Howard Beach Home of the Week 9/22/18

This Home of the Week is a lovely one family home located in Howard Beach.
The home is a split colonial with the main floor featuring a kitchen, living room, dining room,three bedrooms and 1 full bathroom. The top floor includes a master suite with a bath, closet and jacuzzi.
There are four skylights and a finished basement. The home also features a Florida room and Electric Service 200 Amp., in ground pool.
The property is listed by Eliot Hill Realty for $849,000.


Resorts World Casino NYC’s September lineup

September is an exciting month for visitors to Resorts World Casino New York City. Here are just some of the themed-events taking place every night this month at Bar 360:

  • Karaoke Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Latin Tuesdays, with salsa lessons from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and live performances from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Tribute Wednesdays from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Throwback Thursdays from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Weekend Kickoff Fridays from 8 to 10 p.m. and live DJs from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Ladies Night Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Jukebox Memories Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Central Park event space will also host several big events:

  • Mimi Choo and Vivian Liu: Live in concert on September 15 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Willie Colon: Exclusive performance by the Grammy-nominated singer, producer and songwriter. Opening performances by Tito Rodriguez Jr. and his orchestra. The event is on September 29.

Howard Beach Home of the Week 9/8/18

This single family split home is a real beautiful gem!

It’s in move-in condition, features a unique layout, has a full finished basement and has a charming front porch. In addition to four bedrooms and two bathrooms, there’s a walk-up attic.

The yard has nice landscaping as well as a fully fenced and private backyard.

The home is located at 94-11 157th Ave. in Howard Beach.

The property is listed by Capri Jet Realty Corp. for $798,888.


How green was your state legislator this year?

The New York League of Conservation Voters released its “Environmental Scorecard,” which grades lawmakers on how they voted on environmental bills.

The green lobby group considered voting records for 13 bills, five of which passed the State Senate and seven of which passed the Assembly.

The legislation ranges on issues from prohibiting offshore drilling and protecting working farms to paint stewardship and single-use carryout bags.

Overall, 16 state senators received a perfect score, while 32 Assembly members got a perfect score.

The Senate Democrats averaged 92%, and the Senate Republicans averaged 60%. Assembly Democrats averaged 83%, while Assembly Republicans averaged 59%.

In Queens specifically, the Assembly members’ average was 77%, while Queens senators averaged 92%.

Here’s how southeast Queens representatives did on the scorecard:

  • State Senator James Sanders: 92%
  • State Senator Leroy Comrie: 92%
  • State Senator Joseph Addabbo: 83%
  • Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato: 69%
  • Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman: 85%
  • Assemblywoman Michele Titus: 54%
  • Assemblywoman Vivian Cook: 83%
  • Assemblyman Clyde Vanel: 77%

Know Your Rights workshop being held August 6th

The “Know Your Rights Week: Closing Cases, Opening Doors,” is a week-long series of public legal workshops between August 6-10 held throughout Queens, including Jamaica. In the workshops, participants can access free, confidential advice from lawyers on ways to alleviate unnecessary barriers to employment and economic opportunity, including applications to seal their non-violent criminal conviction records, cleaning up rap sheets and obtaining Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct.

“If you’ve proven that you’ve turned your life around and are making good, the burden of a past non-violent mistake should not ruin or impede your future opportunities for the rest of your life,” Borough President Melinda Katz said. “Second chances and social justice reform are an integral part of New York values. This is about eliminating barriers to employment and economic opportunity, reducing recidivism rates and breaking the cycle.”

Any criminal conviction can significantly hinder a person’s ability to secure employment, housing, financial aid, professional licenses and numerous other rights and benefits. But under New York’s conviction sealing law, which applies to specific non-violent crimes, there’s the belief that non-violent offenders who have turned their lives around for the better should no longer have to bear the stigma of a conviction or face unnecessary barriers to opportunity and employment.

“Our hope and aim with ‘Know Your Rights Weeks’ is to bolster public awareness and connect eligible New Yorkers with free legal assistance and, ultimately, relief,” Katz added. “The tireless efforts on the part of our community partners – and especially the Legal Aid Society – to equip and empower New Yorkers of their rights have a direct impact on building a better future for the growing families of Queens.”

