My comrade-in-arms and community advocate Pamela Hazel has sent the following message:
We have finally reached the last day of 2014. Team P/J has made accomplishments:
Removal of more than 100 abandoned vehicles, parks clean-up, clothes bins removal, clean subway bathrooms, painting of the trestle etc., etc., etc.,
Thanks to all of our supporters: callers, tipsters, residents on the look-out, our editor and those who take the time to email or call to encourage us.
Special thanks to NY1 reporter Ruschell Boone who ignited the revolution with her four part series, The Untouchables – Sergeant Cedillo & his team from 103 precinct; they removed the abandoned vehicles, Detective Lowe who enforced Quality-of-Life laws, WBAI radio for expanding our message and residents who rolled up their sleeves and cleaned with us.
Too much to list, but a BIG THANK YOU FROM TEAM P/J. CleanUpJamaicaQueens.
I guess some of you out there would rather have knuckleheads, thugs and gang bangers doing whatever the fuck they want in your community.
Enough of this attack on the men and women in blue. Get your fucking priorities straight and stop sticking up for the criminal element, including the thug “gentle giant” Michael Brown, whose own actions caused his demise. Give me a fucking break.
Sure, we do see some excessive force from police officers, but in reality it is rare and is not the example of all police officers. But this sticking up for criminals, that I just don’t get.
Maybe the next time you are robbed, beaten or shot at it, call the thugs hanging out in front of bodegas, I am sure they will give you a hand.
GET FUCKING REAL!
Because you know what, the criminal element is loving this shit, gives them an excuse to do whatever the fuck they want. Ferguson was a perfect example of that.
Police are investigating threats made against officers on New Year’s Eve.
DNAinfo/ Sybile Penhirin
NEW YORK CITY — The NYPD is investigating several threats to kill NYPD officers during New Year’s Eve celebrations, DNAinfo New York has learned.
Sources say there are several gang members on social media calling for New Year’s Eve to be “Kill a Pig Night” so that it will become “The New Year’s Eve Massacre 2014.”
The threats primarily come in tweets baring a host of vicious anti-NYPD hash tags including #@deadcopseveryday, #onlydeadcops, #wingsonpigs and #laughatyourdeaths, according to law enforcement sources.
One tweet reads: “Dear Police, Don’t think this cant happen again” accompanied by a photo of armed Blank Panthers from the 1960s and 1970s, sources say.
Police officials say the NYPD is taking all threats seriously, particularly in the wake of the Dec. 20 murder of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Their assassin, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, took to Instagram that morning announcing he was coming to New York to kill police officers.
Sources say the NYPD has received 63 threats since the shootings and there have been 16 arrests connected to them.
There are presently 23 open investigations into threats against NYPD officers, a source said.
In addition to the deadly threats, various radical organizations are also calling for protests to disrupt the New Year’s Eve celebration, but the NYPD says it is prepared to safeguard the millions of revelers and protesters’ rights to demonstrate.
Here we are on the cusp of 2015 and the major quality of life issue of illegal truck driving on residential streets in Jamaica, especially 170th, rages on, even though this was brought up months ago. Department of Transportation, Mayors Office, Queens Borough Hall, local elected officials, community board 12 & NYPD would rather have meetings or do studies as opposed to a simple solution: Enforce the law and contact several of the companies (Royal Waste Services, the biggest culprit). A police car once a day, for just an hour sitting at 170th St/90th Ave for a month at various hours of the day/night, which would not take much effort, time or man power could help solve this problem. DOT putting up a NO TRUCK SIGN would help or simply calling the companies, many which I took time to document and give to NYPD, and letting them know they MUST take truck routes.
Royal Waste Service, the biggest culprits
I actually called Royal Waste on 12.30.14 and spoke to the manager, Jerry, and told him the situation. He was very understanding and told me that he would be sending out memos to all drivers at all location that they cannot use 170th Street and must use the truck route. A phone call this morning to Royal Waste confirmed that they are in the process of doing something, at least I hope. Speaking to another individual, I was told that Jerry informed him yesterday about the situation.
