Cuts to Social Work and Education Budgets in New York

New York Mayor Eric Adams announced a draft budget of $100 billion for 2024, which includes cuts to social services, education and public libraries, and kindergarten for children under 3, which is free of charge.

Adams' announcement to impose budget restrictions caused controversy in the city and city council, particularly the cuts to social services and education budgets.

Mayor Adams had previously announced budget cuts to programs relied on by New Yorkers due to the economic crisis caused by the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers sent to the city by bus from other states.

'New Yorkers will suffer greatly from the budget constraint in libraries.'

The draft budget announced by Mayor Adams recommended cutting the budget for public libraries by $13 million this fiscal year and by more than $20 million next year.

Mayor Adams announced reduced working hours and the termination or closure of some programs in about 200 public libraries due to budgetary constraints. It was stated that the cuts proposed by Mayor Adams for libraries would greatly harm New Yorkers.

The proposed budget cuts for libraries, essential for people without internet access at home or for after-school tutoring and English language training, drew backlash.

Anthony W. Marx, President of the New York Public Library, said that worrying about where and what to cut kept him up at night.

A group of 13 members of the New York City Council stated that the mayor's latest budget adjustments would lead to instability in the city and said, 'The proposed restrictions are extremely cruel and dangerous.'

'New York has reached a breaking point.'

Mayor Adams, on the other hand, seemed determined. He stated the budget cuts were due to the influx of over 40,000 refugees. He said, 'New York has now come to a breaking point. We foresee that we can no longer continue to host incoming refugees on our own. The load on our infrastructure is huge. We filed an urgent request for help in New York this weekend. In this request, we urgently asked them to allocate funds to provide shelter for 500 asylum seekers.'

It is stated that New York City Mayor Adams met with the mayor of El Paso on Saturday and toured areas where refugees are known to cross the border.

El Paso is the city on the American-Mexico border where refugees have flocked the most recently.

Ali Cinar

A 1999 Graduate of the Faculty of Economics of Istanbul University, Ali has completed his MBA degree at the University of New Haven. He also worked as a Research Assistant at the Communication Department and Center of Professional Ethics during his MBA program. He served as the President of the International Students Association for two years at the University, and was awarded with the “Outstanding International Student” Award.

Mr. Cinar successfully completed various executive business certificate programs in 2004, 2005 and 2006 at Harvard Business School, MIT and New York University.

Ali Cinar is a journalist based in Washington,DC.He is currently working for Ciner Media Group(Haberturk TV,Bloomberg HT and Show TV) as the U.S Representative.He also works for U.S. based media outlets Turk of America magazine and Turkish Journal since 2005.He is lecturer at the Institute of Graduate Studies, Istanbul Aydin University since 2019.

He worked for Concord Industries as a Marketing Manager between 2002 and 2008. Afterwards, he started to work for a Fortune 500 company, Western Union, as a Marketing Manager holding responsibility  for the business of  US, Europe and Middle East between the years 2008 and 2012. He received six awards within four years from Western Union. After his successful career at Western Union, Cinar worked for a Wall Street Company, Tranfast (Mastercard), as a Marketing/Product Director between 2012-2014.

In addition to his professional responsibilities and educational accomplishments, Mr. Cinar has been making contributions  to the US-Turkish relations and has also built bridges between many other communities in the United States. He holds proven leadership qualities and believes in the importance of being politically active. He also takes part in charity works such as Save Our Nations (Helping African children who were left orphan by Ebola Virus), Fighting with Cancer, Against Women Violence, Supporting Refugee Children and many more.

In the years 2004 and 2005, he was an Honorary Guest Speaker to discourse about the world economy at the American Coast Guard Military Academy.

Ali Cinar was testified at the U.S. Congress on Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Cinar has a very strong and close relationship at local and federal level officials nationwide. He has been organizing successful events for Members of Congress and Senate for over 10 years.

He holds press credentials from the NYPD, the United Nations and the U.S State Department and the White House. He writes articles in various ethnic newspapers and online media.

