Sunday, January 29, 2012


I had the opportunity to interview, Coucilman Peter Koo. Here are some of the Council members views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Switch to the Democratic Party

"We have been discussing this with my adviser, my family, my friends for over a year, and we come to the conclusion, that by switching to the Democratic party, I can help my community, I can help my family, myself much more, than staying in the Republican party."

Republican Party

"The Republican issue on immigration especially on a national level, is really hostile to immigrants, and I don't like it at all."

"I want to support the Dream Act, and I don't want to report immigrants to homeland security over some minor charges."

City Council

"I'm hoping, they will give me some leadership position."

John Liu

"As an Asian American politician, I think it's really unfair. I think the media ganged up against him. It's nothing proven that he directly knows about this, or his staff knows about this, so why do you link the two together. The FBI used some sting operation, they offered cash to people, it's like a political entrapment to me. I think it's really unfair, even though the guy is guilty for that so, only he's guilty, he has nothing to do with John Liu. This kind of scandal happened before with Hillary Clinton, happened with Al Gore, so whoever get's caught in the scandal, those guys should be punished, not the candidates, because they have nothing to do with this."

City Council Redistricting

"The last census, they did was terrible. I don't think it's accurate at all, because they only project a very small increase of the Asian population. We know when we are on the streets, we have a tremendous increase of population here. I hope, when they redraw the lines, they should take that into consideration. We have more population in the district, than they show in the census."

Teacher Evaluations

"I think the bonus system is good, you want to reward people who perform well, and to give them a 20,000 dollar bonus, is a very good incentive for teachers and other professions."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jorge Fanjul responds to Latino Running for QCYD President

"Mr. Perez,

I thank you for the attention you have given our race, I believe it is a testament to the important role young people play in political discourse today. That is why I choose to serve as Policy Director of the Queens County Young Democrats and why I am now running for President. I would like to clarify however that I do not live in my colleague, Ms. Jessica Ramos' district as stated in your piece. She lives in the 39th Assembly District and I reside in the 34th Assembly District. I was also surprised to hear the news that she is no longer running as I first became aware of her ending her candidacy from reading your piece in The Perez Notes and El Diario. Ms. Ramos always stated she was a candidate and as such no ask was made of her for an endorsement. If I had been made aware that she was no longer considering a run, I would certainly have asked for and welcomed her endorsement as a young female leader within our community.


Jorge D. Fanjul
Candidate for President of the Queens County Young Democrats"

Jason Otaño on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, City Council candidate for the 34th CD Jason Otaño. Here are some of Jason's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.


"When we look at the education of our children, we also have to look to the education of our parents, as a city council member, I would definitely push for parenting academies. I think we need to create resources for parents to assist them."

"The jury is still out on charter schools. I'm not quite sure where I fit, in regards to whether I'm pro, or con."

Mayoral Control of schools

"I'm against it."

Outsider label

"Listen I've been a Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn all my life. I don't need to read an instruction manual, about how to be a Boricua on south 5th. I had an abuelita too, and she was buried right there in Ortiz funeral home right there on south 4th. So, this neighborhood isn't alien to me. I've worked in these neighborhoods, since I was a kid, when we were dealing with voter registrations, joining Richie Perez on whatever issue might have occurred from Sunset Park to Los Sures, if there was a Latino community I've been involved."

"I've studied, I've had relationships with folks, I've had family in the area for all of my life, and I'm not necessarily worried about that carpetbagger moniker. I think it's going to play a very small part in the discussion."

"When I moved into the community, the first thing I wanted to do was get involved, which is why I reached out to Luis Garden Acosta, and he asked me to be part of the affordable living aspect of the green light district. If a man like that doesn't consider me an outsider, I don't know how anybody else could."

Labor Unions

"I do strongly believe, that out of any candidate that arises in that district, that I'll be the strongest labor candidate. I grew up in a labor household."

"I served on the pension board. I served on the NYC employee retirement system. I've had a really good relationship with 3 of the largest labor unions in the city Teamsters, TWU, DC 37, and so obviously, I've been talking to them for some time."

