TIME TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE FLY BY NIGHT HOME DAYCARE CENTERS

Shitty fly by night daycare centers in homes are prevalent in Jamaica and other communities of color and immigrants, which no doubt some are not even licensed, poorly managed and not a place that I would drop off a goldfish. They stick some sign up on their house and just like magic, a daycare center. You see many of these shit hole places come and go, especially in Jamaica. One that was in a crappy house that was also apartments on 170th Street below Hillside Avenue caught fire about two years ago on a Sunday morning. Luckily there were no children in it at the time, but after that,  the place was closed down.

After the recent incident, when a 20 month year old boy was thrown down on the ground by a total shit bag, Athena Skeeter, 40, who also goes by Athena Cross, and died at one of these shit hole home day care centers, it is time for the city to take major action on this problem that preys on lower economic people and mostly people of color, who unfortunately put their child’s life in these shoddy places hands.

From The Daily News:

Bronx woman claims she was ‘wrestling’ with baby before he died at her day care center; police arrest her

Athena Skeeter has been charged with manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of little 20-month-old Cardell Williamson. She allegedly threw him on the floor and stepped on him.

Cardell Williamson, who was 20 months old, died while in the care of Athena Skeeter, who ran a home day care in the Bronx.

Cardell Williamson, who was 20 months old, died while in the care of Athena Skeeter, who ran a home day care in the Bronx.

A state-licensed day care provider was hit with manslaughter charges Sunday stemming from the death of a Bronx toddler she admitted throwing on the floor and stepping on in a twisted “wrestling” match.

Athena Skeeter, 40, who also goes by Athena Cross, described to cops the gruesome details of how she delivered lethal blows to 20-month-old Cardell Williamson and put him in a bath of scalding water.

“She was supposed to provide child care. All she provided was the death of my child,” Cardell’s devastated father, Carlyle Williamson, 56, told the Daily News on Sunday.

The father said city officials forced him to take his son to Skeeter as part of a back-to-work program he qualified for under city welfare rules.

“She took a presence from my life that can never be replaced,” said the father, a recovering drug addict who won sole custody of Cardell about seven months ago.

Williamson, who is being trained as a landscaper after completing a court-ordered drug education program, said he hasn’t seen his son’s drug-addled mother, Tomasina Cheatham, 31, in months.

Skeeter, who according to records has been a state-licensed day care provider since 2005, was arraigned Sunday in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

“I was wrestling with Cardell,” Skeeter told detectives in a blow-by-blow of what occurred Friday afternoon inside her home day care center on College Ave. in Claremont, the Bronx, according to a criminal complaint.

“I flipped him on to the bed. I had a lot of stuff on the bed. I lifted him by one arm and one leg and threw him to the floor. The floor was hardwood. I stepped on his stomach three times,” Skeeter told police. “I didn’t use full force. I then threw my son on top of Cardell and stepped on his stomach three times.”

She said Cardell suddenly “acted different” and began to throw up, according to the complaint. “His head kept tilting,” Skeeter told cops. “He couldn’t walk on his own.”

She said she put the boy in the bathtub and put cold water on his face to revive him.

“I step out of the bathroom to put the bath chair outside of the bathroom,” Skeeter said. “I turned around and Cardell was slumped over with his head in the water and steam was coming out of the water.”

She said the child was unresponsive and had burns on his arms and face.

Cops responding to Skeeter’s 911 call just after 2 p.m. Friday rushed the boy to Bronx Lebanon Hospital in their squad car, but doctors were unable to save him.

The city medical examiner’s office ruled Cardell’s death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to his head and torso.

Skeeter was being held without bail Sunday. She was to return to court Thursday.

State records show no violations were found during the last inspection of Skeeter’s day care on April 18, 2013.

Carlyle Williamson said he was preparing to find a new day care provider after his son suffered several injuries since he started leaving him in Skeeter’s care three or four months ago.

“I just didn’t feel comfortable leaving him in the care of this person, but you have to comply with the rules to be a part of the back-to-work program,” he said.

He told The News his son came home before with bumps and bruises, but the day care operator always had an excuse.

“Two weeks ago he came home with a bump on his head and split lip. She told me he slipped and fell in the kitchen,” Williamson said. “Another time, he came back all scraped up and she said he fell down some steps because his shoes were too tight. She always had a story for what had happened.”

A source familiar with the back-to-work program run by the Human Resources Administration of the Department of Social Services confirmed the city agency offers clients free day care with city- or state-approved providers.

Williamson’s brother said the death of his nephew was especially heartbreaking because the father worked so hard to get custody and be a responsible dad.

