(BPT) - While many people focus on personal health goals in the new year, the beginning of the year is also a great time to check your financial fitness. So how can you whip your finances into shape?
Will former Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante sue the Board of Trustees for terminating him last Wednesday?
It depends on which of his attorneys you ask. Or maybe which newspaper you’re representing when you ask.
Two Astoria men and an Astoria business owner were charged with being part of an international heroin pipeline spanning from New York to Mexico that involved six other people, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said on Thursday.
Victims of domestic violence will now have an easier pathway into the city’s homeless shelter system.
At a Friday press conference at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro 361-a, which grants a presumption of eligibility for applicants to the city shelter system who are exiting Human Resources Administration domestic violence shelters.
It took 16 years, but the bill to form a commission on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum went to President Obama’s desk this week after being passed by Congress.
“When you go down the mall, everything is there,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), who introduced the bill in 1998, said. “They have museums for postage stamps, for law and order, and yet there is not a single museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women.”
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
The Department of Sanitation now has the authority to immediately remove illegal clothing bins placed on city and private property, a process that previously took about a month to resolve, thanks to a new city law.
The city Department of Sanitation is now authorized to immediately seize illegitimate clothing donation bins placed throughout the city — a process that previously took more than a month — after the City Council approved new legislation last month and it went unaddressed by Mayor de Blasio.
“While we want to encourage New Yorkers to donate clothing and other materials to those in need, we also want to ensure that organizations collecting these items are doing so responsibly, and this bill will achieve both of those goals,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in a written statement.
Leaders of Community Board 13 said Monday that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services wants to place a home for nonviolent youthful offenders in Queens Village.
But board members also said they want ACS officials to attend a meeting and discuss exactly what they have in mind.
Just in time for Hanukkah, Borough President Melinda Katz heard explanations from the representatives of an illegally operated synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills at last Thursday’s land use hearing at Borough Hall.
According to Sheldon Lobel, the attorney for Torah Haim Ohel Sara at 144-11 77 Ave., the synagogue’s owners are seeking an extension from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to give themselves more time to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
There is a growing concern that the constitutional mandate of the United States Postal Service may go the way of the Pony Express! Not by competitive technology, but by political fiat.
The GOP has a master plan to privatize every function big government provides to promote the general welfare. Its goal is to replace it with small government that would promote the welfare of corporate America. Here is proof. Grover Norquist, the GOP field marshal, said, “My goal is to cut government in half in 25 years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
Let’s review how the GOP plans to destroy the USPS. The GOP Congress enacted the Postal and Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, HR 6407. Bush-43 signed the PAEA into law. Note the fancy title of the law. On the surface, it appeared reasonable. However, the devil is in the details.
The PAEA required the USPS to make payments of $5.4 to 5.8 billion into the Postal Service retiree health benefits fund each year from 2007 to 2016 to “prefund” 50 years of estimated costs. The USPS was ordered to stop using its savings to reduce postal debt. This prefunding is unique to the USPS, in fact unique to the private sector.
What impact will the devil’s law have on the public? 1) Frequent postal rate increases. 2) Elimination of Saturday delivery. 3) Closing rural and poor area post offices. This may create economic hardship on small businesses that rely on a steady flow of commercial mail and will also hurt families. 4) Massive layoffs of postal workers, hurting one of America’s largest unions. This is a priority with Republicans — a weak union means a weak Democratic Party.
Simply put, the GOP is out to choke the life out of the USPS.
The Department of Sanitation as of January will no longer collect electronics such as TVs, computers and printers, etc. People will have to lug their things to a Best Buy or Staples, a Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift store or a community recycling event.
This will truly be a hardship on many people and have negative effects such as the dumping of electronic equipment on the sides of roads in the city. How can they expect someone to carry a heavy TV on the buses and subways, or even from their cars or a taxi?
This is a waste of our time and energy. We have a great system where Sanitation trucks come right to our homes. What could be easier and more energy efficient than that? It’s the same with the deposit law, where we have to return items to the store for a refund when a truck comes each week to pick up cans and bottles.
The DSNY should make electronic pickups as it does for air conditioners and refrigerators, when you call to arrange a date to put it out. Otherwise we will wind up with more things just piled up by trash bins on every street in New York, or just dumped into a black bag to avoid detection, thus defeating the recycling program.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
A recent report in the Daily News by Juan Gonzalez, whose exposÈ of some Queens Library spending late last January sparked the public controversy that has surrounded the institution since then, says that President and CEO Tom Galante could be out of a job by the time you read this.
