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Mirela Iverac

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De Blasio Adds a Strong Social Advocate to His Administration

Friday, February 28, 2014

WNYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio added one of the city's most aggressive social-service advocates to his administration, one of three appointments announced Friday.

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Homeless Hope for Better Days With New Mayor

Friday, February 14, 2014

The number of homeless people in New York is higher than it’s been since the 1970s. But with the new Mayor in office, many who live in the shelters and their advocates say they see better days ahead.

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What de Blasio's ID Cards Could Accomplish

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In New York City, immigrants have access to many services even if they don't have legal status. But advocates say Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that the city will issue municipal ID cards is important.

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How the Farm Bill Will Affect New Yorkers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After two years of delays, Congress is poised to vote on a nearly 1,000-page Farm Bill this week. The bill, which must be renewed every five years, would restore cuts to farm and nutrition programs, while slashing nearly $9 billion from food stamps over 10 years.

The new bill will ...

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Volunteers Take to the Streets for City's Annual Homeless Tally

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thousands of volunteers spanned across the five boroughs to conduct the city's annual count of homeless people living on the streets, starting Monday night.

Three thousand volunteers canvassed parks, subways and other public spaces to estimate the number of people living without shelter. The city says this annual survey allows ...

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More Food Stamp Cuts Could Be On the Way

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A push to eliminate the so-called 'heat-and-eat' loophole could further reduce food stamp benefits.

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A Day After Funeral, a Push for 'Avonte's Law'

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A day after the funeral for missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, Senator Chuck Schumer is sponsoring a bill to allocate $10 million in federal funds to make tracking devices available for people with autism.

 

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Bloomberg To Advocate for Immigration Reform

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg is participating on Friday in his first major policy event since leaving office, urging lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to pass immigration reform.

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Chirlane McCray Speaks Up For Immigration Reform

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, spoke out in favor of reforming the country’s immigration laws at a town hall forum on black immigration in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening.

McCray, whose grandparents emigrated from Barbados, said current laws are “severe” and affect black immigrants disproportionately.

“Black immigrants are ...

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More New Yorkers Turning To Food Pantries

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A household of three lost $29 on average in monthly food stamps when a temporary benefit from the federal stimulus expired in November. The Food Bank for New York City says this led to an increase in visitors at 85 percent of the city's food pantries and soup kitchens compared to the previous November.

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Remains Are Autistic Teen's; Family to Sue City

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The New York City medical examiner's office says that human remains found along the East River are those of 14 year-old Avonte Oquendo, an autistic student missing for three months.

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Hoboken Residents Differ On Mayor's Allegations Against Christie Administration

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hoboken residents on Sunday were reflecting on the surprising revelations from their Mayor, Dawn Zimmer, who accused members of the Christie Administration of pressuring her to sign off on a redevelopment deal in exchange for Sandy aid.

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De Blasio Orders Administration for Children's Services to Improve Practices

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday ordered the Administration for Children’s Services to take steps to improve its practices. His move comes amidst an investigation into the death of a four-year-old boy, Myls Dobson, who used to be under the agency's supervision.

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Paying Kids to Go to School: Can it Work?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The city is trying to motivate kids by paying them to go to school, get good grades and pass standardized tests. The theory is that rewarding good choices in health, education and work leads to permanent changes in habits and behavior, breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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Class-Action Lawsuit Challenging New York's Public Defender System Moves To Trial

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A class-action lawsuit challenging New York State’s failure to provide effective counsel to indigent New Yorkers is going to trial.

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New York City To Address Mold Problems in Public Housing Faster

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The New York City Housing Authority say they'll eliminate mold more quickly, following a lawsuit settlement being filed Tuesday in federal court.

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Top Court Rejects Bloomberg's Homeless Policy

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New York State’s top court on Tuesday blocked the Bloomberg administration's plan to impose new requirements on single adults trying to enter homeless shelters.

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After 20 Years, A Green Card Reunites Mother And Daughter

Monday, November 25, 2013

The federal government grants a prized 2 inch by 3 inch document – a green card – to a million people a year. Two thirds are family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. But the legal path to this coveted document is often arduous and long. On a recent day, one family reached the end of that journey after almost 20 years.

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Coveted Green Cards Now Within Reach For Gay Couples

Monday, November 11, 2013

When the Supreme Court struck down the key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June, it was a moment of jubilation for same-sex binational couples. Many immediately applied to sponsor their spouses for green cards. WNYC’s Mirela Iverac was there as one couple took the final step in that process.

 

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Food Stamp Cuts Affect 1 in 5 New Yorkers, Including Some You Wouldn't Expect

Thursday, November 07, 2013

In New York City, 1.8 million people use food stamp, including 24-year-old Yale graduate Hugo Martinez Bernardino. Bernardino, along with one in five New Yorkers, saw food stamp benefits go down last week. Now a debate in Washington is underway about whether to implement larger cuts.

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