I mean since I provided several of the powers to be with company names, addresses and phone number, they could not even do the simple task of picking up a phone and stating what I did. A simple phone call from one or our elected leaders, DOT, Queens Borough Hall or NYPD certainly would have a much bigger impact than me, an ordinary citizen with no power at all.
All I have heard in the last couple of months on this issue has been excuses and complaints to 311 produced “no violation observed” or “long term investigation is needed”. Such as last night (12.30.14) from 6pm to 12:30am, I counted 60 trucks (most from Royal Waste), although I was watching two movies, so who knows how many came through was I was watching TV. But still the response from my my numerous 311 complaints produced this:
Service Request #: C1-1-1050310431 Date Submitted: 12/30/14 8:34:25 PM Request Type: Traffic Details: Truck Route Violation
Your Service Request was closed.
The Police Department responded to the complaint and with the information available observed no evidence of the violation at that time.
And that was just one of many I received last night. Of course when I make 311 complaint and the police do not arrive at that exact moment, of course they will not see that truck, but hanging out for at least 15 minutes last night, they would have seen several.
So with no results from the powers to be on this issue, certainly confirms that Mayor De Blasio’s Vision Zero does not apply to this community of color. As my comrade-in-arms have said and I agree 100%, black people do not matter.
Notice no cover on this truck. I watched as it zoomed by as shit inside flew out all over.
Latest Illegal Truck Video on 170th St/90th Ave on 12.31.14 approximately 8:30am.
Bonus Feature Video: Car Alarm (Red Lancer, NY Plate #GRB-8589) going on and of & on since 12.30.14 at 5:00pm and still going on as I write this 12.31.14 at 10:41am. Numerous 311 complaints. But you know the answer you normally get.
Let’s face it, if elected officials salary were based on their work and their accomplishments, many would be making somewhere between $0 and $5000 and Leroy Comrie is no exception. At his cushy pretty much do nothing job at Queens Borough Hall, tax payers shelled out $135,000 for his position as Queens Borough Deputy President, where he pretty much did jack shit. When he decided to run for Senator and left the position, Melinda Katz had him stay on in a made up position as “Special Assistant to Queens Borough President”, where tax payers shelled out $100,000 for doing jack shit and spending most time campaigning for Senator.
Now that come January he will be for some of us (not me though, my senator is actually someone who works hard and gets results, Tony Avella) the new Senator (replacing corrupt shyster Malcolm Smith), he will be raping from the tax payers the tune of $79,500, differently a cut from his sorry ass stint in Queens Borough Hall, but still pretty much political welfare where I am sure he will continue his masquerade as a public servant.
The article starts off with the line “Leroy Comrie has been serving Queens as deputy borough president for about a year, but he’s getting ready to return to an arena he’s more familiar with.” And what arena would that be………………….doing jack shit for the community he is supposed to serve. And so the Comrie political musical chair games begin and the wool is pulled again over the idiots who voted for him expecting something different. I certainly hope he was a better wedding photographer, which is want he did before his political “career”, than a public servant.
Photo courtesy of Borough President Melinda Katz’s office
Leroy Comrie has been serving Queens as deputy borough president for about a year, but he’s getting ready to return to an arena he’s more familiar with.
He is starting his bid as the new state senator of the 14th District of Queens covering Jamaica, Queens Village, St. Albans and Hollis. Borough President Melinda Katz and her staff said goodbye to Comrie last week and praised him for the work he did there.
Katz mentioned his tireless work ethic on behalf of the people of Queens and thanked Comrie for his wise counsel during her first year as borough president. She also mentioned that she believes he will do an outstanding job for his new, smaller group of constituents.
Comrie served as a public figure in southeast Queens from 2002-2013 as councilman for the 27th District, which covers St. Albans, Jamaica, Hollis and Cambria Heights. In 2013, he ran for the borough president’s seat in Queens but later dropped out. When Katz won her seat she hired him as the second-in-command as the deputy borough president, a position he held until his nomination for state Senate in April.
Comrie defeated incumbent state Sen. Malcolm Smith, whose political career took a turn for the worse after he was hit with federal charges for trying to bribe his way into the 2013 mayoral election as a Republican candidate. Comrie defeated Smith in the September primary for the Senate seat and ran unopposed in the November general election.
