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.
Cutting the ribbon for an undergraduate program in Flushing are Evan Jerome, Monroe College vice president, left, state Sen. Toby Stavisky, CB 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman, Jonathan Chung from Councilman Peter Koo’s office and Stephen Jerome, Monroe president.
Sharon Yeung, center, received the Leonard P. Stavisky Award for outstanding academic excellence during graduation ceremonies at PS 242 in Flushing on Tuesday.
With Yeung are Councilman Peter Koo, left, Sharon’s mother Wen Qing Yang, state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Principal Patricia Costa.
Many brought heated words and emotions to a public meeting condemning proposed changes to the specialized high school admissions policy at the Flushing Library on Sunday. They support the existing system, under which a student’s score on a single multiple choice test determines his or her ranking and acceptance into one of the eight elite schools.
Two bills, at least one motivated by the desire to address the racial disparity between the students at these schools and the city’s overall population by changing the admissions criteria, were introduced in the state legislative session that just ended. Neither passed, but they could be brought up again in the next session.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky addresses the 149th Street bridge situation outside Queens Borough Hall with Assemblyman Ron Kim, left, and Councilman Peter Koo.
Residents and business owners who have been waiting since 2010 for the reopening of the 149th Street bridge between Roosevelt and 41st avenues in Murray Hill still have a long wait ahead of them, according to elected officials, who announced last week that shoddy workmanship is forcing the city to demolish the structure and start over.
Among those meeting behind closed doors at Queens Borough Hall last Friday were state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and New York City DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall. The elected officials then held a press conference outside.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to unveil the updated Queensboro Hill Library in Flushing.
The branch underwent a $1.965 million renovation. Upgrades include a new handicapped-accessible entry, installation of self-service checkout and interior upgrades.
Veteran state Sen. Toby Stavisky, (D-Flushing), who has represented the 16th District for 14 years, will be challenged in the fall Democratic primary by at least one opponent, SJ Jung.
Jung announced Tuesday he is running as a reformer “who refuses to accept politics as usual.” Also considering throwing his hat in the ring is attorney John Messer, who ran against Stavisky in 2010 and 2012. He told the Chronicle he is seriously considering a run this year and will announce his decision soon.
A resolution wending its way though the City Council could send a seismic wave through community boards throughout the borough.
Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) wants borough presidents and Council members who make appointments to limit them to five consecutive terms; set term limits for board and committee chairmanships; and use things like meeting attendance and committee participation to end the practice of automatic reappointment.
Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.
The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.
Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded
In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.