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The Lost Ones | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen and Desiree Johnson

Children separated from their families arrive uptown.

The children have come north.

Officials are estimating that over 700 children – the youngest being 9 months old – have been sent to foster care in New York State after being separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

Of these, 350 have been sent to Cayuga Center, a foster care provider in East Harlem, and 239 remain under their care.

On Wed., Jun. 20th, Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Cayuga Center, located on Park Avenue, along with Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David Hansell, and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Bitta Mostofi.

“These children are across a whole range of ages, the youngest to come here they told us was nine months old. So, we’re talking about children in some cases who literally can’t even communicate, have no idea what’s happening to them, no ability to be in touch with their families,” de Blasio said outside the center.

The children have been sent to Cayuga since April, when the Trump administration enacted its “zero tolerance” policy on separating children from parents at the U.S./Mexico border. De Blasio said that 239 children hailed largely from Guatemala. They are with foster parents at night and visit the center by day for services, said de Blasio, who remarked that he was “shocked to find” that migrant children were being shipped to New York City.

The same day as the Mayor’s visit, President Donald Trump reversed course and signed an executive order to halt family separations at the border following a public outcry. Trump stated that the order would keep families together, though still detained, and does not change the “zero tolerance” policy itself.

Read more: The Lost Ones | Manhattan Times

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Lady Victorious | Bronx Free Press

Story by Debralee Santos and Gregg McQueen
Photos by Corey Torpie

“This evening changed America.”

She spoke, fittingly, from the bar, standing atop a cluster of tables and framed from behind by flickering television screens and fully stocked liquor shelves.

Just a year ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Parkchester resident, Democratic Socialist and organizer, was tending bar to make ends meet.

Now, on Tues., Jun. 26th, the first-time candidate had just been declared the winner of the Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional district – accomplishing what is near-impossible in New York politics: toppling an incumbent.

That this officeholder was the so-called “King of Queens,” Joseph Crowley, who’d first been elected to Congress in 1998 and had faced no primary challenge in 14 years, made the 28-year-old Boricua’s triumph national news.

And she was celebrating with supporters at a bar in the Bronx.

Read more: Lady Victorious | Bronx Free Press

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‘Stop and Frisk’ is Over, But Low-Level NYPD Encounters Now Raise Concerns | City Limits

By Katarina Zimmer and Elise Hansen

Dister says he has frequently been approached by police officers in situations where he did not feel free to leave. But those encounters likely did not show up in the official tally of ‘stops.’ (Photo: Adi Talwar)

One fall evening about two years ago, a man named Dister was walking with a friend in Washington Heights, near 173rd Street, when he was abruptly approached by a pair of police officers.

“Hey, where you guys going? Are you coming from a train station?” Dister recalls them asking loudly.

Dister, who does not want his last name published, saw no apparent reason for the officers to approach him and his friend in the first place.

He perceived the officers’ questions as unnecessary and confrontational, but said he didn’t feel comfortable ignoring them or just walking away. These kinds of experiences have been a regular occurrence for him in his Washington Heights neighborhood, he said.

For Dister, the era of “stop, question and frisk” isn’t over. Experts warn that he isn’t alone in his experience, although it is hard to say how common it is because similar episodes affecting numerous New Yorkers may never show up in the NYPD’s statistics.

Read more: ‘Stop and Frisk’ is Over, But Low-Level NYPD Encounters Now Raise Concerns | City Limits

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – So You Think You Can BRONX

On the latest episode the LOL podcast, the crew chop it up about Cardi B’s secret marriage to Offset, Permit Patty and a high-end period absorbing blanket. The special guest this week is the one and only Kid Mero of the Desus and Mero show.

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