"Greg Floyd for one has been, a very vocal supporter of me, of my candidacy, very encouraging figure for me."


"I have not started fundraising, my goal would be somewhere around 200 thousand to a quarter of a million."


"That will be Eddy Castell from the MirRam group. I've had a long relationship with Eddy and Roberto."

"Roberto Ramirez was the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and so I'm a very active member of the BAR association, and I've had a long relationship with him as well."

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Bill de Blasio on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Here are some of the Public Advocates views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

SOTU AG Schneiderman

"The fact that the President is putting him in such a position of leadership, speaks volumes to the President's commitment on the issue, but also says Schneiderman, who was kind of the rebel on this issue ultimately won the day."

Teacher Evaluations

"I was disappointed in the Mayors speech. I think the Mayor after 10 years has sort of re declared war on the UFT. I could not understand why that was productive. I think we'll get there bluntly, but I don't think it's gonna be because the Mayor had a tantrum during his speech."

Pension Reform

"The way to do that is with labor. I've talked to a number of labor leaders, and they have substantive ideas on ways to move forward, that would save money. I think that's the conversation that gets things done."

Fingerprints for Food Stamps

"This administration is continuing a Giuliani practice, and I have to call it like it is. It's a Giuliani era practice, it is the kind of thing Rudy used to love to do, tough on the poor and Michael Bloomberg should know better, for whatever strange reason, he will not move off it, and I think that the fact that the Governor called him out on it, this should be the break point, but the Mayor keeps holding on to this really inhumane practice."

Minimum Wage Increase

"I was glad the Mayor called for an increase in the minimum wage, I bluntly, it sounded like a pretty minimal increase in the minimum wage, and I use the term responsible. I thought WOW, I want to know more about that, but I'm glad he sees that we have to address that problem, you know he continues to be very negative on living wage and paid sick leave. They're just fundamentally good ideas, but I don't expect the Mayor to hear that, or want to respond."

Gustavo Rivera on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, State Senator Gustavo Rivera. Here are some of Senator Rivera's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.


"The fact is that they (Republicans) have probably had maps since October when the hearings were done."

"Whatever draft is presented, I can almost guarantee you it will be driven by politics, and not by what it should be driven by, which is demographic shifts, communities of interest, and the opportunity for minority populations across the state, to be able to choose someone of their own choosing."

"If there's something that you know about Governor Cuomo, is if he looks you in the face, and he says something is going to happen it does. He has committed himself to vetoing any lines that come from a partisan process."

63rd Senate seat

"This is a perfect example of a blatant political move by the Republicans, to keep an artificial majority. The 63rd seat, which is a fiction it is unconstitutional."

Independent Caucus

"I disagree with the action, that the IDC has taken because, I believe that it weakens our hand as a democratic conference."

Senator Diaz Vs. Senator John Sampson

"The Reverend is a colleague, that I have many many disagreements with, even though he expresses it in a way that is certainly not a way in which I would express it. The issue of member items is a real one."

"Anything else that he has said about John Sampson about leadership, about those sort's of things that is the Reverend being the Reverend."

Gustavo Rivera on THE PEREZ NOTES

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bill de Blasio on THE PEREZ NOTES

Diaz Jr. not interested in running for Public Advocate El Diario La Prensa

Roberto Perez | 2012-01-25 | El Diario NY

Rumors that Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr. is interested in running for Public Advocate appear to be false, according to sources close to Diaz Jr. He is still exploring a Mayoral run and has no interest in the position.

Latino running for QCYD President

Jorge Fanjul, from the office of City Comptroller John Liu, is running for president of Queens County Young Democrats.

In an interesting move, Queens district leader and vice president of QCYD Jessica Ramos decided at the last minute not to run for the position, and is supporting the other candidate in the race Nick Roloson, who serves as chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Miller. Ramos is backing Roloson instead of Fanjul, because Fanjul never asked Ramos for her support despite living in her district.

