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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.”
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding the poor and hungry in the borough, voicing strong support for the state of Israel and fighting the stain of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.
“For members of the Jewish community, this is an incredibly important institution that provides so much assistance, but for so many members of the larger Queens community who happen to not be Jewish, it’s a place they turn to equally for help and an open door,” de Blasio said at the Jamaica Estates event.
Queens Village attorney Munir Avery at first embraced being an underdog when he decided to challenge state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District.
And while Smith still has the benefits of incumbency and former Councilman Leroy Comrie has money, support and name recognition, Avery, 36, said he does not know that the underdog status still applies.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.
When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.
Others believe it is far more important.
Jim, an English and science teacher, stands by the board, looking at his class expectantly.
“Does anyone know?” he asks. “What do we think?”
The 103rd Precinct went all-out for its celebration at Rufus King Park on Tuesday night.
There was a long line for burgers and hot dogs, which were distributed by the young “explorers,” children in a police-run community service organization. Children ran around with butterflies painted on their faces by Cupcake the Clown and played games, including nock-hockey and had some fun with hula-hoops. A DJ played music that carried throughout the park and some attendees danced to it. Several community organizations distributed flyers and information about services for residents.
Russell Simmons and LL Cool J came to Jamaica on Thursday to launch an initiative to stem youth violence in American cities.
Simmons, a Hollis native and a titan in the music and fashion industries, came to the Baisley Park Houses in Jamaica with the rap star and actor to announce the formation of RushCard’s Keep the Peace Initiative.
The sausages were smoldering, the inflatable fun houses were bouncing and local residents were meeting and greeting some of New York’s Finest as Cabbell Park in Cambria Heights joined in the celebration of the annual National Night Out on Tuesday evening.
Among those on hand to help kick things off was NYPD Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South.
As in past years, the 102nd Precinct held its annual Night Out Against Crime at the Buddy Memorial in Forest Park, located at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue in Richmond Hill. Children were treated to a bounce house, and all were offered hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and Indian food courtesy of the Sikh Cultural Center. Area officials, civic organizations and other groups were also present at the event. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was among the officials who came to the Night Out to thank the NYPD for its work. — Domenick Rafter
Despite promises of reduced crime and a friendlier atmosphere, many Jackson Heights business owners and residents simply do not want the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District in their neighborhood.
In a town hall intended to create a line of communication between BID supporters and business owners, many people were not shy when it came to airing their issues last Thursday in Corona.
After three caustic protests rocked Elmhurst upon converting the Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter in June, some wanted to show shelter families a brighter side of the neighborhood.
Nearly 300 volunteers and shelter residents attended a barbecue last Saturday afternoon at the New Life Fellowship Church at 82-10 Queens Blvd.
A handful of Glendale residents woke up last Wednesday morning, July 23, to see a line of cars all painted black, courtesy of a suspect taking the enforcement of parking regulations into his or her own hands.
“Learn how to park, S-bag” and “Hey scumbag park right” were some of the messages emblazoned onto the sides of four parked cars with black spray paint all within a few blocks of the intersection of Cooper and Myrtle avenues.
More than 1,000 people, many of them victims of Hurricane Sandy, attended a meeting Tuesday night between city officials and more than a score of clergy with one demand — to make them whole again.
Faith in New York sponsored what it billed as a Sandy rebuilding summit at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica.
Civil rights organizations, including some who prodded the city to reduce the searching of individuals police deem suspicious, are now demanding the NYPD abandon the broken windows theory of crimefighting, which they say unfairly targets minorities — the same argument they made against stop and frisk.
The criticism against broken-windows policing — which involves strict enforcement of minor crimes in order to deter, prevent or uncover bigger ones — follows the death last week of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in police custody after resisting arrest. Garner was allegedly selling single cigarettes. Many, including Mayor de Blasio, said it appears as if one officer used an illegal chokehold on the overweight, asthmatic man, who told the police he couldn’t breathe before dying.
One of the biggest fears many Elmhurst residents had regarding last month’s conversion of the Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter was a potential increase in crime throughout the area.
In the seven weeks since homeless families began occupying the building, the 110th Precinct and area officials say that worry has gone unfounded.
The Police Department’s new class of cadets was sworn in by Mayor de Blasio July 9 at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium. De Blasio, at the podium at top right, was joined by the NYPD’s top officials, Commissioner Bill Bratton, next to the mayor, Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and Chief of Patrol James O’Neill, left, as well as more of the brass. The mayor told the recruits they are coming into the department at a critical time, as shootings are on the rise though murders are still down, and that they are entering the organization most responsible for the great reductions in crime the city has experienced.
The Police Department’s new class of cadets was sworn in by Mayor de Blasio July 9 at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium.
De Blasio, at the podium at top right, was joined by the NYPD’s top officials, Commissioner Bill Bratton, next to the mayor, Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and Chief of Patrol James O’Neill, left, as well as more of the brass.
Most parts of Queens have been fairly lucky this year when it comes to gun violence. While the city overall has seen an 11.2 percent rise in shootings so far this year compared to last, going by the latest available police statistics, and some areas have been subject to much worse, Queens has not.
In the southern part of the borough, as defined by the Police Deparment, the number of shooting incidents has gone up only 3.8 percent, from 52 to 54, as of June 22. And in the northern part, they’ve actually fallen 29.4 percent, from 17 to 12. Compare that to the Bronx, where they have jumped 25.4 percent, from 118 to 148. And none of these stats include the mayhem of last weekend, when there were 21 shootings across the city, including a fatal one in Cambria Heights.
Loud, overcrowded parties in residential neighborhoods once again will be under a microscope this summer in the NYPD’s 105th Precinct.
Civic and elected officials on Monday formally kicked off the second year of the Summer Noise Task Force, which is aimed at keeping neighborhoods free of gatherings that proliferate to the size of block parties and often have music blaring through commercial-sized speakers.