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ty to negotiate with congressional Democrats in hopes to secure some of their votes. These efforts have failed to materialize any agreement that is also acceptable to the White House, leaving nearly 800,000 Dreamers living in the United States with an uncertain outlook for their future. Photojournalist Sasha Moslov has been traveling around the country, capturing the first hand accounts of reamers and asking them to tell their stories in their own words. The Queens Tribune will be periodically featuring some of these stories. We start with the story of Hina Naveed and Carlos Vargas, who are currently attending CUNY Law in Long Island City.

For children growing up in New York City’s education system, longterm academic success has become a game of chance. Determined by their economic standing, zip code, parental involvement and several other factors, some of the city’s brightest students, whose academic progress is impeded by real-life circumstances, are missing opportunities due to a failure to identify them both at an early age and later on as they approach the beginning of high school. This dilemma has left the city’s educational crown jewel, its eight specialized high schools, vulnerable to an ever-growing lack of diversity in these institutions, which are made up primarily of a uent, and often white, students. ast month, in an effort to bolster diversity, Mayor Bill de Blasio took aim at one of the city Department of Education’s (DOE) oldest traditions. He noted that he supports ending the use of specialized high school testing to determine yearly admissions and endorsed a bill later passed by the state Assembly that would make that proposal a reality. The idea divided educators and elected officials alike. But as the city’s leaders weighed in on how the mayor’s choice would affect schools, another problem was mostly ignored: ensuring that children from communities of color are identified early and given the tools needed to attend top schools. The Queens Tribune spoke to several experts in education about whether the city is adequately diversifying specialized high schools, but also making sure that students from communities of color are every bit as ready as their richer and white counterparts.

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Queens Dreams By SASHA MASLOV On Sept. 5, 2017 the Trump Administration announced that it was repealing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama that enables undocumented residents of the United States who were brought to America as children by their parents and grew up in the country, known colloquially as Dreamers, to sign up for two-year work permits, allowing them to defer deportation from the country. In New York State, more than 95,000 Dreamers, who entered the United States before they turned 16 years old and have lived here continuously since June 2007,

have received temporary legal status. In order to apply, each paid a $495 DACA application fee and filled out copious amounts of paperwork. Following the Trump Administration’s announcement, a March 5, 2018 deadline was put in place for DACA recipients to reapply for their legal status if their twoyear work permits were expiring. New York State led a legal challenge to the ruling, backed by 15 other states, challenging the Trump Administration’s actions by arguing that it violated 5th Amendment protections of information use and privacy. In February, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered the federal government to reinstate DACA. Several other courts around the country handed down similar rulings.

The Trump Administration appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States on the matter, but the body refused to hear the case, upholding the lower court rulings. In May, a lawsuit led by the state of Texas sued the Trump Administration for failing to repeal DACA, arguing the program is unconstitutional, setting the stage for a future battle over the issue. hile ACA is still in effect because of court rulings, its future is precarious as presidential executive powers and courts interpretation of those powers can easily shift. The only permanent solution would be for Congress to pass a law, and the president to sign it. The Republican-led U.S. Senate and House of Representatives has failed to align their members to enact such legislation, forcing the majority par-



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The Week In Tweets By JON CRONIN

@Ocasio2018 Shockingly - and I’m told this is not a joke - we have ALSO won a primary in the neighboring 15th Congressional District via write-in campaign on the Reform line! While I am honored that so many Bronxites are excited about our campaign, I will remain the Dem nominee for NY-14.

Evidently, the 28-year-old Congressional District 14 Democratic Primary winner and current media darling also won the Reform Party Primary in the Bronx’s Congressional District 15 as a write-in. The Reform Party primary only had 22 votes in total and OcasioCortez received nine votes. Ocasio-Cortez declined the platform.


City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is supporting former Councilman and City Comptroller John Liu, who is, once again, throwing his hat into the political arena and running for state Senate in the Democratic primary against incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

@MovieworldNYC Farewell. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. — feeling sad

Couldn’t be happier to sign @LiuNewYork petition to be my (real) #Democratic state senator! @NoIDCNY @makeNYTrueBlue

After 35 years in business, Movieworld closed. The theater owners didn’t want to go, but the owners of the shopping center in Douglaston decided to put in a Lowe’s home improvement store in the lower level of the center. Movieworld has asked their faithful customers to continue following them on Twitter to find out if and when they find themselves a new location. For more information, check out our story in the Around The Borough section of this issue.

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by President Donald Trump made headlines this week, but few addressed the consequences of such a nomination as labor unions did. The 32BJ SEIU has more than 163,000 members in the nation. Héctor Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, said in a statement about the nomination of Kavanaugh, “He regularly sided with employers against working people. Working families need a Supreme Court that provides real checks and balances, not a blank check for corporations to rewrite the law to take away their unions, healthcare and voting rights.

@JimmyVanBramer @CynthiaNixon is a strong, determined & progressive leader our State needs! And dad approves too!

@32BJSEIU Working families need a Supreme Court that provides real checks and balances, not a blank check for corporations to rewrite the law to take away their unions, healthcare and voting rights: @figue32bj on #SCOTUSpick #Kavanaugh

Last week, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) endorsed actress and LGBTQ actvist turned gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary. This week, he doubled down on the endorsement, tweeting a photo of Nixon and his father, stating that his dad likes her too.




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This week in Queens History July 11, 1936

The Triborough Bridge Opens To Traffic

“In the older days there was no need for a structure like this connecting Long Island and Manhattan and the mainland; and even if a vast population in those days had needed it, human ingenuity and engineering skill could not have built it. Some of us who are charged with the responsibilities of government pause from time to time to ask ourselves whether human needs and human inventions are going to change as rapidly in the generations to come as they have in the generation that has passed. It is not alone that, as time goes by, we are confronted with new needs created by hitherto undreamed of conditions; it is also because growth in human knowledge labels as needs today things which in the olden days we did not think of as needs.” The three spans of the bridge, connecting Queens to Manhattan and the Bronx, were designed by architect Aymar Embury II and Swiss-American engineer Othmar Ammann. Construction began on October 25, 1929, which is known by most as Black Friday, the day the stock market crashed, plunging much of the world into depression. With the economy sputtering, the bridge’s future was uncertain. Yet FDR’s commitment to the project, with help from state officials, kept the project on track, leading to its opening in 1936.

each in its own way, have contributed to the gigantic undertaking. And it will serve the people not only in all the boroughs of this largest of cities; it will serve also the people of Long Island, of up-state New York and our neighbors of Connecticut and New Jersey; and it will serve the hundreds of thousands of those living in all the other States and in foreign countries, who visit New York on matters of business and of pleasure. And so you see that the United States has an interest and a stake in this bridge. At a time of great human suffering the construction of this bridge was undertaken among the very

first of the tens of thousands of projects launched by States and counties and municipalities and financed in part with Federal funds.” FDR concluded by saying: “May the Triborough Bridge, in the years to come, justify our efforts and our hopes by serving truly the city, the state and the nation!” It is fair to say that 82 years later, it has justified the efforts and served the city, state and nation well.

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BORO BOARD APPROVES HOTEL ZONING RESTRICTIONS By JON CRONIN The Queens Borough Board voted 11-5 to approve a zoning text amendment that would create a public process for building hotels in light-manufacturing districts, which are also known as M-1 districts. Each community board either voted against the proposition or for the zoning text amendment with conditions. “This keeps coming up time and time again—right now, a hotel in an M1 as of right. This will restrict hotels in an M1 district, unless the process is followed,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. She noted that this new process would make the hotels in M1 districts subject to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Katz noted that some of the conditions were to make all new hotels exempt from public purposes and that any transient facility or hotel be subject to special permits. Other conditions, Katz said, directly involved homeless shelters. Katz added that the conditions will be included in the borough board’s recommendations to the City Council. Vinnie Arcuri, the chairman of Community Board 5, disagreed with City Planning’s definition of temporary housing for the homeless in hotel rooms. Arcuri, who voted against the zoning text amendment, gave the impression that these tem-

porary shelters would become permanent, and he wanted a “straight answer” from City Planning that these shelters would not be permanent. According to City Planning, permanent homeless shelters would not be covered under this zoning text amendment. The City Council will next vote on the zoning text amendment. In the past, City Planning has explained that the need for the text amendment stemmed from increasing rates of tourism throughout the city that led to dramatic expansions of the hotel industry. The zoning text amendment is an attempt by the city to check and regulate hotel growth. M1 districts are also uniquely suited for hotel development and have, in recent years, seen extensive growth in this area. Thirty percent of hotel rooms currently under construction citywide are in M1 districts. In Queens, 25 percent of all existing hotel rooms are located in M1 districts. An M1 district is a manufacturing district that is zoned for light industrial use. Repair shops, wholesale services, offices, retail facilities and storage facilities are also often found in these districts. M1 districts act as buffers between M2 and M3 districts—intermediate and heavy industrial zones respectively—and neighboring residential and commercial areas.

Cynthia Nixon, actress and 2018 gubernatorial candidate; and Jessica Ramos, who is running for the state Senate’s District 13 seat, cross endorsed each other on Monday, stating that state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent initiatives are “too little, too late.” Nixon said that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is approved, there is a possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. She argues that Cuomo should have fought for abortion rights and reproductive health protections, but noted that he has instead prioritized keeping the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) alive and “the Republicans in control.” “For eight years, Gov. Cuomo claimed he was fighting for those bills, but every session and every budget negotiation he’s had the opportunity to do it and he hasn’t,” said Nixon. “Our reproductive laws are severely outdated and provide wrongfully inadequate protections. And what we need in New York State are updated and stronger laws to enshrine abortion and enshrine access to contraception. We need the reproductive health act passed, and we need the comprehensive contraceptive care act passed, and we need them passed now. We have no time to wait.” Nixon blamed the IDC for the state Senate’s failure to pass the DREAM Act and Liberty Act, arguing that this has left undocumented immigrants vulnerable. “The governor and Peralta have also put their development donors ahead of renters, preventing vacancy decontrol, gutting the department of housing and community renewal budgets, and causing, frankly, a crisis of evictions and skyrocketing rents in this state,” said Nixon. “New Yorkers deserve better. Like thousands of other women running in office for the first time, we looked around and saw who was in charge and saw the job they were doing, and we decided that if we wanted real change, we were going to have to step up and bring it ourselves, which is what we’re doing. There has never been a more important time for women in this country to make our voices heard.”

Ramos said she is among the many New Yorkers whom the state has failed. She is a mother of two public school children—whose school is owed nearly $2 million in foundation aid funding—as well as a renter who is unable to afford a down payment on a house due to student debt. She noted that she is also the daughter of Mexican parents who immigrated to the United States and feared deportation as many do today. “Our district, because it’s the most diverse in the country, is at the crux of so many of the crises that are felt all over the country, such as the immigration crisis, affordable housing crisis, the need for women’s affordable healthcare and healthcare for all,” said Ramos. “We’re one of the few state Senate districts that don’t technically have any hospital beds in our district. We are grossly in need of better healthcare, especially for our undocumented women, men and children.” Ramos said that she endorsed Nixon because she has pushed for progressive issues, and that, as governor, she would advocate for Drivers’ Licenses For All, the DREAM Act, single-parent healthcare and rent reform. “Today is about putting aside the failures of the past and thinking about what the future could look like,” said Ramos. “What bold actions we can take today to ensure that the state of New York works for New Yorkers and not big corporations.” Peralta also picked up an endorsement this week from the Mason Tenders District Council (MTDC). “We’ve known Jose Peralta since his time as a worker advocate; then through the years in the Assembly and Senate,” said MTDC PAC Director Mike McGuire. “A true friend of New York’s working men and women, Jose has had a hand in every significant piece of pro-worker legislation for the last decade. In these uncertain times, with Washington in turmoil, now more than ever we need legislators with the strength to stand up for New York State’s workers, for our immigrant populations and for the community as a whole.” Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400 x 144, or @reporter_ariel.

MAN SHOT DEAD IN TH 108 PCT. Police said that they are investigating the fatal shooting of a man outside a Woodside pharmacy shortly after midnight on Tuesday. Around 12:31 a.m., officers from the 108th Precinct responded to a 911 call of an unconscious man in front of a Duane Reade store, located at 60-02 Roosevelt Ave. Upon arrival, officers discovered the man, who was in his 40s, unconscious and unresponsive with gunshot wounds to his torso. Police have not yet released the man’s identity. EMS transported the victim to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made in the shooting and the investigation is ongoing. –Nathan Duke

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Around 9:30 a.m., the individual pulled a knife on a 32-year-old man inside of the Roosevelt Avenue subway station following a dispute. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. The individual was described as a Hispanic man who is believed to be between 40 and 50 years of age. He weighs approximately 200 pounds and was last seen wearing a black shirt and dark colored shorts. He was last seen carrying a black bag.

Around 1 p.m., the suspect exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl while on the Queens-bound platform in the J and Z train subway station at 75th Street and Elderts Lane. The suspect fled westbound on Jamaica Avenue. The individual is described as a five-foot-five-inch man with light skin who is believed to be in his 30s and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing black sneakers, grey shorts, a blue T-shirt, black hat and carrying a large brown paper bag with a McDonald’s logo on it.






