“There could not have been a Gregory Meeks if there wasn’t a Malcolm X,” the congressman who represents Southeast Queens on Capitol Hill said.
Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) was looking directly at Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of the slain civil rights leader, when he said that, citing the deep effect her father had had on his early life.
If it would be possible to sum up Dabney Montgomery’s life in a single sentence, Gerald Karikari would have it about right.
“He stood up when it was time.”
Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
Financial assistance for Sandy-affected residents who must move into temporary housing while their homes are being repaired under the city’s Build it Back program is just one of multiple storm relief initiatives that are included in a federally funded $4.21 billion recovery plan, city officials announced last Friday.
“As we continue to build back a stronger and more resilient city after Sandy, it’s critical that we make every impacted family and small business whole again — and ensure they’re better protected next time they need to be,” Mayor de Blasio said in a written statement.
The U.S. Post Office in Springfield Gardens soon will bear the name of a trailblazer in Queens politics.
The U.S. Senate in a recent vote passed a House of Representatives measure naming the building at 218-10 Merrick Blvd. for Cynthia Jenkins, who was the first African-American woman from Southeast Queens voted to the state Assembly when she took office in 1981.
Congressmen Gregory Meeks, front, and Hakeem Jeffries at a recent press conference on Capitol Hill with other New York congressional members, speaking about the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who placed a Staten Island man in a fatal hold.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, center, honored work done by people who have lost loved ones to gun violence at a dinner in Jamaica on Dec. 5.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
Congressman Gregory Meeks marveled on Dec. 5 when he attended a dinner in Jamaica for mothers who have lost children to gun violence.
“I really don’t know of anybody more important than you,” said Meeks (D-Queens), who hosted the dinner. “You’re saving somebody else’s child and as a result, you’re making sure that your life has triumph.”
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.
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.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, left, speaks with reporters following the announcement that Rep. Gregory Meeks, center, would be reintroducing legislation that would allow FEMA to forgive overpayment of emergency aid given to Sandy victims.
Congressman Gregory Meeks was one of several elected officials who spoke out on Nov. 20 for separate community roundtables for both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports at a meeting hosted by the Port Authority at York College.
Help is on the way for many residents still suffering from Superstorm Sandy.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) announced on Monday that he is reintroducing legislation that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive the overpayment of emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, if they were given the funds due to a clerical error.
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
Monday night’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has filled up any openings in the Rev. Phil Craig’s normally busy schedule.
“I’ll be in Staten Island tonight,” said Craig, pastor of The Greater Springfield Community Church in Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be at the press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday.”
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and officials from Queens College on Monday released the results of a study that concluded reactivating the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch would generate 500,000 subway rides per day, but that residents of the Rockaways support the alternative park plan.
“Reactivating the Rockaway Beach line would connect South and northern Queens in a way that is not currently possible,” Goldfeder said at a press conference in Queens College’s library.
Carlisle Towery, Borough President Melinda Katz, Vicki Been and Congressman Gregory Meeks.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, who recently visited Haiti, says more must be done to curb a cholera epidemic that has devastated the island nation.
Mayor de Blasio told a coalition of South Queens elected officials last Thursday that the city will no longer continue the popular Rockaway Ferry service to residents of the peninsula, according to a joint statement from seven politicians who had met with the mayor at City Hall.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), Assemblywoman Michelle Titus (D-Far Rockaway) and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said in a joint written statement that they were “extremely disappointed at the decision to discontinue ferry service to the Rockaways.”
A federal judge in Manhattan last week heard arguments from Haitian cholera victims who filed a lawsuit against the United Nations.
The plaintiffs contend that UN troops stationed in Haiti following a catastrophic earthquake in 2010 caused the cholera breakout that reportedly killed more than 8,000 people since October of that year.
Mayor de Blasio told a coalition of South Queens elected officials on Thursday that the city will no longer continue the popular Rockaway Ferry service to residents of the peninsula, according to joint statement from seven politicians who had met with the mayor at City Hall.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.
Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
York College last week honored its longest-serving president and a tireless advocate for the CUNY educational system with its naming and dedication of the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center.
Bassin served as president of York from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. He died in 2012 at the age of 88.