2016-04-06 / Political Page

Election Board Issues List Of Presidential Delegates

As the election for the President of the United States nears this year on November 8, the names of the delegates from the Democratic Party and Republican Party who will attend those organizations’ nominating conventions this summer, where the candidates from the two parties will officially be nominated, were issued last week by the Board of Elections of the City of New York.
The proposed delegates of the Democratic Party, who are pledged to support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, are listed under their addresses in the Congressional Districts where they reside.
The names of the proposed delegates of the Republican Party are not listed, but registered voters who come to vote for their choice on Primary Day, April 19, 2016, are asked to vote for one of four names listed: Donald J. Trump, John R. Kasich, Ben Carson or Ted Cruz. (Carson has since withdrawn.)
The names and addresses of the proposed New York State Democratic Party proposed Delegates to the National Convention can be found here http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/downloads/pdf/documents/boe/2016PresidentialPr...

CANDIDATES BATTLE IN WISCONSIN, BUT EYE NYC: For the main characters chasing the nation’s presidential nomination – Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich; and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – their attention was focused on Wisconsin’s primary yesterday, but their minds wandered toward New York State two weeks ahead because the next major prize each of their values most will be on the line there on April 19.
Rest assured, the Wisconsin delegates to be awarded to the Republican winner (42) and the Democratic victor (86) will certainly be treasured because they figure large in every candidate’s victory plan. But the prizes that await the winners, and leading candidates, in each party at this point – Clinton and Trump – would each move much closer to the final prize they have been seeking for the past several weeks if they win their respective New York State primaries on April 19.
For Clinton, who already has won 1,712 delegates (excluding Super delegates) and still needs 671 more to to reach the winning goal of 2383 set by the Democratic Party to become its presidential candidate. So the share of 247 delegates awarded for winning the New York primary would reduce her burden and finally gets her out of the losing streak she has been in.
In Trump’s case, he has already accumulated 736 delegates during the elections he has participated in thus far, and needs 501 more delegate awards to reach the 1,237 delegate level to achieve the Republican Party’s presidential nomination level. So the award of 95 more delegates for winning the party’s NYS primary reduces his burden appreciably and gives him more breathing room from his nearest pursuer, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R–Texas).
As the primary contests in New York State approach, the chances of winning by Clinton and Trump look very favorable. It’s expected both will have solid support from their parties.
As for yesterday’s elections in Wisconsin, polls showed Clinton in a close contest with Sanders. Trump appeared to have a troublesome challenge from Cruz however. Cruz had the backing of the organization in power – the governor, congressional lawmakers and local pols.

MENG’S PLEA TO CONGRESS: ‘GIVE FLUSHING WORKABLE ANTI-AIRPLANE NOISE PLAN’: Complaining that “increased airplane noise continues to bombard Queens,” Congressmember Grace Meng has called on Congress “to do everything in its power to help combat increased airplane noise over Queens.”
Meng (D–Queens), in her impassioned plea to the key House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD), declared passionately: “Our borough needs relief, and including these provisions in this year’s spending bill would be a major step in getting us there. I respectfully ask the committee to make these anti-noise measures part of this important legislation.”
Meng said the letter also asks for increased funding for FAA programs that address aircraft noise and also for “increased community involvement in determining flight paths, regulations and guidance for quieter airplanes, and lowering the acceptable noise threshold known as the DNL (Day-Night Average Sound Level), which is the standard used to measure noise effects on individuals due to aviation activities.
Meng’s specific appropriation request includes:
• $1.5 million – Airport Technology Research Noise Programs:
Meng is asking the committee to spend $1.5 million to continue and expand noise research programs so that noise annoyance and sleep disturbance in communities around airports can be accurately measured. Expanding the breadth and depth of this area of data-collection would help to better understand where exactly noise annoyance reaches, and it can expand the data-collection to more than the few communities in which noise is currently being measured. The $1.5 million request is double the amount in the President’s budget request.
• More than $16 million – Research, Engineering, and Development – Environment and Energy Program:
Meng is requesting $16,074,000 for the Energy and Environment Program, which studies noise impacts on social welfare and health, develops technologies to better estimate noise and emissions, and explores metrics for community exposure to aircraft noise. The request is over a million dollars more that the President’s budget request.
Meng also asked the panel to include language in the bill that would:
• Prohibit funds from being used to implement flight paths that were approved through a categorical exclusion (CatEx), which allows a shorter environmental review process that does not take the community’s concerns into account. If included, the language would increase community involvement in the development of flight patterns.
• Prohibit funds from being used for flight patterns that result in a noise level above 55 DNL (the current cap is 65 DNL). If included, the language would require the FAA to lower acceptable noise levels to 55 DNL.
• Require the FAA to develop regulations and guidance for the creation of a new, quieter stage 5 airplane noise standard, which is consistent with the latest international standards.
• Require the FAA to review how noise is measured, and propose updates and alternatives that better reflect actual noise levels. If included, the language would create a more accurate assessment of the impacts of aircraft noise.
The THUD Subcommittee’s annual spending bill funds the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other related federal agencies.

