Congress has approved naming the Springfield Gardens Post Office for pioneering Assemblywoman Cynthia Jenkins, inset, who served for 12 years. She was the first African-American woman from Southeast Queens elected to the Assembly.
The U.S. Post Office in Springfield Gardens soon will bear the name of a trailblazer in Queens politics.
The U.S. Senate in a recent vote passed a House of Representatives measure naming the building at 218-10 Merrick Blvd. for Cynthia Jenkins, who was the first African-American woman from Southeast Queens voted to the state Assembly when she took office in 1981.
It took 16 years, but the bill to form a commission on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum went to President Obama’s desk this week after being passed by Congress.
“When you go down the mall, everything is there,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), who introduced the bill in 1998, said. “They have museums for postage stamps, for law and order, and yet there is not a single museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women.”
Arthur Flug loved all six of his careers, but has a special connection to his last one as director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives.
After seven years at the helm, Flug, 75, of Jamaica Estates is retiring on Dec. 31. He will leave his post on the Queensborough Community College campus in Bayside to travel and spend more time with his wife and grandchildren, but will still work on a few projects at the Holocaust center.
There is a growing concern that the constitutional mandate of the United States Postal Service may go the way of the Pony Express! Not by competitive technology, but by political fiat.
The GOP has a master plan to privatize every function big government provides to promote the general welfare. Its goal is to replace it with small government that would promote the welfare of corporate America. Here is proof. Grover Norquist, the GOP field marshal, said, “My goal is to cut government in half in 25 years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
Let’s review how the GOP plans to destroy the USPS. The GOP Congress enacted the Postal and Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, HR 6407. Bush-43 signed the PAEA into law. Note the fancy title of the law. On the surface, it appeared reasonable. However, the devil is in the details.
The PAEA required the USPS to make payments of $5.4 to 5.8 billion into the Postal Service retiree health benefits fund each year from 2007 to 2016 to “prefund” 50 years of estimated costs. The USPS was ordered to stop using its savings to reduce postal debt. This prefunding is unique to the USPS, in fact unique to the private sector.
What impact will the devil’s law have on the public? 1) Frequent postal rate increases. 2) Elimination of Saturday delivery. 3) Closing rural and poor area post offices. This may create economic hardship on small businesses that rely on a steady flow of commercial mail and will also hurt families. 4) Massive layoffs of postal workers, hurting one of America’s largest unions. This is a priority with Republicans — a weak union means a weak Democratic Party.
Simply put, the GOP is out to choke the life out of the USPS.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
Halloran, Tabone and outgoing state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) were among six people arrested in 2013 in connection with an alleged plot for Smith, a lifelong Democrat, to bribe his way onto the city’s 2013 Republican mayoral ballot.
Halloran was convicted in July of taking bribes to act as a go-between for Smith and GOP officials in the city, who would have had to approve the party switch.
The recent report that 321,000 jobs were added to the economy in November is indeed positive news. However, our country still has along way to go before it totally climbs out of this six-year-long recession. Job creation is so very critical to economic growth and improvement, and the trend of adding more jobs must be a continuous one.
Our nation has a bevy of problems, and creating jobs just one of them. It is up to the Congress and President Obama to work together in order to solve this nation’s problems. The American people want cooperation, not confrontation, between Congress and the president. This process needs to start immediately!
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
One of the most controversial issues to come before the GOP 114th Congress will be the Keystone XL Pipeline. Let me explain why Canada’s dirty-sand crude oil has to come all the way to Texas.
Canada seeks to become a global player in the petroleum market. The proven reserves in Alberta’s oil sands are second only to Saudi Arabia’s oil fields. A Canadian company wanted to build a $5.8 billion pipeline to transport oil 731 miles from Alberta to Kitimat, in the rainforest of British Columbia. Giant tankers would thread between a jigsaw of islands to and from Kitimat. At the port, they would load up on petrol from Alberta. A West Coast oil port would open the oil sands to Asian refiners.
Environmental groups have opposed the pipeline, especially Canada’s First Nations. “This is one of the biggest environmental threats we’ve ever seen,” said Ian McAllister of Pacific Wild, a wilderness protection group. Sixty-one Canadian First Nations announced they would not allow the oil pipeline to cross their traditional territory. Their legal authority was based on aboriginal rights.
