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New proposal aims to bring free tuition back to CUNY

Shekar Krishnan — a candidate for New York City Council — is proposing a five point plan which includes making sure private universities pay their fair share in taxes and the state reinvests in its community colleges.

Those funds, Shekar says, would allow CUNY to return to a free tuition model which was the case from its inception in 1847 until 1976.

“It’s the students and families who have done so much for our city – this is really a way for CUNY and for the city to make sure that we are supporting them in the way that they drive this city forward,” Krishnan told PIX11 News.

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Jackson Heights City Council candidate calls for bilingual education in public schools

In a neighborhood celebrated as one of the most diverse in the nation, where nearly 180 foreign languages are spoken, one City Council candidate has presented his case for bilingual education in every public school in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.

Shekar Krishnan outlined his plan with Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, who chairs the Task Force on New Americans, and multilingual public school parents and neighbors Tuesday, May 18, at the Jackson Heights post office.

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逸訪艾姆赫斯特 華商:急需政府援助

Singtao Chinese coverage of Elmhurst Small Business Walk

市議會第25選區涵蓋皇后區積臣泰(Jackson Heights)和艾姆赫斯特,約有4萬華裔選民。印度裔參選人克什南(Shekar Krishnan)近日在州參議員劉醇逸的陪同下,走訪當地的華裔小商業主,了解他們在疫情期面對的困難。

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Weekly Bangalee coverage of Shekar's Eid Visits

Weekly Bangalee is the most widely read weekly newspaper in the Bangla language. Published in New York since 1991. See full article in Bangla below

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 34th Avenue is An Opportunity to Undo Decades of Unjust, Racist Policies

Immigrant neighborhoods like Jackson Heights and Elmhurst deserve access to open space, clean air, and safe streets just like any other part of this city. Prioritizing these goals in communities like ours will undo glaring racial and environmental injustices that stretch back to the era of Robert Moses and even before.

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Krishnan piling up the endorsements;

Civil rights lawyer garners support in race to replace Danny Dromm

In the race to replace Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), civil rights lawyer Shekar Krishnan leads the field in fundraising and endorsements.

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Council candidates propose plan to license delivery apps and end exploitation

“Our deliveristas, our essential workers in this city, are from Black and brown communities devastated by COVID and they have been so exploited when it comes to wages,” Krishnan said. “We need to help essential workers get the protections they deserve and end the exploitation.

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Shekar Krishnan Racks Up Another Endorsement, Wins the Support of John Liu

“Shekar’s passion for the Elmhurst and Jackson Heights community is unmatched and his record on the issues speaks for itself,” Liu said in a statement. “Candidates like Shekar make history for the right reasons by winning progress for the people they represent with bold action and boundless care, and I’m excited to see him bring that leadership to the City Council.”

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Vigil in New York honors victims of Atlanta shooting and anti-Asian violence.

“We are so devastated and pained after what happened, knowing it’s a continuation of a long line of hate and violence against the Asian-American community,” said Shekar Krishnan, a Democrat running for City Council who organized the vigil as a community event. “We are here today to send a message that we will not be silenced. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

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Protesters rally against proposed budget cuts at Elmhurst Hospital

Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz joined City Council candidate Shekar Krishnan, union representatives and members of the New York State Nurses Association at Elmhurst Hospital to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $600 million budget cuts to public hospitals.

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“With the primary election date scheduled for June 22, 2021, the Jackson Heights Beautification Group is introducing candidates seeking New York City Council seats in Districts 21, 22, and 25. In this episode, we introduce you to Shekar Krishnan, who is running in District 25.”

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“Just because public attention is on it now does not mean that it has not been happening for so long to our Asian-American communities,” activist Shekar Krishnan said.

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Jackson Heights community mourns victims of Atlanta shooting, denounce anti-Asian hate

Shekar Krishnan, a community activist and candidate for Jackson Heights City Council who organized the vigil, said anti-Asian hate and violence has existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Opinion: Flushing waterfront rezoning reveals the failure of NYC’s land use process

Op-Ed by Shekar Krishnan

“As we face the unprecedented triple crises of affordability, public health, and racial justice, the proposed Flushing rezoning fails to address any of the urgent needs of our Queens communities.”

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Queens congresswoman endorses Shekar Krishnan for Jackson Heights City Council seat

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez has endorsed civil rights attorney Shekar Krishnan’s candidacy for City Council in District 25, which represents Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, less than a week after he announced his campaign.

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Community leader, attorney launches bid for City Council

A longtime community activist and civil rights lawyer kicked off his campaign for City Council last week with an announcement at Travers Park.

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Shekar Krishnan announces candidacy for western Queens City Council seat

Community activist and civil rights attorney Shekar Krishnan launched his campaign for the 25th New York City Council representing Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, a seat currently held by Councilman Daniel Dromm who is term-limited in 2021.

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Community leader, attorney launches bid for City Council

A longtime community activist and civil rights lawyer kicked off his campaign for City Council last week with an announcement at Travers Park.

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Travers supporters take it to the street

Jackson Heights residents say a car dealership is creating unnecessary traffic near Travers Park, putting kids in danger.

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After major backlash over planned Jackson Heights tower, community board gives proposal the thumbs down

More than a hundred people packed a room at Elmhurst Hospital on March 13 to express their opposition to a proposed 13-story, mixed-use building on 82nd Street in Jackson Heights.

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Why Queens Is the Center of the Nation’s Progressive Movement

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Peralta reunites with mainline Democrats as Ramos stays in race

Two days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the renegade Independent Democratic Conference had dissolved and reunited with the mainline Democrats in Albany, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) declared it an historic moment that has put the Democratic Party in a position to take over the majority in the Senate for just the second time in more than 50 years.

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Dozens of residents, pols protest Peralta

State senator’s political brethren say that the IDC must disband

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Community decries car entrance plan

Activists don’t want Koeppel Mazda to use entrance on 78th Street

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