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Failed terrorist living in Jamaica gets 30 years for bomb plot
We were disappointed to see our friends at the Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights helping to promote the insidious movement to boycott, divest from and impose sanctions upon Israel. But that’s just what happened Tuesday, when the center had Sarah Schulman, an anti-Israel CUNY professor and supporter of the BDS movement, speak before a crowd of about 30 like-minded people.
The Pride House is dedicated to the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, and is the only center of its kind in Queens. We wish it had not hosted a one-sided event attacking the only country in the Middle East where LGBT people enjoy anything approaching equal rights.
Long before Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), ran to unseat Democratic incumbent state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), received nearly $900,000 in campaign contributions, before Addabbo was endorsed by Gov. Cuomo, and before their district was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Addabbo and Ulrich were just Eric and Joe, two parishioners at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Ozone Park.
Addabbo and Ulrich faced off Tuesday in what has been described as “the most closely watched and possibly most expensive state legislative race in the country,” for the 15th State Senate District which includes this neighborhood. Addabbo won by a wide margin.
The United States remains a country faced with a multitude of problems, but we are much better off than we were four years ago, thanks to the leadership of President Obama. He should be re-elected on Nov. 6.
The president’s opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has a lot going for him but has not made a compelling case for changing course.
I am truly excited to be attending my first same-sex wedding this Saturday, when our former Editor-in-Chief Dan Hendrick marries Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. I have known both of them for about 10 years and wish them all the best in their future together.
About 100 people turned out Monday night to hear all six candidates running for the 6th Congressional District race offer their views on everything from same-sex marriage to military spending during a two-hour forum at the Flushing Library.
Sponsored by the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing and supported by several other groups, it was moderated by Steve Choi, its executive director.
Queens in 2011 weathered an earthquake and a hurricane; lost a former 9th District congresswoman who was a political legend, and a sitting 9th District Congressman to scandal; and had its usual complaints about traffic, parking and high taxes.
Weprin was weak
About 200 residents and political activists heard the candidates for the 23rd Assembly District speak on a wide range of topics during a sometimes raucous debate held Tuesday night in Howard Beach.
Everything from local concerns like security around the soon-to-open Aqueduct racino to the state budget and drilling for natural gas upstate was addressed by Democratic candidate Phil Goldfeder, an aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer who is on leave during the campaign, and Republican Jane Deacy, a former police officer and teacher.
It is said that marriage marks the beginning of the rest of your life, and for gay and lesbian New Yorkers, Friday night was nothing less than a fresh start.
“We are now being treated as fully equal citizens,” said gay Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), touting the passage of state legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. “Having the option just makes us more whole as human beings, whether we choose to get married or not.”
No FDNY illiteracy
An agreement has been reached in Albany regarding rent regulations and property taxes, but, as of Wednesday afternoon, same-sex marriage legislation had not yet been voted on.
On Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders assured the public that rent regulations, which provide various forms of protection to approximately 1 million renters in the state would be strengthened and extended.
Two senators from Queens who were previously on the fence, publicly pledged to support a bill which, if passed, would enable same sex marriage in New York State.
The state currently recognizes same sex marriages performed outside the state and offers domestic partnerships to gay and lesbian couples, but Gov. Cuomo says this is not enough as it does not represent true equality. He said it creates legal hurdles for same sex couples and makes them feel like second class citizens.
Stefanie Frank had two weddings: One at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park with 120 guests, and one in a state where it was legal — Connecticut.
Now expecting twins, Stefanie and her partner, Sarah Frank, are among a growing number of gay couples facing legal and financial hurdles due to restrictions that both state and federal government place upon their relationship.
Queens residents and politicians celebrated after the U.S. Department of Justice said it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which limits federal definition of wedlock as being between a man and a woman.
For gay and lesbian couples in Queens, the 2010 Census is exciting because it marks the first decade in which their data is being actively sought out by the bureau. However, for other local minority groups, this year’s census seems archaic.
Events of 2009 have put western Queens in the spotlight.
Last week’s failure of the marriage equality bill in the state Senate is devastating to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people in loving relationships who want the full recognition and benefits that come with matrimony. The ongoing discrimination against the LGBT community is a black mark against the State of New York, and a failure of the United States to live up to its claim that all are equal under the law.
What a voice
Kicking off the special City Council election season, the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens last Monday held a Candidate’s Night at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Heights.