ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 29 RACE: SCHERIE MURRAY SEEKS TO BREAK STATUS QUO (READ GOOD OLE BOY’S CLUB OF SE QUEENS)

YOU GO SCHERIE!!! Take on this corrupt and useless Southeast Queens political machine that has hurt the area for years.

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From Queens Press:

Assembly District 29 Race: Scherie Murray Seeks To Break Status-Quo

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Scherie Murray campaigning for the State Assembly in the 29th District. (Photo Courtesy Scherie Murray)

BY MARISSA COLLADO

Described as a moderate Republican in the race for the 29th Assembly District, Scherie Murray has plans for the district that use her history of hard work and education to bring strength to a community.

Murray traveled to Southeast Queens at the age of nine from the West Indies. Upon arrival, Murray began to attend local schools learning the importance of hard work. Years later, Murray graduated from CUNY with an Associate degree of Applied Science in the field of Micro Computer Business Systems and a Bachelor of Science in the field of Broadcast Journalism.

Following school, Murray was inspired to begin her own company. The Esemel Group Inc. a television production and advertising company was geared towards creating media opportunities for minorities in New York City.

Five years later in 2009, Murray was inspired by the issues affecting her community and decided to run for New York City Council District 31 to make a difference. During the race, Murray gained endorsements from the National Black Republican Council, Latino National Republican Coalition, the Queens County Republican Party, among other groups.

In 2013, Murray was elected as district leader of the New York Republican State Committee and State Committee woman of the 29th Assembly District in Queens.

With all her experience, Murray is confident in what she can bring to the district. The race is a special election against Democratic candidate Alicia Hyndman to replace Bill Scarborough, who resigned in May after pleading guilty to corruption charges.

“Moderates identify with a modern agenda relating to party ideologies. If elected to the New York State Assembly, I will move forward an urban agenda that connects bi-partisan action on policy priorities for Assembly District 29.” said Murray on being described by some as a moderate Republican.

Murray’s platform includes creating jobs in the 29th District, education, economic development and community-police relations.

Murray plans to create a 29th District Park Conservancy so it may serve as a direct funding source for more programs in local parks. A park conservancy will “create living wage jobs, boost the local economy and work in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation” said Murray.

For education, Murray plans to work on proficiency rates in math and English for grades three to eight. The agenda includes “increased funding in traditional after school programs, early childhood education and the Implementation of an independent committee to manage funds to after school programs and education programs.” said Murray.

Lastly Murray plans to increase community and police relations. Her agenda includes “advocating for more police officers of color in communities of color and asking for proactive community outreach by the NYPD by spending one-third of their shifts attending community meetings, engaging businesses and residents.” said Murray.

For unsure voters Murray leaves one last message about her plans if elected to the District. “As your Assemblywoman securing more State funding for Southeast Queens will be my top priority in Albany.”

– See more at: http://queenspress.com/assembly-district-29-race-scherie-murray-seeks-to-break-status-quo/#sthash.oK8KkPiF.dpuf

 

NOVEMBER 3RD ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 29 ELECTION: YOU DECIDE, THE SAME OLD SHIT (HYNDMAN) OR NEW (MURRAY OR EBONY)

Well, next Tuesday, folks in Jamaica’s assembly district 29, will decided who will replace crooked, my ass is in jail William Scarborough, part of the good ole boy’s club here in Southeast Queens, which has has done little to help improve this district, the good ole boys club, you know, folks like Comrie, Cooks, Wills, Smith, Meeks and on and on.

If you want to see the same old shit, then I guess you want to pick Alicia Hyndman, who is backed by this motley crew of crooked and useless elected officials who have done so little in the community. If you want to go against this on going bullshit that has been happening for decades, putting the same old people in office expecting different results but getting the same shit, then you want to go with Scherie Murray or Terryl Ebony De Mendonca.

You also have the choice of a writing in, former Democratic candidate Terryl Ebony De Mendonca, who was kicked off the ballot thru a form of voter suppression by Hyndman and the Democratic machine, so you never even got a choice of who to vote for in the primary, the machine made it for you. Terryl has been running a write in vote campaign since the powers to be kicked her off the ballot.

It is up to you.

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From Queens Times Ledger:

Elections come to southeast Queens

The winner of the seat held by former Democratic Assemblyman William Scarborough in southeast Queens will be decided in next week’s election.

The position in Assembly District 29—which covers Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Laurelton and Rosedale—opened up when Scarborough resigned in May after pleading guilty to state and federal corruption charges.

The Democratic candidate is Alicia Hyndman, who has been president of the District 29 Community Education Council for four years, but has served the council for almost a decade. Hyndman announced her candidacy in June and was endorsed by major Democratic elected officials and district leaders, including former City Councilman Archie Spigner.

