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July 17, 2016

New York's new secretary of state is a Latina. Before her new job, she served as the former editor of the largest Spanish language newspaper in New York City.

She'll be here to tell us about her new role and about a new program designed to help thousands of low income New Yorkers become U.S. citizens.

But now, we focus on politics specifically, the Latino vote in the upcoming presidential election.

We are just one day away from the start of the Republican National Convention in Ohio and a week away from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

According to a new poll by Latino decisions, among Hispanic registered voters, presumptive presidential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton currently has a whopping 74%-16% advantage over presumptive presidential Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Here to take a closer look at the candidates' positions on issues affecting Latinos are Michael Nieves, Democrat political consultant and Tony Mele, chair of the Latino National Republican Coalition of Rockland County.

July 10, 2016

Despite the recent economic reforms in Cuba and re-established relations with the U.S., the island is far from being a predictable tourist destination. We'll give you some important tips you should know about before planning your trip to the beautiful island.

We focus once again on Puerto Rico and the financial crisis plaguing the island and its 3.5 million U.S. citizens. Recently, President Obama signed the Promesa bill into law. The bill will establish a federally appointed control board to run Puerto Rico's economy to help address the commonwealth's $72 billion debt.

Despite this legislative action, Puerto Rico was not able to honor all of its debt obligations and has defaulted for a fourth time. Many critics of the bill say it won't be enough to save the island.

Here to talk more about why this won't work is Lydia Valencia, CEO and president of the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey and Franklyn Perez from the National Puerto Rican agenda.

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July 3, 2016

A low-cost health insurance plan where the members go to you if you can't go them. They are Fidelis Care.

We'll tell you all about this community-based health coverage that also partnered with the National Puerto Rican Day Parade last month to get their message out.

But right now, a hugely disappointing ruling for millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide - many of them here in our area.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to put two programs on hold that would shield five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

President Obama's executive action on immigration last year initiated the programs, now the policy is in limbo.

Here to help us all understand what this means is immigration attorney Barbara Camacho and Francis Madi, regional outreach coordinator from the the New York Immigration Coalition.

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June 19, 2016

The late New York congressman Herman Badillo receives a posthumous honor in the Bronx, a post office bears the influential and ground-breaking Latino leader's name.

But right now, a topic and an issue so important in the lives of Latinos of all ages: education.

New York City's public schools are almost out for summer. The Department of Education recently announced several new initiatives aimed at increasing and boosting diversity in the city's top public high schools, where Latino enrollment is disappointingly low.

According to the Department of Education, only 14 Hispanic students were offered seats at the city's elite public high schools last year. The new programs will focus on getting more minority students to register.

Here to talk more about the initiatives is New York City School's Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

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May 22, 2016

The community schools model has improved more than 100 struggling schools in our area by creating partnerships between the school and other community resources that benefit local families.

For example, the schools along with neighborhood community organizations train parents to serve as mentors. We'll tell you more about this great initiative.

The Department of Homeland Security plans to deport more undocumented immigrants from Central America this month and next. The DHS operation started in January.

And, it generated fear and concern for many people in immigrant communities then and now. Advocates are outraged by the surge in immigration raids, raids they believe are politically motivated.

They believe officials should rightfully grant temporary protected status to families, many of whom left their countries to escape violence and conflict.

Joining us here on Tiempo this morning are Carlene Pinto and Charlotte Gossett Navarro from the New York Immigration Coalition.

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May 15, 2016

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May 8, 2016

"Latino Trends" magazine hosts the 14th annual Latino Trendsetter awards this week in Manhattan. The awards honor Latinos who have excelled in enterprise, arts, entertainment, health, education and community leadership. We'll talk to the event's founder.

But right now, we turn our focus to Puerto Rico once again. The debt crisis in the U.S. commonwealth just keeps getting worse.
Last week, the government defaulted on a nearly 370 million dollar bond payment. Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla decided not to pay the debt so that essential services could continue.

The governor also warned a much more bigger default could occur July 1 if Congress doesn't provide some type of legislative assistance or financial restructuring ability.

Here to talk more about this growing crisis, which some say is more than just financial (it's humanitarian) is Hector Cordero Guzman, professor at Baruch College and Eric Medina, adjunct professor at CUNY-Hostos Community College.

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May 1, 2016

A group of college students from our area spent their spring break in Cuba. And what did they do there? They shot and produced a documentary on how the island is preparing for expanded American tourism.

Their film debut is just a few days away. More on what they experienced and learned.

But right now, major relief efforts are underway in our area to help Ecuador.

Recently, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated the country, killing hundreds and injuring thousands. New York City and the surrounding region are home to the largest population of Ecuadorian-Americans in the country.

There is a big mobilization to help their family back home. Here to talk more about the mobilization is Ecuadorean-American assemblyman Francisco Moya of Queens and Linda Machuca, the Ecuadorean Consul General of New York.

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April 24, 2016

The community schools model has improved more than 100 struggling schools in our area by creating partnerships between the school and other community resources that benefit local families. For example, the schools along with neighborhood community organizations train parents to serve as mentors.

We'll tell you more about this great initiative a little later in the show.

But right now, we elect a new president this year. And immigration reform is one of the most controversial issues of the campaign season.

In parts of our country, and parts of our area, there still are pockets of anti-immigrant sentiment.

This week, ABC7 partners again with "Citizenship Now!," a hotline campaign to guide people through the often complex citizenship process.

Dozens of hotline providers will be on hand all week to offer free immigration information to thousands of callers.

Here to talk more about this annual event is attorney Andres Perches Lemons and Sofia Carreno from the City University of New York. CUNY is also part of the campaign.

April 17, 2016

The community schools model has improved more than 100 struggling schools in our area by creating partnerships between the school and other community resources that benefit local families.

For example, the schools along with neighborhood community organizations train parents to serve as mentors. We'll tell you more about this great initiative a little later in the show.

But right now, thousands of people will rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. to show their support for President Obama's immigration executive action. The court will hear oral arguments on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.

Here to talk more about this is Sulma Arias, Immigration Field Director Center for Community Change, and Prioska Galicia from LSA Family Health Service. She is personally affected all of this.

April 10, 2016

The character "Groot," from the 2014 action film "Guardians of the Galaxy," is now the star of a new comic book and he has Boricua roots.

We'll tell you how the comic book's creator is trying to pass on old-world culture to young, Latino comic book readers.

But right now, with the presidential general election just a few months away, we focus today not just on the 2016 Latino vote, but more specifically, Latinos and the Republican party.

