After the Department of Correction’s use of solitary confinement came under fire during a recent Council hearing, a new bill to force Rikers Island administrators to publicly release statistics on inmates thrown into segregation was approved by the City Council on Aug. 21.
According to the bill, drafted by Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) — an avid opposer of solitary confinement — the department would have to publish four reports a year detailing how many inmates are placed in solitary, why they are sent and for how long, whether they attempt suicide or are physically or sexually assaulted.
Kew Gardens Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, a former NYPD officer, says he’s all for keeping guns out of the hands of anyone who isn’t law enforcement — most of the time.
But when it comes to protecting houses of worship from what he calls “credible threats,” he doesn’t want his parishioners to wait around for the police to arrive.
There have now been three wars between Gaza and Israel in the past six years. If nothing is done to stop the protagonist — the Islamic resistance army more commonly known as Hamas — then the only certain future for the area is that there will be another war in the not too distant future.
While many world leaders recognize the necessity of eliminating Hamas — both for the benefit of Israel and for the Palestinian civilians who suffer negatively both directly and indirectly from the decisions made by Hamas — few have the foresight or vision as to how to accomplish this task.
The Palestinian Authority does not have the will or the capability to eradicate Hamas. The Arabs cannot be trusted to do it — with the possible exception of Egypt, which has been destroying terror tunnels in Gaza, enforces the necessary blockade to stop terror supplies reaching Hamas and has thwarted an Islamic suicide bomber terror attack and rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians in the past month. Israel has the capability to get rid of Hamas, but the world accuses Israel of being too brutal in doing it. Western countries also have no appetite to fight any Islamic terrorist group.
While it is, sadly, abundantly clear that the world is not prepared to do what is needed to stop the conflict from reoccurring, the Western world does have some control. Funds given to the Palestinians should be strictly controlled — it is irresponsible (if not downright murderous) to continue to look the other way while the Palestinian terrorists invest in terror. Without funds the terror trade of Hamas will die, even though the ideology of course will not. Perhaps this is the best solution that the Western world is prepared to fathom for now.
The paddles will be flying this weekend at Meadow Lake during the 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 188 teams are expected to compete in the two-day event with participants from across the country and Canada. The city title will be determined on Saturday and the U.S. championship on Sunday with the awarding of cash and prizes.
(BPT) - College may provide the first opportunity for many young adults to make important health decisions for themselves. In its Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Coalition highlights a number of important topics for improving the health of college students, including vaccine-preventable diseases, nutrition and physical activity, substance abuse, mental health, and sexually transmitted diseases.
(BPT) - In wartime, members of the armed forces often face dangerous situations. President George Washington recognized this, when he created what is now known as the Purple Heart medal in 1782, to honor combat wounded veterans. Since then, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded by the military to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
An 8-year-old boy was found strangled in his bed Sunday night by police and his father found unconscious nearby after allegedly slashing his wrists at their Fresh Meadows apartment.
Ray Garcia, 65, is a Vietnam veteran, a limousine driver for exclusive customers and in his spare time, a poet.
Growing up, Garcia lived in many neighborhoods across the city, including the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and then finally settling in Ridgewood, where his father built a house.
It’s no secret that bullying and violence in schools have been topics of conversation nationwide as of late. Stories of teenager suicides, triggered allegedly by hateful words, shootings in school buildings and violence between young children top headlines and leave people wondering what kind of world our children are living in.
One group is aiming to take on those problems, armed with paintbrushes, markers and glue.
(BPT) - It could be a parent, a son or daughter, a co-worker, or a best friend. With more than 21 million American men and women over the age of 18 having served in the U.S. Armed Forces, most people know at least one person who is a veteran. But unless they are veterans themselves, most don’t understand what veterans face on the home front.
The premise of the liberal-progressive collectivist ideal is that man is selfish and uncharitable and must be guided by a group of enlightened, well-intentioned, omniscient benefactors.
To liberals, everything is an issue of money. Their guiding principle is that the government knows best and that we should just hand over our money and problems will be solved. They see poor people so they raise taxes to better fund welfare programs in spite of the fact in over 60 years the “war on poverty” has not lowered poverty levels. Our schools are failing and they respond by raising more taxes to give more money to failing schools. Over the last several decades, average American student achievement has remained stagnant, while per student spending has exploded.
