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Op-ed: Planned Parenthood continues its care

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Once again, a group of anti-abortion activists has attacked Planned Parenthood doctors, nurses and patients with false accusations. And once again, its political allies are seizing on these accusations as an excuse to push the same dangerous agenda — ban abortion, shut down health centers and cut women off from care.

But we will never let that happen.

Planned Parenthood is the most trusted reproductive health care provider in this country, and nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our patients. Planned Parenthood of New York City has provided high-quality sexual and reproductive health services to New Yorkers for nearly 100 years, and that’s not going to change.

While anti-abortion extremists spend years attempting to make it harder for women to access the health care they need, Planned Parenthood’s caring, compassionate physicians, nurses, counselors and other providers continue to provide trusted, confidential care to everyone who walks through our doors.

Patients come to Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) from all walks of life. And we provide them with high-quality, affordable care regardless of their age, gender identity, immigration status or ability to pay.

PPNYC provides the full range of sexual and reproductive health services, including birth control, cancer screening, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing and counseling, and abortion.

We also provide sex education to young people, parents and professionals. And as the evidence has shown, making birth control more accessible and teaching comprehensive sex education are the most important factors in reducing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion.
Every day, PPNYC works to expand access to preventive care and birth control for New Yorkers by providing high-quality care to 50,000 patients every year at our four centers, no matter what.

We’re thrilled to soon reach new communities in Queens with the opening of our health center in Long Island City, which will bring us to five centers — one in each borough.
To our patients, coming to Planned Parenthood of New York City and having providers who they can trust and who put them at ease means everything.
In our patients’ own words:

“I came PP to get an IUD to prevent pregnancy until I am ready to intentionally start a family. I choose Planned Parenthood because I feel secure and respected by the staff for my family planning choices. Planned Parenthood is able to assist me financially — I would not be able to afford this birth control if not for assistance. I am deeply grateful that I can receive the support that I need to be in charge of my body while being responsible in effectively planning for my future.”

“Every time I come here I leave feeling safer and taken care of. My family lives on the other side of the country but with the staff here I did not feel alone. They care like family would. I am so thankful for Planned Parenthood and the positive impact they make in real people’s lives.”

We truly provide care, no matter what. The care that people receive at Planned Parenthood health centers helps millions of people plan their families and shape their futures. This is not going to change just because a group of extremists use fraud and harassment to try to cut women off from the care they need.

Joan Malin is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City.


Planned Parenthood cuts ribbon on first Queens health center in LIC

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Photos by Ryan Brown for Planned Parenthood of New York City

Long Island City is now home to a new health center bringing affordable services to the growing population of Queens.

Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) celebrated on Monday the ribbon cutting of its first Queens health and education center located at 21-41 45th Rd.

The state-of-the-art Diane L. Max Health Center, which officially opens in June, will provide a full range of sexual and reproductive health services.

“We’re thrilled to be opening the doors of this beautiful new health center to the Queens community,” said Joan Malin, president and CEO of PPNYC. “Queens represents the future of this city, and we’re so excited to be a part of this remarkable borough. Come June, Queens residents will have increased access to the high-quality, confidential sexual and reproductive health care services they need, regardless of their income or immigration status.”

The 14,000-square-foot patient-centered facility will have services that include birth control, gynecological care, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and options counseling, and abortion services.


PPNYC anticipated the new Queens center, once fully operational, will serve 17,500 clients per year. The location will also offer on-site health insurance enrollment through Medicaid and the New York State of Health Marketplace.

“This new center is a very big step for us. It puts Planned Parenthood in every borough and keeps New York City at the forefront of reproductive health care,” said Diane L. Max, PPNYC board chair. “The Queens center helps ensure that all New Yorkers, no matter where they live, can access the reproductive health care they need.”

The health center will have a bilingual staff and interpretation services, as well as translated materials for non-English-speaking clients. In its education center, the location will offer education and training for youth, adults and professionals, and has a community space open to PPNYC’s partners for education, training and advocacy events.

“For over five years, I have worked to help bolster quality affordable health care options in western Queens. Planned Parenthood’s new facility introduces a trusted health care provider into a growing community that needs affordable health care providers,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “I welcome Planned Parenthood to the community and look forward to working together to improve the quality of life for all Queens residents.”


