CROOKED ENTRENCHED SE QUEENS ASSEMBLY MEMBER VIVIAN COOK COLLECTED OVER $20G’S IN TRAVEL EXPENSES – TOPS ALL OTHER POLS

And this is a major reason why Jamaica and Southeast Queens is the way it is with crooked, corrupt and asshole elected officials like douchebag Vivian Cook.

So why do many of you assholes keep voting for shit like her, Wills, Comrie, Meeks and other thug local politicians that show no fucking respect for the community or residents.

There are people who live in Jamaica that don’t even make what the fucking thug bitch claimed in travel expenses ($20,246) which we the tax payers pay for.

Maybe it is time time to start picking off crooked elected officials as opposed to police officers.

Useless fucks!

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From The Daily News:

Queens assemblywoman tops all N.Y. state pols by collecting over $20G in travel expense reimbursements

 

Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Queens) racked up $20,246 in travel expense reimbursements during the first six months of the year — more than any member of the Legislature.

Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Queens) racked up $20,246 in travel expense reimbursements during the first six months of the year — more than any member of the Legislature.

(GOLDFIELD, KEN, FREELANCE NYDN/GOLDFIELD, KEN, FREELANCE NYDN)

ALBANY — A Queens state assemblywoman was the travel expense queen of the Legislature during the recently concluded six-month legislative session.Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, a Democrat, was the only lawmaker in the Legislature whose travel expense reimbursements topped $20,000 during the first six months of the year, new records released Thursday by the state Controller’s office show.

Cook, who did not return a call for comment, was reimbursed $20,246, including $16,938 for overnight stays and meals in Albany and $3,308 for mileage and tolls.

Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Suffolk County) was first in the Senate, and second in the Legislature. He received $19,739, including $13,050 for lodging and $5,213 for mileage and tolls.

“Some years you’re higher on the list, some years you’re lower,” Boyle said. “It really depends on how many meetings you have on non-session days. I usually go up on Sunday nights so I’m there first thing Monday morning.”

All told, 16 Assembly members and five senators in the 213-member Legislature received at least $16,000 in travel reimbursements through June.

After Cook, the other Assembly high earners were Harry Bronson (D-Rochester), who received $19,503, Gary Pretlow (D-Westchester County) $18,386, and Felix Ortiz $18,325.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie received $16,806 for travel expenses.

Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) had the second highest total after Boyle — $16,916. She was followed by Sens. Robert Ortt (R-Niagara Falls) $16,586, and Patrick Gallivan (R-Erie County) $16,538.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) was reimbursed $10,734 for travel expenses.

Blair Horner, of the New York Public Interest Research Group, called the high reimbursement numbers “mind-boggling.”

He noted the Legislature was only in session 57 days during the session that began in January and ended in June.

Lawmakers are entitled to a $172 per-diem payment for each night they spend in Albany.

Savino was unapologetic, saying during her 12 years in the Senate she has missed a total of two session days, once when she was in the hospital and once for her grandmother’s funeral.

She says she attended every budget hearing, even when the Legislature as a whole was out of session.

“We’re entitled to be reimbursed for the time we come back and forth,” Savino said.

Noting that some lawmakers were convicted of putting in for false reimbursements, she added that “we are not entitled to be reimbursed for the time we’re not there. “

JAMAICA ALLIANCE’S INITIATIVE CALLED “CLEAN UP JAMAICA” – HMMMM, WHERE HAVE I HEARD THAT NAME BEFORE

Here is an excerpt from this Queens Press article about the mysterious “Jamaica Alliance”, which is pretty much the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. But look at what they called their initiative, “Clean Up Jamaica”. Wonder where they got that name from.

In addition to their recent “Clean Up Jamaica” initiative where they cleaned up dirty sidewalks and trash, removed unwanted graffiti and painted over unappealing and aging spots throughout the neighborhood, the group also keeps an eye on situations that could potentially develop into emergencies. They try their best to preemptively handle these problems before they take hold, reporting it to local precincts when needed.

So they just figured out that garbage all over the damn community is not so good and that some folks actually feel better when the community is clean. Go figure.

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From Queens Press:

Making An Effort: Cleaning Up Jamaica One Street At a Time

Posted on July 22, 2016
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176th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

BY TRONE DOWD

Eyesores like graffiti and overflowing trash in the streets of Southeast Queens’ most commercial area are being cleaned up, painted over and made to look like new. While it may seem like minimal work, many locals have probably been happy to see such action take place. After all, it’s a start that no one else has bothered to initiate or keep up with. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation has been tweeting photos of cleaned up areas both before and after the clean-up with great results, and has attributed the work to a group known as the Jamaica Alliance.

