Two of New York’s three citywide elected officials on Monday called on Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to step down as speaker following his arrest Thursday morning on allegations of bribery and fraud.
(Family Features) As new food and health trends appear across the country, pork makes the list as not only a delicious menu choice, but one that is both lean and versatile. With so many cuts to choose from, pork makes it easy to explore new flavors while staying on track with a health-conscious diet. Here are some simple tips to be mindful of when planning your next menu:
Old Man Winter's wrath will be unleashed on Queens and the rest of the New York City metropolitan area tonight and Tuesday.
A blizzard warning is in effect the five boroughs, Long Island, Connecticut and most of New Jersey ahead of a potentially historic Nor'easter that could drop up to 30 inches of snow on the area through Tuesday night.
(NAPSI)—Over 7,500 football fans in Rochester, New York experienced the magic of a Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show after recently being crowned the most hyped hometown in America. As a reward for showcasing their hype, Rochesterians received the experience of a lifetime—their very own Pepsi halftime show with an exclusive concert headlined by singing/songwriting duo Nico & Vinz. Pepsi continued to deliver the hype in unexpected ways by surprising the town with special guest appearances from Buffalo Bills new head coach Rex Ryan and star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The town takeover also included mobile Hype Squads and vending machines that offered fans a chance to win VIP passes or meet and greets.
Nico & Vinz will bring the magic of a Pepsi halftime show to Rochester, New York, winner of Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” contest, on Sunday, January 18. (NAPS)
(StatePoint) Whether you live for culinary adventure or unfamiliar items on your plate make you nervous, trying new foods is a worthwhile endeavor. But even avid foodies don’t have the time to try everything.
On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first tate of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board today approved increasing fares and tolls by 4% over the next two years, fulfilling a promise to keep fare and toll increases as low as possible. The new fares and tolls will take effect March 22, and will ensure the MTA can continue providing quality service even as ridership continues to climb.
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was arrested Thursday morning on a five-count federal indictment charging him with taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as outside income from a private law firm for the last 15 years at least.
Silver was charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Borough President Melinda Katz was scheduled at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 22, to give her first State of the Borough speech at Queens College. We believe she’ll report the state of the borough to be strong.
And while there’s always room for improvement, and many challenges are on the table, we agree.
The New York Racing Association last Friday announced further reforms to racing conducted at Aqueduct Race Track in light of a recent string of horse deaths at the South Ozone Park venue.
“The safety of our equine athletes and jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack is a high priority,” Christopher Kay, CEO and president of NYRA, said in a statement on the association’s website. “In that spirit, the New York Racing Association continues to work together with the [New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association] leadership and the New York State Gaming Commission in these important endeavors.”
The Mets have taken a lot of heat for their penny-pinching ways, and if you’ve been a reader of this column you know I was a frequent critic of their ways of doing business way before most had ever heard of Bernie Madoff. Nonetheless, I take pride in being tough but fair.
A story broke last week that a number of Mets players were paying out of their own pockets to take part in organized workouts at the team’s Port St. Lucie, Fla. spring training facilities. Needless to say, the blogosphere quickly fired up with snarky comments about the Mets’ cheapness. A few columnists from the dailies even got in on the fun.
Community Board 5 didn’t support a rail tunnel underneath New York Harbor when it was first proposed a decade ago, and it sure isn’t going to support it now.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed five waterborne and five rail alternatives to the current system of moving 90 percent of the New York City metropolitan area’s freight by truck, something officials say is no longer efficient.
A new report by the Migration Policy Institute found that New York City is home to more than a half-million undocumented immigrants, with the largest concentration of that population living in Queens.
“I think that Queens, to many people, symbolizes opportunity,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who was unsurprised to learn of the figure. She cited the large amount of small businesses in Queens, many of them immigrant-owned, as a potential reason.
“There could not have been a Gregory Meeks if there wasn’t a Malcolm X,” the congressman who represents Southeast Queens on Capitol Hill said.
Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) was looking directly at Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of the slain civil rights leader, when he said that, citing the deep effect her father had had on his early life.
The world is in turmoil. Perhaps it is just a continuation of the human condition but in this moment it is all so overpowering. Death and hatred torments us daily from all corners of the globe. The evil is a cancer that is attacking without limitation.
The sorrows in France have resonated in the streets of New York, London, Jerusalem and elsewhere. Terrorism has gained prominence in the minds of the citizenry more so than was felt following the 9/11 attacks. The infection of fear now grips the hearts of many.
