Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has proposed a resolution that calls on the city to designate Jan. 13 as Korean-American Day to commemorate the anniversary of the first Korean immigrants’ arrival on United States territory in 1903.
Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, there are over 1.4 million Korean Americans living in the United States. An estimated 96,741 New York City residents are of Korean descent, of which two-thirds live in Queens.
The epic battle between animal rights groups and Central Park horse carriage drivers has come to a head as Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced a bill that would ban the centuries-old practice from the city’s most iconic park.
“The morality of a nation can be judged by the way society treats its animals,” Dromm said in a prepared statement. “Horses don’t belong on New York City’s congested streets amid cars and pollutions. There have been too many crashes and too many horse deaths and injuries to justify the continuation of this industry.”
DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd, left, with Councilman Peter Koo and Alex Rosa and Christopher Gioia of Friends of Flushing Creek. They toured the creek area and the CSO holding tank on College Point Boulevard last week.
A tour of Flushing Creek with area officials and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd last week only tended to show the sharp differences in approach to cleaning up the polluted waterway.
While Lloyd is pushing for small steps, including rooftop gardens and bioswales to prevent minor flooding, Friends of Flushing Creek and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) want another combined sewer overflow retention tank built and additional capacity added at the Tallman Island Treatment Plant.
A proposal to charge consumers 10 cents for every single-use plastic bag they use at checkout is gaining traction again. City Hall held a discussion Wednesday to discuss a bill introduced by Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) that’s designed to reduce disposable bag use in the city by implementing the 10 cent fee.
According to its sponsors, the goal of the bill isn’t to charge consumers the fee but to incentivize them to change their habits and become more environmentally conscious. Retailers would keep the money and the bill exempts transactions made using food aid programs.
She was killed a little over a year ago, but for the parents of 3-year-old Allison Liao, the agony continues.
Hsi-Pei Liao and his wife, Amy, recently discovered that the driver of the car who mowed down their daughter had his two summonses for $150 each voided by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Councilman Peter Koo and state Sen. Toby Stavisky study a Google tablet, one of many now on loan at the Flushing Library.
Patrons of the Flushing Library can now borrow Google tablets for a month, with three renewals.
The announcement was made Monday at the branch, located at 41-17 Main St., with elected officials looking over the new equipment.
Long Island Rail Road officials told area elected officials last week that the improvements proposed for the Flushing station are proceeding, with construction expected to begin late next year.
Last January, LIRR officials announced that land at 40-36 Main St., north of the train trestle, would be purchased so that the railroad could install elevators on both sides of the tracks. It is now occupied by a supermarket.
Community leader John Choe has been named executive director of the newly formed Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Two years in the making, the chamber will serve as a resource for economic guidance and technical assistance for small businesses in Flushing.
The chamber will be formally announced at a launch event on Dec. 11 at Flushing Town Hall. Area politicians and community leaders are expected to attend and recruit small business owners in the area.
Public Advocate Letitia James and 32 members of the City Council have sent a letter calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to reject a series of ads that they say are anti-Muslim and could provoke violence.
The ads were purchased by the group American Freedom Defense Initiative, which claims they tell the truth about the dangers of radical Islam.
Saying the city “has a lot of making up to do,” Mayor de Blasio announced in Flushing Tuesday that 35 neglected city parks would be getting major improvements as part of his equality initiative.
Speaking at Bowne Playground adjacent to PS 20 — one of the facilities that will get a facelift — the mayor said upgrades to play areas in rapidly growing, low-income neighborhoods are a priority for his administration.
A long-simmering feud over control of a community garden in Kissena Corridor Park came to a boiling point when protestors turned up at a Harvest Festival thrown by the Garden Management Committee on Saturday.
The Flushing garden was controlled by a group of Korean senior citizens for 30 years until the Parks Department took over in 2012. Now that group is accusing the new management committee of overcharging members, attempting to force the Koreans out of the garden and ignoring their complaints. They seek to have the committee disbanded.
Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been, center, helps cut the ribbon on the newest Selfhelp senior living facility alongside state Sen. Toby Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo and Selfhelp officials in Flushing on Tuesday.
Senior living, meet the 21st century.
Elected officials, heads of city agencies, Selfhelp administrators and their corporate partners gathered Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the nonprofit group’s newest, most technologically savvy senior residence at 137-39 45 Ave. in Flushing.
Grace Yoon, president of the Korean American Human Service Provider Association, says there are cultural aspects at play within Asian communities that often make their members unwilling to seek outside help when struggling financially or with a mental health issue.
“They try and solve things within the family, but there’s no shame in reaching out,” Yoon said during a community-wide press conference the KAHSPA held Monday to address last week’s murder-suicides that impacted the Asian-American communities in Flushing.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky, center, celebrates with Karen Koslowitz, left, Assemblyman Ron Kim, center left, Rep. Grace Meng, center right, and Councilman Peter Koo, right, at her re-election party on Tuesday night.
A group of 50 or so people erupted into cheers as the newly re-elected state Sen. Toby Stavisky stepped out of the elevator in the Good Kitchen restaurant on Tuesday.
“I’m sure all of you have heard by now, but if you haven’t heard, let me be the first to tell you Sen. Stavisky defeated her opponent by a landslide,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), said.
Queens College student Aileen Sheil speaks at a recent on-campus rally in support of banning credit checks by potential employers as Councilmen Peter Koo and Costa Constantinides and other supporters look on.
A bill that aims to “prohibit discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” by banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants will be the subject of a City Council hearing set for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall
The main sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in April and is being debated in the Civic Rights Committee, is Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). The legislation has 38 co-sponsors who have signed onto it; among them are several members of the Queens delegation: Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) and Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans).
American Softball, a league for handicapped or otherwise challenged adults, was honored Aug. 22 with the final World Series game at Kissena Park in Flushing.
Angelo DiGangi sang “The Star Spangled Banner” to start the game, which was attended by Council Members Eric Ulrich and Peter Koo. After the game, the league was honored with a citation from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., inset, to founder Randy Novic.
Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.
The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.
Seven third-graders were the recipients recently of reading awards in a program sponsored by Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing and the NY Mets.
One child from each Flushing school was named a winner for reading an age-appropriate book in May and for writing a report on his or her favorite book.
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
Developers, left, with elected officials including Borough President Melinda Katz, center, Councilman Peter Koo, Rep. Grace Meng, state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman David Weprin.