Through his words, actions and proposals, GOP front-runner Donald Trump has infuriated so many Latinos. That's just one of many interesting backdrops leading into the annual New York City Republican Gala.

It takes place here in Manhattan in the next few days. And of course, many Latino Republicans will be in attendance as well as all 3 GOP presidential candidates.

Joining us now is Arcadio Casillas, finance chairperson of New York State Republican Party and JC Polanco Republican strategist.

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March 27, 2016

CUNY (The City University of New York) is the big apple's public university system that serves half a million students, mostly from low-income families.

CUNY now faces devastating cuts in state funding. We'll tell you what advocates are doing to stop these cuts from taking effect.

We are talking about Cuba, more specifically, President Obama's historic trip to the communist nation, the first visit by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years.

Mr. Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro, dissidents and he attended a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team. Will the president's visit trigger a cascade of new commerce between the two nations?

Here to answer that question and many others is Vito Echevarria, consultant for travelucion.com and Ben Greenzweig from Momentum Events the Organizer of the "Cuba Opportunity Summit" that just wrapped up here in New York City.

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March 20, 2016

New York City is stepping up efforts to help undocumented immigrants, who are victims of crimes, help in the form of special visas.

We'll talk to the commissioners behind this push and the specific requirements needed to qualify for the visas.

But right now, a topic we've discussed quite extensively here on Tiempo, the financial crisis in Puerto Rico.

Senate Democrats, led by Robert Menendez of New Jersey, recently put out their version of a plan to tackle the island's growing debt crisis. It calls for the creation of a financial stability and reform board to provide needed transparency and oversight, all aimed at getting the U.S. territory out of its 72-billion dollars in debt.

What an honor to have with us this morning via satellite New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the main sponsor of the legislation.

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March 6, 2016

Latina 50 plus is a newly created organization that honors Hispanic females over 50 for being trailblazers in their profession.

In return, those pioneers set out to mentor, motivate, coach and inspire the younger Latina generation. We'll tell you how in just a few minutes.

But right now, we focus on the boro with the largest percentage of Latinos. What boro is that? The Bronx.

According to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau report, 54.8 percent of Bronxites are Latinos.

Recently, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. held his 7th state of the boro address. He announced that $10 million of his capital budget would go toward renovating the Orchard Beach pavilion.

Goals for the Bronx include becoming "the next Silicon Valley." He also mentioned millions in new funding for business projects, 23,000 new units of housing. The workforce participation rate in the Bronx has never been higher.

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February 28, 2016

By now, you've certainly heard of the controversy with many Latinos and blacks outraged at the lack of diversity among the top nominees. This morning, we talk to a pair of Latina Broadway stars.

You'll hear their thoughts about the controversy and how this season has been one of the most diverse on Broadway in years. That's coming up later on in the show.

But right now, we are talking about the Latino vote in this 2016 presidential election year.

This year, according to one recent report, more than 27 million Latinos are eligible to vote.

Throughout their campaigns, the presidential candidates have debated and discussed many issues of great concern to Latinos like immigration reform, healthcare and jobs.

As for Latino voting trends, take a look. In 2008, 9.8 million Latinos cast their presidential ballots. Four years later, 11.2 million Latinos voted. That represents an 8% increase.

A coalition of Latino organizations from across the country recently announced "Our Vote, Our Future" a nationwide mobilization effort aimed at the ever-growing number of potential Latino voters.

Here to tell us all about it is Jessica Orozco from the Hispanic Federation, Roberto Frugone from the Naleo Educational Fund and Julio Huato, professor from St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

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February 21, 2016

We're in the heart of winter with bone-chilling temperatures that have reached the single digits. That means the United Way of Long Island has activated its emergency fuel fund, "Project Warmth".

It helps people pay their heating bills on the island where there is a large Hispanic population. We'll tell you how it works.

But right now, more historic changes in the relations between the U.S. and Cuba. The United States and the communist nation have resumed commercial air traffic for the first time in 50 years!

U.S. Airlines will begin flying to Cuba, if all goes well, by the fall of this year. American officials say the deal reinforces President Obama's objective of forging economic ties with the Caribbean island after the two countries began normalizing relations last year.

Joining us now to talk further about the agreement are Ross Kenneth Urken, personal finance editor of "TheStreet" and Cynthia Cariss Alonso, author of "Passage to Cuba".

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February 14, 2016

Lehman College's longest running president is stepping down after 26 years. Dr. Ricardo Fernandez was the first Latino president at the CUNY 4-year college. We'll talk to him about his tenure at the university and what goals lie ahead.

But right now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently gave his third state of the city address. The mayor renewed his pledge to create a more equal city.

Among his many ambitions, the mayor promised to increase benefits for immigrants regardless of immigration status and to create more affordable housing for everyone.

Some Latino advocates think the mayor speech marked significant progress on key issues affecting Latinos, but they also feel there is room for improvement.

Here to highlight some of the issues is Daniel Altschuler, director of research and civic engagement from "Make The Road New York," and Natalia Aristizabal, "Make The Road New York's" lead organizer.

February 7, 2016

Latin Boogaloo was the reigning music genre of New York City more than 50 years ago. That music is now the focus of a documentary called "We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo"

Boogaloo King Joe Bataan stars in the documentary. He joins us this morning as well as the film's director.

But right now, praise for the North Bergen police department in Hudson county for its diverse hiring practices.

According to the National Coalition of Latino Officers, the North Bergen PD is the leading department for diversity in the Garden State. Out of 118 officers in the North Bergen Police Department, 55% of them are Hispanic.

Here with us this morning are Antonio Hernandez, president of the National Coalition of Latino Officers, Detective Anthony Ortiz and Detective Miguel Vento, from the North Bergen Police Department.

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January 31, 2016

"Latino Americans" is a landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos. It highlights more than 500 years of history.

The documentary is being screened in our area - for free. We'll talk to one the filmmakers and the Latino center that helped organize the free screenings.

But right now, tax season is officially here and the campaign, "preparate para un futuro mejor," prepare for a better future. This helps Latinos prepare for and strengthen their financial future with free tax education and workshops.

Some of things you'll learn about building an accurate tax history, filing procedures, deductions and so on. Here to tell us about the campaign - Emmanuel Diaz, multi-cultural initiatives manager for H&R Block based in Brooklyn and Jeffrey Melo, coordinator for the Hispanic Access Foundation New York.

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January 24, 2016

There is only a one week left to sign up for health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act. Latinos rank among the highest rate of those who are unisured. There are enrollment efforts underway in our area. We'll tell you where they are later on in the show.