“This man has done a complete (180) in the last four or five years,” James Joyce, 54, said of his brother. “He’s been clean, won’t even take a drink. He’s a great father. He’s been a model citizen.”

Williamson said the city Administration for Children’s Services took custody of Cardell from Cheatham after the baby was born.

He said that when he filed for custody, Cheatham showed up in Bronx Family Court to fight for the child. He said he was awarded custody when she stopped appearing for hearings and disappeared from their son’s life.

“We are deeply saddened and concerned by the news about toddler Cardell Williamson, and our agencies are collaborating with the investigation of his tragic death,” said Maibe Ponet, a spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio.

 

WILD WILD WEST SHOOTOUT IN THE SPRINGFIELD GARDENS OF JAMAICA

Kind of ironic when I trash Jamaica, there will be people who are adamant how places like Laurelton and Springfield Gardens are the exception to the rule………………….OH REALLY!

Maybe the US Marshalls should not have opened fire and instead used harsh words. And this is why being a law enforcement officer is far from an easy job. Maybe Al Sharpton would like to say a few words.

From The Daily News:

Drug smuggler opens fire on U.S. marshals during Queens raid: cops

Authorities broke down the door to the 175th St. apartment in Springfield Gardens late Tuesday and were greeted by a hail of fire from an automatic weapon.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

WILD SHOOTOUT IN QUEENS: Wanted drug smuggler opens fire on U.S. marshals after authorities break down door with battering ram — ‘He knew we were here’

Seven U.S. marshals broke down the door to a rear apartment on 175th St. near 144th Dr. in Springfield Gardens around 11 p.m., said witnesses.

Seven U.S. marshals broke down the door to a rear apartment on 175th St. near 144th Dr. in Springfield Gardens around 11 p.m., said witnesses.

U.S. marshals using a battering ram to enter a Queens apartment late Tuesday were greeted by bullets from the drug smuggler on the other side of the door, authorities said.

Seven U.S. marshals broke down the door to a rear apartment on 175th St. near 144th Dr. in Springfield Gardens around 11 p.m., said witnesses and authorities.

“He was prepared, he knew we were here,” a police source said.

The marshals returned fire from the door, a police source said. The trapped man, who was wanted for cocaine smuggling and a Brooklyn assault, then went into the backyard, where he fired at NYPD detectives stationed there as backup, a police source said.

The surrounded man finally returned to the apartment and abandoned his automatic pistol after he was shot in the left hand, a police source said.

“They broke in the door with a battering ram, two seconds later one of the (marshals) said ‘he has a gun,’” witness Samantha Johnson, 25, said. “Then pop, pop, pop, he shot first and then they shot back — around 15 shots.

“They were saying come the f— out or we’re going to shoot you,” Johnson said.

The gunman tossed his weapon out the front door of the apartment and then walked out of the door with his hands up, wearing a bullet-proof vest and bleeding from his left arm, witnesses said.

Waiting authorities tackled him and cuffed him, a police source said. The man’s identity was not immediately released.

“They’ve been looking for him for a long time,” a cop source said.

Witness David Young said the man was a wreck as he lay in custody.

“When he was on the ground crying, the marshals were saying ‘man up,’” Young said.

Maryce Simpson, 42, who lives across the street from where the fugitive was arrested, said the shootout terrified her family.

“We were scared for our lives!” Simpson said. “We were just trying to keep the kids’ heads down.”

“You could smell the gunpowder in the air,” said Michelle Riches, 26, who heard the firefight from her nearby home.

Riches said the police response was incredible.

“In like 30 seconds, the whole block was full of cops.”

No marshals or cops were injured, authorities said.

UNARMED SALT LAKE CITY WHITE 20 YEAR OLD SHOT AND KILLED BY BLACK OFFICER, YET NO OUTRAGE

Photo by: Charlie Riedel Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, druing a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Inset) Undated Facebook photo of Dillon Taylor, 20 who was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police.

Photo by: Charlie Riedel
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Inset) Undated Facebook photo of Dillon Taylor, 20 who was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police.

A 20 year old supposedly unarmed white man (half white, half hispanic), Dillon Yaylor was shot and killed by a black police officer on August 11th outside a 7-Eleven, yet most have not probably heard this story compared to the story of Michael Brown of Ferguson or Eric Garner of Staten Island both killed by white police officers. So is there some double standard, because both Garner and especially Brown have been played over and over constantly (with an unjustified racial slant) by many in the media and the public, yet most have not even heard of the Taylor killing. Does one deserve media coverage while the other doesn’t. Or is it the fact that the victim was white and the police officer was black and that does not make for a sensationalized story that gets folks all riled up?

But let’s look at three things with all these stories.