But who exactly are the Jamaica Alliance and what is their ultimate goal? The Press of Southeast Queens looked into exactly who or what is behind this mysterious street cleaning group.

What is the Jamaica Alliance?

After getting in touch with GJDC, we quickly found out who was behind the acts; none other than the Development Corporation itself. In a group call with several GJDC higher-ups, including organization president Hope Knight, the inception and purpose of the Jamaica Alliance was explained in great detail.

Established eight years ago and headed by director of Security and Quality Control Jim Vaccaro, the Jamaica Alliance was meant to ensure that the quality of life in downtown Jamaica is improved in any number of ways. It’s a collaboration with the local Business Improvement Districts to identify problems in the neighborhood and fix them when other parts of city government fail.

“It’s all about improving the quality of life,” said Vignike Anderson, project manager of the Alliance. “Whether it’s reporting illegal dumping, dialing 311 when necessary or ensuring the safety of pedestrians and commuters alike.”

Anderson said that it doesn’t just stop with calling 311. In addition to their recent “Clean Up Jamaica” initiative where they cleaned up dirty sidewalks and trash, removed unwanted graffiti and painted over unappealing and aging spots throughout the neighborhood, the group also keeps an eye on situations that could potentially develop into emergencies. They try their best to preemptively handle these problems before they take hold, reporting it to local precincts when needed.

How Is This Done?

According to Knight, identifying these troubled spots is a combination of internal neighborhood scouting and community help.

“We do get feedback from all over the neighborhood,” Knight told the Press of Southeast Queens. “We try to find highly visible traffic areas that would greatly benefit from the improvement of a cleanup or graffiti removal.”

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A corner on Archer Avenue.

“Our Jamaica Alliance ambassadors patrol our properties,” Vaccaro said. “So what I have them do is rotate posts every hour. Whenever we have someone go from one post to the other post, I have them observe quality of life issues. It could be graffiti, potholes, marijuana smoking. They don’t engage the activity but instead report it back to me. If it’s criminal activity, we meet with the 103rd [Precinct]. If it’s something like graffiti or garbage or helping the homeless or fixing property that is not being maintained by property owners, we gather that information. We first report it to the city. If the city does not address the issue in a timely manner, we go one to two times a week and correct it ourselves.”

Vaccaro explained that the Alliance actually has its own equipment.

“When it comes to cleaning up local mailboxes, the Postal Service has a program where they will give us the paint needed to paint over vandalism on their property,” Vaccaro said, elaborating that he is very grateful that they have been willing to work with them.

Ultimate Goal for the Future

Knight told the Press of Southeast Queens that the recent Twitter photos that show the before and after of the location the Alliance gets to clean up is something that GJDC started doing recently in order to showcase the work they’ve been quietly doing.

“We started posting it so people could get a sense of some of the work they’ve been doing,” she said. “We’re ultimately trying to improve the perception of this region as well as improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in this community.”

Vaccaro said that the Alliance has received some scattered positive feedback for the work that they do.

“The public sees what we do and tells us that they actually feel safer as they’re walking down the street when the graffiti is cleaned,” he said. “Even the perception of garbage being piled up on Archer Avenue, as many of the stakeholders do not take care of their property like we think they should, seems to help out.”

Although the Alliance is cleaning up what they can, Vaccaro did tell the Press of Southeast Queens that their resources are a bit strained. With only nine members on the team that patrols and conducts these clean ups, there’s only so much the crew can get to. Factor in that they work seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it is easy to understand why there is often times still so much more to be done in the neighborhood. Vaccaro and Knight recommended that residents use 311 as their main way of reporting quality of life issues in the borough.

“But really we only have so many resources,” Knight followed up. “We can’t put ourselves out there and tell people to contact us directly because we just might not be able to respond. And that’s the last thing that we want to happen.

That’s why calling 311 really is the better option as it is where these reports belong, and we can provide support when we are able to.”

Vaccaro guaranteed that the work being done by his team of graffiti busters will continue even as 311 tries to address these issues.

“We notice it out here and we try to be on top of it,” Vaccaro said. “We have properties throughout the neighborhood in a two mile span and we’ll try to help out as much as we can.”

