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Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
If you turn on an NBA basketball game this season, you will see commercials featuring the league’s best participating in some form of community outreach program, leaving ear-to-ear grins on the faces of starry-eyed children.
On Sunday, it was Brooklyn Nets superstar Brook Lopez’s turn to give back.
High school seniors in the city saw their average SAT scores rise by eight points this year, while students nationwide saw a three-point decline, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Tuesday.
More city students are taking the SAT, as well as advanced placement exams, than ever before, and the improvements are seen across all ethnic groups, the two said, asserting that the results prove the administration’s 12 years of education reforms are working.
Things sure looked a lot brighter for the Jets a month ago when they went into their bye week with a 5-4 record, as they had just knocked off one of the NFL’s best, the New Orleans Saints. The conventional wisdom was that the two-week break would give Rex Ryan’s troops much-needed rest and a chance for some injured players, such as their best wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, a chance to fully recuperate.
Sadly for the Jets and their fans, things have not gone that way. Gang Green lost badly on the road to both the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. Still, there was no sense of panic because historically the Jets have always had trouble winning in those places. The common thinking was that the Jets would right the ship when they would take on the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium to begin December. A win over Miami would put them in a strong position to earn a playoff berth.
The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
York College President Marcia Keizs, left, school administrator Anthony Andrews and Ray Warren of the Class of 1976 cut the ribbon last Friday at the newly renovated YCR radio station at the Jamaica campus. Warren, now an executive with NBC, spearheaded the effort to upgrade the station.
New York was one of the first cities where modern, abstract calligraphy took root and the Art of Ink in America Society is finally bringing it back home.
Through an exhibit entitled “Gesture and Beyond,” the society is featuring new works by its members, the latest in abstract calligraphy, at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Queens College.
Queens has a rapidly growing elderly population facing severe problems, such as mental illness. Fortunately, there’s a place where many troubled seniors get help — Club Pride, part of the Pride of Judea Mental Health Center at 243-02 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.
Funded by the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services and New York City’s Dept. of Mental Health & Hygiene, Club Pride (launched in 1997) is a geriatric psycho-social club. It provides counseling, therapy and social re-adjustment services for Queens residents, from 55 to 94, who suffer from mental illness & substance abuse. Clients come from Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills, Whitestone, College Point & Bayside.
They’re referred by psychiatrists and other mental health providers, after their discharge from psychiatric and chronic care hospitals. If not for Club Pride, many of them would have to be reinstitutionalized, at a heavy cost to taxpayers.
Club Pride provides daily transportation to members via two buses for the Flushing and Bayside areas. But Flushing bus service will end on Dec. 6 due to budget cuts. Many riders are physically disabled. They can’t use public transportation and can’t afford Access-A-Ride’s daily $5 roundtrip fare. They’re distressed by the fear of losing Club Pride’s vital assistance.
Don’t let this happen. Contact U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (212) 486-4430, Congresswoman Grace Meng (718) 445-7860, State Sen. Tony Avella (718) 357-3094, City Councilman Mark Weprin (718) 468-0137 and Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio (212) 669-7200. Urge them to save an essential resource for their constituents.
York College last Friday formally introduced its new internet radio studio — once just a room with a microphone, a chair and some computers but now a place with the feel of an actual radio studio..
Anthony Andrews, York’s assistant director of student activities, hailed the achievement and the progression of the radio facilities.
NYPIRG is New York’s largest and most effective student advocacy group, with 20 chapters in the state. Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) is a relatively new process of natural gas drilling, and it’s raising eyebrows on whether it’s safe for our environment or not, especially the quality of our drinking water.
New York is debating whether to allow fracking, and it can jeopardize millions of people’s clean water in the process. Companies like Exxon Mobil are looking to make profit by exploiting these natural resources and tainting water supplies. They have also been spending millions on advertisements to influence New Yorkers.
This process is dirtier than they like to admit. While the product, methane, might burn cleaner than coal, saying the technology is clean is a dirty lie. Huge amounts of water, sand and over 750 chemicals are pumped underground to dissolve, stabilize and extract natural gas from shale deposits.
It’s very important for students in this day and age to know the risks of fracking and how it affects the environment. We have seen the consequences of fracking in Pennsylvania and many other states.
As Gov. Cuomo begins to make a final decision about the issue, he needs to know New York students are against fracking. Please give him a call today at 1 (800) 566-5020 and say No Fracking Way.
The writer is a student at Queensborough Community College and a member of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
Anyone who calls his memoir, “The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah,” must have a strong sense of humor.
And so it is with Astoria resident Joshua Rivedal, an actor, playwright and international public speaker, who has turned a rough time in his life into an uplifting personal story.
St. John’s University in Jamaica has partnered with Zipcar to bring car sharing to its Queens campus.
The program will provide St. John’s students and employees with a transportation option, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Before Paul Simon even wrote a song for his 1987 Grammy-winning album, “Graceland” was already making headlines, but not in praise of its music. Instead, he got criticized for flying to South Africa at a time when the UN had a cultural boycott against the country’s apartheid regime. Twenty-five years later, the album was again in the news thanks to the documentary “Under African Skies,” which chronicled the controversy and Simon’s journey back to South Africa. The album was a pivotal moment in Simon’s life, marking an extension to a career that began when he was just a teen.
