More than 200 residents of Rochdale Village came to Holy Unity Baptist Church in Jamaica on Tuesday to air grievances with the apartment complex’s board of directors.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith addresses the audience at Majority Baptist Church in Jamaica on Aug. 14. Smith, former Councilman Leroy Comrie, left, and Munir Avery all are in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for the 14th Senate District.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s pending retrial on federal corruption charges were never very far from the surface during an Aug. 14 candidate forum for the 14th Senate District.
But the forum did give Smith (D-Hollis), former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery the opportunity for a freewheeling discussion on education, jobs, economic development, funding for the district and a host of issues that will be confronting the person sworn into office in January.
More than 200 residents gathered across the street from the Rochdale Village apartment complex on Tuesday night in an effort to rally their neighbors — and state officials — to make changes in governance and management.
Residents met in Holy Unity Baptist Church, saying the complex’s board of directors would not grant state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) permission to have it on the grounds.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith said last Thursday he will name names of those plotting to ruin him and other African-American officials in Southeast Queens via the criminal justice system when his retrial on federal corruption charges begins in January.
“Maldita Pared,” a photographic exhibition by Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Miller Gallery, on display June 6-July 26.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) on Wednesday accused state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of malicious prosecution, and said the AG’s office has placed him and others in danger by leaking false information that the councilmember wore a wire to aid investigations of other elected officials.
Wills, speaking at Maranatha Baptist Church in Queens Village with his lawyers, referred to a May 11 article in the New York Post, in which the paper quoted “very high sources” saying that Wills had worn a wire.
Members of Community Board 13 are expecting a look at revised plans for the proposed Indian Cultural and Community Center in the coming weeks as developers prepare for their next presentation to city officials.
Speaking on Monday night at Harvest Revival Full Gospel Baptist Church, CB 13 Land Use Committee Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht said the ICCC is scheduled to present updated plans to the city Board of Standards and Appeals in Manhattan on July 22.
Emily Lloyd, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, told a group of more than 200 people on Monday night that multiple means of combatting their chronic flooding problems have been deployed successfully, and that far more are coming.
(An open letter to Mayor de Blasio)
I am writing you on behalf our Public Advocate, Letitia James, with the need so severe for those who need help in our city, there is no doubt that her budget needs to be increased. It is utterly impossible for her to provide the kind of service needed in all five boroughs. She should really have a deputy in an office in each of the five boroughs of our great city.
Think back to when you were our public advocate. I am sure with all that you accomplished more could have been done had you had more resources and staff. With Tish looking at school co-location and breakfast for all students, her help to you on universal pre-K certainly gave some impetus that help to bring it about.
Mr. Mayor, please leave the horses alone and spend that energy in getting the budget for our public advocate increased so that she can become more effective in providing much-needed services to the people of the city that you love and she loves, as do we.
A written response to this meager request would be greatly appreciated. Continue your good work that you have started and don’t let the “horses” pull you in the wrong direction.
Mayor de Blasio announced last week his proposal to fix the trouble-plagued Build it Back program, as well as his own ideas for the city’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Strangled by red tape, Sandy victims and officials representing the hardest-hit areas have pushed the new administration since it took office Jan. 1 to overhaul the city’s flagship Sandy-response program, created by former Mayor Bloomberg last summer, and rife with problems.
Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg came under heavy criticism for his handling of the city school system in his final years in office.
But a gathering in South Jamaica last Friday, hosted by state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), showed that many parents and education advocates have similar or new concerns with the policies of Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo.
Members of Community Board 13 expressed some hope on Monday that their running battle with the Indian Cultural Community Center’s proposed apartment buildings has gained some ground.
Speaking Tuesday night at Maranatha Baptist Church in Queens Village, CB 13 Executive Secretary Jerry Wind said the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals had some pointed questions for ICCC representatives.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) joined charter school parents and advocates in Jamaica on Tuesday in what he said is an effort to dispel some rumors surrounding the charter movement.
“We want to make sure that all kids are educated, and that all are treated equally,” Meeks said on the steps of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church on Smith Street.
Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City, called education “the civil rights issue of today” at a Black History Month event in East Elmhurst’s First Baptist Church last Wednesday night. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) hosted the event and honored three African American community activists from his district.
McCray was born in 1954, the year the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, ruling segregated schools unconstitutional. She spoke of her parents’ “bold move” in sending her to schools where she was the only black student.
Washington heavyweights were among the more than 400 people on hand on Monday as the Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund held its 24th annual awards breakfast in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King.
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) both were on hand, as was Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau).
The first set of meetings between the groups leading the study of a proposed High Line-style park on the former Rockaway Beach rail corridor and the residents who live along the line started a little on the rocky side.
Before the conglomerate of organizations, led by urban park advocacy group The Trust for Public Land and the plan’s backers, Friends of the QueensWay, even began their short presentation in Woodhaven’s Emanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 12, they were shouted down by a handful of residents who thought the workshop was a public forum.
During a nearly three-hour Community Board 13 meeting held Monday night at Deliverance Baptist Church on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, several issues were presented, including a proposal to establish a community residential facility in Queens Village for six adult males with developmental disabilities.
The plan was voted down unanimously, with one abstention.
Construction will be delayed until next summer on a Queens housing complex that will be dedicated to grandparents and their grandchildren.
Pastor Victor Hall of the Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica is affiliated with the project slated for Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 112th Road.
After complaints from the Corona community and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), a billboard ad promoting a Flushing strip club, Roadhouse NYC, has been taken down.
Peralta called out the advertisement, displayed on top of New Hope Baptist Church, located at 105-13 Northern Blvd., for showing the image of a female whom he said appears to be a minor.
Department of Education representatives got an icy reception last Thursday from a crowd of more than 100 when they came to Jamaica to discuss co-locating schools next year in MS 72 and PS 40.
The DOE is pushing to locate a new middle school — MS 332, inside the existing MS 72 for the 2014-15 school year. Plans also call for a new PS 312 to be co-located inside of PS 40.
New York will be joining other states with its own healthcare exchange on Oct. 1.
The exchange is a type of online marketplace where insurance can be found for eligible individuals at a significant discount. Those on Medicaid will continue to receive those benefits, but for those who fit into that gray area — of not qualifying for Medicaid but not being able to afford full coverage healthcare — the exchange may be a feasible option.
The Queens College Choral Society, Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Queens College music building, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., room 246, Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 6-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 28, Sept. 11, 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:45 p.m. Call (718) 997-3818.
“Queens Surface” photography exhibition, through Aug. 28, weekdays, Flushing Queens Library, 41-17 Main St. Free. Information: Michelle Cheikin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (917) 669-0877.