Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.
The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.
Councilman Danny Dromm greets and hands a backpack donated by the Queens Center mall to a parent at the Boulevard Family Residence on Tuesday.
Some children dread the end of the summer, as they know the school year and all the homework that comes with it are just around the corner.
Other children love walking with their friends in the hallways and tackling challenging schoolwork.
For weeks, community leaders opposed to a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and plans for another in Glendale have been urging residents to call city Comptroller Scott Stringer to make their opinions known.
Well, it’s working.
Mayor de Blasio last Thursday signed into law the measure that will create municipal identification cards for New York City residents. Although available to anyone, the cards are especially designed for people who will not or cannot get other forms of ID, such as illegal immigrants.
The mayor noted at a hearing held the day before the bill signing that many New Yorkers don’t have driver’s licenses — though he did not address the nondriver’s ID the state offers them — and that undocumented residents are forced to “live in the shadows” because they lack proper identification.
The city Department of Education announced last month that it was making changes to its Blue Book — the annual document that outlines school organization and utilization — based on suggestions from a panel created earlier this year by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.
The Blue Book has been the focus of several education-related debates in the city in recent years, from trailers in schoolyards to co-locations. Critics allege the Bloomberg administration’s Blue Books underestimated how much space schools need and overestimated how much space was available to make co-locations politically palpable.
Supporters of the police tactic stop, question and frisk are getting ready to say “I told you so,” now that new statistics show a spike in shooting incidents.
According to the NYPD, shootings jumped 11 percent compared to the same time last year and this past weekend, there were 21 shootings alone, causing some to second-guess Mayor de Blasio’s decision to drop the city’s appeal against amendments added to stop and frisk.
The City Council approved municipal identification legislation last Thursday. It will be the largest program of its kind in the United States.
The bill’s goal is to expand access to city services for all residents, but most notably the estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants here.
Are they mothers and fathers searching for a bed for their children to sleep in at night or dangerous derelicts who will bring chaos and disorder to Elmhurst?
On Tuesday night, the answer differed depending on which side of Goldsmith Street you were standing on.
The screaming and sign-waving regarding the Pan American Hotel’s transformation last month into a homeless shelter wasn’t just limited to the sidewalks along Goldsmith Street in Elmhurst on Monday night.
Inside the Elks Lodge, the roars of the angry crowd outside were drowned out by residents and elected officials ripping the city for housing even more homeless families in their community.
The 115th Precinct has placed two officers near Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights after complaints of loud music and safety issues.
The announcement was made at Community Board 3’s second annual outdoor meeting in the plaza held June 26, and residents expect the initiative to address their concerns with the open space.
The situation regarding the Pan American hotel's stealthy transformation into a homeless shelter earlier this month, which sent Elmhurst residents and elected officials into a frenzy, has taken an ugly turn
The hundreds of Elmhurst residents incensed over the Pan Am hotel transforming into a homeless shelter seemingly overnight three weeks ago will get a chance to ask questions of those operating the building next week.
On Monday, June 30, at 7 p.m., there will be a public meeting regarding the shelter at BPO Elks Lodge #878 at 82-20 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst.
Avonte’s Law, a bill proposed by Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-Brooklyn), was brought before the Education Committee on Thursday and almost every speaker and councilmember seemed on board, except the Department of Education.
“We have some concerns,” DOE deputy chancellor Kathleen Grimm said.
Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) said Wednesday that he still had not heard a satisfactory reply from the Department of Education regarding the scheduling and public notice of a June 6 meeting on the co-location of a charter school this fall in PS 59 in Springfield Gardens.
“Absolutely not,” Miller said in a phone conversation. He did say that there appears to have been some feelers from the DOE, but nothing definite.
Rikers Island has been making headlines recently after two men’s deaths in the jail and a former inmate murdering a 7-year-old boy — all of whom suffered from mental illness — led to officials questioning the competency of the city Departments of Health and Correction.
The City Council called both agencies to sit before joint committees for an oversight hearing last Thursday.
It is no secret that Queens is one of the most diverse areas in the country and Jackson Heights is a testament to that.
“If you go down there, that’s called Little Bangladesh,” longtime resident and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said. “Then the next street, that’s little India.”
A crowd estimated at around 1,000 protested outside the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst Tuesday evening, decrying its new use as a homeless shelter.
This is in response to your June 5 editorial support of JROTC in our public high schools (“JROTC is an excellent program”).
JROTC is a military curriculum supported by city taxpayers in 14 high schools, at an annual cost of $2 million, to recruit our students. As a former public school teacher, Councilman Danny Dromm understands the needs of our public schools, which do not include supporting military education. Taxpayer money must be reallocated to educational programs that better serve our students and prepare them for a meaningful role in society. JROTC is a misuse of taxpayer money.
We Veterans for Peace (veteransforpeace.org) have long opposed the increasing militarization of our society, including training our children for war, which has been found to be so costly and destructive to our society, while creating new enemies. We support peaceful alternatives to war.
We veterans, who know something about wasteful military spending, say stop the war machine, which consumes so much of our budget with no real benefit. Meanwhile, programs for our returning veterans are significantly underfunded, in order to pay for unnecessary new weapons, when we have no conceivabl
e enemies. Let’s stop teaching war, and concentrate on funding human needs, including healthcare and education, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and mass transit, and funding useful jobs for our young people.
World peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century. Teach peace!
Michael Mallon, left, a spokesman for Councilman Danny Dromm, discusses the representative’s stance on the Pan American Hotel’s redesignation as a homeless shelter at Community Board 4’s monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
Parents from IS 59 and local officials are fuming over what they say was less than 48 hours’ notice from the Department of Education about a meeting related to the co-location of a charter school in their building in September.
The meeting, which was not technically a public hearing, was meant to discuss how IS 59, PS 176 and the new Success Academy charter school will coexist and share facilities in the same building for the next two years before 176 returns to its own site.
The people of Elmhurst and surrounding communities think the city misled them, and while officials deny it, it’s easy to see why the residents feel the way they do.
At issue is how the Department of Homeless Services has turned the former Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard into a shelter for undomiciled families. That happened last Friday, apparently with no advance notice to the area’s city councilman, Danny Dromm, or Community Board 4.
In a move that shocked community board members and an elected official, the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst was converted into a homeless shelter by the Department of Homeless Services last Friday despite denials of the scenario being a possibility just two weeks ago.
At a May 22 public hearing over a proposed 125-family shelter in Glendale, DHS Assistant Commissioner Lisa Black insisted the 216-room Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. would never be used as homeless housing.
After at least 26 members of the City Council last week signed a letter telling retail giant Walmart and its owners’ family foundation that donations from them to organizations in the city are not welcome, several charitable groups that receive the contributions were quoted in the media as saying they have no intention of returning the funding.
“We will not give the money back, nor should we,” Joel Berg, executive director of the Coalition Against Hunger, told the New York Post. “Our determination of whether we ask for and take money is not how the company earned the money, it’s how they want us to spend it. In this case it’s on progressive values. Never has it been tied to any public-policy agenda.”
The city is moving dozens of homeless families into the old Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, the Queens Chronicle learned June 10, even though a top official had told residents on May 22 that it would not be doing that.