MIGHT WANT TO THINK FIRST BEFORE STEPPING INTO ONE OF THOSE GHETTO JAMAICA DOLLAR VANS

Putting your life at risk in these low-class ghetto vans.

Putting your life at risk in these low-class ghetto vans.

No surprise this is in Jamaica, the land of the ghetto lawlessness. I rode one of these shit vans once and only once. Between the asshole drivers and some of the low-class slobs, once was enough. Besides getting injured or killed, bedbugs from these dirty vans are highly likely.bedbugs Yes, we are a shit third world country.

From DNAinfo New York:

Dollar Van Driver Who Fled From Police Had 14 Arrests Since 2008: Police

QUEENS — An unlicensed “dollar van” driver who was arrested after trying to flee from police in Jamaica on Sunday had more than a dozen prior arrests for charges including reckless driving and driving without a license and he tried to flee from police before in eerily similar circumstances just months ago, officials said.

The incident left Jameson Golding’s 22-year-old passenger is in critical condition after she jumped out of the moving vehicle in an attempt to flee, police said Monday.

Officials said that Golding, 22, has 14 prior arrests dating back to 2008, including five this year. At least five of his prior arrests were for driving without a valid driver’s license,  police said. Several arrests were sealed. The results of those cases were not immediately clear.

In March, Golding was also arrested for reckless driving and fleeing police officers.

According to the criminal complaint, police were trying to arrest him in Flatbush, Brooklyn, for driving a van which he was operating improperly as an illegal cab.

Police said that Golding refused to stop and — with 10 passengers inside — he drove away “at a high speed,” crossing red light and forcing other vehicles to swerve out of his way, before abandoning the vehicle.

According to the Brooklyn District Attorney‘s office, Golding’s license was suspended at his arraignment on March 17 and he was released without bail. The case is ongoing.

In August 2013, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Golding was also convicted of not having the proper type of driver’s license and not wearing a seatbelt.

Police said that on Sunday, they tried to stop the red Ford Econoline at about 4:45 p.m.  on Archer Avenue, near 165th Street, but the driver fled, police said.

As Golding continued to drive, the 22-year-old woman, one of several passengers in the van, jumped from the fast-moving van near 106-99 Union Hall St., police said.

Golding abandoned the vehicle soon after near Foch Boulevard, and tried to flee on foot, but was arrested shortly after, authorities said.

The woman, from Cambria Heights, was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, police said.

Goldin was arrested on a slew of charges, including resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, according to police.

As of Monday afternoon, Golding had not been arraigned, the Queens District Attorney’s office said.

Golding’s lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.

103RD PRECINCT “THE UNTOUCHABLES” GET THE JOB DONE, JAMAICA USELESS LEADERS DO NOT

Thug Auto Body Shop at 102-80 Merrick

Merrick Blvd sidewalk before “The Untouchables”.

From Pamela Hazel:

Residents are very pleased and continue to comment on the clear sidewalk. at the location on Merrick Boulevard between 108 & 109 Avenues.

Merrick Blvd sidewalk after "The Untouchables"

Merrick Blvd sidewalk after “The Untouchables”

Just to remind supporters, this is a result of The Untouchables diligent work. Officer Cedillo and his team from the 103rd precinct,  did what local leaders  said was impossible. They simply interpreted and enforced the law on behalf  of residents.

The Untouchables removed  a vast amount of abandoned vehicles (eyesores), throughout their jurisdiction and  warned chop shop owners that they cannot leave their cars on the sidewalk for an extended time. They even gave chop shop owners 24-hours notice.

For years, local leaders said they were working on a strategy, but nothing was done. Needless to say, they were operating under the same law.

However, a few months ago,  The Untouchables set out to assist with the abandoned vehicles’ epidemic. Well, well, well, the once don’t-give-a-damn chop shop owners have a new status ( law abiding citizens).

Team P/J is still working on the garbage situation at the bus stop at this location. Cameras have to be installed. Sooner or later, the cave people will become law abiding folks too.
Thanks again to the Untouchables, your presence has a lasting effect.

A sidewalk is made for walking, and that’s just what we’ll do.

Garbage dump violators will soon be caught.

108th & Merrick, a constant problem of commercial and household garbage.

108th & Merrick, a constant problem of commercial and household garbage.

