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Juanita Perez Williams first Latina Mayoral Candidate in Syracuse, NY

August 10, 2017

image.jpgThe City of Dunkirk, NY elected its first Puerto Rican Mayor, Wilfred Rosas, nearly two years ago, the only one in NYS.

Now it’s Syracuse, NY,  making headline news as it may potentially elect its first Latina for Mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, formerly from San Diego, California.

Perez Williams has impressive credentials from a former lieutenant Commander  in the Navy Judge Advocate Program to a City of Syracuse corporation counsel she appears to have done it all. And she is Mexican-American.

Perez Williams has been endorsed by the Public Employees Federation (PEF), Latino Professional Network of Syracuse (LPNS), the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers, Local #195, and VoteVets

The City of Syracuse has a population of under 145,000. Latinos make up over 8%, yet, have a representative on the city school board and a Latino Superintendent of Schools.



Images of Pedro Espada, Jr.,

June 8, 2013

It’s hard if not impossible to find an image of former Senator Pedro Espada that doesn’t demonize him.  And still today as he faces possibly 48 years in prison at his sentencing on June 14, the media  continues  its campaign to demonize the ex-senator as he called for a new trial earlier this week. At a press conference outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn Espada said:

“We’re saying that Judge Block, his clerk perhaps, and others entered that sacred jury deliberations room … and stressed the importance of the jury coming to a verdict and that the government had spent a lot of money on the case and they jury should push to come to a conclusion,” Espada said at a press conference outside Brooklyn Federal Court.

Here are some of the past and present images of Mr. Espada in the media from the New York Times, Village Voice, NYDaily News, Washington Post, Gawker, Gothamist, Current Daily News, etc. the list is long that continue to demonize his image as though he never contributed anything worthwhile as a public citizen or as a NYS Senator.


from the New Yorker Magazine

from the New Yorker Magazine

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Senator Espada on Reform in Albany

June 8, 2013

Senator Espada on Reform in Albany

Posted by Pedro Espada, Jr. on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

ALBANY JUNE 8, 2010—State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. today said that the dramatic reform he led in the New York State Senate one year ago was not born out of rebellion, but rather the need to empower all 62 senators and the fastest-growing ethnic population in the state. He also said that the events of June 8, 2009 were fully done within the rules of the New York State Senate.

“The so-called coup is greatly exaggerated. It was a name for the headlines. The fact is, Albany reform was not pursued surreptitiously. It was not a power play, but rather born out of the need to empower the Latino population with long overdue representation in the highest ranks of state government, and to spread the power among all 62 senators for the benefit of the state’s 19.5 million residents. Furthermore, it was achieved lawfully within the U.S. Constitution and Senate rules,” Espada said.

“The critics continue to blame June 8, 2009 for all that’s wrong in Albany. The fact is, we wouldn’t be where we are today, if not for June 8th,” he added.

Espada said the events of June 8th kicked into motion a long-needed reform process, but cautioned that much more work needs to be done.

“The Senate made a quantum leap in structural and procedural reforms, but we still have a long way to go as a legislative body in terms of budget, ethics, discretionary funding and redistricting reforms,” Espada admitted. “We need to support things like a special independent redistricting commission to draw the lines for state legislative districts.”

He continued, “I challenge all 62 of us in the Senate to remain steadfast in our commitment to finish the work of real, meaningful reform. Don’t be blinded because you disagree with how we got to this point, or by the fact that some who talk reform rhetoric still remain opposed to real reform and are doing everything possible to block continued progress and advance ethics, budget, redistricting and other reforms.”

Espada pointed to equalization of resources among 62 senators and the restructuring of committees as significant reforms that empower all Senate members.

“Members can ask for a bill to be let out of committee for a floor vote. The results of this reform was never more evident than in the marriage equality bill, which would never have seen the light of day had it not been for the events of June 8th. Every member can be an agent for change on behalf of their constituents, which means 19.5 million residents in New York State are receiving equal representation in Albany,” Espada said.

As for Latino empowerment, Espada said, “The fact is, Latinos throughout the state embraced June 8th because they realized that while it happened in a dramatic and bold way, this was likely the only way they would ever receive recognition, representation and a voice in the highest levels of state government.” #

Wedding Photo Parents former, senator Hiram Monserrate

April 14, 2013


Gonzalez: Pope may have ‘Dirty’ secrets

March 15, 2013

Gonzalez: Pope may have ‘Dirty’ secrets

George P. Bush weighing run for Texas land commissioner

January 20, 2013

George P. Bush weighing run for Texas land commissioner

Prez Obama criticized for lack of diversity in his appointments

January 15, 2013

Interesting how an African-Hawaiian president first appointments 2nd term are all white males, while he tells media pundits to wait.
A Washington Post news story reported  he “has nominated four white men to high profile posts in recent days: Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state, former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as head of the CIA and Chief of Staff Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.”

Obama: My new team will be diverse :

Carrion favorite to earn Independence Party endorsement for mayoral run

January 12, 2013

Carrion favorite to earn Independence Party endorsement for mayoral run

Al Jazerra buys Current TV

January 4, 2013

Although it got bad press when it recently put down over $300 million to buy the progressive Current TV from former VP Al Gore, the deal helped Al Jazeera expand its viewers to 40 million in the American market.
It’s an award-winning  broadcast news known for coverage of global events from Arabe Spring to Al Qaeda and  controversial messages from Osama Bin Laden a decade ago.
Al Jazeera has a respectable worldwide audience based in Qatar funded through its emir.
There was some bad media attention when Time Warner dropped Current TV after Al Jazeera sealed the deal, but it’s not final.
Al Gore founded CurrentTV in 2005.

Al Jazeera buys  CurrentTV  from Al Gore  captures  wider US TV audience

New state Senate governing coalition may give chairmanships to Dems outside power scheme

December 10, 2012

When Puerto Ricans attempted to empower themselves back in June 2009, it was challenged in court but it’s ok for white Democrats to cross over work with Republicans give them the majority use a token black Sen. Malcolm Smith to make it look legitimate non-racist.


But how do Republicans stay in power after they lost seats Democrats in the majority if it weren’t for Gov. Mario Cuomo rather help them control the Senate.

New state Senate governing coalition may give chairmanships to Dems outside power scheme