The other candidate is Antwaun Gavins, from the office of state Sen. Jose Peralta. The election will be held on February 15. Currently, the QCYD has over 150 members with 95 of them eligible to vote. The QCYD, emerged on the political scene, after receiving the blessings of the Queens Democratic Party, at the request of Assemblyman Francisco Moya and it now looks like it will be a breeding ground for the party, in years to come.

Otano going with MirRam

City Council candidate for District 34, Jason Otano, said he plans to hire the MirRam group. In a recent interview, Otano alluded to his long relationship with MirRam partner Eddy Castell, and his membership in the Puerto Rican Bar Association, under the direction of another MirRam partner Roberto Ramirez. Otano also made mention of his relationship with Luis Garden Acosta, founder of El Puente, which could mean a possible endorsement. The other candidates mentioned are Antonio Reynoso, chief of staff to the current Council member Diana Reyna and District Leader Maritza Davila.

Díaz Jr. no está interesado en el puesto de Defensor

Los rumores de que el presidente del condado de El Bronx, Rubén Díaz Jr. está interesado en postularse para Defensor Público parecen ser falsos.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

John Sabini on THE PEREZ NOTES

This is an interview, I conducted with Chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board John Sabini. I conducted this interview, on October 10, 2007. This interview, is a part of THE PEREZ NOTES archives.

John D. Sabini is the Chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, having served in this capacity since August 2008 when he was confirmed by the New York State Senate. Sabini had previously been a member of the New York State Senate, a Democrat first elected in 2002. He represented parts of Jackson Heights, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst and Woodside. He previously represented much of this area as a New York City Council Member for the years 1992-2001.

Early life

A lifelong resident of Jackson Heights, Sabini won election to the Community Advisory Board at Elmhurst Hospital at age 16. At 19, he was appointed to Community Board No. 3-Q, where he served until his election to the Council.
Sabini holds a degree from New York University's College of Business and Public Administration, now known as the Stern School, and attended its Graduate School of Public Administration, now known as the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Sabini served as District Administrator for Congressmen James H. Scheuer and Stephen J. Solarz. He also served as Director of the State Assembly's Subcommittee on Senior Citizen Facilities. Prior to his election to the City Council, Sabini was Vice President of the MWW Group, a public and government relations firm based in New Jersey.


When the newly configured 13th Senate District was unveiled in the Spring of 2002, Sabini became a candidate who amassed broad support within the Democratic Party. In 2004 and 2006 he became the Democratic nominee and was unanimously re-elected in the general election.
When joining the Senate, Sabini received several high-profile appointments unprecedented for a new member. He was appointed as the ranking member of the Elections Committee and was the Senate Democratic conferee on a conference committee designed to set up the state's framework to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act. Sabini was also appointed to the Rules Committee, the first freshman Democrat since 1937 to serve in that capacity.

In 2006, Sabini was appointed as Assistant Minority Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs. He serves as the liaison between the Senate Minority Conference and the Governor's office, the State Assembly, Congress and local governments. Sabini is simultaneously maintaining his ranking membership status on the Transportation and Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committees.

Sabini was also appointed to several high-profile panels in 2006. In February he served as the only New York State representative on a national transportation leadership summit at the White House. In April he served as the only New York City legislator on Governor Eliot Spitzer's special panel to determine the future of thoroughbred racing in New York and the operations of Belmont Park, Aqueduct Race Track and Saratoga Racecourse.

In his first term, he introduced the bill that established by law the Flight 587 Memorial Scholarship, honoring the victims of that flight that crashed on the way to the Dominican Republic. Recently, he introduced a bill — which also later passed into law — to prevent the scheduling of statewide exams during major religious holidays.
The crisis surrounding the Queens County Democratic Organization following the death of Donald Manes in 1986 was a defining moment in Sabini's career. Sabini was thrust into the position of County Chairman at the time when scrutiny from the media and federal investigators threatened the future of the party. His success in stepping in to clean up the party earned him glowing editorial support from The New York Times and Newsday.

