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Sam Perlman running for Jericho Board of Education seat

Sam Perlman, a resident of Brookville and father of three current Jericho Schools students, is running for a seat on that District’s Board of Education.  Perlman is running independently for one of the two seats being vacated by the incumbents, who are retiring.

Citing the School District’s anticipated budget of $128 million for the 2021-2022 school year, Perlman is running on a platform that highlights the absence of any financial expertise among current Board members and the other candidates. He released the following statement, “Given my 30-year career in finance, I have extensive experience in accounting, corporate budgeting, evaluating capital projects and general business management.  I hold an undergraduate Finance/Accounting degree from Wharton/University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, and I am a Certified Public Accountant.  I have the expertise to provide the financial guidance and oversight this Board currently lacks and so desperately needs.”  The vast majority of the Jericho Schools budget is funded by local property taxes as the District receives minimal state aid.

Perlman is also focusing attention on the lack of transparency and accountability in the District’s operations and poor communication by the Board and administration, both before and during the Covid pandemic.  He has been involved in Jericho School Board meetings from the public side for the past 10 years. He has been active in the community formerly serving as the Treasurer of the Jericho Educational Foundation and coaching youth sports through the Jericho Athletic Association and other local sports leagues.

Perlman has been endorsed by Barbara Krieger, a member of the Jericho School Board for 21 years who retired just last year.

Election Day for the Jericho School District is May 18, 2021.  Voting will take place at Jericho High School with polls open from 6 AM to 9 PM.  All U.S. citizens over the age of 18 who have lived in the District for 30 days are eligible to vote.

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Neeta Jain, candidate for Council District 24, releases campaign TV Ad

Queens, NY: Democrat District Leader Neeta Jain has released “Community First”, her first ad of the campaign backed by a four-figure buy on Bengali and Indian TV. She is running to fill the vacancy in the 24th Council District left by Rory Lancman. The Special Election will be held on February 2.

The ad highlights COVID-19’s devastating impact on the district from health to jobs and businesses. “We need strong leaders to help guide a fair recovery. Dr. Neeta Jain is a psychologist who dedicated her life to supporting children in our schools, advocated nonviolence to keep our streets safe, and fighting for better mental healthcare,” says the narrator.

“I’m running to help our residents heal,” Jain says in the ad.

The TV ad will be joined by a mail piece and caravan through the district. The mail piece, going to over 12,000 voters, underlines her history-making candidacy to be the first South Asian elected to the NYC Council. The caravan through the district will take place on January 23rd to coincide with the first day of early voting.

Early voting continues till January 31 at 3 locations: Queens College, Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall, and York College Academic Core Building. Voters can find their poll site by going to https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/.

Dr. Neeta Jain has been strongly endorsed by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney,

Councilman Peter Koo, TV Asia, The South Asian Times, Democratic District Leader Gurdip Singh Narula, the Himalayan Democratic Club, Rabbi Romiel Daniel, and Rabbi Moshe Saks.

A trailblazing activist, Dr. Neeta Jain is currently New York’s only Indian-American woman Democratic District Leader, an elected DNC Delegate for Biden-Harris, an accomplished educator, and founder and President of the International Ahimsa Foundation. She lives with her husband in

Flushing.

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Attorney General found no widespread election fraud

Washington: Attorney General William Barr said on the record Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud so far that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, reports Associated Press.

His comments put a shade on President Trump’s repeated baseless claims that the election was stolen from him.

Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would overturn the result of the election.

Barr, otherwise, has been one of the President’s most ardent allies. Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voter fraud could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.

Shortly after Barr’s statement was published, Trump tweeted out more baseless claims of voter fraud. And his attorney Rudy Giuliani and his campaign issued a scathing statement claiming that, “with all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance” of an investigation.

The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to, comments AP, are typical in every election: Problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postal marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost.

But the bigger fraud? Barr said, “There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that.”

“There’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and ‘investigate,’” Barr said.

