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2019 CELEBRATION OF QUEENS

The biggest political upsets of the last two national election cycles had their roots in Queens.Last year it was progressive insurgent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s defeat of longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional District, straddling his home turf of western Queens and hers of the Bronx.And before that came brash Jamaica Estates native Donald Trump’s demolition of 16 fellow Republican candidates in the 2016 GOP primary for president and his November victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Thursday 06/13/2019
How to become involved in public affairs
Posted: June 13, 2019

How can someone become involved in politics and helping their community?

As state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) explains, “It’s not like you wake up one Thursday and go, ‘Oh, what a great Thursday. I think I’ll be a state Senator.’ It doesn’t work that way.”

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The rise of the progressive left in Queens
Updated: June 19, 2019 - 10:33 am

Elections last year shattered the myth of the Queens County Democratic machine’s invincibility.

June saw now-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-Queens, Bronx) historic primary upset of then-party boss Rep. Joe Crowley. More insurgent wins came in September. Catalina Cruz (D-Jackson Heights) unseated Aridia Espinal, a western Queens assemblywoman who the party picked in April to fill a vacancy. And in their own primaries, now-state Sens. John Liu (D-Bayside) and Jessica Ramos (D-East Elmhurst) respectively toppled Tony Avella and the late Jose Peralta, two longtime lawmakers with party backing whom liberals targeted for being in the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of Democrats that allied with Senate Republicans.

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Conservative in Queens? A club for you
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:35 pm

Once upon a time, not that long ago, Republicans wandered the streets of Eastern Queens like wildebeest on the Serengeti.

As far as the eye could see, supporters of Dwight Eisenhower, Jacob Javits and Nelson Rockefeller lived, shopped and voted in the neighborhoods along the Nassau County border. Occasionally, they even won an election.

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‘You get to make a difference’
Posted: June 13, 2019

The Hon. Charles Vallone Sr. took to public service gradually as a young attorney looking to provide for his family in the Great Depression and one whose civic involvement — particularly for youth and education — eventually led to his being appointed a judge by Mayor Robert Wagner in 1955.

His son, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., came by it more naturally.

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Southeast Dems stress politics and civics
Posted: June 13, 2019

Demographers and political pollsters will tell you that Southeast Queens is home to perhaps the strongest, most influential block of African-American voters in the country, their support heavily courted by anyone seeking citywide or statewide office.

The seeds were planted more than 70 years ago by a real estate broker from Georgia by way of Washington Heights named Guy R. Brewer.

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The steady Addabbos of South Queens
Posted: June 13, 2019

State Sen. Joe Addabo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) remembers being a teenager, lying on the floor in his den watching TV and overhearing his father talking on the phone, very seriously.

“You could hear it in his voice,” Addabbo said. “He was talking to someone — I didn’t know who— about getting money for a health center in the Rockaways.”

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What the Weprins have given Queens
Posted: June 13, 2019

Some families are all about baseball. Others, music. In Saul and Sylvia Weprin’s 188th Street household, government and politics tended to be the focal point.

So much so that when a 4-year-old Mark Weprin at his eldest brother Barry’s bar mitzvah heard the rabbi reference Abraham, he thought the man was talking about then-mayoral candidate Abraham Beame.

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A club for northeast Queens Democrats
Posted: June 13, 2019

It was 1880. U.S. Army Major General Winfield Hancock, a veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg who went on to command the Governors Island-based Division of the Atlantic, was running for president on the Democratic ticket.

The Hancock Battery was formed to support him. It was headed by City Magistrate Joseph Fitch. Most of its members were young men who also belonged to the Excelsior Social Club in Flushing. The battery would fire a brass cannon during parades and festivals.

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Queens boy makes good? It depends ...
Posted: June 13, 2019

Martha Taylor doesn’t normally start conversations by mentioning that she grew up in the same neighborhood as President Trump.

“It comes up when people find out I’m from Jamaica Estates,” said Taylor, chairwoman of Community Board 8 and both a native and resident of the neighborhood.

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Queens pols who became household names
Posted: June 13, 2019

Mario Cuomo enrolled at St. John’s University in 1949. Cuomo played centerfield on the freshman baseball team coached by Lou Carnesecca, who is better remembered for his Hall of Fame basketball coaching.

Nearly 60 years later, Carnesecca was asked by the New York Post if he thought Cuomo would become governor.

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Make yourself count in the 2020 Census
Posted: June 13, 2019

“Every voice that is heard, everyone who fills out that Census ... is more money for education, for our streets, for our senior centers, for housing, for everything ... it all comes from the United States Census. This transcends politics.”

Those were the words of Borough President Melinda Katz last November during a town hall about the 2020 Census.

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Your guide to our elected officials
Posted: June 13, 2019

The United States of America

President Donald J. Trump

Vice President Mike Pence

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington DC 20500

(202) 456-1111

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Thursday 06/14/2018
To your health!
Posted: June 14, 2018

Topping the list of services everyone needs at some point is healthcare. You literally can’t live without it, and in this, our 21st annual Celebration of Queens Special Edition: Salute to Healthcare, we look at the industry from the viewpoints of patients, providers and more.

