At the New York Foundation for Eldercare’s Recognition Dinner held on Oct. 22, City Councilman Rory Lancman of Fresh Meadows, far right, presented the award for Community Leadership to representatives of the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Linda Spiegel, left, director of External Affairs; Yoel Lichstein, executive director, and Michael Fassler, president and CEO, CenterLight Health System.
At the New York Foundation for Eldercare’s Recognition Dinner, held to honor leaders in the field of training geriatric psychiatry fellows on Oct. 22 at The Yale Club in Manhattan, the focus was a training program that addresses the critical need to train geriatricians to care for the baby boomer generation.
The honorees were Dr. Gary Kennedy, director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Dr. Melinda Lantz, chief of Geriatric Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center; and Dr. Alessandra Scalmati, Ph.D., psychiatrist, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Montefiore Medical Center and the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a member of CenterLight Health System.
As the homeless population continues to escalate, the Department of Homeless Services has had to rely on the use of emergency shelters.
The procedure, which allows DHS to move residents into a newly converted shelter — usually an old hotel — within seven days of notifying the local elected officials, has grown increasingly unpopular among councilmembers whose districts have been affected.
When it comes to the controversy surrounding Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to Mayor de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, the vast majority of city lawmakers from Queens have nothing to say.
Asked on Monday whether they support Noerdlinger’s continued employment as McCray’s top aide, only three of the 14 City Council members from Queens would answer the question.
Serving constituents, one kosher meal at a time.
On Sept. 23, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, second from right, joined Councilmembers Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman and Mark Weprin at the Masbia soup kitchen at 98-08 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park to help provide hot meals to those in need.
With thousands of undocumented, unaccompanied minors facing possible deportation and the federal government not doing as much reforming as city officials would like, the City Council has taken it upon itself to assist the immigrant youth who are unable to pay for proper legal representation while in immigration court.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Community Trust announced the new Unaccompanied Minor Children Initiative last week — a $1.9 million public-private partnership that will provide funding to legal organizations to address the need for free legal representation and access to social, mental health and medical services.
When area residents were invited to a community town hall meeting at the Pomonok-Electchester Public Library on Monday evening to discuss issues of concern, they arrived in droves, filling the makeshift meeting space to beyond capacity and showed little inhibition in letting the elected officials in attendance know their displeasures.
Hosted by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), in conjunction with state Sen.Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), who was unable to attend, the event also featured brief presentations by city Comptroller Scott Stringer and several city agencies.
Almost five months after a fire destroyed Plaza College’s Jackson Heights campus located within the Bruson Building, the school triumphantly opened its new Forest Hills campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by over 100 people on Friday.
Scores of Plaza College administrators, professors, students and alumni joined elected officials, such as Borough President Melinda Katz, for hors d’oeuvres on the patio and tours of the school’s first floor within the Forest Hills Tower at 118-33 Queens Blvd. to celebrate its move eastward.
The most diverse county in the country last week celebrated with 62 people from 17 countries as they became Americans.
All gathered under a large canopy on Sept. 17 at the King Manor Museum in Jamaica and took the Oath of Allegiance making them this country’s newest citizens.
At the St. John’s forum are Andrew Taranto, left, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Brian Browne, Erica Andriamaherimanama, Councilman Rory Lancman, Matthew Larkins, and Daniel Cahill.
Just nine months into his first term, it appears likely that the legacy of Mayor de Blasio will largely rest on an important issue: his ability to improve relations between the Police Department and the city’s communities of color.
A panel discussion titled “Broken Windows ... Broken Theory?” held at St. John’s University on Monday delved into race relations.
On the heels of numerous reported complaints about senior citizens facing evictions and the legal process that undocumented immigrants are confronted with, the City Council created a new Committee on Courts and Legal Services and appointed Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) as chairman.
The committee, created last week, will oversee city courts and legal services and ensure that New Yorkers are given equitable, free or affordable legal representation within the court system, from eviction cases, incarceration or other legal problems.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer, left, and Rory Lancman, right, introduced two bills that could help reach Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal.
Queens leaders took center stage in the fight to reach Vision Zero’s goal of eliminating pedestrian fatalities.
A hearing was held Wednesday by the City Council Transportation Committee to discuss legislation to establish civil penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a collision, introduced by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), and legislation to protect taxi and livery cab drivers, introduced by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows).
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
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.
Flushing’s Pomonok Housing was once considered the crown jewel of the NYC Housing Authority, but some tarnish has accrued over decades of neglect, mismanagement and budget cuts, according to tenants.
Monica Corbett, president of the Pomonok Residents Association, guided elected officials through the development last Thursday to show them the unkempt grounds, flooded parking lot, broken doors and overall lack of maintenance.
More than three years ago, dignitaries, civic leaders and even some South Queens residents gathered under a tarp in the lot next to what was then known as the South Queens Boys & Girls Club at 110-04 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill to put shovels in the ground. On that chilly rainy April day, they promised to be back in several years to welcome the first children into a bigger, better club.
On Tuesday, three years, four months and a name change since the first brick was laid, and in noticeably different weather conditions, the job was done — for the most part.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul, left, who is running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Gov. Cuomo, talks to a voter on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills on Friday with Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz, center, and Councilman Rory Lancman.
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul causally stepped out of the Elite Cafe at 72-28 Main St. in Kew Gardens Hills into the drizzly Friday afternoon. As her shoes hit the sidewalk, she suddenly stopped, her wide eyes opened wider by something happening in front of her — a traffic enforcement officer standing in front of a minivan writing a ticket for an expired meter.
“Oh my goodness, whose car is that?” she asked in her thick Western New York accent.
Commissioner Emily Lloyd of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection probably was anticipating the loud grumbling she elicited Monday night when she discussed water rate increases at a town hall meeting in St. Albans.
“Rates have gone up 181 percent in 12 years,” Lloyd acknowledged before a crowd of more than 150 in the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center.
When state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and her husband rented a car and traveled through Israel to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary years ago, they decided to see the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip for themselves, she said.
“The minute we got to Gaza, we saw the rocks and the stones being thrown at our car,” Stavisky said. “Why? Because the car had an Israeli plate.”