As executive director of Queens Centers for Progress (QCP), a nonprofit providing a comprehensive range of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities for 65 years, I have firsthand knowledge of another group of people whose earnings make it difficult-to-impossible to make ends meet: our direct care staff.
The transportation industry has always been a job creator for residents of Brooklyn and Queens, among the other outer boroughs. And with the latest technological advances in the for-hire vehicle industry like Uber, more jobs have been created in recent years, and could be created in the future, than ever before.
When we think of retirement, we like to imagine years of relaxation after a lifetime of hard work. But the unfortunate reality for millions of New Yorkers is that retirement is more likely to be a time of desperation and abject poverty.
Whether you want to call it “The Big Ugly,” “The Big Lovely,” or something in between, I think we can all agree that the end of the 2015 legislative session brought with it a number of successes and a number of failures, particularly with regard to the big-ticket items that were the focus of such intense negotiations over the last week.
BY COUNCIL MEMBERS ELIZABETH CROWLEY AND DONOVAN RICHARDS
The need for our EMS to be unparalleled here in New York City is increasingly great. As a city, we must make critical policy changes that will decrease response time and save lives. This February, the average response time to life-threatening medical emergencies in Queens was 10 minutes and 15 seconds, which is not acceptable.
It’s been a long time in coming, but finally, the city and state are working to enforce codes for the nail salon industry. As the owner of an award-winning luxury salon in business for 44 years in Bayside, I welcome these changes because many others involved in the industry have exploited cheap labor and bent the rules to make a profit.
In Joseph Strasburg’s editorial published on May 14, ”Rent rules hurt everyone,” he attacks Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to strengthen the rent laws and conveniently ignores all the facts about the New York City real estate market.
Mayor de Blasio recently declared war on the rental housing industry by supporting tenant-backed state legislation that would cut off the life blood of city’s existing rental housing. Perhaps the mayor does not realize that the ultimate casualties, if his proposals were to be adopted, will be renters, the city’s economy and his own housing plan.
The continuing damage from the storm can be seen today in Breezy Point and the Rockaways, and many other communities in Queens that bore the brunt of Sandy’s winds and waves. Many neighborhoods have not been fully rebuilt and individual homeowners are still desperately seeking assistance.
As a former teacher and as the ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, it was with great reluctance that I voted ‘no’ on the policies put forth by Gov. Cuomo in the budget-related education bills.