State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) last week dismissed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) assertion about gender discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are simply not interested to become firefighters or aren’t fit for the job.
Savino made those comments in a Facebook post, moments after a City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice hearing, chaired by Crowley, grilled Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro about the lack of female representation in the department. The state senator dismissed Crowley’s claims that the FDNY is using “excessive testing” and rigorous exercises which cause women to drop out of the academy.
“Everyone seems to be against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer except the voters, especially black voters.”
The words spoken by Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, sent shock waves through the city’s Democratic circles on Aug. 14.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner has dropped from first place among likely Democratic primary voters in the race for mayor a week ago to fourth place today, following revelations that he continued carrying on sexually explicit online relationships after quitting Congress, according to a survey released July 29.
The latest poll from Quinnipiac University has City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) back in the lead in the Democratic primary, with the support of 27 percent of survey respondents, compared to 16 percent for Weiner. In between were Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, with 21 percent, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, with 20 percent. They were trailed by Comptroller John Liu at 6 percent and former Councilman Sal Albanese at 2 percent.
The names of six Democratic state Senators and a city councilman from Southeast Queens were among those contained Wednesday on a list of people who had their conversations with then-state Senator Shirley Huntley recorded by an FBI listening device in 2012.
Those on the list engaged in recorded conversations with Huntley in 2012.
The funding scandal involving former state Senator Shirley Huntley continues to ensnare those in disgraced lawmaker’s inner circle, with three of her codefendants, including her niece, pleading guilty Wednesday for their roles in the misappropriation of state money and a subsequent coverup attempt.
The guilty pleas were announced on Wednesday in a joint statement issued by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
State Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) today denied allegations that she is in any way connected to a fraud scheme perpetrated by disgraced lawmaker Shirley Huntley, who pleaded guilty last week to embezzling nearly $90,000 in taxpayer money.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
Seven candidates for the state Legislature dropped by St. John’s University on Tuesday for what amounted to a pop quiz from potential voters and future constituents.
The forum, held in the law school amphitheater, featured three pairings of opponents Nov. 6, including State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and Republican J.D. Kim in the 16th District; state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Republican Joseph Concannon in the 11th; and Abe Fuchs (R) and Nily Rozic (D), candidates running in the 25th Assembly District.
Despite her indictment on felony corruption charges, state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) still has the support of many powerful unions in the city, according to her campaign, which issued a press release touting their backing on Friday under the heading "Senator Shirley Huntley Bags Major Endorsements."
State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) was led into a Nassau police precinct wearing handcuffs Monday, after turning herself in to state investigators at the county DA’s office on corruption charges.
The lawmaker is accused of funneling public money to a bogus charity called the Parent Workshop that she founded with her niece and an aide, and then helping falsify a document to cover the tracks of the do-nothing nonprofit.
I just read about Lauren Whalen and her new political interest in the Tea Party (“Tea Party Patriots try to stir up races,” May 31, multiple editions). Ms. Whalen was quoted as saying that she “is not a fan of the president” because he doesn’t uphold the Constitution. And “Our government works best when there is less government.”
Ms. Whalen should have done her homework. I think she needs a heads up. She is supporting all Republicans — the very party that has initiated the purging of certain voters, mostly Hispanic and African Americans, from the rolls in the next presidential election. The very party that has legislated against the Fair Wages Act for women. The very party that has initiated legislation against a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body. The very party that votes against care for our veterans. I could go on and on, citing Republicans’ interfering with our Constitutional rights.
Take my word, Ms. Whalen is gearing up for a political run so she can become part of that “less government” she believes is beneficial to our country.
Is Ms. Whelan for the very wealthy to pay less than she does? Is she for doing the same job as her male counterpart and receiving less money? Is she for denying women who are raped or have their lives threatened in childbirth the right to make a choice to save their lives and not have an unwanted child?
The Tea Party has been a joke from the start. Ms. Whelan has brought that joke to our community.
The joke is that she stated that “almost anyone can join regardless of his or her party registration.” What does the “almost anyone” mean? Who cannot be a part of this nutty new group that has endorsed all Republicans?
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) this week introduced a resolution calling for city public schools to incorporate the history of the gay rights movement into their curriculum with a press conference Tuesday on the steps of City Hall.
Dromm said the curriculum should begin in kindergarten “as part of a natural discussion” that is not about sex, but rather that demonstrates people of different sexual orientations exist, have accomplished great things and deserve the same rights and respect as everyone else.
Let’s start off with the obvious. Located 360 miles northwest of Queens, Rochester is a great place to beat the heat of summer. Situated where the Genesee River meets Lake Ontario, Rochester’s Ontario Beach Park has been referred to as western New York State’s answer to Coney Island. Parking and admission to the beach are free. There is also a Dentzel carousel that is 105 years old and features wooden animals other than horses. A 19th-century calliope plays while the carousel rotates. After a fun day at the beach you can walk to one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Pier 45.
Seneca Park is a five-minute ride south of Ontario Beach. Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect who designed Central Park, performed his magic here as well with this leafy oasis. Like Central Park, the Seneca Park Zoo is a delightful small zoo that allows visitors to get very close to otters, ocelots, tigers, orangutans, and African penguins which are rarely seen in American zoos.
I love O’Neill’s
The National Council of Negro Women was the vision of educator and political leader Mary McLeod Bethune, who wanted to create an “organization of organizations” to represent the concerns of black women.
Longtime community leader Uma Sengupta is a hero to many. When she heard about an Indian man who was dying from pancreatic cancer and was in no condition to travel home to his country, she put up her home in India as collateral in order to get his family emergency visas so they could come to the United States and be with him.
As a professor of sociology at Queens College, Dr. Stephen Steinberg has before him an ideal laboratory to delve into his study of urban cultures and the role race plays in his diverse community.
Our water at risk
Senator Barack Obama’s campaign has missed some opportunities to connect with the Indian-American community, but interviews with residents and community leaders show that he is likely to receive the majority of the Sikh vote in Richmond Hill.