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Gillibrand Vows to Take on Immigration Reform

NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was initially attacked by immigrant groups for not being sensitive to their issues. Now, as she runs for reelection, she’s reaching out to Hispanic voters and gave El Diario/La Prensa an exclusive interview.

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El Diario Endorses Latino Insurgents in NY Primary

New York’s biggest Spanish language paper is hoping for fresh blood in the New York State legislature.

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Dirty Work: Hispanic Immigrants Clean the Gulf

A multimedia package produced by Annie Correal for El Diario/La Prensa features an in-depth look at Hispanic immigrants working to clean-up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Staten Island Hate Crimes: An Investigation by El Diario/La Prensa

The Spanish-language daily has just published a series of reports on the recent wave of attacks on Mexican immigrants living on Staten Island.

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Clash of the Newspaper Titans

The Russian spy case leads to a confrontation between the Wall Street Journal and El Diario/La Prensa.

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No Count, No Funds: Minorities in Bushwick Suffer the Consequences of a Census Undercount

After low participation in the 2000 Census, one Brooklyn neighborhood struggles to provide its predominantly Hispanic residents with basic services. Also: Reporter Annie Correal on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Stimulus Funds Are Not Enough to Fight Foreclosures in New York

Homeowners in Bushwick have seen home prices sink 45% in two years. Hopes for the neighborhood’s revitalization rest on the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2, but its benefits are uncertain.

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Mortgage Modification Swindlers Prey on Desperate Homeowners in Hispanic Area in Brooklyn

After President Obama announced a $75 billion plan for homeowners in distress, shady companies started offering Bushwick residents help with their mortgage modifications… for a fee.

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In Brooklyn, Mortgage Crisis Eats Away Wealth of Several Generations of Hispanics

Subprime loans and costly refinancing proliferated in the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Bushwick before the housing crisis. Now area families face the consequences.

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Patterson Says He Knew Gillibrand's "Record On Immigration Was Poor"

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor
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Gov. David Patterson. (Photo: El Diario/La Prensa)

In the face of heated criticism from Hispanic advocates on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s voting record on immigration, New York Gov. David Patterson sat down Monday with the editorial board of the city’s biggest Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa, to defend his decision to appoint her to the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Still, the governor acknowledged he was not fully aware of Gillibrand’s immigration record.

“I knew that her voting record on immigration was poor,” Patterson said, when asked whether he knew that Gillibrand held hard-line views on the issue. “I knew that. I didn’t know the specifics of her voting record. I knew some of her Customs and Border Patrol remarks, but I didn’t know substantially her entire record on voting.”

Since being appointed to the Senate, Gillibrand, a former U.S. Representative from upstate New York, has met with Hispanic and pro-immigrant leaders to improve her reputation among this crucial constituency in the state. She even promised to support a moratorium on raids until Congress approves comprehensive reforms and to try to ensure an eventual temporary worker program includes a path to citizenship.

Her mellowing on immigration and other issues quickly earned her the scorn of state conservatives. Republican Congressman Pete King called her “a flip-flopper” this week, saying she is “doing contortions” on immigration, gun rights and gay marriage. King is evaluating running against Gillibrand next year, if he can raise the money to do so.

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