Protesters in Dresden demand the end of Muslim presence in Germany. The extreme right wing of Germany is diverting their hatred of the Jews to Islam. The French who gladly participated with the German occupation during the Second World War in exterminating their Jewish population has come to realize the truth that “first they came for the Jews and then they came for me!”
Terrorist groups are strangling Yemen, Nigeria, Afghanistan, most of North Africa and the Middle East. Millions have fled their homes in Syria while ISIS pursues them by conquering large parts of Iraq. Turkey is frightened of the Kurds and is glad to stand back while Kurds die fighting the Islamic State.
In the United States, the Republicans have taken control of Congress. The far right wing of the party truly believes that disagreement with their beliefs defines their opponents as unpatriotic. They believe “activist judges” are usurping the principles of the Founding Fathers when in fact an activist judge is one who finds against their wishes.
At this moment in history the world is looking to the United States for hope and leadership. Unless the political parties accept compromise, that hope is illusionary. This is not the first time that the U.S. has been called upon to temper our political divide to aid an ailing world. Let us pray that reality and patriotism overcomes the political divide that has made Americans enemies to our own!
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art,” Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Gov. Cuomo announced plans on Tuesday to finally build a rail link to LaGuardia Airport, which is also slated for a $3.6 billion overhaul that will include a new terminal.
But upgrades to the airport Vice President Joe Biden last year likened to the Third World are nothing new. Practically since its opening in 1939, LaGuardia has been overtaxed and periodically renovated to handle growing traffic as best it can.
Former Queens Mafia kingpin John Gotti Jr. is “setting the record straight” in a tell-all, self-published book that was released on Monday.
The story, “Shadow of My Father,” will be available as an e-book and is a firsthand account of how Gotti grew up in, controlled and eventually got away from the Mafia life.
Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.
The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.
Within a few days, Senate confirmation hearings will be held on Loretta Lynch concerning her nomination to the post of U.S. attorney general. Lynch is a seasoned U.S. attorney and highly professional, and she ought to be confirmed. Her hearing, however, must not ignore one very hard question.
The “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal reaches to the highest levels of the government. It is essential that, before the Judiciary Committee agrees to confirm her, Lynch must first promise to arrange for the appointment of a truly authentic independent investigation to get to the bottom of the matter. Since the independent counsel statute lapsed in 2000 (it did so after AG Eric Holder testified against its reauthorization before the committee), the question is, what legal mechanism exists to create such an authentically independent probe?
Our answer comes from the study of history. In the summer of 1930, the City Bar Association contacted Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, informing him that there was something rotten going on in the magistrates’ courts in New York. Could the governor figure out a way to probe the internal mechani
sm of the courts? FDR then wrote a letter to the chief judge of the First Department, Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to appoint a referee — an independent counsel — to probe the alleged corruption. The counsel was, of course, Judge Samuel Seabury, “the man who rode the tiger,” and his probe snowballed to eventually topple the Tammany Hall underworld. Note that there was no statute in New York authorizing or mandating the appointment of the Seabury commission; this was an ad hoc arrangement.
Similarly, today, there is no federal statute mandating the creation of a probe to investigate “Fast and Furious.” But there is no law preventing the creation of an ad hoc probe either. The Senate Judiciary Committee must ask Ms. Lynch: If we vote to confirm you, will you imitate FDR, will you write a letter to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and ask him to ask the entire nine justices to select an independent counsel to probe this gun-running scandal?
The independent counsel must be appointed by the high court, not the Justice Department. Since Mr. Holder has surely done nothing illegal, he will undoubtedly welcome this suggestion, for he will, one presumes, be exonerated.
How about it, Ms. Lynch?
Relocating is a chaotic and overwhelming experience for most people, but for those who move regularly, it becomes a calculated and familiar process, often mixed with a tinge of sadness.
Since the 1990s, artist Jewyo Rhii constantly displaced herself from her native South Korea to study and work across Europe, in London and Amsterdam, and the United States.
Young future scientists spent last Sunday engaging in free sand play at the New York Hall of Science.
The program is part of NYSCI’s Little Makers program, which launched in July 2012 and urges participants to utilize the critical scientific skills of observation, investigation and creation. Little Makers is designed for children ages 4 to 8 and an age of at least 18 months is recommended.
Community Board 8 has included the use of union construction labor and the free use of planned public space in return for its endorsement of plans to convert the old T-Building at Queens Hospital Center into 205 units of housing.
The board on Jan. 14 directed Chairman Alvin Warshaviak to include the conditions in a letter to Ramanathan Raju, president and chief operating officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., which owns the building.