In a rather unusual attempt to keep people informed, New Immigrant Community Empowerment — an organization based in Jackson Heights — has taken its latest political stance in the form of a graphic novel, or novela gr·fica, entitled “Ana Busca Trabajo” or “Ana Looks for Work.”
The novela aims to educate the community about employment agency fraud. According to the activist group, shady establishments making false promises to desperate job seekers have plagued many areas in the city, especially in high immigrant populated areas.
The NYC Marathon has always had a paradoxical quality. It’s the world’s largest and most prestigious road race (yes, I know that some folks in Boston and Chicago will disagree with the latter) and yet there is little hoopla in the mainstream sports community in the days leading up to it. You rarely hear anything about it on WFAN or ESPN New York and even the coverage in the local dailies is scant at best.
One reason is that Americans rarely win either the men’s or women’s race. Meb Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea but emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 with his family, won the race in 2009. You would have to go back 27 years before that for your last American winner, Alberto Salazar.
If Tuesday’s Republican election victories across the nation were the wave many in the media like to call them, the breakwater around Queens held firm for Democrats, even as the GOP tide rose in some districts as close as eastern Long Island and Staten Island.
In most cases the election was a done deal for Queens Democrats running for the Assembly, state Senate and U.S. House of Representatives before a single vote was cast, as they had no Republican opponents. Where they were challenged, they won.
They were several months in the making, but City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) says the six reform bills he just laid on the table are worth the wait and crucial to the Queens Library’s future as it recovers from the controversy over its governance and finances.
The scandal already had led Van Bramer, who is the majority leader and chairman of the main library oversight committee, to hold hearings on the issues, even as it also prompted an audit, state legislation tightening oversight of the system, a purge of the Board of Trustees, removal of the institution’s leader and a joint city-federal probe into any possible criminality.
After years of remaining flat, both the minimum and the maximum amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid out to jobless New Yorkers will increase starting Oct. 6, Gov. Cuomo said last week.
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have co-authored a federal railroad safety bill that would codify several recommendations in a report on a fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx last December.
The senators, in a statement issued Monday, said their Railway Safety Improvement Act would address a “lack of culture of safety” that was exposed in a blue ribbon study of the 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60 when an inattentive train operator allegedly failed to slow down in time to enter a sharp curve.
Six people who were removed from the Queens Library’s Board of Trustees last week filed suit in federal court against Borough President Melinda Katz and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in an effort to be reinstated.
They claim their dismissal was unconstitutional and asked the court to halt it while the case moves forward, a request that was denied.
One of the most highly acclaimed structures of the 1964-65 World’s Fair — the New York State Pavilion — tragically has been allowed to badly deteriorate, but the 50th anniversary of the extravaganza has brought renewed hope that things are about to change.
With the active support of Borough President Melinda Katz, a task force has been created to come up with ideas on how to raise funds to stabilize the pavilion, estimated to cost around $40 million, followed by possible reuse plans for the facility.