PUBLIC LEWDNESS Police are searching for an individual who exposed himself to an underage girl inside of a Woodhaven train station on June 14.

Police said that they are searching for an individual who is wanted in connection with a series of robberies in South Richmond Hill and Jamaica in June. On June 6, the individual punched a 50-year-old man in the face around 10:40 p.m. in the vicinity of 134th Street and 107th Avenue in South Richmond Hill. The suspect removed the victim’s wallet, which contained $70 in cash and two credit cards. Then, on June 8, the individual punched a 56-yearold man in the face around 11 p.m. in front of 10460 121st St. in Jamaica. The individual removed the victim’s wallet, which contained $200 in cash and 10 credit cards. The suspect then fled southbound on 121st Street inside of a dark colored fourdoor sedan. On June 19 around 11:30 p.m., the individual punched a 51-year-old man in the back of the head in the vicinity of Liberty Avenue and 120th Street in South Richmond Hill and removed his cell phone and an undetermined amount of money. The suspect fled westbound on 107th Avenue inside of a dark colored four-door sedan. The suspect is described as a five-foot-eight-inch to five-foot-10-inch black man who was last seen wearing a dark colored baseball cap, black hooded sweater, white shirt, dark colored sweatpants and white sneakers. The suspect’s vehicle was a fourdoor Honda with a yellow New York license plate.

Police are searching for an individual who is wanted in connection with a robbery that took place in Rego Park on June 30. Around 2:20 p.m., the suspect approached a 59-year-old man, an on-duty parking garage attendant, inside of 92-77 Queens Blvd. and asked to take a vehicle. When the victim told him he couldn’t take a car, the suspect pulled out a handgun and told the victim he was taking one of the cars. The suspect then ran into one of the hallways in the garage to escape from the suspect, who then chased after the victim and struck him with a handgun. He tried to drag the victim back to the garage, but was unsuccessful. Once he was back inside of the garage, the suspect found a vehicle with the keys inside it and drove away westbound on Queens Boulevard. The victim suffered a laceration to his head and was treated on the scene by EMS. The suspect is described as a five-foot-seven-inch black man who is approximately 160 pounds and is believed to be 25 years old. He has a goatee and was last seen wearing a light colored Durag, white tank top, red shorts, black socks, black slippers and a dark colored backpack. The suspect drove off in a dark colored four-door Kia Sportage.


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Seventh Annual Trans-Latinx March Make the Road New York held its seventh annual Trans-Latinx March on Monday to show support for the borough’s transgender community in light of the 14 attacks that have taken place since last year’s march. The march’s leaders said that the event is meant to send a clear message that transgender people deserve equality. “We have to change the perspective people still have of trans-Latinx women, and that is why we marched today in this neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Chavez, a Make the Road member. “Our community needs to hear us, learn about us, and see we are humans too, with families and responsibilities. And just like everyone else, we deserve dignity and respect.” During the march, Councilman Francisco Moya (D-East Elmhurst) announced that the Answer Triangle, located at the in-

tersection of Aske Avenue, Roosevelt and Whitney Avenue in Jackson Heights, will be renamed Trans Latinx Triangle. “I’m so proud to announce that I’ve filed a request to co-name Answer Triangle on Roosevelt Avenue— the Christopher Street of Queens—to Trans-Latinx Triangle,” said Moya. “Answer Triangle got its name because of its border: Aske Avenue. Today, we’re constantly asking the question, ‘Who are we as a city, as a country?’ Are we a place that tolerates hate, transphobia and bigotry? Or are we a place that offers refuge to the oppressed where people are free to express themselves and their love however they want? Let this march and this space be the answer to that question. Let’s immortalize the Trans-Latinx Triangle as a symbol of love and acceptance in New York City.”

The Jamaica NOW Leadership Council is calling for input from those who work, play and live in the Jamaica area. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s Jamaica NOW initiative is aimed at revitalizing Downtown Jamaica. The council was formed last year by Katz as a way to oversee the progress of the initiative. “Our goal is to work with residents, business owners, property owners, community organizations and local government to establish one community brand and a story that we can all collectively support and employ in the efforts to celebrate our community,” the council wrote in an announcement for a survey to engage the community. The announcement of the survey is part of the launch of a branding and marketing campaign for Downtown Jamaica. State Sen. Leroy Comrie (D- St. Albans) sent out a message stating that Jamaica NOW is seeking “all of the many individuals who live, work, and play in Jamaica each and every day as they work to steer public and private investment in our community.” The council also wrote that “survey insights, along with stakeholder meetings, statistical reports, and workshops are key to developing a compelling brand and positioning strategy for Jamaica, Queens.” The survey is expected to take you about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. It can be taken here: https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/jamaicaqueens


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Movieworld Closes Despite community activism aimed at keeping it open, Douglaston’s family-friendly Movieworld theater closed its doors on July 2 after 35 years in business. The theater offered $2.50 movie tickets and threw a party for faithful customers after the last movie screened. Last year, a petition was started on to save the beloved theater. Over the past year, the petition garnered 1,639 signatures. J. Frank, who started the petition, wrote on the Change. org page, “This theater has been around since 1983 and is one of the last family friendly and most affordable theaters in New York City. We want to keep it running for our community. We do not need a Lowe’s home improvement store in its place; the extra traffic, trucks, and noise will disrupt the neighborhood.” In February, Community Board 11 voted 18-12 to approve a Board of Standards and Appeals variance, but on the condition that Lowe’s would work with the city’s Department of Transportation to enforce truck traffic rules on the surrounding plaza roads. In early June, Movieworld announced on its Facebook page that the theater would close. “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we must close our doors for good on July 3, 2018,” a note on the page read. “The landlord has exercised a clause in the lease that requires us to vacate within 30 days. We are not closing for any other reason than we are being required to under the terms of our original lease.” The post stated that construction on the new Lowe’s home improvement center will begin right away on the lower level of the shopping center. “We proudly stood as a place for all people to have an affordable and pleasant experience enjoying one of our nation’s greatest treasures, Hollywood. We have been searching for a new home, and will announce as soon as we find it. Our website, Facebook and Twitter account will remain open for any announcements, and to answer any questions.”


Gets $2M For Sport Complex Little Neck’s Samuel Field Y will be given $2.1 million to create a permanent sports complex in Bayside. The structure will be built in Bayside at the site of the temporary tennis bubble in the Samuel Field Y’s Bay Terrace Center. Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz each allocated $500,000 for the project, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson allocated $1.1 million. The new sports facility will be a 40,000-square-foot, climate-controlled space. It will have turfed fields for soccer, football, lacrosse and baseball practice, two to three basketball courts, a tennis court, and a fitness and wellness space. It was announced that the new space will be utilized by the Samuel Field Y’s pre-K, which can use the indoor recreation space during the colder months. It will also bring recreational opportunities to senior citizens, youth sports organizations and the special-needs community. “The creation of a year-round indoor sports and recreation facility in Bayside is transformational for the Samuel Field Y. It will allow us to expand our service offerings to the community and enhance our existing services,” said Lawrence Gottlieb, the chairman of the board of Samuel Field Y. Vallone noted, “This project has been talked about for years, and by working hand in hand with our speaker and borough president, we have made the dream of a permanent sports complex and community center a reality for Bayside and all of Northeast Queens.” “This will be a state-of-the-art recreational facility for the growing families of Northeast Queens,” said Katz. The Samuel Field Y, headquartered in Little Neck, serves more than 35,000 people annually with a wide variety of high-quality, accessible programs and services for all ages at more than 50 different sites throughout Queens. Its programs aim to meet the needs of the borough’s most vulnerable residents: those with disabilities, senior citizens and victims of domestic violence.

he iconic Flagship Diner announced this week that it would shut its doors after more than 50 years in business. The popular eatery debuted in 1965, serving traditional diner food to millions over the years. In 2016, the Briarwood mainstay was bought by White Rock Management, a real estate company that has said it plans to build a 64-unit apartment complex on the site. The diner’s owners—Vincent Pupplo, Jimmy Skartsiaris and Frank Lountzis— had originally planned to keep the diner open through the end of its 25-year lease, which would have been October 2019. But the owners alleged that White Rock attempted to force them out and, earlier this month, the diner’s partners agreed to a buyout package. “I want people to remember the diner like a second home, where there were friendships and families,” said Skartsiaris, who worked at the Flagship for 35 years. “We have lots of memories here. People proposed to their wives in the dining room; people had retirement parties here. I had one lady come all the way from New Jersey this week for her last supper. She said that she grew up here.” The diner will close its doors permanently around 4 p.m. on July 22. “We want to thank all of the customers who supported us for so many years,” Skartsiaris said. “This neighborhood was good to us.”


Missing Forest Hills Teenager Found A Forest Hills teenager who had been missing for two days has been returned to her parents, who had engaged in a social media blitz to find their daughter. Mikael “Mickey” Blume-Zacarias posted on Facebook that her daughter Jocelyn, 14, had gone missing on July 5. The status was re-posted to Facebook community pages and shared thousands of times. Police reported that the girl had been seen on July 5 at about 7:15 a.m. and was wearing a red baseball hat, red T-shirt and white sneakers. Just before Jocelyn was found, her mother posted on Facebook, “We are approaching night two without our girl home. I’m just praying that God is wrapping his safe loving arms around her until she can come home. I take comfort in knowing that Jocelyn developed her relationship with God

with the support of our St. Luke’s church family. I know that when she needs God, she knows she can call on him. As many prayers that are going up, she has to be OK at least.” When she was found, her mother wrote a post on Facebook thanking everyone who shared the posts, helped to organize search parties and posted missing fliers around the neighborhood. “Because of prayer, social media and having the flyers put up, we have our girl home safe tonight. Because of you! Tomorrow, our church [St. Luke’s in Forest Hills] is still hosting a service at 12 p.m. At this time, Jocelyn wants to go to say ‘thank you’ to everyone and she feels so loved and appreciative. We will not answer any questions, but we will celebrate life, love and community. Thank you again!”


Former Army Colonel Announces State Senate Bid On Monday in Glendale, Breezy Point resident Tom Sullivan announced his bid to unseat long-time incumbent state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in the 15th District. Sullivan is a former Army colonel who served multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Today he owns a small financial-services business. Sullivan was working on the 92nd floor of one of the World Trade centers on Sept. 11, 2001. Queens GOP Chairwoman Joann Ariola stated that Sullivan is credited with saving 40 lives that day. He also comes from a family with seven siblings who have served their country or city. Two of his siblings graduated from West Point, one of whom went on to a 25-year career in the Secret Service. Two other siblings work for the city as a firefighter and Port Authority officer respectively. Sullivan’s father is a retired city police officer. Sullivan and his wife raised their children in Queens and sent them to public school. In Glendale, Sullivan made his an-

nouncement in the company of Queens GOP supporters, family, friends and councilmen Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Robert Holden (D-Middle Village). “New Yorkers have had enough of the so-called progressive agenda that raises taxes and drives up the cost of living and divides our communities,” Ulrich said. “As our next state senator, we can count on Tom Sullivan to be our voice against the Cuomo [and] de Blasio policies that threaten the middle class. He’s battle tested, principled and the hardest-working person I know. Tom Sullivan has already served our country and now he’s ready to fight for us in Albany. We need Tom Sullivan in the state Senate.” Ariola stated, “I have endorsed many candidates in the past, but none with the record of service that Tom Sullivan has.” Holden, who unseated former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley last fall, said, “I was elected because I am not a career politician. One of the reasons I support Tom Sullivan is because he is not a career politician. He is a man of honor with an extensive service background.”



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who would benefit from these institutions only hurts them in the long run. “But when you only have a certain number of seats, [the DOE] hasn’t done their job in terms of one, preparing the kids; and two, ensuring that the ones that are prepared have a seat at these schools,” he said. The Queens Tribune reached out to the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, but did not receive a response in time for print.

