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The deaths of unarmed African-American men who were killed by police, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York City, have led to protests across the country, where disturbed and upset people expressed their anger about the outcomes of the cases.
Officer Darren Wilson resigned after shooting and killing 18-year-old Brown in Ferguson. Garner was killed during his altercation with NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who, like Wilson, was cleared by a grand jury.
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!
Columbia University dismissed Lions football head coach Peter Mangurian this past Friday. Ironically, the fact that the Lions are in the midst of a 21-game losing streak had little to do with the dismissal; rather it was reports that Mangurian was verbally abusive to players, and even worse, ignored their concerns about having incurred concussions, that spurred Columbia president Lee Bollinger to act.
Not to belittle the players’ concerns, but not firing this guy just based on his win-loss record reminds me of how the feds could only put Al Capone away for income tax evasion instead of for any of his hardcore gangster activities. But the important thing is that Columbia finally got rid of “the Vince Lombardi of losing.”
When a grand jury last week decided not to indict the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal hold, outrage spread across the country. Demonstrations sprang up in Garner’s neighborhood in Staten Island, around the city and as far as California. On Sunday, Jamaica became the latest scene for protesters to voice their anger over the grand jury’s controversial decision.
The demonstration was organized by the advocacy groups 100 Suits for 100 Men, based in Southeast Queens, and Youth Huddle, which is a part of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
The many empty seats in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a hearing Dec. 3 on proposed fare and toll hikes set to take effect in March, did little to deter those in attendance from expressing their views.
Most of the speakers who did show up shared common concerns: rising financial burdens from the rate increases and dissatisfaction with various aspects of the transit system.
Queens has more branch libraries than any other borough — with 62 — and, therefore, a special interest in helping celebrate their role in the life of our city. That’s exactly what the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards do, and they are accepting nominations from the public through Dec. 12.
I read the November 20 South Queens edition of the Chronicle with a great deal of interest. In particular I appreciate the effort that the editors are making in covering the competing proposals to develop the former LIRR Rockaway line. The paper has repeatedly provided the readers with advocates for both proposals, for a park and for a rail line.
This particular edition had a story, “Use surplus cash on rail line: Goldfeder” by Anthony O’Reilly, reporting on Assemblyman Goldfeder’s proposal for rail service. The other, an Opinion by Andrea Crawford, argues in favor of park space.
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
Situated on California’s Golden Coast it is not, but Glendale and Hollywood may soon have more in common than one might think.
The owners of Broadway Stages, the Brooklyn-based television and film production company, has purchased the Atlas Terminal site next to The Shops at Atlas Park for $19.5 million, according to city documents.
The newly formed South East Queens Chamber of Commerce is hoping to revitalize the Downtown Jamaica area and turn it and other neighborhoods into shopping destinations.
The group’s motto is “Together, we can!” and the Rev. R. Simone Lord, who founded the chamber last July, has faith the community will come together to support her efforts.
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.
(NAPSI)—Good news about the economy: America tops the list in seeking risk, hiring new talent, and recognizing and addressing high turnover as areas of focus for business growth in the coming year. The most confident and healthy sector of the U.S. economy is mid-size business, according to new research from The Sage Group plc. These businesses are comprised of 100 or more employees but fewer than 1,000.
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.
Why not continue participating beyond the annual national Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29? Do the same as often as you can during the other 364 days a year. Skip the national chain stores’ annual Black Friday madness, which now starts early Thursday night at most big box large retail stores. Only P.C. Richards puts aside financial greed in favor of allowing their employees to stay home with family and is closed. Stay home and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. Get a good night’s sleep and instead come out and support small business by shopping local. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your neighborhood businesses. There are so many great options to choose from.
Remember, these people are our neighbors. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.
Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support the Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep the paper in business. Let them know you saw their ad here. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.
A Flushing doctor was charged with cheating six insurance companies out of more than $25,000 by billing the groups for services he never provided to patients, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said on Thursday.
“To a dishonest healthcare provider, a patient’s medical data is like having access to their credit card, and can be more valuable as most people scrutinize their credit card statements much more closely than they do explanations of benefits printouts,” Brown said in a statement announcing the charges.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), center, in conjunction with Woodside on the Move, distributed approximately 600 free turkeys to area churches, soup kitchens and food pantries on Saturday.
“The economic recovery has been slow and there are many individuals and families struggling to make ends meet,” Peralta said. “Our turkey drive at least helps ensure a hearty holiday meal and some cheer for some people who could use a hand.”
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.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off the second part of her Jamaica Planning Initiative Conference last Saturday at York College.
The effort, kicked off by Katz this past summer, once again brought several hundred people from the government, business, real estate, finance, education and residential property-owner sectors of the community.
With affordable housing becoming a focal point for Mayor de Blasio, the City Council issued a comprehensive report on another dwindling sector — industrial businesses.
On Nov. 19, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) announced the city’s commitment to keeping manufacturing areas and Industrial Business Zones from becoming strictly residential.
With the height of the holiday shopping season on the horizon, businesses in Queens hope to get a boost from the fourth annual Small Business Saturday this Nov. 29.
The promotion, created by American Express in 2010 to urge consumers to shop at local small businesses the day after Black Friday, will be a focus in some Queens communities this year.
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.
(BPT) - Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.
A Flushing doctor was charged with cheating six insurance companies out of more than $25,000 by billing the groups for services her never provided to patients, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said on Thursday.
The PTA PS 16 gardening club in Corona joined the Parks Department greenhouse team to beautify Corona Plaza’s garden for the upcoming winter and spring seasons.
The 22 volunteers planted 500 daffodil bulbs, two displays of colorful winter cabbage, red twig dogwood and cotoneaster cranberry shrubs and hauled away 17 bags of garbage and garden debris.