David Weprin

Pols and Sikh Cultural Society respond to alleged Sikh hate crime
Pols and Sikh Cultural Society respond to alleged Sikh hate crime
Southeast Maggie Hayes 9/29/2013 at 4:38PM

Just days after a Sikh professor at Columbia University was brutally attacked, the Sikh community and elected officials gathered in Richmond Hill to speak out against what is being investigated as a hate crime. Dr. Prabhjot Singh was walking through Harlem on Saturday, September 21 when more than a dozen attackers shouted slurs such as [...]

Op-Ed: Election equality long overdue
News Op-Ed 7/21/2013 at 1:30PM

STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAVID WEPRIN Last Friday, we joined many leaders of the South Asian community from across Queens to commend the Board of Elections for its plan to provide voter assistance in Bengali for the upcoming elections. While we were heartened by the plan put forth by the Board of [...]

Cuomo administration mainstay resigns to run for Queens City Council seat
Cuomo administration mainstay resigns to run for Queens City Council seat
Northeast Melissa Chan 1/25/2013 at 11:47AM

A former mainstay in the Cuomo administration has officially announced his intent to run for City Council. Austin Shafran, 32, resigned from his post as vice president of public affairs for Empire State Development (ESD) on January 18 to enter what is now a four-way Democratic primary race for the 19th District. “I’ve played a [...]

Weprin fined for comptroller campaign violations
Weprin fined for comptroller campaign violations
News Melissa Chan 12/05/2012 at 3:43PM

A state legislator was penalized thousands of dollars after the city determined his run for comptroller was fraught with violations. According to the city’s Campaign Finance Board (CFB), Assemblymember David Weprin owes $28,184 in total penalties and $325,561 in public funds repayments for a dozen violations his failed election campaign for comptroller committed in 2009. [...]

Sikhs, Liu call for NYPD uniform reform
Sikhs, Liu call for NYPD uniform reform
Central Billy Rennison 10/03/2012 at 2:02PM

City Sikhs say they no longer want to be forced into choosing between their religion and a career as a police officer. Comptroller John Liu along with the Sikh Coalition and United Sikhs started a petition calling on the city and the NYPD to modify the policy prohibiting headdresses and requiring officers to keep their [...]

Sikhs dispute NYPD policy banning beards, turbans
Sikhs dispute NYPD policy banning beards, turbans
News Billy Rennison 8/10/2012 at 10:55AM

With police protecting gurdwaras throughout the city, Sikh worshippers replete with beard and turban will find no officers who look like them. Police policy prohibits headdresses, preventing many practicing Sikhs from joining the force. Officers in the NYPD must also keep their beards short. “For this past decade, especially since 9/11, [Sikhs] have been the [...]