On the City Council, Sabini held the post of Council representative to the City's Commission on Public Information and Communications, a panel seeking ways to improve interaction between New York City residents and city government and increased use of technology. He was appointed Chair of the Council's Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses and was chosen for membership on the Council's influential Land Use Committee and on the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions. In his legislative duties, he introduced and co-sponsored many bills that have helped to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers, including the Aggressive Panhandling bill and the Landmark Notification Law, which requires the commercial tenants doing business in historic districts be informed about their responsibilities under the city's landmarks law.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


This is an interview, I conducted with Queens County Supreme Court Judge Rudy Greco. I conducted this interview, on October 17, 2007. This interview, is a part of THE PEREZ NOTES archives.

Rudolph E. Greco, Jr. is a judge for the Queens County Supreme Court in the 11th Judicial District of New York. He was elected to this position on November 8, 2011 (effective January 1) for a 14-year term ending on December 31, 2025.
He previously served on the New York City Civil Court of Queens County, beginning in 2008.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Un nuevo distrito senatorial en NY, ¿para quién?

La comisión de trabajo legislativo responsable por el rediseño de distritos electorales del estado de Nueva York, conocida en inglés como LATFOR, como sin querer la cosa anunció la semana pasada en su website que crearán un distrito senatorial adicional, el 63.
La movida es vista por muchos como un complot de la mayoría republicana en el senado (que controla esa cámara) de crear un puesto en Saratoga, en la región del Valle de Hudson, que favorezca a su partido.

To read the rest of the story, please follow the link.

A State Senate seat for who? El Diario La Prensa

Roberto Perez | 2012-01-18 | El Diario NY

The legislative task force responsible for redistricting in New York, known as LATFOR quietly announced on it's website that it will add a 63rd senate seat.

The move is seen by many as a plot by the Republican majority in the Senate (which controls the chamber) to create a seat possibly in Saratoga, the Hudson Valley region, which would help them hold on to their slim majority.

I contacted Senator Martin Dilan, the ranking Democrat on the committee, and Juan Cartagena, President and Legal Counsel of Latino Justice to see what they had to say about the legality of this issue and how this would affect the Latino community . Here is how they responded:

Dilan: " I don’t think it holds up in court. It’s partisan politics at it’s best, despite the opportunity to create a Latino seat in the city, or in Long Island. Assemblyman Phil Ramos has testified in front of the commission, I believe on two occasions about how the Latino community is being divided in Long Island."

Cartagena: Any increase should reflect the demographic changes in the state of New York and the Latino community has grown significantly. If not for the growth of the Hispanic population, the state of New York would have lost more than the two congressional seats it is set to lose. So if you're creating a new senatorial district it would have to be in the city. "

The idea of ​​an independent commission does not look very viable said Cartagena, in fact, it is impossible because of time constraints, but the governor could still veto the maps designed by LATFOR and send them to the courts. And any changes to the law regarding the Senate must be approved by both houses of the state legislature and signed by the governor, and then has to receive the pre-clearence of the Department of Justice. Another obstacle facing the creation of the independent commission, according to Cartagena, is the fact that there's still no primary day, which has everyone in limbo.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jay Hershenson on THE PEREZ NOTES

This is an interview, I conducted with CUNY SENIOR VICE CHANCELLOR FOR UNIVERSITY RELATIONS AND SECRETARY OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jay Hershenson. I conducted this interview, on March 28, 2007. This interview, is a part of THE PEREZ NOTES archives.

The City University of New York is the leading public urban university system in the nation. Senior Vice Chancellor and Board Secretary Jay Hershenson's portfolio includes the development and implementation of CUNY's external relations programs, including governmental, media and community relations, marketing, communications and CUNY-TV and the administration of the Board of Trustees' agenda, meetings and records. He has served as Vice Chancellor since 1984 and has worked in senior level administrative positions for six CUNY Chancellors and with over 100 CUNY trustees since the mid-1970's. He has made a lifelong commitment to education and, in particular, to the use of higher education to positively transform lives.

