2017-08-30 / Political Page

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PERALTA BILL GIVES COMMUNITY A ‘VOICE’ IN LIQUOR LICENSING: In order to consider suggestions and concerns from community members regarding liquor license renewals, NYS Senator Jose Peralta introduced a bill in the State Senate to establish a state liquor community liaison to each of the New York City’s community boards. The State Senate approved the legislation, and now Senator Peralta is urging the Assembly to follow suit and pass the measure. Assemblyman Ron Kim is the sponsor of the legislation in the State Assembly.

Under the Senator’s proposal, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) will appoint a community liaison to ensure that each community board receives all notifications of license issuance, renewal or changes. Additionally, community boards should be given 60-day notice before liquor licenses are issued or renewed within each community board’s boundaries.

“This is about making sure that the community informs the State Liquor Authority about rowdy and bad neighbors when the establishment’s liquor license is up for renewal. Under the proposal, the SLA should consider specific concerns and defend the interests of the community. Most bars, restaurants and clubs are law-abiding good neighbors, but there are a few bad apples that can disrupt and destroy a community’s quality of life,” Senator Peralta said. “My proposal calls for a liaison between the SLA and community boards to prevent noisy and disruptive establishments from affecting the quality of life of the communities they are located in.”

“Many communities have dealt with problematic, uncooperative establishments that disrupt the quality of life of surrounding neighborhoods. The creation of an SLA liaison position for each community board gives local residents a voice in the licensing process, and a greater platform for them to share their concerns about potential bad neighbors. I fully support Senator Peralta’s thoughtful initiative and will work with him and my Assembly colleagues in guiding its passage,” Assemblyman Kim said.

According to the bill, the community board liaison will be responsible for attending community board meetings, submitting reports to the SLA relative to the concerns of the community board, and presenting to the SLA any recommendations conveyed by the community board. The community liaison will also inform the community board of every SLA scheduled meeting, as well as provide its members with the agenda for the meeting with at least 15-day notice.

MILLER ANNOUNCES SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR KIWANIS: Assemblyman Mike Miller announces the governor has signed legislation making it possible for members of Kiwanis International to request special New York State license plates. The bill (A-3836A/S-2393A), sponsored by Assemblyman Miller and Senator Patrick Gallivan, allows members to purchase distinctive plates bearing the words, “Kiwanis International.”

Kiwanis International is a worldwide service organization with members in over 300 local clubs. Members offer a wide range of service and leadership opportunities to people of all ages, devote millions of hours of volunteer service and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and projects in 80 nations.

Under the legislation, any member of Kiwanis International residing in New York can be issued the distinctive license plates for an annual service fee of $25. The charge is in addition to regular registration fees. The legislation passed the Senate and Assembly in June and was signed into law earlier this week.

Miller said, “As members of Kiwanis, we Kiwanians have been waiting for a long time for this legislation to become law. It is with a sense of pride that we now can show our good will with a distinctive license plate through this state. I have to commend Senator Patrick Gallivan on his steadfastness regarding this legislation. I look forward to seeing the distinctive license plate on the road in the near future.”

“Kiwanis International has a long and distinguished history and these special license plates will help promote the organization and its mission,” Gallivan said. “Kiwanis members perform service projects in communities across New York State and the new plates will further recognize their many contributions.”

BARNWELL ENDORSES ELIZABETH CROWLEY FOR CITY COUNCIL: Democratic New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Maspeth) continues to build on her growing coalition of supporters, having received the endorsement this week of State Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth). The freshman lawmaker, who secured an upset victory last September with his leadership on the opposition to a proposed homeless shelter in Maspeth, is praising Crowley’s efforts on the high-profile issue in making his support public.

Primary Day is on September 12. “For the last eight years, Elizabeth Crowley has been a tireless fighter for our community. She stood with us against the Mayor to oppose the disastrous homeless shelter proposal for the Maspeth Holiday Inn. This is the kind of leadership that Elizabeth Crowley brings to the Council, and I’m proud to endorse her re-election and stand with her on the issues that matter to our families,” said Assemblyman Barnwell.

“It is inspiring to have young leaders like Brian Barnwell fighting for our community at home and in Albany. We stood together in opposing the Maspeth homeless shelter and it is an honor to have Assemblyman Barnwell’s endorsement and I look forward to many years of working together for our local families,” said Councilwoman Crowley.

The freshman lawmaker’s endorsement gives Crowley the support of a major new voice in local government, and one of the most prominent leaders in the fight against the city’s unpopular plan to place adult homeless men in the Holiday Inn Express in Maspeth. Barnwell was elected to the state Assembly in an upset victory over longtime Assemblywoman Margaret Markey in the 2016 Democratic Primary, running on a platform that included opposition to the Maspeth shelter.

Barnwell joins a large and diverse coalition of elected officials supporting Crowley’s bid for a third term in the September 12 primary. Crowley was recently endorsed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who touted the lawmaker’s Democratic credentials against conservative opponent Bob Holden. Crowley has also been endorsed by Congressmembers Joe Crowley and Nydia Velázquez, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYS Senators Michael Gianaris and Joseph Addabbo and NYS Assemblymembers Catherine Nolan, Michael Miller, Andrew Hevesi and Michael DenDekker.

URGE SECRETARY OF STATE TO DEPORT NAZI GUARD LIVING ILLEGALLY IN US: Members of the New York Congressional Delegation urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a letter dated August 23 to personally seek the deportation of a former Nazi prison guard living in Jackson Heights. Led by House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY), Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Dan Donovan (R-NY), the lawmakers asked Secretary Tillerson to use his influence to ensure that Mr. Jakiw Palij, a convicted Nazi guard, is deported, so New Yorkers and Americans are not “forced to live beside a painful reminder for Americans who fought against the Nazis or lost loved ones in the Holocaust,” they stated.

