On August 17, 2017 St Johns University was the site of a debate for the candidates for Queens Councilmatic positions. Regardless of party affiliation, all candidates were invited. The participant for Council District # 27 was Mr. Anthony Rivers and the candidates that participated for Council District # 28 were Adrienne Adams, Hattie Powell and Richard David. Each of these candidates represented themselves well in their minute long introduction by giving the audience a little of their background and some indication of why they were a candidate for city council. The format of the program consisted of a series of questions that each panelist had two minutes to answer, followed by a brief question(s) from the audience, followed by a series of lightning rod questi...
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On Tuesday, August 15 the Queens County Young Democrats’ (QCYD) Caucus of Color hosted a rally against hate and bigotry. The rally was in response to the recent events in Charlottesville VA at which one person was killed. The Charlottesville rally was organized by White Nationalist. The rally was the brainchild of one of QCYD’s newest members, Kemar Newman. A member of QCYD for just two months, the young immigrant and veteran was affected by the events in Charlottesville. With two young daughters, Kemar was fearful of the country they would inherit. It motivated him to take the initiative to gather individuals together in a show of unity. “You are the change,” he said. The rally was held at Rufus King Park under an overcast sky. It s
Former City Council Member Ruben Wills was sentenced on August 10, 2017 to two to six years in prison. He was ordered to pay restitution of approximately $33,000 and fined $5,000. Wills was indicted by Attorney General Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapaoli in a corruption scheme that involved a non-profit and campaign funds. Will has maintained his innocence during and after the trial. Wills’ defense was that his bookkeeping was careless. “I have not lied to my community and I maintain my innocence,” posted former Council Member Ruben Wills on Facebook after he was tried and convicted. The former council member was reported as crying after his sentencing. Wills is the forth Southeast Queens elected officials to be convicted of corruption charges in the last
It was to no one’s surprise, Community Board Chair Adrienne Adams announced her candidacy to replace Ruben Wills. Adams, although a latecomer to the race, has some front runner status based on her recent run for NYS Senator last year. That bid was unsuccessful, however, many believed the true intent of the candidate was to test the waters with an eye for this City Council seat. She joins an election race already in progress featuring activist Richard David and attorney Hettie Powell. Powell has been running for the seat since coming in third in the 2013 election against Wills. Adams entry into the race puts Powell at a disadvantage. They must go head to head for the same votes and most residents will be hesitant to reject the Party’s candidate. But this is where the election gets intere
Election season has officially begun when individuals find themselves bombarded by folks outside of supermarkets, events and stores asking for signatures as residents go about their errands. Petitioning for the right to be on the ballot is what these important annoyances are about. It is an important first steps for candidates to get themselves on the ballot for the upcoming Primary and subsequent election. Residents were introduced to candidate Anthony Rivers at the civic meeting a week before petitioning began. Rivers is running for City Council District 27 which covers the areas of Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, Queens Village, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens. “What happened in Harlem is about to land on us,” he said to shouts of agreement from reside