Real estate roundup: Worst landlords in Queens, new 11-story Elmhurst building revealed

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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/ PropertyShark

Sunnyside building winds up on ‘Worst Landlord Watch List’

“New York’s annual “Worst Landlord Watch List” was released last week and it included a poorly-run building in Sunnyside and one in Woodside. The list, released by Public Advocate Letitia James, reported that the third worst building in Queens—in terms of violations—is located at 43-15 46th Street.” Read more [Sunnyside Post]

Revealed: 70-32 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst

“The new 69-unit residential building at 70-32 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, is being designed by Flushing-based architect Michael Kang. It will include about 55,000 square feet of residential space, with all apartments around 800 square feet in size. In most of the city this would mean rentals, but these will simply be small condos, as is common in New York’s Chinese neighborhoods.” Read more [New York YIMBY]

Planned Parenthood Is Expanding to Queens

Planned Parenthood’s abortion services have made it the target of national activism and federal budget cuts. But in spite of vocal opposition elsewhere, the organization is about to expand in New York City, breaking ground Thursday on its only center in Queens.” Read more [New York Times] 

Real estate roundup: Hallets Point holdout, subway cell phone service expanding to Queens stations

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Photo courtesy of the Durst Organization

Hallets Point holdout throws wrinkle in $1.5B Durst project

“A real estate investor that owns the last of three pieces that the Durst Organization needs to develop a $1.5 billion project in Astoria known as Hallets Point is holding out beyond the original September closing date, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the megaproject.” Read more [The Real Deal]

New York Subway Cell Service to Grow

“New York City subway riders will be able to use their phones and other devices for the first time in that outer borough along with more underground stations in Manhattan, under a rollout of additional wireless Internet and cellular service expected to be unveiled on Thursday.” Read more [The Wall Street Journal]

Planned Parenthood will break ground on its first Queens health center

“Planned Parenthood will break ground on its first Queens outpost Thursday, officials said. The 14,000-square-foot facility in Long Island City will offer testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as pregnancy tests and abortions.” Read more [The New York Daily News]

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Friday: Overcast with snow, then a chance of snow and rain in the afternoon. High of 41. Breezy. Winds from the North at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of snow 80% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 34F with a windchill as low as 25. Breezy. Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Humps and Bumps

Starting Friday, March 8, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning presents Humps and Bumps, a large-scale public art installation commissioned with the NYC Department of Transportation.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Winter weather advisory remains in effect as round 2 of storm continues

A wintry mix of snow and rain fell Thursday night across the Tri-State Area during the second part of a winter storm that already brought lashing winds and flooding across the Jersey Shore and parts of Long Island. Read more: CBS New York/AP

City’s jobless rate in January hit 4-month high

New York City’s unemployment rate rose back above 9 percent at the start of 2013, even though the city started the year with more jobs than it had ever had, according to reports released on Thursday. Read more: New York Times 

More thieves swipe unattended iPhones at NYC bars

Reports of iPhone thefts have spiked across the city, but it appears to be in nightclub and bar-packed neighborhoods where victims more frequently pay a hefty cost for a moment of distraction. Read more: NBC New York 

Faux fur at Century 21 fur real, activist claims

Fake fake fur, perhaps, but the fake fur on display may be anything but. So it seems at discount department store Century 21, which has come under fire for allegedly labeling garments as “faux fur” when they were real fur. Read more: Crains New York 

Teen pregnancy posters criticized by Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of New York City says a new campaign targeting teenage pregnancy stigmatizes teenage parents and their children. Read more: ABC New York 

Congressman King: Bin Laden’s son-in-law captured in Jordan

U.S. officials have captured Osama bin Laden’s spokesman in Jordan, Rep. Peter King announced Thursday. Read more: CBS New York

Women’s health coverage improved

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Forty-seven million women just got healthier.

On August 1, preventive benefits for women, including breast and pelvic exams, HPV and HIV testing, gestational diabetes screenings and contraceptives became available, co-pay free, to all insured women.

“I think it’s great,” said Pauline Compton, an accountant from Bayside. “I think all women should be entitled to co-pay free health services, just like men. I don’t think there should be anything held back as far as health care goes. Preventive care is the best thing, and it should not be limited to anybody.”

These benefits became available to women through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed by President Barack Obama in March 2010. Before August 1, the reform included only mammograms for women over 40 and osteoporosis bone-mineral-density screenings for women over 60.