Blind faith in a beneficent government dominated by a cabal of collectivist bureaucrats is not just an issue of ideological differences. It is a threat to society because it fosters mediocrity and stifles creativity and innovation, the enemy of tyranny. If we do not strive for independence and self-reliance and do not take care to manage our means ourselves, our end will be ruination.
More and more Americans are abdicating their responsibilities and are becoming more dependent on government. They are blinded by their faith in a government that claims it knows better than they do, that in all things it can succeed and provide. It is becoming fanatical and almost religious.
We ignore the lessons of history at our peril. A wise philosopher eloquently cautioned: “There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end. Communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.”
Politically astute readers will have correctly guessed the philosopher to be Ayn Rand.
In a time where newspapers around the country are laying off dozens of staffers or closing altogether, the Torch, the independent, student-run publication at St. John’s University, has had no problem growing.
So when the school informed the Torch’s editorial board last week of its plan to move the newspaper’s office from its spacious room in the first floor of the recently constructed D’Angelo Center to a much smaller space across the hallway, many current and former Torch staffers cried foul.
(NAPSI)—While often portrayed as funny in movies and on TV, intoxication and alcohol abuse are no laughing matter. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 30 percent of the U.S. population misuses alcohol.
St. John’s University in Jamaica has named a new president and it’s not a priest.
The Board of Trustees has selected Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, 60, as the school’s 17th president; the first time a priest will not be at the helm. The position becomes effective in July.
Nearly a week after a young Ridgewood couple was gunned down in their apartment, police are still searching for their killer.
The bodies of Louis Oscar Padilla-Lopez, 22, and his girlfriend, Natalie Mejia-Tavares, 21, were discovered by a female relative of Mejia-Tavares shortly after they were murdered in their 18-15 Summerfield Street around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday.
Police in Nassau County and Altoona, Pa., are continuing to investigate the March 14 suicide of 18-year-old Rosedale resident Marquise Braham, whose family believes he may have killed himself in connection with alleged college fraternity hazing incidents.
Marquise, a student at Penn State Altoona, was an officer in the campus chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.
Rocky Sanabria was seen as different for much of her life.
On the outside, she appeared to be a normal girl who was a bit boyish but otherwise nondescript.
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.
The Jamaica man accused of stabbing his wife and toddler daughters to death before attempting to flee to Mexico has his next scheduled court date on Friday — St. Valentine’s Day.
A schedule provided by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Miguel Mejia-Ramos is scheduled for a return date, technically the time at which his lawyer has an opportunity to answer his client’s charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and their daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1.
First he said his deceased wife stabbed his children to death.
Then he said he killed his two tiny daughters — one while she was sleeping — because he did not have child car seats to take them with him after he killed their mother, stabbing her over and over until one of two knives broke.
“You may see a number of challenges against incumbents this year,” the insider said, noting that those candidates could have the support of groups that backed de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last year, which have long champed at the bit at taking on the Democratic Party leadership and are emboldened by the results of the 2013 elections.
Democrats hold every state legislative seat in Queens and few, if any, are competitive in general elections. That leaves the Democratic primary the real race in many districts. Republicans haven’t held an Assembly seat in Queens since 1996.
A man was killed in a small explosion inside his home above Austin’s Ale House on 82-72 Austin St. in Kew Gardens on Monday in what police say was an apparent suicide.
Police responded to 911 calls around 6 p.m. on Monday night and discovered the body of 70-year-old Alfred Mayo.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
At what was called a “Community Visioning Meeting” on Dec. 18, officials announced that the long-evolving project to develop Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Flushing to provide affordable housing is moving forward.
Representatives of various agencies and several elected officials were in attendance at the meeting, but the public was noticeably underrepresented, owing, apparently, to the short notice and early meeting at 5 p.m.
Parking at the proposed Flushing Commons mixed-use development project seemed to be on the minds of officials Thursday at a meeting of the Community Board 7 District Cabinet meeting.
Michael Meyer, president of TDC Development — which is working with the Rockefeller Group to develop the five-acre project on the site of Municipal Parking Lot 1 — outlined plans at the cabinet’s monthly meeting held at the Queens Botanical Garden.