It was an event I couldn’t refuse. Geraldo Rivera was invited by the graduates of the College of Staten Island’s social work majors to be their commencement speaker. What made it so special was that the school’s campus is the former Willowbrook State school, a place where he helped make history and where my daughter [...]
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A package of bills was introduced to the City Council Friday to help prevent something like that of autistic teen Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance, which ended in tragedy, from occurring once again.
St. Mary’s Healthcare System, which serves thousands of children with special needs and complex medical conditions, will close its Early Intervention program May 5 due to state Department of Health cuts to reimbursement rates.
Santa and Frosty the Snowman paid a visit to the children at the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP), bringing holiday cheer with them once more. Now in its 16th year, QCP has partnered with the Jamaica Rotary Club to give toys to kids at the children’s center. NYPD Community Affairs officers from the Queens south [...]
Looking to lend a helping hand for the holidays? Here’s a list of places you can volunteer or donate items around the borough. Please feel free to leave any additional suggestions of where to volunteer or donate by commenting below. WHERE TO VOLUNTEER Catholic Charities Ozone Park Senior Center On Thursday, November 28, Citymeals-on-Wheels [...]
Howard Beach is home to a new senior housing location, providing more than 80 units of affordable housing for the elderly. Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development and Management Corporation, a century-old organization, has various housing sites through Brooklyn and Queens and recently completed renovations at the Cross Bay Boulevard location, formerly the Fineson Center. [...]
It was a reversal of fortune. A $120 million cut to the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) would have left programs shorthanded, officials said. But the state legislature eliminated the threat and voted unanimously to fully restore what was lost. The Assembly voted last week to appropriate $90 million for OPWDD. That was [...]
Friday began with a downpour that seemed like it was never ending. The traffic stood still for hours, but our Mayoral Forum was a huge success. To my delight all the candidates, Democrats, Republicans and Independent, made it through the stormy morning to meet at Terrace on the Park to address our audience. It was [...]
In the wake of a significant budget cut to programs for developmentally disabled people, lawmakers are seeking ways to provide such individuals with more security. A budget amendment enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo cut 4.5 percent of state funding for organizations that help disabled individuals live healthy and independent lifestyles. Now, advocates both in and [...]
Most recent college graduates spend their first few weeks of freedom basking in the summer weather and decompressing after finals. But six Queens transplants decided to take in the outdoors in a different way. From May 28 to June 4, five recent St. John’s University graduates and one current student trekked 128 miles from the [...]