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Queens residents, pols mourn slain NYPD officer

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Joseph Concannon and Square Deal Committee, Inc.


After the death of P.O. Brian Moore was announced Monday, reactions of sadness reverberated across Queens.

“This was an unprovoked attack and cold-blooded murder of Police Officer Brian Moore, one of our city’s Finest, in the line of duty,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in a statement Monday afternoon. “We deeply mourn this terrible loss. Any attack on our officers is an attack on our society. It is to be condemned in every sense of the word, and the person responsible must be held fully accountable. Our officers deserve the utmost respect for their devotion and the very real dangers they face day in and day out in the selfless mission to protect our city.”

Councilman I. Daneek Miller— who represents Queens Village, where the shooting occurred — said he hopes to work with local law enforcement to keep neighborhoods safe for everyone.

“As a community we mourn the passing of Officer Brian Moore and are appalled by the act of violence that led to it,” Miller said. “Our community looks forward to working with law enforcement to combat violence against our officers and ensure that our streets are safe for all.”

Fellow Councilman Donovan Richards also mourned Moore’s passing and added that a solid relationship between officers and the community is key to ending violence.

“Officer Moore was an exemplary member of the 105th Precinct and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him,” Richards said. “My prayers are with his family, friends and fellow officers during this time of loss. My sincere hope is that we can work to end senseless violence by building meaningful relationships between our communities and the officers that protect us.”

State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who has actively pushed for legislation to eliminate parole for people who kill police officers on duty, said he would continue to fight for this legislation to be passed.

“Police Officer Moore joins the unacceptable number of police officers who were murdered merely because of the uniform they wore,” Addabbo said. “I intend to continue my promotion of legislation that calls for the elimination of parole for those who kill police officers on duty.”

A retired NYPD captain residing in Queens also called for the public to show their support for local police in the days ahead.

“Police officers give of themselves every day to keep our city, state and nation safe,” said retired NYPD Capt. Joseph Concannon, who held a press conference Monday in front of the 105th Precinct stationhouse in Queens Village. “Police Officer Brian Moore of the 105th Police Precinct is a testament to the courage, valor and bravery of the men and women of the New York City Police Department.  We thank his family and friends for his service to the citizens of the city of New York. “

Concannon said he hopes people will observe National Police Week next Wednesday, May 13, by holding vigils outside of their local precincts from 8:30 to 9 p.m. The vigil remembers the 117 police officers nationwide who died in the line of duty in 2014.


Participatory budgeting winners announced for District 27

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning


Councilman I. Daneek Miller announced on Wednesday the winners of participatory budgeting in his district covering parts of Jamaica, St. Albans, Cambria Heights, Hollis, Queens Village and Addisleigh Park.

The ballot included 23 projects, which were proposed, selected and designed by community members in public meetings starting in July of last year.

The top five proposals will receive $1 million in funding between them.

At 1,029 votes, the top vote-getter was a plan to enhance the Roy Wilkins Park outdoor performance space for programming such as readings or small concerts. It is expected to cost $450,000.

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC), the performing arts leg of the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) will receive $120,000 for equipment purchases and repairs to upgrade the sound and lighting systems in the 400-seat theater.

Cathy Hung, executive director of JCAL, said she was ecstatic when she heard the news.

“Thank you to a team of artists and students who advocated on JCAL’s behalf and the community members who voted for us,” Hung said. “With this grant, we will be able to bring JPAC to the highest artistic quality that is possible and to present the highest quality programs, whether it’s theater, dance, music or multi-media that we have been planning for the community.”

Residents in the district also voted to provide $400,000 for road resurfacing projects to take place along major thoroughfares in the confines of Community Boards 12 and 13 to protect vehicles and pedestrians.

I.S. 59 in Jamaica received 607 votes and $60,000 to purchase 10 smart boards and an overhead projector.

The last proposal to be funded, with 555 votes, was a technology upgrade to York Early College Academy in Jamaica. The school will receive $94,000 to purchase 13 smart boards with an overhead projector and laptop cart.

Miller said the relationships forged from this 10-month process are greatly valued in the district.

