Voices of NY

Relief Effort Faces Trust Issues

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

A group of friends were meeting at the Filthy Rich Barbershop in Woodside to discuss what they could do to help with the relief effort in the Philippines. They settled on the idea of raising money through individual donations and fundraising events, setting a goal of $10,000 to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

But there was a problem: How could they be sure the money would go to the right place?


Real Estate PAC Lands Some Wins

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

In New York’s first citywide election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 gave a green light to independent campaign spending, the city’s real estate industry dove into the primary headlong. Their bid to help elect industry-friendly members to the City Council racked up many wins, along with a few notable losses.

All told, Council races saw $6.1 million of outside independent spending by new political action committees. The biggest player by far was Jobs for New York, a group funded by some of the city’s major real estate companies, which was responsible for about 80 percent of the outside spending – flooding primary campaigns with $4.9 million.

The real estate PAC won more than three-quarters of the races where it backed candidates, records show.


Electoral Milestone in Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Carlos Menchaca made history on primary night by becoming the first Mexican-American elected to New York City public office, as well as being the first openly gay public official in Brooklyn. Menchaca defeated three-term incumbent Sara Gonzalez in District 38.


Chef Serves up Food and Peace

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Ali El Sayed is an artist.

His canvas is a plate and his brush ranges from an eggplant to a beef shank.

El Sayed has owned and operated Kabab Café on Steinway Street in Queens for over 25 years. He believes that food, not diplomacy, is the key to attaining world peace. Despite mounting conflict in the Middle East, El Sayed, a self-proclaimed pacifist, remains hopeful about peace prospects.

“People are not going to solve their problems sitting in a court or at the U.N.” the Egyptian-born chef said. “I think they’ll solve their problems sitting in a restaurant and talking over food.”



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Monday, December 10th, 2012

Islamic Group Aids Relief Effort

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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Bhutanese Grow in New York

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