The Library Board of Trustees was set to meet Wednesday night, after the Queens Chronicle went to press. According to Gonzalez, the members will be receiving a report on Galante’s spending that will include a recommendation that he be fired, but that could not be confirmed by this newspaper.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said last Wednesday that the 106th Precinct has seen crime drop by 7 percent year-to-date, following a 5-percent decline in crime over the last month.
“The men and women of the 106th are doing are great job here, including transit officers,” Schiff, the commanding officer of the precinct, said at the monthly meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council.
Halloran, Tabone and outgoing state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) were among six people arrested in 2013 in connection with an alleged plot for Smith, a lifelong Democrat, to bribe his way onto the city’s 2013 Republican mayoral ballot.
Halloran was convicted in July of taking bribes to act as a go-between for Smith and GOP officials in the city, who would have had to approve the party switch.
Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
Gov. Cuomo bears some blame for Eric Garner’s homicide. Despite pleas from more than a dozen state legislators, he refused to appoint a special prosecutor for this explosive case. Relying on Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan to prosecute cops he works with is like asking Kim Kardashian to wear a burka.
Cuomo also imposes a double standard for enforcing New York’s tobacco tax law, which led to Garner’s death.
Cops busted Garner for selling a few untaxed cigarettes, called “loosies,” on the street. But native American tribes avoid punishment for selling cartons of untaxed cigarettes at reservation smoke shops to the public.
Tribes such as the Poospatuck in Mastic, LI reap huge profits while breaking the law. A federal judge ordered them to pay $10.5 million in excise taxes after Cuomo refused to crack down on their illegal cigarette sales. He also allows the Seneca and Shinnecock tribes to sell untaxed cigarettes on their “sovereign” soil. Cagey Cuomo plays fast and “loosie” with the law while people die as a result.
I served my country, worked all my life until I physically no longer could. I’ve worked with veterans and learning-disabled children and still serve my community. Why do we allow protesters, rioters, and looting every time a group of people disagree with the judicial decisions? You have the police, the court, the jury. If the criminals don’t like the process, don’t do anything illegal. When you break the law, you put yourself at risk.
(An open letter to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission)
On behalf of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, we would like to extend our gratitude in response to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s cancellation of the proposed administrative hearing on Dec. 9, 2014, which would have likely resulted in the decalendaring of nearly 100 landmark-worthy individual properties and two landmark-worthy districts.
We feel that if the LPC was to engage in a massive decalendaring, it would set a risky precedent, where those properties may undergo demolition as-of-right, and the public would speculate that future calendared properties may be decalendared and also demolished. Residents, community groups, elected officials and preservationists at-large work tirelessly to research, propose and advocate for new landmarks, which have largely resulted in those properties to have been calendared.
The public is routinely presented with the opportunity to testify on hearing items, but a “commissioner only” vote on decalendaring would have appeared as if the public has no voice in the landmarking process, or as if we inhabited the days of protests before the classic Pennsylvania Station’s demolition.
Our landmarks and potential landmarks are a unique contribution to our city’s architectural and cultural history, diversity and aesthetics, and are cornerstones in the eyes of residents. As per the Landmarks Law, which enables the public to provide testimony for properties, the public needs to have a say in the future of the nearly 100 individual properties and the two districts.
Reviewing the listing of the proposed decalendaring items, our boroughs would lose their identity and distinctive qualities of a livable community. Some cases in point are the Ahles House and the Douglaston Historic District Extension in Queens, the IRT Powerhouse and Loew’s 175th Street Theater in Manhattan, the 5466 Arthur Kill Road House and Garner Mansion in Staten Island, the 65 Schofield Street House and the Samuel Babcock House in the Bronx and St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church and Rectory in Brooklyn.
We strongly encourage the LPC to schedule public hearings for all of the calendared items, beginning where there is most pressure to alter, sell or redevelop the site, or where development patterns in the community could compromise the site’s integrity or longevity. May the LPC and New Yorkers work as a team, to emphasize how a governmental body and its constituency can operate cohesively for our city’s improvement. Thank you for your consideration.
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.