On the Republican side, Queens GOP leaders have chosen Scherie Murray, a member of the Republican State Committee. Murray founded the Esemel Group Inc., a television production and advertising company. She also ran in City Council elections in 2008 and 2013. Murray will also be running on the Reform Party ticket in this election.

There was no primary election because each candidate was unopposed in her own party.

For the first time in the history of the district, two African-American women are running for the Assembly seat. The last woman to hold the Assembly seat for the 29th District was Cynthia Jenkins, the first black woman ever elected in the district.

Southeast Queens has a rich, diverse political history. In the middle of the national civil rights movement and a major push by the NAACP’s Jamaica branch, the district became the fourth city borough to elect a black assemblyman, Kenneth Brown, in 1964. He eventually left the Assembly seat to become the first African-American judge in Queens County.

After one term, Brewer lost his seat in 1968 to Democrat Andrew Jenkins, who was subsequently convicted of federal corruption charges. Then, Cynthia Jenkins (no relation to her predecessor) held the position for 12 years before being defeated by Scarborough .

Scarborough was challenged twice by Republican candidate Everly Brown, a businessmanwho lost by a large margin in each race.

District 29, which is heavily Democratic, has not fielded a Republican candidate for the Assembly seat since 2002. The last time a Republican won an election in the area was in 1965, when the district map was much more different.

Jenkins, a librarian and civil rights activist, had the district map lines redrawn after winning a Supreme Court case to include more African-American voters—setting the area up for Democratic reign because there were far more registered Democrats than Republicans.

 

THOUSANDS GATHER IN JAMAICA AT WAKE FOR SLAIN OFFICER RANDOLPH HOLDER

Another police officer (Randolph Holder) slain because too many criminals with guns are loose on the streets.

Officer Randolph Holder

 

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From Queens Times Ledger:

Thousands gather at wake for slain Officer Randolph Holder

 They came from across the state and the country, some who knew him and many who didn’t. Thousands of police officers lined Merrick Boulevard and saluted as NYPD Officer Randolph Holder’s casket was carried into the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica Tuesday morning. Many were crying.

Along the sprawling line police mingled with friends and family of Holder as well as residents who were there just to pay respects.

“Officer Holder was killed like an animal,” said Israel Scott, a pastor and community activist from Jamaica. “I am 30 and he was 33. It’s mind-boggling. How do I stand at the pulpit everyday? There are so many things going through my mind right now, and I guess I just need to be here and show my respect. This violence between citizens and police, we got to remember that we’re all part of one human family. That’s why I’m here.”

Members of the New York Police Bomb Squad shook hands with patrolmen from Deptford, Pa. Guardian Angels stood alongside community activists. Friends hugged and held family.

“I’m here to let the police know that their lives matter,” said Calvin Hunt, who is from Harlem and knew Holder personally. He was standing across the street with a large sign that read Blue Lives Matter. “It’s just sad that all this could have been avoided. You see it on the news, but when you come to the wake and you see the body laying there, then you realize how important these cops are, man.”

Patrol cars could be seen from Nassau County, Northport, L.I., Glassboro, N.J., Poundridge, N.Y. and beyond.

On Monday night, community leaders and police stood side by side at police precincts across the city for a total of 37 minutes of silence — 33 minutes for each year of Holder’s life and four for each of the four NYPD officers killed this past year.

Holder was shot in the head and killed Oct. 20 responding to a report of gang-related gunshots in Upper Manhattan.

Investigators said Monday a gun found over the weekend matched the weapon used in the shooting. The suspect, Tyrone Howard, was charged with murder and robbery, prosecutors said.

A funeral service for Holder was scheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral.

Holder will be buried in his native Guyana.

PROBLEM WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE MANY CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM: YOU DO NOT GET THE BEST

The big problem in many Queens elections and especially the corrupt cesspool of Southeast Queens, is a lack of quality candidates, since the crooked Democratic machine likes to knock off competition in the primaries using a form of voter suppression by petitioning signatures. So instead of voters getting to choose from a wide array of candidates, the crook system narrows it down, usually to a good ole boy, like Alicia Hyndman and so one has no choices in a primary. Since the Republicans only had one choice, Scherie Murray and Hyndman was the only Democrat, well, voters did not get a choice at all in the primaries. And this is why we get useless leaders like Comrie and Cook and corrupt ones like Smith, Huntley, Meeks, Scarborough and Wills and nothing really changes in one of the most fucked up communities of all of Queens and why it looks the way it does, a big fucking mess.

