The City Council Committee on Higher Education is slated to hold an oversight hearing on how city private and public colleges address cases of sexual assaults.
The move came in response to growing concerns nationwide, as women advocacy groups and sexual violence victims criticize college officials for their failure to investigate sexual assault cases.
In 2009, New York enacted a law that mandates the state to translate and print ballots and all other voting materials in Russian, yet many eligible Russian-American voters who don’t speak English have been deprived from voting and are forced to return home because the state has never implemented the measure.
The translation rule was enacted in 2009 by former Gov. David Patterson. The state failed to translate voting materials in Russian, the third-most commonly spoken language in New York City, behind Chinese and Spanish, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Officials cited lack of funding as the reason.
SUNY is set to adopt uniform practices to thwart sex assaults
The City Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday put the finishing touches on legislation that will reduce the speed limit on most streets in the city to 25 miles per hour.
The new law is slated to go into effect on Nov. 7. The existing limit is 30 miles per hour.
A bill proposing to change the jurisdiction of crimes committed on Rikers Island passed with seeming ease earlier this year, but has since become more controversial.
The jail complex on Rikers Island is part of Bronx County and crimes committed there are prosecuted by Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. The new bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Assembly and state Senate, would change that and grant jurisdiction to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown if it’s approved by Gov. Cuomo. The problem is that neither DA seems to welcome the change.
Republican candidate for Governor Rob Astorino met with small business owners in Elmhurst on Tuesday to reach out to working-class and Hispanic voters.
“This is a mix of New York. Everything and everyone is here,” Astorino said of the Queens neighborhood. The candidate conversed with storeowners, restauranteurs and residents walking down the street in near-fluent Spanish.
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.”
I was so happy to see the Sept. 18 I Have Often Walked article “The Hillside Diner in Jamaica” by Ron Marzlock, because the owner of the diner was my grandfather, Charles Kuegerl (who, by the way, was Austrian, not German as stated in the article).
My father, Karl Kuegerl, often spoke about the diner, and how in his youth he would work there part time prior to World War II. I had never before heard the story of how the city took over the property from my grandfather. After Grandpa left the diner business, he started a real estate and insurance business in Floral Park, Queens with my father, which my father owned until his retirement in the late ’80s or early ’90s.
My dad was very active in Eastern Queens politics, committees and organizations after World War II, and was one of the founders of the Eastern Queens Democratic Club in the 1950s. He was the first president and served for eight years. He was then elected in Eastern Queeens as a district leader and a
lso elected as a representative of the New York State Constitutional Convention in Albany in the late ’60s. He knew all the “bigwigs” of Queens and the city in that era ... Robert Wagner, Saul Weprin (whose sons David and Mark now serve), Frank Santucci, Abe Beame, Mario Cuomo, Judge Lou Wallach and other names you probably wouldn’t know, but were important back then. My parents were always attending a function at Antun’s honoring one politico or another! He loved politics, but mostly loved the people he served and would do whatever he could to help them.
Sorry to go on and on about my father to you. But maybe since at the Chronicle you specialize in Eastern Queens, I kind of thought this trivia might be interesting to you. It’s not often I get to brag on him!
What I was wondering was where Mr. Marzlock came upon the information about my grandfather’s diner, and if he knows any other information not mentioned in the article. I would like to find some information about a bakery my grandfather owned prior to the diner, which I have a photo of. My father is the young boy in the picture, which was taken around 1920. The back of the photo says the bakery was on Jamaica Avenue, so it might have been in Jamaica, but I always thought the bakery was in Ridgewood. I’d love to find out the name of the bakery.
My grandfather would tell the story about how in those days, the cheesecake was baked as a flatter cake, and that he had a special one-of-a-kind pan made for him that allowed the cheesecake to bake taller and be the size of the cheesecake as we know it today. To his dying day, my father insisted that Grandpa invented the cheesecake at that bakery!
I enjoy the Queens Chronicle, as my family has long standing ties to Eastern Queens. Although I now live in Suffolk County, I like to read about the happenings of Queens.
Harvest the power of the sun.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the city will be funding the installation of solar panels on two dozen city schools, as part of the administration’s “One City, Built to Last,” green buildings plan.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, releases gas held inside of rock.