MARKEY VOTES ‘NO’ ON MIXED MARTIAL ARTS BILL: Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D–Maspeth), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, voted to send the legislation to the Assembly floor for debate, and she ultimately voted against the bill. Following is her statement about the final result:
“I was disappointed in the outcome of the Assembly vote on legalizing Mixed Martial Arts in New York State. While some of us who opposed this legalization were successful in making amendments that guarantee health insurance and other benefits for participants who are injured or disabled, I still voted ‘No’ on the legislation our house passed this week. I have had a long-standing view that professional MMA is a barbaric activity that glorifies violence and has no place in New York State. Also, at a time when major professional contact sports are waking up to the long-term health consequences for participants, particularly brain damage, we should not be moving forward here without fully examining the issue for these even more vulnerable MMA players. The legislation approved by the Assembly this week authorizes the State Athletic Commission to develop protocols to address these concerns and I will continue to monitor their work to ensure that these concerns are fully addressed.”

MENG ARRANGES HONORS AT NAVY VET’S FUNERAL IN ELMHURST: Concerned by calls from constituents that their 71-year-old uncle, Martin Devereux, a U.S. Navy vet, was killed in a recent Elmhurst fire, Congresswoman Grace Meng moved quickly to arrange military honors for their deceased uncle’s funeral and burial.
Meng (D–Flushing) received the call on the Monday following the fire, which had occurred on March 21 at 42-28 Ithaca Street, where Devereux and two others had perished.
The caller, a cousin of Devereux, related that he had served in the Navy from 1963 to 1967, but the caller also told Meng that she was concerned that her uncle’s service-records must have been destroyed in the fire, and they needed to be presented to Navy officials to confirm his eligibility to receive full military honors at his funeral.
Meng then contacted the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Personnel Records Center to expeditiously obtain Devereux’s military service record and confirm his eligibility for full military honors.
Meng was successful in obtaining a copy of Devereux’s service record and sent it to the funeral director at Neufeld Funeral Home in Flushing, where Devereux’s funeral service was scheduled to take place. The Congresswoman’s office also spoke with the funeral director and connected him to the Department of Defense’s Navy Honor Guard Office as only funeral directors can make the formal request for military honors. Devereux was set to be buried at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Flushing following the funeral service. His siblings and relatives from across the country flew in to Queens to attend the funeral.
“The fire that took the life of Martin Devereux was a terrible tragedy” said Meng. “He bravely served our country and deserves this military honor for his service. I’m just glad that I was able to get the process started and obtain the records in time for the request to be made. We stand ready to provide any other assistance that is needed.”
Military honors for funerals include an honor guard service and an American flag draped over the deceased’s coffin. In addition to serving in the Navy from 1963-1967, Devereux served in the Naval Reserves from 1967-1969.

