A recent initiative to help reduce sex trafficking cases implemented between September and October of 2013 by New York state’s chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, focuses on acknowledging sex trafficking victims’ needs by assigning sex trafficking cases to designated criminal courts.
After the 125th Street Zoning Proposal was approved by the state five years ago, that an influx of big, national retailers like Old Navy, Starbucks, and Marshalls would come to Harlem and begin to push out the local mom-and-pop stores.
Recent economic development in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island have given an impetus to many industries and created jobs. As inter-borough commuting pattern increased, the transportation system couldn’t keep pace with the corresponding development.
In Bushwick, landlord abuses range from pressuring tenants to accept payment to break their lease to delaying completing repairs, sometimes leaving walls openly broken for weeks in order to push tenants out.
The Hernandez’s story represents a sliver of the millions of residents that make up the largely diverse Queens community. They immigrated illegally to Astoria from Mexico in the early ‘90s. Like many others that came before them, finding housing was a challenge.
Bill de Blasio’s promise to have school days off on major Muslim holidays marks the efforts of rising Muslim political involvement, and communities such as Astoria restores hope crashed by the Bloomberg administration.