City Council debates ‘community media’ and BSA records


As upper-class New Yorkers fled New York City last spring, many others had no choice but to stay, work and hope for the best. Many of them had only their local ethnic media outlet to turn to for guidance and support. 

Whether Spanish, Bangladeshi, Chinese, or Mexican, these outlets were crucial in many neighborhoods. Now Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is sponsoring a bill to support these outlets with half of the city’s advertising budget, keeping ethnic, non-English-speaking communities informed while at the same time giving ad revenue to local newspapers that are, more often than not, free.