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June 2019

June 26th, 2019 - Where to Go to Watch the 2020 Democratic Primary Debates (NBC 4 New York)
For the first time, viewers will get an in-depth look at 20 of the 24 Democratic hopefuls that will look to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election, all on a national stage. All across New York City, there will be opportunities to converge to a number of different bars for watch parties to react (and drink) to the two-night debate, airing June 26-27 on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. The debate begins at 9:00 p.m. each night. [Read more]

June 22nd, 2019 - Chamber pushes 'Black Wealth 2020' initiative (Times Union)
ALBANY - An event Saturday kicked off the "Black Wealth 2020" initiative by the Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce, the fledgling body that's looking to expand wealth and economic opportunities in black communities throughout upstate. [Read more]

June 19th, 2019 - Upstate Black Chamber to host economic empowerment event Saturday (Times Union)
The Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce will hold an event Saturday to launch the Black Wealth 2020 initiative, which will promote increased black home and business ownership, and general wealth-building. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Metropolitan Baptist Church at 105 2nd St., Albany, will feature 10 speakers, including keynote speaker Assemblymember Michael Blake, an advocate of minority political and economic empowerment. [Read more]

June 7th, 2019 - Talk of the Town/Harlem (The New York CaribNews)
More than 200 guests attended Assemblywoman’s Inez Dickens Garden party fundraiser at her home on West 139 Street, Harlem. It was an enormous success. It was a celebration of Harlem and the evening’s honorees Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes, Rev. Reginald Lee Bachus, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Attorneys Xavier Donaldson and Anthony Chilliest and One Hundred Black Men, a cross section of elected and local business and civic leaders.
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June 4th, 2019 - Why ‘When They See Us’ brought me to tears and made me call my mother to thank her (The Grio)
I was only six at the time that the Central Park 5 case exploded in 1989. My mother likely shielded me from a lot of the news reports that seemingly pervaded every outlet in New York City back then. Now, at age 36, I’ve spent this past Sunday morning witnessing a different kind of worship experience, watching the final two episodes of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series, When They See Us. This is my testimony. [Read More]


May 2019

May 29th, 2019 - Blake, Congressional Candidate, Backs One Fair Wage At Edge of District (Norwood News)
Assemblyman Michael Blake is backing a state bill that would mandate the restaurant industry establish a living wage for restaurant workers that predominantly rely on customer tips to make ends meet. The bill has stalled in the Albany Legislature despite a pledge from Governor Andrew Cuomo to see look into it. A portion of Blake’s announcement saw him work as a waiter for an hour at Bronx Draft House on May 28, a move intended to underscore the difficulties of the serving trade. “There will be some impact to your bottom line,” said Blake should the bill pass. [Read More]

May 19th, 2019 - House Democratic primary already rumbling in the Bronx (CNN)
The 2020 Democratic primary, which already boasts more than 20 candidates, may seem tame compared to a House race in the Bronx.
A couple of months after veteran Rep. José Serrano announced he would retire in 2020, some Democrats in New York and Washington have grown worried that Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr., a 76-year-old, cowboy hat-wearing Pentecostal minister known for his constituent services and controversial statements on social issues, could be elected to Congress in a deep blue district next to one led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. [Read More]


April 2019

April 24th, 2019 - Breaking: Michael Blake Announces Run for the Serrano Vacancy (The Bronx Chronicle)
In a late-night email to suppporters, Morrisania assemblyman Michael Blake announced that he is indeed running for Congress in the South Bronx to replace retiring Rep. José Serrano. Blake’s entry follows CM Ruben Diaz Sr., who announced his candidacy earlier this month, and West Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres, who announced earlier this year before Serrano revealed that he has Parkinson’s disease and won’t seek re-election in 2020. He’s now the fifth candidate to announce and file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. [Read More]

April 24th, 2019 - Statement on FEC Filing
The Bronx, New York
 -- Today, Bronx Assembly Member Michael A. Blake filed the required paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission announcing his intention to run for New York’s 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. With exactly fourteen months until the primary election, Michael is uniquely qualified for this new role as a local organizer, former White House aide to President Obama, effective three-term Assembly Member and coalition builder. [Read More]