Jamaica Workshop
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: LIFE Camp, Inc., @ 111-12 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica
RSVP: Call Germain Thompson at 646.300.0538


Fashion lessons available in St. Alban’s

Want to learn more about fashion? Why not attend some fashion lessons at the Queens Center of the Arts?
Whether you’re looking for “drop-in” or monthly classes, or a specific sewing project, you can learn a lot from the Design & Sewing Lessons. Some things you’ll learn is how to turn an idea into a professionally finished piece.
Those 14 years and older will have classes on subjects such as sewing for fun, how to start a business or how to complete a portfolio to apply to an art school.
Pre-registration is required and classes range from $40 to $150. Once registered, you will receive an email with the supplies list.
For more info, visit
Queens Center of the Arts is located at 198-20 Linden Blvd. in St. Alban’s.


Naturalization clinic in Jamaica on June 26

As part of the borough president’s “Know Your Rights Week: Immigrants,” Queens Legal Services is hosting a Naturalization Clinic at 89-00 Supthin Boulevard on Tuesday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come with questions and documents regarding naturalization and the citizenship process. Attorneys will be on hand to provide free and safe services for all immigrants.

Schedule an appointment in advance at 917-661-4500. Interpretation services are available in English, Spanish and Korean.

Later that Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m., legal and social services organizations are hosting an Immigration Resource Fair at Queens Center Mall. Stop by for assistance there as well.


Richard David launches campaign for district leader

Community Board member and activist Richard S. David has declared his candidacy for Democratic District Leader in the 31st Assembly District Part B.
“I’m pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for District Leader. This is a great opportunity to grow the Democratic Party in the community by connecting residents and activists with a process they have felt locked out of for decades,” said Richard. “I am energized and excited. I have learned a lot since the last election and I am not going to give up fighting for my neighbors.”
The position, which is currently vacant, was previously held by Council Member Ruben Wills, and covers neighborhoods such as South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill. The current co-District Leader is Assembly Member Michele Titus.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Richard David as co-chair of the Democratic Party in the district,” said Assembly Member Michele Titus. “I look forward to working collaboratively for the betterment of our community and our party.”
In 2017, Richard ran for the City Council in District 28 and came in second with almost 3,000 votes. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University.
Within the community, Richard has been active in many organizations including serving as a Community Board Member for over 10 years. He is also a co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, the largest organization providing services to Guyanese, Trinidadians and all working class New Yorkers.
Richard was previously a Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation where he oversaw the construction of cultural facilities, senior centers and other vital community spaces. He was also an Executive Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs overseeing a City-wide program to lower the cost of public transportation by increasing the use of a Federal tax deduction.
He is currently a Chief of Staff at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.
A launch event is planned for June 23, 2018 with several elected officials, organizations, community leaders and residents expected to be in attendance.


Friends of Forest Park urge for NCOs like those present at Resorts World Casino

Photo credit: NYPD

At a recent Queens Borough Board meeting, representatives from Patrol Borough Queens South announced that there weren’t plans for Forest Park to have a Neighborhood Coordination Officer (NCO).

NCOs serve as liaisons between the police and the community, in addition to fighting crime, problem solving, following up on previous incidents and attending community meetings.

“It was upsetting to us because Forest Park is such an important part of the 102nd Precinct,” said MK Moore, president of Friends of Forest Park. “In the last year, we have worked very closely with the 102nd Precinct to get some heavy enforcement in the park, and we’ve seen the benefit of that with the park becoming more family-friendly.”

After the announcement, Moore wrote to Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, to consider adding an NCO to Forest Park.

Though the NCO program is usually based in neighborhoods, Resorts World Casino and Aqueduct Race Track in the 106th Precinct were given a pair of NCOs last year. Moore argued that if the casino can get the officers, Forest Park should too.

“The casino got NCOs, and they have more money than God over there,” he said. “We need our own NCO at Forest Park.”

For the full story, visit the Leader-Observer’s website.