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Rep. Steve Israel announced a proposed elder-care tax credit at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabiliation Center on Long Island last week. He was joined by Doug Davidson, left, executive director of the LI Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; Michael Scarpelli, Gurwin’s associate administrator; LI resident Sandy Weinberg; Gurwin executive vice president and CEO Herb Friedman; Fred Jenny, executive director of the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation; and LI resident Stephen Goldfarb.
A new bill introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) on March 4 would allow those caring for elderly relatives who do not live with them to receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 for qualified elder-care expenses.
Many of those caregivers — who, according to Israel, spend on average $5,530 out-of-pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives — cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere.
Grant Lally wants to oppose Rep. Steve Israel.
Inspecting the damaged seawall at LeHavre co-ops in Whitestone are Steve Young, a resident, left, Rep. Steve Israel, Councilman Paul Vallone and LeHavre manager Margaret Costello.
World War II veteran James Dikeman, 91, of Little Neck, seated left, finally got the military honors he deserved at a ceremony last week sponsored by Rep. Steve Israel, standing left.
Dikeman, who served as an infantryman from 1942-45, was injured in Tunisia in 1943. Israel learned last year that the veteran never received the nine medals he was due because his military records were destroyed in a fire.
Imagine in your worst dreams surviving the Holocaust and then in old age not having enough to eat.
That is what’s happening to 140 Jewish senior citizens around the borough whose kosher Meals on Wheels program is in danger of shutting down because of lack of funds.
Hurricane Sandy damage to a seawall at LeHavre co-ops in Whitestone has left owners of the 28-acre upscale waterfront property overlooking the Long Island Sound wondering who will pay.
Described as “luxury waterfront co-ops” by the real estate industry, LeHavre was built as rental units in 1958 and converted to co-ops in 1984. Damage to the seawall was discovered after the 2012 storm and the development’s insurance does not cover repair costs.
The lawyer who asked that a case involving his client, Vince Tabone, be delayed, saying it would be unfair to Republican candidates seeking office, has thrown his own hat in the ring to oppose Rep. Steve Israel.
Grant Lally, a Republican from Lloyd Harbor, LI, announced last week that he would oppose Congressman Israel for the 3rd Congressional District seat. The district covers parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties and a section of Queens, including Douglaston, Little Neck, Whitestone and Floral Park.
Rep. Steve Israel addresses the Douglaston bus situation on Monday. With him are Councilman Paul Vallone, left, Borough President Melinda Katz, fourth from left, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, state Sen. Tony Avella and area residents.
Residents of Northeast Queens may get expanded bus service if Rep. Steve Israel (D-LI, Queens), Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and other area politicians get their way.
At a press conference at a bus stop in Douglaston on Monday, Israel said that four out of five routes to the area had experienced an increase in ridership in the past two years. He called for more money for a Federal Transit Authority Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Grant, which provides funding for capital projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses, vans and related equipment and to construct related facilities, such as bus stops.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
Bay Terrace’s PS 169 was the location of Paul Vallone’s inauguration ceremony as councilman for the 19th District on Saturday, which drew a crowd of more than 500 people.
Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, was master of ceremonies. Participants included the Francis Lewis High School Junior ROTC color guard and William Liao, a fourth-grader from PS 203, who recited Emma Lazarus’ famous poem “The New Colossus.”
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
(An open letter to Hillary Clinton)
History has honored significant contributions of women as chiefs of state. Examples: Spain had Isabelle, queen of Castile and Aragon. Russia had Catherine the Great, empress of Russia. England had Queens Elizabeth I and Victoria, and today has Queen Elizabeth II. Also Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Israel had Prime Minister Golda Meier. The chancellor of Germany is Angela Merkel.
The time is now for America to join the honor roll of nations with distinguished women as head of state. Hillary, you proved your leadership ability while serving as our secretary of state. You and Madeleine Albright have an excellent record of accomplishments in foreign relations. You both have earned the admiration and respect of world leaders as America’s two outstanding secretaries of state.