THE COUNTDOWN TO THE FINAL BLOG POSTS: PRIMARY BALLOTS IN SEPTEMBER SHOWS WHY SOUTHEAST QUEENS IS DOOMED, SAME OLD SHIT FOR THE MOST PART

Primaries are coming up in September for many seats in the Jamaica/Southeast Queens area and it ain’t looking good folks.

The 10th Senate district, which currently has James Sanders Jr. only has one other candidate to go against him and it is Adrienne Adams, chairperson of community board 12 (a useless community board), who now seems to be part of the good ole boys club, since she has the backing of the crooked Dem Machine, crooked Floyd Flake and other do nothing and corrupt local leaders. Ironic, this was not to be played out like this. Sanders was to go against corrupt Congressman Gregory Meeks’s seat, but then decided to hold onto his Senate seat after Adams had already thrown her name in the ring (wonder if she would have thrown her name into the ring if Sanders had just stayed put in his current Senate seat, I really doubt she would have).

The SE Queens grand damn of uselessness, Assembly Member Vivian Cook,  is still holding onto her seat and despite her being useless for decades, only has one person going up against her, Rodney Reid.

Newly assembly member Alicia Hyndman (another good ole boy’s club member backed by the Machine), who won the seat of crooked & now in prison,  William Scarborough, at least has two folks going after her, Dr. Linda Guillebeaux
& Lorraine A. Gittens-Bridges.

Yet, District 33 Assembly seat (vacated after the death of Barbara Clark has many candidates (Bryan J. Block, Sabine French, Leroy Gadsden, Roy Paul,  Clyde Vanel,  Nantasha Williams.). SIX candidates! It seems that only when there is a vacate seat, do you see so many candidates, BUT yet when it is time to go up against useless and corrupt incumbents who have held onto power for way to long in this community and DONE SHIT, no one dares go up against them and THAT is a BIG PROBLEM in this community. Considering how useless Vivian Cook has been for decades, she should have had several challengers, same with Sanders. BUT NOPE, Jamaica/SE Queens does not like the crooked ghetto pot stirred. The only not quite glimmer of hope is at least none of them are going unchallenged. I guess very slowly people are getting fed up with the status quo. BUT if folks do go out and vote and throw out these useless incumbents and put someone new in, maybe, just maybe some change will happen. Maybe. BUT it is better than the alternative, keeping the same shit in that has done nothing for this community.

A hopeless community with the same old shit, just sometimes different names. And this is why we continue to have this shit. And this is why the countdown is ticking.

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I mean only fucking ghetto savages live like this and black communities wonder why no one respects those communities. I mean come, on look how some folks live.

I mean only fucking ghetto savages live like this and black communities wonder why no one respects those communities. I mean come, on look how some folks live.

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Elderly man's legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

 

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From Queen Tribune:

September Primary Ballot Takes Shape

 

BY DOMENICK RAFTER
Editor in Chief

When voters in the 33rd Assembly seat go to the polls to select their Democratic candidate on Sept. 13, they will be voting for their first new representative in the state legislature’s lower body in decades.

Six candidates have filed petitions for the seat, including former Community Board 13 Chairman Bryan Block; NAACP Queens Chapter President Leroy Gadsen; perennial candidate Clyde Vanel; community organizer Sabine French; activist Roy Paul and Nantasha Williams, chief of staff to Assemblywoman Diana Richardson (WF-Brooklyn).

The winner will take on Republican Goldy-Francois Wellington in November.

Several incumbents will be facing challengers in the September primary.

In what is expected to be a tough race, State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) is facing off against Community Board 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams for his Southeast Queens seat that includes Far Rockaway, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Rochdale Village and Richmond Hill. Adams has the backing of the Democratic establishment and Rev. Floyd Flake, which may give her a leg up on Sanders, who abandoned a challenge to U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) this year.

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) will again face activist S.J. Jung in her seat that includes Flushing, Forest Hills and parts of Elmhurst, Rego Park and Pomonok.

Southeast Queens’ three incumbent Assembly members will face challenges in September. First-term Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) will face Lorraine Gittens-Bridges, an education activist, and Dr. Linda Guillebeaux in her first primary. Assemblywoman Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway) is being challenged by Nigel Loncke, a former aide to Rep. Meeks, and Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-South Jamaica), the dean of the borough’s Assembly delegation, is facing her first primary in a while, against Rodney Reid, a property manager.

Elsewhere, only Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) is facing a primary. She beat back a challenge from Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ former representative on the Panel for Education Policy, the Department of Education’s policy-making body, in 2014. This year she faces two candidates: Brian Barnwell, an aide to Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and civic leader David Rosasco, both of Woodside.