Are We Failing To Find Talented Kids Early Enough To Help Them? Christine Osuji, pictured with her son Christophe, says the Mayor’s efforts to lower standards in order to diversify schools has a negative psychological impact.


continued from front cover A Mayoral Perspective For the de Blasio administration, specialized high school testing is an unneeded obstacle for youths. The three-hour exam, which examines a student’s proficiency in English and math and determines which of the eight schools students should attend if they qualify, is a decades-long practice in New York City. Tens of thousands of eighth-graders compete for one of the 5,000 seats available every year. According to the mayor, this part of the process needs to be overhauled completely. “The Specialized High School Admissions Test isn’t just flawed—it’s a roadblock to justice, progress and academic excellence,” he wrote in an oped for last month. While the mayor’s point is debatable, the numbers lean in his favor. This year, of the 5,000 seats offered to those who applied, only 470 of them were offered to black and Latino students. Considering that two of every three eighth-graders are children of color, the disparity is hard to ignore. One of the biggest issues during the admissions process, however, is communication and preparation in communities of color. The Department of Education (DOE) said that rather than identifying students who are gifted,

improving the conditions of elementary and middle schools citywide is the key, especially for districts whose quality of education has deteriorated over the years. “Through the city’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, we’re working to ensure high-quality options for every student,” DOE spokesman Will Mantell told the Queens Tribune. “That means giving students the foundation in elementary and middle school that they need to succeed at a specialized high school if they choose.” According to Mantell, there have been specified efforts to target specific age groups. The mayor’s universal pre-K initiative has been a part of trying to level the field for early-childhood education for all families, strengthening the foundations of education. For students in kindergarten through second grade, literacy is one of the main aspects upon which the city is trying to improve. For elementary school to seventh grade, the DOE wants to ensure that students are proficient enough in math to take algebra in eighth grade. Finally, through such programs as College Access for All and Single Shepherd offered in the South Bronx, the city is taking students in middle school to college campuses early to expose them to college life and career culture at a young age. This past school year, for example, 355 middle schools across 22 districts brought approximately 43,000

A map of New York City schools with Gifted and Talented programs. Courtesy: New York City Department of Education

seventh-graders to college campuses during the school year. While these programs are not accessible to all students yet, the DOE intends to roll them out in communities that would benefit from them in all five boroughs. According to the DOE, these are the tools students need to pass the specialized high school test (SHSAT) and qualify them for other forms of highschool–level specialized instruction, including Advanced Placement and college prep courses. All seven school districts in Queens offer Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs, and the city admits students based on a G&T admissions test. Students in kindergarten through second grade can take this test and be admitted to a school that offers the program either within their district or at one of many citywide programs. Setting Aside Seats While the DOE and mayor push for diversity in schools, educators and former students have viewed the issue through a different lens. Larry Cary, the president of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, said that the lack of diversity in schools is not an issue for which specialized high schools are responsible. “We are in favor of keeping the test as the sole mechanism of determining admissions,” he said.

“We believe that the test is a meritocratic and objective way of selecting kids for these schools.” According to Cary, using alternative measures to determine admissions would make the specialized high schools no different from nonspecialized selective schools, which use essays, interviews, letters of recommendation and other subjective elements. He believes that this would open the door to favoritism and subjectivity. He also said that the bill passed by the Assembly does not account for admitting minority children at Muslim, Jewish and private school institutions, instead leaving their chances of admission to a lottery. Cary said that a more effective way of ensuring diversity at these schools is giving kids of a certain economic, religious and racial background a second chance. “We are very much in favor of improving diversity,” he said. “At one time, 62 percent of Brooklyn Tech’s student body was black and Hispanic. We support the mayor’s proposal to set aside 20 percent of the seats in Discovery.” The Discovery program takes students who just missed the cutoff score of 90 on the specialized high school test, and gives them a chance to gain admission via a summer program. According to de Blasio, setting aside seats for students who are disadvantaged in some way would increase diversity significantly. “The Discovery program has been around for 50 years, but it fell out of favor for the city,” Cary said. He said that he and other active specialized high school alums have called for the program’s return, although they recommend that the city change its definition of “disadvantaged.” “You can have families whose kids would do well, but may not pass the test,” he said. “The current definition of ‘disadvantaged’ requires that that kid’s family be sufficiently poor to qualify for free or subsidized lunch. That excludes a two-person household. Let’s say a kid has a father who works at the MTA. He’s making $63,000 a year. No matter how many kids he has, his kid [hoping to attend a specialized high school] is not going to qualify for poverty. The current definition misses the opportunity to find that child and bring them into the Discovery program.” Expanding For Talented Kids Horace Davis is another New Yorker who is heavily involved in this issue. The Laurelton resident not only serves as vice president of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, but he has also dedicated thousands of hours of his free time to advocating for improved education in New York City through the Caribbean American Society of New York (CASONY) and other efforts. In 2014, he spoke to City Hall about diversity at specialized high schools and what could be done to increase it. “The issue that we have is an issue that is not going to be solved by eliminating the [specialized high school] test,” Davis said. “The issue is if our children and the education that they receive in our communities is not up to par and lacking, our children will fall behind. The reason why we have this issue right now is, I would say, we don’t have the Gifted and Talented programs in communities of color.” Although Queens has a G&T program in all of its districts, there are disparities among the districts. While such areas as school districts 24, 25 and 30 in western and northern Queens see up to six schools offering the competitive program, Southeast Queens has just one school offering the program per district. In other boroughs, such as the Bronx, school districts 12 and 7 have no schools that offer the program. The DOE told the Queens Tribune that it has plans to bring a new model of the G&T program to School District 29 in Southeast Queens. The program, which starts in third grade, is based on grades, test scores and teacher recommendations, rather than a single test. It is set to launch during the 2018-2019 school year. Davis also mentioned that the actual number of seats available to eighth-graders hoping to get into specialized high schools is fairly limited. Even with the addition of five new specialized high schools across the city, Davis said that there are still students performing at a high level who don’t get the opportunity to attend the city’s top schools. “Instead of trying to eliminate the test, what we should be doing is trying to increase the number of high schools and the number of seats that are available,” he said. “Those five specialized high schools are all performing at least equal to or better in terms of national ranking than the city’s original three. I think that says something right there.” Davis said that the lack of room for more students

Family Perspective The story of Bayside resident Christine Osuji paints a familiar picture to which many New York City families can relate. Osuji has high hopes of enrolling her 12-year-old son, Christophe, into one of the city’s specialized high schools. Osuji said that she, her husband and her son live in a good school district, District 26. She said that getting Christophe into a good school once he left middle school was crucial for him to stay competitive against children who grew up in their school district. “It was very important to me because my son is black,” Osuji said. “His father is Nigerian and I am a black American.” Osuji said that specialized-high-school prep testing is a given in School District 26, which is made up predominantly of Asian and white families. According to Osuji, most of Christophe’s peers are enrolled in some form of practice testing. These classes are available at numerous locales in the neighborhood, and students are often encouraged to join these classes as early as elementary school. “You don’t necessarily see that in black communities,” she said. In an effort to be proactive in her son’s future, Osuji also enrolled Christophe in weekend specialized-high-school prep. But instead of going to one of the many programs offered in her neighborhood, she decided to go to one of the only programs offered in the predominantly black Southeast Queens. “I thought it was very important for him to be in a preparatory program where he would be studying with kids and instructors who were like-minded and looked like him,” she said. “[It’s] held in the southern part of Jamaica, so it does take us some time to get there on a Saturday, but it is worthwhile because of the long-term impact that it is going to have on my son as he grows.” The three-and-a-half–hour class, which is offered through CASONY, assigns practice tests as homework and gives students valuable test-taking techniques, tutoring, mentorship and other invaluable resources that are not as readily available in Southeast Queens as they are in northern Queens. But she said that the extra weekend effort is a relatively small price to pay for the kind of attention Christophe is getting. Osuji said that the results she’s seeing from having her son in the test prep classes is proof that the issue is not the SHSAT itself. “I think there’s value in having the test,” she said. “I understand the mayor’s point, I really do: because he wants to diversify the population at these schools; because there isn’t enough representation. But there are some unintended consequences of that approach. He’s saying that in order to diversify these schools, in a sense, we have to lower standards. I think that has a negative psychological impact on people. Our students are very bright. Our students of color are very bright.” Like Davis, Osuji believes that the key would be to focus on the resources that are provided to middle schools across the city made up predominantly of students of color. “Really, that’s the issue,” he said. “If we had similar access, similar resources, these would not be an issue. Our students would be at similar levels as students who are white or Asian.” Envol Cooke, a Jamaica-born father of two in Brooklyn, said that his experience getting his daughter into a specialized high school was a tumultuous one. In his neighborhood of Parkville, which is predominantly black, Cooke did as much as he could to ensure that his daughter, Saige, had the best education she could get. He managed to get her into a neighborhood charter school for middle school. However, this was not enough to keep her on track for the city’s top schools. “The DOE was giving students at this school some prep work for the specialized high school test, but it just wasn’t enough,” he said. “It would go on for two weeks at most. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.” Upon looking for courses, Cooke found that local options were often too expensive for the family, leaving him no other choice but to go with an online option known as Test Prep SHSAT. The online alternative, complete with reachable instructors with whom parents can follow up, worked well for Saige. Last year, she passed the SHSAT with flying colors and was admitted to Brooklyn Tech. Cooke said he was so pleased with the progress he’s seen that he plans to have his son take the courses when he is of age, and currently has Saige taking Regents prep using the same program. Although Cooke’s story has a happy ending, both the economic and systemic hurdles he faced while trying to get his daughter into one of these courses are common for many middle-class families in New York. But even after dealing with that struggle firsthand, Cooke said that getting rid of the SHSAT would be a slap in the face to those who got into these schools the old-fashioned way. “They shouldn’t get rid of this test,” he said. “Why didn’t [de Blasio] try to get rid of this test while his son was in a specialized high school? Why water down our top schools? Why not better our public schools and hold them to better standard? These children work so hard to get into these schools.” Upon hearing about the mayor’s proposal, Cooke said Saige agreed that getting rid of the SHSAT would be a mistake. She said that she wants to know that her peers are the best that city schools have to offer. Ariel Hernandez contributed to this report.


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Bookies Unfazed As New York Edges Closer To Legalizing Sports Gambling By ARIEL HERNANDEZ

Don Garcia, a bookie, takes part in the shadowy world of sports gambling

on arcia first learned about sports betting in the 1 s. e was years old, en oyed the thrill and had an eye for the big bucks. ore than 3 years later, he still remembers the moment he knew he’d be a bookie. y pops and his two brothers were sitting in my grandma’s tight one-bedroom apartment living room. It was wintertime, There was no heat in the house. I was dressed in my hand-me-down long ohns, but my pops and my uncles were sweating. I wanted to tell my dad something, but as soon as I was about to say dad,’ my uncle Cesar screamed yeah’ and smacked my uncle ic on the head. y dad was pissed and called my uncle all kinds of names. The tension was real, so I was like, Nah I gotta stay for this.’ They were watching basketball, so every time someone on their team made a shot or did something good, they went crazy. y dad was losing, but out of nowhere his team came back and kicked my uncle’s ass. I don’t even remember who was playing. All I remember was my uncle ic taking a wad of cash out his pocket, giving most of it to my pops and keeping the rest. It was a wrap after that. I was in. arcia said that he would beg his father for permission to participate in the action. But he was only a child and had no money to put in, so his father made him do chores around the house for an allowance of per week. e would always tell me, This is not a

“It’s all about the money. I’m a hustler and this is my hustle.”

game,’ said arcia. e said first I have to learn how to make money then I have to learn how to manage it before I start sports betting. On my birthday when my dad said I could be a bettor, I was hyped. I had , 3 saved up and I lost it all in ust one week of sports betting. It was after that that I knew I was going to be a bookie. on’t get me wrong: Bettors make bank if they win. But that’s only if they win. Bookies get paid regardless, and if you’re a smart one like me, you are making serious bread in every game. The American aming Association estimates that 1 billion is gambled illegally on sports betting each year. ost of that money is through bookies like arcia, who has a ledger of accounts and tracks bets often made with text messages or phone calls, or in person. Unlike legal sports gambling where a bettor gives cash to an outlet and receives a ticket, a bookie ust tracks wins and losses and then settles up with his customers every few days. arcia said the manner in which he typically operates is to allow bettors to choose the winning team, with bets ranging from to , , depending on the intensity of the game. hile such amounts might appear low for a bookie, arcia said that, for example, if the eat play the nicks, he would typically have bettors lined up on both sides. There’s only two choices, said arcia. So, if I have five guys for the eat and one for the nicks, and the nicks lose, then it’s not that

big a win for the five eat bettors. In that case, arcia said he’d get a bigger cut if the nicks win. But even if the eat win, the money he collects from the losing bet on the nicks offsets the money he has to pay out to the eat bettors. uring bigger games, such as the NBA finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the olden State arriors, arcia said that many participants bet on the outcome. But others’ bets are more intricate, such as betting on the number of times that ebron James would make a three-point shot or would foul. It’s all about the money, said arcia. I’m a hustler and this is my hustle. arcia, similar to his uncle ic, works as a bookie for a living. e has a wife, children and other family members who depend on him. I know it’s off the books, but I need to do what I have to do to feed my family, said arcia. hy work a ob that I hate for a boss who treats me like shit, when I can work doing something I love that doesn’t hurt anybody and keeps my family happy ife for bookies may be about to change. The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the 1 rofessional and Amateur Sports rotection Act ( AS A) has cleared the way for all states to implement legal sports gambling. Since the ruling, several states have moved uickly in hopes of collecting on the billions of dollars estimated to be wagered


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illegally each year in states across the nation, including New York’s neighbor, New Jersey. However, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), the ranking member of the city’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, told the Queens Tribune that New Jersey had moved too quickly. “I don’t believe we should rush into it because Jersey is doing it,” he said. “So often we see that when Jersey rushes into something like with online gaming, it doesn’t quite do it right. Therefore, we don’t want to rush into something for our state and get it wrong. I’d

The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 12, 2018 rather we take our time and do it right as we look to protect the interest of the consumer and the integrity of the professional sport. Now that we won’t go back into session until January 2019, I think this gives us an ample amount of time to get the framework to do it right. And that’s working with our state’s gaming commission and certainly getting input from interested parties and doing it right.” Prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the city’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee held a hearing, during which it spoke to individuals, including Joe Asher, CEO of William

Hill’s U.S. business in Nevada. Addabbo said that New York is looking to Nevada for inspiration because that state has offered legalized sports betting since 1949 and has been “doing it right,” according to the Southeast Queens lawmaker. In addition to creating a contract for the companies that would operate sports betting, Addabbo said that there would also be a contract to hire an outside company with the job of protecting the integrity of the sport. Regardless of whether the law is changed in New York, Garcia said that he will not change

the way he does business and refuses to share his earnings with the state. “I have my own way of doing things,” said Garcia. “When they legalize sports betting, there’s going to be so many rules and regulations. There’s going to be new bookies, most likely operated and controlled by the city so much that it’s not even personal anymore, and it’s not going to be fun. This is fun to me. I make my rules. If a bettor doesn’t like the way I do business, we negotiate and create a relationship. There’s never beef. I take care of my people and my people take care of me.

