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Spotlight on justice: Judge Jaime Rios, Associate Justice of the Appellate Term of the State Supreme Court

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Justice Jaime Rios knew he wanted to help others when he began teaching public school. And when he got the chance to go to law school, he got a bigger opportunity to make a change.

Rios was born in the Bronx and moved to Queens when he was 18 years old. Although he wanted to be a teacher, he always had law in his blood, as his grandfather was appointed by the governor of Puerto Rico as a federal judge.

Rios received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the City College of New York and got his Master of Arts in Education from New York University. He then taught sixth grade at a public school in the South Bronx.

He recalled as New York was hit with an economic crisis in 1974, he decided to attend Fordham University School of Law during the day, while continuing to work as a teacher at night.

“It just became natural to apply my willingness to help people as a teacher and translate it to helping people as a lawyer,” said Rios. “Then when the professional opportunity arose to be a judge, I saw it as a further extension of my natural inclination for public service.”

After graduating law school, Rios’ first job was as assistant district attorney in Brooklyn. Then in 1980 he became counsel to the NYPD police commissioner and in 1982 was named Deputy Police Commissioner of New York.

He then went on to open his own law office in Jackson Heights, working as a community lawyer. In 1985 he was appointed Judge of the Housing Court for the City of New York. Eight years later Rios was elected to the Civil Court in Queens County, becoming the first member of the Latino community to be elected as a judge in Queens.

In 1995, Rios was elected to the State Supreme Court. In 2001 he became associate justice of the Appellate Term of the State Supreme Court, a position he currently holds. He is the only judge from Queens that make up the term. As an appellate judge, Rios reviews all the appeals taken from lower courts throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

“It’s a continuation of that which started when I was a young person just trying to help kids get an education,” said Rios. “It’s another way to continue helping people and make sure the law is applied evenly.”

When he is not in the courtroom, Rios is teaching as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law where he also began the Fordham Law Minority Mentors Program in 2006 along with Federal Judge Denny Chin. The program helps first year minority law students get help from alumni.



York Women’s Volleyball falls to CCNY

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Photo courtesy of York College Athletics

The proverbial gray cloud continued to hang over the York College Women’s Volleyball team after a close loss yesterday to conference rivals City College of New York (CCNY), which ended with violations.

Trailing 11-10 to City College in the deciding fifth set, the Cardinals were going to serve when they were called for an illegal substitution, which was worth a point. The score eventually became 14-12, and a service error cost York the match.

The Cardinals were outlasted by CCNY (25-15, 18-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-12), dropping the season record to 1-7, and 1-3 in the CUNY Athletic Conference.

As tough as the loss was, York showed some fight throughout the game. The Cardinals took an early 2-1 set advantage by eating up the second and third sets after losing the first.

York was led by Carlean McCrimmon, who had 18 kills with three aces, eight digs and five blocks. Libero Allison Li had 12 digs to steer the defense and Stayce Kay Muirhead finished with 12 kills. Setter Evelyn Florentino also finished with 35 assists.

The Cardinals will host the College of St. Elizabeth in their next match on Tuesday night.




Star of Queens: Alan Ong, board of directors, Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Alan Ong has been active in the Queens community for years, serving as the PTA president for P.S. 173 before being appointed by Borough President Helen Marshall to the District 26 Community Education Council.

“Even though I stepped down as PTA president, now I can try to effect things on a district level,” said Ong, who also serves on the board of directors for the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association.

Ong said that he was very active in the PTA, doing a lot of outreach and safety awareness work for parents and students alike.

At the head of the Homeowners Civic Association, Ong said he has worked hard to “maintain the quality of life within the neighborhood, like [fixing] potholes in the street. We also work with the local precinct to make sure everything is safe for the residents.”

BACKGROUND: Ong was born in Manhattan and spent his early years in Chinatown.

“I moved to Queens when I was a teen and have been living here ever since,” he said.

He attended the City College of New York and now lives in Fresh Meadows.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Ong recalls his time with the P.S. 173 PTA as one of his best memories.

“The reaction of the parents was very rewarding,” he said. “A lot of us work, and sometimes we don’t spend as much time with our children as we should. My aim was to get parents involved.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “The greatest obstacle I face is getting people to speak up,” Ong explained. “It’s difficult to tackle issues when you don’t know what they are. I have to inspire people to step up and tell us what’s going on.”

INSPIRATION: “One of the main reasons why I do this is because I’m Americanborn Chinese, and in the community of Chinese culture, people don’t step up and help others as much. I do this community work because I feel there’s a need for that. Hopefully what I’m doing will help others to do the same.”