The Primary Ballot

10th Senate District
South Jamaica, Far Rockaway, Richmond Hill
James Sanders Jr. (D)
Adrienne Adams (D)

16th Senate District
Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows
Toby Ann Stavisky (D)
S.J. Jung (D)

29th Assembly District
Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, Laurelton
Alicia Hyndman (D)
Dr. Linda Guillebeaux (D)
Lorraine A. Gittens-Bridges(D)

30th Assembly District
Maspeth, Woodside, Astoria
Brian T. Barnwell  (D)
Margaret M. Markey (D)
David J. Rosasco (D)

31st Assembly District
Far Rockaway, Brookville, South Ozone Park
Nigel Loncke (D)
Michele R. Titus (D)

32nd Assembly District
South Jamaica, South Richmond Hill
Vivian E. Cook (D)
Rodney Reid (D)

33rd Assembly District
Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Bellerose
Bryan J. Block (D)
Sabine French (D)
Leroy Gadsden (D)
Roy Paul (D)
Clyde Vanel (D)
Nantasha Williams (D)

Male State Committee – 31st Assembly District
Khaleel M. Anderson (D)
James Gulston (D)

Female State Committee – 31st Assembly District
Silaka Cox (D)
Betty A Leon (D)

Male District Leader – Democratic Leadership District 31 Part A
Robert R. Simmons (D)
Milan R. Taylor (D)

Female District Leader – Democratic Leadership District 31 Part A
Lakia Echols (D)
Valeria L. West (D)

KEEP THIS HANDY 311 COMPLAINT INFO AS THE FINAL POSTS OF THIS BLOG BEGINS

Teddy and Trash7.17.16 018Sutphin GarbageYes, the countdown begins as this blog comes to it’s end (for real this time) as I now focus my attention on finally getting out of this area (and just maybe NY as well). This community, this borough, even this “richest city” in the world is a quality of life nightmare with oh so crooked politicians, whom most are supposedly “for the people” Democrats yet their actions say something else (especially the Jamaica elected officials).  As one reader put it:

Like you said, this has become normal and acceptable behavior to the locals along with trashing the community that you live in. Far to few living in the area have any pride, dignity, or self respect. The ones that do have given up. Plus, the mentality is blame everyone else for your problems, and you know victims never go anywhere in life. The only hope for Jamaica is if people of quality move into these new developments. When I’m in LIC I look at the people living there, most of them exercise, walk with confidence and with their heads up, dress well, and you can tell they have successful personalities. When I return home I shake my head looking at the locals. What a contrast compared to LIC. Jamaica needs gentrification or its doomed.

In the meantime, hold on to this easy guide to the convoluted 311 system (which they obviously did on purpose).

Noise, illegal conversions, illegal parking, trucks driving illegally on residential streets, overflowing garbage cans without tight fitting lids, illegal garbage dumping, fences falling down, poor streets/sidewalks,  unlicensed & junked cars on streets and sidewalks, commercial storage of vehicles (trucks, etc) on residential property, ice cream trucks blasting that constant annoying jingle when parked (ILLEGAL), WHATEVER your quality of life issue is, no matter where you live in NYC, FILE COMPLAINTS. File 311 complaints, contact city agency commissioners, email your elected officials/community boards, contact the various media who loves these stories.

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I have put together a handy, easy to do reference for all of that. You don’t have to hunt all over on the convoluted 311 system (some issues not listed you have to), you don’t have to try and find out who your elected official is, you don’t have to figure out who in the media you have to contact to help you. I have done all that grunt work for you and it is all below.

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JUST CLICK THE LINKS AND FILE YOUR COMPLAINTS.

Don’t put up with bullshit in your community. So FILE ALWAYS & OFTEN. Don’t stand on the side lines expecting that someone else will do it.

TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists.

TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists.

Folks, it is your community and because of where we live,especially in Jamaica/SE Queens with low-class ghetto folks, slumlords and shady businesses doing whatever they want, you must be vigilant and file 311 complaints, OFTEN. If you can take photos, better and then send them to your asshole elected leaders and write to agency commissioners on line. You can also send me (cleanup.jamaica_queens_ny@yahoo.com) your photos/problems with locations and I will post them on my blog. Some 311 complaints like illegal conversions and unsecured fences, allow you to upload photos.

Remember you can be anonymous if you wish, but I suggest not to, but that is your choice.

So use this and pass this information on to all concerned citizens who WANT TO TAKE BACK THEIR COMMUNITIES & STOP THE BULLSHIT.

