Know Your Rights workshops coming to Jamaica

Know Your Rights workshops on criminal records is coming to Transitional Services for New York and South Jamaica Cornerstone Community Center.

The events will offer free lawyers who are available to discuss record sealing and getting a copy of your rap sheet.

You may be eligible to have your record sealed if you have one or two criminal convictions total, your convictions are more than 10 years old, and you have no more than one felony.

The first workshop, with LIFE Camp, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard.

The second will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 109-04 160th Street.

Both are on Thursday, October 25.


Legislation Passed to Protect Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay is located on the southern side of Long Island and is divided between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

This body of water is an important ecosystem that contains over 325 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies and 100 species of fin-fish.

Council members Costa Constantinides, Eric Ulrich, I. Daneek Miller, Adrienne Adams, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and other community leaders and residents came out to celebrate the passage of a legislative package that will help restore and protect this New York ecosystem and its surrounding communities.

Many community members refer to Jamaica Bay as a ‘hidden gem’ or a ‘national treasure,’ and are relieved to see political action being taken to preserve it.

The legislative package aims to provide a plan to preserve the health of Jamaica Bay, protect southern Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods that are prone to flooding (that have an increased number of basements with groundwater seepage), and overall make coastal areas more resilient to future storms and climate change.

The first part of the legislative package, Intro 750, will reinstate the New York City Jamaica Bay Task Force that was shut down five years ago by Mayor Bloomberg. The force will consist of 11 people, six chosen by the mayor, five chosen by the speaker of the Council. They will discuss solutions for sewage overflow, rising tides and chemicals from JFK Airport.

The second part of the package, Intro 749, mandates New York City to look into whether or not the groundwater flooding southeast Queens homes can be used for cooling and heating through geothermal exchange as an alternative to water boilers and for electricity.

The third part of the package, Intro 628, requires the city to study which coastal regions are at risk for flooding and plans to be made to prevent future damage. The study will be required every four years to keep up with the evolving rate of change the climate is facing.

Elected officials and community members have high hopes for this new legislation package’s effectiveness in preserving the Bay and improving the environmental status of surrounding neighborhoods.

“The legislation we’re heralding, the passage of supplements, the progress made over the last few years through the Administration’s near $2 billion, commitment to flood mitigation in the region by implementing a series of proactive measures that will direct the City to anticipate future floods, fortify prone neighborhoods, harness the energy of excess water, and protect the integrity of Jamaica Bay,” Miller said.

The legislation was passed unanimously.


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.