2016-09-28 / Political Page

Queens Republicans Also Running Slate Of Candidates


After the debate this past Monday evening at Hofstra University between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, what’s next? Two more debates are scheduled, but more importantly, there are 42 more days left to campaign until Election Day on November 8th, when the debate will really and finally end.

Without a doubt, the next (the last) 42 days will be furious (maddening), no-holds-barred, morning-to-nighttime, pull-out-every-ounce of a speech, challenge and energy until the polls open at 6 am on Election Day and close at 9 pm and the fateful ballot count is done and ended!

A couple of weeks ago, a pneumonia attack floored Clinton for a few days, but she bounced back and seemed ready and willing – eager – to do battle with Trump before Monday night’s talkfest.

Up to now, including the primaries, Trump seemed like an iron man. But he’s packing a lot of weight and, luckily for his campaign, he seems to have the personality and disposition to carry him to the end.


Always the optimist, Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed sure last week after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced charges against two of his former top aides who had taken bribes, that Bharara didn’t have him in his sights.

Cuomo commented that he didn’t think he was considered someone who had anything to fear from the investigation that had snared Joseph Percoco and Todd R. Howe. Bharara said a state official, Alain Kaloyeros, had also been charged.

The day after the arrests, Cuomo told Albany reporters inquiring about the case that he didn’t have any knowledge about it and didn’t think he was in any way a target of the case.

The day the charges were announced, Cuomo issued an announcement saying, “If the allegations are true, I am saddened and disappointed. I hold my administration to the highest level of integrity. I have zero tolerance for abuse of the public trust from anyone.”

Percoco served as an aide to Cuomo and in the past to former Governor Mario Cuomo. Howe had also worked for both Cuomos.


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a steady supporter of President Obama, predicts the Senate will override Obama’s veto of a bill which would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Obama had vetoed the measure which provides that survivors and families who lost loved ones on 9/11 could sue the Saudi government for its part in the 9/11 attack.

Obama issued the veto, he said, because the proposed bill could backfire by allowing foreign governments to sue or jail American officials because of American policies like drone strikes. It would also, the president warned, put a strain on American relations with Saudi Arabia, a strong ally of our country in the Middle East.

But Schumer favors the measure which has strong backing in the U. S. because, he said, “the families of the victims of 9/11 deserve their day in court, and justice for those families shouldn’t be thrown overboard because of diplomatic concerns.”

Taking full advantage of having Donald Trump in a hot, head-to-head race against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 8th elections, Queens Republicans pressing bets and are running candidates for Congress, the State Senate and Assembly the same day.

In announcing the the party’s “full endorsement” of Trump, months ago GOP Queens party Chairman Bob Turner stated: “The Queens native has completed a remarkable rise from political outsider to major party nominee for the White House.”

Turner proudly added, “New York officially put Mr. Trump over the top in the delegate count…at the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland.”

Turner stated: “On behalf of the Queens County GOP, along with our candidates running for office this year, I would like to thank all of the instructors from The Leadership Institute for conducting a very informative and worthwhile Candidate Campaign Seminar in Glendale.”

Queens Democrats are expected shortly to officially name their candidates for Congress and state legislative offices in Albany, and for several judgeships, for the November 8th elections.

ADDABBO TO MAYOR: ‘RESPOND TO HOMELESS PROPOSAL’: As he continues to fight an ill-advised proposal to convert a Maspeth hotel into a homeless shelter, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to provide answers to the many concerns he and his constituents have raised over the last several weeks.

Despite personally attending two public town halls, as well as multiple meetings with city officials, including Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steven Banks, Addabbo said he has yet to receive a firm answer from the de Blasio administration regarding the status of the proposal to convert the Holiday Inn Express, located at 59-40 55th Road, into a shelter for homeless adults. “The lack of transparency from the Mayor’s office has led to numerous pieces of false information being distributed throughout the community, causing the real status of the plan to remain unknown by those it would affect the most,” Addabbo said.

In a letter sent to the Mayor this week, Addabbo is urging the City to formally respond to several issues the community has raised surrounding this proposal and make a better effort to communicate accurate information to the public as it is discovered.