The below article talks about the candidates flip-flopping over issues, but I do not always see it as flip flopping. People gather new information and look at issues a little differently, hence sometimes changing their stance. It is was most people do, maybe not in quite a short period like the two candidates did, but it does happen.

As far as the article stating that Murray only named two non-profits when asked the question about “name three of your favorite from the district”, the question was not “name three non-profits from the area”,  which I think anyone can do, but ‘name three of YOUR FAVORITE”. Maybe Murray only had two favorites, nothing wrong with that nor to hold anything against her for that.

But bottom line, when a community like Jamaica does everything in it’s power to stack the deck against candidates entering a race, then you are not always left with the best people, but people hand picked by a corrupt SE Queens political system that wants to keep the good ole boys in power at all cost even to the detriment of the community.

But no matter, a vote for Alicia Hyndman is a vote for the same old shit that has kept this community down and in shambles and it is not getting any better either.

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From Queens Times Ledger:

Candidates flip-flop over issues in St. Albans debate

Democratic candidate Alicia Hyndman (r.) and Republican candidate Scherie Murray (l.) answered questions through a two-member panel on a debate at the Robert Ross Johnson Famiyl Center in St. Albans.

As the general election date inches closer, the two state Assembly candidates for William Scarborough’s former seat have started flip-flopping on issues that affect the community.

At a debate Tuesday night at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans, Democratic candidate Alicia Hyndman and Republican candidate Scherie Murray answered questions from a two-member panel on topics such as community-based nonprofits and criminal justice reform.

The seat for Assembly District 29—which covers Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Laurelton and Rosedale— opened up in May, when Scarborough resigned after pleading guilty to state and federal corruption charges.

The first question for both candidates was to name their three favorite nonprofits from the district. Hyndman was able to name three right away; Community Youth Care Services, United Black Men of Queens and Our Brothers Guardians, while Murray named two; 100 suits for 100 men and the Veterans in Command, and took a pass on naming her third favorite nonprofit.

Some questions similar to those posed at last week’s NAACP debate were raised, allowing the candidates to clarify their positions or restate their agenda on certain issues.

Both candidates had a change of heart on separate issues from last week’s debate.

On tenure in the Assembly, Hyndman shifted her position.

“Even though the Assembly is in session from January to June—I am going to be working full time for this district,” she said. “In order to be effective you need more than two years, although you can do a lot in two years.”

That was different from the opinion Hyndman gave at the last debate, when she said she approved of a second job as long as it was within the guidelines of the Assembly because the Albany post is a part-time position.

Murray was asked about City Council legislation on bail reform and eliminating prison time for low-level offenders. She said, “I am favor of any initiative that eliminates an extended stay for low-level offenders. I absolutely would support bail reform.”

At the last debate, however, Murray said she was not in favor of bail reform but did support rehabilitation programs.

Hyndman was also posed a question concerning criminal justice reform. When asked about the Close to Home state program, a juvenile justice reform initiative designed to keep youth close to their families and community, she said the program was ideologically a good idea but not practical.

The event was sponsored by eight community organizations including civic associations, churches and business associations.

The general election to fill the state Assembly seat will be held Nov. 3.

 

REALLY, MORE DAMN HOTELS IN JAMAICA OR MORE HOMELESS SHELTERS IN THE FUTURE

Besides these three hotels going up, there are plans for seven more around the area, not counting the hotels we already have (at least one, a former Quality Inn, has been turned into a homeless shelter).

I mean doesn’t this send up a red flag to Community Board 12, elected officials or other leaders in the community or are some,  like the elected officials getting some extra money into their campaign chests or some other little back room deal. Think about it, of all the development that this community needs, do hotels come to the top of the list. How many hotels are being put up in Forest Hills or Rego Park. Sure many have been put up in LIC, which makes some sense, considering the proximity to Manhattan, but even there, a recent hotel, The Verve, has been turned into a women’s shelter.

Could this be part of the Jamaica Now Initiative Plan. I mean the mayor keeps saying what a major homeless problem we have, I mean Jamaica has had shit dumped all in this community for years, why not this (a huge homeless shelter complex) or what about the Queens Bridge Projects in LIC, nice waterfront property that could be luxury apartments and well, those project folks are going to have to go somewhere, why not put them in Jamaica.

As far as I know, I have not heard any leaders from the community speak out about the huge amount of hotels being built in the area, yet, there has been no type of clean-up of the area, and really has not been any type of nice apartment buildings going up for middle class folks, what is left of them. And let’s face it, where some of those hotels are going up, the area is run down, dirty, crime ridden and no types of amenities there at all. I mean, was I sleeping when Jamaica became a mega tourist attraction, that all these hotels are needed for the demand. Well, if things to do on your list are seeing the Ghetto of Queens, then, yeah I guess.