When discussing cities prone to natural disasters the most commonly named ones tended to be San Francisco or New Orleans, New York usually being far from the realm of thought. Of course that’s not to say New York didn’t have its problems; it just seemed that Mother Nature didn’t routinely knock on our door.
Gov. Cuomo recently met with officials from New Jersey as well as the federal government to discuss pre-emptive security measures at mass transit sites in the New York City region.
Cuomo says the security upgrades are merely a precautionary measure given the recent increase in terrorist activity abroad.
After years of remaining flat, both the minimum and the maximum amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid out to jobless New Yorkers will increase starting Oct. 6, Gov. Cuomo said last week.
A picture of dignitaries at the 9/11 ceremony showed Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Gov. George Pataki, state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. All were placing their hands across their hearts for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” except Mark-Viverito, who had her hands locked together in front of her.
What was that all about? Did she not have respect for our country and all those who have died and gave their last measure of devotion to the nation? It was also reported that before she ran for speaker she would not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at ceremonies.
I’m really appalled that someone of Mark-Viverito’s status would show such disrespect and lack of patriotism at this most solemn and sacred anniversary memorial to those who died on 9/11. This act I find most sad. I myself served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to do so. I hope all who read this letter will write to Mark-Viverito and tell her that her actions are just not acceptable and she needs to apologize to the city and to all who lost loved ones on that day of infamy.
As a customer of Jamestown Brand mild pork sausage, I was horrified to learn that the company sold out to China! There go more USA jobs. I urge readers to find a copy of “Factory Man” at your library. It is gratifying to learn about one manufacturer who bucked this trend to keep his factories running in our own country, making a profit while keeping his employees on the job.
The re-election of Andrew Cuomo saddens me for the same reason of needing to keep employment up throughout our state. Putting more casinos upstate is a dreadful solution. Atlantic City is dying. The casinos have pulled the plug and taken away jobs, few of which paid good salaries anyway.
Rural areas and cities are not prospering as giant corporations outsource goods and services. Our youth are in need of more education after high school to achieve good jobs in all fields. We need to get our clothing industry back. We need people who can repair our motors, homes and bodies. We need factories, labs and research facilities and vocational schools to provide full employment. We need doctors who make house calls and small farms to supply our kitchens and our eateries. How can a casino do any of these functions?
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
The case of Eastern Queens Alliance v. the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now before the second-highest court in the land.
Clyde Vanel, the Cambria Heights attorney representing the EQA, said he filed a 75-page brief with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 11.
“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
Several sources say MLS is looking to build a permanent stadium for the team, which is slated to begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium, at Aqueduct Race Track.
Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following Tuesday’s Democratic primaries.
In one of the races that garnered the most media attention this year, Avella defeated former city official John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent to retain his seat in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens, according to preliminary results published by media outlets citing the state Board of Elections.
It’s election season and once again the New York State DREAM Act has become a centerpiece for many of the Democratic candidates.
At a press conference held on Saturday in front of the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) touted their latest supporter: lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.
Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following yesterday's Democratic primaries.
Re your Aug. 28 article: “Costa calls for gun registry to go public” (multiple editions):
Councilman Costa Constantinides’ bill requiring a New York City public registry of convicted violent felon gun owners is fine, but must be extended to include all gun owners throughout New York State.
Under Gov. Cuomo’s SAFE Act, all assault weapons owners must register their firearms with New York State. This law should expand to require all gun owners to register their weapons, from single-shot pistols to multiple-round murder machines. The public registry must separate legal gun owners from violent felons. But it will strengthen law enforcement’s power to track down criminals and reduce gun violence. We register cars, so why not guns?
The NRA (Not Really Awake) and other gun lobby lunatics will promote paranoid fears about government seizing everyone’s firearms. Nonsense. These are the same folks who think it’s fine for a 9-year-old girl to fire an Uzi assault rifle. They substitute Bushmasters for brains, but we shouldn’t. A statewide registry of all gun owners will create safer and saner communities.
Gov. Cuomo announced last week the launch of an online state recruitment resources website that will allow for disabled persons and veterans to gain easier access to state jobs.
The site assists job seekers who are “certified eligible to participate in the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons and Veterans with Disabilities,” according to a press release from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).