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Dangerous falling apart vacant homes with garbage

HAPPY 311 COMPLAINTS MONTH!!

Here is where to do that for some of the various quality of life issues.

  1. Broken, uneven or damage sidewalk: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/faq/423/how-do-i-report-a-broken-raised-or-uneven-sidewalk

 

2. Abandoned vehicles/trucks parked too long with plates or without plates: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/989/abandoned-vehicle

 

3.  Illegal conversions & houses ( I had DOB shut down two in my area and watched as the riff-raff were all escorted out): http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1891/illegal-building-conversion-or-occupancy-complaint

 

4. Garbage complaints from overflowing cans, uncovered garbage cans, household garbage in public cans, dirty sidewalks, illegal posters, garbage strewn vacant lots, etc: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/complaints.shtml

 

5. Unsecured Fence: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1651/fence-complaint

 

6. Illegal Truck driving on residential streets: https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Traffic+Truck+Route+Violation

 

7. Continuous playing of music from Ice Cream Trucks while parked: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/3019/noise-from-ice-cream-truck

 

8. Various Noise Complaints from churches to neighbors: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/faq/323/does-nyc-have-noise-rules

 

9. Report Vacant “Zombie” Homes: http://dfs.ny.gov/

 

You should also write a complaint on line to the various department’s commissioners AND OFTEN. Easy to do, I do it all the time, when I file a 311 complaint. Here are the various commissioner’s.

  1. Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg (sidewalk & road conditions, illegal truck driving complaints, businesses blocking sidewalks with merchandise displays, cars, etc ): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/contact-form.shtml

 

2. Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathyrn Garcia: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildos.html

 

3. Department of Buildings Commisssioner Rick Chandler (shady construction, illegal conversions, fences falling down, storing commercial vehicles on residential property) : http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildob.html

 

4. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html

 

5. Department of Environment Protection Emily Lloyd (noise like ice cream trucks & churches, noisy manhole covers, hazardous materials, air quality from polluting waste stations in your area): http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildep.html

 

6. Mayor’s Office (ALL ISSUES) : http://www.nyc.gov/html/static/pages/officeofthemayor/contact.shtml

Of course, you should know who your elected officials are and community board and email them or call them as well.

  1. Find your community board: http://www.nyc.gov/html/cau/html/cb/cb.shtml

2. Find your City Council Member: http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

3. Find your Assembly Member: http://assembly.state.ny.us/

4. Find your Senator: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators-committees

5. Find your Congress Member: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/NY

 

Here are some media contacts if your issue is not being resolved.

  1. WPIX Help Me Howard: http://pix11.com/contact-help-me-howard/

 

2. WPIX Arnold Diaz: WhataShame@pix11.com

 

3. WPIX Greg Mocker: MOCKER@PIX11.COM

 

4. WPIX Monica Morales: monica@pix11.com

 

5. NY1: 212-379-3599. Also online at http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/contact-us.html. Choose CONTACT A SPECIFIC DEPARTMENT, NY1 for your assistance.

 

PASS THIS ALONG.

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Elderly man's legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

I mean only fucking ghetto savages live like this and black communities wonder why no one respects those communities. I mean come, on look how some folks live.

I mean only fucking ghetto savages live like this and black communities wonder why no one respects those communities. I mean come, on look how some folks live.

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SO EXACTLY WHAT IS THE POINT OF IDIOTIC DNAINFO NEW YORK ARTICLE ON POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS IN 2016

I don’t get it, what is the point of this fucking article. What is the exact point. Yes, police do shoot people when they are deemed to be a threat (though as we know even if they are not a threat, including dogs), but again, what is the point. The majority of these shootings they list below were from knuckleheads doing shit they should not have been doing.

Why not do a story on how many asshole civilians, especially in areas like Jamaica, do fucking stupid shit like carrying illegal guns with them or pulling them out or other stupid shit that folks in such neighborhoods do. How about those statistics if you want to be fair and balanced. We all know that criminal activity in certain communities are way out of hand (and we know that sometimes, some police do stupid shit as well, especially in those particular communities, which are plagued by criminal activity).

But AGAIN, what was the fucking point of this story. Should police use harsh language when someone is approaching them with a gun. It seemed to me to be more a subtle anti-police article than anything else.

Here is a  bit of advice to civilians: STOP DOING STUPID SHIT and then maybe you will not get shot at by police or arrested. How about trying that.

I have never been shot by police nor has anyone I personally know (friends and family members).