As a result, Canada’s petro boys looked to their old oil cousins in America. Who came to the rescue? Why, GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. They will fight “tooth ’n’ nail” with Barack Obama for the pipeline. Like Canada’s First Nations, U.S. environmental groups are opposed to the pipeline crossing the Great Sioux reservation. They cite the Sioux Treaty of 1868, which guarantees the Lakota-Arapaho Nation ownership of their lands.
So the uproar, which started in Canada, has crossed the border to become our uproar.
One year after Congress and President Obama enacted nearly $14 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, many food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City are struggling to meet the rising demand as lines are getting longer.
In its annual report released last week, the New York Coalition Against Hunger said 92.9 percent of the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens are being hurt by the federal cuts made last year November.
(NAPSI)—As the 2014 election made clear to many pundits, Americans are as discontented with the president’s leadership as they are with the dysfunction provided by a divided Congress.
(BPT) - The end of 2014 is shaping up to be relatively quiet compared to the challenges of recent years - such as the fiscal cliff. After this year’s mid-term elections a lame duck Congress needs to fund the operations of the federal government, so it is possible new tax law changes could affect current income tax and financial planning. For the time being, though, the current laws provide the guidelines of how taxpayers need to plan.
While the GOP had a great night on Nov. 4 — they won control of the 114th Congress! — to this writer, it was a hollow victory. Let’s look at what they won.
They exchanged roles in the Senate. Folks, remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent 400 bills to the Senate? What happened to them? The GOP minority invoked Senate rules to have them pigeonholed! What was good for the GOP, will be good for the Democrats in 2015. The GOP House will send many bills to the senate: repeal of Obamacare, Keystone pipeline approval, corporate tax cuts, restoring the Defense of Marriage Act … Gridlock will continue to tie up Congress.
If the GOP truly supports bipartisanship, let them prove it by having the House pass the Senate immigration bill, which has 14 GOP votes but has been denied House action for the past 502 days!
Republicans claimed voters repudiated President Obama. Barack Obama was correct on the issue of raising the minimum wage, as voters in four western “red” states approved. Another Obama issue? Governor Danel Malloy of Connecticut supported gun background checks. The NRA, a friend of the G
OP, spent huge sums hoping to defeat him. However voters re-elected him. GOP Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett fired thousands of teachers. He signed a very suppressive photo ID voter law. Commonwealth voters defeated him by a wide margin. Thousands of citizens will now be able to enroll in Obamacare.
Contrary to Fox and Friends, the hollow GOP victory gave Obama a major role in legislative matters. For years, the GOP tied Obama’s hands. The next Congress will send GOP radical bills to the White House. Obama will have the strongest left hand in DC. He will either sign executive orders or veto bills. Hey Republicans, have fun trying to get 67 senators to override a veto.
Before the spectacular GOP electoral victories, Republicans were the target of political invective falsely accusing them of racism and extremism. Presently, Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration has spawned constant smears from the left that Republicans are anti-immigrant and anti-Latino.
But it’s really problematic when these lies trickle down into the popular culture and are accepted as legitimate. Recently I heard a startling statement on a New York City radio news station, when a reporter said literally, “Republicans hate immigration.” The context was that the GOP electoral victories should be good for business but are not, he said, because immigration is a huge driver of the economy, and “Republicans hate immigration.”
Although Republicans oppose illegal immigration and open borders with the ever-present threat of terrorism and the spread of Ebola, we welcome our recent immigrants who bring new ideas to the table and the spirit of entrepreneurship and rugged individualism, the very principles that Republicans embrace. Queens is the melting pot of the world, and the GOP here in Queens reflects that diversity. That’s why we found the reporter’s statement so troubling.
When discussing this complex issue above the level of political flame-throwing we’ve seen in negative campaigns, we expect objective news reporters to refrain from such irresponsible statements in order to paint Republicans as the bad guys. We set the record straight with the reporter involved as to the distinction between legal and illegal immigration, but it’s instructive for all to hear both sides of the story.
The Queens Village Republican Club is America’s oldest and perhaps most ethnically diverse Republican Club, and we are proud that our members hail from the Indian, Haitian, Caribbean, Russian, Chinese and other communities, recent immigrants who came seeking the American Dream. They believe in our credo that if you work hard, study hard and sacrifice for your children, anyone can succeed with minimal government assistance and interference.
Utah voters elected to Congress Republican Mia Love, the Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants, who said: “My parents immigrated to the U.S. with $10 in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough, they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.’’
