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September 2019

September 8, 2019 - Minority and Women Owned Businesses in New York (NY1)

On Cheryl Willis’ In Focus, Assemblyman Blake will speaks about help from the state, and new legislation designed to help more women and minorities get the information they need to keep their business solvent. [Watch here and here]

September 8, 2019 - Running for Congress is getting a lot riskier for state lawmakers

Michael Blake said he did take into consideration the fact that losing a congressional primary will mean losing his position as an elected official, but he ultimately decided the risk was worth it. [Read more]

August 2019

August 15, 2019 - Charge ’em out: Trump administration looks to make immigrant life harder (Amsterdam News)

Michael Blake condemns President Trump’s new discriminatory “public charge” policy, which makes it more difficult for certain low-income immigrants to obtain temporary visas or permanent residence. [Read more]

August 11, 2019 - Thousands celebrate Dominican Pride at Dominican Day Parade

“At the end of the day, this is about the Dominican community,” said New York State Assemblyman Michael Blake. “No matter what party you come from, no matter what background, we’re celebrating our Dominican community today.” [Read more]

August 9, 2019 - Ready for a Fight (Daytona Times)

Michael Blake, vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, delivered a fiery message at the Volusia County Democratic Black Caucus’ Second Annual Black & Blue Gala on Aug. 3. [Read more]

August 8, 2019 - Bronx Congressional Rivals Tell Mark - Viverito: Stay Home (The City)

“I am from The Bronx, she is not. I live in The Bronx, she does not,” said Assemblymember Michael Blake [Read more]

August 7, 2019 - Michael Blake Discusses His Bid for a Bronx Congressional Seat (NY 1)

Michael Blake joined Errol Louis to discuss his campaign to represent the Bronx in Congress. [Watch now]

August 3, 2019 - Blake Hosts Memorial Basketball Game (BronxNet)

Assemblyman Michael Blake endorsed a basketball game at Bronxchester Meadows. [Read more]

July 2019

July 31, 2019 - OPEN: Democratic Presidential Debates with Michael Blake (BronxNet)

Host Daren Jaime discusses the first round of Democratic Presidential Debates in Detroit with DNC Vice Chair and Assemblyman Michael Blake. [Watch now]

July 28, 2019 - Fmr. Obama Staffer: "Enough is enough" - (MSNBC)

Almost 150 former Obama White House staffers pen an op-ed condemning President Trump’s “racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia”. One of those staffers, Michael Blake, discusses with MSNBC’s David Gura. [Watch now]

July 27, 2019 - CNN's Victor Blackwell offers an emotional response to Trump's racist Baltimore tweets (Mashable)

Michael Blake responds to CNN’s Victor Blackwell’s emotional response to President Trump’s mean-spirited and racist attack on Congressman Elijah Cummings and the West Baltimore district he represents. [Read more]

July 26, 2019 - Op-ed: We are African Americans, we are patriots, and we refuse to sit idly by (Washington Post)

Michael Blake, an alum of the Obama Administration, co-wrote an op-ed which was co-signed by a total of 149 African Americans who served in the Obama administration. [Read more]

July 22, 2019 - Power & Politics: Assemblyman Michael Blake (News 12)

Assemblymember Michael Blake stops by the News 12 studio to talk about justice, housing, running for congress and much more. [Watch now]

July 17, 2019 - OPEN: Assemblyman Michael Blake: Candidate For Congress D-15 (BronxNet)

Open host Veronica Guity sits down with Michael Blake to discuss his candidacy for Congress D-15, Bronx District 15, his issues and more. [Watch now]

July 17, 2019 - Diaz Sr. Favors Keeping Rikers Island Open, Will Vote Against Neighborhood Jail Plan (Norwood News)

Coming out ahead of Diaz and Torres on the borough-based plan, and where they stood on it, is Michael Blake, another contender for the congressional seat, who came out against the plan last year, well before he announced a run for Congress. [Read more]

July 16, 2019 - Citi Bike Expanding to the Bronx Six Years After New York Launch (Wall Street Journal)

Michael Blake says the expansion will finally provide necessary access to residents between transportation hubs within the borough. [Read more]

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]