JUST STOP DOING STUPID SHIT, then you won’t find your ass getting shot, arrested or put in jail. WHAT A CONCEPT, being a law-abiding citizen.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Police-Involved Shootings in 2016 Already Outpace Last Year’s Numbers

By Aidan Gardiner | July 20, 2016 7:49am

NEW YORK CITY — There have been more police-involved shootings in the first half of this year than there were during all of 2015, according to NYPD statistics.

Police opened fire 42 times from January 1 through July 17, 2016 — including during 22 “adversarial conflicts” with suspects including Jermaine Johnson, who was shot and killed by police in East Williamsburg on Sunday after attacking bystanders he believed were federal agents, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

That’s up from a total of 38 police-involved shootings in all of 2015, about a 10.5 percent increase.

Police also fired their guns accidentally seven times, used their guns against themselves twice and fatally shot eight animals, including a pit bull that belonged to a dancer for Madonna.

Police fired their weapons three times “to summon assistance” in what the department calls an “intentional discharge – no conflict,” according to an NYPD spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman didn’t have further information about these shootings, which are “extremely uncommon,” and are the first of their kind in more than a decade, according to the NYPD’s 2014 Annual Discharge Report.

“Because of the rarity of this type of discharge, it is not regularly tracked in the annual report, but is addressed on an as-it-occurs basis,” the 2014 report reads.https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?containerId=googft-gviz-canvas&q=select+col0%2C+col1+from+1BxAYIgdgzC31e5YdSDYaylr4PG0KF7KKF2i_KPQT+order+by+col0+asc&viz=GVIZ&t=AREA&rmax=250&uiversion=2&gco_forceIFrame=true&gco_hasLabelsColumn=true&width=500&height=300

The number of 2016 shootings, while greater than a year ago, remains in line with historic lows for the NYPD, which had 127 police-involved shootings in 2006, the highest point in the past decade.

The police department releases its shooting numbers in an Annual Firearms Discharge Report. The report for 2015 is due out some time in the fall, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

NYPD officials said the department doesn’t keep track of incidents in which officers are fired upon.

The 2016 police-involved shooting incidents include:

► Jan. 26: NYPD officers fatally shot Julian DeJesus, a rapper and father of two, who they say was approaching them and wouldn’t drop a knife in his hand.

► Jan. 28: Police shot and wounded a man who’d just robbed a Midwood cellphone store with three other men.

► Feb. 15: An officer shot a man who claimed to be high on Angel Dust when he shot his gun in the air and then pointed it at a woman and her small dog.

► Feb. 20: Police wounded Jamal Funes, 34, during a shootout in Bed-Stuy after he pulled a gun on them and rammed a marked NYPD squadcar. Two officers were wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

► April 17: Officers fatally shot Maryland native George Tillman as he reached for his gun against their orders.

► April 19: Police officers shot a man in the hand when he tried to pull a gun on them as they arrested a suspect in another crime.

► May 4: Police shot and killed a pit bull that mauled another dog to death in Inwood, police say. A transit officer exiting a subway station saw the dog finish attacking the smaller dog and then turn on a man before he opened fire, officials say.

► May 8: Police shot a man twice in the chest as he charged them with a dagger in Bergen Beach.

► May 11: NYPD officers shot Ramell Lockwood, 34, who then shouted “I’m ready to die!” as they took him into custody. Lockwood was running red lights in Queens Village when police pulled him over. A sergeant leaned into the car and Lockwood hit the gas, so the sergeant hopped in with him to avoid being dragged. Lockwood crashed into a wall and got out of the car where officers shot him.

► May 18: Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man in Midtown after he menaced a cashier inside the Food Emporium grocery store on Eighth Avenue and West 49th Street, officials said. Gary Conrad, 46, was escorted from the store by staffers before pulling out a knife and threatening NYPD officers, officials said. At least one police bullet grazed a tourist from California.

► June 19: Responding officers fatally shot Rashaun Lloyd, 25, when he pulled a gun on them.

► July 4: Off-duty NYPD Office Wayne Isaacs shot and killed Delrawn Small, 37, after he approached the officer’s vehicle during a road-rage altercation in Brooklyn just before midnight, police said. Video shows the officer open fire as soon as Small approached the window. The officer has since been stripped of his gun and badge.

► July 11: Police shot and killed a burglar who pointed a gun at an officer in Gravesend after robbing a house nearby, officials said.