Current Professional Commitments and Community Service Activities for 2011 include:

Appointment by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve on the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs' Consumers Council
Member, Steering Committee of the One NYC One Nation Initiative, a partnership between the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, The New York Community Trust and One Nation
Member, Ogilvy and Mather Diversity Advisory Board
Member, Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation for Investor Education; Chair, SIFMA Marketing and Public Relations Committee; Member of the SIFMA Nominations & Governance Committee; and Member of the SIFMA Executive Committee
Member, New York State Board of Regents/ University of the State of New York Technology Policy and Practices Council
Member, The New York Board of Rabbis Lay Advisory Committee
Chair, The CUNY Working Task Force on Strengthening Educational Opportunities for Mexicans and Mexican Americans
Member, The Dominican American National Roundtable Advisory Board
Member, The Anti Defamation League's New York Regional Board and Former Vice Chairperson
Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson most recently served as Senior Advisor for Communications to the 2010 New York City Charter Revision Commission. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Committee for Public Higher Education, New York City Regional Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc.; Unit Director of the United Fund of New York ; member of the United Negro College Fund Scholarship Committee; and member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Churches.

Prior local, national and state-wide public service: appointment by former President Jimmy Carter to the National Advisory Committee on Education; appointment by former Governor Hugh L. Carey as one of five Commissioners on the Temporary State Commission on the Future of Postsecondary Education and the Task Force on State Aid to Education; appointments by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and former Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink to the State Consumer Advisory Committee; and as Chair of the New York State Standardized Testing Advisory Board. He served as a member of The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commission on Communications and Marketing and also served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) Council on University Relations and Development.

He received an M.A. in Urban Studies and a B.A. in Communications, Arts and Sciences and University Administration from Queens College, CUNY, after transferring from Queensborough Community College, CUNY. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Hunter College and Queens College Departments of Political Science. In 1974, he was elected and re-elected in 1975 to serve as the Chairperson of the University Student Senate of CUNY and became the first elected student trustee on the University's Board of Trustees.

Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson has received numerous awards and recognition from various organizations over the past several years for his commitment to positively transforming lives through higher education. In the April 26, 2010 issue of City Hall, he was named one of the twenty most influential unelected officials in New York City government and was honored by the Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund in 2010 with their Outstanding Achievement in Academia Award. He was honored by the New York Immigration Coalition in 2010 at their 6th annual Builders of the New New York awards ceremony for his tireless dedication to increasing access to educational opportunities for immigrants in New York.

Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson was the Grand Marshal of the Mexican Day Parade in New York City in 2009 and received the Mixteca Diaspora Award for his leadership in working with the Mexican and Mexican-American Community to help provide access to educational opportunities. In 2008, he was awarded the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Leadership Award by ASPIRA, Inc. at their Ninth Annual Circle of Latino Achievers Luncheon. He was presented with the Community Partner Award by Alianza Dominica Inc. at their third annual gala. He was honored as the 2008 recipient of the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Achievement Award for his exemplary dedication to CUNY and his outstanding contributions to state government relations on the University's behalf. The "Swede" Award was jointly granted by: the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC); the American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU); and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) (Video ).

In 2007, Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson was named Deputy Marshal for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and honored by One Hundred Hispanic Women, Inc. at its annual gala. In 2006, the Bronx Dominican Day Parade Inc., along with Casa Cultural Dominicana del Bronx N.Y. Inc., awarded him for his continued support of the Parade and its student scholarship program. He also received the Community Service Award at the 2006 annual meeting of the Dominican American National Roundtable. He was given the 2006 National Education Award by the National Hispanic Corporate Achievers and received the 2006 "Man for All Seasons Award" from The New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was honored in 2006 by CUNY's Asian American/Asian Research Institute for his support of the Asian American/Asian community.

In 2005, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). That same year marked the first time he was Padrino Duartiano Internacional of the Bronx Dominican Parade, an honor that continued to be extended to him for many years, and was the Grand Marshal for Education.