Also, a free after-school in the Bronx program that teaches students basic journalism skills. They are looking for students; more on this in a few minutes.

But right now, on Tuesday the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments about President Obama's immigration plan to shield five million immigrants from deportation. The 9 justices say they will consider undoing a lower court ruling that blocked the order.

Joining us today to enlighten us about what's next is Immigration Attorney Christopher Cabanillas and and Jose Perez, an attorney from Latino Justice.

January 17, 2016

Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in prison after his elaborate escape last summer. Federal prosecutors want Guzman to be tried here in the U.S. We'll talk to a documentary film-maker who has closely followed 'El Chapo' for years.

But right now, the Department of Homeland Security recently began a crackdown on undocumented immigrants from Central America. The federal operation has generated widespread concern in immigrant communities.

In fact, protesters from various pro-immigrant rights groups held a rally in New York City to publicly air their frustration and anger. They are pleading with President Obama to "immediately" halt the controversial operations.

Joining us esta manana, Favio Ramirez-Caminatti from El Centro del Imigrante on Staten Island, Immigration Attorney Barbara Camacho and Lenni Benson from the Safe Passage Project.

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January 10, 2016

The New York City comptroller's office recently reached out to the public for help in finding 1,000 workers, workers owed more than 3-million in unclaimed wages.
So far, only 53 workers have come forward to claim their money. There is so much more money still to be claimed. The comptroller is here to explain how workers can get their hands on money that is rightfully theirs.

But right now, the new year kicks off a critical and important time for so many college-bound students - many of them Latinos - who qualify for financial aid.

Regretfully, many of those students do not apply for the assistance because they run into trouble completing a free federal application, an application that is necessary in order to receive that much-needed money for school.

But here's the good news, there's an organization in our area - Latino U College Access - that stands ready to help Hispanic students fill out this form and prepare. Recently, Latino U partnered with Westchester County.

Joining us today to talk about this collaboration is the Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, founder and executive director of Latino U College Access.

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December 20, 2015

The Kaplan Educational Foundation's leadership program helps high-achieving low-income students in our area transfer from community colleges to top four-year colleges. We'll let you know how you can apply.

Also, the New York City health department is hosting community consultations in neighborhoods across the five boroughs as part of "Take Care New York 2020." They really want Latinos to participate. We'll talk this morning with the deputy health commissioner.

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December 13, 2015

The Kaplan Educational Foundation's Leadership Program helps high-achieving low-income students in our area transfer from community colleges to top four-year colleges. We'll let you know how you can apply.

Also, the New York City Health Department is hosting community consultations in neighborhoods across the five boroughs as part of "Take Care New York 2020." They really want Latinos to participate. We'll talk this morning with the deputy health commissioner.

But right now, "The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation," a citywide coalition of Latino community leaders - held the first of many community forums, and they had quite a bit to talk about.

Here to share with us some of the campaign's goals for the upcoming year Javier Nieves who has been on the show before and Rev. Samuel Cruz.

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December 6, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama recently honored Rosie Theater Kids, an after school theater arts program for the way it effectively engages students. We'll talk to them about their White House visit and let you know more about the program in just a few minutes.

Also, we go one on one with New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney about a number of legislative initiatives he is trying to advance in the Garden State initiatives largely that affecting Latinos.

But right now, we are talking Cuba. The annual international Trade Fair of Havana just wrapped up. This was the trade fair since the United States and Cuba announced last year they would re-establish diplomatic relations after a 50-year freeze.

The trade show highlighted both the opportunities and challenges facing American businesses as they pursue trade with Cuba. To discuss this we have invited Vito Echevarria, journalist for the Cuba Standard Online Publication and New York attorney Antonio Martnez who advises U.S. companies on the business environment on the island. Both attended the Havana Trade Fair.

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November 29, 2015

"Plaza de las Americas" is a brand new plaza in Washington Heights. It consists of 16,000 square feet of public space just off West 175 street.

It features pedestrian lighting, decorative paving and new benches. The plaza should also help bring new revenue to the area as well. We'll talk more to the man/people behind the project it in a few minutes.

But first, back in July, New York City cut millions of dollars in funding to community based adult literacy programs. Advocates say the impact of the drastic cutback is being felt now.
They want the city to reverse the cuts to a program that offers critical opportunities to New York's most vulnerable.

Joining us this morning are Kevin Douglas, co-director of policy & advocacy at United Neighborhood Houses, council member Carlos Menchaca and Paola Ruiz from the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation.

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November 22, 2015

A 3.2 million dollar grant just awarded to the CUNY graduate center will enable their PHD students to learn how to teach at Laguardia Community College where half of the students are Latinos.

Also, November is Puerto Rican Heritage Month. We'll tell you about "El Gran Tour," a unique and special opportunity for you to enjoy and soak up the work of noted artists at numerous locations throughout the city.

And, speaking of Puerto Rico, elected officials once again traveled to the commonwealth to highlight the financial crisis plaguing the island and its 3.5 million U.S. citizens. There are now plans set for a summit designed to keep up the pressure on washington to lend a helping hand.

Here to tell us more about the summit Marco Crespo, New York state assemblyman, and Brenda Torres, director New York regional office Puerto Rico federal affairs administration.

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November 15, 2015

A 3.2 million dollar grant just awarded to the CUNY Graduate Center will enable their PHD students to learn how to teach at Laguardia Community College where half of the students are Latinos.

Also, November is Puerto Rican heritage month. We'll tell you about "El Gran Tour," a unique and special opportunity for you to enjoy and soak up the work of noted artists at numerous locations throughout the city.

And speaking of Puerto Rico, elected officials once again traveled to the commonwealth to highlight the financial crisis plaguing the island and its 3.5 million U.S. citizens. There are now plans set for a summit designed to keep up the pressure on washington to lend a helping hand.

Here to tell us more about the summit is Marco Crespo, New York state assemblyman and Brenda Torres, director of New York Regional Office Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.

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November 8, 2015

Today, we focus on business and leadership, and how often the two go together.

"The National Urban Fellows" graduate degree program has been instrumental for so many Latinos. It introduces them to numerous public service leadership positions. We'll tell you more about this beneficial program later in the show.

Also, we highlight a non-profit lender to small businesses in our area has launched "A Million for Main Street" program designed to make it easier for people in low-income communities to start their own business.

But right now, a summit jammed packed with prominent Hispanic entrepreneurs and business leaders. It just wrapped up in Manhattan.