“We haven’t figured out how to arrange bets, where licenses should go, should casinos get it, what lounges or parlors will be participating, will these sports bets take place online. These are all issues we need to work out.” The state is just going to turn it into another everyday job.” One person looking forward to the legalization of sports gambling is Pete, a bettor who works for the city. He began betting during his freshman year at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. “I was just chilling with some guys I met through my roommate, watching an NFL game,” said Pete. “I didn’t know any betting was going on until the game ended and I saw one of the guys giving 20 [dollar bills] to the other guys in the room. ‘That’s right, pass that down,’ one of the guys said. I felt out of the crew because I didn’t know what was going on and I didn’t get a $20 bill.” Pete said he asked his roommate later that night what had happened and his roommate, a sophomore, informed him that some college students earned extra cash through sports betting. “I started sports betting for the rest of my college years and have been doing it since,” said Pete. “But it’s not something I depend on, and I don’t participate in every sport. I keep it to the basics, like baseball, basketball, football, sometimes soccer. And I only bet on my team when I know they are playing against a team they have a reputation of winning against.” Pete said that he was on edge during the interview as his phone vibrated with updates from the game. “It’s just a side thing, but when you lose, man, it’s like a piece of pride goes with you,” said Pete. “It’s not just my money I’m betting on. I have faith in that team, so when they make a stupid move, that pisses me off. Pete told us his work with the city makes it challenging for him to participate in sports betting. He fears getting caught and possibly losing his job for participating in the currently illegal activity. “I love my job,” said Pete. “And don’t get me wrong: I obey the law in every other area. This is just fun for me and on my low-income days, this extra money helps. I just wish it was legal so that I won’t have to sneak around.” According to Addabbo, sports betting could become legal in New York in 2019. Moreover, unlike New Jersey, which overestimated the revenue for sports betting and ended up in a deficit, Addabbo said he can’t provide an estimate of how much the state would make by legalizing betting because “it’s revenue that we’ve never had before.” “We don’t want our state to go down this uncharted territory and do it wrong,” said Addabbo. e haven’t figured out how to arrange bets, where licenses should go, should casinos get it, what lounges or parlors will be participating, will these sports bets take place online. These are all issues we need to work out.”


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Timeline for Sports Betting in New York

1992 The Professional and Amateur Sport Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which is also known as the Bradley Act, was adopted to outlaw sports betting nationwide, excluding several states.


Voter Referendum A 2013 voter referendum authorized New York’s four commercial casinos to include sports betting, but also included provisions for sports betting, pending a change in federal law.


Supreme Court Overturns Prohibition In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a ban on sports betting, rendering PASPA unconstitutional, but leaving it up to individual states to determine whether sports betting should be legal. The Republican-led state Senate had wanted to pass a bill sponsored by Racing Committee chairman John Bonacic (R-Mount Hope), but the legislative body adjourned in June without passing the bill.




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MOVING THROUGH QUEENS A look at transportation issues around the borough

RECORD-LOW TRAFFIC FATALITIES THROUGH FIRST HALF OF 2018 TRAFFIC SIGNALS INSTALLED AT PS 11 By ARIEL HERNANDEZ Following months of Woodside residents’ and leaders’ calling on the city’s Department of Transportation ( OT) to install traffic-safety measures near S 11, the agency has now added traffic signals at the location. The signals are expected to make crossing Skillman Avenue and th Street safer for hundreds of children who attend the school, located at - Skillman Ave., and cross the street every day. Councilman Jimmy an Bramer ( -Sunnyside) led the fight for the traffic signals after being informed by members of the school’s arent Teacher Association (PTA) that no crosswalks or stop signs had been put into place near the school’s new entrance, which was created for the 1 - 1 school year as part of its renovation and expansion. It is absolutely clear to me that the streets at PS 11 are a clear danger to the hundreds of children who walk to school every single day,” an Bramer said. These streets, especially crossing Skillman Avenue, are a crash waiting to happen. e cannot wait for a child to be in ured or lose their life before we act. e have made great strides on Vision Zero as a

city—reducing crashes and fatalities across the city—but until no child dies tragically on our streets, we can and we must do better. On Friday, Van Bramer, Community Board , and parents and students from S 11 were oined by the OT’s ueens borough commissioner, Nicole Garcia, to announce that two new traffic signals, which provide a countdown for the children to cross safely, have been completed in time for the 1 1 school year. I am thrilled that the epartment of Transportation has agreed to install these necessary signals and crosswalks in front of PS 11,” said an Bramer. ision ero means that we need to see dangerous areas and prevent potential fatalities before it’s too late. This signal means that before the start of summer school, the children here will be protected. According to Garcia, the new signals increase safety both for children and seniors who cross the street at the intersection.


drivers. A person’s driver’s license only needs to be renewed every eight years with no retesting for older individuals other than passing a vision exam. e added that, simply passing a vision exam is an extremely low standard for a person to maintain their privilege to drive. A person’s memory (i.e. individuals suffering from dementia) and reaction time must also be assessed during the license renewal process. Individuals over must be able to demonstrate that they can continue to remain safe on the road. o also believes that it is possible that as the Baby Boomer generation gets older, there could be an increase in car crashes. State Sen. Tony Avella ( -Bayside), who represents Whitestone, said that he is aware of the petition and is looking to set up a meeting with the AA and Automobile Association of American to discuss the proposed legislation. Avella said that whenever a segment of the population, such as seniors, is singled out, legislators can run into constitutional issues. e noted that when the elderly population is singled out, the AA is always against it. Avella said that he reached out to the AARP shortly after the incident. e hopes to set up a meeting with the organization’s representatives in the next two weeks. e added that he has yet to reach out to Sershen’s family, but intends to include them in the conversation. In a statement, AA New York State irector Beth inkel said, e are all responsible for keeping up our skills and monitoring our loved ones’ driving—old and young, parents or adult children. Safety should be the first priority for license renewals. eople should renew their licenses regularly and in person, and signs that a person’s driving might be impaired should be identified and evaluated. inkel added that AA supports safer driving, including regular retesting of all drivers regardless of age. She also said that the AA offers driver-safety courses to refresh driving skills, and that the courses can be taken in a classroom or online. She pointed out that the AARP has resources to “help adult children talk to their loved ones about hanging up the keys.’

By JON CRONIN, EDITOR A petition asking for legislation to force residents over years of age to get retested for their driver’s licenses every two years has garnered nearly 11, signatures. The petition calls for those over the age of to renew their licenses every eight years as well as undergo an eye exam and have their reaction time checked. The idea for the legislation stemmed from the death of 1 -year-old adeline Sershen, who was killed in hitestone on June in a crosswalk when an -year-old driver allegedly ran a red light. The incident occurred at 1 th Avenue and Utopia arkway. According to police, Sheila ahn- rager, , was arrested. Sershen was taken to New York resbyterian- ueens ospital, where she was pronounced dead. Julian o, a hitestone resident, started the petition. e said that his wife was taking their son to the playground behind S in hitestone when she arrived upon the scene of the incident on June . addie’s death could have been prevented, o wrote on the petition’s page. Unlike many other states, New York State currently does not have specific provisions for older

By MICHAEL GARETH JOHNSON ighty-one people died in traffic accidents through the first six months of the year in New York City, the lowest-ever six-month period since records have been held. The biggest declines were in the number of motor vehicle deaths and cyclist fatalities. edestrian deaths remained at , the same as the last six months of 1 . Elected leaders point to the implementation of speed cameras as the key factor in the success in reducing traffic deaths. egislation renewing and expanding the program from 1 to cameras in schools zones failed to pass the epublican-controlled state Senate before lawmakers left for the session. Councilman Costa Constantinides ( -Astoria) is one of the many elected officials calling on the state Senate to

reconvene and pass an extension before the existing law expires at the end of the month. The numbers demonstrate ision ero is working. art of our e uation here has been speed cameras, a proven deterrent for reckless driving, especially in school zones. The state Senate needs to stop playing politics and ensure these life-saving devices continue protecting our communities,” Constantinides said. According to the epartment of Transportation, percent of deaths and severe in uries occurred in locations where there are no speed cameras. Overall, traffic fatalities have declined for four consecutive years since ayor Bill de Blasio implemented the Vision Zero policy.

Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400 x 144, or @reporter_ariel.

BIKE SHARING TO DEBUT IN ROCKAWAYS IN JULY By NATHAN DUKE A dockless bike-sharing pilot program that will place hundreds of bicycles in several city neighborhoods is expected to debut in the ockaways by mid-July, according to the city’s epartment of Transportation ( OT). On July 3, the OT announced that the bicycles are expected to arrive in the Rockaways, central Bronx and Staten Island this month, while the program will debut in Coney Island later this year. The companies that will provide the bicycles include ime, otivate, ofo and ace, and the bikes will be supplemented in each community by pedal-assist models offered by ime and JU . ach of the five selected companies are leaders in this emerging field, and in the course of the pilot, we will see how they perform in diverse New York City neighborhoods that have never before seen bike share, OT Commissioner olly Trottenberg said. e strongly encourage New Yorkers to get out this month to explore some great neighborhoods by bike, and give us feedback on their dockless experience. The participating companies in the pilot program are pending fi nal approval, but all five have signed contracts with the OT that obligate them to provide bikes to specific communities. Under a rule adopted in late June by the OT, the two companies offering pedal-assist dockless bikes in the program can be operational after July , which is the date when the rule clarifying pedal-assist bikes’ legal status goes into effect. ace and ime are expected to provide bicycles for the ockaways. Allowing residents to rent bike shares for

low prices will provide greater access to the ockaways’ amazing beaches and everything the peninsula has to offer, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo ( - oward Beach) said. I believe this pilot program is also a great way to get some cars off the road and help protect our environment. In June, the OT visited the four outer boroughs to present plans and establish boundaries for the pilot program. uring the consultation process, the agency expanded the Rockaways’ pilot area to include the entire peninsula. ventually, each neighborhood will have a minimum of bikes that must remain within its boundaries during the course of the pilot program. While each company’s prices will vary, dockless models typically rent bikes in 3 -minute increments via app on a mobile phone for 1 to per ride. During the course of the pilot program, the OT will evaluate the companies’ compliance with re uirements regarding data accessibility and user privacy as well as the safety, availability and durability of the bicycles. In the evaluation period, the city will also determine the possible implementation of pilot programs in other geographic areas in the five boroughs. esidents in outer-borough communities are starving for transportation options, and dockless bike share can help to fi ll the void, said Councilman ric Ulrich ( -Ozone ark). As a vocal advocate for the expansion of public bike sharing, I am thrilled the OT is bringing affordable and eco-friendly bike sharing to geographically isolated neighborhoods like the ockaways.


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MTA SERVICE CHANGES On Friday and Saturday, 7 trains will board at the Flushing-bound platform at the Hunters Point Avenue and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue stations from 12:40 a.m. to 5 a.m. to allow for signal maintenance.

From 12:01 a.m. on July 14 to 5 a.m. on July 16, F trains will run local in both directions in Queens. To allow for station enhancements, Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line after 47-50 streets in Manhattan to Roosevelt Avenue between 9:45 p.m. on July 13 to 5 a.m. on July 16.

Until Sept. 3, there will be no A trains running to Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue and no S Rockaway Park Shuttle service at Broad Channel.

Due to station enhancements, the N and W trains’ Broadway and 39th Avenue stations are closed until February. There will be no N trains between Times Square and Ditmars Boulevard from 11 p.m. on July 13 to 5 a.m. on July 16 due to track maintenance.

To allow for electrical improvements, E trains will run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and 71st Avenue in Queens from 12:01 a.m. on July 14 to 5 a.m. on July 16. Also, Jamaica Center-bound E trains will skip Spring Street and 23rd Street in Manhattan between 9:45 p.m. on July 13 and 5 a.m. on July 16.

R trains will skip Queens Plaza in both directions on July 14 and 15 due to track maintenance. The J train’s Jamaica Center-bound 121st Street station platform is closed due to station renovation.




