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Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Facing two major reelection challengers in the September 12 Democratic primary, City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca explains that the spirited contest is a telling sign about “the nature of politics,” both in Brooklyn and in the Sunset Park neighborhood at the center of his district. “The reform movement is not only alive […]

March for Truth and Against Guns

March for Truth and Against Guns

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Saturday, June 3 saw two gatherings of protesters in the immediate vicinity of the Brooklyn Bridge — one a grassroots coalition of groups demanding an independent investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Donald Trump and his campaign. That group gathered in Foley Square on […]

Trump Immigration Order Mobilizes Thousands

Trump Immigration Order Mobilizes Thousands

BY GAY CITY NEWS STAFF | President Donald Trump’s draconian – though ineptly crafted and implemented – executive order on immigration and refugee entry into the US created a spontaneous eruption of protests nationwide and brought thousands of New Yorkers into the streets and to the airport nearly every day since January 26. The evening before […]

City Schools Veteran Named de Blasio’s DOE Chancellor

City Schools Veteran Named de Blasio’s DOE Chancellor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Continuing a pattern of appointing people who have long experience in government to prominent roles in his administration, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio selected Carmen Fariña to be schools chancellor, citing her 40-year career in the city schools. “I came to know someone who at the time was already legendary throughout the […]

From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as the September 10 Democratic primary spelled defeat for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York’s leading LGBT elected official, the results catapulted three gay men into roles as rising political stars. In the race to succeed Quinn in Council District 3, which encompasses Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the West […]

Anti-Marriage Equality Religious Group Now Battles LGBT Council Candidates

Anti-Marriage Equality Religious Group Now Battles LGBT Council Candidates

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three gay and lesbian City Council candidates –– one incumbent and two newcomers –– are facing organized opposition in the September 10 Democratic primary from a religious right coalition that held rallies against marriage equality over a period of at least seven years. The City Action Coalition PAC –– an independent expenditure group […]

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On Saturday, July 20, as most of New York crumpled under the seventh day of the worst heat wave in memory, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso, first-time City Council candidates from different Brooklyn districts, pedaled 15 miles on bicycle from East Williamsburg to Sunset Park, greeting voters and drawing attention to where […]

Immigration Reformers Keep Up Pressure on Senate

Immigration Reformers Keep Up Pressure on Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight struggles to put together a legislative package for comprehensive immigration reform, the most important message LGBT advocates and members of Congress hoped to convey in a March 18 press conference came right at the top. “To Senator Schumer and the other senators who are writing […]

Maloney First House Member Off Bench in Mayor’s Race — For Quinn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has snagged the only few labor union endorsements made so far in this year’s mayoral race, has also won the first congressional nod from the New York City delegation – that of East Side Representative Carolyn Maloney. In a May 18 event on First Avenue […]