WHAT LEROY COMRIE DID TO SENATE CANDIDATE BERNADETTE SEMPLE IS A FORM OF VOTER SUPPRESSION

Navy Veteran Bernadette Semple challenges embattled State Sen. Malcolm Smith in the Democratic primary for his southeast Queens seat and goes up against useless former Councilman Leroy Comrie

Navy Veteran Bernadette Semple, a victim of a kind of voter suppression by Leroy Comrie

Voter suppression has been a big topic in recent years, especially during the Obama/Romney campaign, where many voters, mostly Black and Hispanic were tossed of the voters rolls.

Ironic that another type of voter suppression that you do not hear that much about is “petition challenges”, where usually an incumbent attempts to remove a candidate from the ballot, which tends to happen much in Jamaica, to keep the incumbent in office while removing any newcomers who might pose a threat to the status quo.

It has happened during a past election where Councilman Ruben Wills had two candidates removed from the ballots (and he was re-elected) and most recently happened this past primary, where Leroy Comrie had Navy Vet Bernadette Semple removed from the primary ballot feeling that a strong, smart and educated black female posed too much of a threat to him. Although Ms. Semple was removed from the primary on September 11th,  the Appellate Division accepted her case and  Oral Arguments are on  October 7th, 2014 which means Ms. Semple a highly qualified Senate candidate (much more than Comrie) might just appear on the ballot come the General Election in November.

Very ironic that voter suppression which tends to target people of color, is very much alive and well in Jamaica, but this time it is being done by black leaders against black candidates.

From City Council Watch:

Are Petition Challenges Voter Suppression?

Petition challenges are, in their current form at least, a mode of candidate suppression that favors establishment candidates over insurgents, and wealthier candidates over their poorer opponents.  The Queens political machine is exercising its muscle in Jamaica to keep a woman Navy veteran off the ballot and ensure that its party stalwart has a clear shot at Malcolm Smith’s senate seat.

The petitioning season is 37 days long and requires candidates for office to develop at least the semblance of a campaign organization–arguably a positive means of filtering out clowns and non-starters.  Acquiring the 1000 signatures necessary for a state senate campaign necessitates getting out a troop of either volunteers or paid canvassers.  The rule of thumb in petitioning is to aim for three times the minimum, in order to account for “bad” signatures: those of non-registrants, non-residents, or duplicates.  So getting on the ballot isn’t something that a non-serious candidate with few resources can consider doing.

The acts of challenging an opponent’s petitions adds an abusive layer to the process, because it costs a huge amount of money to mount a challenge.  Challenges are thus almost always brought against insurgent candidates, and are most often brought by party organizations that want to clear the field for their selected candidate.  Non-establishment candidates rarely have the resources to hire an elections lawyer to pore over hundreds of pages of signatures and cross-reference them with a voter file.

Governor Cuomo’s challenge to Zephyr Teachout’s candidacy is an obvious example.  By challenging her petitions he can force her lean campaign to spend tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend her access to the ballot.  If the challenge works and he gets her thrown off the ballot, so much the better for him, but if the challenge fails, there is no comeback for the Cuomo campaign, and Teachout has to divert campaign money to cover the cost.  The nature of the political system is that the public pays no attention to these squabbles, and accepts the ballot as it reaches the voter as democracy’s fresh slate.  Kicking someone off the ballot is just seen as fair application of the rules.

In Malcolm Smith’s District 14, covering Southeast Queens, a petition challenge is on against candidate Bernadette Semple that illustrates the twisted nature of the challenge process.  Senator Smith, involved in a major corruption trial, is ostensibly running for re-election, but hasn’t raised any money.  Also running are attorney Munir Avery and former councilmember and Queens County Democratic Party choice Leroy Comrie.

Comrie served in the Council as the chair of Land Use and as the head of the Queens delegation.  He ran briefly for Queens Borough President but his tepid campaign was called off early: the rumor was that Queens Dem boss Joe Crowley wanted Comrie to step aside so Melinda Katz could have a clear shot at the post, without having to worry about the large Queens black vote.  Comrie’s reward at this point appears to be total “County” support for his Senate run.

Bernadette Semple threatens Comrie’s campaign because, as the only woman in a three or four-way race, she could make the election seriously competitive.  Semple is also a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander, and unlike Comrie, has no ties to the rats’ nest of corruption that characterizes SE Queens politics.  Comrie probably figures he can easily outgun Munir Avery, whose financing seems largely tapped out and whose support is mostly among the area’s substantial but limited Muslim community.  Running against a woman could pose other challenges.

Semple submitted approximately 2,900 petition signatures, most of which are considered solid, according to people in the know.  But in a startling parallel to what is going on in Brooklyn, where boss Frank Seddio is supporting a petition challenge against Dell Smitherman, who is opposing Senator Sampson’s re-election, the Queens County Dems are apparently organizing a petition challenge in order to secure Comrie a clear ballot.

