Mirela Iverac appears in the following:
Friday, February 28, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio added one of the city's most aggressive social-service advocates to his administration, one of three appointments announced Friday.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
A push to eliminate the so-called 'heat-and-eat' loophole could further reduce food stamp benefits.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.