Every 15 seconds, a woman in the United States is battered.
That adds up to more than 16,000 homicides and more than two million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence each year in this country.
There is a silence that shrouds most incidents of domestic violence — a deadly silence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we must work together more diligently to give a voice to countless victims and put an end to this silence once and for all.
The prevalence of domestic violence is alarming. In Queens, police responded to 55,993 incidents of domestic violence last year. Each day, the NYPD responds to almost 800 domestic violence incidents across the city, and one in four women nationwide will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. My council district, which includes the 102nd and 104th precincts, has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the county.
(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.
Worn, damaged stairs and platform edges, broken tiles, lights and peeling paint on walls are some of the problems that plague numerous subway stations in Queens, with the city’s effort to combat the problem lagging.
The problems were highlighted in a report published last week by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He stated that New York City Transit does not make it a top priority to maintain the subway stations after they are renovated.
In 2009, New York enacted a law that mandates the state to translate and print ballots and all other voting materials in Russian, yet many eligible Russian-American voters who don’t speak English have been deprived from voting and are forced to return home because the state has never implemented the measure.
The translation rule was enacted in 2009 by former Gov. David Patterson. The state failed to translate voting materials in Russian, the third-most commonly spoken language in New York City, behind Chinese and Spanish, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Officials cited lack of funding as the reason.
Representatives from the city Department of Transportation came to Howard Beach Tuesday for the second of three workshops aimed at getting community input into the expansion of the Jamaica Bay Greenway through the neighborhood.
About two dozen Howard Beach residents attended the meeting at the Old Mill Yacht Club, and their opinions on the proposals to extend the walk and bike trail through the neighborhood ranged from guarded support to complete opposition.
(NewsUSA) - Attitudes and opinions can vary greatly when it comes to public breastfeeding. Yet, when it comes to the opinion that matters most -- the mother's -- a recent survey suggests that "breast is best."
The battle between alleged “bad neighbor” Star Toyota, a Bayside car dealership, and Community Board 11 has reached a new audience.
Last Thursday, Borough President Melinda Katz heard testimony from multiple CB 11 members and the attorney for the owners of the car lot at 205-11 Northern Blvd. in Bayside, with each side debating whether or not Star Toyota should be granted a 10-year extension on its zoning variance.
Capt. Judith Harrison has commanded the 112th Precinct for only two months, but she is quickly becoming a popular figure among her colleagues and area residents alike.
Before the captain could begin to discuss recent crime trends in the area at Tuesday’s community council meeting at the Forest Hills precinct, Patrol Borough Queens North commanding officer Diana Pizzuti showered the precinct’s new leader with praise
When discussing cities prone to natural disasters the most commonly named ones tended to be San Francisco or New Orleans, New York usually being far from the realm of thought. Of course that’s not to say New York didn’t have its problems; it just seemed that Mother Nature didn’t routinely knock on our door.
The residents of Glendale and Middle Village have stepped up their efforts to prevent the planned Cooper Avenue homeless shelter from coming to fruition.
A group called the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has formed this month, with the goal of taking legal action against the Department of Homeless Services and the City of New York in mind.
Back in April, parent, teacher and student representatives from the Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School sent a pointed four-page letter to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a regarding the hiring and job performance of newly assigned principal Judy Henry.
On Sept. 12, dozens of students took to the street outside the Hillcrest school, joined by a handful of parents of current and former Queens Gateway students.
(NAPSI)—Small businesses have a number of concerns when it comes to the effect that government regulations are having on their business. That’s a key finding of TriNet’s Small Business Confidence Survey, which explores the opinions of U.S. small business owners about issues such as their outlook on the state of their companies and on federal and state legislation.
(NAPSI)—The next time you catch a football game, while you’re admiring the energy expended on the field, you might give a thought to how the sport is helping America save energy.
When the World Trade Center collapsed, New York City and the rest of the nation were permanently shifted.
“Post 9/11, this world changed dramatically — [our world] didn’t feel as safe,“Dorsky Gallery curator, Marie Mathews-Berenson, said, “Artists all over the world, not just the United States, faced many more cataclysmic effects [after this].”
We traditionally associate libraries with books. We assume that library programs will be based on topics associated with the humanities — literature, history, law, social studies, the arts. Today’s libraries have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. Nowhere is that more evident than here in Queens. In addition to finding books, you can take an exercise class, learn new job skills, build a robot and receive help with your taxes. This broadened approach includes our younger patrons.
Math and science are critical components of the school curriculum. If libraries are truly supportive of education, they need to do more to facilitate learning in those areas. At the Queens Library’s Children’s Library Discovery Center in Jamaica, kids from all cultural and economic backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to learn the joy of reading, as well as the joy of scientific exploration.
It has been a long road in the fight for the residents of my district against the city and the nonprofit Samaritan Village’s proposal to convert the abandoned factory on Cooper Avenue into a homeless shelter for 125 families.
