A veteran politician and an avowed reformer will face off against each other in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the 16th State Senate district seat.
S.J. Jung, a Flushing businessman who has never held office, will be pitted against 14-year incumbent Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). Since redistricting, the area now has a majority Asian population at 53 percent, with whites at 24 percent, according to the Center for Urban Research.
First off, I would like to thank outgoing Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Terry Holliday for all he did for veterans. He was always available and did the best he could with the budget he was given. He will be missed.
One of the biggest problems for veterans in the outer boroughs is the location of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans are also senior citizens and have to travel into Lower Manhattan to get to MOVA, which means public transportation: walking and going up and down many stairs to get into Manhattan. Even if you could drive into the city, there is no place to park.
What we veterans need is easier access to MOVA. Each borough should have an office that veterans can get to locally, especially those who are handicapped.
We served our country. Many of us still serve our community. Why are veterans the last group of citizens to get the help and respect we deserve?
S.J. Jung is a man on a mission. He wants to get elected to the state Senate and make campaign finance and ethics reforms in Albany.
That’s a tall order for the 50-year-old, who has never held elected office. He ran in 2009 for the City Council seat in Flushing, losing by 183 votes in the Democratic primary. Now Jung is opposing incumbent Sen. Toby Stavisky, who has represented the 16th District for 14 years.
Along with their canes, walkers and wheelchairs, and with members of their families on hand, the former servicemen arrived on Saturday with their pride and memories intact to attend the sixth annual veterans recognition barbecue hosted by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) around the corner from his office.
“I think it’s very important for these local war heroes to be recognized and appreciated for their service. I also find it beneficial to bring them together, for they can relate to one another the way nobody else can,” said Addabbo, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.
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When it comes to rights of the disabled, the United States has been at the forefront. With the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, passed more than 20 years ago now, this nation has proudly ensured more equitable and dignified treatment of 57 million Americans — including many residents here in Queens County.
But a notable blemish remains on our record: The United States has failed to step up to the plate as a true global leader on the issue, and help ensure the rights of disabled Americans as they work and travel overseas. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a treaty that enshrines the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities the world over.
Right now, we have a chance to make it right. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is debating the treaty again right now. And it’s up to every senator, including our own Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to make sure it gets to the floor — and passes. In December 2012, the last time the Senate voted on this treaty, it failed to reach the required two-thirds majority by five votes — Yeas 61, Nays 38.
The Disabilities Treaty calls upon countries to ensure equal treatment and equal access to justice, healthcare, education, and employment for all persons with disabilities. This convention sets a standard, one that resembles our own standards here in the U.S., worldwide to create legislation or improve upon current laws.
The treaty is a common-sense document, yet the U.S. is in a minority of nations which have not ratified the treaty, keeping company with countries like North Korea, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, many of our key allies — like the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy and South Korea — are among the 147 other nations who have already formally joined the CPRD.
The Senate should support the equality of people with disabilities worldwide by giving its consent to this treaty.
As a Korean war veteran I am incensed by the absolute lack of patriotic pride in Jackson Heights. We seem to be inundated by racial parades as well as this aberration of gay pride (in what?) but in all my years here, since 1970 I have yet to see any military/veterans parades. Please explain this anomaly to me, as it just makes no sense whatsoever.
The colorful mural on the side of Maspeth Federal Savings bank at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street proudly proclaims “Maspeth is America.”
Few things are more American than a grandiose painting of a bald eagle soaring alongside Old Glory, just like few neighborhoods in the entire country have more history than Maspeth does.
Veteran state Sen. Toby Stavisky, (D-Flushing), who has represented the 16th District for 14 years, will be challenged in the fall Democratic primary by at least one opponent, SJ Jung.
Jung announced Tuesday he is running as a reformer “who refuses to accept politics as usual.” Also considering throwing his hat in the ring is attorney John Messer, who ran against Stavisky in 2010 and 2012. He told the Chronicle he is seriously considering a run this year and will announce his decision soon.
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The organizers of the annual Memorial Day Parade in Maspeth will honor two decorated World War II and Korean War veterans during a special, post-parade ceremony on Sunday, May 25.
Leo Wasil was a airman who flew nearly three dozen combat missions during World War II and Anthony Simone was drafted during the height of the Korean War and served 18 months in the Army leading up to the end of the conflict.
Grandmas can be a terrific source for stories, wisdom and of course, great food.
A new web series, created by Astoria resident Caroline Shin, aims to weave good food and good stories together by focusing on the women who make it all possible: grannies.
A candlelight vigil was held last week on the Daniel Carter Beard mall in downtown Flushing to honor the memory of those lost in the ferry accident in South Korea.
The event was organized by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and was attended by Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), left, and Se-joo Son, the consul general of South Korea in New York, standing next to Braunstein.
The Queens Museum, which started out as the New York City Pavilion during the 1939 World’s Fair, is the only remaining building left at Flushing Meadows from that time. It is also the major repository of souvenirs and memorabilia from the 1964 extravaganza.
If you like tchotches and souvenirs, this is the place for you. The museum now has on view 900 three-dimensional pieces arranged by date. There are sections for both the 1964 and 1939 fairs.
The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Committee announced Monday the names of four Queens veterans who will lead the May 26 event.