Jakiw Palij supported the Nazi regime during the Holocaust and served as a guard at the Trawniki camp in Poland. Palij’s American citizenship has been revoked, but he continues to live in New York City. The US government has unsuccessfully appealed to the German, Ukraine, and Polish governments to accept Palij.

“Those who participated in the atrocities of the Holocaust have no place in our communities,” said Chairman Crowley. “The Nazis’ crimes were beyond heinous, and we have the responsibility to pursue justice on behalf of their victims. I’m proud to join Reps. Nadler and Donovan in urging Secretary Tillerson to decisively step forward and intervene personally so the victims of Jakiw Palij’s crimes see justice done.”

“The facts on Jakiw Palij speak for themselves,” said Congressman Nadler. “As a guard at the infamous SS camp in Trawniki, Poland, Mr. Palij was a part of the Nazi genocide machine that killed millions of innocent Jewish men, women and children during the Holocaust. Having escaped authorities after the war, Mr. Palij lied about his Nazi history when he entered the United States. When Justice Department officials uncovered Mr. Palij’s dark past and finally caught up with him, his American citizenship was revoked. Yet he continues to live right here in New York City – a man who contributed to the forced labor and eventual slaughter of tens of thousands of Jewish people and other prisoners in the Holocaust is living out his days without facing justice. I hope Secretary Tillerson will treat this case with the urgency it requires so that we can finally make sure Mr. Palij is deported and forced to answer for his crimes.”

“Jakiw Palij has yet to face justice, and it’s a dishonor to the Jewish people and millions of Holocaust victims that he continues to live freely in New York City,” Congressman Donovan said. “Those complicit in the Holocaust’s atrocities don’t deserve to enjoy the rights they took from others. I hope that Mr. Palij is swiftly deported.”

The letter was signed by Reps. Nita Lowey, Thomas Suozzi, Peter King, Eliot Engel, Adriano Espaillat, Grace Meng, Nydia Velazquez, Lee Zeldin, Kathleen Rice, Jose Serrano, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney, Louise Slaughter, Brian Higgins, Paul Tonko, Yvette Clarke, Gregory Meeks, and Sean Patrick Maloney.

DE BLASIO, KATZ ENDORSE EACH OTHER FOR REELECTION: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced on August 27 their endorsement of each other for reelection, citing their shared commitment to protecting our immigrant communities, expanding our libraries and improving education across the borough.

“New York, and Queens especially, will always be a beacon of hope for all who come here, and at a time when our New York way of life is under attack, we need a mayor who will stand up for all New Yorkers. Mayor de Blasio has worked to protect our immigrant communities, has fought to build affordable housing at a record pace so more people can afford to live here, and has expanded Pre-K so every four-yearold can get a jump start on a good education. That’s the kind of true progressive champion we need leading this city, and it’s why I’m proud to endorse him today,” said Borough President Katz.

“Melinda has been a staunch advocate for her community. With her help, we recently were able to secure $32 million to build a new library in Queens and have continued to work together to strengthen the borough and its future. She is the kind of ally we need in Queens, and I’m excited to support her campaign for reelection,” said Mayor de Blasio.

The mayor has also been endorsed by the Civil Service Employees Association Local 1000, IUOE, New York State Nurses Association, the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators Local One, Hotel Trades Council, Working Families Party, the Communications Workers of America District 1, IBEW Local 3, the United Federation of Teachers, District Council 37, District Council 1707, SEIU 32BJ, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local One, Musicians Local 802, the RWDSU, the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, UNITE-HERE Local 100, the Professional Staff Congress and the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board of Workers United, and dozens of elected leaders.

The de Blasio campaign enumerated his efforts for the city: he passed universal Pre-K for every four-year-old in the city; expanded paid sick leave to cover thousands more workers; raised the minimum wage for all city employees and contractors; and tirelessly worked to reduce stop and frisk and pursued reforms to bring the police and community closer together, while also driving crime to an all-time low. Mayor de Blasio has expanded the number of affordable apartments and took on the landlord lobby – and under his watch, rents were frozen for two straight years. The campaign added that he fights every day to make our city better for everyone – no matter where they live or how much money they make.

CROWLEY SALUTES WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joseph Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement commemorating Women’s Equality Day, which recognizes the ratification of the 19th Amendment:

“Ninety-seven years ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified. This granted women the right to vote and secured for them one of the fundamental pillars of our nation’s principles: the right for all Americans to participate in our democracy. Though we have made great progress in achieving equality since, there is still much work to do. Women deserve equal pay for equal work, reliable and affordable childcare, paid family and sick leave, and the opportunity to save for retirement and the future. As we honor the incredible work of the generations of women who fought for an equal voice at the ballot box, we must remain ever-focused on our commitment to creating a more just and equal union.”

CROWLEY DENOUNCES TRUMP’S TRANSGENDER BAN: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joseph Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after President Trump moved forward with plans to ban transgender individuals from joining or serving in the military:

“This is a shameful, blatantly political decision that has nothing to do with protecting our country. Transgender individuals serve their country with distinction, filling critical needs within the military. We should welcome and celebrate their patriotism. This memorandum from President Trump would stop new transgender enlistees from joining the military, strip current service members of essential healthcare needs, and would give the secretary of defense wide latitude to remove transgender individuals from the ranks on the basis of their identity instead of their ability. It is yet another unacceptable decision by the Trump administration rooted in hate.”

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