Close to $5 million has been allocated to the revamping of the Cross Bay Bridge’s infrastructure and electronic equipment that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced last Thursday.
“Superstorm Sandy damaged Rockaway’s critical infrastructure like the Cross Bay Bridge, which connects the community with the rest of Queens and beyond,” Schumer said in a written statement. “I am pleased to announce $4.7 million in FEMA funding which will help repair and protect the Cross Bay Bridge in the event of a future storm.”
Re “No to shopping bag fees,” Editorial, Nov. 20:
Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan), in order to reduce the use of plastic bags, have suggested that charging 10 cents a bag would “incentivize” customers to become more environmentally conscious. Who asked them to make me environmentally conscious?
Plastic bags, now considered an environmental problem, were introduced when other politicians called a halt to paper bags in order to save the trees.
If this bill passes, New Yorkers will not only be paying 10 cents for every plastic bag, they’ll be paying the nonprofit distributors of the reusable ones, once the New York City cow is available to be milked. There isn’t a nonprofit organization in New York that isn’t subsidized by city taxes. A new boondoggle will have been created.
Lander, Chin and Councilman Donovan Richards argue that the 10-cent fee on each bag makes sense. To whom? Remember all the sense Obamacare made? Why should small businesses keep the 10-cent fee? When did New Yorkers agree to subsidize small businessmen? They also say it’s been shown that consu
mers don’t shop less when fees are enacted. Why would they shop less? You still have to buy the same amount of food. And health officials say reusable bags need to be washed if they’re not to incubate germs from leaking meat and other containers. Extra work, anyone?
Taxes and fees are becoming prohibitive in New York. Our councilmen should be seeking ways to lower, not to add to them.
In California, farmers are suffering from drought. The EPA cut off their water in order to save a snail on the edge of extinction. Unemployed people and farms no longer producing are OK, as long as the snail survives.
What we need is a law that requires politicians to give their ideas a trial run before inflicting them on the public, and then telling us how much sense they make.
Like Sen. Chuck Schumer, who pushed Obamacare on what Jonathan Gruber, the law’s chief architect, called “the stupidity of the American voters,” before anyone even read it, Lander, Chin and Richards should find something more worthy of their genius to occupy their minds.
Have they tried Tiddly Winks?
Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the FAA and OMB to clarify how drones may be flown near major airport
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Sunday called on the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Management and Budget to develop a strict policy on the use of unmanned drones near major airports, after pilots have reported almost crashing into them.
“With the three recent incidents of drones flying dangerously close to planes at New York’s JFK Airport, it’s clear that commercial drone use has crossed over from unregulated to potentially deadly,” Schumer said in a written statement.
I would take exception to Janice Wijnen’s criticism of Chuck Schumer and his pals (“Schumer’s no help,” Letters, Oct. 23). We need him as a daily reminder of what is wrong with government and the fictions that we have a representative government, or a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and that citizenship has any real meaning, since illegal aliens now enjoy much of the same rights as citizens (more coming). You would not take the label off a bottle of poison, would you?
The start of reform must come with term limits. Two four-year terms are enough for senators. If they cannot steal enough money in eight years, they do not deserve to be in office.
Re: “With eye on terror, Schumer seeks fed law on trespassing” (Quick Hits, Oct. 16).
Ebola is arriving at our airports daily (three patients have already been identified as such) from West Africa and the first, a Liberian named Duncan, died in Texas. His nephew is now suing the U.S. for discrimination. His uncle wasn’t treated properly, it seems, because he was black. Duncan, it seems, lied to get out of Liberia, lied again to get into the U.S. regarding his condition and cost the U.S. taxpayer $500,000 for his medical bill. Obama might as well have placed a sign at all U.S. entry points saying “the streets of America are paved with gold … come and get it.”
In response to Ebola and enterovirus D68, which has already killed one child and sent hundreds of others to hospitals, our senior senator, Chuck Schumer, has once again risen to the challenge of keeping New Yorkers safe.
Our Mexican border is open to illegal aliens bringing in diseases the U.S. made obsolete generations ago and who knows how many Muslim terrorists and members of ISIS along with them. So Schumer just announced a bill that would make putting a flag up on the Brooklyn Bridge or new World Trade Center a
federal crime. Five years in prison, he claims, should send a message to such “wrongdoers” and “pranksters.” Meanwhile, illegal alien prisoners due to be deported were freed from federal prisons because the government claimed it couldn’t afford to keep them.
What Schumer is in effect saying is if you illegally cross our borders, rob, rape, run over or kill Americans, you get a free ride, but if you climb up “critical infrastructure” while the watchman is asleep on the job and plant a flag, you’ll get five years in prison. Trespassing on “critical infrastructure” is a serious matter. The NYPD’s John Miller agrees.