These are the new faces of the “Party of Lincoln,” the party that abolished slavery and continues to fight economic slavery and welcomes all to our shores who wish to succeed free from government overreach.
When the American people elected Barack Obama as the country’s first African-American president, Republicans denied it was a mandate. But now when the GOP has their largest majority in 85 years thanks to the lowest voter turnout in 72 years it’s (according to Rush Limbaugh) “the biggest and perhaps the most important mandate a political party has had in the recent era and it is very simple what that mandate is. It is to stop Barack Obama. Republicans were not elected to govern.”
Absolutely amazing! But not surprising in the least. Conservative magazine The National Review says in an editorial titled “The Governing Trap” says, “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing a fine job of governing together, why wouldn’t they vote to continue this arrangement in 2016?” Four years of competent governing? Who would want that? Not Republicans.
Prior to the recent midterm elections Republican Mitch McConnell (next head of the Senate) said this regarding the Senate, which still had a Democratic majority. “There are still enough Republicans to block the Democratic agenda, as long as they all march in “lockstep” (a prison te
rm) and as long as Republicans refuse to follow his lead, Americans will see ‘partisan food fights’ and conclude that Obama has failed to produce change”. But that was then, right? Wrong. The National Review goes on to say “The GOP should focus on the future by building the case for Republican governance after 2016, and explaining what Republicans “would do” if they had the White House”. And they’re absolutely right. It’s time to show the American people that Republicans are capable of bold, decisive action! But later in the future, maybe, if in that future Republicans have the House, the Senate, and the presidency. Or maybe Republicans will wait until they have an all-Republican Supreme Court, 50 Republican governors and 50 Republican state legislatures.
However, refusing to govern at all might be hard to sell to the American people. Perhaps they’re waiting until there isn’t an America anymore. Well, if they refuse the responsibility to govern, that reality will be right around the corner.
The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientist predict will become more frequent in New York unless we rein in the carbon pollution fueling global warming.
We know what we have to do: limit carbon from the largest sources — our power plants — and shift to clean energy like wind, solar, and energy efficiency. And that’s just what the Environmental Protection Agency would do under the newly proposed Clean Power Plan.
But instead of letting EPA do its job, polluters’ allies in Congress are actually threatening to shut down the government instead of cutting carbon from power plants. It’s time for New Yorkers, along with our leaders like Gov. Cuomo, to do everything we can to support EPA’s action.
Gov. Cuomo has stuck up for our health by investing significantly in renewable energy. Now it’s time for him to come up with a strong plan that uses wind and solar energy to beat the Clean Power Plan targets!
President Obama’s executive order to provide certain undocumented residents with deferred action in case of future reform legislation as a possible pathway to citizenship or deportations was debated over and over again on the news and in legislative offices around the country.
Many activist groups, including Make the Road New York, hosted viewing parties of the president’s speech and tweeted about being excited to hear Obama’s plan.
A federal judge has denied a motion to postpone the Jan. 5 retrial of former Deputy Queens Republican Chairman Vincent Tabone due to his lawyer being unable to participate because of a difficult pregnancy.
Tabone is scheduled to be tried beginning Jan. 5 along with outgoing state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) as part of a government corruption case centered on the lawmaker.
Help is on the way for many residents still suffering from Superstorm Sandy.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) announced on Monday that he is reintroducing legislation that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive the overpayment of emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, if they were given the funds due to a clerical error.
Many Queens lawmakers back President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants, which says that many who have lived in the United States for at least five years without a criminal record can apply to legally work in the country and be protected from deportation. Up to five million may qualify.
Officials here largely said the move will not alleviate all the problems that exist in the nation’s “broken immigration system,” but is a “welcome step” that will move the country in the right direction.
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has introduced a resolution that would require the U.S. Postal Service to create a postage stamp in honor of the Chinese railroad workers who helped construct America’s first Transcontinental Railroad.
The lawmaker said about 12,000 Chinese immigrant laborers built railroads across the country between 1865 and 1869. They comprised more than 80 percent of the entire workforce and were stereotyped and paid lower wages than other workers. Meng said about 1,200 workers died during unworkable winters and life-threatening conditions.
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(StatePoint) Many new jobs in local towns nationwide are coming from a somewhat unexpected place, according to new statistics. Local jobs nationwide are increasingly tied to consumers and businesses abroad, say researchers.