First, yes, there are some police officers who tend to be more aggressive and quicker than others with a gun, but what exactly are police officers to do when confronted with people who resist arrest or fight back. Let’s face it, not one of us knows what it is like to go to work and deal with criminals, violent people, dangerous felons, lunatics and so many other bottom of the barrel people and wonder if this day will be my last day. I am sure the majority of police officers do not like having to pull their gun and shoot.

Second, the majority of people shot and killed by police officers, were not upstanding citizens just hanging out reading a book.  Dillon Taylor, who had a $25,000 bench warrant for a probation violation in connection with felony robbery and obstructing justice conviction was no “angle” like many family members painted Michel Brown, who from a video tape, stole a box of cigarillos and shoved a convenience store clerk into a rack not long before he was shot and killed in Ferguson.

Third not every single situation is “racially motivated”  which is how some of the media and some people have played the Garner and Brown situation. Many times it is police officer and bad guy, plain and simple.

Could some of these killing have been avoided, sure some of them could, if both officers and victims acted differently, especially the victims, but most of the times officers have no choice.

So do we want some kind of police state (which really is not happening as some have said). Of course not. Do we want criminals running wild with abandoned to do whatever they want. Most definitely not. BUT what we don’t need is a media that sensationalizes a story to sell newspapers and being irresponsible in their reporting.

You can read the story at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/25/critics-see-racial-double-standard-in-coverage-of-/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

 

2014 NEW YORK STATE SENATE DISTRICT 14 CANDIDATE FORUM, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD

On Wednesday, September 3rd, beginning at 6:30, will be State Senate District 14 candidate forum with Senator Malcolm Smith, Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery.

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Address:
Salvation Army Jamaica Citadel
90-23 161st Street
Jamaica, NY 11432

Listen to what these folks have to say, lie about, make up or whatever. Be informed and participant. This is your community.

Click on photo to sign up

Click on photo to sign up

 

 

 

SENATE SOAP OPERA DRAMA: GOOD OL’ BOY REV. FLAKE ENDORSES GOOD OL’ BOY SENATOR MALCOLM SMITH

The 14th senate district in Jamaica is becoming a soap opera with the Jamaica Good Ol’ Boys Club marking their territory. The latest news in the election, big time Good Ol’ Boy Rev. Floyd Flake has come out to endorse another Goold Ol’ Boys Club member Senator Malcolm Smith. One questionable figure endorses another questionable figure.

What makes all this even more interesting is the the Comrie factor. Obviously some bad blood has spilled between Flake and the other Good Ol’ Boy’s Club member Comrie. During the Queens Borough President election, Flake endorsed Melinda Katz as opposed to Jamaica’s own Leroy Comrie, he eventually dropped out, became the Queens Borough Deputy President, quit that post and became “special assistant” to Katz at a salary of $100,000 per year while spending most of his time running a Senate campaign.

Now my district is the 11th, where I will be voting for the one true honest and hard working elected leader, Senator Tony Avella, but if I was voting in the 14th, of course I would be putting my vote to intelligent, well-educated, well spoken and much more in tune with Jamaica’s problems, attorney Munir Avery, a major breath of fresh air. BUT if I had to choose between Comrie or Smith, no doubt I would go with Smith. Although he is involved in corruption charges with a trial coming up in January, the man has put in the time as Senator and has actually done some good, while Comrie has not only proven himself not to be a leader of action as his 12 years as council member has shown (GARBAGE PROBLEM), but he recently has done too many start, quit, start quit bullshit in the musical chair game of politics.

Should be interesting as the Jamaica Good Ol’ Boys Club battle it out. There seems to be no shame in Jamaica politics and our church leaders. Go to prison for stealing money (former Shirley Huntley), be welcomed back in the community by the Rev. Charles Norris Sr with a “coming home ceremony”. Get involved in shady corruption dealings (Smith) and get backed by  influential and questionable Rev. Floyd Flake. And you wonder why Jamaica looks like shit and has looked like shit for decades.  You can thank the Jamaica Good Ol’ Boys Club.

I love the line by Smith: “I am honored and humbled,” Smith said. “These are gentlemen who have a stamp on southeast Queens like no one else.”

Ah, exactly what kind of stamp, because Jamaica is a big shit  hole of a community and it has been for decades with little improvement. Garbage, crime, shootings, killings, poor zoning, illegal apartments, illegal curb cuts, poor retail, inadequate restaurants, no night life (unless you counts robberies, shootings and killings), bottom of the barrel people, poor roads, dirty subway stations, dirty drug dealing bodegas, illegal parking all over the district………………need I go on or maybe I just have higher standards than most and find the conditions of Jamaica totally appalling while our leaders do so little.

Vote with your smarts, VOTE FOR MUNIR AVERY for Senate in the 14th district.