The people of New York can rest easier tonight knowing Chuck Schumer is looking after them. What would New York do without him? I don’t know, but it sure would be nice to find out.
At the 9/11 Remembrance held at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps last week, Vietnam veterans, firefighters, EMTs, elected officials and Auxiliary Police stood, saluted, and silently watched as Boy Scout Troop 106, the same unit Richard Pearlman belonged to, lowered the American flag.
Richard Pearlman, an 18-year-old EMS volunteer from the FHVAC, was at Police Plaza when the planes struck. The last photograph of him shows him helping a bloodied woman out of the World Trade Center.
2013 elections show the campaign finance law works, study says
Like U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, and many others, we’d be thrilled to see New York host the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But unlike Schumer, we’re not pitching for the delegates to stay in Manhattan hotels and take a lower East River bridge or subway line to the Barclays. We say, stay in Queens!
When it comes to rights of the disabled, the United States has been at the forefront. With the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, passed more than 20 years ago now, this nation has proudly ensured more equitable and dignified treatment of 57 million Americans — including many residents here in Queens County.
But a notable blemish remains on our record: The United States has failed to step up to the plate as a true global leader on the issue, and help ensure the rights of disabled Americans as they work and travel overseas. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a treaty that enshrines the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities the world over.
Right now, we have a chance to make it right. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is debating the treaty again right now. And it’s up to every senator, including our own Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to make sure it gets to the floor — and passes. In December 2012, the last time the Senate voted on this treaty, it failed to reach the required two-thirds majority by five votes — Yeas 61, Nays 38.
The Disabilities Treaty calls upon countries to ensure equal treatment and equal access to justice, healthcare, education, and employment for all persons with disabilities. This convention sets a standard, one that resembles our own standards here in the U.S., worldwide to create legislation or improve upon current laws.
The treaty is a common-sense document, yet the U.S. is in a minority of nations which have not ratified the treaty, keeping company with countries like North Korea, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, many of our key allies — like the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy and South Korea — are among the 147 other nations who have already formally joined the CPRD.
The Senate should support the equality of people with disabilities worldwide by giving its consent to this treaty.
As if Queens residents don’t have enough to worry about with those pesky mosquitoes who carry West Nile virus, now there’s another virus also spread by the insects that’s heading our way and there’s no cure.
But not to fear. The chikungunya virus is not deadly, although it can be very painful, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
I’ve recently returned from Washington, DC, where I met with Rep. Grace Meng and staff members in the offices of Rep. Gregory Meeks, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer about issues that may seem far from home, but are near and dear to core American values.
One of them is the vital importance of supporting United Nations peacekeeping operations, particularly in nations like the Central African Republic — a country teetering on the brink of genocide. UN peacekeepers are desperately needed there — and in other volatile and terror-plagued nations around the globe — to restore law and order and save countless lives.
Fortunately, the UN Security Council, with support from the United States, has approved a robust peacekeeping mission in CAR. But currently, the U.S. is in the red on its UN peacekeeping dues, and this year’s federal budget underfunds UN peacekeeping by $350 million. During our meeting, I urged Ms. Meng and, through their staff, the other legislators to address this growing concern and provide full support for peacekeeping funding.
I am not alone in this conviction — a recent bipartisan poll found that two-thirds of Americans support full and timely payment of UN dues, including for peacekeeping operations. That includes Americans like me and hundreds of others who traveled to Washington for the annual meeting of the United Nations Association of the USA, an organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and work of the UN.
As our representatives consider the fiscal year 2015 spending bill, we must fully fund all peacekeeping needs, including this newest mission in CAR.
Police will carry an antidote for heroin overdose victims
Nearly 20,000 police officers across the city will soon be equipped with a substance known to reverse heroin overdoses instantly.
Re Your April 24 editorial, “NY must get all its Sandy funding”:
Who would have believed that money allocated to Sandy’s victims is now being diverted to victims of mudslides in Washington state and tornadoes in Missouri? Our country, it seems, is now so broke the Department of Housing and Urban Development will seek to award the funds to whomever competes and wins the contest: “How to improve your region’s ability to withstand future disasters!”
Would that be a composition of 300 words? — using only green products? — have to show how illegal aliens will be housed and supported? As Jeb Bush said, “These people came here out of love for their families.” They’re more like heroes, not criminals.
Lest we forget, Gov. Cuomo was the head of HUD when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac died, taking the U.S. economy with them; and Chuck Schumer, who will now “fight to ensure Sandy’s victims that New York’s needs are met,” helped destroy them by forcing banks to give loans to peopl
e for houses they couldn’t afford to buy. Schumer, on being told Americans didn’t want Obamacare (from which he and all senators are exempt), said, “Americans are going to get Obamacare whether they like it or not.” He and Carl Levin pressured the IRS not just to harass organizations with the words “freedom,” “Tea Party” and “Israel” in them, but to prosecute them for any reason they could find.
