Category archives for: Community News

Maplewood Says Yes to Sanctuary Status, Orange Stalls

The city of Maplewood is the first one to declare itself a sanctuary city in New Jersey this year, while neighboring Orange appears undecided. Both townships are located in Essex County. On Jan. 17, Maplewood chose to become a sanctuary city, and its mayor immediately stood behind the measure. “Maplewood is – and will continue […]

‘We Are Not Going to be Able to Protect Everybody’ – NY City Council Speaker

by Edwin Martinez  Since Donald Trump took office as president of the United States and launched his immigration policies – with which he intends to deport millions of undocumented people – the city has assumed the protection of immigrants living in New York City as a priority. Although the city has declared itself a sanctuary […]

Brooklyn DA to hire immigration attorneys to protect borough’s immigrants

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez was at the recent Kings County Criminal Bar Association meeting on Thursday, where he an- nounced that his office will hire a pair of immigration attorneys to work with assistant district attorneys to ensure that immigrants don’t get deported for low-level crimes. “We are going to hire in the Brooklyn […]


City Encourages New Yorkers Earning $64,000 or Less to File for Free with NYC Free Tax Prep The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and New York City Taxpayer Advocate Eunkyong Choi today issued a warning to New Yorkers about predatory tax preparer tactics, in particular advertis- ing for and selling “express refund […]

City Council Open Letter to New York City Immigrant Communities

Urge Those Affected to Remain Calm and Make Use of Available City Services City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Council Member Daniel Dromm on November 17 released a letter addressing New York City immigrant communities. The letter comes in the wake of fears expressed by immigrant communities about their future […]

Experts Warn Immigrants Against ‘Marriage Of Convenience’

by Edwin Martinez President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to deport mil- lions of undocumented peo- ple have caused such alarm that some are looking for a way to legalize their status to remain in the country by any means. “Marriages of convenience” would seem to be a quick option for many in their desperation, but if […]

Probe IGP’s ‘Fake’ doctorate degree – Academics

Two Ghanaian academics have waded into the controversy surrounding what they call the ‘questionable’ doc- toral degrees of the disquali- fied All People’s Congress (APC) flag bearer, Hassan Ayariga. They are also insist- ing that the Criminal Investi- gations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service cannot gloss over a similar ‘fake’ doctorate degree al- […]

Nigerian Doctor in Texas successfully performs Fetal Surgery

by U. K. Uwadinobi It is a story that has become a viral phenomenon in the digital world of social media. A story about a Nigerian doctor, pediatric surgeon Oluyinka Olutoye, who successfully performed fetal surgery to remove a tumor inside a little baby girl that was “as big as the 1 – pound body […]

New York City Council Seeks to Restrict ‘Unfair’ Police Procedure

By Camille Padilla-Dalmau For many years, countless New Yorkers have complained that the nuisance abatement law (NAL) violates their civil rights. The initiative gives the police the authority to shut down businesses or expel individuals from their homes without their consent if they have been accused of criminal activity, even if they are found innocent […]

Meet NYC Police Depart’s First African American Female Assistant Chief, Kim Y. Royster

Assistant Chief Kim Y. Royster began her career with the New York City Police Department in January 1985 as a Police Administrative Aide. She was sworn in as a Police Officer in July 1987, and was assigned to the 13th Precinct. She was promoted to Detective in March 1992; Sergeant in October 1997; Sergeant Special […]