From NY1:

Influential Queens Pastor Backs Smith in State Senate Primary

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Indicted state Senator Malcolm Smith has received a key endorsement from an influential Queens pastor.

The Rev. Floyd Flake, who served in Congress in the 1980s and ’90s, endorsed Smith outside his church Sunday morning.

Flake said Smith would fight the charges against him, and even cited charges he himself faced in the ’90s that were eventually tossed out.

Smith’s bribery trial ended in a mistrial earlier this summer. A new trial is set to start in January.

“I went through the same process. I went through the trial. They had nothing on me, but they tried to hold me back because they didn’t want me in the office, and I think they are doing the same thing to him,” Flake said. “I am endorsing Malcolm Smith. I believe that he’s the best of the candidates, and I believe he will be the best for southeast Queens.”

“I am honored and humbled,” Smith said. “These are gentlemen who have a stamp on southeast Queens like no one else.”

Smith faces a tough re-election battle against former City Councilman Leroy Comrie and attorney Munir Avery next month.

JAMAICA NON-PROFIT, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN JAMAICA, “DOES WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT”

Corruption and doing shady shit does not fall to just our leaders, some of Jamaica’s non-profit are getting into the act and why not, it is the Wild Wild West of Queens where you do whatever the fuck you want and you pretty much can get away with it. I wonder if any of our great local leaders have a hand in this?  Did they throw any any money (tax payer’s money of course) toward this non-profit, like Leroy Comrie did with the bogus women’s health clinic, Angeldocs (http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2013/12/8536998/ag-queens-nonprofit-executive-stole-grant-money), where he tossed $5000 to them and has yet explained that?

From DNAinfo:

City Demands Jamaica Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program Return $300K

The city is taking New Spirit, a Jamaica nonprofit, to court in an effort to get back nearly $300,000.

The city is taking New Spirit, a Jamaica nonprofit, to court in an effort to get back nearly $300,000.

QUEENS — The city is trying to get nearly $300,000 back from a Jamaica substance abuse center, which officials say may have misused the funds, according to court documents.

According to the complaint, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Aug. 8, New Spirit II signed a contract with the Department of Health in July 2008 and “received funding to deliver medically supervised outpatient services for the treatment of alcohol and chemical dependency between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.”

After an audit was conducted in November 2011, the city demanded the nonprofit, on South Road and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, return the $285,866, which the group failed to do, according to the document.

“This lawsuit is a routine action brought against an agency that failed to live up to its contract with the city,” lawyer Alan Kleinman of the city’s Law Department said in an email.

Kleinman declined to say where New Spirit II spent the money.

The center, which was founded in 1995 and serves about 100 outpatient clients at a time, is part of J-CAP, a large network of alcohol and substance abuse treatment programs.

J-CAP was co-founded by the late Thomas White Jr., a city councilman who represented Jamaica and South Jamaica from 1992 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2010, when he died.

J-CAP came under scrutiny recently after a boss there allegedly used staff members to do personal work at his homes on the Upper East Side and the Hamptons, according to the New York Post.

Nancy Brinn, chief operating officer at J-CAP, declined to discuss the legal action.

“This Notice is now in the hands of our Attorney who is reviewing it,” Brinn wrote in an email. “He will respond as required by law.”

 

LONG TIME JAMAICA RESIDENT & COMMUNITY ACTIVST AMY ANDERSON HAVING A FUNDRAISER TO HELP PAY FOR NEIGHBOR & NAVY VET FRANK JOSEPH SHEMENSKI’S BURIAL

I was informed today that a neighbor who lived in the same building on Parsons Boulevard and 89th Avenue as community activist Amy Anderson has died. Frank Joseph Shemenski, 57 and a Navy Vet, who had terminal cancer and hepatitis committed suicide in his apartment building this past weekend.

Shemenski, who has no known surviving relatives, grew up in a foster home and has lived in Jamaica the past three years. Being a Navy veteran, most of the funeral expenses are being paid for by the Navy, but Amy and some of his other friends & neighbors are trying to raise $1800 to cover the picking up of the body to the funeral home, the coffin and the transportation to the Calverton National Cemetery in Long Island, which he will be buried on this Friday, August 29th at 11am.

Amy is conducting a fundraising drive by trying to get 1800 people to donate $1 each. The bill was actually $2000, but both Amy and the landlord of the apartment building have donated $100 each, leaving a balance of $1800

Donations can be made and sent to:

Jerard J. Neufeld Funeral Home Inc.

88-04 43rd Avenue

Elmhurst, NY  11373

Attn: Frank Joseph Schemenski Fundraiser

718-424-4000

Calverton National Cemetery

Calverton National Cemetery