It is possible that our senior senator — who on a recent flight asked a stewardess who didn’t show him the proper deference, “Do you know who I am?” — didn’t know that Obama (as he did with Obamacare) changed the terms for the $3.5 billion allotted to Sandy’s victims and would now split the money three ways? Or more, depending on how many more disasters come up.
New Yorkers know who Schumer is and should know who Obama is by now. Does the name Gillibrand sound familiar? It should, she’s the other Democratic senator who never did anything for New York.
Where did the $17 trillion go? Some went to wind machines that only produce energy when the wind blows and now kill bald eagles in Nevada and some went to contractors and companies partially owned by George Soros, in Spain, who will now miscount the coming election results. Don’t we have an American company that could do the job?
Sandy’s victims? Obamacare’s victims? Dying businesses? Unemployment? Suck it up. In two more years these are going to look like the good old days.
The thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy in South Queens, the Rockaways and other shoreline areas in the region have suffered enough. More than enough.
Those in Queens first suffered through the brutal storm that struck nearly 18 months ago, seeing their homes flooded, their possessions destroyed, their subway line across Jamaica Bay rendered inoperable and more, including the loss of life.
A new bill introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) on March 4 would allow those caring for elderly relatives who do not live with them to receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 for qualified elder-care expenses.
Many of those caregivers — who, according to Israel, spend on average $5,530 out-of-pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives — cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) was ceremonially sworn in for his second term Jan. 30 in the packed auditorium at PS 63 in Ozone Park, where he was a student from kindergarten through fourth grade.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James joined Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) and several more of Ulrich’s colleagues to speak at the swearing in, which was conducted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), standing in for Justice Augie Agate, who was under the weather. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also made an appearance, as did Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), and prominent Republicans, including former Rep. Bob Turner, former mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and former Councilman Tom Ognibene.
Sen. Chuck Schumer came from Washington, DC to congratulate Ulrich and visit a community he’s represented in DC for two decades.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) was ceremonially sworn in for his second term Jan. 30 in the packed auditorium at PS 63 in Ozone Park, where he was a student from kindergarten through fourth grade. City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James joined Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) and several more of Ulrich’s colleagues to speak at the swearing in, which was conducted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), standing in for Justice Augie Agate, who was under the weather. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also made an appearance, as did Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), and prominent Republicans, including former Rep. Bob Turner, former mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and former Councilman Tom Ognibene. In his speech, Ulrich thanked his family and friends, and recognized his kindergarten teacher, Barbara Martuscello.
Our grief over Avonte Oquendo’s death is compounded by the knowledge that it might have been prevented. The danger of kids running out of school cannot be eliminated but must be minimized.
Every school is required to have a safety plan that spells out all contingencies and delegates duties. Have you seen the plan of your child’s school? Does it cover emergencies such as intruders, fires, medical crises, environmental hazards, accidents and lockdowns? Is there a clear chain of command, logistical options, and assignment of tasks and personnel? As a parent you have the right to this information.
Given the nature of kids and the dynamics of schools, regardless of size, population and the way they are run, there’s no such thing as a routine day. Or at least such days cannot be taken for granted. Even the most tranquil school is volatile occasionally.
The legal requirement that children with disabilities should be educated in the “least restrictive environment” is compassionate and sensible. General and special education kids learn from each other and together they learn from the teachers and classmates they share. But we must also pr
ovide the extra security needed for the supervision of our most vulnerable students. Lives depend on it.
Every school has many doors to the outside that the fire code prohibits from being locked on the inside. It would take an army of school safety agents to be posted at every door of every building all day.
Last Sunday U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said he intends to introduce a federal program that would give parents of children with autism the option of attaching tracking devices to their kids. It would be called Avonte’s Law.
But some parents are likely to feel uneasy about having their kids wear ankle bracelets, which they associate with felons, or be GPS-tracked like sanitation trucks. Nor is the idea of installing cameras in classrooms popular.
Every school must have in place a coordinated strategy to stop a repetition of the scenario that cost Avonte Oquendo his life. And like fire extinguishers, the strategies must be updated, tested and ready to activate.
The tragedy of Avonte Oquendo is too terrible for words. But words can at least lead to actions that may forestall another such tragedy. Let those words proclaim the special sanctity of the lives of children and the providential role of each of us to protect them.
Sen. Chuck Schumer hopes to prevent another tragedy like Avonte Oquendo’s through his latest bill proposal, Avonte’s Law.
As thousands of people rack their brains figuring out how a school could lose track of a student with special needs, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has decided preventative action is needed in the form of tracking devices.
On Monday, the senator announced that he would introduce legislation called Avonte’s Law that will create and fund a program to provide voluntary tracking devices and expand support services for families with children who have autism or other developmental disorders in which bolting is common.