► July 14: Detectives shot and killed a pit bull, Stonny Boy, that belonged to a dancer for Madonna. Kamar Stewart initially ordered the dog to attack another man June 25. Detectives visited Stewart’s East New York home July 11 with a warrant for the earlier assault. Stewart again ordered the dog to attack so the detectives shot it dead.

► July 17: Police fatally shot Jermaine Johnson in the Cooper Park Houses in East Williamsburg after he began shooting at them. Police had responded to the scene after Johnson began threatening multiple people with a knife, saying he thought they were federal agents who were after him.

 

SOUTHEAST QUEENS POLS UNVEIL NEW FORECLOSURE BUYBACK PROGRAM – THEY ARE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING GOOD OR WILL IT TURN INTO SCANDAL FOR THIS SCANDAL PLAGUED GHETTO

The new Southeast Queens program, Foreclosure Buyback Program (not to be confused with the Gun Buyback Program in the area) has been spearheaded by three Southeast Queens Council Members (Miller, Richards and crooked Wills) who said the initiative is the first in the country of its kind, and would allow nonprofits to purchase distressed mortgages throughout New York City from the Federal Housing Association.

Well, hopefully it will not be crooked non-profits, like Clergy United for Community Empowerment, which Miller funneled $63,438 in discretionary funds to this crooked religious non-profit run by Rev. Ernestine Sanders (who the fuck in this backwoods community is not a reverend, they must give these certificates out in boxes of cereal) and which is being investigated and has ties to some of Southeast Queens shady politicians like former Senator Shirley Huntley. See https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/crooked-st-albans-clery-non-profit-disgraced-former-senator-shirley-huntley-councilman-daneek-miller-bad-news-in-the-dirty-southeast-queens/

I don’t trust anything these crooked clowns do anymore in the Jamaica Ghetto, but again, this was a problem from way way back and you are just getting around to it and figuring out that vacant homes in the ghetto are a bad idea. Wow, what superior “leaders”. Could leaving illegal garbage dumping all over for days and weeks a bad idea or having large trucks driving illegally on residential streets a bad idea or mixing crooked Southeast Queens Politics with crooked Southeast Queens churches and religious leaders?

………………and on another note, my final countdown has begun.

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From The Daily News:

Pols say new foreclosure buyback program will help Queens families stay in their homes

HM, the wheels are turning inside, but they are just burning rubber.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller

A group of Queens pols is touting a new program to help people living in foreclosed homes turn their fortunes around.

Council members representing southeast Queens gathered Tuesday morning to unveil the new Foreclosure Buyback Program, also known as the City Restoration Program.

They said the initiative is the first in the country of its kind, and would allow nonprofits to purchase distressed mortgages throughout New York City from the Federal Housing Association.

More than 40 so-called “zombie homes” across New York City have been selected for the pilot program, which has partnered with a number of nonprofits to purchase distressed mortgages.

Once these are bought back from the FHA, the nonprofits will work with families to restructure their mortgages and give them the opportunity to remain in their homes.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who spearheaded the program, called it a response to the foreclosure crisis that has disproportionately struck areas like southeast Queens.

“Communities are redlined,” Miller said, referring to the discriminatory practice of banks rejecting mortgages for residents of certain areas.

“You can’t go through a traditional bank to get a traditional mortgage, and then we become very vulnerable and susceptible to predatory lenders.”

Councilman Donovan Richards said foreclosed houses are dangerous and hurt surrounding communities’ quality of life.

Councilman Ruben Wills being arrested in November of 2014

Councilman Ruben Wills being arrested in November of 2014

Councilman Ruben Wills

“Crime is happening in these homes,” he said. “There are drug dealers in these homes.”

Tashie, a homeowner living in Jamaica, Queens, stopped by to commend the Council members for their work.

“The house next door to mine was boarded up about a month ago. Me and my family don’t feel safe because we don’t know who is living there,” said Tashie, who declined to give her last name.

The Foreclosure Buyback Program seeks to prevent such foreclosures and “is a huge shot in the arm for those who have been struggling,” said Richards.

The program has received funding from the New York City Council, as well as $6.9 million in private financing from Goldman Sachs’s Urban Investment Group.

For Miller, the aim is to find solutions for the more than 9,000 homes facing foreclosure in New York City.

With programs like these, “you’re going to see a major change in housing throughout Southeast Queens.”

