John Lyons, left, of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1179, addresses the Queens Civic Congress at a forum to address a dearth of bus service in Eastern Queens. Other panelists included Phil McManus, center, of the Queens Public Transit Committee and Mark Henry, president of ATU Local 1056.
Among the worst-kept secrets in the city is that the Queens Civic Congress and the unions representing MTA bus drivers would like to see more bus routes in the eastern half of the borough.
And at a joint meeting on Tuesday, with a representative of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the panel, both groups discussed plans to make their wishes a reality.
Regardless of the political divide that has ended Congressional action on so many issues confronting the nation, failing to fund infrastructure development is punishing America. Without repairing, renewing and building the highways, tunnels and bridges that make commerce possible, the country cannot grow expanding possibilities for our citizens.
President Eisenhower marveled at the Nazi use of infrastructure that made their ability to war on against overwhelming odds possible. When he gained the presidency, Eisenhower called upon Congress to copy what the Germans had achieved. That is why America enjoys the interstate highways that have served and invigorated expansion of our commerce worldwide.
Every dollar spent on infrastructure returns to the government and the benefit of the economy multiple times. The logic for refusing to fund infrastructure cannot be found within the economics rather in the political calculations of the opponents.
The polarization of American politics with its overt hatreds is and will continue to be an internal threat to the nation’s security. It weakens America at home and therefore overseas raising the hopes of enemies and terrorists. In the absence of accepting compromise over dogma the future for the U.S. seems bleak.
The Sept. 7 article “Ridgewood Reservoir to be reclassified?” misstated the title Richard Hellenbrecht holds in the Queens Civic Congress. He is its president.
When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
(NAPSI)—Recently, the price of gasoline reached a six-year high. Fortunately, there’s a way to handle that cost. You can use less gas—without reducing your driving. Making that possible is one of the more promising alternative energy sources, ethanol, which is blended with regular gas—a little in most cars and a lot in flex-fuel vehicles.
Vote! It’s not only a privilege, it’s a duty, and shame on those too lazy to avail themselves of it — the very ones so eager to complain about our president’s inability to move parts of his agenda forward due to the fact that we allowed an ignorant regressive Congress to be voted in, one proudly pledged to obstruct any motion put forth by President Obama.
The importance of that vote was never more pronounced than in the 2010 midterm election. Our self-congratulating progressive Democrats were so busy patting themselves on the back for having initiated one of the proudest, almost inconceivable achievements in our country’s short history — the election of a black person as president of the United States — that they sat on their priggish progressive posteriors and neglected to follow through and vote for an equally perspicacious Congress. As a result, the most ill-equipped, nonproductive, pro-obstruction (to list just a few applicable derogatory prefixes) House of Representatives our country has ever had the misfortune to experience, was installed … or more accurately, inflicted.
Although not part of the 2010 Congressional infection but rather the previous one Regressive Republican representative stands out, Louis Buller “Louie” Gohmert Jr., un-shockingly of Texas. This ignorant congressman makes Gomer (Jim Nabors) Pyle of Andy Griffith seem a genius. Words cannot do justice. Only seeing or hearing this imbecile is believing. This is the quality of representation we can expect from today’s degenerate Conservlican Party. Pity; they once were actually a Grand Old Party.
We soon will have the opportunity to make our country incredibly proud once again with the election of the first woman president of the United States. Let’s hope that the progressives outnumber the regressives at the voting booth come the midterm election.
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Activists fighting for the reclassification of the Ridgewood Reservoir shouldn’t uncork the champagne just yet, but they may have scored a victory this week.
The Parks Department will apply to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a redesignation of the reservoir, within Highland Park on the Glendale-Brooklyn border, from a Class C “high hazard” dam to a Class A “low hazard” dam, according to agency spokesman Zach Feder.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
Being a progressive city that has already felt the wrath of global climate change, it’s still surprisingly easy for New York to ignore the recent definitive warning bells that sea levels will rise 3 to 9 feet and Earth will warm 6 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit within the century. Cities are the source of 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and also most vulnerable to their effects. But the overwhelming numbers leave us wondering- what is next for us in New York City?
The challenges of climate change need to be taken in a multifaceted approach, with local and national policy changes and community engagement inspiring personal behavioral changes. We cannot tolerate a state of paralysis and inaction waiting for the UN (despite our former mayor’s leadership in the UN Sustainable Cities initiative), our dysfunctional Congress or a gridlocked state government to tell us how to solve our woes. The problems are just too big, entrenched and complex to defer.
A crowd of about 100 constituents turned out Tuesday night for the Bay Terrace Community Alliance’s Meet the Candidates Forum, which featured eight hopefuls seeking five different positions.
Gubernatorial incumbent Andrew Cuomo is being challenged in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary by law professor Zephyr Teachout and political satirist Randy Credico.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
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.
Re your editorial “James Brady and gun control” and your report “Cuomo running mate’s Main Street campaign” (Aug. 7, multiple editions):
I admire your tribute to James Brady’s role in getting a milestone gun control law passed 20 years ago. But you noted that our nation “has largely been going in the opposite direction over the last decade.” Small wonder, since the NRA is the primary force pushing this backward movement. Then why did Gov. Cuomo pick an NRA cheerleader as his running mate?