Senior Vice Chancellor Hershenson has pioneered major public service partnerships between CUNY, media organizations, and corporate leaders. Together with the New York Daily News, he proposed and supervised nine "Citizenship Now!" call-ins over the last eight years, assisting over 95,000 immigrants. He initiated the "Voting Rights and Citizenship" calendar and curricula project, partnering CUNY with The New York Times, JPMorgan Chase, TIAA-CREF and The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives. He is the Senior Project Director for "Women's Leadership," "A Nation of Immigrants," "Let Freedom Ring," "City Life," "Investing in Futures: Public Higher Education in America," "Health in America," and "The Unforgiving Economy" calendars and curricula, again with the Times, corporate and archival partners.

He has also been honored for his work in support of CUNY Colleges. Here are three examples: he received the 2003 Presidential Medal for his over 25 years of work on behalf of Medgar Evers College, including his help in securing support for the new $140 million academic facility — one of many major construction projects he helped CUNY to obtain; he received the 2009 Bronx Community College Legacy Award for his work on helping to obtain the $100 million North Instructional Building; and in 2005, he received the Queensborough Community College Fund Partners for Progress Alumni Partner of the Year designation.

He is the Executive Producer of the Emmy Award winning television show "Nueva York," the CUNY-TV magazine program about Hispanic communities in New York City, and the Emmy Award nominated television series on CUNY-TV, "Study with the Best." His continuing collaborations with education colleagues, governmental officials, journalists, community leaders, and the business and labor communities are a "work in progress."

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Carlo Scissura on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, Senior Advisor to the Brooklyn BP Carlo Scissura. Carlo is a candidate for the office of Brooklyn Borough President. Here are some of his views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.


"It's all about parents. Parental involvement is the most important thing, so mayoral control is good, as long as you have parent involvement, mayoral control is good, as long as you have community education councils with teeth."

"Without all these other options, the NYC department of education would not be able to handle all the children period. If you closed every private school and every charter school and every catholic school and every yeshiva and said o.k dept. of education you're going to take all these kids, I don't know where we would put them."

"If a charter school is getting x amount of money in a building, than the public school in the building should get the same amount of money."


"As we look to rezoning and as we look to creating new opportunities for housing, we must always say, my opinion is 30% must be for affordable housing period, whatever you build you want a rezoning and you're a developer and you come to me as Borough President, I will say to you, I will not approve it unless you commit to 30% affordable housing period."


"I think the future of transportation for NYC is water ferries."

"The Gowanus should be torn down a tunnel should be built. Sunset Park should have a great open space."

4th Avenue Brooklyn

"Parts of 4th Avenue don't look exciting and distinct it looks ugly it's a highway almost. Our vision and Marty's vision and I've been able to create a this task force and share it with a whole bunch of community leaders is to transform it to make as you said Brooklyn Boulevard."

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Queens DL Jessica Ramos responds to NYC Latinos for Romney

Right, in a subtle but direct reference to Marco Rubio. Lord help us. The man can't even be honest about when and why his family arrived in the U.S., and let's not forget the Republican candidates' biggest mistake in refusing to debate on Univisión. I'd love to know Ulrich's opinion on that.

While their excuse was to defend the righteous attacks on Rubio's credibility, the truth is they avoid discussing their stance on the immigration issue at all costs because they're xenophobic bigots (save Gingrich on immigration and Huntsman in general). They know, as we all do, that Latino voters are not stupid. And you know what, it will cost them the election.

Furthermore, Ulrich has some nerve claiming that as Democrats all we profess is "welfare liberalism...when all they want is a paycheck." Where is he on the living wage bill? Where is he on the positions and legislation that will ensure that real New Yorkers can make an honest living and that small business owners can remain successful. Those won't ever happen without workers' right to collectively bargain and keeping out big corporations that drown out our mom and pop shops.

