by KAREN CLEMENTS email@example.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...
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
The atrium of the Queens Library Schomberg Center on the corner of 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard was bursting with creativity! Illustrations, designs, writers and artists occupied tables that filled the entryways. It was the 3rd Annual Black Comic Book Festival. An event where comic book creators, their writers and various artists gathered together to showcase their wide range of products. What resonated most during the daylong event was its parallel to the rich history of Black Americans as innovators, thinkers, producers, self-motivators and entrepreneurs. The festival had a lot to offer. There were panel discussions on publishing, image control and the future of comics. There were film screenings and workshops, but by and large what most came out for we...
On the lower tip of Washington DC’s National Mall, a phoenix rises. Its golden bronze façade sparkles in the sunshine and glistens at twilight. Five stories high, it dominates a skyline whose neighboring structures are vastly different in hue, shape and size. Yet somehow it is at home, familiar, the family member who looks different but knowingly belongs. It is the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The museum was established as the Smithsonian’s 19th museum by an Act of Congress signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003. The museum is located across from the Washington Monument on the National Mall at the corner of Constitution Avenue. Both structures are visible from the northwest sid
On Monday November 28, Congressman Gregory Meeks hosted a breakfast convening civic, clergy and community for an assessment of the of the 2016 Presidential Election. The goal was to understand what the results mean and to plot a forward direction. Donald Trump’s election win was deemed a surprise as most forecasters, pundits and pollsters predicted a Hillary Clinton win. Although Hillary won the popular vote, Trump was able to secure the necessary electoral votes. The Green Party has called for an election recount. The Congressman doesn’t expect the recount to change the overall results of Trump being the 45th President. While these types of breakfasts, typically bring together a good number of folks, this meeting was at capacity. Prior to reading
Adrienne Adams’ surprise announcement of her candidacy for NY Senate marked an official beginning to Southeast Queens’ election season. Her announcement coincided with the recent passing of Assembly Member Barbara Clark who held that seat just shy of three decades. While Clark was respected in her position, she (as well as several colleagues) was entrenched. Entrenchment coupled with a stagnant community has been a bone of contention for residents. Residents have been looking for a turnaround to new ideas and fresh individuals to recharge and revitalize the community. Adams’ announcement was a signal that this year’s election might be the energy sought for so long. Adams will be running for the New York Senate District 10. The seat is currently held by Senator James Sanders Jr
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 candidates for the 29th Assembly District met for their second debate. Alicia Hyndman, Democrat, and Scherie Murray, Republican and on the Reform Party Line, squared off in their hopes of becoming the next Assembly member for the district. In a debate that started exceedingly late while the candidates attended another function, the Republican candidate failed to convince the crowd in this Democratic stronghold why she should be their new Assembly member. That didn’t mean the front-running candidate was gaining the hearts and convincing the minds of those present. “There is something missing,” said a debate attendee, who asked to remain nameless, of candidate Alicia Hyndman. While Alicia is thoughtful, versed on community issues, most voters express
Assemblyman William Scarborough, District 29, stepped down from his position after pleading guilty to state and federal felony charges of grand larceny in the misuse of travel funds over a four year period. This November, the election to install a new Assembly member will take place. Three ladies are vying for the seat. Alicia Hyndman, Scherie Murray and Terryl Ebony are in a lackluster campaign that has left many residents disappointed with a shortage of candidates, crying ‘voter suppression’ and dismayed with a repeat of the same old thing from the same old guard. After it was confirmed that Scarborough was stepping down, there was a buzz in the community that there would be many potential candidates tossing their hat into the ring. The number was rumored to be upwards of 11 i
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey hosted a Public Information Workshop Open House for the John F. Kennedy International Airport Title 14 Code of the Federal Regulation Part 150 Study. Important because Southeast Queens residents have been banging the drum of noise impact for some time with little results. This is the first time the airport, which is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is performing such a study. The purpose of the study is to determine existing and future noise conditions. The study will examine air space efficiency and “look to see the kinds of noise exposure each aircraft is making,” said Steve Alverson, who is part of the technical team carrying out the study. “What of these things are making the mo
Whether it is stepping up a grade, graduating or having a degree presented to you, all these steps are important because Education is crucial. In short and crude terms: the dumber one is, the poorer one is destined to be. Thomas Piketty in his book ‘Capital in the 21st Century, names education as the main force in favor of great equality of wealth. High literacy and an increasing and skilled workforce are the key elements to achieving growth and equity. Sixty years post the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown versus the Board of Education (BOE), which focused on the issue of separate and unequal, the topic of education remains complex. It is what many people believe is the next civil rights issue as people of color continue to lag be-hind in the education system designed for all. T