Mirela Iverac

Reporter, WNYC News

Mirela Iverac appears in the following:

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 ...


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.


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 availabl...
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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.


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 ...


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 t...

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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 ...

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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 wor...

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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.


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.


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.


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. B...

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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.



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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Dominican Court Ruling Reverberates in New York

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic could lose their citizenship, following a court ruling last month.


Study: Latino and Immigrant Workers More Likely To Die in Construction Falls

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In New York, the majority of those who die working construction are Latinos and immigrants, according to a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy.

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Post Shutdown Immigration Courts Reopen - But Problems Could Continue

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Immigration courts are re-opening Friday, but it’s unclear how hearings that were canceled during the shutdown will be rescheduled.


Lhota Struggling To Win Latino Votes

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Over 700,000 Latinos are registered to vote in New York City — is it any wonder that mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota are both courting them? But Lhota is doing worse on this score than Republicans traditionally do. For the first time in 25 years, a Republican might win fewer than three in 10 Hispanic votes.

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