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Forty-seven million Americans, including approximately one million in Queens, are now seeing a reduction in food stamp benefits, after a temporary boost implemented by the 2009 stimulus package expired.
Half of those in Queens who depend on the program are children, according to the social service organization The River Fund, which is based in Richmond Hill.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
The lengthy government shutdown isn’t just wreaking havoc in the halls of Congress; it is also the root cause of much angst and confusion among citizens across the country, including Queens. Unfortunately, borough residents of all ages already have begun feeling the impacts from the latest episode of Washington gridlock.
While politicians battle on Capitol Hill as the shutdown enters its second week, many Queens residents have been left wondering how the federal chaos will affect them.
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.
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, left, Executive Director for the New York City Coalition Against Hunger Joel Berg, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney spoke out against looming cuts to food stamps at the Hour Children Food Pantry in Long Island City. Van Bramer’s media and public policy director Jason Banrey held the megaphone for part of the event.
Democratic politicians gathered at Hour Children Food Pantry in Long Island City on Monday to denounce a proposal by Republicans in the House to cut $40 billion over 10 years to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps.
This plan, if passed in the House and the Senate and then is OK’d by the president, would be on top of decreases that are already happening on Nov. 1.
The opinions of Queens’ federal lawmakers on whether the United States should launch an attack on Syria in response to its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians run the gamut.
Some support the action, at least one is opposed, at least one admits he is undecided and several of the others issued varying statements before President Obama announced that he would seek congressional authorization for military action last Friday.
De Blasio, Lhota at top in latest mayoral primary poll results
With primary elections now less than a week away, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has widened his lead over the other Democrats running for mayor while former Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota remains the favorite of Republicans, according to the latest survey.
The United States should not rashly attack Syria over its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons, and President Obama should ask Congress to approve any strike on the country before launching one, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) said in a statement issued Friday.
Maloney’s statement appears to be the first released by any of Queens’ federal representatives on the possibility of the United States launching air strikes against Syria.
Jackson Heights and Astoria have just named streets after inspiring members of their communities.
The corner of 73rd Street and 34th Avenue will now be known as Mary Sarro Way after the LGBT rights supporter, district manager of Community Board 3, where she served from 1977 until 1996, and founder or supporter of many organizations such as the 82nd Street Business Improvement District and the neighborhood’s designated precinct, the 115th.
In the race for public advocate, Reshma Saujani says she’s the candidate of the underserved, the downtrodden, those who don’t have a strong voice in the political process already.
They may be immigrants, legal or not. They may be women who still face glass ceilings. They may be small business owners, taxed by the city both through actual taxes and excessive fines. They may be young residents of minority communities who do not believe the police are the good guys.
The entire Queens delegation in Congress, along with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have signed a letter urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to create a regional Airport Advisory Committee.
The Port Authority operates John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in Queens, and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey along with smaller regional fields.
Astoria Performing Arts Center Executive Director Taryn Sacramone will step down from her position to join the Queens Theatre as managing director.
Sacramone, who began at APAC in August 2005, helped the organization increase its budget fourfold and expand programming to include an after school playwriting program at IS 10 and a performance program for senior citizens.
Councilman and borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), left, enjoying the fireworks show with his father, former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., his mother, Tena, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens).
Supreme Court backs same-sex marriage benefits
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a major provision of the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, cheering supporters of same-sex marriage nationwide.
Steinway Family Dental Center in Astoria recently celebrated their first anniversary. The turnout for the celebration was well received and some of the special guests included Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., a representative from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s office and a representative from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office. Festivities included live music, refreshments and tours of the facility.
Steinway Family Dental Center opened at its present location at 32-50 Steinway St. on June 20, 2012. Since then they have realized their dream to expand service of Steinway Family Dental Center LLP.
Queens Democrats threw their support behind three women for top offices up for election this year, including Christine Quinn, left, for mayor, Melinda Katz for borough president and Reshma Saujani, who ran an unsuccessful primary challenge against Rep. Carolyn Maloney in 2010, for public advocate.
Community Board 1 unanimously supported rezoning and special permit approvals sought by the company looking to build 11 residential buildings on the Astoria peninsula mostly occupied by the Astoria Houses.
Residents of these projects and other neighbors filled the Tuesday night meeting, all backing the project that would add parks and a supermarket to the desolate, run down area with a few requests and questions.
Repairing the seawall in Queensbridge Park has been talked about for well over a decade. Last Friday those plans came to fruition when politicians, the Parks Department and dedicated neighborhood advocates dipped their symbolic golden shovels into a pre-dug pile of dirt to commence construction.
The $6.65 million project will raise the crumbling seawall separating the park from the East River in the most northern section of Long Island City across from the Queensbridge Houses. Plans also call for a 6-foot-wide promenade with benches, plantings and a small wharf at its northern end.
Now it’s back to regularly scheduled programming.
Late Monday afternoon Chancellor Dennis Walcott agreed to withdraw the Department of Education’s proposal to downsize the highly ranked middle school Gifted and Talented program at Astoria’s PS 122.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney said she received four threatening phone calls at her Upper East Side office urging her to halt plans aimed at further regulating the licensing and distribution of firearms.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) said she received four phone calls at her office on the Upper East Side on April 2 threatening to kill her if she continued supporting gun control legislation.
The suspect who called her office referenced a bill Maloney sponsored on March 21, the Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2013, which would require all gun owners to secure liability insurance and impose other regulations.
We have repeated mass murders even where there are guns available and people trained to use them, some examples are:
• The President Reagan assassination attempt in 1981, where three others were shot and wounded and where Reagan’s press secretary, Jim Brady, was shot in the head;
• At the Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 (15 people killed, 23 wounded), where armed guards were present;
• At Virginia Tech in 2007 (32 people killed, 17 wounded), where an armed police force was on duty;
• The Fort Hood shooting on November 5, 2009, where in the course of the shooting, a single gunman killed 13 people and wounded 29 others.
What could have prevented the 2011 Tucson, Ariz. shooting where U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot during a constituent meeting held in a supermarket parking lot and six people died?
What could have prevented the mass shooting that occurred on July 20, 2012 at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed and 58 others injured ?
We should not ignore that the key to gun safety is regulating the guns.
The Second Amendment is not under attack, it has never been under attack.
We do not ignore car safety, saying cars do not kill people, drivers do.
The solution is better gun control.
First, Congress should pass the Fix Gun Checks Act, which would close the “private sale loophole.” It would require every gun buyer to pass a background check.
Second, it is time to pass an enforceable and effective assault weapons ban. A previous ban expired in 2004, and even though President Bush supported reinstating it, Congress never acted. Congress should also ban the high-capacity magazines that have been used again and again in many mass shootings.
Third, the president and Congress should work together to make gun trafficking a felony — as Sen. Gillibrand, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and others have proposed.
Let’s stand together for the kids and teachers of Newtown and the Americans who die from senseless gun violence on a daily basis in our country perpetrated by people with unregulated access to guns, tools designed to kill.
The Waterfront Crab House at 2-03 Borden Ave., which serves up inexpensive and delicious bowls of clam chowder and has papered its walls with boxing memorabilia, plans to reopen in February after being devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The restaurant, which opened for the first time in 1977, filled with about 7 feet of water when the storm hit on Oct. 29 and has been closed ever since.
Those in the know will be helping small businesses and homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy fill out somewhat daunting paperwork in Long Island City next Monday and Tuesday.
“The federal forms can look a little scary,” said Alana Chavez with the U.S. Small Business Administration, which has an office in the LaGuardia Community College Campus at 30-20 Thomson Ave., Suite B-A02.