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The city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) held its first nnyside ard teering Committee meeting last week, during which its members spoke about the future of western Queens, including the advancement of transportation solutions and neighborhood services. During the meeting, the role of the committee was also clarified. The committee and local elected officials will play a critical advisory role in establishing priorities for long-term comprehensive plans and the hase 1 pro ect determining key content areas for public engagement focus meeting uarterly to review progress in achieving key milestones ensuring community priorities are front and center in the planning process and providing critical content-area guidance to the consultant team. The committee includes a wide range of both citywide and local stakeholders, including elected officials, local community leaders, organizations and institutions that bring vast knowledge and experience to the table, said Cali illiams, the C’s director of Sunnyside Yard. e are confident that the steering committee will help create an inclusive plan that could deliver on good obs, affordable housing, open space and improved public transit in western ueens. This is ust the start of a conversation, and we look forward to engaging New Yorkers in envisioning this uni ue site. The C and Amtrak chose city-based ractice for Architecture and Urbanism as the lead consultant to develop the master plan for Sunnyside, in addition to other engineers and technical and community engagement experts. arlier this year, the conomic evelopment Corporation announced the creation of a Sunnyside Yard Steering Committee, which caused an uproar from western ueens’ local

elected officials, who said that they had not been included in the process of creating the committee. e are deeply alarmed by the city’s decision to move forward with plans to build a massive residential and commercial development in Sunnyside Yard without seeking ade uate community input or establishing sufficient infrastructure and transit options for local residents who will be impacted by the pro ect, read a statement by U.S. ep. Joseph Crowley ( -Jackson eights) state Sen. ichael ianaris ( -Astoria) Councilman Jimmy an Bramer ( -Sunnyside) and Assembly members Aravella Simotas ( -Astoria), Brian Barnwell ( - aspeth) and Cathy Nolan ( - ong Island City). If the city accelerates the Sunnyside Yard pro ect without seeking community input, it will only further contribute to the affordability and public transit crises that have created chaos for New Yorkers. e urge the city to cease development of this pro ect until our voices and concerns have been fully considered. The C told the Queens Tribune that there would be future opportunities for elected officials and stakeholders to engage in the pro ect. In addition to hosting public meetings and workshops and attending civic meetings, the committee will meet uarterly over the 1 -month process. Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400 x 144, or @ reporter_ariel.

Sunnyside Yards view looking west toward Manhattan

The Steering Committee is expected to meet continually for the next 18 months.

SUNNYSIDE YARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Elizabeth Lusskin President of the Long Island City Partnership Sharon Greenberger President and CEO of YMCA of Greater NY Alicia Glen Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Tony Coscia Chairman of the Board, Amtrak Angela Pinsky Executive Director, Association for Better New York April Simpson President, Queensbridge NYCHA Tenants Association Bob LaCroix Retired, Amtrak Carlo Scissura President and CEO, Building Congress Dean Devita Secretary-Treasurer, National Conference of Firemen & Oilers Deborah Alexander Co-President, Community Education Council 30 Denise Keehan-Smith Chair, Community Board 2 Elizabeth Erion and Gerry Caliendo Land Use Committee Chair, Community Board 1 Felix Ciampa Executive Director, Urban Land Institute New York Gail Mellow President, LaGuardia Community College Gary LaBarbera President, Building and Construction Trades Council George Stamatiades President, Dutch Kills Civic Association

Holly Leicht EVP, Real Estate and Planning, Empire State Development Jaime-Faye Bean Executive Director, Sunnyside Shines BID Janno N. Lieber Chief Development Officer, MTA Jonathan Bowles Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future Judy Zangwill Executive Director, Sunnyside Community Services Lisa Deller Land Use Committee Chair, Community Board 2 Lynne Sagalyn Professor, Columbia University Marie Torniali President, Steinway Astoria Partnership BID Mary Ceruti Executive Director and Chief Curator, SculptureCenter Melissa Orlando Executive Director and Founder, Access Queens Mitchell Moss Director of Rudin Center, NYU Pedro Gomez President, Court Square Civic Sheila Lewandowski Member, LIC Cultural Alliance Sylvia White Co-Chair, Justice for All Coalition Thomas J. Grech President & Chief Executive Officer, Queens Chamber of Commerce Tom Wright President, Regional Plan Association

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Staycation 2018


Couple of White Chairs on a Pier Facing a Beautiful Lake. Finger Lakes, Upstate New York

We are getting into the dog days of summer. Last week, Queens suffered through the first heat wave of the year, with the temperature hitting triple digits on some occasions. So, like many residents, you might be looking to get away for an extended weekend. One place to consider is the Hudson Valley. The Queens Tribune reached out to Hudson Valley magazine to give us a roundup of some of the food festivals and other fun activities that are just a short drive from the borough.



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HERE’S WHERE TO GET YOUR FOOD TRUCK FIX THIS SUMMER Visit these Hudson Valley festivals for a tasty meal on wheels. Come summer in the Hudson Valley, festivals and food trucks are inseparable. When it comes down to it, the combination makes perfect sense. Why bother leaving the party when food trucks can deliver gourmet eats onsite? Since the Hudson Valley plays host to an ever-growing list of four-wheeling vendors, expect to see more than a few of the roaming vehicles as you hop from one fest to the next. If you’re a true food truck devotee, however, you’ll be sure to bookmark these events for guaranteed truck sightings (and eating) all season long.

Farmers & chefs truck at the warwick food truck festival / photo by mary-ellen kerr



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Hudson Valley Putnam Friday Night Ribfest County Wine Food Trucks and Food Fest

Dutchess Burger & Dragon Boat Beer Bash Race & Festival

The 14th annual Hudson Valley Ribfest takes over the Ulster County Fairgrounds in mid-August for a full weekend of ribs, ribs, and more ribs. Expect to see a number of local food trucks serving up their best barbeque bites over the course of the event. If you love meat and summertime eats, you need to score a ticket to this event.

Millbrook Winery knows how to do summer right. The vineyard rings in the start of the weekend with its recurring Friday series. Enjoy $5/ glass tap wine as you play cornhole and bocce with friends and family. On the food truck front, expect to see a rotating selection until the end of August. Keep an eye out for Frites of NY, Farmers and Chefs, and The Grille Wagon, to name only a few.

As one of the Hudson Valley’s more unique events, the Dragon Boat Race attracts a serious crowd. Watch the competition on the water while you sway to the music and catch dance performances on the land. With so much to do, it only makes sense that local food trucks show up to feed hungry attendees. The full line-up of vendors has not been announced yet, but expect top regional trucks to make an appearance.

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t include our iconic Burger & Beer Bash. Hudson Valley Magazine’s annual hamburger showdown may be all about the beef, but our food trucks are the secret shining stars of the occasion. Do yourself a favor and make a beeline for Eddie’s Churro Factory, which serves up mouthwatering versions of its namesake confection. It’s the perfect way to balance out the savory flavors that define the day.

Fridays until Aug 31, 5-8 p.m. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 26 Wing Rd, Millbrook

July 21, 9 a.m. Hudson River Rowing Association 270 N Water St, Poughkeepsie

August 9, 6-10 p.m. Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls

Aug 17-19 Ulster County Fairgrounds 249 Libertyville Rd, New Paltz

For its eighth annual Wine and Food Fest, Putnam Country rounds up the best wine, sprits, and food makers in the Hudson Valley for an epic culinary celebration. Keep an eye out for new vendor announcements on the event’s Facebook page. As of press time, Pag’s, a Paglia Hospitality food truck, is confirmed for a spot at the fest. Patterson Fire Department August 25-26, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Patterson Fire Department 13 Burdick Rd, Patterson


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WINE DOWN YOUR WEEKEND Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery

Applewood Winery

Baldwin Vineyards

Brimstone Hill

A visit to Brotherhood is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the perfect blending of a rich historical past with a modern day present. Our famous tour and tasting will take you underground into our cavernous cellars, where we will share our history behind 179 years of winemaking. The Brotherhood Village offers seasonal events with live music, an eclectic gift shop, dining at the Vinum Café, as well as the perfect destination for a wedding or corporate event in the Grand Monarque Hall.

Located in the lower Hudson Valley next to a beautiful lake. We’re also the home of the Naked Flock brand of Hard Cider and Meads. We have over a dozen wines to sample and specialty Ciders & Meads to enjoy by the bottle, glass or pint. Enjoy Applewood fired pizzas from our cafe. Try a cocktail made with our Vodka and Gin distilled from apples. Live music weekends April-Nov. Check our website for special events on weekends.

Taste our award-winning wines including Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Strawberry wine, Brut Sparkling Wine, Port and Raspberry Wine. Our Spiced Apple wine, made from local Hudson Valley apples, has been honored as Best Fruit Wine and awarded double Gold medals in NYS and International competitions. Live Music, games, WiFi, and large screen TVs, relaxed atmosphere. Stop by for a day filled with great memories and delicious wine.

Brimstone Hill is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery where the visitor can frequently talk to the winemaker. Owner/ winemaker Richard Eldridge, is often on hand in the tasting room. We are dedicated to the production of quality, handcrafted wines in the French tradition. All our wines are made on premises, and most of the grapes used generally come from our own vineyards. Although we take great pride in all our wines, we are especially known for our dry red wines and our sweeter whites.

82 Four Corners Road • Warwick, NY 10990 845.988.9292 • March-Aug: Wed-Sun 11am- 5pm SeptOct: Daily 11am-5pm Nov-Dec: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm Closed Jan and Feb

176 Hardenburgh Road • Pine Bush, NY 12566 845.744.2226 • baldwinvineyards. com Closed Jan, Feb and March April-Dec: Thurs- Mon 12pm-5pm or by appointment. Sat 12pm-6pm. Closed Tue-Wed / Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive • Washingtonville, NY 10992 845.496.3661• Jan-March: Fri, Sat, Sun 11am-5pm April-Dec: Sun thru Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-7pm

61 Brimstone Hill Road • Pine Bush, NY 12566 845.744.2231 • Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend: Fri thru Mon, 11:30am5:30pm (closed Tues, Wed & Thurs). Remainder of the year, including winter months, open Sat & Sun, 11:30am-5:30pm

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El Paso Winery

Palaia Vineyards

Stoutridge Vineyard

Whitecliff Vineyard

Owner Felipe Beltra produces clean country wines from a variety of grapes, including Seyval Blanc and Concord. He makes and sells all of his wines, which range from dry to sweet, by Christmas. Established in 1981, Beltra was given help by Ernest Herzog, owner of Royal Kedem Winery, to purchase a barn that was sitting idle on the company’s property. This 150-year-old barn now houses El Paso production. El Paso is found on Route 9W four miles south of Kingston.

Groovy tasting room in a 200 year old barn on 10 acres of vineyards and a beautiful view from the picnic area and stage. We make our own wines with NYS grapes as well as from our vineyards. Full Pub Style Food menu available weekends, limited menu during the week. Craft NYS Beer & Cider on Tap, wine slushies, hot mulled wine in season. Live music every weekend, open late Fridays and Saturdays. Relax, feel the vibe, listen to some great music and enjoy life with us. We are the Hudson Valley’s Hippie

A state of the art winery & distillery built on the historical foundations of a turn of the century winery and prohibition era distillery. We focus on sustainability and among other things generate all of our electrical needs via the solar panels. We gently make our award-winning wines using gravity rather than pumps and without filtering or adding any chemicals. Our mature, food-friendly wines are reminiscent of the local wines of Europe. Come visit our beautiful and secluded vineyard setting and enjoy the taste of the Hudson Valley

We focus our energy on wine quality, and look forward to sharing our wine knowledge and beautiful 26-acre vineyard site with you on your visits here. Our 30+ years of planting and experimenting in the vineyard and the wine cellar have shaped a winery with deep roots in the region’s traditions, producing vegan wines that offer variety, depth, and serious fun. In 2010 we made Hudson Valley wine history by taking Best White Wine in Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition!