AWARDS

A good many Non-Profit Organizations in the States recognized Mr. Cinar for his accomplishments.
Between the years 2007 and 2019, Ali received various awards from the following associations:

Assembly of Turkish American Associations Leader of the Year Award, Washington DC
Mideast &Turkic Society of New York Police Department, NY
Save Our Nations Dream Maker Award, NJ
Southern New England Turkish American Association, CT
American Society of Azerbaijan, NY
Korean War Veterans Association-Central Long Island Chapter, NY
Istanbul University Alumni Association of USA
The Turkish American Association of Northern Texas, TX
Philadelphia Turkish American Association , PA
One of the TOP 10 Most Successful Young People by Junior Chamber International (JCI) TR (JCI, partner with United Nations, is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people aged 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world)
New York Giresun Association
Turkish American Giresun Association
Mediterranean Turkmen Association
Turksav Foundation (Turkish Society Writers and Artists Foundation)
The Turkish Women’s League of America - Ataturk School
The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI)
Forum Newspaper
Turksoy Foundation (The International Organization of Turkic Culture)
The Azerbaijan American Women League
Turkish United Democrats Foundation
Eyup Sultan Cultural Center
Turkish Consulate of New York
The American Turkish Association of Washington DC
The Best Turkish-American Journalist of the Year in the USA, The Unimpeded Life Foundation

 

*Ali Cinar was selected to the “One of the Top 50 Most Influential Turkish-Americans” list by Turk of America Magazine.


Ali Cinar was awarded with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019 and was the youngest Turkish American to receive this distinction in over 30 years. He recently received a "Community Service Award' by the NYPD MT&S.

ASSOCIATIONS

Mr. Cinar actively takes part in the following associations:

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), UK
Turkish Heritage Organization, Washington DC
World Diaspora Association, New York
The Global Policy Institute - Washington, DC
Member of the New York Press Club, New York
Member of the United Nations Correspondents Association, New York
American Press Association
The Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the United States
Member of American Public Notary Association
Istanbul University Alumni Association of USA, New York
Azerbaijan Society of America, New York
Young Professional Member, the United Nations Association of the United – States of America (UNA-USA), New York
Balkan Turks American Association, New Jersey

*Ali Cinar served for the two largest Turkish-American Umbrella Organizations as the President of the Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) between 2012-2014 and the Northeast Vice President of the Assembly of the Turkish Americans between 2010-2012. He was also the Chairman, Disciplinary Committee at the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry between 2008-2010 and served as a Treasurer at the Turkish PAC Northeast between 2010-2012.

COMMUNITIES

As a proven bridge-builder, he has developed strong relationships with the following communities and also maintains it:


Muslim Communities
The Jewish Community
The Korean Community
The South Asian Community
The Ukrainian Community
The African American Community
Native American Community
The Balkans Community such as Macedonians, Albanians and Bulgarians
The Azerbaijan Community
The Turkmenistan Community
Uzbek Communities

Cemil Ozyurt

Cemil Ozyurt (born 1976) is a Turkish-American journalist, media manager, and co-founder & editor-in-chief of the U.S.-based Turk of America, the first Turkish-American magazine in English. He is also co-founder & Editor-in-Chief of Turk Avenue, a Turkish global business portal and Co-founder of TOA Awards, the only independent organization created to reward successful Turkish Americans.

Ozyurt was born in Mucur, Kirsehir in 1976. After completing elementary and middle school in Mucur, his family moved to Istanbul. He graduated from Pendik High School in Istanbul in 1993.

Ozyurt graduated from Marmara University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. He started his journalism career while he was student in the University in 1995 at Dunya Newspaper in Istanbul. He worked for the newspaper as a reporter from May 1, 1995 to December 15, 1998. After daily newspaper experiences, he started to work for Platin, the weekly business magazine. After six months working for the magazine, he joined the Army on August 1, 1999 at Tuzla Infantry School in İstanbul. Completed his duty on October 2000 and continued to work for Platin Magazine.

He moved to the United States on June 19, 2001 to pursue his master's degree. He attended a language school in New Jersey and studied on business journalism at Baruch College, City University of New York in 2004.

He started their first business as magazine publisher in August 2002 in New York City. Turk of America Magazine has become the longest running Turkish-American magazine that has published by Turkish Americans.

Along with TOA Consulting, TURKOFAMERICA Magazine, which has been awarding successful people of the United States in different categories since 2014, honors the year’s successful people in different field from diplomacy to business, academy to entrepreneurship. He has organized the 50 Most Influential Turkish-Americans Award Ceremony, the 30 Most Influential Turkish-American Women Award Ceremony, the 40 Under 40 Turkish-Americans Award Ceremony, the 30 Distinguished Friends of Turkey Award Ceremony, and Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony. He married with Fidan Ozyurt in 2008 and has two sons, Kerem Ali and Kaan Ahmet.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Research Article Award - Republic of Turkey Office of the Prime Minister Directorate General of Press and Information Jun 2014

Local Media News Competition on Research Category, - Feature article: "Amerika'daki Türkler Çılgınca Dernekleşiyor"

  • Excellence in Media Award - American Turkish Associations Assemble April 2012

The TurkofAmerica Magazine received “Excellence in Media” award at the 32. Annual National Turkish American Convention, organized by ATAA, FTAA, and TACC, on Saturday, April 14, 2012. 