Here to let us know what they learned, Jerry Arzu and Danielle Beyer, business leaders and members of the New American Alliance - the organizing force behind the event.

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October 25, 2015

Access Latina, a non-profit in New York City has launched a program to help some Latina business owners reach their economic potential with an accelerator program. We'll tell you more about how it works and how you can apply in a few minutes.

But right now, a new Hispanic report out by Nielsen says the older Latino population is thriving financially and enjoying good health!

The report is called "American Vanguard: Latinos 50 Plus: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise."

It also says older Hispanics are growing in numbers and exerting cultural, economic and political influence. Here to enlighten us about these new findings and what they mean are Jenny Alonzo from the Nielsen's Latino Advisory Council and Monica Cortes-Torres from AARP.

October 18, 2015

A major and historic appointment in New Jersey. The new Hudson county prosecutor is a Latina, and that makes her a pioneer on two fronts.

She is not only the first woman, but also the first person of Hispanic heritage to be appointed as prosecutor. We'll talk to her about her new role in a few minutes.

But right now, a new a statewide effort in New York to recruit veterans of the U.S. armed forces to volunteer and assist immigrants who want to become American citizens. Veterans would teach newcomers English and help them prepare for the U.S. civics portion of the naturalization exam.

Here with us this morning are Jorge Montalvo, from the New York State Office for New Americans, and Dia Beshara, Afghan Veteran and Brooklyn platoon leader for "The Mission Continues."

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October 11, 2015

"Mi America" is a movie about a Hispanic-American detective assigned to investigate the kidnapping and disappearance of five Hispanic migrant workers. The movie was filmed in our area.

We'll talk to the lead actors and tell you where and when you can see the movie.

But right now, we are talking about Puerto Rico once again. Why? The New York City council passed several resolutions that call on Congress to allow Puerto Rico get the financial help it needs.

Currently, the commonwealth is struggling with a $72 billion debt, a debt the governor says Puerto Rico cannot pay.

Here to discuss these resolutions and what they can do, the sponsor of the bills Bronx council member Ritchie Torres. Next to him, we asked author Nelson Denis to come back to Tiempo.

His book "War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's colony" is on store shelves now. It provides great historical perspective on the issues now facing the island.

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October 4, 2015

For decades now, the Boy Scouts of America has helped mold children to become leaders and role models in the community. And now, during Hispanic Heritage month, the Westchester-Putnam council has a Hispanic initiative to support hundreds of Latino boys. We'll tell you what they have planned in a few minutes.

But right now we welcome back to Tiempo our good friends from the New York Immigration Coalition. They have been serving the Latino community for years.

Today, they are to here talk about their most recent event "key to the city." The initiative has them partnering with the consulates and legal service providers to help out immigrant New Yorkers.

Here to enlighten us Francis Madi, Regional Outreach coordinator, and Mayra Alds Deckert, special projects associate at the New York Immigration Coalition.

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September 27, 2015

The story of Dominican screen siren Maria Montez, who was one of the first Latina actors to grace the silver screen in the 1940's, is now the subject of a movie that comes to theatres in our area this week. We'll talk to the star who is also the producer of the film.

But right now, Pope Francis made a historic trip to Cuba. He rode in an open air pope-mobile, stopped to kiss children and even met face-to-face with ailing Fidel Castro. The Pontiff urged the cuban and U.S. governments to push ahead on their renewed path toward full diplomatic relations.

Here to discuss the Pontiff's trip and what it means for the people of Cuba, Vito Echevarria, publisher of the Cuba Standard Online Publication, Antonio Nadal, Latino studies professor at Brooklyn college and Samuel Farber, professor Emeritus and book author.

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September 20, 2015

We are at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and here on Tiempo, we are debuting a brand new graphics look! It's bold, it's colorful.

Let us know what you think, reach out on Twitter or Facebook.

Now, to a topic we've discussed before here on Tiempo, the financial crisis in Puerto Rico.

It's in the news again because New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the U.S. territory with a delegation of federal, state and local leaders.

The goal is to help Puerto Rico get attention and help with the enormous debt that grows worse by the day.

We traveled to San Juan as well for the meeting between Governor Andrew Cuomo and his counter-part Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

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September 13, 2015

Immigration remains the topic, front and center, in the country and today we will introduce you to an activist from our area who is the focus of a documentary about the struggles of being undocumented. Many of you know Angy Rivera from her popular YouTube channel.

But we start with how Pope Francis's trip to our area is giving immigrants a huge boost at a time when many feel they could use it. The pontiff will be on a five-day trip visting three major cities, meeting world and local leaders, but the Latino Pope is also setting aside time to meet and bless many Latino immigrants in our area.

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September 6, 2015

"Undocumented - A Dominican boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League,"an inspiring autobiography of a Latino determined to succeed.

But right now, an event dedicated to the Hispanic community, Expo Latino show 2015, represents Latinos from all over the world. The event comes to New York City later this week for two days of fashion, music, beauty, health, gastronomy, entertainment and lifestyle.

To talk more about this event is Cesar Florez and Oscar Caballero from Latino show magazine which heads up this event.

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August 30, 2015

The New York City comptroller's office has launched a campaign to reach out to more than a thousand workers who are owed more than $3.7 million in unclaimed wages. Can money be waiting for you? We'll tell you how you can find out.

We are breaking down Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's controversial immigration plan. The celebrity billionaire plans on deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, if he is elected. He also plans on ending birthright citizenship that is protected by the 14th amendment.

Many immigration advocates believe the plan would cost billions and would dismantle the workforce across the country. The battle over immigration is also getting heated between Trump and Jeb Bush, another Republican presidential candidate.

To talk more about this, we have invited Daniel Altschuler, who is the managing director of the Make the Road Action Fund and Luba Cortes, Youth Power project organizer with Make the Road New York. She is a dreamer who has deferred action. Her mother is undocumented and her sister is a U.S. citizen.

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August 9, 2015

New York City leaders just announced half a million dollars for day laborer centers in our area. Councilmember Carlos Menchaca will be here to tell us all about this great news and other worthy initiatives designed to help Latinos.

But right now, Puerto Rico is officially in default of it's massive debt payment! The financial crisis just got worse. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said several weeks ago that Puerto Rico cannot pay its 72 billion in accumulated public debt and just last week the island missed nearly all of a 58-million dollar bond payment.

New York City elected officials, labor leaders and community activists recently came out in public support of federal assistance for Puerto Rico. To discuss this further, we are now joined by Frankie Miranda from the Hispanic Federation and professor Ed Morales from Brooklyn College.

