2016-05-04 / Political Page

N.Y. 2016 Elections (Non Presidential Variety)

N.Y. 2016 ELECTIONS (NON PRESIDENTIAL VARIETY): We are only a month away from concluding the nationwide 2016 presidential primary elections, as June 7 approaches and California and several other states, including New Jersey, will hold theirs and bring an end to the 50- state series that will present us with Democratic and Republican presidential 2016 candidates.

On the heels of these great events will follow another momentous season, the 5-month presidential campaign from June through October ending in early November – November 8, Election Day – when the victorious next President of the United States will emerge.

As part and parcel of these historic events, New York State (and City) will be holding Congressional, State Senate and Assembly elections on November 8 also. In advance of these statewide and local contests, the Board of Elections announced the Primary date will be September 13 and the final elections will follow on November 8, along with the election for the President.

The BOE announcement also stated that the final candidate filing date for the congressional and state legislative, judicial and other contests will be Thursday, July 14. All 63 State Senate and all 105 State Assembly seats will be up for reelection, it was announced. We assume the Queens Democratic and Republican organizations will be holding caucuses to designate their official candidates and most of these will be incumbents seeking reelection to two-year terms in Congress and the State Legislature. There are generally State Supreme Court Judge and Civil Court positions to fill that will be announced and acted upon.

Presently, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D–Forest Hills) recently contacted The Gazette to announce that she is seeking a new term and we expect many more will follow.

STAVISKY KICKS OFF RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN: State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate, announced her bid for reelection to the District 16 Senate seat today.

“The people standing here today with me are why I seek reelection,” Stavisky said. “Their support and partnership through the years means a lot to me and is my motivation. Being an elected official is a full-time job and I am proud to say I treat it as such. We have accomplished a lot, but we still have a long way to go. Comprehensive ethics reform is long overdue, the DREAM Act remains in limbo and the American Dream remains out of reach for too many. I stand here today, ready to continue representing the people of this district, but I cannot do it alone. We are a team and together, we can make this City and State an even better place to live.”

Throughout her 16 years in the State Senate, Toby Stavisky (D–Forest Hills) has advocated for more funding for the city and state public universities and a chance for all – including new Americans – to have access to higher education.

Stavisky was first elected to the State Senate in November 1999 and was most recently reelected in 2014. She was the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate in New York history and was the first woman to Chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education.

ADDABBO TO HOST HIRING EVENT: State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. will host a hiring event next month in conjunction with The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Addabbo (D–Howard Beach) will partner with The Jewish Board to host a Career Fair Wednesday, May 11, at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, located at 71-25 Main Street. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., representatives from the organization will be present to collect résumés and meet with potential employment candidates regarding more than a dozen open positions. The event is free and open to the entire public.

The Jewish Board will be interviewing for positions including direct support staff, crisis intervention specialists, peer specialists, recreation coordinators, maintenance workers, registered nurses, social workers, social work supervisors, case planners, intake specialists, receptionists, vocational counselors, case workers, cooks and mental health coordinators. Qualified candidates will also be considered for three managerial positions, including assistant director, program coordinator and facilities manager.

Addabbo regularly partners with local businesses and organizations to host hiring events throughout the year, including a Senior Job Fair coming up on June 3 and a general Job Fair being planned for October.

“Finding a job can seem like a very daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start,” said Addabbo. “Hiring events like this one are a great place to give job seekers a foot in the door with a particular organization or industry they are interested in, as well as make face-to-face connections with potential employers. When we help residents find work for themselves, we ultimately help the economy and the overall health of our community, and I am proud to continue the partnerships that allow me to host events such as this. I thank the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services for working with me to plan this great community event and look forward to scheduling more opportunities for job seekers in the near future.”

The Jewish Board has requested that job seekers who plan to attend should bring copies of their résumé and dress appropriately. Public transportation to the location is available by taking the Q20 regular (not limited) or the Q44, which both stop outside the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills.

For more information, contact Addabbo’s Howard Beach office at 718-738-1111.

VAN BRAMER’S STATEMENT ON CITY’S EXECUTIVE BUDGET: New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer released the following statement in response to the Executive Budget presented by the Mayor last week.

“While I’m pleased to see some important additions in the Mayor’s executive budget, I am disappointed that it once again does not include any restoration of funding for culture and the arts. The Department of Cultural Affairs and thousands of cultural groups across the city need and deserve additional funding.

“Cultural groups and institutions have always been invaluable to the City of New York, and have become even more so with the success of IDNYC and the hundreds of thousands of free memberships that so many cultural groups offer through the card. Access to the arts for all communities, including immigrants, public housing residents, and New Yorkers in all five boroughs is something we all care about – and something that can happen if we increase funding.

“New York City depends on culture and the arts in so many ways. Culture helps attract the record number of tourists who come to our city every year. The arts inspire children all across the city, and when the arts are present in schools educational outcomes improve. Culture and the arts allow for expression and brings communities together.

“The Mayor should have demonstrated his support for the arts by including the $40 million being requested by cultural groups all across New York City in his executive budget. We will need his support to secure that funding in the budget adopted this June.”

GRODENCHIK, RICHARDS HAIL MAYOR’S BUDGET FOR NEW QUEENS NYPD PRECINCT: The news that the city budget will include $70 million in capital funds to build a new precinct in Southeast Queens is the culmination of decades of advocacy on the part of residents and community leaders. The 105th Precinct is geographically the fourth largest precinct in New York City; many residents have long argued that its resources were stretched too thin and that its officers were hard pressed to travel quickly from one end of the precinct to the other in case of emergency. In 2007, a part-time 105th satellite precinct was opened in Rosedale. While the satellite has been helpful, the community still felt the need for a full precinct. The forthcoming executive budget allocation, which will finally allow for a new stand-alone 116th precinct, is a tremendous victory for public safety in Eastern Queens.