NYC Latinos for Romney? El Diario La Prensa

Roberto Perez | 2012-01-11 | El Diario NY

It is estimated that in the 2008 general election, Barack Obama received 91% of the Latino vote in the city, which clearly suggests that Hispanic New Yorkers tend to support Democrats.

But some believe that things have changed in the last four years. How much? That depends on whom you ask. Queens Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich, seems to think they have changed considerably and that there are good reasons for New Yorkers to support the Republican candidate this year Ulrich was selected to be the campaign chairman in the city for Mitt Romney, the favorite in the race for the Republican nomination for president.

Ulrich is seen as a moderate and the future of the Republican Party in the city. He is 26 years and was elected in a district where there are three times more Democrats than Republicans.

I interviewed Councilman Ulrich in July 2011 and I asked him about his party's relationship with the Latino community, and he said this: "We have not done enough to bring Hispanic voters into the fold, I’ve always been a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform. My district has one of the most diverse populations in the whole city. I have a lot of Hispanic immigrants from South America and Central America, they want to become Americans. They’re hard working, they’re honest, they’re GOD fearing people. I admire that and I want them to come to the Republican party, similar to how the Cubans in south Florida are staunch Republicans. I believe, that there is potential for Hispanic outreach in the Republican party. My wife is an immigrant born in the Dominican Republic. My wife and her family story, is the same story, that is being told across this city, people coming here for a better future for them and for their children. We are ceding ground to the Democrats and we’re allowing Hispanic voters in massive numbers to support democratic candidates, who really are only interested in giving them, more of the same welfare liberalism and most of the Hispanic people I talk to, don’t want a welfare check, they want a paycheck."

On Monday I called Ulrich to ask about the Romney campaign strategy to attract the Latino vote in the city, and he told me: I do not think we should rule out the possibility of a Hispanic running with Romney. "

Concejal de Queens busca apoyo latino para Romney El Diario La Prensa

Concejal de Queens busca apoyo latino para Romney

Roberto Perez | 2012-01-11 | El Diario NY

Se estima que en las elecciones generales de 2008, Barack Obama recibió 91% del voto latino en la ciudad, lo que claramente sugiere que los neoyorquinos hispanos tienden a apoyar a los demócratas.

Pero algunos creen que las cosas han cambiado en los últimos cuatro años. ¿Cuánto? Eso depende de a quién se le pregunte. El concejal republicano de Queens, Eric Ulrich, parece creer que han cambiado bastante y que hay suficientes razones para que los neoyorquinos apoyen al candidato republicano este año y fue seleccionado para ser el jefe de campana en la ciudad para el candidato Mitt Romney, el favorito en la contienda por la nominación republicana a la presidencia.

Ulrich es visto como un moderado y el futuro del Partido Republicano por estos lares. Tiene 26 años y fue electo en un distrito donde hay tres veces más demócratas que republicanos registrados para votar.

Entrevisté al concejal Ulrich en julio de 2011 para preguntarle sobre la relación de su partido con la comunidad latina, y dijo esto: “No hemos hecho suficiente para involucrar a los hispanos, siempre he sido un proponente fuerte de la reforma migratoria. Mi distrito tiene una de las poblaciones más diversas de toda la ciudad. Tengo a hispanos inmigrantes de Surámerica y Centroamérica que quieren hacerse ciudadanos. Trabajan duro, son honestos, creen en Dios. Los admiro y quiero que vengan al Partido Republicano de la misma manera en que los cubanos de la Florida lo han hecho. Creo que hay mucho potencial con los hispanos dentro del Partido. Mi esposa es una inmigrante que nació en República Dominicana. Su historia familiar se repite por toda la ciudad, gente que viene para acá en busca de un mejor futuro para ellos y sus hijos. Les estamos cediendo terreno a los demócratas y estamos permitiendo a los hispanos que apoyen a sus candidatos, que solo están interesados en darles el mismo liberalismo de asistencia pública, pero la mayoría de los hispanos con quienes hablo no quieren un cheque de beneficencia lo que quieren es un cheque de salario”.

