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On February 26th, 2019 a special election will be held in New York City to appoint a new Public Advocate.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is a public advocate?
A public advocate is an elected official who serves as a connector between the public and the city government. Whoever is elected to this position represents the interests of New Yorkers by reviewing and investigating complaints about city services. The public advocate is also the second highest ranking official after the mayor. If the mayor is no longer able to carry out the duties of the office, the public advocate is the first in line to take over as mayor.
Why is this position important?
A public advocate serves as a “watchdog” for New Yorkers by surveilling the city government and reporting any concerning issues. As previously stated, a public advocate handles your complaints about city services and makes proposals to address the deficiencies of these services. He/she can introduce legislation, but is a non-voting member of the New York City Council.
Why is there a special election in February for a public advocate?
The special election is being held this February to fill this position that has recently been vacated. This is due to the previous public advocate Letitia James assuming her position as New York Attorney General on January 1st.
How is this election different?
One major difference in this election is that it is nonpartisan, as it is with all special city elections. None of the candidates will appear as Democrat or Republican, nor any other political party. Whoever is elected will hold office only for a few months. A primary and a general election will be held in the fall of this year to determine the candidate who will have this position for the full four-year term.
This election will be the first of 2019. Let’s kick off the new year by going out to vote!
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Since 2015, DUSA has served as a partner in New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), providing employment and a service-learning program for hundreds of youth. This summer of 2017, DUSA has already seen amazing results. This year’s cohort is divided into Manhattan and Bronx groups, canvassing the communities of both boroughs. Hundreds of thousands of Dominican-Americans are still eligible for voter registration, and we hope to find them. Halfway through the program, the youth canvassers have already registered over 1,000 voters. We are also conducting educational workshops teaching our teens the importance of being college ready and assisting them in resume development. Our commitment to civic engagement is not limited to voter registration and citizenship assistance but also empowering our community.
The majority of the participants live in the Washington Heights and Harlem area in Manhattan and the South Bronx, and although they are mostly of Dominican descent, many are also of other Latino and African descent. Most are the first in their family to be born in the United States, who are either in high school or their early college years, so the importance of civic engagement is crucial to their progression. This cohort represents the rapidly growing population of teens in the United States we hope to empower. As we move into the upcoming elections, our initiative helps increase the political power we have as Dominicans and Latinos in general. Our goal is for this experiences to cultivate an incredible crop of young leaders who will forever remember their experience with DUSA and hopefully go on to become pillars of their community and examples of the entire nation.
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Listen to Mrs. Fernández speak about her experience with DUSA during our Citizenship workshop on Sat. Dec. 17
Dominicanos USA le gustaría felicitar al representante por Nueva York, Charlie Rangel, por su reelección y le deseamos todo lo mejor mientras continúa sirviendo a la comunidad del distrito 13 de Nueva York. Rangel ha jugado un papel crucial en el desarrollo y organización de la mayor concentración de dominicanos fuera de la Republica Dominicana. DUSA también felicita al Senador Espaillat por su campana histórica e impresionante. (more…)