Supporters Turn Out For Assembly Candidate Lemos; Iannece Blasts ‘Hate’
Supporters Turn Out For Assembly
Candidate Lemos; Iannece Blasts ‘Hate’
There was a fairly good turnout at a recent fundraiser for Alice Lemos, the Republican candidate opposing Assemblymember Catherine Nolan in the 37th Assembly District (Ridgewood/Sunnyside) election.
State Senator Serphin Maltese, the Queens Republican chairman, headed the list of about 50 friends and supporters who raised about $2,000 for the candidate. Also present was veteran Woodside GOP leader Edward Coyne and former Republican congressional candidate James Dillon.
The event was sponsored by the Grand Old Party Republican Club, its president, Stephen H. Weiner, and president-elect, John Ward, who presented Lemos with a campaign donation.
Running for the first time, Lemos, 48, is a single mother, a legal secretary and a Woodside resident since 1987. She has a Ph. D from Brown University. Lemos, born Goldberg, is Jewish but sends her son, Jesse, to St. Theresa’s Parochial School in Woodside as well as Hebrew school at the Rego Park Jewish Center.
On the issues, Lemos is strongly anti-abortion and "believes partial birth abortion, where the mother’s life is not at risk, is legalized murder." She favors pregnancy crisis centers "where young women, who may be facing a pregnancy crisis, can go for assistance and counseling."
Lemos also supports school vouchers and real estate tax relief for seniors.
ANGRY AT HATE MESSAGES: Bayside Hills Civic Association President Jerry Iannece reports a "very disturbing phenomenon: in his community—a flyer distributed by a group called the National Alliance which espouses "ugly and disgusting anti-black, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant hate propaganda."
Iannece, formerly of Astoria and an announced Democratic candidate for the eastern Queens City Council seat in next year’s elections, declared, "There is no place for these messages of hate promulgated by small minded, deviant individuals" and their sentiments do not represent his beliefs or those of his neighbors.
Iannece, an attorney, warned the National Alliance, to "stay out of my neighborhood" and he promised" to make your lives a living hell." He also called on the area’s representative, state Senator Frank Padavan (R–C) to do whatever he can to assist him in eradicating "this dissemination of this unwanted hate agenda."
Iannece also called on Borough President Claire Shulman, Assemblymembers Mark Weprin and Ann Margaret Carrozza, both Bayside Democrats, and state Senator Daniel Hevesi (D–Central Queens) to join him in the anti-hate effort.
Hate group propaganda has been a problem in other parts of Bayside in the past. It has been dealt with by community leader Tony Avella.
HAIL VAWA PASSAGE: Congressmembers Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney and Anthony Weiner each hailed the passage last week of the renewal of the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). All three Democrats have parts of Queens in their districts.
Lowey, who said the bill includes her legislation to expand legal services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, declared that "sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking remain epidemic in New York and our nation." As a member of the Appropriations Committee, she said, she has fought vigorously to get funding for VAWA and other women’s aid programs.
Maloney, while describing the House’s VAWA reauthorization bill as a "tremendous step forward for the safety" of women and children, also warned that the bill "has a long way to go before final passage" and that the original legislation, passed in 1994, will expire shortly.
Weiner noted that the approved legislation includes his amendment to fund training for sexual assault nurse examiners who ensure better collection of rape evidence. He described the approved bill as "critically important reauthorization legislation."
On another’s women’s issue last week, Maloney applauded the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the RU–486 "safe, non-surgical abortion pill" which will give women a "safer, earlier, more effective form of abortion."
Weiner commended Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the city’s Police Department for the decision to send rape kits to DNA labs for testing. Weiner is author of a bill to provide $125 million over four years to local police forces for DNA testing of rape evidence.
CHANGE IN STADIUM FINANCING: City taxpayers seething over proposals to have taxpayer dollars pay for new stadiums for rich professional athletic teams must have been very happy to see Giuliani’s latest proposal for the city, state and pro teams to split the cost of any proposed stadium three ways.
While it’s true that teams like the Mets, Jets and Yankees bring lots of tax revenue to the city, it’s also true that the teams pocket a much higher percentage of profits from stadium use.
The sports-happy mayor has been trying for years to get support for a new Yankee Stadium on Manhattan’s West Side. More recently, he renewed pursuit of that idea, but included the Jets in his scheme. The proposal is strongly opposed by residents of the area.
The mayor also has looked fondly on the Mets’ plans for a new stadium which in a switch from the usual financing methods, the Mets would pay for themselves.
HEVESI FIGHTS CITY HALL AGAIN: Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who stymied the mayor’s plans to give out several multi-million dollar welfare-to-work contracts about a year ago, last week came out against an administration proposal to contribute about $700,000 as part of a real estate speculator’s plan to build and operate a 400-bed homeless shelter in Brooklyn.
The mayor responded that it was "a perfectly normal, perfectly valid transaction." But Hevesi was concerned that the realtor involved "has a history of corruption." The real estate speculator involved is Abraham Jay Weiss, who controls a non-profit foundation that would build the homeless shelter. But Hevesi has problems with the fact that Weiss spent $12,000 last year to acquire the broken-down factory that would be renovated and converted into the homeless shelter, and now the city wants to pay him $700,000 for the building as part of his plan to renovate it.
Although Hevesi has refused to OK the deal, the mayor has the power to order him to do so. Hevesi hasn’t decided what to do if that occurs, but he refuted the mayor’s allegation that he was acting on the basis of political considerations.
MARKEY FUNDRAISER: Queens Democratic leader Thomas Manton is sponsoring a cocktail reception for Assemblymember Margaret Markey (D– Maspeth) at Pat’s Restaurant, 64-07 Grand Ave., Maspeth from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12th.
Closer Check On School Bus Drivers: Bus companies throughout New York state that deliver two million young passengers to school every day must take greater care in hiring drivers or face stiffer penalties under a law signed by Governor Pataki.
Under the new law, before employing a new hire, a motor carrier must require the potential driver to undergo a physical exam and must obtain the prospect’s past driving record, and in the case of a school bus driver, must conduct a criminal background check. In addition, all drivers must complete a biennial behind-the-wheel driver’s test and a medical exam.
"No parent should have to worry about who is at the wheel when they put their child on the school bus," Pataki stated.
Vallone, Hevesi Address LaG CC Grads: Addressing 1,300 graduates of LaGuardia Community College who represented 139 countries and speak 109 languages, City Comptroller Alan Hevesi urged them to continue their educations and embrace diversity in their lives.
"No matter where we go, because we are a product of this [nation’s] diversity, we do not tolerate bigotry," Hevesi declared at recent commencement exercises in Madison Square Garden.
Vallone, in his address, stressed the opportunities for a better life presented by New York City.
Borrowing the theme from a Frank Sinatra classic, Vallone stated: "If you can make it here in New York City, you can make it anywhere in the world."
Crowley Secures $1 M For Flushing Bay: Capping another successful campaign by Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/Bronx), the House of Representatives, recently passed a funding bill which includes $1.01 million for the continuing Flushing Bay cleanup project. President Bill Clinton, who already included the allocation in his budget, is expected to sign the appropriations bill shortly.
The new funds will allow continuation of a feasibility study to improve the bay’s water quality, including extensive dredging. Last year, Crowley secured $925,000 for this purpose.