How delighted and thrilled I was to read in the pages of the November 9 issue of the Gazette the uplifting story pertaining to the federal grant given to our Queens children to study their health through research for a 21-year period. I applaud Congressional Representative [Carolyn] Maloney for her dedication and determination to get this grant to us.
Queens is the environment capital of New York, with so many cases of asthma existing amongst children. The children of today are the promise of our future and the health of these young New Yorkers is so vital to a better future, not only for them, but for our borough, city, state, nation and world. Children who are ill as youngsters will not be contributing members of our society at adulthood, and that would burden our nation even further. A vibrant economy in the future is dependent upon the health of our children today.
By having such health research, we are ensuring a better tomorrow and the promise for a brighter tomorrow for all. We are truly blessed to have Carolyn Maloney on our side, advocating tirelessly for all types of people and for all age groups. I thank the Gazette for publishing an article that has positive meanings and will greatly enhance our world in the future. Kudos to Congressional Representative Maloney, as well as to the Gazette for a job well done. Hats off to all concerned.
Long Island City
To The Editor:
I was watching the 79th Annual Macy’s Day Parade on television this Thanksgiving Day, and it was great for they had great floats and balloons like Charlie Brown, Big Bird, Weebels, Sponge Bob plus a host of cartoon characters, in addition to plenty of singing and dancing.
I say kudos to Macy’s for a job well done. Macy’s [Thanksgiving] Day Parade was a great kick-off to this holiday season. It’s also time to kick-off our shopping for all those we know and love and in that vein let’s not forget all those shops and stores in Queens. For Queens has so much to offer like good selections and prices and to start of there are good places to shop like the Queens Center in Rego Park, Bayside Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside and Glen Oaks Shopping Center, where I live. So when you do your holiday shopping think of Queens.
Remember this too, “Queens is the holiday scene where good things can be seen, so shop in Queens and you will be pleased.”
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Mom Wins First Round
To The Editor:
We have good news! Jing Kelly, a devoted mother, lost custody of her son Tristram when she reported abuse by her husband. She has not seen Tristram since 2003 when Family Court wrongfully awarded permanent custody to the abuser's family. The Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court has just overturned all Family Court decisions, which separated Jing Kelly from her child.
City Councilmember John C. Liu, who had filed an Amicus Brief in support of Jing Kelly, stated: "This is a resounding victory for Jing Kelly and for all victims of domestic violence who are victimized first by their abusers, then by misguided child agency policy, and in Jing's case, again by a Family Court proceeding seemingly blind to actual circumstances. Nonetheless, true victory can be claimed only when Tristram Kelly is reunited with his mom. We now turn our full attention towards this objective."
Unfortunately, Jing continues to suffer persecution by the system. It's almost as if someone behind the scenes has a vendetta against her. For example, Jing continues to be on the New York Police Department's most wanted, along with murderers and rapists. Take a look: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/wanted/wantmanh.html.
Councilman Liu would like to thank attorneys Jianming Shen and Robert F. Wayburn for all their work bringing justice to Jing Kelly and her son Tristram. For your information, please see an excerpt from a recent report in the Daily News.
Office of Councilmember Liu
New York Daily News: "Chinese tot-grab ma wins a round in custody battle" http://www.nydailynews.com/11-20-2005/news/story/367375p-312715c.html
A Manhattan mother, who was locked up for a year for stealing away with her son to her native China, has taken a major step toward winning back custody of her child from her former in-laws. In June 2001, Kelly picked up her then 13-month-old son and fled to China. She said she was trying to protect them from her husband, Craig Kelly, whom she claimed beat and raped her at gunpoint. He was an assistant Manhattan district attorney. City Councilman John Liu, who has championed Kelly's case, called the appellate court decision a resounding victory "for all victims of domestic abuse."