We start off by taking a look at key innovations being made at several hospitals in the borough, ranging from a mobile stroke treatment unit that can prevent brain damage and save lives to a new cardiac catheterization lab, robotic surgery and future ways of detecting disease.

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Boro hospitals on the front lines of innovation
Posted: June 14, 2018

At no time in human history has technology advanced faster than it has in the last 150 years.

Our modes of transportation have gone from horse-and-buggies to cars that go zero to 60 mph in the blink of an eye.

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Urgent care facilities take care of Queens
Posted: June 14, 2018

It’s easy to imagine sitting at home when all of a sudden you start to feel sick, or you have accidentally cut yourself. You need medical attention as soon as possible and you start to mentally prepare yourself for the inevitable long stay in the hospital’s waiting room. Because, after all, it’s not like you can just go online and see when the next doctor will be available, right?

Maybe not at the ER, but you can certainly look for a time slot elsewhere.

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City pushes first aid — for mental health
Posted: June 14, 2018

A large part of the de Blasio administration’s effort to improve mental healthcare has been to demystify and destigmatize the issue.

One of the newer efforts in the city’s battle is training people in mental health first aid, through which the city wants to certify more than 250,000 people to recognize the symptoms and warning signs of mental illness, and to help people in immediate crisis.

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Getting insurance doesn’t have to be too stressful
Posted: June 14, 2018

Buying health insurance and understanding every aspect of the plan can be like navigating a minefield sometimes.

That’s even true for people who work in the industry like David Evangelista, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s director of managed care.

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Cancer care found throughout Queens
Posted: June 14, 2018

Cancer not only takes a physical, mental and emotional toll on patients and their families, but it can also leave a feeling of hopelessness. For people with cancer, the idea of the “end” begins to pollute their mind. However, the end may be far from being near, thanks to cancer care in Queens. Known for its diversity in languages, foods and cultures, Queens also has an abundance of cancer care resources for patients with doctors and specialists eager to help those with their diagnosis.

“Cancer care presence is expanding in Queens,” said Dr. Richard Barakat, chief director of cancer for the Northwell Health system. “Long Island Jewish Hospital is where most of the major surgeries happen. They treat all cancers and patients can receive bone marrow treatment at North Shore University hospital.”

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A look at senior healthcare, from all sides
Posted: June 14, 2018

Becoming a senior citizen does not necessarily mean having to resign oneself to spending life in a doctor’s office, but when the need arises, with the physical and mental health problems that are often unavoidable as part of the aging process, finding the right physician can be a chore unto itself.

While the internet is loaded with sites that can assist in selecting a doctor for a particular malady, good old word-of-mouth, especially for seniors, who are sometimes not computer-savvy, probably remains the best bet.

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A brief guide to every hospital in Queens
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 2:34 pm

Queens has a population of more than two million people with more moving here every year. With an ever-growing populace and a record number of people over the age of 65 living in the borough, the need for healthcare facilities is growing as well.

Although five hospitals have closed in Queens since the year 2000, 10 remain, ranging in size and specialties. Each one has been a part of the community for decades and has a unique history and structure all its own.

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Neighbors helping neighbors in need
Posted: June 14, 2018

On a sunny summer weekend, working for a volunteer ambulance corps in Queens can mean manning a holiday parade.

During or immediately after a hurricane or other disaster, it can mean saving lives when the FDNY is overextended or can’t easily get units to isolated areas.

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Early detection of breast cancer is key
Posted: June 14, 2018

Modern medical cures have nothing on prevention and early detection. When it comes to breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that every woman over the age of 45 should have an annual mammogram, and that women should be able to begin mammograms as early as age 40, if they wish.

Breast cancer is the second-biggest cancer killer for women, right behind lung cancer, and one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease during her life, the cancer society says. There are an average of about 5,600 new cases annually in New York City, and just as it is nationally, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for women here, after lung cancer, according to information provided by a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Health. More than 1,000 women die from breast cancer in the city each year.

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Diversity at work in a growing sector
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 5:10 pm

During a time when fights for equal pay and higher minimum wage plague the media, a glimmer of light can be found in the ever-growing health field.

According to a report released in February by Tom DiNapoli, the New York State comptroller, “health care is the only employment sector in New York City that has experienced gains every year since 1990, adding the most jobs of any sector in 2017.”

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Therapy garden being tended in thyme for summer
Posted: June 14, 2018

Doctors remind their patients that taking care of their body, mind and soul is important and should be practiced regularly. The art of self-care means something different to every person whether it’s taking a bath after a long day of work or breaking a diet for a sweet treat.

For patients at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park, it means helping to take care of their bodies by growing fresh herbs and plants, thanks to a new “Eldergrow” garden.

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