Petition challenges get very granular, and often hinge on eliminating the signatures of people who live on the border of the district.  This technicality is a powerful yet understated effect of partisan districting.  Elected officials and the party apparatus get to draw the borders of their districts at redistricting time, and as a result many urban districts are totally jackstraw and segmented.  The borders may zig and zag back and forth from block to block, in order to capture or exclude certain segments of voters.  Good government groups have long pointed to partisan districting as a significant way that incumbent electeds protect themselves from challenges.

A side effect of this unfortunate wrinkle in local politics is that people often do not know precisely which district they live in.  If political borders do not fall on natural lines of division (e.g. “south of Union Turnpike”) then it is very hard for a campaign worker, even one who is knowledgeable and informed, to be able to tell a potential signatory who lives near a boundary exactly which district they should vote in.  District maps of sufficient detail are too unwieldy for petitioners to lug around.

In the end, it seems that candidate suppression through petition challenges is another way for well-funded political machines to amass and retain power.  And in a one-party system, isn’t candidate suppression ultimately the same thing as voter suppression?

 

IT SEEMS DE BLASIO HAS HIS EYE ON JAMAICA AS A BEACON OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Did anyone notice that Mayor de Blasio came out to Jamaica at Archer Avenue at the Jamaica Center Subway Station on election night to give support to Leroy Comrie’s run for Senate? Did many of you know about the big conference at York College this past summer with Melinda Katz and many powers to be talking about the “potential of Jamaica” (That was the same day and time as the guy at McDonalds with a big knife in his back, blood running all down him while he chatted on a cell phone)? Remember Malcolm Smith a few weeks ago trying to save his ass at a debate by saying gentrification is starting to take place in Jamaica?

Well, I don’t know if gentrification is taking place, but something is taking place and maybe something for the good, but who really knows.

An excerpt from New York Magazine ( you can read the entire article at http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/de-blasio-affordable-housing-queens.html, but lets focus on the part about Jamaica:

In Terms of Affordable Housing, Queens Is de Blasio’s Last Best Hope

By

de blasioMiddle-class families all over the country are helping to push other families just like them out of New York. How? By sending their kids checks. The city’s creative industries (like magazine publishing, fashion, and performing arts) couldn’t exist without a renewable supply of the young and the underpaid whose salaries (if any) are supplemented by remittances from home. It’s a form of tribute, really. Someone has to pay for the hipness of Brooklyn, and so money flows in from Shaker Heights and Merion and Menlo Park, supporting tattoo salons, craft-beer bars, and real-estate brokers.

Meanwhile, roughly a third of New ­Yorkers—nearly 3 million people—live in quarters that suck up more than half of the household’s income. (It’s small comfort to know that the housing burden is worse in eight other cities, including San Jose and Detroit.) De Blasio has cast himself as a champion of the poor, but their struggles are part of larger pressures. Almost everyone in New York is being nudged out of somewhere, migrating from neighborhood to neighborhood, from doorman building to walk-up, from two-bedroom to studio, or leaving the city with a mixture of regret and relief. The surreal cost of housing has propelled teachers out beyond tolerable commuting distances, signaled to young college graduates who lack parental subsidies that they might want to think about Pittsburgh, and ratcheted up the pressure on affordable housing so high that nearly 60,000 people applied for the 105 subsidized apartments in a new building in Greenpoint.

So what’s a well-meaning mayor to do? Does New York’s only hope of affordability lie in a summer of spectacular crime or a well-placed riot? Are we faced with a choice between choking on affluence and old-fashioned urban decay? Surely not.

Part of the answer may lie in deeply un-chic neighborhoods like southeastern Queens. To Manhattanites, commuters, and tourists, Jamaica is where the LIRR, the subway, and the AirTrain meet. It’s also an area that is encouragingly incomplete. It has underused buildings, vacant lots, and a dearth of shopping. Andrew Manshel, an executive with the nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, estimates that his organization could find land for 5,000 apartments without breaking a sweat, and 7,500 with a little more effort.