“This has been a tool to engage, empower, and organize our residents,” Miller said. “Regardless of who the final awardees are it is clear that our community has won. We’ve seen people come together — youths and senior and people from all different walks of life — to improve our neighborhoods and collaborate on meaningful projects.”


Daneek Miller wins by a landslide, will replace Leroy Comrie

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Photo courtesy of Daneek Miller

After coming out on top of a crowded primary race, Daneek Miller easily slid past the general election and right into the District 27 council seat.

“We have a lot of uphill battles,” Miller said. “When you see how working families have been treated over the last decade, it’s imperative that we have a voice at City Hall.”

And Miller will be that voice for his to-be constituents throughout St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica, Baisley Park, Addisleigh Park, Queens Village, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens

Once election night came to an end, the Democratic candidate was declared the winner by a landslide, receiving 96.9 percent of the vote over his opponent, Independent Sondra Peeden, with 3.1 percent.

Miller was backed by longtime City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, who endorsed the union president to succeed him.

“Daneek has always been my backbone. [He] is a proven leader,” Comrie said after the primary election. “He has an ability to do the critical things that are required of a city councilmember.

Miller, a community and labor activist, has lived in the district for 35 years. He is currently the president of the Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local 1056 and was previously the union’s political director.

Through his time with the union, he has worked for members’ rights, health safety, pension reform, veteran’ rights and more, and hopes to transfer that “success” to City Hall, he said.

City Council District 27 race still not over

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The race for the City Council District 27 seat is not yet over.

Sondra Peeden ran in the Democratic primary only to come in last place out of six candidates, according to unofficial results. After the tallies came in, Peeden switched gears.

The full-time candidate is continuing the race, but on the Independence line.

“I was the underdog in this race,” she said of the primary election. “Once people get to know me and understand what I’ve been doing, they’ll like what it is I’m saying.”

Peeden initially ran against frontrunner Daneek Miller, Clyde Vanel, Joan Flowers, Manuel Caughman and Greg Mays. She said she was at a disadvantage in the primary because she wasn’t as well-funded as her opponents were.

She said she plans on working hard for the next six weeks to “level the playing field” before the November general election. Some of her former primary opponents will even stand with her to form a “unified front” in the race, she said.

Peeden has over 20 years of experience in government and politics. She said in the back of her mind, she always knew she would run for office, but didn’t “promote” herself.

In the Democratic primary, Peeden received 623 votes, or four percent, out of over 15,000 votes. Her likely opponent, Daneek Miller, is sitting at 24.4 percent with 3,756 votes.

Vanel, who came in second, has not conceded and is waiting for all votes to be counted.

Miller declared himself the next councilmember for the 27th District on election night, September 10, at his campaign headquarters. He did not return requests for comment regarding the general election.



Daneek Miller declares victory in crowded Council District 27 primary

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Daneek Miller, union president and community advocate, declared victory as the newly elected city councilmember for the 27th District. The race, however, has yet to be officially decided.

Attorney Clyde Vanel trails by nearly 400 votes with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results, and he said it would “be crazy to concede now.”

Vanel said he wants to wait it out and see what results come from absentee and paper ballots before making any determination to bow out.

But for Miller, the party went on. He thanked those present at his campaign headquarters on election night, September 10, and spoke about his upcoming role as councilmember.

“There was a void, something was missing, particularly amongst labor views,” he said.

“There have been very tough times for labor and working families,” he said. “We said we needed to be in City Hall. We said we needed to be at the table. We’re at that table now.”

Miller was flagged by family, friends and the district’s current councilmember, Leroy Comrie, who endorsed Miller for his position.

“Daneek Miller is a proven leader,” Comrie said. “He has an ability to do the critical things that are required of a city councilmember.”

“He has a strong background in negotiation and arbitration. He’s a people person and he has the desire and the ability to do the things necessary to represent the 27th District,” he continued.

Comrie, who has held the district’s seat since 2002 and was term-limited out, approached Miller last May about taking over.

Miller is the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 where he has been able to negotiate various contracts for his workers among other achievements. He also is well-reputed within the district, having a 20-plus year record of volunteering and supporting neighborhood nonprofits.