Hillary, seize the moment! You are the woman to have America represented on the honor roll. Please “throw your hat into the ring.” The Democratic National Convention in 2016 will enthusiastically nominate you by acclamation. As madam president, you could continue the positive image the world has of both presidents ... Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
A rabbi and an imam have joined forces to create mutual religious understanding between Muslims and Jews by teaching that a respectful relationship between the people of their two faiths is not just a good idea, it’s also good theology.
“We believe that the greatest challenge is not a political peace process or an economic peace process, but the greatest challenge is a theological peace process,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, an 18th-generation rabbi and founder of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, LI and the New York Synagogue in Manhattan. He also co-founded the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding with music-business magnate Russell Simmons.
Queens congressional representatives Grace Meng, left, Steve Israel and Gregory Meeks all spoke in support Friday of a measure by Congressman Joe Crowley, second from right, aimed at reducing noise near airports nationwide.
Political heavyweights from throughout Queens were on hand at LaGuardia Airport last Friday as Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) announced legislation that would require airlines to stock their fleets with quieter planes.
The Quiet Skies Act (HR 3650) will, if passed, give the Federal Aviation Administration until the end of 2015 to come up with regulations that would require all domestic airlines to phase in quiter aircraft, or those meeting the federal Stage 4 noise requirements.
As a Queens resident who has had to deal with the issue of increased airplane noise in our borough, I’m writing to commend our local elected officials — specifically Reps. Steve Israel and Grace Meng, state Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein — for their work to curb airplane noise over our neighborhoods, and to create an Airplane Noise Community Roundtable. Their work has paid off after Gov. Cuomo recently directed the Port Authority to both monitor noise levels and form a roundtable. Increased airplane noise has been detrimental to the quality of life of so many in our community, and it’s encouraging that Queens residents will now be able to voice their concerns.
Demographics are not always destiny, as proven by two men whose unlikely friendship has been at the heart of their efforts to bridge religious chasms in the United States since the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001.
Now the pair are bringing their mutual understanding to Forest Hills, where they will discuss their new book, “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims,” on Dec. 15.
Elected officials, area clergymen and dozens of onlookers gathered on Sunday night to watch the lighting of a 16-foot-tall menorah at Federoff Triangle on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Chabad of Rego Park Rabbi Eli Blokh spoke to the crowd, which also included Congresswoman Grace Meng.
Elected officials, area clergymen and dozens of onlookers gathered on Sunday night to watch the lighting of a 16-foot-tall menorah at Federoff Triangle on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Chabad of Rego Park Rabbi Eli Blokh spoke to the crowd, which also included Congresswoman Grace Meng. Five of the menorah’s candles were lit to recognize the fifth night of Chanukah and Woodside resident Harry Bieber was also honored for his service in Israel’s War of Independence. — by Christopher Barca
“I think we let Iran off the hook,” said City Councilman-Elect Rory Lancman, echoing similar reactions other Jewish leaders representing Queens had about the new nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran.
On Saturday, President Obama announced the Joint Plan of Action a deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) to greatly reduce Iran’s nuclear activity for the next six months. Iran will have to permit inspectors daily access to its facilities while the P5+1 countries will curtail its sanctions in certain areas including the auto industry, oil and gold exports.
It has taken nearly half a century, but the fact-based drama “Resistance” from the pen or, more recently, the computer, of Kew Gardens resident and playwright Lawrence Bloom is finally going to be seen in its entirety by an audience.
It is being given a one-time only read-through at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center with a cast drawn primarily from the temple’s resident troupe, Theatre By the Bay.
As a member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant: fellow New Yorker Nina Davuluri.
Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.
Embracing diversity is an American value, and one that I have always cherished. I am the product of grandparents who fled Russia due to persecution and found an accepting home here in America. I have spent my life honoring their memory by fighting against hatred, bigotry and persecution. When I heard of the vitriol being directed toward Ms. Davuluri, I felt compelled to respond.
I join with the voices of the many Americans who have cried out against these hateful remarks. And I will continue to work in Congress to fight against hatred.
Editor’s note: The writer’s congressional district includes much of northern Queens.