Tag: Southeast Queens

The Race to Fill Convicted Council Member Seat Heats Up

Categories, Neighborhoods, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
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

So You Want to Open A Food Business

Business/Entrepreneurship, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
So you make a killer oxtail stew and you want to be in the food business.  Then the Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space is for you.  Jamaica FEASTS is a free incubator program for aspiring food entrepreneurs.  It entails 12 weekly classes on how to open your own food business.  Topics include, but are not limited to, licensing, fees, menu planning, banking, human resources and real estate.  Expert guest speakers from the food business community including lawyers and QuickBooks professionals will help guide participants. Halfway through the program, participants are assessed by their presentation of a business plan, elevator pitch, operational plan along with planned next steps to ensure they are advancing successful through the program....
Convicted Council Member Asserts His Innocence

Convicted Council Member Asserts His Innocence

Neighborhoods, Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
  “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 for stealing more than $30,000 in taxpayer’s money.  The jury found Wills guilty of one count of a scheme to defraud, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of filing a false instrument. Wills was acquitted on the single charge of filing false business records. Wills is the forth Southeast Queens elected officials to be convicted of corruption charges in the last four years (Shirley Huntley, Malcolm Smith, William Scarborough).  He is due to be sentenced and faces jail time.  In his post-conviction postings, Wills cited his case as payback for not cooperating with the Attorney General’s office in its purs
Mayor unveils site of the future 116 Precinct

Mayor unveils site of the future 116 Precinct

Neighborhoods, Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
On Monday, July  17, Mayor deBlasio revealed the location for the future 116th Precinct.  The precinct will be located at 242-40 North Conduit Avenue, adjacent to the 115th Satellite precinct.   The space which is currently allocated as a parking lot.   The new precinct will assume over half of the 105th Precinct’s territory, which is currently the fifth largest precinct in the city.  The specific borders of the precinct will be determined at a later date.  The future precinct, which was years in the making, is still years from becoming a reality. “We’re still some years away from flipping on the lights and answering radio-runs in the new 1-16 and the borders of the precinct won’t be solidified until we get closer to completion,” said Commi

Candidate Anthony Rivers “Southeast Queens Has Been Overlooked”

Neighborhoods, News, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
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

It’s all about the money and our share of it

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer invited Southeast Queens residents to a town hall.  “It is your night to ask questions,” he said to those who were gathered.  It was an evening in which the answers to most questions were “My office will get back to you”.  This was not necessarily because the Comptroller did not have an answer per se, but more so due to the fact that questions were wide ranging and may not have applied directly to the function of the Comptroller’s office. The financial topic the Comptroller was most asked about that evening was Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) participation.  Glenn Greenidge, Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District’s Executive Director, proposed support for M/WBE by means of receiving bids for city contracts and

We Like Free and Collard Greens

Editorials
With the primary election behind, voters have spoken.  Their message, ‘we like free and collard greens’.  ‘Free and Collard Greens’ is a phrase that has been used to describe a pattern of behavior of elected officials in which they offer lots of free events and giveaways that keep constituents happy and offer little else.  This phrase has been rumored to define the legacy of James Sanders Jr. during his days as a City Council Representative when several free concerts were offered to constituents.  Senator Sanders won the primary election against his challenger, Adrienne Adams.  This win was without the benefit of the backing of the Democratic Party and with a challenger who began with the election season with a high likeability factor and a significant war chest of
Rochdale Village Parade to Celebrate Olympic Gold Medal Winners

Rochdale Village Parade to Celebrate Olympic Gold Medal Winners

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Olympic Gold Medalist Dalilah Muhammad will be welcomed home with a parade in her honor on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  Olympic Gold Medalist Tina Charles and Phyllis Francis are also schedule to be honored in the celebration. Parade participants will gather in Roy Wilkins Park and march on route to Rochdale Village's community center.  There a post parade celebration will take place.  Dalilah and her family will participate in the parade.  Mayor Bill deBlasio, along with several other community leaders,  is also scheduled to be in attendance. The parade will be hosted by Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway.  Olympic Gold Medalist Dalilah Muhammad was a resident of Rochdale Village.  “I am proud that Olympic track star and gold medal winner Dalilah Muham
On grieving, orange is the new black

On grieving, orange is the new black

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Monday, June 22, Queens held a dual vigil and lighting ceremony at the Queens Museum. It was a vigil of solidarity for the victims of the Charleston church massacre and a lighting to support New York State’s gun violence awareness month.  The façade of the museum was illuminated in orange, the official color of gun violence awareness month. “To send a clear message that those in Queens want to make sure that we are heard throughout the world that gun violence will not be tolerated.  And we need to get them off the streets.  People kill people, but get them out of folks’ hands.  That is such an important message here today,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The event was sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and District Attorney Richard Brown. BP Ka
Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
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