Comrie, a Democrat, will take his seat in the Republican-controlled state Senate as of Jan. 1. The 63-seat branch of the Legislature will now house 32 Republicans and 31 Democrats, making it more challenging for Democrats like Comrie to press their agenda in Albany.
Comrie’s commute to work — he’ll now have to travel to Albany when the Legislature is in session — is only one of several trade-offs he’ll make by going from the borough president’s office to the Senate. He’ll take a hit in the pocketbook too, trading his $135,000 deputy borough president salary for the base salary of $79,500 as a state senator.
Federal authorities are investigating substantial payments made to the State Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, by a small law firm that seeks real estate tax reductions for commercial and residential properties in New York City, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Prosecutors from the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have found that the law firm, Goldberg & Iryami, P.C., has paid Mr. Silver the sums over roughly a decade, but that he did not list that income on his annual financial disclosure forms, as required, the people said.
The prosecutors, from the office of the United States attorney, Preet Bharara, and the F.B.I. agents were seeking to determine precisely what Mr. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, has been doing for the payments, the people said. Spokesmen for the F.B.I. and Mr. Bharara’s office declined to comment.
Part-time work by legislators has long been a focus of federal investigators because corrupt lawmakers have used payments for ostensible part-time jobs or consulting work to mask political payoffs. It has also been a source of concern among government watchdog groups because of the potential for conflicts of interest.
The investigation into the Goldberg firm’s payments to Mr. Silver grew out of the work of the Moreland Commission, an anticorruption panel that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, created in 2013 but abruptly shut down in March. Before it was shut down, the commission had investigated how lawmakers earn money outside of Albany, though the inquiry was stymied by a legal challenge from lawmakers and their employers.
Mr. Silver, who has wielded enormous influence in Albany for the two decades in which he has served as speaker, is a personal injury lawyer. He is not known to have any expertise in the complex and highly specialized area of the law in which Goldberg & Iryami practices, known as tax certiorari, which involves challenging real estate tax assessments and seeking reductions from municipalities.
Mr. Silver’s income from his private law practice well exceeds his legislative salary, which as speaker totals $121,000. On his most recent financial disclosure form, for 2013, he reported earning more than $650,000 from his outside legal work. But what he does to earn that money has long been shrouded in secrecy.
With his deep, graveled monotone and laconic style, Mr. Silver has been an enduring and inscrutable player in Albany, even as scandals and elections have claimed governors and other legislators. He has weathered many public storms during his reign as speaker, including a coup attempt in 2000; accusations that he mishandled sexual assault allegations against one of his top aides; and, later, criticism that he concealed sexual harassment allegations against an influential Brooklyn assemblyman.
While Mr. Silver has been the focus of previous federal investigations, none of which resulted in charges, the disclosure that federal authorities are examining payments made to him raises new questions about possible conflicts of interest.
He has long listed the personal injury firm Weitz & Luxenberg on his financial disclosure forms. Still, almost nothing is known about his role at the firm.
State ethics laws do not require him to provide any details about what he does, who his clients are, or even if he has any clients at all. Public records contain no indication that he has ever appeared on behalf of clients in state or federal court. For years, he has steadfastly refused to discuss his work or his clients in anything but the most general terms.
The people with knowledge of the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing, would not say how much Goldberg & Iryami, and a predecessor firm, Jay Arthur Goldberg, P.C., had paid Mr. Silver in roughly a decade, with one characterizing it only as substantial.
Mr. Silver did not respond to questions about the investigation or his relationship with the Goldberg firm, including how much the firm has paid him, when the payments began, what work he has performed, or whether he has any tax certiorari experience. In the past, he has maintained that he has properly disclosed all of his income.
Mr. Silver was the subject of two separate unrelated federal investigations in the last few years, according to several people with knowledge of those inquiries. One focused on loans he had made to a litigation funding company called Counsel Financial, which is related to Weitz & Luxenberg. The other focused on a lobbyist with a longtime relationship with Mr. Silver. Neither resulted in criminal charges.
Goldberg & Iryami appears to have just two lawyers. It operates out of a small office at 42 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, a somewhat run-down building that also houses a number of city offices. It is led by Jay Arthur Goldberg, 75, who served on New York City’s Tax Commission during the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch.
