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What Free Tuition Really Means

What Free Tuition Really Means

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by KAREN CLEMENTS editor@thecommunitiesofcolor.com New York State has introduced the Excelsior Scholarship, a Tuition Free Degree Program. The program promises New York residents with family household gross incomes (as filed on your 2015 federal tax returns) of under $100K free tuition at a SUNY (State University of New York) or CUNY (City University of New York) institutions. The program is slated to begin in the 2017-18 academic year. Recipients can receive up to $5,500 toward their tuition costs which does not include grants from TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) Pell (a US government subsidy) or other scholarships. Eligible students must be enrolled in 30 credits over the course of the academic year which equates to enrolling in at least 12 credits per term or four classes (class...

And the Money Goes to…Participatory Budget Winners for Spring 2017

Far Rockaway, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Council Member I. Daneek Miller announced the winners for District 27's Participatory Budgeting projects! They are: Laptops for Classroom Learning (5 schools): $50,000 towards laptops for the Benjamin Franklin High School for Finance and Information Technology, PS/IS 268, PS 176, PS 140, PS 95 ($250,000) Bus Countdown Clocks/Real Time Information: Countdown clocks will be placed along the Q2, Q3, Q4, Q27, and Q110 routes ($270,000) NYPD Safety Cameras: Cameras will be installed in St. Albans and Jamaica ($150,000) Laptops for Classroom Learning (4 schools):  $50,000 towards laptops for PS 118, PS 134, PS 37 and the Emerson School ($200,000) Security Cameras for School Safety: PS 36 will receive security cameras around the perimeter of the building...

Too Far Down: The Rockaway Ferry

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by TODD MULLER What Does Rockaway Ferry Mean for Far Rockaway???? Is Far Rockaway thrilled about the Rockaway Ferry service which set sail on Monday, May 1, from Beach 108th Street, stopping in Sunset Park, then landing in Wall Street?   Correspondent TOod Muller asked commuters and employees near the Rockaway/Mott Av A station this week, the consensus was: Not really. The commuters we spoke with waiting for the A train at the Far on Monday morning had more questions than answers, from “Where is it?” to “How much does it cost?” to “Where does it go?” Far Rockaway resident Beth Navarette travels to Manhattan every weekday. When asked if she thought that the ferry would have any effect on her, she replied, “Probably not.” “Getting to the ferry is a pain,” she added, “I would just

The Life and Legacy of Helen Marshall, The Queen of Queens

Far Rockaway, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
It was at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center that residents, elected officials, civic leaders, friends and family convened for a celebration of the life and legacy of the Honorable Helen Marie Marshall. Marshall is best known as Queens’ first Black Borough President, having served over a decade in the position from 2002 to 2013. However, it was her long history as a public servant which included service in the NYC Council and New York State Assembly, several civic accomplishments and for being one of the original founders of the Langston Hughes Community Library which were highlighted for the tribute. Assembly Member Jeff Aubry and Andrew Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako) were the designated Co-Masters of Ceremony. Aubry represented her long elected official service while Baako, former Exec.
Voting Links for Million Dollar Participatory Budget Week Cycle 6

Voting Links for Million Dollar Participatory Budget Week Cycle 6

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Participatory Budget Time!  It’s time to vote on how to spend your tax dollars!  Millions are up for grabs. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a voting process in which residents get to vote on how discretionary funds which are allocated to their Council member should be used.  Participatory Budgeting, Cycle 6, vote week is March 25th to April 2nd.  Council Districts 27 and 31, which are represented by Council Members Miller and Richards respectively, are the area districts open for participation.    A number of initiatives are vying for your vote including security cameras for schools, audio/visual school auditorium upgrades, NYPD Safety Camera, area park upgrades and more.  Look for community representatives out and about reminding residents to vo

Peninsula Residents Share Concerns At Town Hall

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by Todd Muller   “Devastated” was the most used word at the Town Hall meeting held by United States Representative Gregory Meeks at the Rockaway Peninsula YMCA on Monday night, March 13. In reaction to the actions of the Trump Administration, folks from Rockaway Park, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, and Jamaica shared their fears that “devastated” would soon describe their whole lives: their health, their wealth, their shelter, their loved ones, the very ground on which they stand. While this kind of dire language can be typical at Town Halls, some of which have been pandemonium lately, even Representative Meeks, who did what he could to allay his constituents’ fear and anxiety, seemed daunted. “It’s rough,” he testified in his opening remarks. The me

Congressman Updates Community Leaders on Trumps First Months Actions

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Within the first month of his Presidency, Donald Trump’s executive orders have halted the travel of immigrants, prompted angry protests and stirred fears and concerns about health care across America.  Republican congressional leaders have been facing outrage and anger from their constituents in contentious town halls on their return home.  Congressman Gregory Meeks (Democrat), in his return from DC, held a series of immigration and health care town halls during the first week of March.  In addition, he held an update meeting for community leaders and clergy.  “There are so many things going on, I don’t know where to start,” said the Congressman.  “Every day I wake up, seems to be something else.”  The Congressman had a robust list of update items
Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Why should Republican Representatives take all the heat?  In recent weeks, Republican Congressional Representatives have been hosting town halls that have become heated.  Voters who put President Trump in office are now concerned about the changes he has been making and how it will affect their lives.  There is particular concern surrounding immigrants, travel bans and the affordable health care act. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-5th District) will be hosting a series of town halls and update meetings throughout his District.  Topics include overall updates from Congress and  immigration.   See below for a listing of the upcoming forums and when Congressman Gregory Meeks. will be stopping by your area.  Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:30PM until ...

Technology…Empowering Today’s Entrepreneurs

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
“This is an exciting time to start and run a business,” said Tony Rodoni, Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales at Salesforce. “Businesses need less capital, and using technology, [they] can make their business look bigger.” Salesforce is a cloud computing company that specializes in customer relationship management and web marketing products. The company teamed up with Best for NYC and other NYC business organizations for a Small Business Basecamp. The Basecamp was a one day pop-up event. Business owners and entrepreneurs were able to receive one on one advice on growing their business and attend workshops and panel discussions geared towards business success. They heard from business leaders, mix, mingled, networked and receive a first hand look on how today’s technology can h

Monthly MetroCard Fares Increase Single ride remains $2.75

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
After a series of public hearings, the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Board voted Wednesday to keep the price of a single ride at $2.75.  However, the costs of monthly and seven day passes will increase.  Starting March 19, 7-day passes will cost and extra dollar at $32.  Unlimited monthly passes will be $121 which is a 4% increase from its current cost of $116.50.  Seven day express bus and unlimited subway passes will increase to $59.50.