For weeks, community leaders opposed to a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and plans for another in Glendale have been urging residents to call city Comptroller Scott Stringer to make their opinions known.
Well, it’s working.
U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley arrives in style on Monday at a press conference pushing a bill to offer tax breaks for those using bike sharing programs to go to and from work. He hopes passage will lead to expansion of the Citi Bike program into Queens.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.
The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.
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.
Despite circulating petitions earlier this month with his name as a candidate for state Senate, ex-Councilman Tom Ognibene will not run, GOP sources say.
Ognibene, of Middle Village, was listed on Republican petitions as a candidate for the seat now occupied by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
Campaign finance reports have revved up the interest and the rhetoric in the state’s 11th Senate District, while in the 14th they brought more bad news for 14-year incumbent Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Former city Comptroller John Liu, who joined the race less than two months ago, reported more than $508,000 in donations to his campaign to unseat incumbent Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District Democratic primary in reports that were due by 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.
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.
Shortly after he was kicked out of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference in 2013, people in Albany and Southeast Queens began calling him the man without a party.
Now locked in a primary battle for his political survival and a federal corruption trial restarting in January, state Sen. Malcolm Smith apparently can only watch as every party leader, elected official and natural Democratic constituency group lines up behind former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
Ex-City Councilman Tom Ognibene, a Republican, is circulating petitions to run for the state Senate against incumbent Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a source tells the Queens Chronicle.
Ognibene, a Middle Village attorney, served as a city councilman representing Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale from 1992 through 2001. He attempted to take back his Council seat in 2009, but lost to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). He later ran for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Carl Paladino, but in a fluke lost the GOP primary to Greg Edwards, county executive of Chautauqua County in Western New York, the preferred running mate of unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio.
Dozens of area residents discarded old computers, cell phones, printers and other unused electronic items at a recent “E-recycling spring cleaning day” in Woodside.
The event was hosted by state Assemblywoman Marge Markey and Rep. Joe Crowley, the Queens Democratic Party chairman, both seen here with some of the equipment that was brought in. They are joined by Bill McClean, president of the Boulevard Gardens co-op association, and workers with Green Recycling Management.
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).
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.
A month after community activist Dmytro Fedkowskyj announced his candidacy for the state Assembly District 30 seat, Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) has begun her efforts to win a ninth term in office.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens), left, joined Markey and a handful of supporters Monday to begin petitioning to get the assemblywoman on this year’s ballot.
Marjorie Melikian, left, chairwoman of its historical committee; Barbara Jackson from the office of Rep. Joe Crowley; Ann Friedman of the Landmarks Conservancy; and state Sen. Toby Stavisky.
After months of rumors, Community Board 5 discussions and angry statements from elected officials, it was finally time for the Glendale community to speak up regarding the proposed homeless shelter planned for 78-16 Cooper Ave.
And its collective voice was loud and clear.
The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown celebrated its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places on May 18 with the unveiling of the plaque that says it made the selective list.
Part of The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend, First Presbyterian events on May 17 and 18 included talks on the church’s history and architecture and walking tours. Dedicated in 1895 for a congregation that traces back to 1652, the church is located at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 54th Avenue in Elmhurst. In the 1920s, it was moved 125 feet because the boulevard was about to be widened. Further details of the church’s history and more are available online at fpcn.org.
After months of rumors, Community Board 5 discussions and angry statements from elected officials, it was finally time for the Glendale community to speak up regarding the homeless shelter proposed for 78-16 Cooper Ave.
And its collective voice was heard loud and clear.
A “residency bottleneck” exists.
More and more students are enrolling into medical school and graduating, yet the number of residency slots available is capped. Graduates need these residencies to complete their training and become licensed physicians. But Congress, which controls funding for most residency programs, has frozen the number of subsidized spots since 1997. If we want to address the physician shortage, we need to fix this problem.
Luckily, there is a solution.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) supports legislation that would expand the current cap on the number of Medicare-funded training slots for doctors. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, backed by a record-high 100 bipartisan members, would increase the number of residencies nationwide by 15,000 over five years — a 15 percent increase from the number of spots open in 2013. It would provide enough funding for New York State to train an estimated 500 additional residents annually.
Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the American Association of Medical Colleges, applauded lawmakers, saying the bill “would begin to alleviate the doctor shortage facing the nation by allowing medical schools and teaching hospitals to train between 3,000 and 4,000 more physicians a year.”
But this is only one step toward addressing the physician shortage. This legislation falls short of addressing other problems such as the shortage of primary care physicians. The Association of American Medical Doctors projects that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 45,000 PCPs. Today only 30 percent of all physicians practice primary care (compared to about 70 percent in most other developed countries).
Not many medical students are choosing to go into primary care because of low compensation compared to specialty care. If we are to endorse raising the caps of residency slots, we need to make sure the absolute numbers of PCP vs. specialist slots are close to even. There need to be incentives to push more medical centers and training hospitals to invest in PCP residency slots.
We have an impending crisis on our hands. The demand for physicians is expected to increase, especially with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, adding 32 million Americans who will become newly insured and eligible for Medicare. Not to mention the aging population. Baby Boomer physicians are retiring and as the Baby Boomers age, more primary care is undoubtedly needed. Lifting the cap on Medicare-funded residency slots is a good start. Yet, more must be done.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, left, Assemblymembers Michael Den Dekker and Marge Markey, Queens County Supreme Court Justice Kevin Kerrigan, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, Rep. Joe Crowley, CB 2 Chairman Joseph Conley, Democratic District Leader John Smythe, former Councilman Peter Vallone Sr. and CB 2 members Gert McDonald and Marie Konecko at the event Saturday.
The battle for dedicated mass-transit funding moved from the seats of government to the streets of Jamaica last week.
Locals 1056 and 1179 of the Amalgamated Transit Union went to the Parsons Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station in Jamaica on Friday to enlist public backing in their effort to get increased funding from the city, state and federal government for increased service and infrastructure.
The Queens Democratic Party backed former City Comptroller John Liu as their candidate in the 11th state Senate District, pitting the former councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered his party when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
Liu received the endorsement at the county organization’s meeting in Forest Hills on Monday morning.
Elected officials, community leaders and residents gathered on the corner of 61st Street and Woodside Avenue on Saturday to honor the late Councilman Walter McCaffrey.
To celebrate his time in and out of office, the Woodside community held a ceremony to unveil “Walter McCaffrey Place.”
The Queens Democratic Party has endorsed former City Comptroller John Liu as its candidate in the 11th state Senate district, pitting the former Flushing councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered Democrats when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
Maspeth High School was awarded the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag April 25 for its Green Club’s accomplishments, the fifth New York City school to receive the honor and the fourth to win it this year.
“Today you join a really elite group of schools, said Emily Fano, the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA outreach manager, in presenting the flag at a school assembly attended by NWF staff members and city and state officials.