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The room was packed with concerned seniors and a who’s who of elected officials last Friday at the 31st annual Queens Interagency Council on Aging Legislative Forum held at Queens Borough Hall.
Representing QICA, a nonprofit borough-wide membership organization that speaks with one voice on behalf of seniors and the agencies that serve them, Barry Klitsberg, co-chairman of the Legislative Forum Committee, read the group’s position paper to the more than 100 in attendance.
From top left, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. scored the lowest grades in the city while Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Councilmen Eric Ulrich, Ruben Wills, Peter Koo, Jimmy Van Bramer and Danny Dromm had some of the highest
Each year, the New York League of Conservation Voters puts out a scorecard that grades all Council members on environmental issues and for the 2012-13 City Council year, Queens had some of the highest scores and the lowest.
The scores are based on voting and sponsorship records on 17 bills that cover recycling, composting, clean energy, biodiversity, transportation, air quality, energy efficiency, resiliency and more.
Finding the right Valentine’s Day present for someone special is never an easy chore. Here are some gift ideas that should add a touch of romance not just for February 14 but for anytime of the year.
You cannot think of Valentine’s Day without thinking of flowers, and it’s hard to think of flowers without thinking of 1-800Flowers, the company founded and still run by Woodside-native Jim McCann. While floral arrangements are still the company’s main source of income, it has expanded its lines to include food gift baskets and oversized teddy bears.
Councilman Ruben Wills rolled up his sleeves for a good cause on Jan. 15, donating at a blood drive held at the NYPD’s 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill.
They collected 26 pints for the New York Blood Center, which collects donations for hospitals to give to surgical patients, accident and burn victims, and those with life-threatening illnesses.
Hordes of angry airport workers gathered on a hill near the 94th Street bridge that extends into LaGuardia Airport. Their requests were simple: fair wages for fair work, paid sick leave and paid holidays.
Not so coincidently, the rally was held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, meant to honor the civil rights activist who spent his last days fighting for better pay for sanitation workers.
Thirty-two people, including federal, state and city elected officials, clergy and airport workers, were arrested today after a crowd of close to 1,000 people blocked a bridge to LaGuardia Airport in protest of wages and benefits given to employees of companies that contract out services at the city’s airports.
The rally was organized by Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union
It was shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day when police from the 103rd Precinct seized their first pair of illegal handguns for 2014.
But to hear Inspector Charles McEvoy tell it Tuesday night, his officers were just picking up where they left off in 2013, and the numbers bear him out.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) is declaring victory in the race to be the new speaker of the City Council, but opponents of her bid are not conceding defeat, setting up battle lines just weeks before the Council is scheduled to vote on the second-most powerful job in the city.
Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem and the South Bronx, announced Thursday that she had the support of 31 members of the 51-member body, including herself and seven Queens members: re-elected Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside); Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights); Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst); and Donovan Richards (D-Rosedale); two Council members-elect Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), who though from Brooklyn, represents a district that covers part of Ridgewood; and most notably, the borough’s only Republican, Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
I don’t have a problem with the Mets signing recent Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, for reasons I outlined last week. But I’m still scratching my head over why Mets general manager Sandy Alderson rushed to sign dime-a-dozen outfielder Chris Young to a one-year $7.25 million contract, and I’m absolutely stumped as to why he would commit $20 million for two years to rotund, soon-to-be-41 year-old pitcher, Bartolo Colon.
Yes, I know that Colon won 18 games for the Oakland A’s last year, but that doesn’t mean he will come remotely close to repeating that success in a Mets uniform. Colon missed a good chunk of the 2012 season serving a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
The City Council gave its final stamp of approval to the rezoning of 530 blocks in South Queens Tuesday. The unanimous vote puts the plan into motion immediately,
There was little opposition to the plan, which aimed to protect the characteristics of residential homes in the neighborhood.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
The City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 14 to rename a section of South Road in Jamaica for the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated unit of Army Air Corps pilots who rose above prejudice and military roadblocks to become one of the elite fighter squadrons in World War II.
South Road between Merrick Boulevard and Remington Street will become Tuskegee Airmen Way.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night.
The Young Adult Borough Center at John Adams High School received a $100,000 check this week from the city, allocated by Councilman Ruben Wills.
Operated by the city Department of Education and Queens Community House, the program works with young adults, ages 17 to 21, who desire to pursue their high school diploma and develop their career and employment skills. It is one of 23 YABC sites in New York City high schools and caters to students from all over the borough.
Queens elected officials hit the field on Sunday in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
The event brought together representatives from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly round of touch football.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
South Road in Jamaica soon could be renamed for a group of warriors who overcame bigotry and segregation to become some of the toughest and most respected fighter pilots in World War II.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) on Oct. 3 joined Dabney Montgomery and Wilfred DeFour of Manhattan as the Council’s Parks Committee held hearings on a measure to rename the street Tuskegee Airmen Way.
Department of Education representatives got an icy reception last Thursday from a crowd of more than 100 when they came to Jamaica to discuss co-locating schools next year in MS 72 and PS 40.
The DOE is pushing to locate a new middle school — MS 332, inside the existing MS 72 for the 2014-15 school year. Plans also call for a new PS 312 to be co-located inside of PS 40.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio took a commanding lead in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor, and may have won enough votes to avoid having a runoff election.
De Blasio scored 40.1 percent of the votes, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures. His closest rival was former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who won 26.2 percent. But not all votes have been counted yet.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) fended off all challengers Tuesday night, earning renomination from Democratic voters for the 28th Council District with a comfortable 15-point victory.
Unofficial totals posted by the New York City Board of Elections on Wednesday gave Wills more than 48.6 percent of the vote with a total of 4,857 of the 9,985 ballots cast.