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August 2, 2015

Bronx salsa fest is happening now! It's a month long celebration with that brings together some of the borough's best musicians, photographers, documentarians and of course salseros.

But right now, federal officials in our area visited many undocumented immigrants last week. U.S. citizenship and immigration services officers made these home visits in New York and across the country to collect some work permits.

Why? It is because the agency accidentally sent out three-year cards instead of ones that need to be renewed every two years.

Here this morning to enlighten us on the matter is Francis Madi from the New York Immigration Coalition and Immigration Attorney Barbara Camacho.

July 19, 2015

Affordable housing is getting harder and harder to find. Latino communities that once thrived are being pushed out by gentrification.

We'll tell you about a long serving tenant and affordable housing advocacy group that helps Latinos stay put in just a few minutes.

But right now, it's been nearly a month since real estate mogul and celebrity billionaire Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign and made controversial comments about undocumented immigrants.

Comments like, "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Since then he's gone on to say more.

Trump shows no signs of pulling back on his anti-immigrant rhetoric. This as many corporations and organizations distance themselves from him.

Despite all that, the latest polls show him with a significant lead and Trump believes and predicts he will win the Latino vote.

Here to discuss this further, Christopher Cabanillas, immigration attorney, and Juan Aguirre from Mano a Mano, a community organization that promotes the understanding of Mexican culture and traditions.

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July 12, 2015

Violeta Contreras Ramirez just graduated top of her class from City College of New York. The 23-year-old now spends her summer conducting brain research.

We'll introduce you to this fascinating young Latina who has an inspiring message for Latinos.

But right now, we are talking Cuba. President Obama recently made an historic announcement to re-open the U.S. embassy in Havana and restore diplomatic relations between both nations.

Here to share some insight on the importance of all this, we are now joined by Mauricio, font director at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and John Gutierrez, professor from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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July 5, 2015

It's called the "Summer Slide," a description of what happens when young minds sit idle for a few months. Children who do not read over the summer lose up to three months of reading achievement. More on the unique program to keep that from happening.

But right now, we take a closer look at a very big story this past week: the financial crisis in Puerto Rico. The island is just days away from a historic economic collapse. The governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, states publicly the island cannot pay its debt of 72 billion dollars.

To talk more about this colossal financial problem and what it means for the commonwealth and its people, we are joined by David Galarza from "Siempr-Esente" and Nelson Denis, author of "War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony."

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June 21, 2015

A literary classic play from William Shakespeare gets a touch of "Boricua." It's called sueo, a Latino version of a midsummer night's dream. We'll tell you where you can enjoy this one of kind performance with tons of Puerto Rican folklore characters a little bit later.

But right now, a huge victory for undocumented law graduate and dream act activist Cesar Vargas! An appeals court in New York granted him a license to practice law in New York setting a precedent that could allow other people in his shoes to practice law here and anywhere.

Joining us now is Cesar Vargas and Carlos Vargas, his brother. He is also an aspiring laywer.

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June 14, 2015

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a select SUNY college here in New York City, just wrapped up another semester with award winning Latino designers at the forefront!

We'll put the spotlight on this great program and what it offers in just a few minutes.

But first, we shift gears to the largest city in the garden state. Newark, New jersey is the latest major US city to launch a municipal identification program that is open to all residents regardless of your immigration status.

Here to tell us more about the new ID program and when it goes into effect are Newark Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Quiles and Newark City Councilmember Carlos Gonzalez.

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June 7, 2015

An after school program dedicated to enriching middle school kids with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics also known as stem. We'll tell you more about it.

Right now, a startling new report reveals the unscrupulous and illegal practices used by unlicensed employment agencies, practices targeting Latino immigrants.

Here to talk more about this report and its findings: Assemblyman Francisco Moya from Queens and Jessica Garcia from the New Immigrant Empowerment Center, both of whom helped put together this report.

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May 31, 2015

The 58th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade returns. The theme is "un pueblo, muchas voces" or "one community, many voices." There will be a list of celebrities and a star legend is the grand marshall.

But first, a legal fight for justice on Long Island. Allegations of racial profiling as 21 latino residents sue the Suffolk County Police. They claim cops in Suffolk County targeted Latinos for stops to rob them or give them unjustified tickets.

Joining us now to talk about this lawsuit is Juan Cartagena and Nancy Trasande, attorneys from the non-profit "Latino-Justice" that filed the lawsuit.

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May 10, 2015

New York City's largest and oldest running food festival is a few weeks away. It's a two day affair of amazing culinary delights. You can sample dishes from all around the world.

But right now, we are talking new jobs in the healthcare field for Latinos in the borough of the Bronx. The initiative called Bronx healthcare learning collaborative was founded a few years ago by the largest labor union in the country to get more Bronx Latinos involved in delivering care to their communities.

Here to tell us about this unique Bronx program is Raquel Batista, from the Bronx Healthcare Learning Collaborative and Julie Bisono-Tapia, a graduate of the collaborative.

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May 3, 2015

How do Cubanos feel about a renewed business relationship between New York and their homeland? We traveled along the streets of "Centro Habana" and saw first-hand the everyday struggles of the people there.

April 26, 2015

This week we have dedicated the show to the arts and food. The best recipes, where to get the best Latin food in town, chef interviews and much more, all in one online magazine.

Plus, art in schools: an organization dedicated to transforming public schools and the community through elaborate murals, and everyone chips in: students, faculty, families and artists all creating a shared vision.

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April 19, 2015

There are changes to the annual New York City Dominican Parade. We'll tell you what those changes mean for this year's celebration.

But first, early this month federal prosecutors slapped New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez with a 14-count indictment. Investigators say Menendez used his office to benefit a political supporter in exchange for lavish gifts. Political reporter Dave Evans has more.

Here to discuss what these charges mean, the mayor of West New York - New Jersey Dr. Felix Roque and professor and political columnist Ed Morales.

April 12, 2015

Prosecuting crimes committed against immigrants just got easier in the borough of Queens, thanks to a new unit dedicated to doing just that.

The prosecutor in charge is Latina. We'll introduce you to her this week on Tiempo.

Also, more than a million students throughout New York City will begin the state's Common Core standards English language, arts and math exams in just a few days.

The tests have stirred up protests and controversy.

To talk more about it we have invited Angelica Infante-Green from the New York State Department of Education and Leonie Haimson from the organization 'Class Size Matters'.

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April 5, 2015

Thank you for joining us this Sunday morning and to all of you celebrating today, Happy Easter.