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Rep Tom Suozzi and NYS Senator Kevin Thomas are re-elected

Albany, NY: Absentee ballots have proved magical for not only Joe Biden but also for Democratic Party candidates in New York state. Congressman Thomas Suozzi has finally won a tight race for the state’s 3rd Congressional district falling in  Long Island. He defeated Republican George Santos, who had enjoyed a narrow lead earlier in the count, but Suozzi closed the gap and then pulled ahead by 6 percentage points as absentee ballots were counted. Santos conceded the race on Tuesday.

Kevin Thomas, the first Indian American to serve in the State Senate, also declared victory on Monday in his 2020 reelection bid after the results of the absentee ballot vote count put him over his Republican challenger Dennis Dunne.

Indian American Ragini Srivastava, a Republican Candidate who  was leading before absentee and mail-in ballots were counted, has lost her race for the New York Assembly’s 16th District that falls in Nassau County.

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Twitter, Facebook CEOs vow election action; GOP lawmakers tout curbs

Washington: While the chiefs of Twitter and Facebook gave assurances of vigorous action against election disinformation, Republican lawmakers at a Senate hearing Tuesday pounded the social media companies over political bias, business practices and market dominance, laying the ground for curbs on their long-held legal protections, reports AP.

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg defended at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing the safeguards against the use of their platforms to spread falsehoods and incite violence in the contest between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

Responding to concern from Democrats on the panel, they pledged continued vigorous action for two special elections in Georgia that could determine in January which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Republican senators, including Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, revived complaints of censorship and anti-conservative bias against the social media platforms. They were reluctant to address head-on the issue of election disinformation, an awkward topic for Republicans given that many of them have refused to knock down Trump’s unfounded claims of voting irregularities and fraud, even as misinformation disputing Biden’s victory has flourished online.

The actions that Twitter and Facebook took to quell the spread of disinformation angered Trump and his supporters.

Different grievances but a common adversary. Democrats, including President-elect Biden, also call for stripping away some of the protections that have shielded tech companies from legal responsibility for what people post.

They have focused their concern on hate speech and incitement on social media platforms that can spawn violence.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, asked Zuckerberg: “At what point will you stop giving in to baseless claims of anti-conservative bias and start exercising your control over Facebook to stop driving division?”

Graham pushed the case for Congress to curb the tech companies’ legal shield. “I think there’s Republican and Democrat concern about the power that’s being used by social media outlets to tell us what we can see and what we can’t, what’s true and what’s not,” Graham said.

Republicans and Democrats also are making common cause on Big Tech’s market dominance, endorsing stronger enforcement of antitrust laws and for some, the breakup of giants like Facebook and Google.

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AARP spotlights concerns of 50+ Asian Americans before 2020 election

Washington: AARP has released new findings from national surveys exploring the key priorities and concerns of Asian American voters age 50 and older, which show that 93% of them view health care as important heading into the election. Jobs and the economy follow as the second most important issue as per the 2020 Asian American Voter Survey (AAVS), conducted by AAPI Data on behalf of AARP, APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC.

According to the National Survey of Older Voters during COVID-19: Asian Americans, conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of AARP, although 86% are “very likely” to vote in 2020, the majority of Asian American voters 50+ are not being engaged or contacted by either party affiliation (61%) or community organizations (74%), according to (AAVS).

“Voter turnout among adults 50-plus, including Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), continues to outpace other age groups every election season,” said Daphne Kwok, Vice President of Multicultural Leadership for AAPI Audience Strategy at AARP. “This will be a crucial voting bloc in 2020, and candidates need to address the issues that matter to them and their families in the closing stretch of the campaign.”

Asian American voters 50-plus are most  worried about due to the  pandemic: job loss and finding employment (72%), not being able to receive access to health care (48%), and  hate crimes, harassment and discrimination (45%).

Additional findings from the surveys include:

·        51% Asian American voters 50+ plan to vote in person, 46% by mail or absentee ballot.

·        46% are concerned about election interference, while 40% worry about their health and safety at the polls.

·        On personal or community level, they cited the following as “extremely” or “very” important to them: addressing the coronavirus (83%), securing the future of Social Security (83%) and Medicare (78%), lowering health care costs (78%) and prescription drug costs (77%), and having enough retirement savings (76%)

·        Most survey participants (76%) receive their sources of information to help guide voting decisions from media news outlets and talk shows, followed by candidate debates and town halls (50%).