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In Their Words

Queens Dreams

Hina Naveed and Carlos Vargas Photojournalist Sasha Moslov has been traveling around the country, capturing the first hand accounts of Dreamers and asking them to tell their stories in their own words. The Queens Tribune will be periodically featuring some of these stories. We start with the story of Hina Naveed and Carlos Vargas, who are currently attending CUNY Law in Long Island City.


y name is Hina Naveed, I was born on May thirteenth, 1990 in Pakistan. I grew up in Dubai until I was about ten years old and then my family immigrated to the U.S., seeking medical treatment for my older sister. When she was about eleven and a half she started limping and that set off a full set of medical tests. She was diagnosed with AVM which is arteriovenous malformation. So, the veins and the arteries in her brain instead of being smooth like highways are like a knotted ball of yarn which is susceptible to stroke, as well as other medical complications. The doctors in Dubai told my parents that my sister didn’t have much longer to live, that we should just to keep her comfortable and that’s it. My dad refusing to take that final answer did a lot of research. We were very fortunate to be able to have the resources to immigrate to the U.S., specifically to ong Island. y dad was able to find a hospital with doctors that specialize in giving care to the type of condition that my sister had. And my name is Carlos Vargas and I was born in Puebla, Mexico and I came to the U.S. at the age of 4. My father passed away a few months before I was born, so I never got to meet him. So my mom has always been the father figure for me up until now. My older siblings, uncles and cousins already lived in the U.S. Hina: Coming to the U.S. my earliest memory was when we arrived and seeing snow for the first time. It was January 1, seeing this white uff y stuff everywhere and just kind of diving into it head first. That’s what I remember. Of course, the main reason for us coming here was to treat my sister. Through the course of treatment, we moved from New York to Massachusetts because my sister was transferred to Boston’s Children Medical Center. During our move from New York to Massachusetts, we unfortunately found out a lawyer misfi led our paperwork. As a result we fell out of status. My dad had gone to my sister’s doctor and informed her that we would have to go back to Dubai because of some paperwork. The doctors told him that any interruptions in my sister’s treatment would be detrimental to her well-being and could reverse any progress that had been made. So, he made the decision to overstay our visa and remain in the US. Any parent would. Carlos: And my most vivid memory is me being in school uniform, and I believe cutting food with a plastic knife and then in comes mom saying “We’re gonna leave school now”. I automatically thought “Great I’m going to go home”. But instead of going home we took a bus to Tijuana, which is the U.S./Mexico border. Now that I think about it, I remember my mom holding me over her shoulders as we were crossing the U.S./ Mexico border through the desert. I remember she slipped and fell. I can hear her heavy breathing… I was just four


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In Their Words

The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 12, 2018 years old, I didn’t know what was happening. rom San iego we took a plane ride to New York. I remember when we arrived in California, a cousin of mine was saying, Oh we’re gonna go to isneyland and that’s the purpose of you coming here . I was pretty excited. Hina: rowing up I lived in New York for the first couple of years and then moved to assachusetts where I went to middle school and then high school. That is where I experienced my assimilating into the community. I lived in a predominantly Portuguese neighborhood with a community that shared values that were very similar to my akistani values and upbringing. So, it wasn’t difficult to assimilate because living in a city of immigrants we all had the same values. Carlos: hen we arrived to New York city we first settled in the Bronx. y mom said This is why I brought my children to the U.S., for a better life. But the Bronx at the time was a little different than it is now and later we were able to find a home and an apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Brighton Beach had a lot of immigrants from ussia, akistan, India, exico... so we felt in a sense at home. Hina: I was very fortunate that growing up my parents were very open with us. or us our immigration status wasn’t really a surprise. y parents ust kind of sat us all down together. They told us this is what we’re doing. This is the decision we’re making, and these are the conse uences that will follow. So, don’t get in trouble. on’t y above the radar ust kind of be the best person you can be. At the time I was eleven and a half or twelve and it didn’t have much impact on me. It wouldn’t really hit me until much later in high school when my peers were meeting these social milestones that I ust couldn’t meet. I had to get creative with the stories I told, like I’m uslim they don’t let me drive. I think I felt it the most my senior year because I graduated at the top of my class. That’s number two out of more than three hundred students, and I wasn’t able to go to college or explore the educational opportunities that I fought so hard for. It felt like it didn’t matter how hard I tried or how good and smart I was. At the end of the day, I didn’t have the nine-digit access code to American life and that was disappointing and also disheartening. So, within two days of my graduation from high school, I moved to New York and my dad took me to the local community college. I got accepted right on the spot and I was so shocked so excited to start my education because at that point I thought I wouldn’t have been able to go to college. ven though college ended up being it’s own ourney and full of trials due to my immigration status, I was felt like I got my life on track and could fight to become the best person I could be with or without an immigration status. Carlos: hen I first got here we knew we were undocumented. My mother clearly stated that e don’t have an immigration status, we don’t have papers. I didn’t really understand what that meant I ust knew that I had to keep my nose clean, go to school, study. Because I lived in a heavily populated immigrant community I experienced deportations firsthand. ike some of my friends parents who would never came home. I never understood that. But, I did live with a fear that one day my mom wouldn’t be able to pick me up from school. It didn’t really affect me, I was ust hoping my mother would be there every day and fortunately she was. A lot of the friends that we shared apartments with sometimes never made it home. They were like ey, I am being deported, I’m in a detention center . So that fear has always been there throughout my life. At the age of thirteen, I couldn’t see my mother working multiple obs, collecting cans and babysitting. I decided to do my part and got a ob at a restaurant. I was a busboy working at thirteen and fourteen years old, coming home at one o’clock in the morning. Then waking up at o’clock, preparing myself to go to school and doing it over again. I guess until I started needing to drive my status didn’t affect me as much. I couldn’t get a driver’s license in high school. I didn’t see college as an option for me, so I thought this is gonna be my future. After high school I ust took a pause, I didn’t enroll in college until the age of twenty-seven where it took me seven years to complete a Bachelor’s. It wasn’t because I didn’t have the brains for it, I ust felt that the traditional academic pathway wasn’t for me. It wasn’t until my brother Ceasar graduated from college that I said to myself if my brother could do it, why can’t I Hina: Because of my sisters’ ourney through the healthcare system I was always passionate about pursuing a career in healthcare. Initially, it was pre-med but due to financial reasons, I knew that wasn’t a possibility. So, when I looked into nursing that was something that I was really inspired by and I remembered the impact that the nurses had on my family. So, I took the necessary prere uisites I went to the nursing department and took the test to get in. I had a great A and was then told that I couldn’t apply because I didn’t have a social security number. I didn’t have a status and there was a rule in place that prevented anyone who didn’t have one from even applying. I was really disappointed, and they said, You know your score only last two semesters, so if you’re able to ad ust your sta-

tus let us know’. ortunately, what happened next, on June fifteenth, President Obama made the announcement of ACA. y older brother at the time was volunteering at a local immigrant rights association and he told me about it. I did my application, my sister’s application and my younger brothers’ application. e were so excited to get all of our documents together. It took us the longest time to get all of our tax returns, paperwork and report cards. I remember taking two buses to get to a local center in Bay idge called Arab American Association of New York, which had free legal services. About a week before my score would expire I got my ACA card and my authorization. I rushed to the school and presented my documentation. I said, I can apply, my score is still valid and because of that, a couple of weeks later I got accepted into the nursing

Immigration Coalition and they placed me in that location because I lived on Staten Island. y first assignment was to research Carlos’s brother Ceasar who was doing a lot of activism. e was working in immigrant rights and the first pro ect was to start a youth group of undocumented individuals, as well as allies to partner with in Staten Island. To have a kind of safe space for them. I then had a meeting later in the week with his brother and after that meeting, we had decided on the following Saturday to bring together all of the contacts that we have in the community. The immigrant rights organization called l Centro hosted it. e were going to run the meeting together to kind of ust have an open forum where people talked about what their needs are, share their story etc. Up until that point, I was very private about my story. It was not something I was comfortable shar-


cating for the community. And I think a lot of the immigration laws are very outdated and need to be changed. Hina: I feel that true power and strength comes from our communities. I think that policies for a long time have not always reected the needs of the immigrant community. But the strength that comes from these communities really helps people survive and thrive. or me, we survived and thrived before ACA. e owned houses, started businesses and got our education. I was already in college, so I had a life before. ACA helped a lot not to minimize the work permit, being out of the shadows and all that. But now things are very uncertain again. In terms of the future, I knew when Trump got elected there were going to be conse uences. At that time we said, e ust need to protect

“We’re Americans in every way, in our mind and in our hearts. We are American in ev ery way but one, right? On paper.”

program. I really experienced instant results from getting ACA and that it determined the path I took from there on. Carlos: y older brother was involved in the immigrant movement. That was around . uring that time, I was what we call in the shadows within the immigrant rights community where we were very shy and didn’t tell people our immigration status. My brother saw young people on television screaming out, Undocumented, unafraid and he got involved. or me, at that time I was undocumented but afraid. So, I see my brother taking this ourney and stepping out of the shadows and being really open. It encouraged me to say if my brother can do it, why can’t I In 1 he invited me to ashington .C. where the ream Act was being voted on and I really didn’t understand what that meant back then. I do remember walking into a room where there were hundreds of young people like myself were crying. I later found out that the ream Act failed by four votes. y older brother got to speak while everyone was mourning, distressed and ust let down. I don’t remember the speech in detail, but he did say, Today we are victorious, and our fight continues. This is ust the first step to something greater . I think from there seeing everyone get up and say Yes, you know what e will continue our fight allowed me to get involved, attending rallies and organizing. In 1 , we were pressuring the president. e knew that something was gonna come out of it. In the morning I was working at a restaurant and the president got on T . e talked about reamers and I didn’t really pay too much attention. e talked about eferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and that caught my attention. On a small black and white television in the kitchen, where people are cooking, and he mentions that he’s gonna allow for two-year work permits. or me, that meant it was going to be my pathway, to be a part of this country’s society that I know as home. So, from there, my brother organized a clinic where we were preparing documents for potential ACA applicants. The application was announced on June 1 th and folks were able to apply in August. In August I did not wait and submitted my application. A lot of young people and community members were afraid that we were submitting our paperwork to immigration. I didn’t hesitate. or me, it ust meant I was going to change my life and take the risk. Hina: About years ago I was volunteering at a local immigrant rights association in Staten Island. I had a fellowship from New York

ing. So that first Saturday, when we all met, Ceasar brought Carlos to the meeting and that’s when we first met each other. I remember at that time I had applied for ACA, but I hadn’t got my work authorization yet. Carlos had already gotten his work authorization and his license. I remember him kind of ust sharing it saying, ike look I applied, I got this and me ust being so excited that I would get mine too. Subse uently, we co-founded the Staten Island ream Coalition, which was really started out as an interest in a safe place for people to ust come together. Then it turned into workshops to empower other youth to share their stories, to really take control of the narrative. Then it turned into a ACA Clinic helping people apply and showing people how, once they get their work authorization, what to do next. ow do they get their social security number ow do they get their license hat schools can they apply to Because we were living it we were able to do these workshops and conduct this outreach so much more effectively. e were a little bit older and the people that were coming in were a bit younger it was a really fresh dynamic. e were able to get a lot of work done. Together we organized lobbying visits to C and to Albany. So, we were getting civically engaged and getting these youth civically engaged as well. eally exercising our power, where people previously believed they’re undocumented and didn’t have any power. To know that you can come together with allies and really push the elected officials to represent you, or your ally would not vote for them, was very empowering and that’s where we started working together. Carlos: I was able to graduate college after seven years because I had to work twelve hours a day and then make it to school. Taking two classes at a time, my goal was to always get a ob in the financial sector. I was planning to become a financial analyst and work on all street. After college, I graduated with a degree in finance and economics. I automatically applied to a big institution and got an offer as a financial analyst. The salary was very generous but then the calling came again. hat was happening with immigration, a lot of raids and ACA not being a permanent solution, I said no. I thought I needed to do my part again. I need to step up and if people are out there doing what needs to be done I can do so as well. So, I turned it down and continued working with the community. I am a epartment of Justice accredited representative, so I’m able to practice law. I go to court and I fight against deportations. I see my cause as advo-

as many people as we can until the end of this presidency.” We need to push locally on policies, push on local electives, our mayor, our governor and state to make sure they are protecting as many of our community members as possible. So, with the uncertainty, of course, there is an emotional roller-coaster that comes with it. specially with emocrats who pretend that they’re sympathetic to the cause and pretend that they care but clearly their actions speak for themselves. That’s where the disappointment comes in for me. They let us down again they let our communities down again. Now we’re redirecting that disappointment and that energy to local politics. aking sure that we are recruiting and supporting candidates that understand the issues we care about. That they are supporting the communities that we are concerned for, and have the track record to prove it. That it’s not ust more talk and no action. So, redirecting the energy has really allowed me to refocus and I’m very hopeful. You know this year we have a chance to ip the most number of seats at every level and I can see that there’s a lot of passion in the communities. A lot of energy around making sure that we have people who represent us in the seats that we put them in. Also, partnering with allies who understand and are sympathetic. Who understand that immigration and ACA are not ust a talking point, it’s people’s lives. Carlos: I think that there are people out there who do fear what tomorrow will bring or what today will bring. If their parents are going to come home It reminds me of when I was four years old living in New York City with the fear of deportation. But I think one thing that I learn about living in this great country is that the immigrant community is resilient. But our lives are being politicized. e’re the others , we’re being vilified, we’re the ones who are committing crimes. I think every day more of our communities are debunking these myths. I think it’s becoming self-evident that we are here, and we are as American as anyone else. e’re Americans in every way, in our mind and in our hearts. e are American in every way but one, right On paper. And I think when I first came out of the shadows in 1 , I said very vocally that I was undocumented and unafraid. or me going back in the shadows is not an option. This is my home and I’m going to continue fighting. They can continue to deport, break families but they cannot deport a dream. I think that’s something that this community has been very vocal in saying. That we are American, and you cannot deport the American dream.


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With summer in full swing, temperatures are on the rise and Queens residents are spending more time outside. But the season also brings its share of challenges for seniors, as crime typically spikes during the summer and hot weather can be dangerous for the elderly. In this month’s “50 Plus” section, we have provided a rundown of safety tips for seniors to stay safe while spending time outdoors. The story includes everything from symptoms to keep an eye on during hot weather to a list of more than 100 cooling centers in the borough. We have also included a story on how seniors can avoid becoming victims of crimes that tend to be prevalent during the summer, such as burglaries. There are many opportunities to take part in outdoor activities during the summer in Queens. Check out the Queens Tribune’s stories on how to remain safe while doing so.

