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April 23, 2012

NYC News Roundup: Harlem’s Congressional Seat Now Majority Latino

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Written by: Kelly Virella
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The 5 Things You Need to Know Today

  1. Harlem District 55% Latino. Harlem’s congressional district has a new dominant ethnic group, causing local black politicians to fear losing office, according to The New York Times. Thanks to the new redistricting plan ordered by a federal court, the congressional district has become 55 percent Latino and 27 percent African-Americans. The Congressional seat is now occupied by House veteran Charles Rangel, who is himself half-Puerto Rican. And for years, New York’s African-Americans and Latinos have lived side-by-side and intermarried with relatively little friction. Not to mention that New York’s Afro-Latinos are, well, Afro-Latinos. But wherever there is an opportunity to magnify trivial differences and divide and exploit the electorate, some political figure will be there to do that. Expect a pitched political battle to transpire as Dominican State Senator Adriano Espaillat vies for Rangel’s seat.
  2. Ray Kelly Running for Mayor? “Top state and city Republicans, backed by some of Manhattan’s wealthiest financiers, began last week preparing the legal paperwork, strategy documents and a fund-raising network that will enable Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to run for mayor,” according to the The New York Post. My jaw just dropped. 1) He’s semi-denied an intention of doing this. 2) Am I so out of touch with New York as to believe that Kelly — my officers committed whistleblower Adrian Schoolcraft to a mental hospital —  stands a chance?
  3. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Rent Regulation Case — People in rent regulated apartments must be breathing a sigh of relief. The Supreme Court won’t be dabbling into our rent regulation laws, for now. Monday, the court declined a New York landlord’s petition to hear his case challenging the constitutionality of the rent regulation law.
  4. No Human Remains Found in Search for Etan Patz. The search for Etan Patz, the six-year-old Soho boy who went missing in 1969, turned up no smoking guns, according to the New York Daily News. Investigators who dug up the basement of a nearby building hoping to find his body and new evidence to solve the murder there, but all they found was a hair — not his color — and an animal bone, the paper reported. The Village Voice reported that an unidentified stain — that may or may not be blood — was also found. No update is available on the search for Patrick Alford, the seven-year-old East New York black boy whose disappearance Ray Kelly also rehighlighted the day police announced they would resume searching Patz. Is it just me or does it seem like Alford is an afterthought? Just saying.
  5. Brian Carter Dies, 56. Brian Carter — the popular WBLS deejay — died of a heart attack early Sunday morning, according to the New York Daily News. He was 56. No information was available yet about his funeral arrangements or his replacement.

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.