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In November, Queens voters sent four new members of their City Council delegation to City Hall. They replaced members who had key positions in previous Council sessions.
When the four new lawmakers — Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) — received their committee assignments last week, they all found themselves in different levels of power.
Despite the brutal race for City Council Speaker that left the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party at odds with Mayor de Blasio and the ultimate winner, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the borough was not left out when key committee chairs and other powerful posts were doled out Wednesday.
In fact, it will be a Queens member, second-term Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who will be the new majority leader, the second most powerful job in the body and second-in-command to Mark-Viverito.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
School bus drivers and patrons marched outside Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1811’s office on Woodhaven Boulevard in Ozone Park last Thursday.
School bus drivers and patrons took to the picket lines last Thursday.
But this time, they weren’t protesting the city or the bus companies; the target of their ire was their union.
Transit union leader Daneek Miller topped a crowded Democratic field on Tuesday night, taking the party’s nomination for the 27th District Council seat now held by Councilman Leroy Comrie.
Unofficial totals posted by the Board of Elections on Wednesday had Miller atop the six-candidate field with 24.35 percent of the vote.
Say this about the battle to replace Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) in City Hall — voters will not lack for choices in the Sept. 10 primary.
Comrie, the popular dean of the Queens delegation, is being forced out after 12 years by term limits. And while there has been rampant speculation about the Councilman’s future ranging from Borough Hall to the state Senate, the battle to replace him has been one of the most hotly contested ones in the city.
I write to support overriding the mayor’s veto of two important pieces of legislation important to our community and city — the bills known as the Community Safety Act. I joined a rally of concerned Council members, justice advocates and residents July 18 to make clear my support and help push back against the tremendous pressure being put on courageous Council members who put their constituents, justice and public safety first.
When race or ethnicity is the determining factor to question or arrest an individual, society sends the wrong message. In knocking on thousands of doors in, and campaigning throughout, Council District 27, covering all or part of Addisleigh Park, Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, Queens Village and St. Albans, I found that young people of color made clear the devastating impact that profiling inflicts on them. The practice should be illegal.
No New Yorker should be singled out because of his or her ethnicity; these bad contacts only widen the divide of distrust between police and the communities they serve. The then-New York attorney general’s 2001 report confirmed that the NYPD applied “stop and frisk” tactics more ag
gressively and broadly to African Americans and Latinos than to whites.
The police commissioner must be held accountable to the law’s reporting requirements and its ban on profiling.
As a community and labor activist, president of Amalgamated Transportation Union Local No. 1056, which represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit’s Queens Bus Division, co-chairman of the MTA Labor Coalition of 29 unions and more than 60,000 workers, and a longtime southeast Queens resident, who has worked with our community’s young people including as a co-founder of Brothers Unlimited, which assists families in need, and as a mentor with United Black Men of Queens and Life Camp, I know our community needs this reform.
That’s why I support the Community Safety Act and advocate overriding the mayor’s veto.
The writer is a candidate for City Council in the 27th District.
Democrats running for the City Council in the 27th District have their differences on some aspects of education.
But all said they believe in having more local control over instruction and curriculum in a candidate forum held Monday night at the Campus Magnet Educational Complex in Cambria Heights.
I. Daneek Miller, head of the union that represents NYC Transit’s bus drivers and mechanics in Queens, has announced his candidacy for the City Council in the 27th District.
Miller, 51, is president of Amalgamated Transportation Union Local No. 1056, and is co-chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Labor Coalition, which represents 29 unions and 60,000 workers.
“We pledge, if elected, to revisit the school bus transportation system and contracts and take effective action to insure that the important job security, wages and benefits of your members are protected within the bidding process, while at the same time are fiscally responsible for taxpayers.”
So said five Democratic candidates for mayor — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and former Councilman Sal Albanese — in a letter that urged Amalgamated Transit Union 1181 to end the school bus strike it had inflicted on the city for five weeks.
“As Local 1181 has always said, our top priority is the safe transport to and from school of our City’s children. With that in mind, our Executive Board voted earlier this afternoon to suspend the five week strike, and return to work on Wednesday, February 20t
Washington may soon intervene in the school bus strike that has left parents of about 150,000 New York City school children scrambling for alternative transportation since last week.
The National Labor Relations Board has stepped into the dispute that is pitting the Bloomberg administration against more than 7,000 school bus drivers.
Workers of the world — give us a break.
On Wednesday the already hard-pressed families of Queens and the rest of New York City had yet another unnecessary burden placed upon them when school bus drivers and aides with Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union went on strike.
More than 150,000 city children were looking for rides to school this week.
A yellow school bus driver union representing roughly 9,000 drivers called a strike starting Wednesday over the city’s plan to bid more than 1,000 routes, but not include provisions in the bid contracts that protect the jobs of current employees.
Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 and their supporters picket outside a Ridgewood bus depot Wednesday morning, as a strike called over employee protection provisions leaves 152,000 students without their usual ride to school.
A potential strike by school bus drivers has become almost an inevitability, Mayor Bloomberg is warning, and the city is preparing a contingency plan for the more than 100,000 students who would be
Yellow school bus drivers were still on the job as of Wednesday, but the threat of a strike remained alive.
Mayor Bloomberg announced late last month that school bus drivers could strike at any time because of an ongoing dispute between the city and the bus drivers’ union — Ozone Park-based Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 — over the bidding of about 1,100 routes. The city has opted to bid the routes for the first time in over 30 years in order to save money. The Department of Education says it costs taxpayers nearly $7,000 per student for bus service, which is more than twice what is spent on busing in other large school districts.
Five bus lines in Queens that were trimmed or eliminated because of budgetary concerns in 2010 were reinstated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week.
The routes were among 17 restored citywide on either Jan. 6 or 7.
New York City schoolchildren may need a ride to school in January.
The union representing the city’s school bus drivers is threatening a strike after the holidays.
New York City schoolchildren may need a ride to school in January.
With four separate options under consideration, the prospect of a fare increase from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this coming March seems assured.
Still, most of the nearly 20 people who attended a public hearing on the matter in Flushing last Thursday implored the MTA to continue seeking another way to raise the $450 million that the authority says it needs to balance its books in the coming year.
Vandalism to property, noise and cars parking in front of fire hydrants were among the topics discussed at the Monday evening meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach.
Joann Ariola, co-president of the alliance, said teenagers were hanging out in some of the Lindenwood condominium courtyards, “causing havoc.”
City officials said a possible union strike by yellow school bus drivers could leave more than 150,000 students throughout the city, including in Queens, scrambling to find other ways to get to class.
Union leaders, however, said a strike is not imminent.
A possible union strike by yellow school bus drivers may soon leave more than 150,000 students throughout the city, including in Queens, scrambling to find other ways to get to class, Mayor Bloomberg and other city leaders said on Friday.