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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.
A total of $3.4 million was allocated from federal Sandy aid funds to reimburse the MTA for 90 percent of the cost to repair the Gil Hodges-Marine Parkway Bridge for damage that occurred during Hurricane Sandy, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced Tuesday.
The reimbursements include $1,519,087 for repair of scour and erosion damage for the storm surge; $161,144.20 to repair switchgears, which were flooded with saltwater; $600,914 for the repair or replacement of electrical parts related to the navigation and security lights that were submerged under saltwater; and $44,498.00 for the replacement or repair of spare parts such as cables, lights, gear wheels and motors that were damaged.
Nearly $5 million in federal funds has been allocated for major Hurricane Sandy-related repairs and emergency protective measures at Beach Channel High School and related cleanup in Jamaica Bay.
The total funding, $4,902,607.21, will reimburse 90 percent of the costs the School Construction Authority undertook for post-storm repairs at the school on the shore of Jamaica Bay. They include cleaning up an oil spill caused by the school’s ruptured oil tanks; rental and installation of temporary power generators, including staging for more than two dozen other schools in the disaster zone; rental and installation of a temporary boiler and a fuel oil tank; and new fire alarms.
Newly sworn-in councilman Rory Lancman, left, gets a congratulatory shake from Sen. Chuck Schumer, while Lancman’s wife, Morgan looks on.
Lancman was sworn in Saturday at LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.
Grover joins Sen. Chuck Schumer, center, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, left, Councilman-Elect Costas Constantinides, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and George Kaufman as they cut the ribbon on the new backlot.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
Queens has a rapidly growing elderly population facing severe problems, such as mental illness. Fortunately, there’s a place where many troubled seniors get help — Club Pride, part of the Pride of Judea Mental Health Center at 243-02 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.
Funded by the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services and New York City’s Dept. of Mental Health & Hygiene, Club Pride (launched in 1997) is a geriatric psycho-social club. It provides counseling, therapy and social re-adjustment services for Queens residents, from 55 to 94, who suffer from mental illness & substance abuse. Clients come from Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills, Whitestone, College Point & Bayside.
They’re referred by psychiatrists and other mental health providers, after their discharge from psychiatric and chronic care hospitals. If not for Club Pride, many of them would have to be reinstitutionalized, at a heavy cost to taxpayers.
Club Pride provides daily transportation to members via two buses for the Flushing and Bayside areas. But Flushing bus service will end on Dec. 6 due to budget cuts. Many riders are physically disabled. They can’t use public transportation and can’t afford Access-A-Ride’s daily $5 roundtrip fare. They’re distressed by the fear of losing Club Pride’s vital assistance.
Don’t let this happen. Contact U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (212) 486-4430, Congresswoman Grace Meng (718) 445-7860, State Sen. Tony Avella (718) 357-3094, City Councilman Mark Weprin (718) 468-0137 and Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio (212) 669-7200. Urge them to save an essential resource for their constituents.
This Thanksgiving, New York’s wind energy has given us a lot to be grateful for.
A new report by Environment New York, “Wind Power for a Cleaner America,” shows that wind energy in New York is already avoiding carbon pollution equivalent to taking 382,203 cars off the road. In addition to reducing global warming pollution, wind energy in the state is also avoiding 1,724 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides which contribute to asthma, and 2,130 tons of sulfur dioxide which is a major component of acid rain. These benefits have made wind power a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce global warming pollution 17 percent by 2020.
Federal incentives for wind–the investment tax credit and the production tax credit–are largely responsible for wind’s success, but are set to expire at the end of 2013. To curb global warming pollution and prevent future extreme weather events like Sandy, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand should continue to be champions for clean energy, and I call on our House delegation to do everything within their power to extend these critical clean energy incentives before the end of the year.
To say this isn’t Lew Simon’s first time at the rodeo is an understatement.
The Rockaway civic leader has made multiple attempts at elected office, including twice before for the City Council seat he’s currently seeking, and he’s been elected and re-elected as Democratic leader in the Assembly district that includes most of the Rockaway Peninsula, Howard Beach, Broad Channel, and Ozone Park for the last couple of decades.
As if the significant increase in noise from overhead airplanes hasn’t been enough, residents of Whitestone and Malba also have had to contend with excessive disruptions from helicopters passing directly over their houses.
The problem stems from a Federal Aviation Administration mandate last year that choppers traveling between the middle of Long Island to the Hamptons must fly over water in an effort to decrease the overhead noise for residents of the island. Following the requirement, helicopter pilots began seeking a faster and cheaper route, resulting in more flights over northeast Queens.
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.
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.
Immigration reform will affect a large population in Queens.
How many exactly is uncertain.
Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott honored 11 teachers from around the city this week as winners of the first “Big Apple Awards” to recognize excellence in education, but none from Queens made the cut. Each winner will receive a $3,500 grant for use in the classroom and will serve as a “Big Apple Ambassador,” advising the city Department of Education.