Stephon Johnson has been a staff writer for the Amsterdam News since 2009 where he covers news, politics, union issues, art & entertainment and sports. Beginning as a stringer in 2007, he's covered events as diverse as the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium and Occupy Wall Street rallies in lower Manhattan's Financial District. Johnson was born and raised in The Bronx and currently calls Queens home.
Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the Digital.NYC Five-Borough Tour with the goal of introducing New Yorkers to the hub of the city’s tech ecosystem known as Digital.NYC.
Given the current socially, politically and racially charged climate, it shouldn’t have surprised a soul that this year’s May Day rally in Manhattan took on more of an edge.
New York City firefighters are looking to restore disability pay for new hires that was lost under the previous state governor.
Across the country, fast-food workers walked off their jobs in a display of solidarity and how far they will go for a living wage.
Last week, a group made up of nearly 60 organizations sent a letter to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the council itself to oppose their proposal to add 1,100 police officers to the New York Police Department’s headcount.
A new report by the National Employment Law Project concluded that 42 percent of workers in the United States are paid less than $15 an hour.
Participatory budget week begins in New York City, with residents getting to determine what capital project would most improve their neighborhoods.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Julie Menin to be the commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, he had two main goals: reduce fines for businesses and educate New Yorkers about their consumer rights.
Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced that Guy Mitchell, who had been serving as an assistant state attorney general in charge of the Harlem-Bronx Regional Office, had been appointed as a criminal court judge.
Feb. 4, New York Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx became the first African-American Assembly speaker in the state’s history.