Despite clear opposition from the community, the city has moved forward with its plans and the proposed 5-year, $27 million contract with the Department of Homeless Services. Summer is over and plans are moving forward, but this is also the time civic associations and community boards reconvene, giving us an opportunity to band together even more so.
Following in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Harry Belafonte, The Rolling Stones and a who’s who of other A-list stars, music’s elite are once again being hosted at the West Side Stadium in Forest Hills. Since last year, big-name headliners have brought tens of thousands of fans to concerts at the stadium. Revitalization of this historic venue to its former greatness is the result of a year of extraordinary partnership between the community, private sector, government and local business.
In the past, community outcry over poorly run events, parking, litter and other quality-of-life issues ended all events at the West Side Stadium. Since that time, the historic venue has remained unused and deteriorating, to the chagrin of longtime Forest Hills residents.
The story in the Queens Chronicle last week about the airport roundtables did not take into account the discussion at the JFK Roundtable meeting which took place on Wednesday, Aug. 20 (“PA officials have riled-up roundtable,” multiple editions).
Contrary to the report on Tuesday’s meeting, the attendants on Wednesday were not all in agreement that there should be one roundtable for Queens. The Eastern Queens Alliance is advocating that there be an airport roundtable for each of the three busiest airports in New York and New Jersey. Other similar opinions were voiced. The EQA proposes a Roundtable Coalition composed of a separate roundtable for each of the airports — JFK, LaGuardia and Newark — with a coordinating committee for sharing, as well as addressing roundtable decisions that may be at odds and issues that cut across roundtables.
While there are those who are calling for a single roundtable for Queens, we oppose this. We do not think that it is in the best interest of Southeast Queens and other communities surrounding JFK Airport with all of the attendant problems, including but definitely not limited to aircraft noise that
surround this behemoth facility. Air pollution is high up on our agenda.
While the flight patterns of each airport certainly impact each other, the size and complexity of the airports are very different. JFK is an international airport at least five times larger than LaGuardia and growing. It operates 24/7, contrary to there being no overnight flights out of LaGuardia. Unlike LaGuardia, it has a huge and ever-increasing air cargo business. It is our understanding that Newark, NJ is also demanding a roundtable.
On Aug. 20, the call for a vote of “roundtable members” was questioned by the EQA. Who are the bona fide representatives for each airport? Whom do they represent? Is there true proportionate representation for the affected communities, especially for those who live immediately adjacent to the airports? All this speaks to the overall question: Who should be on an airport roundtable?
The structure of the roundtables needs to be determined and determined soon so they can get on with the gritty business with which airport roundtables are supposed to deal.
Being a progressive city that has already felt the wrath of global climate change, it’s still surprisingly easy for New York to ignore the recent definitive warning bells that sea levels will rise 3 to 9 feet and Earth will warm 6 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit within the century. Cities are the source of 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and also most vulnerable to their effects. But the overwhelming numbers leave us wondering- what is next for us in New York City?
The challenges of climate change need to be taken in a multifaceted approach, with local and national policy changes and community engagement inspiring personal behavioral changes. We cannot tolerate a state of paralysis and inaction waiting for the UN (despite our former mayor’s leadership in the UN Sustainable Cities initiative), our dysfunctional Congress or a gridlocked state government to tell us how to solve our woes. The problems are just too big, entrenched and complex to defer.
Living in a big city you are exposed to a melting pot of people from different cultures and ethnicities as well as a lot of different views and opinions. Within such a huge conglomerate of people you’ll often find biases plaguing the minds of some. Being or seeming different in the eyes of the society brings about questions that can be annoying and frustrating to hear time and time again.
That’s how it can be for Jon Novick, 22, a Sunnyside resident who recently made a documentary called “Don’t Look Down on Me,” which shows the type of stares and comments he receives as a little person in New York City. Novick has a condition known as achondroplasia, which is the most common form of dwarfism, and stands 4 feet tall.
Seeking to achieve in court what it could not get in arbitration, the United Federation of Teachers last week filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that teachers do not have to show their lesson plans to school administrators.
The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, grows out of an arbitrator’s ruling in May that while all teachers must create lesson plans, what they contain will be left up to them, according to multiple published reports. The arbitrator refused a union bid to also rule that principals and other supervisors would not even get to review the plans, prompting the suit.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
Events of recent weeks show that we New Yorkers have reason to be proud of our city, and of ourselves. That does not mean we don’t also have cause for concern.
A tragedy occurred July 17 on Staten Island when Eric Garner died, apparently of a heart attack, while resisting arrest for an alleged petty crime. Police and emergency service personnel stood idly by and let him die, when there was a chance he could have been saved.
(NAPSI)—Whether you call it a second act or an encore career, or it’s just your desire to do a complete 180 in your profession, one thing remains the same: The path to reinvention often means taking your current job skills and giving them a new twist.