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Bloomberg endorses Obama for president


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Photo courtesy of the mayor's office

On the heels of the worst storm in the city’s history, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his endorsement of Barack Obama for president citing his leadership in climate change and potential to bridge both parties.

Bloomberg said Hurricane Sandy “brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,”  in an op-ed for Bloomberg View and re-published on his website.

“Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be – given this week’s devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action,” he wrote.

“One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”

Bloomberg cited New York’s PlaNYC, which has cut the city’s carbon footprint by 16 percent in the last five years, and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group as examples of local governments making progress where the federal government has not.

The mayor said that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney had “a history of tackling climate change,” but has since reversed course.

“I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts,” said Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned Independent.

He said he has found the past four years disappointing and that if the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney ran, he would have received his vote.

Despite his disappointment, Bloomberg said Obama achieved several victories including, Race to the Top, his health care law and women’s rights.

“When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor said that the Obama that ran in 2008  as a “pragmatic problem-solver and consensus-builder” devoted little time to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists as president.

“Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both found success while their parties were out of power in Congress — and President Obama can, too,” said Bloomberg. “If he listens to people on both sides of the aisle, and builds the trust of moderates, he can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours.”

 

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Possible afternoon showers. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low of 48. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Unarmed Guardsman shot by NYPD wanted to be a cop: mother

The unarmed Army National Guardsman who was pulled over on a Queens road and fatally shot by a cop yesterday wanted to become a police officer. “That was his dream,” Noel Polanco’s mother Cecilia told The Post today. Palanco’s 15-year-old sister Amanda Reyes said Polanco always wanted to help people. Read More: NY Post

Queens community taking stand against Neo-Nazi group

A Queens community is taking a stand against a hate group looking to move into their neighborhood. Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn announced in late September that they would be opening up a headquarters in New York. Officials say there are reports of Golden Dawn activity as well as sighting of their literature around Astoria. Read More: NY1

Court supports Queens woman’s right to die

The state’s highest court has sided with a terminally ill Queens woman waging a legal battle with her parents over her decision to be taken off life support. A brain-stem tumor has paralyzed 28-year-old Grace Sung Eun Lee from the neck down, and she depends on a tube to eat and one to breathe. The court’s decision Friday clears the way for Lee to chose to end her life. Read More: NBC NY

Drop in jobless figure gives jolt to race for president

The jobless rate abruptly dropped in September to its lowest level since the month President Obama took office, indicating a steadier recovery than previously thought and delivering another jolt to the presidential campaign. Read More: NY Times

CC Sabathia, Yankees open ALDS Sunday against Baltimore Orioles and Camden Yards

BRING ON THE BIRDS. The Yankees can finally begin preparing for their American League division series after the Orioles dispatched the Rangers in the AL’s  first ever wild-card game Friday night. After holding off the surging Orioles for the AL East title over the final month, the Yankees must now travel to Baltimore for the first two games of the best-of-five first round. Read More: Daily News

 

 

Romney officially receives Republican nomination


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With the end of 50 states’ roll call, Mitt Romney is now the official presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

Romney reached the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination shortly before 6 p.m. as each state took the podium announcing their delegate totals.

The Tampa convention, delayed due to Hurricane Isaac, livened up as the delegates took the stage rallying the GOP crowd behind their nominee.

With just over two months until the election, polls have Romney within percentage points of President Barack Obama.

The Democratic National Convention will take place in Charlotte during the week of September 3.

 

Obama To Give Commencement Address In City; Traffic Tie-Ups Expected


| jlane@queenscourier.com

President Barack Obama is visiting the city today where he will deliver the commencement address at Barnard College before attending a series of campaign fundraisers.

The president arrives in town around 11 a.m. and is scheduled to deliver the commencement address around 1 p.m.

NY1 will carry the president’s commencement address live from Barnard College, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.

Obama is also expected to receive a medal of distinction at the commencement.

The president graduated from neighboring Columbia University’s undergraduate college in 1983.

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Message from the President of Flushing Bank


| jburan@queenscourier.com

Photos Courtesy of Flushing Bank

John Buran

President and CEO of Flushing Bank

Over the past year, there has been a growing negative sentiment towards the banking industry. The latest headlines have been focused on the fees being charged for debit card usage. Community banks, like Flushing Bank, offer the consumer more economical choices.

Bank of America announced at the end of September that it would soon begin charging customers $5 a month if they use their debit cards for purchases, according to media reports. J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo are also testing $3 monthly debit card fees in some states.

With these new fees adding to an already challenging economic climate, Flushing Bank President and CEO John Buran said there are alternatives for growingly frustrated card holders.

“To avoid these fees, consumers are being asked to carry larger balances which for some may not be an option,” he said. “Community banks like ours have a different way of looking at this. At Flushing Bank, we believe it’s important to connect with the needs of the community that we serve.”

Buran said that as a community bank, Flushing Bank is efficient in its operations and diligent in managing expenses, which enables it to deliver low-cost banking services to its customers.

Along with not charging fees for debit card purchases, Buran said the bank has a variety of products and services geared to support and motivate consumers to keep using their debit cards, instead of having to hand over more money to the bank.

“Debit cards provide value and convenience to consumers and offer an alternative to credit cards,” he said. “We encourage our customers to use their debit card wherever and whenever it is convenient for them.”

