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Opinion: In Neighboring New York, Governor Cuomo Ignores Latinos As He Begins His New Term

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By Angelo Falcón

Judging by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Inaugural Address on January 1, the more than 3 million Latinos in the state don’t exist. As he pointed out notables present at the ceremony in New York City, not one Latino name that worked for the state crossed his lips. The only reference he made to immigration was to his own family’s background.

As the Governor told the media his Inaugural Address’s purpose was more to set the tone for his second term rather than providing a programmatic outline. He addressed his priorities in broad terms and cast them within a national framework. In the process, he left those of us concerned about the future of the state’s large and growing Latino community uncertain about that future while reassuring everyone else about theirs.

 Latinos Most Underrepresented in State Government

The Governor talked about the issues he planned to tackle …

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Opinion: Racial Profiling Of Young Men Of Color An Issue That Must Be Addressed


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Photo: subjectguides.fortlewis.edu


Cynthia D. Mares
Hispanic National Bar Association

As attorneys, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) lawyers have a responsibility to ensure that our legal system is just, that police officers who use undue force are held accountable, and that broken policies such as lack of training and lack of accountability are fixed before any more tragedies happen. Moreover, fundamental civil and human rights must be protected.

Recent events, like those in Ferguson, demonstrate that we as a country have not made much progress since the Rodney King tragedy many years ago. Every day, not only African Americans, but also Latinos, are racially profiled by police. According to 2010 Bureau of Justice statistics, while crime rates were equal, African-American men were six times as likely, and Latinos three times as likely, to be imprisoned than their white counterparts.

In 2007, Pew Hispanic reported that, “Latinos accounted for 40 …

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Letter To The Editor: Latino Endorses Former Opponent

Gerry Garcia, ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 2010. He received nearly 40% of the vote. Photo courtesy of Greenwichtimes.comtimes.

Gerry Garcia, ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 2010. He received nearly 40% of the vote. Photo courtesy of Greenwichtimes.com.

Gerry Garcia
New Haven


Today I write to publicly tip my cap to Denise Merrill, our Secretary of the State.

Mark Twain called Connecticut the State of Steady Habits, a nickname we have earned.  The nickname captures how we bring our Puritanical past into our present by expressing the resistance to change that is in our DNA.  It means that we divide ourselves into 169 city-states and even more school districts because … well, because that’s how we’ve always done it.

I first appreciated our adherence to our State of Steady Habits in 2009, around the same time I met the then-General Assembly Majority Leader Denise Merrill, as we competed against each other for the Democratic nomination to run for Secretary of the State.  I was an outsider, …

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