Cuomo crafted our country’s toughest gun control law — The SAFE Act — reviled by gun lobby lunatics. Kathy Hochul drew support from firearms fanatics when she ran for Congress to represent her upstate New York district. She received the NRA’s highest honor (or dishonor), an A
rating, which helped her win. How does this fierce opponent of gun control reconcile her views with those of her running mate? Has she “evolved” on this issue, like President Obama did with gay marriage? Will she quit the NRA or remain a member of an outfit that’s hell-bent on kicking Cuomo out of office? Not withdrawing her membership is a huge conflict of interest, like a CIA agent working for Al Qaeda.
Hochul also urged the arrest of all illegal immigrants applying for driver’s licenses during Gov. Spitzer’s reign. Has she changed her views on this issue? Cuomo has kept her under wraps so far, but she must face tough questions from reporters in the fall campaign. If journalists don’t hold her feet to the fire, we risk having a gun nut and bigot holding New York’s second most powerful post.
As Desi Arnaz often said, she has some “splainin” to do.
New York lawmakers are pressing the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that would create more opportunities for women-owned small businesses seeking federal contracts.
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside) were joined by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) at Data Conversion Laboratory — a woman-run business.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
(NAPSI)—Each year in the United States, nearly 16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer. And on any given day, as many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beyond its debilitating symptoms, the death rate for Alzheimer’s is on the rise.
I wish to take issue with Bill McQuade for calling Barack Obama in his July 17 letter, “Writer’s all wrong,” a “bad” president. It’s time for a reality check.
Here are five significant accomplishments of our 44th president. 1) Unemployment reduced from 10.2 percent under Bush to 6.1 percent on July 1, 2014, resulting in 52 consecutive months of job growth (9.5 million). 2) federal payroll fell to the lowest level in nine years. 3) Dow went from 6,700 points under Bush-43 to a historic high of 17,100 under Obama. 4) The annual fiscal budget debt dropped from $1.2 trillion in the last year of Bush to $500B in 2012 and 2013. 5) After 9/11, George W. told the nation we would get Osama Bin Laden, “Dead or Alive.” Ten years later, Obama ordered our elite Navy Seals to put him out of action … and they did!
Mr. McQuade said, “Imagine if there was a Republican president and all the scandals happened.” Folks, we don’t need to imagine. Here are three major GOP presidential scandals, which sent dozens of White House officials to prison! 1) Several of Warren Harding’s “Ohio Boy
s” were convicted and served time for their role in the Teapot Dome oil scandal. 2) 48 of Richard Nixon’s staff went to jail for their part in the Watergate break-in. Oh yes … Nixon resigned, but was pardoned by another GOP President: Ford. 3) Ten of Ronald Reagan’s top advisors were convicted and jailed for their part in the Iran-Contra Affair. Independent counsel John Towers found Reagan guilty for violating an act of Congress. However, being a sitting president, he got off “scot-free.” Thus, the public dubbed Reagan the Teflon President.
To my knowledge, no one in the Obama Administration has been convicted in all those GOP “witch-hunt” scandals! Folks, look at those GOP leaders who want to sue or impeach our president … the nerve of them!
The plan to decommission the Ridgewood Reservoir, classified as a Class C high hazard dam by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has drawn ire from area residents and elected officials since it was announced earlier this year.
Now, in more ways than one, they are petitioning Gov. Cuomo and the state DEC to change the reservoir’s classification and cancel proposed changes to the three basins that some say will destroy the park’s ecology.
The Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights highlighted several authors’ books on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics at it’s first Book Fest on Tuesday evening.
Various writers were invited to read excerpts from their published works as well as discuss their experiences in the LGBT community.
Re Janice Wijnen’s “The right strikes back,” Letters, July 24:
The purpose of any court is to be impartial and rule justly! And for the Supreme Court, it’s to rule for the good of the American people.
I too was shocked when the court declared Obamacare constitutional. I guess the checks from the insurance company lobbyists didn’t clear in time to change the “GOP-controlled” court’s decision. Perhaps the court was influenced by the fact that Americans voted for President Obama twice on the promise that he would deliver on Obamacare — albeit a watered-down version, thanks to (you guessed it) the GOP.
Ms. Wijnen points out that Obama is half white. I doubt that the racists in Congress took that into account while voting against every program Obama tried to enact. Hence his “dictatorship.”
Does Ms. Wijnen believe (along with the GOP-Supreme Court that ruled the voting rights act was no longer necessary) that racism no longer exists? Perhaps she’ll use the example of Mississippi ratifying the 13th Amendment banning slavery ... last year. She goes on to defend Hobby Lobby on relig
ious grounds. Would she still defend the owners if they were satanists? What if they were atheists and banned all religious paraphernalia on company property? Should employees suck it up and go find another job? As if it were so easy.
And as for the religious right and their faith in God? Webster’s definition of faith is: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof. Belief without, or in spite of, evidence. Enough said.
Women are denied contraception yet men are covered for Viagra? I’ll just say this: The Republican war on women is alive and well. And any “intelligent” woman who votes Republican is a fool.
The only thing Ms. Wijnen got right was “the truth is what is, not what one wants it to be.” And that truth is that the GOP is dying. And it will use every deceitful, immoral tactic available to gasp its last breath as it slowly sinks into the quicksand the rest of us refer to as the Holy Trinity of democracy, equality and science.
A lawsuit to stop the giveaway of more than 47 acres to developers of the Willets West mega mall was to be heard Wednesday at state Supreme Court in Manhattan.
The lawsuit was filed by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the City Club of New York, a good government organization, the Queens Civic Congress, Willets Point United and nearby residents and business owners.
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