“For nearly four decades, residents of Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens have been calling for the 116th Precinct and the city has finally delivered in 2016,” said Councilman Donovan Richards (D–Laurelton). “Since I became the Council Member for District 31 in 2013, the creation of a new precinct has been one of the loftiest goals that I set my sights on. Now, thanks to the tireless dedication of local residents and the partnership with Council Member Grodenchik, slow response times will soon be a thing of the past in Southeast Queens. This $70 million investment is a tremendous victory for Eastern Queens communities, as well as the dedicated officers of the 105th Precinct. I’d like to thank Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bratton for their commitment to public safety.”

“Before taking office I made the establishment of a new police precinct in Eastern Queens a top priority,” said Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D–Oakland Gardens). “The creation of the new 116th Precinct is a watershed moment. Its impact on the public safety of our communities, from North Shore Towers and Queens Village to Rosedale and Springfield Gardens, cannot be overstated. This new precinct is the culmination of 40 years of community and political activism, and I thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton for their commitment to our communities. I also congratulate my colleague Donovan Richards, who fought for this new precinct from his first day in office. Working together, Council Member Richards and I have secured an enormous victory for our constituents.”

CROWLEY BACKS BILL SEEKING HEALTH IMPACTS OF PLANE NOISE ON COMMUNITIES: Congressman Joe Crowley (D–Queens, The Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and a founding member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, announced that he is an original co-sponsor of the Airplane Impacts Mitigation (AIM) Act of 2016 (H.R. 5075). Introduced by Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D–Boston), and supported by members of the bipartisan Quiet Skies Caucus, the AIM Act will help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine the health impacts of airplane noise on local communities.

“I’ve always said our airports will never be perfect neighbors, but we can help make them better ones,” said Crowley, whose district includes LaGuardia Airport. “There is no question that the deafening noise pollution plaguing communities around airports has an adverse impact on our constituents’ health and well-being. And, the more we know about a problem, the better placed we’ll be to find solutions. This legislation will go a long way in giving us the information we need to help people whose lives are disrupted by the roar of airplanes. I’m proud to join Congressman Lynch and my colleagues in this effort.”

Specifically, the AIM Act would require the FAA to enter into an agreement with a school of public health to conduct a study of the health impacts of aircraft pollution on affected residents, including asthma exacerbation, sleep disturbance, stress, and elevated blood pressure.

The study will focus on residents living partly or wholly within the land area underneath the flight paths most frequently used by aircraft flying, including during takeoff or landing at an altitude lower than 10,000 feet. In addition, the study will consider only those health impacts that manifest during the physical implementation of the NextGen RNAV program, a GPS-based navigation system that guides hundreds of flights per day over a narrow flight path. While this system can increase efficiency, the communities beneath the flight paths can experience extended periods of exposure to noise and air pollution.

The AIM Act also mandates that the study focus on residents in New York, as well as in Boston, Chicago, the Northern California Metroplex region, Phoenix, and up to three additional cities.

A leader in the effort to curb aircraft noise pollution, Crowley is the author of The Silent Skies Act, legislation that aims to improve the quality of life for communities heavily impacted by aircraft noise pollution. In addition to leading legislation, Crowley has worked extensively with community leaders, federal officials, and representatives from New York City and State to abate the congestion and noise that schools, businesses, and homes are subjected to because of their close proximity to LaGuardia Airport. In April 2001, Crowley authored a plan to alleviate community concerns associated with the airport. In 2002, he secured $100,000 in federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out an air quality and noise study in the neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia. He also secured $240,000 for LaGuardia Airport Noise Monitors to track airport noise at LaGuardia and ensure curfews were being met. Crowley has also been a longtime advocate of conducting a Part-150 noise study for LaGuardia Airport, which is finally under way.

In 2014, Crowley co-founded the Quiet Skies Caucus in Congress, which works to raise awareness on the issue of aircraft noise and find meaningful solutions to the problem. The caucus consists of members from across the country whose constituents are adversely affected by incidents of airplane and helicopter noise.

ADDABBO LIBRARY MEETINGS START AT FOREST HILLS: In his continuing effort to make it more convenient for constituents to reach him state Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. is kicking off another round of mobile office hours for this spring and summer.

Addabbo (D–Howard Beach) visits each library in his district multiple times per year as part of his ongoing commitment to personally assist as many people in his district as possible. The Senator will be at the Forest Hills Library, located at 108-19 71st Avenue, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 to meet with residents wishing to talk with him about a problem they may be having or to bring a community issue to light. By holding mobile office hours at different libraries throughout his vast Senate district, Addabbo makes it more convenient for constituents to come to him at a time that is easier for them and right in their own community.

“As an elected official, making sure I interact with the people I represent is one of my top priorities,” said Addabbo. “I have always urged my constituents to contact me if I can help them in any way, but it is not always easy for some people to do that during normal business hours. These extended office hours, held at night in various neighborhoods throughout my district, are an excellent way to make sure I am not only reaching as many residents as possible, but also making it more convenient by coming to them. I look forward to another successful round of mobile office hours over the next few months and, as always, encourage those who need assistance to take advantage of these library visits.”

Additional mobile office hours are being scheduled for future dates and locations throughout the district. For more information, contact Addabbo’s Howard Beach Office at 718-738-1111.

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