Mr. Goldberg has also been an occasional supporter of Mr. Silver’s campaigns. Since 2001, he and his law practice have made six donations to Mr. Silver, totaling $7,600, according to campaign finance records. The most recent contribution was in February, when Goldberg & Iryami gave him $1,800.
Mr. Goldberg, in a brief telephone conversation, referred questions about the investigation to his lawyer, Michael S. Ross, who declined to comment.
In recent years, Mr. Goldberg and his firm have represented hundreds of properties across New York City, from modest storefronts on Staten Island to office buildings in Midtown Manhattan, according to court filings and records from the city’s Tax Commission. He has also represented large cooperative developments on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood that makes up the heart of Mr. Silver’s political base.
The sizable number of properties on the Lower East Side for which Mr. Goldberg has sought real estate tax reductions include Mr. Silver’s own co-op, the Hillman Housing Corporation, a development of brick apartment buildings on Grand Street, tax records show, as well as the commercial building across the street that is listed in state records as the address for Mr. Silver’s campaign committee, Friends of Silver. Mr. Goldberg and his firm have also represented a related development along Grand Street and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, the East River Housing Corporation, the records show, which like Hillman Housing is managed by a close Silver associate, Harold Jacob.
A recent letter from the East River board president to shareholders heralded what it said were the successes of its tax certiorari firm, without mentioning it by name. “In almost every year they have been successful in reducing the increase in our taxes,” the board president, Gary Altman, wrote in the letter.
Mr. Jacob, in a 2009 letter to East River shareholders, noted that the city had raised the development’s assessment to $28 million, and that its tax certiorari lawyer “was very successful in reducing what could have been a $3,000,000 increase to a $750,000 increase” in taxes.
In an interview, Mr. Jacob said that Mr. Goldberg has been seeking tax reductions for the developments since Mr. Jacob began managing them, more than 25 years ago. He said that while he knew Mr. Goldberg personally — the tax lawyer grew up in the same Lower East Side neighborhood as Mr. Jacob — he was awarded the work because he regularly outbids his competitors.
Tax certiorari work is done on contingency, with lawyers traditionally getting paid roughly a third of any reduction they obtain. Mr. Jacob said the developments have paid Mr. Goldberg substantially less.
Large tractor trailer trucks barrel through 170th St and other residential streets daily
The Daily News today, did a story on the success of our Mayor’s “Vision Zero” to make NYC streets safe and the first line in the article is “It has never been safer to cross a New York City street”, BUT that certainly does not apply to Jamaica streets, especially the residential streets which are bombarded by huge trucks barreling thru relatively quiet streets, making them a noise nightmare 24/7 and very unsafe as well. An issue that has been going on for years and really being brought to the forefront from this blog and Progress Queen, who did a story last month, is still not being addressed and the laws are not being enforced even with repeated documentation I have been providing with photos and videos. Last night as several Royal Waste Services trucks (located at Douglas Ave & 170th & the biggest culprits) barreled along 170th near 90th Ave around 9pm, an elderly man who lives in the next block at the NYCHA Senior Citizen apartment building told me “These trucks come through early in the morning around 4:00am and disturb people on our building and the City does shit about this.” And doing shit is right. DOT is not addressing the issue properly, NYPD is not really enforcing the law, The Queens Borough President is wasting time doing a study on this and our elected officials are not putting any kind of pressure on a relatively simple issue that is make life for many on these streets miserable, including two NYCHA Senior Citizen apartment building located on 170th Street.
Royal Waste, the biggest culprit
The article also has a quote from Mayor De Blasio, “There is no question we are moving this city in the right direction, thanks to stepped-up enforcement by the NYPD, strong traffic safety measures by the Department of Transportation, new laws passed by our legislators, and the work of New Yorkers fighting for change,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement to The News. “This year shows that when we put the force of government and the will of the city behind a goal like Vision Zero, we can get results and make our streets safer.”
COMPLETELY UNTRUE IN JAMAICA. There has been no stepped-up enforcement by NYPD and DOT even refuses to put up a NO TRUCKS sign on 170th Street. And where are our local elected leaders and community board 12 on an issue that has been going on for decades. Up to now, all I have heard on this issue is EXCUSES. Totally unacceptable. And do not even get me started on the speeding and double parking on Merrick Blvd and Hillside Avenue.
