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.
Cynthia Zalisky, left, of the Queens JCC and elected officials Nily Rozic, Karen Koslowitz, Grace Meng, Toby Stavisky and Ed Braunstein at the food giveaway.
In the wake of the Queens Library scandal surrounding embattled CEO Tom Galante’s questionable salary and spending practices, area lawmakers have introduced legislation to reform the library’s structure and add oversight measures.
“This is not about whether or not the Queens Library is a good system. It is,” Borough President Melinda Katz said at a press conference last Thursday. “This is about the public trust and public accountability to a system that is funded 85 percent by public funds.”
More than 500 packages of free Passover food were given this past Sunday at the Queens Jewish Community Council offices.
Each person received five pounds of apples, as well as onions, carrots, cooking oil, grape juice, boxes of matzah and matzah ball mix.
As if facing a lack of cooking gas after a leak was discovered last month wasn’t enough for numerous residents at the Pomonok Houses in Flushing, those living in underoccupied apartments there may soon be forced to move.
The 35-building complex at 67-10 Parsons Blvd. that houses over 4,000 people contains a number of apartments that have more bedrooms than residents. That is something the New York City Housing Authority wants to remedy by relocating those occupants to other NYCHA-operated housing complexes in Queens.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky recently presented a proclamation in Albany to Linda Kleingardner of Vallo Transportation for the Whitestone company’s anti-bullying campaign.
Elected officials and civic leaders were on hand Friday for the official reopening of the Fresh Meadows Library after weeks of renovation work.
Cutting the ribbon are Marc Haken of Community Board 8, left; Bridget Quinn-Carey, Queens Library COO; Councilman Mark Weprin; state Sen. Toby Stavisky; Assemblywoman Nily Rozic; Councilman Costa Constantinides; Jim Gallagher of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association, and Bob Harris of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association.
Although she was too young to go there, Allison Liao has had a major influence on PS 173 in Fresh Meadows.
Allison, 3, was killed last October in Flushing while crossing a street with her grandmother. Now her grief-stricken parents are working to prevent future tragedies from affecting other families.
The Rev. Wilfredo Benitez, center, claimed partial victory on Friday in his effort to reduce the number of buses encircling the historic St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing, forcing the congregation to deal with pollution, traffic and worse. Supporters include Councilman Peter Koo, left, Assemblyman Ron Kim and state Sen. Toby Stavisky, right.
Plans to relieve some of the bus traffic around the historic St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing will require drivers on two routes to turn right on 39th Avenue instead of left.
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State Sen. Toby Stavisky has moved and she is now making her residence in Forest Hills.
The senator told the Chronicle on Monday that the area she previously covered was redistricted last year and her Whitestone residence is no longer in her district.
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.
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.
Assemblyman Ron Kim, at podium, with state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, Congresswoman Grace Meng, center right; Kwang Kim and Linda Lee of Korean Community Services, left and Byung Uk Cho, right rear, a Korean-American senior.
Area elected officials honored PS 46 in Oakland Gardens recently for being named a Blue Ribbon school.
Principal Marsha Goldberg, third from right, here receives a certificate from state Sen. Toby Stavisky. With them are City Councilman Mark Weprin, left, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Assistant Principal Stamo Karalazarides and Rep. Grace Meng.
An ongoing dispute between elderly Koreans and a Flushing McDonald’s over seating was resolved Monday after an intervention by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing).
Kim, who is a Korean American, held a press conference in the morning across the street from the fast-food eatery on Northern and Parsons boulevards, surrounded by other elected officials and representatives from the Korean community.
State Sen. Mike Gianaris speaks with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center left, state Sen. Toby Stavisky, center, and members of the community. Gianaris’ new bill is a direct response to the death of an 8-year-old in Woodside.
One in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer a serious fall this year. Nearly three-quarters of these falls will occur at home. Falls are the leading cause of injuries, both fatal and nonfatal, in older adults.
Those are but a few of the sobering statistics presented at a Dec. 18 seminar entitled, “Preventing Falls Among Seniors,” sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The event was held at the YMCA on Northern Boulevard in Flushing.
Teachers Thomas Sangiorgi, second from left, and Yunseon Esther Kim, third from left, were honored recently in Whitestone by state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, (D-Whitestone) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) for their outstanding teaching awards.
They were among this year’s seven Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics winners.
Days after 8-year-old Noshat Nahian was struck and killed by a tractor trailer, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) began drafting legislation that would make it a felony when drivers with a suspended license kill or seriously injure someone. The driver of the truck was operating the vehicle with a suspended license.
As it stands, drivers like the one involved in the death of Nahian can get away with a misdemeanor. Gianaris also proposed the immediate impoundment of the license plate of a vehicle being operated by someone with a suspended license.
Retiring Queens College president, Dr. James Muyskens was honored with his own “Dr. James Muyskens Day” by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall at a ceremony held on Dec. 18 at the college.
Marshall presented Muyskens with a proclamation on his accomplishments during his 11 years of service, which included recruitment of over 300 faculty members and overseeing the completion of the college’s first residence hall.
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
After months of pleas for help, it looks like St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing will be getting some assistance soon from the MTA.
The historic church on Main Street has been complaining since last spring that bus drivers, primarily on 38th and 39th avenues, have been urinating on the walls of the facility and leaving garbage from their meals on its sidewalks.
Congresswoman Grace Meng addresses the audience regarding Obamacare at a session recently at Flushing Hospital. At the table are Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, left, Dr. Robert Crupi, Chairman of, Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Care; Bruce Flanz, hospital president; state Sen. Toby Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo and Assemblyman Ron Kim
Assemblyman Ron Kim, second from right, with state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, Councilman Peter Koo, right, and volunteers kick off a power wash program outside St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing last week.