ADDABBO TO MEET WITH CONSTITUENTS AT PENINSULA LIBRARY: In his ongoing scheduling of mobile office hours around the district, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. will meet with constituents during mobile office hours in Rockaway later this month.

Addabbo visits each library in his district multiple times per year as part of his commitment to personally assist as many people in his district as possible. The Senator will be at the Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 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 a site 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.

DA BROWN KICKS OFF 24TH ANNUAL STAR TRACK PROGRAM: Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced the start of his 24th annual anti-violence program, STAR Track. which stands for Straight Talk About Risks. The program participants work with nearly 1,000 students every year in Rockaway, and focuses on teaching youngsters how to work in teams, collaborate and practice peaceful conflict resolution. One of the goals of STAR Track is to counter the negative gun-related violent incidents that occur far too often in the surrounding communities with a positive message, and to help youngsters make smart decisions.

“As the top law enforcement officer in Queens County,” Brown stated, “my job is not solely focused on prosecuting those who break the law. We are also dedicated in making real strides to prevent future crimes from ever happening. The STAR Track program is one of my favorites. Over the years we have interacted with tens of thousands of students – connecting with them not just as officers of the court, but as role models, mentors and friends.”

Brown continued, “The STAR Track program’s curriculum is designed to drive down the crime rate and build up self-esteem, confidence and the quality of life for the students.”

The District Attorney’s STAR Track anti-violence program features assistant district attorneys and other members of the District Attorney’s Office, members of the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office and members of the Queens Law Associates being assigned to classes at each of the 10 participating Far Rockaway schools – from elementary through high school – throughout the school year to talk about the risks of guns, drugs, gangs and how to make the right choices.

The STAR Track program volunteers will focus on giving youngsters - fourth-graders to high school seniors - guidance on making smart decisions, resisting peer pressure, leadership skills and more. Students will have exclusive access to the day-to-day operations of the criminal justice system including trips to the Kew Gardens courthouse and Queens central booking.

Each year STAR Track hosts two big events for students: Say No To Violence Week and the Say Yes to Tennis event. The Say No to Violence Week raises student awareness and celebrates their efforts to find healthy ways to resolve conflicts. The week-long event includes poster and essay writing contests and special guest speakers, that have included District Attorney Brown, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, journalists and other motivational speakers. The Say Yes to Tennis event is coordinated with the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The children and teenagers play teamwork-building tennis games, hear advice from professional players and other guest speakers delivering the anti-violence message.

VALLONE SECURES ‘SCHOOL SLOW ZONE’ FOR J.H.S. 185, P.S. 21: Following a tragic incident in which two students were struck by cars near J.H.S. 185 in Flushing, Council Member Paul Vallone met with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the principals of J.H.S. 185 and P.S. 21 to address the traffic and pedestrian safety concerns in the surrounding area.

As a result of this meeting, the DOT will be installing a School Slow Zone along 149th Street, between Willets Point Boulevard and 28th Avenue.

This slow zone will be installed by the end of September and will reduce the speed limit from 25 miles per hour to 20 and provide other enhancements to protect the safety of parents and children attending both of these schools. Vallone and both schools have also written to the DOT in support of additional measures, including street direction changes of 25th Drive and 27th Avenue, to further improve traffic and pedestrian safety. These additional measures will be implemented by the next school year, Vallone (D–Bayside) stated.

“Working with both principals and the DOT has been critical in identifying and implementing positive changes that will improve the overall safety for students and residents of the surrounding area,” said Vallone. “The safety of our kids always comes first and I applaud the DOT for their responsiveness to the concerns of the teachers and parents of the thousands of students who attend these schools,” Vallone noted.

“I would like to commend the individuals who have been working with us to try and secure the safety of almost 3,500 students in a small, four-block radius. The proposed changes will assist us in making the area less dangerous for the students. What we do at J.H.S. 185 has much impact on the surrounding community as well as our feeder school, P.S. 21,” said Theresa Mshar, Principal of J.H.S. 185.

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