The summer youth employment program is here. There are thousands of jobs available at diverse worksites including government agencies, hospitals, sports enterprises to name some.

But first, a new initiative to help expand women entrepreneurs, "We NYC" promises to reach 5,000 women over the next 3 years with free business courses and financial assistance. The program focuses on the specific needs of underserved woman and families.

To break down how this program works, we are joined by New York City's Small Business Services Deputy Commissioner Gregg Bishop and entrepreneur Erika Nazario, who has benefited from the program.

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March 29, 2015

We have dedicated the show to the arts and food! The best recipes for Arroz con Gandules, where to get the best Latin food in town, chef interviews and more - all in one online magazine!

But right now, we are talking art in schools. An organization dedicated to transforming public schools and the community through elaborate murals and everyone chips in! Students, faculty, families and artists all together create a shared vision.

Joining us to talk about this amazing program are former students Jeremy del Rio and Emmanuel Delgado.

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March 22, 2015

First generation college student Anthony Mendez, who overcame many obstacles was a guest at the State of the Union in January, sitting right next to Michelle Obama! It is an inspirational story you have to hear.

But first, three new members of New York City's Commission on Human Rights have Latino origins. The Commission on Human Rights is charged with investigating and prosecuting complaints from New Yorkers whose rights may have been violated.

Joining us now are Commissioners Arnaldo Segarra and Ana Oliveira.

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March 8, 2015

We have dedicated the show to arts and food today. "Sofrito" is a digital magazine that features restaurant reviews, recipes, interactive video. We'll have all the details later on.

But first, the 20 20 coalition.

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March 1, 2015

The Latino College Expo once again hits our area this month, and this year it hits a milestone. It celebrates 25 years of helping students and parents locate all the resources they need for college.

But first, a federal judge in Texas recently put a block on President Obama's executive order on immigration, an order that protects as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The judge claims the president ignored the law. In response, the justice department filed an injunction on behalf of the president.

Here to more closely examine the issue to discuss this we are joined by two immigrant rights advocates. State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Mario Russell from Catholic Charities of New York.

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February 22, 2015

The Spanish speaking population in Westchester county is on the rise and there is a concerted effort aimed at educating that population in both English and Spanish. That was the focus of a unique symposium recently at Mercy College. We'll tell you all about it just a few minutes.

But first, President Barack Obama had been under pressure to fix the growing immigration crisis on the south-west border of the United States.

Thousands of children from Central Amercia began to enter the country illegally and unaccompanied in the last few years with a major influx last summer.

In response, the Obama recently announced "The Central American Minors Refugee/Parole program." The program has its supports, but it also has its critics who say it is another form of amnesty.

We are joined today by Barbara Camacho, immigration attorney and advocate for immigrant rights and Gayle Kesselman, New Jersey Citizens for Immigration Control.

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February 15, 2015

We are in the midst of National Heart Awareness Month. We'll tell you about a unique cardiology program that helps Latinos improve their heart health.

But right now, the Immigrant Assistance Enforcement Act went into effect in the state of New York last week.

Under this new law, there are now stronger penalties against fraudulent immigration service providers. With this new law, providers cannot use the word "Notario" and there will be jail time for repeat offenders.

Joining us today to talk more about how this will work is Lazaro Benitez from the New York State Office of New Americans and Francis Madi from the New York Immigration Coalition.

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February 8, 2015

The Puerto Rican family institute has been strengthing Latino families for generations. The center has a new leader; he will join us a little later to discuss the center's future and initiatives.

But first, we are talking about the New York State Dream Act. Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out his plan for education reform during his state of the state budget address. He promised to pursue and pass the Dream Act. A major step, but he also proposed linking it to the education tax credit bill.

Lumping the two issues into the same legislation means lawmakers face an either-or scenario, approve both or neither initiative passes.

To talk more about this we are joined by Cesar Vargas from the Dream Action Coalition and Angel Reyes from the Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates.

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January 25, 2015

Alzheimer's disease is a health crisis in the Latino community. Several risk factors put Hispanics even in more danger. We'll tell you what they are and and what you should know about this debilitating disease.

But first, the 2016 Democratic National Convention could be coming to Brooklyn next year. The organizers of New York City's bid say it's diversity with more than 2.4 million Latinos plus and immigrant-friendly policies make it a perfect back-drop for the convention.

However, there is controversy. The recent tensions between the NYPD and city hall could hurt the effort to bring the convention here. Members of the NYPD unions, who are working on an expired contract, will have the big responsibility of providing much of the security at the Barclays Center, where the convention will be held.

The decision of who will represent this major event is expected before the end of this month.

To talk more on why New York should win the bid over Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio. We have invited Laura Santucci from city hall who is overseeing the bid and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna.

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January 18, 2015

Last month, the president unveiled some historic changes in relations between the U.S and Cuba. What will these changes mean for you? We'll take a closer look at that.

But first, the new government issued identification cards "IDNYC" that are now available for people living in the five boroughs. Advocates say new ID card promises to benefit and revolutionize the way New Yorkers interact with each other.

It also provides undocumented immigrants with the ability to access state buildings and open bank accounts. It will be easier to get city services.

Joining us today to talk about the new ID card is New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City council member Carlos Menchaca from Brooklyn.

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January 11, 2015

This year, the Casita Maria Center in the Bronx celebrates 80 years of enriching the community through the arts. We'll tell you about a unique exhibit featuring special distinguished Latino alumni.

But first, we are talking education. Many college-bound students who are eligible for financial aid do not apply for it because they run into trouble completing a free federal application, an application which is a necessary step to receive money to pay for school.

Furthermore, fewer Latinos fill out the application because some students might have parents who are undocumented, they may be undocumented themselves, the complexity of the application may prove to be too challenging.

Latinos are already the largest and fastest-growing minority group, Hispanics will account for 60 percent of population growth through 2050, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Applying for financial assitance, is a critical first step in increasing college access and completion.

Joining us today to help us understand FAFSA is Marco Davis, deputy director from the White House initiative on educational excellence for Hispanics, which works to increase educational opportunities and Shirley Acevedo, Buontempo founder and executive producer from "Latino U College Access," whose organization will be hosting several FAFSA workshops in our area.

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December 19, 2014

This morning, thousands of New Yorkers are in need of life-saving organ transplants. In the Latino community, the need is greater. This holiday season, find out how you can help save a life through the New York Organ Donor Network.

But first, education leaders and administrators from colleges across the country recently visited the White House to discuss new ways to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

Organizers designed the summit - college opportunity day of action - to help low-income students enroll and succeed in college and boost the graduation rate.