And yet even Jamaica is too expensive for the people most likely to live there. Enter de Blasio’s affordable-housing program. Here, where developers need to be coaxed into taking a risk, where profits are low and the market wobbly, the city can pump in subsidies and pile up an inventory of affordable housing without worrying about stoking a real-estate wildfire. It’s happening: The developer BRP will soon start construction on two towers with some 500 total units in southeast Queens that could turn the neighborhood into a permanently affordable haven. That doesn’t come close to solving the problem. For one thing, de Blasio is hoping to build 80,000 new affordable units; for another, it would be nice to alleviate New York’s economic segregation rather than increase it. But Jamaica is one of the few remaining counterweights to the commodity culture of housing. Well connected but far from cool, the area is a natural habitat for cops and teachers, not slumming financiers. “People aren’t paying a premium to live in Jamaica,” Manshel says. We can only hope that they never do.

*This article appears in the September 8, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.

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Just as Jamaica was used for years and decades to dump all kind of bad shit that no other area wanted, now it is going to be used for the powers to be to do what they want, since they seem to have backed themselves into a corner and are out of options with affordable housing. What they did in Long Island City, well, no middle class folks can live there anymore, that area is out of range for the majority of middle to even upper middle class folks.

Could be a good thing though, only time will tell. But even though Jamaica is a big patch of land, you still could not put up that much affordable housing to take care of a gigantic problem that has been ignored for years. But then there is a lot of crap here in our community that can be torn down and Jamaica can be used as a blank slate, something I have said in the past.

But if this is going to happen, to make room for all those middle class teachers, police officers, etc, the bottom of the barrel folks are going to have to go or learn to behave themselves. One thing is for certain, in this day in age in NYC with cost of living sky high, affordable housing unavailable to most, the exiting of some of our population, Jamaica can no longer continue it’s existence of “ghetto living” and be a haven for homegrown bottom of the barrel folks or low-class immigrants who have turned it into some shitty third world country piece of shit (see Hillside Avenue). That option is no longer viable or cost effective.

But a commenter on this article on the Queens Crap website stated something that I have been saying since day one:

In Jamaica, instead of giving subsidies to developers up front, why not first put taxpayer dollars directly into more city services like additional sanitation pick ups, increased policing and infrastructure rebuilding? Then the area becomes cleaner, safer and much more livable. And guess what. Jamaica becomes a place where suddenly lots of people want to live. Then, lo and behold, developers will be scrambling to build there and the city can demand from the developers that units for affordable housing be set aside.

Why does the city continue its hand-outs to developers? By investing in itself first and making areas more desirable with improved basic services and renewed infrastructure, it can cut out the developer middleman and create jobs (more sanitation workers, more police officers and more DOT workers).

Why does the city want to benefit developers before working people? If you put working people first, the developers will follow. The city needs to envision this differently.

New York doesn’t need developers. Developers need New York.

Very good point!

Future of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue

Future of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue

BERNADETTE SEMPLE: A LEADER THE JAMAICA COMMUNITY NEEDS

bernadette SempleMy name is Bernadette Semple and I am running to be your next State Senator. I grew up with nine brothers and sisters in Laurelton and Astoria Houses. We lived in a three bedroom apartment while my parents both worked around the clock to take care of our family. From an early age, my parents taught me the importance of hard work, community service, and strong leadership.

After graduating High School, I went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of Holy Cross. With inspiration from great mentors at Holy Cross, I pursued two master’s degrees in Information Resource Management and National Security Affairs, with concentrations in Nuclear Strategic Planning and International Negotiation. This led me to enlist in the United States Navy. As a Navy Commander, I served five presidents and was a ranking member in the Horn of Africa. My twenty years in the Navy helped me grow a deep appreciation for my community, which led me to come back home and continue my commitment to public service. Now, I want to take these skills and serve on the front lines of the New York State Senate.

Too often politicians forget what it means to represent their communities. Politics and corruption have obliterated the most important purpose elected officials serve: to protect and represent their constituents’ best interests. I walk down our streets and see dirt and crime, I see students struggling with their college tuition, I see small businesses closing as their owners barely get by, I see our senior citizens suffering from lack of attention, both institutionally and medically.

We need to partner with the Department of Sanitation and clean up our streets. We need to know we can count on the NYPD to work with our community, not against it, to fight crime. We need to start from the beginning, with additional after-school programs and early childhood education for every child in the district.

We can realize the dream of a better district, with true leadership that’s willing to fight for you. Together we are a team. We are a team that does not settle for lackluster politicians and corruption. We are a team that takes action to fix problems and find solutions. Let’s take care of our own and move forward – together.

