On April 28th, 1973, Clifford Glover, a 10-year-old boy, was killed by Thomas Shea, an undercover police officer, in South Jamaica, Queens. His shooting sparked several days of riots in the neighborhood, riots that were inflamed when Shea was acquitted of murder. I was one of the young residents of that neighborhood, a 13-year-old boy witnessing what I perceived to be injustice in my community and the explosion of anger that resulted.
n recent years, we’ve seen tremendous growth and progress. At same time, we’ve struggled together to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy over two years ago. Now, as we continue forward, we have a real opportunity to make lasting changes that will speed our recovery, benefit our local businesses and improve our neighborhoods in the years to come.
It has been said small businesses are the backbone of our communities here in Queens, and I am certainly one to reiterate that sentiment. The small businesses, many of which I frequent myself — convenient stores, delis, restaurants and more — are what keep so many of our borough’s commercial corridors going.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about changing the admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools in order to address the underrepresentation of black and Latino students. While I embrace the goal of increasing diversity within those schools, I am not convinced that changing the exam or the admission standards is the best way to diversify the student population.
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.