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The office of city Comptroller Scot Stringer has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the possibility of collusion among the recipients of the current contracts to deliver milk to schools under the city’s Department of Eduction.
The current five-year contract, awarded in 2008, was apportioned among Beyer Farms, Inc., Elmhurst Dairy and Bartlett Dairy, all of Jamaica.
Though the contracts have been signed and the variance has been approved by the City Council, business owners in Willets Point are not giving up. They want action to be taken by the city, and they want it now.
A handful of owners told their stories while supporters sat with melancholy looks on their faces, somberly nodding when their peers pointed out the hardships they all face.
Anyone who has watched the evening news over the last month has seen the dramatic images of the civil unrest sweeping through Ukraine.
Since the protests, known as Euromaidan, over now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to stop Ukraine from entering on the path to potentially joining the European Union in the future began last November, over 100 protesters and a dozen law enforcement agents have been killed.
Hurricane Sandy damage to a seawall at LeHavre co-ops in Whitestone has left owners of the 28-acre upscale waterfront property overlooking the Long Island Sound wondering who will pay.
Described as “luxury waterfront co-ops” by the real estate industry, LeHavre was built as rental units in 1958 and converted to co-ops in 1984. Damage to the seawall was discovered after the 2012 storm and the development’s insurance does not cover repair costs.
(NAPSI)—Young men in the United States often find turning 18 can bring a number of opportunities. It also brings an important obligation-registering with Selective Service.
(BPT) - Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up?
State Sen. Greg Ball (D-Patterson) slammed Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID card legislation during a debate with Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on “Up Close with Diana Williams” on Sunday morning.
The bill, which will be drafted by Dromm — a big advocate for immigration reform — was briefly discussed by the mayor during his State of the City Address two weeks ago.
In the last two weeks, Mayor de Blasio has taken two giant steps toward fulfilling his campaign promise to change the makeup of and the culture at the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.
Two weeks ago it was the appointment of new managers in three key housing positions, the most prominent being Shola Olatoye, tapped to replace the embattled former NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.
The estate of the late Cecilia Chang is still up for grabs, with federal authorities working on a settlement that could soon give them up to $1.2 million.
Chang, 59, committed suicide in her Jamaica Estates home on Nov. 8, 2012, a day after implicating herself in court for recruiting foreign students and making them do chores around her house and embezzling more than $1 million from St. John’s University, where she worked as dean of the Asian Studies Center and vice president of international relations.
(NewsUSA) - Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States? The good news is it can be prevented. This year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remind parents to "think teeth."
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
It was straight out of a Saturday morning children’s television comedy — a man confined to a hospital is able to confound security by the ingenious tactic of switching clothes with one of his visitors and allegedly sauntering right out the door.
Only residents, elected officials and police are not laughing over the fact that Raymond Morillo, who was confined to Creedmoor after completing a sentence for manslaughter and assault, was able to do just that on Jan. 28, and get more than 1,000 miles away before he was caught at a bus station in Memphis, Tenn. the next night.
Barely a week into February and already this one has been a doozy.
Two snowstorms have dropped a cumulative total of almost a foot of snow and the borough may get hit twice more.
Protestors wearing masks, singing songs and waving signs stood outside of Rep. Joe Crowley’s (D-Bronx, Queens) office in Jackson Heights, asking him to come out against fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement that also would give foreign corporations the ability to sue the United States for unlimited sums in international tribunals.
“Congressman Crowley is one of only two New York Democrats in the House who haven’t spoken out against fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Adam Weissman of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment. “Fast track renders Congress powerless to amend TPP to ensure that this trade deal won’t empower foreign corporations to attack the laws that protect us in international tribunals, resulting in more fracking, factory farms and contaminated food.”
Re “Lousy Republicans,” Letters, Jan. 23:
Why would Anthony Pilla think historians would rank the 113th Congress the least productive in history? In five years America’s prestige in the world became extinct, unemployment is chronic, we’re $17 trillion in debt, the middle class is being wiped out and Obamacare will ensure that the United States will be transformed — as promised —from a constitutional democracy into a socialist dictatorship. House Republicans never stopped him from doing anything. No president ever accomplished more.
The House of Representatives was considered by the Founding Fathers to be the People’s House and has the power of the purse in order to control free-wheeling spenders like those in office now. Food stamps were cut $4 billion by Republicans because the Government Accounting Office said cutting waste and fraud would more than cover it. There was no need to raise the debt ceiling, but the House did anyway, by $1.1 trillion.
The loss of $25 billion in the last government shutdown included the salaries of employees who were laid off but got paid for doing nothing anyway.
It only seems like 45 times that Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor voted to repeal Obamacare but is their stupidity really worse, as Pilla believes, than Schumer’s saying Americans were going to get Obamacare whether they like it or not? Or Obama saying “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan,” knowing each time he said it, he lied?
Why would Republicans voting for amnesty for illegal aliens to keep wages low for big business be worse than Democrats who want open borders and amnesty because a huge population of poor, illiterate people dependent on government handouts will vote socialist forever?
Why would Mr. Pilla call the investigations of Benghazi, Fast and Furious and the IRS harassment of people they don’t like “witch hunts”? Real people died real deaths in Benghazi and Mexico.
Americans have traded the freedom and opportunities here for the same false promises that turned into the Gulag in Russia, gas chambers in Hitler’s National Socialism and one child per family in China. What Americans think they’re getting free will cost them more than they ever imagined. Obamacare is only the beginning. It’s the Tea Party’s fault.
Pols say ‘Adoptee Bill of Rights’ is key for medical records –
A bill pending in Albany that was sponsored by a Queens assemblyman would allow adopted New Yorkers to access their birth certificates and medical records, which they are barred from doing.
Learning how to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese could prove more useful than ever, as the wheels are in motion to recognize the Asian Lunar New Year as a legal holiday, meaning schools would be closed.
Nearly a dozen elected officials representing all levels of government were on hand at a press conference on the steps of the Flushing Library last Friday, in a show of growing support for recognizing the cause.
(BPT) - Social Security is a hot topic these days. Unfortunately, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to planning for Social Security. And that could have significant consequences.