For both businesses and consumers, Flushing Bank offers “Totally Free Checking,” in which there is no minimum balance requirement and no monthly fees. The bank also offers “BestRate Checking,” which allows customers who carry larger balances to earn competitive checking account interest rates. Customers can also use this as a savings account and a checking account, without the hassle of maintaining two accounts.

Additionally, according to Buran, as part of the bank’s marketing campaign, Flushing Bank will pay new checking customers up to $75 if they make five debit card transactions of $25 or more. For business checking customers, the offer is $50 for five debit card transactions of $25 or more.

“We think this is a tremendous value for our customers,” Buran said. “I think it’s important for people to know there are alternatives and that community banks are genuinely interested in establishing a relationship with their customers. At Flushing Bank, we believe that we are small enough to know you and large enough to help you.”

Flushing Bank has been helping families, business owners and communities grow and prosper for over 80 years. With 16 locations in the New York metropolitan area, including nine locations in Queens, the bank looks to continue in its tradition of following a community-based approach to banking relationships.

Star of Queens: Frank Kotnik (President of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol)


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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: For the past 11 years, Frank Kotnik has been the president of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol (G-COP), an organization that patrols the area in the 104th Precinct in private unmarked vehicles and reports all police, fire and medical emergencies to the proper authorities via radio. He has also been the Democratic District Leader for about three years and has been involved with the St. Patrick’s School advisory board in order to raise their enrollment.

PERSONAL: Kotnik has lived in Glendale his whole life. He has been married for 26 years and has a 10-year-old son. He enjoys spending time with his family, such as going to the beach, taking his son to karate and playing Lionel trains with him. Kotnik also stays in shape by playing golf twice a week.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Trying to recruit new members. Due to the lack of police manpower in the 104th Precinct, G-COP urges all concerned residents of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth and Middle Village to help us preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life in our communities. In other words, get off your rear and volunteer.”

FAVORITE MEMORY: “Meeting my wife and watching the birth of my son.”

INSPIRATION: To “preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life is what keeps me going. I still have my 1976 Firebird parked in my garage. I would like to restore it one day and possibly take it around with my wife and my son, like the good old days.”

Dorothy Matinale


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President of the Chamber of Commerce of Douglas Manor

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Dorothy Matinale is currently the president of the Douglas Manor Chamber of Commerce and helped start the chamber. She participates in local events in Douglas Manor including: the Douglaston arts festival, the Turkey Trot, the Holiday tree lighting and caroling, the mega yard sale and Douglaston Community Day. She also volunteers at her two sonss schools, the School for Language and Communication Development in Woodside and Holy Cross High School in Bayside.
PERSONAL: Matinale has been married to her husband Lou, for 24 years. She has three children, Mark, 16, Andrew, 13 and Dorothy-Ann, 12.

OCCUPATION: Matinale has a Masters in Elementary Education and taught for 11 years. Currently she is a licensed real estate broker and has had her own office for nine years.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Trying to balance everything in life. Between being a good mother and wife, keeping up with my job and giving back to my community it gets a little stressful at times but I always seem to manage it all.”

FAVORITE MEMORY: “The day I adopted each of my children.”

INSPIRATION: “My mother – she was always involved in the community. She taught me to give back and now I do the same, as I hope my own children would.” – Georgia Panagi

Op Ed: Labor invests in ‘The American Dream’


| gfloyd@queenscourier.com

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President Barack Obama recently proposed the American Jobs Act as a remedy to end the most devastating unemployment our nation has experienced since the Great Depression.

I have an idea on how to help.

In consultation with our financial advisors, union pension funds are routinely invested in various projects and bonds that will protect those funds, and enable them to grow. Often, those projects involve other states and nations. But here’s my thought: Let’s invest in America.

Specifically, let’s invest in New York where the added value would be job creation for New York workers. And I know this works. We tried it before with great results, in New York City in the 1970s and, before that, President Dwight Eisenhower successfully used this idea in the 1950s for building interstate highways. It’s already being done in California, where its public employee retirement system (CalPERS) has just earmarked an additional $800 million for infrastructure investment…on top of the $60 million already invested.

Some will see this as merely a “PR” smoke screen to counter critics of unions who say pensions, especially public employee pensions, are the cause of our nation’s economic crisis. But they are not. What the union-bashers forget is that we’re Americans too. We pay taxes and are struggling to do more with less, just like everyone else. We didn’t cause this mess we’re in!

The recent Census shows that poverty in the nation is at an all time high of 15 percent. And in New York, poverty is even higher, at 16 percent — marking the worst it has been since 1998. Experts warn that we run the risk of creating a new “underclass.” Clearly, we’ve got to do something to help ourselves and we’ve got to do it now!

I want to work with the president of New York State’s AFL-CIO, Denis Hughes, and my other colleagues in labor to identify different investment projects that will safeguard the money of pensioners as well as create jobs for New Yorkers.

This initiative will bring the labor movement back to its roots. Labor unions helped to build our nation’s middle class. We helped to make the “American Dream” come true. Sadly, some people have forgotten this. They only see the economic nightmare we all share.

This pension investment plan would revive the “American Dream” for our children and rebuild the middle class through investments in America by Americans and for Americans.

By Gregory Floyd, President of City Employees Union Local 237 International Brotherhood of Teamsters