Here to talk to us about college goals and overall game plan are two people who attended the summit: Gail Mellow, president of Laguardia Community College in Queens and David Gomez, interim president of Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

December 14, 2014

This morning, a Bedford police officer makes history in Westchester county after becoming the county's very first Latino chief of police.
But first, we remember an influential and ground-breaking Latino leader who paved the way for so many others Herman Badillo.

He was a fixture in New York City politics for half a century and he was a pioneer as the first person born in Puerto Rico and and then elected to Congress.

Herman Badillo died on December 3 from heart disease. He was 85. Badillo was the first Latino Bronx borough president.

In 1971, his voters elected him to serve in Congress. Throughout his distinguished career, Herman Badillo, never stopped pressing for equal treatment of the city's Puerto Rican and Latino community.

The current Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. called Badillo his "role model" and "the epitome of a passionate leader who truly cared for his community."

To talk about Herman Badillo's legacy, we have invited the current Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. and former Bronx borough president Fernando Ferrer.

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December 7, 2014
This morning, we are very excited tell you about "Publicolor," a New York based organization that teaches students to excel through painting and design.

But first, after the high-profile and disturbing events in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City students are getting a fundamental lesson on how to behave during a police stop.

The New York Civil Liberties Union has held several workshops at New York City schools teaching students what to do, and equally important, what not to do.

NYCLU trainers teach students their rights and responsibilities during encounters with police. The students also learn why officers disproportionately stop people of color.

According to the union, about 50 percent of people stopped are between the ages of 14 and 24 and 90 percent are black and Latino.

Joining us today to talk about teaching children how to deal with police is Candis Tolliver from the New York Civil Liberties Union and professor Jose Luis Morin from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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November 30, 2014

Today, we dedicate the entire show to immigration reform. President Obama has now layed out a plan to fix the broken immigration system.

By executive order, the president vowed to grant temporary protection to more than 5 million undocumented immigrants, but his order has infuriated Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

Opponents promise to fight the decision in court and in Congress. Eyewitness News political reporter Dave Evans has a summary.

There are a lot of questions that need answers to help us break this down. We have invited Beatriz Diaz Taveras, executive director of community services at Catholic charities, Carola Bracco, CEO of Neighbors Link Network and Gerard Perry, activist and editor-in-chief of American Rattlesnake, an online magazine against amnesty and illegal immigration.

November 23rd, 2014
Coming up this weekend on Tiempo: We discuss Latinos in City Hall, and El Centro Hispano of White Plains.

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November 16, 2014

Diabetes is a major health threat to the Latino community. Do you know if you're at risk? We'll tell you about workshops and screenings happening every day this month near you.

But first, we break down Latino voter turnout in the recent midterm elections.

According to a recent poll, more than half of registered Latino voters did not vote. Why? They blame President Obama and his delay of executive action on immigration reform.

On the other side, this midterm elections saw an historic rise in Latinos winning office.

The 114th congress will now feature the largest class of Latinos ever.

29 latinos will now serve in Congress, including 5 new Latinos in the House of Representatives.

To break down voter turnout - or lack thereof - we have with us Julissa Gutierrez, the director of national programs and community relations from the Naleo Educational Fund.

The organization has been reaching out to Hispanics across the nation in the campaign "Ve y Vota" and Manny Matos, board member of the Dominicanos USA, whose organization tried to get Dominican citizens to cast their votes in our area.

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November 9, 2014
Two topics this morning: The Center for Puerto Rican Studies in New York City has revamped its online magazine "Centro Voices."

The online publication will now feature more interactive media produced by and produced for Puerto Ricans all around the world...and best of all, you could be a part of the experience!

But first, for a long time, healthcare professionals believed multiple sclerosis was not all that common in the Latino population, but recent studies by the MS society show an increase in the number of people throughout Latin America and here in the New York metropolitan area who have MS, and those numbers are rising rapidly.

Joining us to bring awareness to MS in the Latino community is Moyra Rondon, senior director, counseling programs and hispanic outreach for National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York City and volunteer and former physician, Doctor Maria Reyes-Velarde who is living with MS.

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October 26, 2014

We'll discuss the current affairs, history, arts and culture about the Puerto Rican experience in a revamped online magazine.

October 19, 2014

Two topics this morning: After a nationwide search, Grammy award winning Latin jazz composer and former Tiempo guest Arturo O'Farrill returns to tell us about his latest move joining Brooklyn college's faculty. He will talk about his new role as leader of its jazz ensembles.

But first, we will examine a comprehensive effort to combat fraud against immigrants in the state of New York.

We're joined by Oriana Sanchez, training and legal initiatives associate with the New York Immigration Coalition, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of the Catholic Charities.

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October 12, 2014

This morning, we are going to tell you about a once in a lifetime opportunity for Latino students to make a difference.

And later on, a special benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. We'll tell you how you can attend.

We begin with the Washington Youth Leadership Seminar. It's a once a year event that allows more than 60 Latino students to voice their opinions on a national platform.

Joining us now are Ralina Cardona, from the League of Latin American Citizens, Aureo Ardona from the Lulac National Educational Services Centers and Hector Hernandez, one of this year's participants of the Washington Youth Leadership 2014 Seminar.

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October 5, 2014
First, the push for Hispanic voters and why that is so absolutely critical as we forge ahead to the mid-term elections.

Secondly, securing greater Latino representation in the New York City police department.

We start with a brand new bi-lingual public service announcement, aimed at getting as many Hispanics to vote in the upcoming November elections. It's all part of the Hispanic institute's 20-14 get out the vote campaign.

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September 28, 2014
We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month and later, we'll talk about how parents can get their children engaged in celebrating their heritage.

But we are going to start this morning with a major shift in policy by Suffolk County sheriff's office on how and when to hold undocumented immigrants.

Suffolk County will no longer jail immigrants who are flagged for deportation unless federal officials issue warrants. The move separates the county from a controversial immigration and customs enforcement program known as "secure communities."

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September 21, 2014
We've heard a lot of anger and frustration expressed this week in the Latino community following President Obama's decision to put off Immigration Reform.

He had long promised to take action soon to protect families from the threat of deportation, but this month he announced that it will have to wait until after the elections in November.

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September 14, 2014
We've heard a lot of anger and frustration expressed this week in the Latino community following President Obama's decision to put off immigration reform.

He had long promised to take action soon to protect families from the threat of deportation. But this month, he announced that it will have to wait until after the elections in November.

