The program kick-off was covered by the major Chinese newspapers. The NY Chapter designed a week-long workshop for its interns before they begin working at their assigned offices (on June 20). The interns invited guest speakers to the last day of the week long workshop. They have also been working on the up-coming project, the 2016 API Career Fair since June 13. We are confident that this year ‘s event will be as successful as last year’s.
APAPA-NYC interns were delighted to have a group picture with Governor Andrew Cuomo
June 23, 2016--New York City-- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation in New York City to prevent foreclosures and curb the threat posed to communities by “zombie properties.” The bill was passed as part of the 2016 Legislative Session and is a boon for the economic health and public safety of communities and homeowners who would otherwise be at risk of losing their residences. The legislation combats the blight of vacant and abandoned properties by expediting the rehabilitation, repair and improvement of these properties, and enabling the State to assist homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure. The Governor signed the legislation into law, touring the state and visiting affected communities, at events in Syracuse, Manhattan and Long Island.(Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), theestablishmentoftheNew YorkChapter
Reported by Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, & China Press
Asian Pacific IslanderAmericanPublic AffairsAssociation (APAPA)has been established eleven yearsinCalifornia and just launched its New York Chapterin Flushing on December 2, 2012. Theorganization empowers its members to take part in public affairs, to nurturethenextgenerationtobecomefuture leaders, and to increase the political and economic status of Asian and Pacific IslanderAmericansin the United States.
APAPA founder C. C Yin said that 11 years ago, the API community saw a need for and the importance of having representatives of API descent in public office, and this gave him and a few friends the insight to establish the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, to nurture young people interested in politics to become future leaders. In recent years, the political and economic status of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans has increased significantly, and currently, APAPA has 20,000 members and 300 active volunteers. At the state level, API representatives in California grew from zero to 30, and even the mayor of the city of San Francisco is of Chinese descent. In this year’s congressional elections, there were 18 API candidates, six of which were elected to office.
Our mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education and active participation in civic and public affairs. The organization educates the public about public policy and provides opportunities for our youth to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs.