Category archives for: Community News


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 […]

Newark Opens New Site to Obtain Municipal ID

By Gery Vereau Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles and members of the City Council inaugurated a new center to apply for the city’s municipal ID, at 201 Bloomfield Ave. in the north side of the city. Baraka said that by launching the center – the third to open […]

STEM program focuses on mathematical storytelling

Britney M. Walker Of the 24 percent of women that make up the STEM workforce, only 2 percent are African-American. White and Asian men dominate STEM fields, comprising about 69 percent of the workforce, reflecting similar numbers from more than a decade ago. However, there is hope for increasing diversity with the creation of programs […]

First City-Run Career Center for Immigrants Opens

The first Workforce1 Career Center focused on helping immigrant job seekers has opened uptown. Located in Washington Heights, the Department of Small Business Services’ (SBS) new center will tailor employment, training and support services to connect foreign-born New Yorkers with jobs in growing industries such as healthcare, transportation and technology. “New York City is an […]