Even before he was inaugurated, Bill de Blasio came under scrutiny for the degree to which he was inviting Latinos into the highest echelons of his emerging administration. Twenty-one months later, some advocates say the mayor never delivered, that the share of top city jobs going to Latinos is far below their share of the city population. Others point out that de Blasio has appointed Latinas to several powerful posts, like schools chancellor, commissioner of children’s services and one (now departed) deputy mayor.
As yesterday’s interview on BK Live indicates, this is an argument about numbers, but also about respect. It raises the question of whether the Latino presence in de Blasio’s realm, whether too small or just right, had had any impact on policy. And it ties in with the larger issue of whether Latinos’ political power in the city reflects their large and rising numbers.
Watch what Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda of the Bronx, Union Theological Seminary Professor Samuel Cruz and former Assemblyman Javier Nieves of the Campaign for Fair Latino Representation had to say:
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