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Tips for the elderly to stay safe during the summer By ARIEL HERNANDEZ

With crime typically spiking during the summer season and incidents targeting those ages 65 and older on the rise, the Queens Tribune compiled a list of tips on how seniors can stay safe during the season. From Jan. 1 through July 2, there were 213 more crimes against the elderly citywide, compared with the same period of time in 2017. However, all crimes against the elderly are not reported. According to the Office for Victims of Crime, only one in 24 cases of elder abuse is reported because of degenerative diseases or cognitive disabilities, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Below, find some tips on how the elderly can avoid being the victims of crimes.

Tip 1:

If you are leaving your home to run errands, for a stroll, to visit a friend or relative or to see a show, call a friend, relative or neighbor to inform them of your whereabouts. Many seniors don’t have cell phones, which makes it difficult for relatives to contact them when they are on the go. However, placing a call when you are leaving and when you get home can help tremendously.

Tip 2:

Keep your checkbooks and big bucks at home. If you’re going to the supermarket, create a list of items you intend to purchase and estimate

the cost, taking only the amount of money you’d need. And if you have a cellphone and happen to be on the phone with someone, do not share that you have money or how much. You might think you’re having an innocent conversation, but you never know who is eavesdropping.

Tip 3:

Keep your belongings close and minimized. Do not carry a big bag if you are only going for a stroll or to a doctor’s appointment. A small pocketbook with your keys, small amount of cash, ID, healthcare card and Metro Card is really all you need. If you appear to be carrying a number of items, you could make yourself more of a target.

Citywide Elderly Crimes 65 or Older

Tip 4:

Ask a close family member or friend to take you to create a bank account. Studies show that 18 percent of elderly crime was committed by a relative or intimate partner. However, a bank account is the safest way to go. In the event that your debit card is stolen, you could call your bank and lock the card immediately, securing your hard earned income.

Tip 5:

Never be afraid to report an incident. According to the NYPD, elderly persons are susceptible to crime because of their vulnerability. However, there are ways to try to stay safe. Hopefully these tips help.

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How Seniors Can Stay Safe During Summer Heat By NATHAN DUKE For many people, the summer months bring to mind vacations, time off from school and relaxation—but for seniors, soaring temperatures can become dangerous. According to the Centers for isease Control and revention, there were an average of 1 deaths per year from 1 to 1 that were related to heat exposure. Typically, July and August are the hottest months of the year, with temperatures often reaching as high as to over 1 degrees. These high temperatures can put seniors at risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Heat stroke, which is the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when a person’s body is unable to control body temperature. Some of the symptoms of heat stroke are similar to those of an actual stroke: low blood pressure, heavy sweating, hallucinations, chills, extreme headache, dizziness and slurred speech. Heat stroke can lead to swollen internal organs and permanent damage. To assist persons suffering from heat stroke, cool them down by fanning them and spraying them with water. Heat exhaustion is caused by water and salt depletion, and is the result of extreme sweating and the body’s inability to cool down. Symptoms include extreme thirst, weakness and headache. To assist persons suffering from heat exhaustion, remove tight clothing, give uids and apply cooling measures. In the case of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, call 11. Other heat-related illnesses include heat cramps, heat rash and sunburn, which can put those who are burned at risk of developing cancer later in life. Some symptoms of which you should be aware are ushed skin, nausea and vomiting, headache, heavy breathing and a change in behavior, such as agitation or confusion. The best method of combating extreme heat is preventative medicine. One of the most important tips for seniors during the summer months is to stay hydrated by drinking water fre uently, which will replace the water lost through sweating. Seniors should also stay in touch with family members regarding their whereabouts during especially hot days. If you’re planning on spending an extended period of time outdoors, whether you’re exercising or just doing some gardening, let family members know

where you’ll be. Also, keep a list of emergency contacts—from relatives and friends to healthcare providers—in an accessible place. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. hen it’s hot outside, some people prefer natural fabrics—such as cotton—to stay cooler. Also, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothes. Too much exposure to the sun can damage vision, so wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from U rays—but also hats to protect your head. Slather on sunscreen to prevent burns and apply bug spray liberally to keep yourself from becoming a mos uito snack. Aside from itchy irritation caused by bites, mos uitos can possibly carry est Nile irus and encephalitis, both of which can be deadly. hile the summer’s warm weather often inspires people to exercise outside, keep track of time while doing so. Try not to stay outdoors for long periods of time, and drink more water than usual while exercising. It’s a good idea, if possible, to exercise earlier in the morning or later in the evening, when the heat is not at its peak. In terms of keeping cool while indoors, Con dison has several tips: hen your air conditioner is running, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out; turn on ceiling and other fans even while using the AC to better circulate the air; keep shades, blinds and curtains closed, as percent of heat comes through windows keep AC filters clean and run appliances, such as ovens or washing machines, in the early morning or late at night to reduce heat and moisture in your home.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 100 COOLING CENTERS IN QUEENS. BELOW, FIND THE CENTER IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. Steinway Library HANAC Harmony JVL ISC Raices Astoria NSC CCNS Dellamonica-Steinway NSC Long Island City Library Queensbridge-Riis NSC Court Square Library Sunnyside Community NSC Sunnyside Library Broadway Library Astoria Corps Comms Center Woodside NSC Woodside Library Maspeth Library Middle Village Library Middle Village NSC Ridgewood Library Peter Cardella NSC Ridgewood Older Adult NSC Ridgewood Bushwick NSC Elmhurst Jackson Heights NSC Jackson Heights Library CCNS Catherine Sheridan NSC Queens Temple Corps Comm Center Elmcor’s Golden Phoenix Club Two Florence E. Smith NSC Elmcor NSC KCS Corona NSC Corona Library IPRHE Corona NSC Raices Corona NSC Queens Community House, Forest Hills Senior Center NSC Young Israel Forest Hills NSC North Forest Park Library Lost Battalion Hall Rego Park Library LeFrak City Library Elmhurst Library Newtown Italian NSC CCNS Woodhaven Richmond Hill NSC Ozone Park Library CCNS Ozone Park NCS Lefferts Library Howard Beach NSC Howard Beach Library South Ozone Park Library Broad Channel Library Seaside Library JASA Rockaway CCNS Seaside NSC Peninsula Library Hammel Arverne Library

Young Israel Wavecrest Bayswater Sr. League NSC JASA Brookdale NSC JASA Roy Reuther NSC Far Rockaway Library Rosedale Library JSPOA Rockaway Blvd. NSC Baisley Park Library Brooks Memorial NSC Robert Couche NSC Rosedale NSC Rochdale Village Library Allen Community NSC Baisley Park Senior Center Snap Brookville NSC Laurelton Library Alpha Phi Alpha NSC St. Albans Library Cambria Heights Library South Hollis Library Queens Village Library JSPOA Friendship NSC International Towers Social Club Central Library Jamaica Citadel Corps Comm Center Briarwood Library Young Israel Queens Valley NSC Kew Gardens Hills Library JASA Holliswood NSC Hollis Library Hillcrest Library Pomonok Library Pomonok NSC Queensboro Hill Library Selfhelp NSC Bland Senior Center Flushing Library KCS Flushing NSC McGoldrick Library Windsor Park Library SNAP ISC Glen Oaks Library Samuel Field NSC North Hills Library CCNS Bayside NSC Bayside Library East Flushing Library Selfhelp Clearview NSC Bay Terrace Library Auburndale-Clearview Library Mitchell-Linden Library Whitestone Library Poppenhusen Library HANAC Angelo Petromelis NSC

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Cosmic Energy And Our Health By JOANNE BARRY COLON


id you know that we are energetically connected to the full moon and other planets, and that there are five planets in retrograde How does this energy impact our

. luto: April to Sept. 3 . This planet is associated with the subconscious and transformation. This retrograde is in the sign of Capricorn

health As a certified personal trainer and eiki master advocating natural healing, I help to educate clients to understand that physical pain, illness and disease are connected to suppressed or unresolved emotions. hen there is a full moon or other planets in retrograde, this might stir up suppressed or unresolved emotions—resulting in physical pain or illness—or cause a disease to are up. hat does retrograde mean It means that planets are moving backwards, and the energy of those planets is slowing down energetically.

. ars: June to Aug. . This planet is associated with love and war, and controls passion. As mentioned, we are connected energetically to the full moon and other planets, and this impacts the energy ow of our chakras. There are three chakras out of seven associated with planets that are in retrograde and the power of the full moon. Below are the seven chakras and associated planets:

1. Jupiter: arch to July 1 . This planet is associated with fortune and luck, and it’s retrograde in the sign of Scorpio.

1. Crown—Jupiter . Third ye—Saturn 3. Throat— ercury . eart— oon . Solar lexus—Sun . Sacral— enus . oot— ars

. Saturn: April 1 to Sept. . This planet is known as the great teacher, the planet of karma and time. 3. Neptune: June 1 to Sept. . This planet is ruled by isces, and is associated with strong intuition. This is a time of spiritual development.

As each planet is associated with our chakras, each is also associated with our body. Below are all the planets and their connections to our body: · Sun—heart, eyes, circulatory system and upper back oon—stomach, breast, lymphatic system,

Below is a list of the five planets in retrograde:

digestive system and womb ercury—brain, nervous system, lungs, arms, hands and bowels enus—neck, kidneys, thymus glands, lips and cheeks ars—muscles, testicles and nose Jupiter—liver, fat, adrenals, thighs, feet and sciatic nerves Saturn—skin, hair, teeth, bones, oints, knees and spleen · Uranus—parathyroid gland, aura Neptune—pineal gland and psychic healing luto—pancreas, metabolism and elimination Now that you have an understanding of how the full moon and other planets are energetically associated to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, I am hopeful that this puts you at ease regarding what you may be experiencing. I recommend that you ride this emotional wave and listen and talk to your body about which emotions are in need of healing. I also recommend that you not mask this experience with the use of medicine rather, allow yourself to embrace the emotions and naturally heal, which will lead you to spiritual growth. Consult with a psychotherapist with a spiritual background and work one on one with a eiki master. Send uestions to healingwithin3 edeem this article to receive a complimentary 3 -minute eiki treatment.




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Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Lindsay Lou


Queensboro Dance Festival

This band engulfs the spirit and traditions of New Orleans with R&B, original music, hip hop, funk and today’s top hits with a brass twist. 3:30 p.m. Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., Flushing,



Boulevard Film Festival

“The Colors Of Frida”

This third annual event screens 25 films, each one followed by a Q&A session. Comedies, shorts, documentaries, dramas and a closing party. Five sessions over three days at Thalía Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., and Sanger Hall, located at 48- 20 Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside. For more information, visit

This bilingual, one-woman show combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets and audience participation for young audiences to tell the story of a famous Mexican artist. Admission is $14 or $8 for children. 10 a.m. and noon. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit. ly/2NCMSyJ.





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A local rock ‘n’ roll band plays two sets of covers and original songs. Free. 7 p.m. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside. ------------------------------------------------

Eric Wyatt

This highly acclaimed and versatile musician earned his stripes as the lead trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra. $20 with red beans and rice dish and sweet tea. 2 p.m. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, http://


Hands-on cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. This class is designed for families and all ages are welcome. $20. 11 a.m. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit. ly/2KFUmmO.

“The Other Side Hot Jazz/ Of Everything” Cool Garden: Byron Stripling The New World Of The Number 7 Train The U.S. theatrical premiere of the Serbian film that won Best Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Showtimes are July 13 at 7:30 p.m., July 14 at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., July 15 at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., July 18 at 3 p.m., July 19 at 3 p.m., July 20 at 5 p.m., July 21 at 4 p.m. and July 22 at 4 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District,

Flushing Meadows Corona Park will host outdoor performances as part of this ongoing series. On July 14, attendees can watch Dugal Dance Projects, The Kingdom Dance Company, Mala and Dancers, DIPR… the company, Dancing Fish and Vissi Dance Theater. 2 p.m. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit. ly/2thjczL.

Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a series of six walks and connecting rides along the 7 train, focusing on its effect on surrounding neighborhoods since beginning service in 1914. Route includes Hudson Yards, Long Island City, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona and Flushing. 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $49 and register via ------------------------------------------------

Spend The Day Dancing

As people from all over the globe settled in New York City in the early 1900s, one thread the children could share was the games they played in the streets. This film looks back at when things were a bit simpler and creativity was a prerequisite to play. 1 p.m. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, ------------------------------------------------


Queens Craft Brigade Market Artwork, fashion, food, jewelry, crafts and


Ayazamana Jessica Lang Dance

Sundays On The Lawn

This new outdoor program presents internationally renowned bands and musicians at 3 p.m, after free art-making classes and lawn games at 1:30 p.m. Las Llamadas With Favela Candombe Ensemble plays Uruguayan-African music. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, ------------------------------------------------


Lindsay Lou

A fantastic Americana/folk/bluegrass ensemble performs as part of the twomonth Live at the Gantries series. 7 p.m. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, Long Island City, ------------------------------------------------


Irish Heritage Cinema Night Saturdays: “Street Games”

The internationally famous troupe Jessica Lang Dance is now based in Queens. Enjoy a free Creative Moment class and a game of Freeze Dance, which is intended to open children’s imaginations through engagement with music and creative movement exploration. Noon. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit. ly/2NDuAh5.