Skills

Journalism   •   Digital Media   • Social Media   •   Editing   •   Public Relations   •   Social Media Marketing   • Business Strategy   •   Blogging   •   Publishing   •   Podcasting

 

President Biden meets with Texas governor, officials in 1st visit to US-Mexico border

A state of emergency was declared in El Paso recently. President Joe Biden expressed his desire to go to the southern border within the week. On the last day of the week, he went to El Paso, Texas, where thousands of South Americans have recently flocked to apply for asylum. President Biden met with border and local officials. When he arrived in Texas, he was greeted at the airport by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who had been harshly critical of immigration. Governor Abbott presented Biden with a letter on border issues.

The influx of Latin Americans who want to apply for asylum in the United States, in El Paso in particular, is one of the most important agenda items in the country. El Paso is the busiest of the nine border crossings between Mexico and the United States. Venezuelans make up a significant portion of those who reach El Paso. The US announced on Thursday that it would expand restrictions so that Venezuelans, Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Haitians caught crossing the border illegally would be quickly deported to Mexico. 

The Constitutional Court had recently decided to extend the term of Article 42, which has already expired. Article 42 came into force during former President Donald Trump's term. It allows border officials to deport any asylum applicants without looking into their legal situations in detail because of the pandemic.

After Biden's visit to El Paso, he traveled to Mexico with the Secretary of State  Antony Blinken to attend the North American Leaders' Summit. The situation in America's southern border is also expected to play an important role at the leaders' summit, which will take place on January 9 and 10.

Nearly 1K New York City vehicles becoming all-electric!

NYC Mayor Adams Announces Nearly 1,000 new Electric Vehicles to Replace Fossil Fuel-Powered City Fleet Vehicles, Deployment of new EV Charging Infrastructure.

NYC Mayor Adams,  New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock, and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez  announced 10.1 million dollars in federal grants to replace nearly 925 fossil fuel-powered fleet vehicles with electric vehicles  and install 315 new EV chargers across the New York City.

The $10.1 million in funding will help procure 382 Chevrolet Bolts, 360 Ford E-Transit vans, and 150 Ford F-150 E-Lightning pick-up trucks. Additionally, 25 plug-in hybrid street sweepers will be earmarked for DSNY, an important step in electrifying the city’s specialized equipment fleet.

Mayor Adams said: “When New Yorkers see cars, trucks, and vans with the ‘NYC’ logo on the side, they can rest assured that those vehicles are contributing to a greener city,” said Mayor Adams. “We are already ahead of schedule in transitioning city vehicles away from fossil fuels, and this new grant will allow us to take nearly 1,000 fossil-fuel vehicles off our roads, helping us reduce carbon emissions, make our air cleaner, and save on fuel costs.”

“We are laying the groundwork for an all-electric fleet of the future that will support critical citywide operations while benefiting the environment,” said DCAS Commissioner Pinnock. 

“New York City must lead by example, and we are grateful for these critical partnerships with the federal government to help us reach our climate and air quality goals,” said New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Executive Director Kizzy Charles-Guzman. “This investment in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure will improve the health of New Yorkers and create a more sustainable New York.”

As of September 2022, DCAS reached its 2025 goal of transitioning 4,000 vehicles in the city fleet to electric vehicles — three years ahead of schedule. Currently, the electric fleet includes a wide range of vehicle types and categories from over 200 Ford Mustang Mach Es — most of which are for law enforcement purposes — to nearly 850 GM Bolts. DCAS expects to operate over 5,000 EVs by June 2023. 

*NYC Mayor Press Release*

 

The Gifted Photographer Joined TURKOFAMERICA Team  

Koray Kasap is potentially one of the most famous and talented Turkish American photographers in 21st century joined to TURKOFAMERICA team as a creative art director and lead photographer. Kasap has worked as both an image maker and a photographer for several well-known Turkish singers, TV stars, model, and artists such Tarkan, Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan, Müslüm Gürses, Ahmet Kaya, Kenan Doğulu, Cem Yılmaz, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Bayezıt Öztürk. After moving to the United States in 2017, Kasap also worked with Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jason Statham. Most recently he shot photos of Netflix movie which was shot in New York, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Beren Saat have leading roles.  

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