For many years, Simon’s musical career was intertwined with Art Garfunkel, whom he had first performed with in sixth grade. Simon played the White Rabbit and Art the Chesire Cat in the play, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Growing up blocks apart in Kew Gardens Hills, the
pair saw they shared a passion for music and at 15 were performing as Tom and Jerry. Inspired by the Everly Brothers, they wrote “Hey, Schoolgirl,” which reached the Top 50. With no immediate follow-up they took a hiatus, with Simon attending Queens College and Garfunkel Columbia University. Later, the folk scene at Greenwich Village got them performing together again.
If only fairy tales could last forever in real life as they do in the world of make-believe, Queens native Fran Drescher would have undoubtedly taken her place alongside the likes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
By the time Drescher was attending Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, she was a beauty pageant contestant, nearly capturing the title of Miss New York Teenager in 1973.
Medical sleuthing led Flushing Hospital’s Dr. Deborah Asnis to a major discovery in 2000: the first outbreak of West Nile virus in the Western Hemisphere.
A native of Whitestone, Asnis is chief of infectious diseases at the Flushing institution. At the end of August 1999, she noticed five patients with unusual and serious symptoms and alerted officials at the city Department of Health. Although the symptoms were not identical, there were similarities. The only common factor was the patients all spent time in their backyards.
Everybody liked Anita Smith. She was friendly, patient and a good friend. But on May 24, 2000 her short life of 22 years ended in a Wendy’s freezer in downtown Flushing.
Smith, of South Jamaica, was one of five employees killed by a disgruntled former co-worker who had a penchant for robbing fast-food restaurants. Two others were shot but survived.
Screaming. This is what is heard through Force Fitness in Middle Village, on a chilly Wednesday evening while marathon hopeful Pat McGovern works at the gym. The gym is not only his place of work; it is also where he trains for the New York City Marathon.
So when McGovern takes someone on a tour of the gym, he knows what he’s talking about.
A year ago, in the same North Room of the IBEW Local 3 Joint Industry Building on Jewel Avenue, then-Assemblyman Rory Lancman kicked off his campaign for a seat in City Council. On Tuesday, he celebrated there as a newly elected councilman.
Lancman received more than 73 percent of the votes, beating Republican Alex Blishteyn, who took nearly 20 percent for the 24th District. His new domain includes Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Kew Gardens Hills and parts of Flushing and Jamaica.
It took three years and over a billion dollars but the top-to-bottom renovations of Madison Square Garden have finally been completed. The Garden truly has the feel of a brand-new arena, not one that was built in 1968 and had some modifications made to it.
A lot has been written about the pair of pathways known as “The Chase Bridges” located near the Garden’s ceiling, which allow patrons to walk from the 31st Street side to the 33rd Street side and back without missing any of the action. They are an architectural wonder as they are virtually undetectable looking up from the courtside seats. You have to climb up a few stairs from the Garden’s ninth floor, known affectionately as the “blue seats” since back in the day, to get to these bridges. Amazingly, the bridges don’t block the vision of anyone sitting on the upper level.
One of the highlights of Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor was his arrest at a protest against the closure of another city hospital. Mr. de Blasio’s primary solution was, and continues to be, to throw money at the problem, but unless we address the spiraling costs of lawsuits, New York hospitals will continue to close.
Due to lawsuits, medical liability insurance in New York costs more than anywhere else in the United States — double that of the next highest state, California. Despite these outrageous costs, we as taxpayers are forced to subsidize our broken medical liability insurance system — to the tune of $150 million a year.
But it is more than a cost problem. As these hospital closings show, New York’s astronomical medical liability costs are affecting access to healthcare, often by those who need it most. In New York, 19 hospitals have closed since 2000, leaving several neighborhoods underserved. Many still recall the 2008 attempted closure of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital’s maternity ward because of liability costs.
Frivolous lawsuits are a key driver of the cost of medical liability insurance in New York. According to a study at the Harvard School of Public Health, over half of medical malpractice lawsuits analyzed were frivolous or of uncertain merit.
We must enact common sense lawsuit reforms to solve our medical liability crisis. Until we do so, New York’s hospitals will continue to close, Mr. de Blasio’s protests notwithstanding.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in the International High School at Prospect Heights, the Department of Education’s Panel on Educational Policy voted on all co-location proposals. Martin Van Buren High School, IS 59, August Martin High School, PS 40, JHS 226, MS 72 and the Corona Arts and Sciences Academy are the schools in Queens facing co-location.
Last week, the DOE called off its plans to co-locate a new elementary school in the building of PS 1 after parents, teachers and elected officials spoke at the hearing against the proposal. At the Martin Van Buren High School co-location hearing on Oct. 23, state Sen. Tony Avella, Councilman Mark Weprin and I — along with parents, teachers, civic leaders, students and community members — urged the department to hold off on its plans to co-locate a new school in the building. However, the DOE has ignored our request for a meeting and is instead pushing through with the proposal.