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September 7, 2014
This morning, "Vive Tu Vida" is the name of a new program here in New York City designed to get Latinos up and moving. That's coming up a bit later in our show.

But first, Latino innovators. As we begin a new school year, we want to highlight grand opportunities for Latinos in growing fields that often offer higher pay. We're talking about 'stem' - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

We also talk with two Latina trailblazers who hope to inspire others to consider these rewarding career options.
Angelica Perez-Litwin is the founder of "Latina Think Big" and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, the co-founder of NYFT lab.

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August 31st, 2014: a re-broadcast of our Tiempo episode from July 13, 2014
Two topics this morning: New York faces an organ donor Crisis. We will bring you the story of one young Latino waiting for a life-saving donation.

First, veterans who serve our country return here to find they no longer have a home. One former marine from the bronx is on a mission to change this.

He's started a group to help vets transition and he's now working to renovate a house into a place for homeless veterans.

We are joined now by Gonzalo Duran, the CEO of Devil Dog USA. Also with us, Yegor Zubarev a volunteer program specialist and Joseph Ronda, the director of the "Star of the Sea - Sea Cadet Corps."

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August 24th, 2014
This morning we highlight Latino entrepreneurs, from a fashion boutique on wheels to a bistro in Brooklyn.

If you've ever dreamed of opening your own business, there's a program here in New York City that can help you make it a reality. The Department of Small Business Services offers free training and it's available in Spanish.

We're joined by the Deputy Commissioner Robinson Hernandez and an entrepreneur Farid Ali Lancheros, who owns a restaurant in Park Slope called "Bogota Latin Bistro."

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August 17th, 2014

This morning, important information for Latinos about an aspect of our health that may be overlooked...our teeth.

First, breaking the language barrier. For many, immigrants learning English can help open the door to a new world of opportunities, better jobs and higher pay.

The New York Public Library offers free English classes and now wants to expand the program.

We're joined now by the library's Literacy Program Director of Adult Learning Ken English.

Also with us are Yolanda Rodriguez, an English instructor and community liaison assistant for the Saint Agnes and Harlem Branch, and Celeste Lantigua, a student at the library's Saint Agnes Branch.

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August 10th, 2014

We check in with El Museo del Barrio and talk about its place in N.Y. history and the big summer block party for the entire family it is hosting.

But first, an opportunity for Spanish-speaking Latinos to pursue a college degree in their native language.

Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey has two programs that embrace the bilingual community and offer many the chance to excel in the careers of their choice.

We are joined by the director of the "Puerta al Futuro" and "Latino Promise" programs Ernando Alonso.

Also, Mirelle Mariano, a graduate of the "Latino Promise Program" joins us and Modesto Romero, who is currently pursuing his masters degree.

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August 3rd, 2014
Two topics this morning: there is a new advocate for Latinos in business and they want help increase the community's influence.

But first, important information for families: a disturbing report on suicide among Latina teenagers is out.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 15% or one out of every six young "Latina" women attempted suicide.

Compared to nearly 11% of young black women and 8% of white female youths, why is the rate among young Latinas so high?

We're joined by the founder and president of Comunilife, Dr. Rosa Gil. Also, the coordinator for the Life is Precious Program , Beatriz Coronel, and a graduate of the program, Erin Mercado.

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July 27th, 2014

This morning, we will tell you about a new magazine for Latino parents.

But first, an issue and a story making plenty of headlines. The flood of unaccompanied children crossing the Mexican-U.S. border and help for young people in our area.

More than 50,000 children from Central America have been caught crossing the border in states like Texas and Arizona since October. That has U.S. authorities scrambling to provide services.

And, a debate is now underway in Washington on how to solve this crisis.

This morning, we have important information about a way for many young immigrants in our area to stay here legally. We are joined by Francis Madi with the New York Immigration Coalition.

Also with us, Arturo Lopez from Bronx-Works and Indiana Porta, an attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group.

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July 20th, 2014 (Originally aired on June 29th, 2014)

Two very important topics both involve our children's education. We have encouraging news about high school graduation, but disappointing when it comes to Latinos in New York City's top public high schools getting into elite schools is an extremely competitive process.

Reports show that 7% of students were offered spots at one of eight schools, that's a low number. 5% black students earned a place. The city's teachers union and some leaders call the lack of diversity embarrassing, and have launched a campaign to change how students compete for admission to the schools.

So we're joined this morning by Evelyn Rodriguez, a program director at the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families. Also, David Bloomfield, professor of educational leadership at Brooklyn College and Natasha Capers with the Alliance for Quality Education.

July 13th, 2014
Two topics this morning: New York faces an organ donor Crisis. We will bring you the story of one young Latino waiting for a life-saving donation.

First, veterans who serve our country return here to find they no longer have a home. One former marine from the bronx is on a mission to change this.

He's started a group to help vets transition and he's now working to renovate a house into a place for homeless veterans.

We are joined now by Gonzalo Duran, the CEO of Devil Dog USA. Also with us, Yegor Zubarev a volunteer program specialist and Joseph Ronda, the director of the "Star of the Sea - Sea Cadet Corps."

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Two very important topics both involve our children's education. We have encouraging news about high school graduation, but disappointing when it comes to Latinos in New York City's top public high schools getting into elite schools is an extremely competitive process.

Reports show that 7% of students were offered spots at one of eight schools, that's a low number. 5% black students earned a place. The city's teachers union and some leaders call the lack of diversity embarrassing, and have launched a campaign to change how students compete for admission to the schools.

So we're joined this morning by Evelyn Rodriguez, a program director at the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families. Also, David Bloomfield, professor of educational leadership at Brooklyn College and Natasha Capers with the Alliance for Quality Education.

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June 1st, 2014


We're pushing more Latinos on to the pages of children's book. It's vital, important and essential to the historical education of Latino children.

First, the 57th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to its roots after the scandal and leadership shakeup. When the parade steps off a week from today, we will see changes from the floats to the parades overall message, and to tell us more about it, a member of the new parade board of directors, Lorraine, and who will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.

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May 11th, 2014

This morning: a celebration of Latino music that might not be what you'd expect to hear.

But first, New York City residents - one step closer to getting official ID cards regardless of their immigration status.

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May 4th, 2014
Two topics this morning: Awakening kids creativity while learning about our history right here in New York City, and it's in Espanol.

But first, for Latinos who move here and want to make sure families are taken care of at home, sending money outside of the country can be complicated and you don't always know where it will end up.

That's where Edrizio De La Cruz comes in. He says he's come up with a simple way to send money to the Dominican Republic just by using your cell phone. It's called Regalii.
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