The Board of Trustees for the Queens Library placed CEO Tom Galante on administrative leave effective immediately on Sept. 11.
Chief Operating Officer Bridget Quinn-Carey was named interim CEO.
A group of 50 or so people erupted into cheers as the newly re-elected state Sen. Toby Stavisky stepped out of the elevator in the Good Kitchen restaurant on Tuesday.
“I’m sure all of you have heard by now, but if you haven’t heard, let me be the first to tell you Sen. Stavisky defeated her opponent by a landslide,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), said.
There were a lot of things the public and even city lawmakers wanted to hear from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when he sat before the City Council on Monday.
What is going to happen to the officer who allegedly killed Eric Garner? Is the NYPD racist? How will cops be trained to handle escalated situations without excessive force? What are you going to do?
Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer, left, and Rory Lancman, right, introduced two bills that could help reach Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal.
A bill that aims to “prohibit discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” by banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants will be the subject of a City Council hearing set for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall
The main sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in April and is being debated in the Civic Rights Committee, is Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). The legislation has 38 co-sponsors who have signed onto it; among them are several members of the Queens delegation: Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) and Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans).
It has been a long road in the fight for the residents of my district against the city and the nonprofit Samaritan Village’s proposal to convert the abandoned factory on Cooper Avenue into a homeless shelter for 125 families.
Despite clear opposition from the community, the city has moved forward with its plans and the proposed 5-year, $27 million contract with the Department of Homeless Services. Summer is over and plans are moving forward, but this is also the time civic associations and community boards reconvene, giving us an opportunity to band together even more so.
Defeating an incumbent state legislator is usually an uphill climb for any rookie challenger, especially when that incumbent has been in office for 15 years.
Community activist and former area education leader Dmytro Fedkowskyj believes that incumbent Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth), his opponent in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, not only can be beaten, but needs to be defeated for the betterment of the 30th District.
Ask what is at stake in the Sept. 9 primary for the 14th Senate District and most will say the political future of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Ask Smith, and he says what is at stake is the immediate and long-term future of funding, programs and representation for the people of Southeast Queens when Democrats go to the polls.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
With less than a week before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, the race for the 11th District State Senate seat couldn’t be hotter.
Facing off Tuesday will be the incumbent, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), and former city Comptroller John Liu.
Seeking to achieve in court what it could not get in arbitration, the United Federation of Teachers last week filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that teachers do not have to show their lesson plans to school administrators.
The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, grows out of an arbitrator’s ruling in May that while all teachers must create lesson plans, what they contain will be left up to them, according to multiple published reports. The arbitrator refused a union bid to also rule that principals and other supervisors would not even get to review the plans, prompting the suit.
Mayor de Blasio came to Queens on Monday, and his first stop was to the newly renovated Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens to promote one of his young administration’s latest education policies.
And it wasn’t universal prekindergarten
Events of recent weeks show that we New Yorkers have reason to be proud of our city, and of ourselves. That does not mean we don’t also have cause for concern.
A tragedy occurred July 17 on Staten Island when Eric Garner died, apparently of a heart attack, while resisting arrest for an alleged petty crime. Police and emergency service personnel stood idly by and let him die, when there was a chance he could have been saved.
The Rockaway Ferry may be slated to end in two months, but residents, civic leaders and elected officials from the peninsula are not yet defeated.
Supporters took their fight right to the steps of City Hall, as they have before when the service started after Hurricane Sandy was in jeopardy.
Bills to change the admissions criteria for the specialized high schools were defeated in the last state legislative session and won’t come up again until January when the next one starts. But that hasn’t stopped advocates on both sides of the issue from pushing their agendas, especially since election season is approaching.
The issue is especially hot in Queens, which sends more students (1,119) than any other borough to these high schools — Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Latin School, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Staten Island Tech — which currently require that admission is based on a single entrance exam, as mandated by the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts is the only specialized high school that does not require that students take the Specialized High School Admissions Test, but rather admits them through auditions.
Mayor de Blasio speaks at a recent NYPD event in Queens, joined by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, center, Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and Chief of Patrol James O’Neill, left. City Hall and 1 Police Plaza say they are sticking by their approach to crimefighting.
It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.
The monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association drew a high-energy crowd to the Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue Saturday morning.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.
On Nov. 9, all streets in New York City that do not have signs saying otherwise will have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Mayor de Blasio, Council members and civic leaders believe it will significantly reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries.
R abble-rousing tax cheat and reverend Al Sharpton, a man with blood on his hands from Brooklyn to the Bronx, cannot be allowed to dictate NYPD policy. Mayor de Blasio never should have given the race-baiting charlatan a seat on a dais between himself and Commissioner Bill Bratton to publicly discuss policing.
There’s some worry, well reported Tuesday by DNAinfo, that de Blasio will soon have to pick whose side he’s on: Bratton’s or Sharpton’s, the law or the lawless — and that he’s likely to go with Sharpton.
When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.
Others believe it is far more important.
The naming of new trustees to the Queens Library Board could begin any time now, according to Borough President Melinda Katz.
Eight vacancies were created on the 19-member board when Katz dismissed six members and Mayor de Blasio discharged two others on July 23 over their support for embattled library CEO Tom Galante.
More than 1,000 people, many of them victims of Hurricane Sandy, attended a meeting Tuesday night between city officials and more than a score of clergy with one demand — to make them whole again.
Faith in New York sponsored what it billed as a Sandy rebuilding summit at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica.
Civil rights organizations, including some who prodded the city to reduce the searching of individuals police deem suspicious, are now demanding the NYPD abandon the broken windows theory of crimefighting, which they say unfairly targets minorities — the same argument they made against stop and frisk.
The criticism against broken-windows policing — which involves strict enforcement of minor crimes in order to deter, prevent or uncover bigger ones — follows the death last week of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in police custody after resisting arrest. Garner was allegedly selling single cigarettes. Many, including Mayor de Blasio, said it appears as if one officer used an illegal chokehold on the overweight, asthmatic man, who told the police he couldn’t breathe before dying.