El lunes llamé al concejal Ulrich para preguntarle sobre la estrategia de Mitt Romney para atraer el voto latino en la ciudad, y me dijo: No creo que debamos descartar la posibilidad de que haya un hispano corriendo con Romney”.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Y ¿cómo cambiarán los distritos de concejales? - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York -

Y ¿cómo cambiarán los distritos de concejales? - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York -

Hasta ahora, casi toda la discusión sobre la redistribución de distritos electorales se ha enfocado en los puestos de congreso y estatales, pero casi nada se ha dicho sobre los cambios a nivel del Concejo. Con seguridad, este asunto cobrará importancia en este nuevo año.
Se espera que el Alcalde designe esta primavera los miembros de la comisión que se encargará de dibujar el nuevo mapa de distritos para concejales. La comisión está compuesta por 15 personas. El alcalde Bloomberg asigna siete; la presidenta del Concejo, Chris Quinn, asigna cinco; y el líder de la minoría republican, el concejal Jimmy Oddo, escoge tres miembros.

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Redistricting at the City Council? El Diario La Prensa

Roberto Perez | 2012-01-04 | El Diario NY

So far, almost all of the discussion on redistricting has focused on the Congressional and state lines, but little has been said about redistricting at the City Council. Surely, this issue will become a hot topic in this new year.

The Mayor is expected this spring to appoint the members of the commission that will draw the new council districts. The commission is composed of 15 members. Mayor Bloomberg allocates seven, Council Speaker Chris Quinn, allocates five, and the republican minority leader, Councilman Jimmy Oddo, picks three members.

The City Charter requires that at least one resident from each borough must be included in the commission and that racial and language minority groups should be included. The census data will determine the size of the district, currently there are 150,000 people in each council district.

The last commission appointed in 2002 was led by East Harlem Businessman Henry Calderon and included the former Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, among others.

Organizations such as Latino Justice have already begun to formulate a plan. "With all the changes that are going to come about in city government, this redistricting is very important to the Latino community. We have only looked at the preliminary data, we have spoken to community groups and elected officials and we’ve communicated that we will be starting the community engagement and education process early this year."said John Garcia, communications director of Latino Justice.

It will be interesting to see how the commission considers the census numbers, since many, including the Mayor and a large number of Latino elected officials think that the Census numbers are inaccurate and do not truthfully represent the growing immigrant community in the city. On this point, Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez of Brooklyn said: "I agree with those who believe the census numbers fail to accurately reflect the true demographics of New York City. City-wide, I would like to see lines drawn that ensure decisions made concerning important issues like education and housing are made by Members of the City Council who mirror the faces that populate our growing City. My District is home to what is estimated to be both the largest Mexican and Chinese immigrant populations in New York City."

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kirsten Foy on THE PEREZ NOTES

Kirsten Foy discusses a possible run for city council in 2013.

Kirsten Foy on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, community activist Kirsten Foy. Here are some of his views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Arrest at the West Indian day parade

"Currently the internal affairs bureau came back with a finding that 3 of the 4 officers that were accused of wrong doing were found to have been guilty."

"Council member Williams and myself still have outstanding civilian complaint review board inquiries that we are pursuing."

Ray Kelly

"Commissioner Kelly was extremely responsive. He immediately jumped on this."

Mayor Bloomberg

"The Mayor's office was very cavalier in their approach."

"Offering a beer summit, saying that this was a misunderstanding was just blind folly."

"The Mayor at no point addressed the fact that what happened to me even happened, he almost was very dismissive of my existence. It really shows an ivory tower perspective. He's disconnected from reality of what's going on in communities of color in his own city."

"Mr. Mayor your job, you work for me to be blunt, your job is to talk to me when I have a problem, your job is to fix the problem that I have. You don't deserve, to have the job that you have."

Governor Cuomo

"In my opinion and not the opinion of the Public Advocate, in my opinion the Governor is a mixed bag, he gets a mixed grade I'd give him a C. I'd give him a C because he is not living up to his full potential."

Part 2.