4 February 8, 2019 CITY VIEWS – that’s all you need to know By Ela Dutt N ewYork City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced 46 judicial appoint- ments for the NewYear, including one new appointment and two reappoint- ments of three Indian-Americans. All three are women judges. Judge Archana Rao was appointed by the Mayor to Civil Court and has been assigned to Criminal Court. She has spent her entire career so far with the NewYork County District Attorney’s Office working in several bureaus during her 17 year tenure there, is a new appointee, according to a press release from the Mayor’s office Jan. 31. She last served as Bureau Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau. She joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 2001. She was assigned to the trial division, where, in addition to prosecuting street crime cases, she served in the Domestic Violence Unit and theWelfare Fraud Unit, according to a bio on the AsianWomen in Business which had her on its list of “Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice: in 2013. In 2004, she was assigned to the Special Prosecutions Bureau where she handled a variety of investigations and prosecutions, including frauds involving mortgages, housing and securities as well as computer crimes. She eventually rose to become Bureau Chief. Judge Rao is a grad- uate of Vassar College and Fordham University School of Law. de Blasio reappointed Judge Raja Rajeswari who was the first Indian- American woman to be appointed as a Criminal Court Judge in April 2015. She was a career prosecutor for 16 years with the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. Her work primarily involved women and children, according to the website . Chennai-born Rajeswari immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and is an accomplished Bharathanatyam and Kucchipudi dancer. She speaks Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, and Sinhalease. Judge Rajeswari is a graduate of CUNY College of Staten Island and received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Judge Deepa Ambekar was reappointed to Civil Court. She was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in May 2018 and has been serving in Criminal Court. Prior to her appointment, Judge Ambekar served with the NewYork City Council as a Senior Legislative Attorney and Counsel to the Committee on Public Safety. In that position, Ambekar handled numerous responsibilities including analyzing feder- al, state, and local laws to provide legal and policy counsel to the Speaker on issues related to bail, summons reform, pre-trial incarceration, Rikers reform, and criminal justice issues, her LinkedIn profile details. Prior to that, she served as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, where she rep- resented more than 1,000 defendants fac- ing felony and misdemeanor charges. Judge Ambekar is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received her J.D. from Rutgers Law School. Judge Archana Rao Courtesy:AsianWomen in Judge Raja Rajeswari Courtesy:LinkedIn Judge Deepa Ambekar Courtesy:LinkedIn Three Indian-Americans Among 46 Judges Appointed And Reappointed In New York City By StaffWriter T wo Indian-origin students are in a team from University of Pennsylvania that won the 2019 YPrize for their plan to make catheters immune to deadly infections. This Jan. 28, students Tanvi Kapur from Germany, a senior at theWharton School, and junior Ishir Seth (of North Carolina), who is in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Science Management, beat out three other finalists at the Jan. 28, com- petition to win the $10,000 Y-Prize, which is awarded to four Penn undergraduates. Their team includes seniorWenTao Zhang, also from the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program, as well as Beatriz Go, a senior at UWharton and the School of Engineering and Applies Science. The team’s company, Nosoco Technologies, is also vying for the Penn Startup Challenge later this year if it meets that competition’s guidelines. Currently it is in the semi-finals for that Challenge. Kapur told PennToday that the Nosoco team had a personal reason for choosing to deal with the problem of catheters — Zhang’s great-grandfather died from com- plications of a catheter-related infection. “This is a huge problem in hospitals,” Kapur is quoted saying in the article. The Y-Prize, a collaboration between Penn Engineering, Wharton’sWilliam and Phyllis Mack Institute for Innovation Management, the PennWharton Entrepreneurship, and the Penn Center for Innovation. Teams like that of Kapur and Seth had to submit a video pitch explain- ing their idea and how they would make it a reality. Winners of the YPrize at University of Pennsylvania, Jan. 28. From left, Ishir Seth, Tanvi Kapur, Beatriz Go, WenTao Zhang. A UPenn Team Including Two Indian-Origin Students, Wins Prize For Research Michelle Eckert, By StaffWriter he first-ever Indian-American mayor of Hoboken, N.J., delivered his first State of the City address Jan. 29, at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Mayor Ravinder Bhalla has dis- tinguished himself with his very active grassroots social media approach to 21st Century governance. Calling his city the best place to live in the country, he dwelt on his achievements even as he presented a long-term vision that aims at dealing with daily lifestyle issues. He also recognized an Indian- American child with an award. “I’m biased, but Hoboken is the best place in America to call home,” Mayor Ravinder Bhalla asserted as he began his speech. His address focused on his three major priorities: a Vision Zero pedestrian safety campaign that would eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2030; water main upgrades that include $1.5 million dollars each year in proactive water main replace- ments, with $33 million in water main upgrades over a 15 year span; and Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan to mitigate the effects of climate change, a plan that calls for municipal operations to become net zero by 2025 and carbon neutral by 2035. The Mayor recognized two residents for their contributions to the community, one an Indian-American, Satya Singh, a 5 year old cancer survivor who has helped raise $500,000 with her mother and father for cancer research. She was honored as “Hoboken Girls’ 2018 Girl of the Year” for turning tragedy into triumph, the Mayor said. “We’re joined tonight by one of my favorite young people in Hoboken, Satya Singh,” the Mayor said, recounting the experiences of the five-year old, who was diagnosed four years ago. “Satya, with the strength of her mother, Raakhee and father, Agan, had to endure long hospital stays, hundreds of doctor visits, sleepless nights, and a six hour surgery to remove a tumor. She didn’t just beat back cancer, though. With the grace of God, Satya is now cancer free,” Mayor Bhalla noted. “Today, at the age of 5, she’s inspiring countless children across the country,” he said. Jack Silbert who runs a program called “Don’t dis – disabilities” was also honored at the event. The address also featured performances by the Hoboken High School Choir, and the Hoboken School’s Thespians Club. When he was sworn in a year ago, Bhalla said, “I envisioned a progressive, forward thinking, 21st century model of what urban living could look like. And I am proud to say we’ve made incredible progress towards achieving that vision.” Bhalla experienced hate speech during his campaign and after his victory, and one of his first acts on coming into office was to sign an Executive Order declaring Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Ravinder Bhalla giving his first State of the City address Jan. 29. Mayor’s Office Mayor Of Hoboken, N.J., Criticizes Washington, Says His City Best In Country T