Congresswoman Grace Meng hosted a dialogue between leaders of the Jewish and Korean-American communities on Monday night and most discovered they had more in common than not.
The location at Queensborough Community College’s Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives in Bayside brought one particular similarity to the forefront: the atrocities and war crimes both groups faced during World War II. While the Jews of Europe were rounded up and persecuted in concentration camps, the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Japanese and young women were taken from their homes and used as “comfort women,” or sexual slaves for the invading armies.
History has the power to educate if one is willing to learn. Hitler increased the size of Germany by the Anschluss with Austria in August 1938. Immediately thereafter he began to claim that German citizens residing in the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia needed his protection.
The premier of England, Neville Chamberlain, became infamous by caving in to Hitler, claiming he gained peace. Not being confronted, Hitler invaded Poland thereafter, beginning the Second World War, with the greatest holocaust and devastation ever inflicted upon the world.
Jimmy Carter played a coward’s game when the Iranians seized Americans within the U.S. embassy in Tehran. His lack of courage determined that Americans would not re-elect him. Reagan stood tall when confronted by Russian aggression.
Vladimir Putin is a KGB thug whom the Russians apparently accept as a “strongman” and believe should remain president. The world has witnessed the abuses Putin has perpetrated upon his opponents, the corruption he has encouraged and the naked aggression he favors, as witnessed in Georgia
in 2008 and now in the Crimea. Putin clearly believes no nation will have the courage to do anything other than mouth off about it. Putin and Russia lost nothing for the invasion of Georgia.
The answer is simple, as everyone who has confronted a bully knows: Stand up and fight back or pay a higher price when the bully is given carte blanche. The price for not taking on Hitler in 1938 was over 20 million deaths. The cost to America’s standing in the world when Carter hid within the White House is the Iranian nuclear program.
This is one time that Obama must step forward. Quiet diplomacy will only result in Russia laughing and our enemies in Iran, North Korea and elsewhere knowing they have nothing to fear. By simply not attending the G8 in Sochi, Obama will earn American dismay and scorn.
Five baggage handlers at JFK Airport have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of money orders and checks bound for Asia, as well as stealing credit cards and using them to purchase items such as iPads.
District Attorney Richard Brown said Anthony Austin, 26, of Hollis, Ariel Weaver, 20, of South Ozone Park, Alexander Fluellen, 29, and Samuel Wright, 31, both of Brooklyn, were arraigned last Thursday on separate criminal complaints in which they were variously charged with third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, third-, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and first- and second-degree burglary.
The winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia are barely over, but anticipation for the next ones in PyeongChang, South Korea is starting to grow among the area’s Korean-American community.
But four years is a long time away and South Korea is a long distance away, so the excitement is only just gaining momentum.
CNN’s Piers Morgan interrogated LeFrak City native and Archbishop Molloy High School alum Kenny Anderson last week about being one of a number of former NBA players who went on Dennis Rodman’s latest ill-advised tour of North Korea. As naive as it may sound, Kenny claimed that he was unaware of what a totalitarian state North Korea is. He added that he felt he owed Rodman a favor for frequently coming through for him in the past.
Kenny also made it clear that he realized that he was in over his head the moment he set foot in Pyongyang and tried to stay in his hotel room as much as possible.
Flushing is most heavily populated with Asian Americans. In fact, it has the largest Chinese population in New York.
For that reason, the Lunar New Year — celebrated by the Chinese diaspora to begin the lunar calendar — will be celebrated in all of Flushing and other parts of Queens in February and March.
The end of 2013 does not promise national security for the U.S. or the world. It comes at a time when for once in recent memory the two national parties have reached an agreement that may avoid fiscal warfare for the next two years.
China is flexing its growing economic and military prowess while continuing to poison the air their citizens breathe. China has unilaterally expanded their air-defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japan has responded by sending their coast guard to protect Japanese fishermen. The U.S. has flown through the newly claimed air space as has other nations. One misstep by a jingoistic officer with a hand on a button would ignite a conflict that would engulf most of the Pacific Rim nations.
The Ukraine is in turmoil with Russia fueling the fires. Putin is seeking to re-establish the Soviet Era zone of influence. He is determined to deny democratic reforms not only to Russians but to former East Bloc citizens. It appears that he has purchased Ukrainian loyalty for $15 billion dollars. Any belief that Putin’s granting early release to dissidents and political adversaries is purely hype as those set free were scheduled to complete their prison terms within months.
North Korea has declared that it may attack the South “without notice” in response to anti North Korean rallies in Seoul. Having Kim Jong Un’s hand on the nuclear button and with an army of one million men is horrifying. Even if the North does nothing it seems apparent that Kim will begin to export nuclear weapons to those who dream of destroying America.
Facing the realities that place the U.S. in harm’s way we can only hope that the political wars in Washington come to an end. If Americans continue to view their fellow citizens as adversaries, our enemies have already gained an advantage over the nation.
A New York Hospital Queens pediatrician was hit and killed while crossing against the light Monday night in Flushing.
Dr. Siu Lee, 55, was crossing Booth Memorial Avenue at 141st Street around 6:18 p.m. when he was struck by a Mercedes-Benz.