“We see the need for affordable health care every single day,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “For the one in five women who relies on Planned Parenthood at some point in her life, the preventive benefits that began rolling out [August 1] will help ease the struggle of deciding whether to pay for birth control or pay for textbooks, groceries or gas for the car.”

Under the ACA, women will no longer be required to pay more than men for health insurance and people with pre-existing conditions, including cancer, cannot be denied coverage.

The new reform also includes counseling for victims of domestic violence.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), women employed by certain religious organizations with health care sponsored by their employers are exempt from the coverage requirement.

Additional reporting by Adrienne Kurtz

Woman murdered in Queens

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Woman murdered in Queens

A 33-year-old woman was found murdered last night in a Queens apartment building, police said. The victim, whose identity was withheld, was slashed across the throat and found at 8:30 p.m. by her in-laws in a second-floor apartment at 26-80 30th St. in Astoria. It was unclear how long she had been dead. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy. Detectives are looking to speak with the woman’s husband, cops said. Read More: New York Post


East Side ‘rape’ bust

A maintenance worker has been busted for allegedly raping a woman after breaking into her Manhattan apartment while she slept. Alberto Delgado, 37, of Queens, was arrested Tuesday on rape charges for allegedly assaulting the 24-year-old woman in her apartment on East 30th Street near Third Avenue, police sources said. The attack occurred in the early-morning hours on Dec. 16 after the victim attended a party at another apartment in the building, the sources said. Read More: New York Post

CUNY Law shielding bad grads from bar

Anxious CUNY Law School administrators are urging struggling students not to take this summer’s bar exam in an apparent bid to boost the school’s sagging pass rates, irate students charged. The administrators even offered a handful of students a grant in the fall that’s normally reserved for those taking the July exam if they would agree to postpone sitting for the test until February 2013. Students say an associate dean has pulled at least six classmates in for a one-on-one sales pitch advocating for the delay — even though the February exam is reputedly more difficult. Read More: New York Post

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens

It won’t be just Giants and Patriots fans hitting the bars to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5 — more than 110 million people watched last year’s game.  Bars and restaurants throughout Queens feature food and drink specials for Giants fans and anyone else that wants to take in the Super Bowl 42 rematch.  Here are a few places to watch the games in Queens… Read More: Queens Courier


Mike $laps Komen

Mayor Bloomberg rode to the rescue of Planned Parenthood yesterday, pledging up to $250,000 for the organization after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer foundation yanked funding for screenings. “Politics have no place in health care,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Breast-cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care,” he said. “We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way,” he added. But Bloomberg refused to say whether he would cut his own ties with Komen. Read More: New York Post


Service disruptions on 7-line could put damper on Flushing Lunar New Year parade 

Queens’ massive Year of the Dragon celebration may be hindered by MTA subway disruptions, several elected officials and business owners fear. Saturday’s Flushing Lunar New Year Parade — one of the city’s largest celebrations — coincides with the ongoing 7-train rehabilitation that cuts service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza. The lack of a direct link from Manhattan to Flushing could stifle the flow of attendees, which usually tops more than 100,000 people, said parade organizer Peter Tu. Read More: Daily News


Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona gears up for Black History Month

Louis Armstrong was already an international jazz icon when he stepped out of a taxi in front of a Corona house in 1942 that his fourth wife, Lucille, had just picked out. After growing up in poverty in New Orleans, owning even a modest home in a middle-class Queens neighborhood was almost inconceivable. “He couldn’t believe he owned this house,” said Al Pomerantz, a volunteer at Satchmo’s Corona home that is now the Louis Armstrong House Museum. “It wasn’t until Lucille actually answered the door that he let [the cabbie\] drive away.” Read More: Daily News

Daytime Burglaries Rattle Queens Community

Some Indian New Yorkers think their Queens community is being targeted by thieves. “I turned the lock, and I was like, ‘wait a second, I locked the door when we left that morning,’” said Lea Balgobin, a burglary victim. She did, but someone had broken into her home after she left with her husband Rohan to run errands. The burglar only took cash and gold. “Every piece of jewelry we had, they took,” said Rohan Balgobin. Those items were worth over $50,000 according to the police report . The Balgobins say it’s common for Indians from Asia and the West Indies to keep large amounts of jewelry in their homes because people often give gold as gifts and the jewelry is passed for generations. Read More: NY1