BY COUNCILMAN ERIC ULRICH, CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL VETERANS COMMITTEE
On Veterans Day, we recognize the many contributions veterans have made and continue to make to the American way of life. It’s also important to take stock of the unique challenges facing veterans and identify meaningful solutions to help those here at home and the thousands of men and women already on their way back from service.
Every citizen has a right to a trial by a jury of their peers, and in a county like Queens with its 162 nationalities, that calls for a veritable melting pot. Yet, a great many Queens residents ignore the juror questionnaire they receive from my office, and inexplicably abandon their legal obligation and, in fact, their community.
The new building addition to Mount Sinai Queens, the Queens campus of The Mount Sinai Hospital, now rising in Astoria, is more than just an expansion of a community hospital. The construction project is actually part of a nationwide shift toward a new model of health care delivery: the hospital of tomorrow.
There is a silence that shrouds most incidents of domestic violence – a deadly silence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we must work together more diligently to give a voice to countless victims and put an end to this silence once and for all.
The “Northeast Queens Bus Restoration Study” championed by numerous elected officials is nothing more than a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades.
As a lifelong resident of Queens and a 34-year resident of the Rockaways, I would like to emphasize the great potential ferry service will have for Rockaway and the rest of the city.
Since those living in the Rockaways have the longest commute of any NYC residents, it is evident that the ferry service, which was established after Superstorm Sandy, has dramatically improved commuter travel time but is also the only nice thing that has happened to Rockaway since the storm.
In the moments and months following Superstorm Sandy, I saw struggles and emotions of all types. I saw people wading through the floodwaters carrying every possession they could, I saw men and women piling their useless furniture, appliances, children’s toys and personal photos onto the curbs outside their damaged homes.
New York State Assemblyman David Weprin’s bill for reintroduction of a non-resident commuter tax is an old, recycled idea periodically proposed by many others, missing the potential economic consequences that might occur after implementing it.
I chose to be in Israel for the first week of the Congressional recess period because I believe it’s important to support Israel in the U.S.; and I also believe it’s critical to support Israel from Israel.
In early June three Israeli teenagers were abducted from Gush Etzion never to be seen alive again. Their brutal murders, the incessant rocket attacks by Hamas that followed and the discovery of the underground tunnels from Gaza into Israel have proved once again that terrorism is alive and well.