 

In August, AARP launched “Protect Voters 50+” a voter engagement campaign to help Americans 50-plus vote safely, whether at home or in-person, provide them with information they need about this year’s elections.

For additional community and voter resources, visit aarp.org/AAPI and aarp.org/Election2020.

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.

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Prominent South Asians launch digital campaign in support of Biden-Harris

Washington, DCA group of eminent South Asians, including Indian-origin author Deepak Chopra and actress Sakina Jaffrey, has launched a digital campaign in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris.

Other prominent members of the group include Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York; Meera Harris, lawyer and children’s book author; Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to win the Miss America Competition; and actor Aasif Mandvi.

Released by South Asians for Biden on Monday, the video series urges the South Asian community to vote for Biden and Harris.

“South Asians for Biden is thrilled to launch the digital video ad series,” said Neha Dewan, South Asians for Biden national director.

“In this election, we have seen unprecedented enthusiasm from the diverse South Asian community that is united in the desire to see an overwhelming victory for Vice President Biden and Senator Harris,” she said.

The digital ad campaign series will serve to further energize the South Asian electorate — many of whom are located in battleground states — and will serve to underscore the importance of participating in this election, Dewan added.

Kamala Harris” niece Meena Harris, a key contributor to the video series, noted the importance of the South Asian community in the November 3 election.

“The South Asian community’s participation in this election is crucial to securing a win for the Biden-Harris ticket and establishing a more inclusive future for America — the kind of future my grandmother Shyamala, mother Maya and aunt Kamala have dedicated their lives to fighting for,” she said.

Parag Parikh, Illinois State director for South Asians for Biden, served as an executive producer for the videos along with his brother Rupak Parikh, and was instrumental in launching the series. (PTI)

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May good win over evil again: Biden and Kamala extend Navratri greetings to Hindus

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on Saturday extended greetings to Hindu community in the US on Navratri and wished for victory of good over evil once again.

“As the Hindu festival of Navratri begins, Jill and I send our best wishes to all those celebrating in the US and around the world. May good once again triumph over evil and usher in new beginnings and opportunity for all,” Biden said in a tweet on Saturday.

“@DouglasEmhoff and I wish our Hindu American friends and family, and all those celebrating, a very Happy Navratri! May this holiday serve as an inspiration to all of us to lift up our communities and build a more inclusive and just America, Senator Harris tweeted.

Both Biden and Harris have been sending out greetings on Twitter to the Hindu community, one of the critical voting blocs in this year’s election. In August, they greeted the Hindu community in the US on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Indian-American couple release ad campaign for Biden in 14 languages

Washington, DC: A Silicon Valley-based Indian-American couple has released a digital graphic campaign in Hindi, urging their community members to support and vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.

The campaign titled “Trump Hatao America Bachao” and “Biden Harris ko jitao , America ko aage badao“, was launched in 14 Indian languages on Monday, said Biden supporters, Ajay and Vinita Bhutoria.

The focus of the campaign is on the battleground states where every vote matters and Indian-Americans can play an important role in the election results, Bhutoria said in a statement.

Battle ground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, along with three southern states Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, as well as Arizona collectively have 127 electoral votes.

“The Indian American Votes will be the margin of victory and make the winning difference in battleground states,” he said.

In 2016 Trump had a narrow win in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania.

Democratic supporters this year are doing extensive outreach to the Indo Americans /South Asians in 14 languages through thousands of phone banking calls each week.

“We are determined to turn out the 1.3 million Indo American votes for Biden,” he said.

Earlier Ajay had released two Bollywood videos to “unite all South Asians and people of Indian origin to support Biden and Harris.

Chale Chalo Biden ko vote do” (Let’s go, vote for Biden) the music video is now running on TV Asia as advertisement and Ajay also led by bringing Digital Graphics of “America Ka Neta Kaisa Ho Jo Biden Jaisa ho” and “Jaago America Jaago, Biden Harris ko Vote do” earlier in 14 languages. (PTI)

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