Three masked intruders have entered Jamaica High School and police emergency units have responded, the city announced around 2:25 p.m. Thursday on its NYC Alerts Twitter feed.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley believes women should make up a larger percentage of the Fire Department.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) last week dismissed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) assertion about gender discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are simply not interested to become firefighters or aren’t fit for the job.
Savino made those comments in a Facebook post, moments after a City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice hearing, chaired by Crowley, grilled Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro about the lack of female representation in the department. The state senator dismissed Crowley’s claims that the FDNY is using “excessive testing” and rigorous exercises which cause women to drop out of the academy.
Victims of domestic violence will now have an easier pathway into the city’s homeless shelter system.
At a Friday press conference at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro 361-a, which grants a presumption of eligibility for applicants to the city shelter system who are exiting Human Resources Administration domestic violence shelters.
Mayor de Blasio’s task force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System report shows that even though the city’s jail population has been reduced, the share of people there with mental illnesses has increased. The group proposed and the city adopted a $130 million plan to reduce jail re-entry in New York City and establish new treatment programs.
New York City will spend $130 million over the next four years, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, jail re-entry and the number of people with mental illnesses, who are often locked up for minor offenses.
The plan, proposed by Mayor de Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, came in response to a number of cases in which mentally ill inmates died under questionable conditions at Rikers Island, the country’s second-largest correction facility.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney finally got her bill passed to construct a national museum for women after 16 years.
It took 16 years, but the bill to form a commission on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum went to President Obama’s desk this week after being passed by Congress.
“When you go down the mall, everything is there,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), who introduced the bill in 1998, said. “They have museums for postage stamps, for law and order, and yet there is not a single museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women.”
Thank you. Margaret Finnerty receives a citation from Daniel Brown, a representative for Borough President Melinda Katz. Finnerty reflected on her time as family advocate for School District 27 before her retirement later this month.
Margaret Finnerty described her job as School District 27’s family advocate as a juggling act.
“You have to cover parents’ meetings and attend community education council meetings once a month,” she said. “There’s a lot going on throughout the district.”
The Department of Sanitation now has the authority to immediately remove illegal clothing bins placed on city and private property, a process that previously took about a month to resolve, thanks to a new city law.
The city Department of Sanitation is now authorized to immediately seize illegitimate clothing donation bins placed throughout the city — a process that previously took more than a month — after the City Council approved new legislation last month and it went unaddressed by Mayor de Blasio.
“While we want to encourage New Yorkers to donate clothing and other materials to those in need, we also want to ensure that organizations collecting these items are doing so responsibly, and this bill will achieve both of those goals,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in a written statement.
The sound of idling engines has been ringing through 95th Avenue for the past two years, according to a resident of the block. He claims the drivers are waking up residents and littering its streets.
Ozone Park resident Eduardo Venegas has been waking up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of idling school buses for the past two years, and he’s sick of it.
“I’m thinking that I might have to move out of here,” he said. “They honk, double-park and litter all around the street.”
Protesters marched on Washington, DC last Saturday in solidarity against racial injustices, bearing signs stating “All Lives Matter.”
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington, DC last Saturday to call for legislative reform and show solidarity against what they called a flawed and racist judiciary system.
Saturday’s “Day of Resistance” was just the latest in a series of protests nationwide in the wake of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the wrongful death of Eric Garner.
Close to $5 million has been allocated to the revamping of the Cross Bay Bridge’s infrastructure and electronic equipment that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced last Thursday.
“Superstorm Sandy damaged Rockaway’s critical infrastructure like the Cross Bay Bridge, which connects the community with the rest of Queens and beyond,” Schumer said in a written statement. “I am pleased to announce $4.7 million in FEMA funding which will help repair and protect the Cross Bay Bridge in the event of a future storm.”
NYPD Capt. NetÈis Gilbert of the 105th Precinct warned residents to be wary of scams and exercise common sense while shopping or leaving one’s car.
Leaders of Community Board 13 said Monday that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services wants to place a home for nonviolent youthful offenders in Queens Village.
But board members also said they want ACS officials to attend a meeting and discuss exactly what they have in mind.
The city’s Build it Back program is seeking a new construction manager for Queens to increase the number of renovations on Sandy-ravaged homes. Here, Build it Back workers lay the ground-work for a construction project in Broad Channel.
Sheldon Lobel, left, attorney for the struggling Torah Haim Ohel Sara synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills, is questioned by Borough President Melinda Katz at a land use hearing at Borough Hall last Thursday.
Just in time for Hanukkah, Borough President Melinda Katz heard explanations from the representatives of an illegally operated synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills at last Thursday’s land use hearing at Borough Hall.
According to Sheldon Lobel, the attorney for Torah Haim Ohel Sara at 144-11 77 Ave., the synagogue’s owners are seeking an extension from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to give themselves more time to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
State Education Commissioner John King released a report that said more than 90 percent of city educators are effective or highly effective.
More than 90 percent of city teachers and principals were rated as effective or highly effective in the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review in the first year that the five boroughs were graded under the assessment system.
“For our schools to succeed, we need to hold ourselves accountable for the development of our educators,” city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a said in a written statement after the report was released on Tuesday. “At the same time, a well-developed evaluation system — with four, much more nuanced ratings, instead of only two — helps us identify and provide specific support to struggling teachers, as well as identify those who do not belong in the classroom.”
Elmhurst United organizer Jennifer Chu addresses issues at the old Pan American Hotel on Friday, which was transformed into a homeless shelter in June. State Sen. Tony Avella called the rally in his capacity as chairman of the Social Services Committee.