CROWLEY URGES: ‘STOP DEPORTATIONS OF BANGLADESHIS’: Congressman Joe Crowley (D–Queens, The Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Bangladesh Caucus, sent a letter dated March 28 to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security relaying concerns from members of the Bangladeshi-American community and asking questions about the planned deportation of a group of Bangladeshi asylum-seekers. Crowley also urged the agencies to stop the deportations of the individuals until there can be a thorough assessment of their asylum claims.
Crowley wrote in the letter: “I have been contacted by members of the Bangladeshi-American community who believe a group of Bangladeshi individuals with legitimate claims of asylum are in imminent danger of deportation. I respectfully urge you to stop these deportations until there can be thorough assessments of the asylum claims.
“I have long believed that no one should be sent into a situation where they face danger or persecution. While I do not know the details of all the individual cases, some members of the community here in the United States believe strongly that this scenario applies to those currently in detention.”

MARKEY: CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIMS BETRAYED BY NY LAW: In the wake of allegations against an abusive foster father by the Suffolk County District Attorney, Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D–Maspeth) had the opportunity to explain how New York’s archaic statute of limitations for child sex abuse prevents victims from getting justice and permits child molesters to continue to abuse generations of children. “Look for upcoming news about our Child Victims Act Lobby Days in Albany in early May. It will be a time for survivors and supporters to tell the Governor and legislators, especially members of the State Senate, about why they want our CVA bills to become law.” Markey’s Daily News article follows:
“A child who is a victim of childhood sexual abuse in New York is often victimized a second time because of our state’s archaic statute of limitations.
Current codes sharply limit the time a victim has to bring charges against someone who molested them. A victim must now come forward within five years after the age of 18 to bring criminal or civil charges against their abuser – or any agency or organization that should have reported them.
Abuse victims are often very slow to come to grips with what happened to them. Some are unable until middle age or even later in life; certainly not before the age of 23 required under current law.
That is why New York’s statute of limitations protects the wrong people. It gives a free pass to predators and those who hide them, but most often denies justice to their victims.
New Yorkers should be shocked to learn that our laws are among the very worst in America for how we treat victims of child sexual abuse. We rank right at the very bottom among 50 states along with Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
To change this I have been joined by more than 70 other members of the Legislature who want to completely eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse in New York. Our criminal bill will make it possible for victims of any age to bring charges to law enforcement, removing perverse protections abusers now enjoy.
Not only will there be no age limit as a result of my civil bill, but we want to create a one-year “window” to permit older victims of earlier crimes to get justice.
New York’s current law victimizes both victims and all of society. Reforming these laws will help expose predators who remain hidden and continue to abuse new generations of children.”

MILLER REPEATS: ESTABLISH NO PARKING ZONE IN FRONT OF NORTH SIDE SCHOOL: The North Side School situated at 85-27 91st Street has ongoing issues with bus traffic during morning and dismissal hours. Currently they have no school “no parking” zone where buses can park to unload and pick up children, Assemblymember Mike Miller explained. Miller (D–Woodhaven) continued:
“The North Side School on three separate occasions has requested and been denied a “no parking” zone from 7 am to 4 pm, which is standard for all schools, public and private. The Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association has also advocated for this no parking zone to help alleviate traffic along with student’s safety.”
Miller’s office had written a letter to the Department of Transportation in January of 2016 asking for a “no parking” zone in front of the North Side School. Miller said, “I am concerned that my letter which was clear about this ongoing situation was not adequately deliberated.” Miller later learned that the school itself requested it and was denied on three occasions.
“All schools have standard no parking zones. I was informed that buses were instructed to park in front of a fire hydrant due to the current parking situation. The fire hydrant is located to an adjacent address and not in front of the North Side School. Department of Transportation has the obligation to review this location again to ensure safety for these children,” he explained.
The North Side School currently serves 79 special needs students and will increase to 199 in the new school year. North Side School is located on the corner of 91st Street and 85th Road, both one way streets, Miller said.

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