More than 30 artists take the audience on an imaginary trip through Ecuador via traditional dances and celebrations, accompanied by live music. 7:45 p.m. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Theatre, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria,

more. All vendors are from Queens and curated to maintain a diverse atmosphere. Noon to 5 p.m. Rocco Moretto VFW Hall, 31-35 31st St., Astoria, http://bit. ly/2tiVd0P.

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McManus Irish Dance and the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy present bagpipes, dance, traditional music and song and Gaelic sport demonstrations. 6 p.m. Free. Long Island City Landing by Coffeed, 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit. ly/2L6kGCE. ------------------------------------------------

It’s All About Spiders

The second weekly Garden Creativi-Tea workshop involves making imaginary, fuzzy spiders and building a giant, colorful web. Workshops continue on Wednesdays until Aug. 8. $4. 1 p.m. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit. ly/2cqLb4n. ------------------------------------------------

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Across Across

Two LaGuardia Community College students were recently given a $4,500 grant toward a platform they created that enables startups to find talent to staff their ventures. Luis Medina Triana and Christian Robinson created, which has been awarded by CUNY Startups, a program that assists students in launching their own ventures through a four-month program that helps teams go from idea to pilot and launch. The duo’s platform “matches startups with the right level of experience, interest and compensation, according to their website. Robinson said that he and Medina Triana drew from their own experience of working on startups as inspiration. “I was on several startup teams that fell apart when we weren’t able to find people with the right skill sets to fill much-needed roles, he said. It was especially hard to find people outside my ma or area to work with us. e ust didn’t know enough people. Medina Triana and Robinson, both of whom are 26, intend to use the winnings from CUNY Startups to build their platform. They also recently won the Capital One Innovation Challenge for their customer research work on their pro ect. Currently, they are working with two clients on a trial basis. “Startups don’t often have the resources to pay a recruiter $10,000,” Medina Triana said. They may only have ust enough money to post a position on a job board or to ask around. As a result, they end up getting a small pool of applicants. Startups also need a process that is streamlined and easy to use because they need workers now, yet lack the time to go through hundreds of r sum s. Medina Triana was born and raised in Colombia and earned a bachelor’s degree in digital marketing from Baruch College. e recently earned a professional certificate from Techire, a uardia’s coding boot camp program, and works as a member of the school’s

webmaster team. obinson is a graduate of LaGuardia’s President’s Society: Tech, a professional development program for students interested in working in tech, and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration at edgar vers College.

Luis Medina Triana (left) and Christian Robinson (right)


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Ocasio-Cortez Win Casts More Doubt On Democratic Party’s Future Stance On Israel By MICHAEL TOBMAN


Keep Calm And Keep Reporting


cross the country, newsrooms just like the Queens Tribune are in shock from the tragic shooting that took place at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Just like the Gazette, the Tribune is filled with a small, tight-knit group of people who want to keep their family, friends and neighbors informed of what’s happening. What happened there could easily have happened at our newsroom. We feel a responsibility to ask questions on our readers’ behalf, uncover injustice that could cause them harm and, when we can, entertain them with uplifting stories about the people who live down the street or in another neighborhood across the borough. There were 11 people in the newsroom of the Gazette when the shooter walked in and opened fire. That’s about the staff size you’d expect to find at most weekly newspapers. Five of the 11 people perished—all because a disgruntled and unstable person took issue with their doing their job: printing truth week in and week out. Simply put, these dedicated journalists and their supporting staff produced a newspaper. And that newspaper is a vital part of the fabric of the community. It brings people together. It spurs discussion and debate. And in so doing, it strengthens the democracy we all hold so dear. Back here in Queens, when Alexandria

Ocasio-Cortez pulled off the remarkable upset of ep. Joe Crowley, the first place national pundits and journalists looked for context was the local community weeklies, which covered the race when many national and citywide papers didn’t. We were able to put into context the demographics of the district and the changing trends on the ground, because we see them and experience them in our daily lives as well as in our work. Unfortunately, these moments when the importance of community weeklies is on full display are few and far between because of the fragmented media landscape and the endless options for entertainment and information (or disinformation) online and through social media. Making sense of the senseless violence that occured in Annapolis a few weeks back is difficult. ere at the Tribune, we are doing the same thing that the survivors at the Gazette are doing; the same thing that our competitors at the Chronicle and Courier are doing; the same thing that thousands of other journalists are doing across the nation: We are keeping calm and continuing to report, seeking truth and trying to shine a light on dark places—all so our family, friends and neighbors can sleep a little easier at night, feel a little more connected to things that often seem beyond their control, and hopefully feel like they always have someone looking out for their best interests.

Waiting On Sports Gambling Is A Bad Bet For NY


s consistent as death and taxes in recent years has been the inability of Albany lawmakers to pass any controversial legislation in an election year. This biennial paralysis manifested itself as a failure to implement legal sports gambling in New York State. Lawmakers suggest the delay is a good thing; that this will give them time to “do things the right way,” they say. This is code word for the fact that it will give them a source of campaign cash in an election year from casinos, lobbying groups for casinos and other interested parties. The truth is that delaying the implementation of sports gambling hurts New York State. Even if you oppose gambling on principle, you have to accept that billions of dollars are bet on sports each year by New Yorkers. Much of it is bet illegally, and like the bookie we spoke to for our feature on page 10 of this publication, many will probably continue to bet illegally since the legal alternative will require driving to New Jersey or another state to place a bet. But lawmakers are fools if they think tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars in potentially taxable revenue is not going to ow into New Jersey (and Massachusetts or Pennsylvania if they beat us to market). All studies on sports gambling in the United States show that most of the money wagered is on NFL football games. With the state legislature not slated to get back to work until January, we are going to miss out on having legal wagering on these games for an entire season. Furthermore, in New Jersey you can set up an account to gamble on sports via your phone. So

football fans, who are already heading to East Rutherford to see the Giants and Jets play, can now spend their tailgating time before kickoff placing bets on NFL games at a New Jersey casino. And for those who don’t want to gamble online, guess what? They are opening a sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack, just a short walk away. This is money lawmakers are letting ow into the coffers of New Jersey to help pay for education and infrastructure—money that could be used to help improve schools in Queens, upgrade our sputtering subway system or build affordable housing. There is a small chance that limited sports gambling could come to parts of New York. The state Gaming Commission may implement regulations that would allow New York’s resort casinos in Seneca, Tioga, Sullivan and Schenectady counties to offer in-person bets on sports. This could capture some revenue, which is a good thing. But lawmakers are kidding themselves if they think a vast majority of New York City residents are going to drive to Sullivan County to place a bet on the Giants to win the Super Bowl, when they can fire off that bet using their phone while drinking a beer in the parking lot before the team’s September 9th home opener against the Jaguars. The fact is that people bet on sports. They have for decades and will continue to do so. It’s the state’s job to capture some of the revenue from betting by making it easier for residents to place their wagers in a safe system that keeps the money in the state. By failing to move quickly, the state will let millions escape its coffers. et’s hope lawmakers can get organized for 1 .

lot can be said about change. It’s exhilarating. It happens slowly, and then all at once. Change upends the regular course of things. It opens up new opportunities. It sometimes favors the young, and usually the creative at any age. Change can be unnerving. Sometimes it’s overdue; sometimes it’s premature. Change always happens. Change always needs to be carefully considered. Change is new, and new comes with pitfalls. For those at the forefront, it’s heady and empowering. Every graduating class thinks they’re better than all the ones before them, and that they’re the last great ones. But of course that’s not true, even when change agents are advocates for liberties and rights previously denied. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary win over longtime Queens Congressman and Democratic Leader Joe Crowley is the latest manifestation of shifts roiling the Democratic Party. To her, and her team, tremendous credit is due. Ocasio-Cortez’s win, however, is already accelerating a deeply troubling and illconsidered shift in the Democratic Party away from its longtime relationship with Israel, and away from America’s diverse Jewish communities. This separation trend, partly a product of a dangerous obsession with intersectionality—the insistence that all aspects of a person’s identity and oppression are unavoidably connected with all others similarly situated—has quickly become a litmus test for Democrats claiming progressive credentials. It’s an unfortunate and unthinking development in which anti-Semitism is shielded in a cloak of protest, activism and youthful energy. And it’s a cruel development that ignores history, as Jewish communities, themselves victims of atrocities, have long been at the forefront of the foundational civil rights now being championed by new progressives.


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But protest, activism and youthful energy— amplified by social media—are the altar to which some Democrats hoping for higher office believe they should blindly pledge fealty. Instead of thoughtful continued attachment to Israel, some ambitious Democrats are behaving like a long-established retail brand desperate to reach younger consumers. Consider New York’s junior U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. Over the past 16 months, I have visited with dozens of groups active in Jewish communities, causes and the U.S.Israeli relationship, and have written about many of them: activists, educators, nonprofits, philanthropists, foreign officials, local

politicians, jurists, entrepreneurs and labor leaders. At least once a week I’d be pulled aside for a quiet talk: “What’s with Kirsten? She’s distancing herself; it’s noticeable.” “She wants to be president and thinks we’ll be here when she’s through insulting us in early caucuses and primaries.” “She represents New York. This isn’t right.” “After campaigning with people who hate us, we’re supposed to forgive that?” “She could lose Florida.” Their words, not mine. For sure, Sen. Gillibrand has carefully built a legislative record of support for Israel, but that’s

easy to do when in office. Back in New York, and in the media, she’s been increasingly parsing and nuancing her support, and softening her opposition to reckless critics of Israel and her home state’s Jewish communities. I am sure there are reasons and explanations for every example (she was on a bill condemning antiIsrael activities in the United States, and then found reasons to be off it), but the tone of the remarks above is instructive. I don’t agree with some of the positions on which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez successfully campaigned, but her stunning victory is impressive. She is plainly too smart and informed, however, not to know about

the growing estrangement between the Democratic Party and Jewish Americans. I hope she also sees that the hustle her campaign video prominently featured is contributing to a narrative that requires—sadly even celebrates— an irrevocable break with longtime, vital and necessary partners. For what? If politics is the art of the possible, surely there is another way.



Michael Tobman is a former aide to Sen. Charles Schumer, a frequent commentator on national television programs and the counsel of Ocean Gold Media, parent company of the Queens Tribune.

To The Editor: This year, there was a federal primary in New York on June 26. There were no contested races for the statewide Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and few Congressional primaries. However, there will be another primary on September 13 for state officers. Gov. Cuomo is being challenged by fellow Democrat Cynthia Nixon, and there will be a Democratic Party primary for attorney general with probable candidates Letitia James and Zephyr Teachout. There will no doubt be a smattering of other races as well, including contests for state Senate and Assembly. Why do we have two primary dates? Why can’t the primaries be combined to save the taxpayers millions of dollars? In New York in 2016, there was a presidential primary in April, a congressional primary in June and a state primary in September. Three primaries! Does this make sense? Doesn’t this separation of primaries encourage lower voter turnout? And again, the cost to the taxpayers is staggering. We need to have reform of our voting system here in New York State, and I was pleased to read that reforms are being proposed in Albany to encourage voter participation. We also need to make running for office less onerous and easier for wouldbe candidates of any party. There is also the issue of campaign finance reform to ensure that elections can’t be controlled by wealthy contributors. However, to me, the most obvious reform and probably the easiest to implement is to schedule all primaries in our state on one day. Henry Euler Bayside

Editor’s Response Mr. Euler: In response to your letter, we wanted to share some additional context as to why New York State has two, and sometimes three, primary dates. While we at the Queens Tribune do agree with you that it is ridiculous, a waste of taxpayer money and ultimately worse for democracy, we also realize that there is a recent history that has led us to this point. In 2010, the congressional primaries were held in tandem with state office primaries in September. The belief of many lawmakers and experts was that it was more democratic to hold the primaries on the first Tuesday after Labor Day because more people would be at home and able to participate in the election. Following that election, federal legal standards were put in place forcing New York to move its primary to an earlier date, mostly because the September date did not allow for enough time for absentee and active military ballots to be returned so that elections could be certified and ballots prepared for the November elections. In the aftermath of the decision, state Senate Republicans who were in control of the chamber proposed an August primary for both elections, while Democrats in control of the state Assembly countered with a June date. No compromise could be struck but the congressional primaries still had to be moved, so the judge set them for the end of June. In the years since, there have been several proposals to move the state primaries to the same date as the June congressional primaries, but they have all failed. It’s easy to point fingers at Senate Republicans for this failure. But in our experience, there is little political will among Democrats to try to force a solution on this, as several New York City Assembly members and state senators have run for Congress, comfortably knowing that if they lost they could then turn around and run for re-election to their existing seats in September. Ultimately, combining the primaries into one date is sort of the low-hanging fruit of election reforms that New York State needs. Of course it should happen, but voters should also demand that registering to vote be easier, and that they be allowed to vote earlier so they have more options for their voice to be heard. Thank you for your comment and thank you for reading the Queens Tribune.


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