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.
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.
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.”
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding the poor and hungry in the borough, voicing strong support for the state of Israel and fighting the stain of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.
“For members of the Jewish community, this is an incredibly important institution that provides so much assistance, but for so many members of the larger Queens community who happen to not be Jewish, it’s a place they turn to equally for help and an open door,” de Blasio said at the Jamaica Estates event.
Chris Moss, running for lieutenant governor with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, headlined the list of statewide and Congressional candidates speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club.
And the Chemung County sheriff said he and Astorino feel quite at home in New York City.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) recently hosted a back-to-school supplies giveaway for children attending the New York Junior Tennis League Aces Club summer program at IS 61 in Corona.
Crowley, center, was joined by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), center right.
Assemblyman David Weprin, left, and Congressman Gregory Meeks, right, were among the score of Democratic political luminaries who came out in force on Tuesday to show their support for Leroy Comrie in his race in the 14th State Senate District.
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.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) is set to join the parade of local officials endorsing former Councilman Leroy Comrie in his bid to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Ongoing discussions that are expected to result in a massive expansion of the Citi Bike program are among the most poorly-kept secrets coning out of City Hall.
Multiple news outlets, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, have reported that REQX Ventures, an affiliate of Related Cos. is involved in talks with Oregon-based Alta Bicycle Share Inc. which operates the bike share program that started in spring 2013.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
Rep. Steve Israel, right, a veteran congressman whose district was recently redrawn to include sections of Queens, is backing state Sen. Tony Avella in his primary race against challenger John Liu, top left.
U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley arrives in style on Monday at a press conference pushing a bill to offer tax breaks for those using bike sharing programs to go to and from work. He hopes passage will lead to expansion of the Citi Bike program into Queens.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
Avella was endorsed last Friday by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), who only started to represent part of this borough in 2013, thanks to post-2010 Census redistricting, but is a veteran lawmaker and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
While elected officials and residents are still reeling over the Department of Homeless Services’ unexpected conversion of the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst into a homeless shelter last month, the agency is at it again.
This time, the Westway Motor Inn on Astoria Boulevard has been converted into a high-capacity homeless shelter without, some contend, proper notice to those most impacted by the move.
Eleven votes separated them, but Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Stephen Labate conceded Tuesday to the victor, Grant Lally.
The state Board of Elections certified the victory last Thursday, following a court battle over absentee ballots. At the time, Labate, a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, said he would seek a recount because of the small difference in votes.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.
The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.