Political Process without Petitions Raises Doubt

Political Process without Petitions Raises Doubt

Neighborhoods, News, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
“I did it the way it was supposed to be done,” said Hettie Powell candidate for City Council District 28 at a candidate’s forum on Wednesday, August 30 in Richmond Hill.  The candidates were fielding questions submitted by the audience and an individual asked about how they felt about the fairness of getting on the ballot the old fashion way, petitioning, versus one candidate not having to petition.  “We worked really hard, over months…months” said candidate Richard David.  “Yes I think it was unfair.  Yes I do think the process was kinda shady.  But here we are today”, he sald. The candidate being referred to was Adrienne Adams.  At her turn at the mike, she explained “the Democratic process” that led to her being on the ballot.  “There is a
NYC Releases Voter Guide & Candidates Video Statements for Election 2017

NYC Releases Voter Guide & Candidates Video Statements for Election 2017

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
  Its your city, vote for what you want. The primary election is Tuesday, September 12.  The city's official, nonpartisan Voter Guide for the primary elections on Tuesday, September 12 is now available.  The print edition of the Guide will be delivered to every household with an eligible registered voter in the five boroughs.     Candidates' video statements can be viewed online and on cable television.  Click here to view online statements. Below is a listing for broadcast times to view the voter guide and candidates statements.  The video edition of the Guide will air on local cable television stations starting Sunday, September 3 and runs through the primary election during the followi...

Candidates Forum Signal Race for Wills’ Open Seat is Underway

Community Events, Neighborhoods, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
The room was full for the candidates’ forum for City Council District 28 on August 29, a rainy and dreary night.  Democratic candidates Richard David and Adrienne Adams were joined by Republican candidate Ivan Mossop.  The other Democratic candidate for the seat, Hettie Powell, did not attend. The forum began with candidates’ introductions, proceeded to panel’s inquiry and finally audience submitted questions.  The moderator’s panel included a representative from each of the collaborative organizations hosting the event.  It was government experience versus party weight as David and Adams were the key competitors at the forum.  Mossop, although not battling the other candidates, shared his platform views while adding some food for thought and comic relief

Residents Celebrate Summer 2017 with a Host of Events and Giveaways

Community Events, Health/Wellness, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
Backpack and school supplies giveaways, health fairs, Caribbean Festivals, Outdoor concerts and Friends and Family events had residents enjoying the outdoors these final weeks of summer.  Music can be heard filtering through the streets while bouncy houses frame the landscape with the sounds of children’s laughter.  Residents will not let summer go without a good fight.  With the weather complying with warm days and unusually cooler nights, it has been easier to enjoy neighborhood parks. Rochdale Village's Friends & Family Day Saturday, August 20 was Rochdale Village’s annual Friends and Family Day.  Residents took to its vast manicured lawns of the Village for food, fun and fellowship.  The DJ was spinning the tunes, a bouncy house and rock wall for the
Young Democrats Protest Incident in Charlottesville

Young Democrats Protest Incident in Charlottesville

Community Events, Neighborhoods, Police/Community, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
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 Council Member Ruben Wills Sentenced to Prison

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

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
DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

Community Events, Health/Wellness, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
The Health Department will be spraying pesticide on Tuesday night, Aug. 8 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The spraying is to ward against the West Nile Virus by removing mosquitoes from the area.   The spraying includes the area bonded by the following boundaries. The Van Wyck Expressway; on the north by Linden Boulevard, 204th Street and Murdock Avenue to the north; on the east by 221st Street, 118th Avenue, 234th Street, 135th  Avenue, Hook Creek Boulevard and 249th Street; and on the south by 147th  Avenue, 225th Street, the Long Island Rail Road, 137th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard.

Police and Community Celebrate National Night Out 2017

Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
National Night Out was celebrated in grand style at parks across the five boroughs.  Police and community gathered together to share food, fun and festivities on the annual night that brings the two together in a stand against crime.   Mayor Bill deBlasio and NYPD Commissioner O'Neill visited the 103rd Precinct's event in Rufus King Park.   Here is a photo gallery of the 113th Precinct's National Night Out in Baisley Pond Park. " order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

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....