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.
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.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, center, honored work done by people who have lost loved ones to gun violence at a dinner in Jamaica on Dec. 5.
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.
Congressman Gregory Meeks marveled on Dec. 5 when he attended a dinner in Jamaica for mothers who have lost children to gun violence.
“I really don’t know of anybody more important than you,” said Meeks (D-Queens), who hosted the dinner. “You’re saving somebody else’s child and as a result, you’re making sure that your life has triumph.”
It’s been more than two years since a much-anticipated retail area was constructed beneath a new underpass on Sutphin Boulevard across from the JFK Airtrain and Long Island Rail Road station. But today, the only tenant, taking up half the retail space, is Resorts World Casino, which provides free shuttle service to its location in South Ozone Park.
The project, which was expected to draw shoppers to Downtown Jamaica and generate revenue, was completed in 2012 and cost taxpayers $12.7 million.
Congressman Gregory Meeks was one of several elected officials who spoke out on Nov. 20 for separate community roundtables for both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports at a meeting hosted by the Port Authority at York College.
Monday night’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has filled up any openings in the Rev. Phil Craig’s normally busy schedule.
“I’ll be in Staten Island tonight,” said Craig, pastor of The Greater Springfield Community Church in Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be at the press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday.”
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
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.
After five long years it appears that the North Shore Marine Transfer Station in College Point is finished, but when will it open?
There have been problems along the way. Some people opposed it because of its location near LaGuardia Airport. They feared birds would be attracted to the site and ultimately cause accidents with planes.
Carlisle Towery, Borough President Melinda Katz, Vicki Been and Congressman Gregory Meeks.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, who recently visited Haiti, says more must be done to curb a cholera epidemic that has devastated the island nation.
A federal judge in Manhattan last week heard arguments from Haitian cholera victims who filed a lawsuit against the United Nations.
The plaintiffs contend that UN troops stationed in Haiti following a catastrophic earthquake in 2010 caused the cholera breakout that reportedly killed more than 8,000 people since October of that year.
Neighborhoods around LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports will be studied with an effort toward noise abatement under a contract awarded Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The PA has hired Environmental Science Associates of San Francisco to conduct a federal Part 150 study, which they hope will come up with proposals to mitigate noise from large jet aircraft.
York College last week honored its longest-serving president and a tireless advocate for the CUNY educational system with its naming and dedication of the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center.
Bassin served as president of York from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. He died in 2012 at the age of 88.
After the false alarm Monday when two patients suspected of having Ebola were put in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, Queens medical officials are urging calm amid growing anxiety.
The scare occurred in between two incidents in which nurses who treated the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the United States tested positive for the virus within a week of each other.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) paid a visit to Community Board 10 last Thursday to discuss the federal response to Hurricane Sandy and resiliency measures that are being taken in its aftermath.
“Normally, I’m in Washington, D.C. during the time in which this board meets,” he said. “But of course we’re in recess for the next few weeks and I wanted to make sure I made it my business to come out to be with you this evening and just share a brief thought about some of the things we are working on in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers that may be relevant to the residents still recovering from Sandy and concerned about resiliency efforts.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) took to the House floor last week, before lawmakers adjourned for the midterm campaign recess, to voice his discontent about the Republican majority in a fiery speech for what he called their failure to address the needs of the American people.
Jeffries, who is seeking re-election to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes most of East and Central Brooklyn and the Queens neighborhoods of Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach, argued that the 113th Congress is the least productive in the modern history of our democracy.
Last week I announced a way to reduce excessive standardized tests as part of Common Core while preserving the quality of learning and teaching in our classrooms. My proposal was developed over the course of several months by school superintendents and educators throughout our communities.
I believe we are testing our kids to extremes and robbing them of their creativity and curiosity. Classrooms are meant to be challenging incubators for learning and expression, not test-taking factories. Unfortunately, many today are void of teaching innovation and critical thinking because teachers and students are burdened by preparing for excessive standardized tests that promote learning through retention rather than learning by experience.
A common-sense pace of testing is essential to ensure that our students are learning what is being taught. But we cannot designate standardized test scores as the one predictor of future success for our students, teachers and school districts. Learning is a deeply personal experience, and we should be giving our teachers and students the classroom time they need in order to facilitate experiential learning.
That is why, with the help of school superintendents, I am introducing the Tackling Excessive Standardized Testing Act, which would allow states to choose an alternative testing schedule for grades 3 through 8. The TEST Act would reduce the number of tests students must take each year and ultimately give time back to educators to teach science, social studies, art, music and other subjects whose lessons are being cut short in order to prepare for testing.
Allotting the necessary time to foster a classroom atmosphere more conducive to creativity and collaboration will help relieve some of the stress testing places on students and teachers. It is simply common sense to allow states to choose an alternative testing schedule that curbs the number of tests students have to take while still reflecting their abilities and the effectiveness of school districts.
I have two adult daughters. One is involved in marketing for the pharmaceutical industry. The other is pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture. In other words, one is in pharma and the other a farmer. Excessive standardized tests could not possibly measure the potential and the needs that each had in pursuing her dreams.
We should test less and enrich more.
Congressman Joe Crowley, center, announces the introduction of the Peaceful Learning Act with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center left, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, center right, and parents and teachers of PS 85.
It was the end of an era at Community Board 9 Tuesday night.
Longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey was honored for decades of service at her last meeting in the position she has held since Ed Koch was mayor and Donald Manes was borough president.
As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.
There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated beleaguered seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
“The people made a difficult choice; but they chose decisively,” Comrie said before throngs of supporters at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club. “The people of the 14th District said they wanted a representative they can be proud of, a representative who will get results from Albany.”
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.