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Cleanupjamaicaqueens: You focus on the negative, which is good: and bad. Because people tend to look more to this than the positive things. I probably don't live in your district, but things aren't as bad as you make them out to be. I'll be the first to admit, we always seem to have problems with our communities, people of color, but it always get's highlighted. Why always us?? And as you may have noticed, it's not just the black community, as there has been a heavy influx of non blacks in the area's that you speak of.
Now, as for the political aspect, yes, they run it liked thee mob. Hence, the reason real folks with true vision refuse to step up to the plate. I'm not trying to pick a fight with you: in fact, I agree with much of what you say.
But, on the other hand, I've seen much improvement over the years, at least on my end of the spectrum. I'm more on the east end, but I still venture westward most days.. You see, all of Jamaica is my area, from the 40 projects where I began, to the east end, where I am today.
It's only a 10 minute drive down the Blvd. I'm a regular at IS8 for the games, my nephew is a baller.
I gget what you're saying, and we'll see if you truly have a hidden agenda.2 months ago
Cleanupjamaicaquueens: Now, I cannot argue the fact that the leaders of my community aren't above reproach. We need them to do better. And Malcolm Smith is a prime example. The man is something I cannot mention in print. I've met several people whom should run for office, but as I stated before, the dirty business of politics prevents them from doing so. I notice a lot in my community, and things truly aren't as bad as you make them out to be.2 months ago
Cleanupjamaicaqueens: I've noticed a pattern of where yo do a majority of your filming. The downtown, and surrounding area's of South Jamaica, which I stated was a cesspool. But you also fail to mention, as I also stated much of these properties are privately owned. The city has little recourse, except for to fine the owners.
How about filming other parts of Jamaica, like Laurelton, Cambria Heights,etc. It seems you only shine a spotlight on the most negative of things. Why is this?? What is your true hidden agenda? Inquiring minds want to know.
If you,re such a concerned citizen of this ccommunity, how about you run for office??2 months ago
I've just reviewed your site, and you try to make it seem like all of southeast queens is like this. You pick, and chose what to film. A majority of what you have on your site is old, and outdated. Also, much of what you show is on privately owned property, which little can be done by politicians, except for notifying proper authorities for ticketing.
Like I stated, I live here, and on a whole, it's not in any way, shape, or form anything that you project it to be. You seem to have an agenda, which has yet to show it's face.
2 months ago
I ride up and down Merrick Blvdjust about every day, and the only place I could even think you could be reffering to is the area between Archer Ave, and 108th Ave,which is home to numerous car repair shops. Which is a commercial zone, so it would be expected to have cars without plates.
As for Mr. Comrie, what's wrong with stating that he could do a better job?? All could do a better job. That money that you speak of was given in good faith, and as far as I know, Mr. Comrie was not found to have done anything wrong.
2 months ago
First, to the commenter Jamaica Queens: You're lying about the cars without plates along Merrick Blvd. As someone who has lived in this area for over 50 years, this is an outright falsehood. Now, granted, garbage pickups, especially along Linden Blvd have been lacking in the past few years have been lacking, but not to the level that you say.
As for Mr. Comrie, he may not be overbearing, and loud, and not the best political choice, but in all of these years, I've NEVER heard of anyone accusing him of any type of corruption, or wrongdoings. He has served his
community to the best of his ability, although I admit that he could have done better.
Now, what I think you may be reffering to the greater downtown Jamaica area, which I agree is nothing but a cesspool. It wasn't like this when I was
young, and as the yyears have gone by, it seems that things keep getting worse. It's the main reason why most people who live in Cambria Heights, Rosedale, Laurelton, etc take their dollars out to Long Island.
Yes, we do need to elect better leaders to serve our interests, but those who truly care will not run, due to the corrupt politics which is Southeast Queens.
And on another note: When are these " leaders" going to realize that they aren't white, and cannot get away with these crimes that white political leaders can?? Not saying it's OK to do so, but common sense should trump greed. You may not like hearing this, but it is what it is.2 months ago
This article is one of the biggest crocks of crap I've seen in quite sometime.
And the poster before me can't be nothing but a fraud.
Just when did anyone hear this man tell police to ignore the law??
Sharp ton may not be the greatest, but he stands up for people of color:
Something white people cannot STAND..
He also speaks about Black on Black crime:
Something the media refuses to report about, because it doesn't fit their agenda to portray him in a negative light.
I've lived in the Jamaica area my entire life, and if you don't think the police aren't enforcing the law, you're either stupid, or need to be on medication.
3 months ago
"One Tragic Death"...
Sorry, it's not just one.
With people of color, in our communities, this is a reccuring theme which plays out time, and time again.
And the results are always the same. Rhetoric, outrage, and talk of reforms. And surprise, surprise, it happens again. And again. And again. Now, I'm not going to sit here behind my keyboard and pretend to have the answers to all of the problems with policing communities of color. But, the one thing I can take from my many years of living on this earth is that respect goes a long way. And this works both ways.
Policeman in communities of color see themselves as an occupying force. Gone are the days when beat cops knew the people in the community, when cops actually patrolled the neighborhoods. Now, they ride by in RMP's, looking to pounce on anyone, and anything. And the people of these neighborhoods need to show a little more respect, and common sense when dealing with these officers, especially the younger folks.
I can sit here, as can many others, and give many opinions.
But one thing I can say for sure: Until a level of RESPECT is had among all parties, these incidents will continue to happen. History has already proven this...4 months ago
Well, it makes sense to put these families in space where it's available.
And from what I've read in another article in this same addition of the Chronicle, it has had no negative affect on the community.
Crime hasn't gone up, this according to the local precient commander,and if anything, I would expect that so local merchants have probally seen a slight uptick in business.
Alli'm saying is give its chance. Nobody seems to have a problem when these facilities are placed in neighborhoods where the residents are primarily people of color.( we know it's true). 4 months ago