As usual a community of color does not count, not even in our Mayor’s safer streets program.
EXCLUSIVE: Pedestrian traffic deaths hit record low in New York City
The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents this year was 131 as of Sunday. That’s the lowest since 1910, when officials began to keep reliable statistics, a mayoral spokesman said. Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Vison Zero’ plan has enacted several changes this year, including ‘slow zones’ and increased NYPD enforcement of speeding laws.
It’s never been safer to cross a New York City street.
The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents this year — 131 as of Sunday — is the lowest on record, de Blasio administration officials told the Daily News on Monday.
With just a day left before the ball drops in Times Square, the city almost certainly will end 2014 with the fewest pedestrian deaths since 1910, when officials began to keep reliable statistics, a mayoral spokesman said. Back then, streetcars and horse-drawn wagons also were on the road.
“There is no question we are moving this city in the right direction, thanks to stepped-up enforcement by the NYPD, strong traffic safety measures by the Department of Transportation, new laws passed by our legislators, and the work of New Yorkers fighting for change,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement to The News. “This year shows that when we put the force of government and the will of the city behind a goal like Vision Zero, we can get results and make our streets safer.”
Vision Zero is both a policy goal and program adopted by de Blasio that envisions the elimination of all traffic fatalities. As of Sunday, pedestrian deaths through de Blasio’s first year in office are about 26% lower than last year’s grim tally: 177.
The previous all-time low was in 2007, when there were 142 pedestrian fatalities, officials said.
Actions taken by the de Blasio administration include:
Increased enforcement by the NYPD. Police this year issued 117,719 speeding tickets. That’s 35,103, or 42%, more than last year. Police issued 18,723 summonses to drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians, an increase of 126%.
Establishing 27 new “arterial slow zones” with slower speeds, street markings, signs and targeted police enforcement on accident-prone corridors like the Grand Concourse in the Bronx and Queens Blvd.
Getting state approval to increase the number of speed cameras to 140 from 20, and to lower the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph.
As of Sunday, there were 250 total traffic fatalities, including bicyclists, automobile drivers, passengers and motorcyclists. That’s down more than 13% from the same period last year and the second-lowest on record, the administration said.
“These numbers are an encouraging sign that New York City can reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries with a sustained effort to improve street design, enforcement and public safety education,” Brian Zumhagan, spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, said. “Now, if we’re going to bring those numbers down to zero, where we need to be, the city must begin rebuilding dangerous arterial streets, which only make up 15% of our total road network but are the site of more than half of all fatal crashes.”
Vision Zero sparked some controversy last week when police arrested an NYC Transit bus driver after a fatal accident. The driver was charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The charge was elevated from a violation to a misdemeanor.
Bus drivers at three depots protested the arrest and the misdemeanor charge by refusing to start their routes for at least an hour the next day.
A while back I stated I would end Clean-Up Jamaica Queens come th end of 2014, but guess what……………… I changed my mind. Still way too much good material left in Jamaica to pack up and leave yet.
We have the trial of one of our many corrupt elected officials kicking off the New Year. Senator Malcolm Smith will have a re-trial coming up in January and the buffoon and useless Leroy Comrie will step into his place, but chances are slim of anything good coming from him. Councilman Ruben Wills and Assembly Member William Scarborough, both arrested this year on corruption charges, could also see a trail and maybe a stint in the slammer. And who knows what other mischief some of our other elected officials will be getting into, I mean they have the track record for this crap.
Then there is all this talk about Jamaica being the next “hot hood” in 2015 and with all the supposed development that is to happen, it will be curious to see what takes place if anything. Will we have “sensible development”, “gentrification” or more “ghettofication”.
Of course there is garbage, garbage, garbage and my latest pet peeve and obsession, the illegal truck driving on residential streets that has caused both noise and safety issues which has not been taken care of and what to see if “Ms. Katz”, who is “looking” into this with DOT, NYPD, etc and see if she and others actually do their jobs.
So, I am not ready to take off quite yet…………………………………..so be prepared for 2015!
Happy New Year.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 91,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.