“I have a voice that comes along with being the president of a labor union,” he said. “I’m happy to have a voice that I can lend to my community.”

Miller has spoken about a number of issues he wishes to address during his upcoming council term, namely upgrading transportation, job opportunities, education and more.

“Daneek is like a part of my family,” said Melanie Harris, friend and supporter. “He’s for the working people.”

Miller faced competitors Vanel, Joan Flowers, Manuel Caughman, Greg Mays and Sondra Peeden.

Caughman, who has a strong political background, received the Queens Democratic Party endorsement and was initially thought to be a frontrunner amongst those vying for the council seat.

Votes will continue to be counted next week.


City Council District 27 candidate I. Daneek Miller wants to transport the community

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Photo courtesy of Corey Bearak

I. Daneek Miller is taking a longstanding career in the transportation union and applying it to create strategies and tactics he hopes to use if elected to the 27th District of the City Council.

“We have a lot of uphill battles,” he said. “When you see how working families have been treated over the last decade, it’s imperative that we have a voice at City Hall.”

“As we attempt to move forward as the working community of New York City, we continue to hit walls because we’re not setting policy and writing laws,” he said.

Miller, a community and labor activist, has lived in the district for 35 years. Last summer, he was approached by Councilmember Leroy Comrie about running for the City Council, and after some thought, Miller obliged.

He is currently the president of the Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local 1056. In his position and previous ones, Miller progressively recognized the value in building coalitions and “championing causes outside of your own” to work towards a long-term, common goal.

“In holding office, you have to use sound judgment, inspire others, lead by example and engage people,” he said.
Miller also served as the political director of the union for five years where he worked on various pieces of legislation including workers’ rights, heath safety, pension reform and veterans’ rights.

“We’ve been successful [in the union] and hopefully that motto can translate to the community at large,” he said. “We understand budgeting, funding and the flow of government.”

As a city councilmember, Miller hopes to create a more efficient, reliable transportation system throughout the district.

This, in turn, could attract outer-borough people to come and work — a workforce that could be better maintained and ultimately boost the economy, he said. “You can’t forget about long-term objectives for short-term satisfaction,” he said.

He also hopes to implement participatory budgeting, living wages to sustain the community, youth advocacy, attract business residency, quality child care, affordable health care and more, all of which he said he has experience in handling.

“We have all the makings, we just have to do what I do best, which is build collaborations and coalitions that will attract the right resources into the district,” he said. “It’s about being the voice for people who don’t have a voice.”



Council hopefuls get ready to fill Comrie seat

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Photos courtesy of Sondra Peeden/Manuel Caughman/Facebook

The race to replace Councilmember Leroy Comrie for District 27 already has multiple contenders who are raring to address community issues.

Manuel Caughman, community liaison for Assemblymember William Scarborough; Bryan Block, Community Board 13 chair; Joan Flowers, local attorney; Sondra Peeden, a political consultant; and Daneek Miller, a community and labor activist, have all filed their names with the Board of Elections.

“I believe that as large a city as New York is, we can still get to a place where we have a sense of community, where people are willing to reach out and help each other and extend themselves on behalf of their neighbor,” Peeden said.

Peeden and her fellow candidates are focused on a variety of issues, namely education, foreclosures and crime.

“I want to work with young people [to] make sure they’re safe, and not perpetuating the things they can do when they’re misled or don’t have guidance in their life,” Miller said.

Caughman believes controlling gun violence is a goal to pursue and said he wants to work with police to development technologies needed to combat crime.

When it comes to education, Peeden sees the need to take schools out of mayoral control and bring it back to the community. Similarly, Caughman thinks more parental input is necessary.

Miller, if elected, hopes to look deep into school policies so they can continue to meet Department of Education (DOE) standards and avoid threats of closure.

Late last year, Comrie met with Miller about being his successor. After some thought, Miller said he took him up on his suggestion.

“[I feel] it’s a necessity to have a voice for the working people,” said Miller, who is currently the president of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1056. “If you have a record of bringing people together, folks gravitate towards that.”

The primary election is slated for June or September.

Block and Flowers did not return calls for comment as of press time.