One Jewish Democratic official called it “touching the third rail of Queens politics.”
A Democratic district leader from Jackson Heights posted one word and a symbol on her Facebook page last week and it has sparked criticism. Depending on whom you ask, her comment ignited a hot debate within the Democratic Party, or was just exploited in a cynical ploy in an obscure political race that is part of the ongoing battle between the Queens Democratic establishment and a group of anti-establishment party members backed by several citywide elected officials.
Rep. Grace Meng calls on scores of undocumented immigrants to either apply for or renew their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday. Applications for renewal must be submitted at least 120 days before one’s benefits expire.
Charges are expected to be filed this week in the death of Michael Deng of Bayside, who died during a fraternity hazing in December.
According to published reports, up to 30 members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity at Baruch College could face charges ranging from hazing to homicide.
It may be deja vu all over again for the U.S. Postal Service’s Whitestone Processing and Distribution Center, which now is scheduled to move most of its operations to Brooklyn by fall 2015.
There’s still a chance Congress could delay consolidation for another two years, but the Whitestone facility has been on the chopping block for more than two years and this time it could become a reality.
Now is the time to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or, for those accepted into it two years ago, to renew their status, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said Tuesday.
Meng and a handful of immigration activists stood outside Newtown High School in Elmhurst to urge those who applied for DACA two years ago and those who are eligible to apply but haven’t in the past to file with the federal government as soon as possible.
Developers, left, with elected officials including Borough President Melinda Katz, center, Councilman Peter Koo, Rep. Grace Meng, state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman David Weprin.
Flushing student artist Xiangkun Kong recently was honored by Rep. Grace Meng in Washington, DC as winner in the Sixth Congressional District art competition.
Kong’s winning artwork, along with the others from art contests throughout the United States, will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a heavily traveled corridor of the United States Capitol.
Although even the developers wondered at times if the project would ever get off the ground, the first shovels were activated Monday morning to signal the start of work on the $1 billion mixed-use Flushing Commons project.
Michael Meyer, president of TDC Development, which is working with the Rockefeller Group to develop the five-acre project on the site of Municipal Parking Lot 1, told an audience of elected officials and community leaders that “it’s been a long time coming.”
Stuyvesant High School senior Soham Daga, of Forest Hills, was honored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in Washington, DC last Thursday for his tireless community service throughout the borough.
They are joined here by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens).
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.
Phil Ragusa, 74, of Beechhurst, who led the Queens Republican Party for seven years, many of them tumultuous, died Tuesday from leukemia at New York Presybterian Hospital.
Accolades from across the state and farther have poured in about the certified public accountant who took over the helm of the Queens party from former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, who stepped down in 2007.
Phil Ragusa of Whitestone, the longtime chairman of the Queens Republican Party, has died. He was 74.
Queens GOP official Robert Hornak announced Ragusa's death in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
I’ve recently returned from Washington, DC, where I met with Rep. Grace Meng and staff members in the offices of Rep. Gregory Meeks, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer about issues that may seem far from home, but are near and dear to core American values.
One of them is the vital importance of supporting United Nations peacekeeping operations, particularly in nations like the Central African Republic — a country teetering on the brink of genocide. UN peacekeepers are desperately needed there — and in other volatile and terror-plagued nations around the globe — to restore law and order and save countless lives.
Fortunately, the UN Security Council, with support from the United States, has approved a robust peacekeeping mission in CAR. But currently, the U.S. is in the red on its UN peacekeeping dues, and this year’s federal budget underfunds UN peacekeeping by $350 million. During our meeting, I urged Ms. Meng and, through their staff, the other legislators to address this growing concern and provide full support for peacekeeping funding.
I am not alone in this conviction — a recent bipartisan poll found that two-thirds of Americans support full and timely payment of UN dues, including for peacekeeping operations. That includes Americans like me and hundreds of others who traveled to Washington for the annual meeting of the United Nations Association of the USA, an organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and work of the UN.
As our representatives consider the fiscal year 2015 spending bill, we must fully fund all peacekeeping needs, including this newest mission in CAR.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced that seven area students from Queens have been accepted to the United States service academies after the Congresswoman nominated them to attend the prestigious institutions.
She recently greeted six of them. They are Kytoh Li , left, of Flushing (Naval Academy); Julia Hsu of Flushing (West Point Prep School); Daniel Roman of Maspeth (West Point); Meng; Jimmy Peraffan of Glendale (Naval Academy); Francesco Rojas of Glendale (Naval Academy); and Yennifer Posada of Flushing (Merchant Marine Prep School). Not present was Elizabeth Kim of Flushing (Naval Academy).
Noora Ferdoucy just wants her dad to come home.
“My family cannot move forward without my father,” she said at a rally held at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center on Monday. “He provided for us, took care of us and most importantly, he is my dad. He was there for me every day and I love him.”
With Iraq being torn apart by sectarian violence that many analysts are calling a civil war, following nearly 10 years of U.S.-led combat and occupation, the Queens Chronicle this week asked all seven members of the House of Representatives who represent parts of this borough for their thoughts on the crisis.
Five of the members were asked a series of questions over email, while one, Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) answered similar ones during an interview about his campaign.
Have you ever discovered that your father, brother, husband, partner or boyfriend failed to schedule — or keep — a doctor’s visit for a screening or a preventative checkup? Did you know, on average, women in the United States are expected to live approximately five years longer than men? One possible explanation is that women are more likely than men to see their doctors regularly. As a periodontist and oral healthcare professional, I can personally attest to the validity of this statement. Let’s change that! June is Men’s Health Month. All men should take these three important steps to start reducing their risk of cancer: exercise, eat healthy and get screened.
Rep. Grace Meng
A bill sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) that would make the desecration of cemeteries overseas a violation of religious freedom punishable by sanctions was passed last week in the House and now goes to the Senate.
The legislation would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include vandalizing of cemeteries as one of several crimes against freedom of religion.
Forest Hills held its Memorial Day Parade Sunday, complete with area officials and organizations and three grand marshals leading the way.
At the top, Borough President Melinda Katz greets veterans.
Before Community Board 6’s May 14 meeting ended, Sara Demartino of Rego Park stood up and described a problem she said is plaguing her community: the constant cacophony of barking dogs in Yellowstone Park, across the street from her Forest Hills home.
“It’s a quality-of-life issue that me and my neighbors are experiencing on a daily basis,” Demartino said. “It’s impossible to have a conversation, there’s so much noise.”
Morgan Lancman, a lawyer and wife of Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), is the Queens Democratic Party’s choice for a Civil Court judgeship.
Lancman, a graduate of New York Law School who has served as a court referee, a court secretary for several judges, and as an attorney at the City Comptroller’s Office, became the party’s designee for the post at the organization’s meeting Monday.
“How do you download the power of the federal government into the district you represent?”
That’s a key question Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) has been asking himself and trying to answer as he serves his first term in Congress.
Rep. Grace Meng is in her first term in Congress. She discussed a range of issues with the Queens Chronicle last Friday, from legislation she’s authored to trouble abroad.