 

THIS IS WHAT CITY COUNCIL DOES WITH A 32% RAISE – RENAME FUCKING STREETS IN QUEENS – FORGET ABOUT DEALING WITH QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES

Really,  15 fucking streets in Queens will be renamed, like there are NO quality of life issues that this inept city council should be focusing on. Instead of the Jamaica crew dealing with the years and decades of decay and not having proper services in the community or cleaning up, which all contributed to the violence in the area which killed  14 year old D’Aja Naquai Robinson a few years back by a stray bullet while riding  the Q6 bus, well just name a street after her, because of course that shows you care and also you do not have to do any hard work on the big issues in the community.

In the meantime, the Jamaica area is a big disgusting ghetto mess, but hey, just re-name a street, that seems to be the solution. How about re-doing the elected officials, but then in this community, the folks will either put the same useless folks in office (which they do) or just put in another do-nothing asshole. Either way it is a lose-lose situation for the community and a big FUCK YOU.

And I love this one:

Reverend Dr. James C. Kelly Sr. Way: Well-respected leader of the clergy of Jamaica

I mean is there such thing as a “well-respected leader of clergy in Jamaica”. Well in the minds of the Jamaica zombies, I guess so.

By the way Courier, you think you could have stated what streets these new names will be replacing. What a rag.

So frustrating  with the lame-ass elected officials and their bullshit.

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From Queens Courier:

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

From rock stars to basketball players to citizens who gave their lives, the names of 15 community leaders will live on through street renamings or co-namings in Queens.

One Rockaway Beach street will be renamed to honor Midshipman Justin Zemser, who died in 2015 at the age of 20.

Councilman Eric Ulrich announced Thursday that the City Council has approved legislation to rename the northwest corner of Seaside Avenue and Beach Channel Drive to Midshipman Justin Zemser Way.

“Midshipman Justin Zemser embodied the very best our nation has to offer. He was a born leader, a gifted student and a tireless servant,” Ulrich said. “We can all learn from the example he set every day and from his commitment to both country and community.”

The class of 2013 valedictorian at Channel View School for Research was in his second year at the United States Naval Academy. He was one of eight killed in the 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. He was returning home to Rockaway for the weekend.

Zemser was actively engaged in the local community. He was a member of the student government and interned for Councilman Ulrich his senior year. He was the captain of the Channel View School for Research varsity football team and volunteered at a local soup kitchen. After being accepted into the Naval Academy, he visited his former high school to given inspirational speeches to students.

“He returned often, in his midshipman’s uniform, to deliver motivational speeches to the students,” Assistant Principal of Channel View Research Joseph Featherston said. “In addition, Justin was active in the Rockaway community, especially as a volunteer with Saint Camillus Special Olympics. The signpost bearing his name will be a constant reminder to Channel View’s students that they should live their lives following the ‘Zemser Way,’ patriotism, service, academic success, honesty, friendship and leadership.”

Fourteen other streets will be renamed around Queens. Take a look at a list of the renamed streets below to see who will be honored:

Lieutenant Theodore Leoutsakos Way: 9/11 first responder and Medal of Valor recipient

Emma Brandt Way: Former Queens Woman of the Year and healthcare advocate

Detective Joseph A. Picciano Way: 10-year NYPD veteran who was killed in the line of duty

Easter Rising Stair Way: Co-naming will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising against Britain’s rule over Ireland

Dorothy Neary Way: Former director of the United Forties Civic Association and former mentor to the Saint Teresa’s Rosary Society and Girl Scouts

Mary Vavruska Way: Served the Queens community for more than 50 years and was and was instrumental in the construction of Louis Armstrong I.S. 227

The Ramones Way: Co-naming to honor the iconic punk rock band

Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way: Former member of “A Tribe Called Quest” hip-hop group

Charles ‘Chuck’ Granby Way: Renowned NYC basketball coach who had 722 victories over 45 years at the same high school. He helped mentor a number of future NBA players.

Melvin Harris Way: A union representative, community leader and a former aide to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

Reverend Dr. James C. Kelly Sr. Way: Well-respected leader of the clergy of Jamaica

Coach Stephen Piorkowski Way: A physical education teacher at Bayside High School since 1991. He turned the Bayside High School Lady Commodores into a city dynasty for softball and a powerhouse for girls basketball.

D’Aja Naquai Robinson Way: A  14-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet while riding a Q6 bus on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. She was the unintended victim of a gang dispute. This crime served as the impetus for the launch of the city’s Gun Violence Crisis Management System (also known as “CMS”) the following year.

Anthony Mason Way: Former NBA 6th Man of the Year and New York Knicks player.

For more information about the streets around Queens being renamed, click here.