. Here are some of the Council members views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Her Relationship with Vito Lopez

"I have had the opportunity to enter what was serving my community through the doors of my local Assemblyman. I would want that opportunity for any young individual who is interested in serving their community. I was blessed to learn the ropes and see every aspect of Government through the eyes of my local Assemblyman, and learned the politics of what would be the reality of getting elected, and the work behind a campaign and all that learning curve has brought me to this point. We have had our disagreements two fighting roosters cannot be in the same room. I cannot say at what point we stopped working together. I know that I continue to serve my community and I welcome any opportunity that allows for our community to benefit from anyone who wants to work with me. To be able to do so respectfully."

Her Endorsement of Jesus Gonzalez

"My race in 2009 was a very contentious race as well, and for our community to stand behind me and surround me with the love and support that they did. Where no one else thought, or understood how I was going to win this race gave the community the opportunity to take back ownership, and it's important that when there is this breakthrough you know it's like a sleeping giant. Jesus Gonzalez represents what is community empowerment."

Future Plans

"I remain open. I know I have debt, I have to still settle from my 2009 campaign. Remaining open to opportunities because as they say there is life after politics."


Diana Reyna on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York City Councilwoman Diana Reyna, who represents the 34th CD. Here are some of the Council members views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Education

"Education as a whole from infancy to College has become a business. It is a tragedy to see that a student in the United States cannot if they wanted to prioritize education. Because we are concentrating on what is a debate on principles as opposed to outcome."

"And when you see more students graduating our public school system and the facts state a child graduating a public school will spend two years minimum with remedial classes. What are we teaching then? What are we saying to these students. How are we making them feel confident that they are prepared to compete globally."

"We have to start prioritizing education. As opposed to principles of education."

"It's a business it's no longer about educating or the commitment to education. What we are seeing is an investment into a system as opposed to people and that needs to be changed fundamentally."

Budget

"Their decisions were negatively impacting our districts but everything trickled down, and the City of New York picked up where they didn't. We had no other choice. So now what you will see is less money for these programs next year. Because we can't keep them whole for the following year."

"Right now what we have been able to do is bring together measures that plugged in holes on behalf of the State and on behalf of the Federal Government. Because the Federal Government will make decisions that will impact the State, and the State will make decisions that will impact the City. The City was the most fiscally sound."


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Liz Krueger on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York State Senator Liz Krueger, who represents the 26th SD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

Indian Point

"I have long argued that Indian Point should be closed."

Hydro-Fracking

"Science has yet to prove you can do this safely without causing enormous damage to water."

"I have yet to be convinced that there is science showing this can be done safely.It shouldn't be allowed in NY State until such time."

"Other parts of the country when they have allowed Hydro-Fracking there has been enormous environmental damage."

Democratic State Senate

"I believe we will take back the majority in 2012."

"I knew Pedro Espada 20 years ago I knew he was bad news."

"I think history will show that if Pedro Espada hadn't been the Housing Chair hadn't pulled off a coup hadn't ended up with black mailing himself into the majority leader title we would have had a very different story. I started a PAC called NO BAD APPLES."

"The good news is Pedro's gone I don't think he is coming back, Hiram Monserrate's gone I don't think he is coming back. Carl Krueger is in serious trouble federal corruption charges. I don't think he is running again. If he did that's about the only Democratic primary for the State Senate where I said I would get involved. I will absolutely try to make sure that Carl Krueger does not come back into the State Senate. But I think he will be to busy with his federal corruption charges to be re-elected anyway."


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Guillermo Linares on THE PEREZ NOTES Part 2.


I had the opportunity, to interview New York State Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who represents the 72nd AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

NY Dream Act

"It's now referred to Government operations. I am now proceeding to organize hearings on the Dream Act. I want to do that over the summer. I also want to work closely with a team of legal experts because we need to look at the language, the bill that was introduced was the initial draft."

Outer Borough Medallions

"I worked very hard with Speaker Silver with Carl Heastie who chairs the Committee on Cities, and he was a lead person working with me on this along with other key leaders Vito Lopez in Brooklyn, Francisco Moya in Queens, Nelson Castro in the Bronx, Robert Rodriguez in East Harlem. Felix Ortiz chairs the Task Force he was part of that Keith Wright from Manhattan was instrumental along with Denny Farrell who chairs Ways and Means."

Re-Districting

"I think we need to look very closely at the process whether it is an independent structure that the Governor may try to influence to take away from the influence of the legislature we still need to be on top of the process as minority elected officials to make sure that the growing numbers in our population across the state reflect in the leadership that we ought to have in the next ten years."

His Relationship with State Senator Adriano Espaillat

"Let's just say from the very beginning we have engaged in the political process in efforts to empower politically the community. I had the fortune to be the first elected in the country in a competition that involved him and Maria Luna. She was the one to win. The two of us were trying to see if we could defeat her and I ended up being the one to defeat Maria Luna because she had the infrastructure the support of all of the elected officials the difference was Adriano had introduced himself by challenging the incumbent Stan Michaels fresh out of College. He wanted to get his name known. I had been a teacher for 15 years serving and volunteering in this community and I think that work and having been elected to the school board in the 80's for three times in a row gave me the edge, and I turned out to be the one that made history. I then worked very hard to naturalize thousands of newly arrived families up here to be citizens and so five years later 5,000 new voters helped him get elected as the first member of the State Assembly."

"We didn't always see eye to eye. I was challenged in the year after he won all connected to my vote with a Pathmark which was a very controversial vote that I took, and I had to fight for my political life. But I got the support of the community."

"Just now I became an Assemblyman he became a Senator we came together supported each other. I think the fact that we did that gave him a victory, and got me back to an elected position."

"We have had our bumps in the road."

Guillermo Linares on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York State Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who represents the 72nd AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

Rent-Protection Laws

"In the last two occasions that we had to renew the laws, we did not get anything other than a straight extender to the law. The way it was changed and weakened it stayed and it was devastating to New York City."

"In the end we were able to get what we did not have in 30 years, which is to make it more difficult for landlords to get rid of tenants."

"In the first five months we have had close to 5,000 people that have walked through my office because I have open door policies 80% of them come with problems in housing either harassment or they are not being served well, and they need some type of assistance related to housing."

"The biggest concern is gentrification it is happening. I am hopeful that the young professionals who grew up in Northern Manhattan in Washington Heights and Inwood realize that they need to create roots here, they need to buy co-ops they need to try to stay here and become stable."