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Indian American NYU Senior Chetan Hebbur is running for New York City Council

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Chetan Hebbur, a senior at NYU, has announced his candidacy for New York’s City Council.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Chetan Hebbur is giving professional politics the old college try. The 21-year-old New York University senior wants to succeed  Rosie Mendez, who is bound by the council’s term limits.

If he wins, the Democrat would tie former Bronx councilman Joel Rivera for the title of youngest city lawmaker in the history of the Big Apple. Rivera was 22 years old when he was elected in 2001.

Hebbur is relying heavily upon on his fellow NYU students to secure his position on the ballot to represent the East Village, Lower East Side and Murray Hill.

“You only need a tiny slice of the pie and there are 50,000 students at NYU,” he told the New York Post. 

A math and economics major, Hebbur also works full time as a marketing consultant at an advisory firm. The Dallas native has dubbed his efforts as, “anti-campaign.”

“I plan to do things a little differently and create change,” he said.

He hopes to harness the anger of NYU students towards President Donald Trump and transform it into a movement.

“I want to get my peers on the same page and actively make a difference in our community,” he said.

Hebbur plans to use the internet and social media to encourage more government transparency. He hopes to launch an online portal where residents can vote on policy proposals, and one which will allow him to measure local support for every piece of legislature that flows through the City Council.

He’s chastised the current council for proposing progressive policies but not implementing them.

Hebbur cited New York City’s Save a Life, Carry Naloxone campaign, which promised expansion of access to the life-saving overdose anecdote to 700 pharmacies. “I went to 12 local Walgreens asking about it, but no one knew what I was talking about,” he said.

He’s aware the electorate might be turned off by his age and cast him out as a candidate too green to hold office. Hebbur thinks his age is irrelevant to the job.

“My message can resonate with people of all ages and even party affiliations.”

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87. She was the oldest sitting member of the court. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman named to the Supreme Court. A cultural and feminist icon, Ginsburg was appointed to the Court by President Bill Clinton, and her passing will set off a showdown in the coming weeks before the November election. In a message left this week as her health waned, Ginsburg said “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced said the Senate will conduct a vote to replace her and President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the seat in the coming days.

An Indian American doctor filed a federal lawsuit against the Aurora, Colorado police department after one of their police officers pointed a gun at him on his own property while he was trying to park his car. The incident was captured on video. The officer, Justin Henderson, has been suspended for 40 hours without pay and will be required to attend de-escalation training. 45 year old Dr. Paramjit Parmar, who is known in Aurora for his aid to refugees, believes race affected how he was treated and said Henderson’s punishment is “terribly inadequate.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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