I look forward to earning your support

 

Democrat for State Senate
Semple for Senate – leadership with Integrity

 

http://bernadettesemple.com/category/campaign-update/

https://www.facebook.com/SempleforNYSenate

 

MAJOR GARBAGE DUMPING DONE IN AUTOZONE ON MERRICK BLVD – ANOTHER PROUD MOMENT IN JAMAICA

Autozone

Looks like this guy cannot believe what he is seeing.

Looks like this guy cannot believe what he is seeing.

So leaders, want to still continue to ignore the garbage problem in Jamaica, still one to be inactive as opposed to pro-active, still want to continue for Jamaica to be views as low-class ghetto?

Well, the  photos taken at the AutoZone at 109-02 Merrick Blvd, does not get any low-class ghetto than this. Not only do we have garage dumped below the AutoZone in their parking lot, we have this lovely sofa and a couple UPS boxes, which the one photos show the address as XL Unlimited Wireless at 109-20 Merrick Blvd, just in the next block.

Box from XL Unlimited at 109-20 Merrick Blvd

Box from XL Unlimited at 109-20 Merrick Blvd

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You might as well keep on going a few more blocks to also see the mounds of garbage near the tree in front of the small parking lot ( next door to 110-24 Merrick Blvd) that belongs to Rev. Floyd Flake’s church as well. No doubt either the apartments above 110-24 Merrick Blvd or the businesses near by have been dumping this garbage for some time in front of this parking lot, yet nothing is being done about this.

Flake's AME Church Parking Lot

Flake’s AME Church Parking Lot

So now, the BIG QUESTION, what the hell are you all going to do about this and with the information you have?

MAYOR DE BLASIO STUMPS FOR COMRIE IN JAMAICA BUT IGNORES THE MAJOR GARBAGE PROBLEM

According to the Times Ledger:

Mayor comes to Jamaica to campaign for Comrie

State Sen. hopeful Leroy Comrie got one last push for his campaign in the early evening hours before the polls closed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped by Jamaica a little after 6 p.m. to help get out the vote for the former councilman.

“Have you voted yet?” the mayor asked a couple who was passing by.

“No,” they said. “But we are going to vote for him,” they said, pointing at Comrie.

De Blasio campaigned with Comrie and other elected officials from southeast Queens, for about 25 minutes, giving out fliers and shaking hands with commuters.

Some people coming from work out of the subway station at Archer Avenue did not stop and kept walking as they were trying to get to a bus to go home.

But most stopped, talked with the mayor and the candidate, and even took photos and, of course, selfies.

At the bus and subway station in Jamaica at Archer Avenue, there was the battle of the air horns.

Volunteers working for state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) and others working for Leroy Comrie were trying to figure out who were the louder ones.

Comrie’s camp won in this case, as his campaign volunteer outnumbered those of Smith. Both the senator and the former councilman were standing a few feet apart, each giving out fliers about their campaigns to straphangers heading home after a full day of work.

—Juan Soto

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So while Mayor de Blasio was out in Jamaica campaigning for useless Leroy Comrie during rush hour Election day, did he walk around and take a look at the mess in Jamaica, all the litter, all the garbage, overflowing baskets, dirty sidewalks and streets (and that is just where de Blasio was standing). He should have considering that 12 year as Councilman in Jamaica, Comrie did nothing regarding those issues. And since when de Blasio was Public Advocate, his staff meet with me in his Manhattan office about the major garbage problem and then he sent one of his staff out to Jamaica to take photos of the many problem areas, so it is not like the current Mayor is not aware of the garbage problem as is Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, yet both have ignored the issue, done nothing and endorsed Leroy Comrie, who had totally ignored the issue in his 12 years as councilmember.

Something mighty wrong with this system. But Comrie will have to battle Navy Vet Bernadette Semple come November’s general election (http://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/navy-vet-bernadette-semple-to-compete-against-leroy-comrie-in-novembers-general/).

By the way, when I went to vote at my polling site, Queens Library on Merrick Blvd/89th Ave, the entire surrounding library was filthy with litter and garbage, yet Comrie, dumped millions of funding dollars into this library, while the outside area is a mess.

A few blocks away from this area in downtown Jamaica, de Blasio was stumping for Comrie

A few blocks away from this area in downtown Jamaica, de Blasio was stumping for Comrie

Dangerous falling apart vacant homes with garbage

Couple blocks from Merrick Blvd Queens Library

Comrie's own backyard of St. Albans.

Comrie’s own backyard of St. Albans.

This is the REAL Jamaica Revealed. Not too pleasant.

This is the REAL Jamaica Revealed. Not too pleasant.

Downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica

This is a fucking sidewalk, not a garbage dump.

More downtown garbage