SO WHAT GIVES.

By the way check out the developer Patel’s Yelp reviews of his Ramada Inn on Hillside (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ramada-jamaica-queens-jamaica). Not very good, but then I am not surprised. Yep, just what Jamaica needs, a slumlord hotel developer.

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From DNAInfo New York:

MAP: Massive Hotel Complex Planned for Jamaica

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | October 27, 2015 6:42pm
 Jamaica began attracting hotel developers after the AirTrain station opened on Sutphin Boulevard in 2003.

Jamaica began attracting hotel developers after the AirTrain station opened on Sutphin Boulevard in 2003.

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QUEENS — Downtown Jamaica is turning into the borough’s epicenter of hotels.

Kaushik Patel, a Queens-based developer, filed an application last week with the Department of Buildings to build a new massive complex consisting of three adjacent hotels, joining a long list of lodging projects planned for the area.

The new complex, at the intersection of 146th Street, Sutphin Boulevard and 101st Avenue will bring nearly 400 rooms to the area, as first reported by The Real Deal.

One of the hotels, at 97-46 146th St., will consist of 108 rooms. Another, at 97-34 Sutphin Blvd., will feature 148 rooms, and the third one, at 145-01 101st Ave., will have 142 rooms, according to the DOB’s website. All three buildings are slated to be 9-stories high and will offer 51 parking spaces.

Patel said that three different hotel chains will operate the complex — Wyndham Garden, Country Inns & Suites and La Quinta Inns & Suites.

He also said he expects the 166,000-square-feet complex to be completed in about two years.

In recent years, Jamaica has started attracting numerous hotel developers. The trend began after the AirTrain station opened on Sutphin Boulevard in 2003, connecting the neighborhood with JFK.

There are seven other hotels, which are currently planned for downtown Jamaica. Those projects would bring roughly 1,200 rooms, in addition to about 400 rooms that are now available in the area.

But Patel, who owns several other hotels throughout Queens, including a Ramada at 164-40 Hillside Ave. in Jamaica, said he was positive that his new project would be successful.

“We know the area,” Patel said. “[The complex] will feed the JFK market as well as local community.”

PLANNED AND EXISTING HOTELS IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA

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COMMUNITY BOARD 12 ACTUALLY SHOWS SOME BALL AGAINST THE CITY’S ZONING PLANS

You mean Community Board 12 finally showed some balls and stood up to the city in regards to some zoning plans to Jamaica which could be detrimental to the community. I mean what took so long. I guess years or should I say decades of shit getting dumped into this community and destroying it in the process have finally gotten to some folks.

One of the big concerns was of the eliminating mandatory on-site parking at certain developments, which could cause major parking issues in an area that already has major parking issues due to past poor zoning and tearing down of 1-2 family homes to put up shitty cheap third world ghetto apartments.

I love the line by Stephen Everett of the Department of City Planning, “car ownership is lower in low-income neighborhoods.” OH REALLY, take a look at some of the shitty cheap third world ghetto apartments, those folks have tons of cars parked all over the place including on sidewalks. Please, the so-called “low income folks” have cars, motorcycles, big screen TV’s, satellite dishes, cell phones and other bullshit, plus stand in  line on Jamaica Ave before a sneaker store opens to get $200 sneakers. Please.

Not even a bit of green exists in this third world dreck apartment.

Not even a bit of green exists in this third world dreck apartment.

More third world dreck, no green.

More third world dreck, no green.

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From Queens Chronicle:

CB 12 has no use for city’s zoning plans

 

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 12:37 pm

Two major pillars of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing initiative got the thumbs down at Community Board 12 last Wednesday night.

Following the recommendation of their Land Use Committee, members voted to oppose City Hall’s plans for a Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning initiative, which would require set-asides of affordable housing units in new or converted projects of 10 units or more; and the Zoning for Quality and Affordability plan, which would allow what the city is calling minor changes to the allowable heights of buildings to accommodate senior housing, inclusionary mixed-income housing and senior care facilities.

Stephen Everett of the Department of City Planning offered a PowerPoint presentation on both initiatives. He devoted almost as much time to what the city says it will not do as to what it will.

And most of that was addressing people’s concerns about the intention of eliminating mandatory on-site parking at certain developments.

Everett said that the city is not forecasting a problem, as the locations that are eligible under the plans were specifically chosen for their locations within a half-mile of subway lines or bus service.

He said city studies have determined that senior citizens as a general rule own fewer cars; and car ownership is lower in low-income neighborhoods.

“It would only affect the northern part of the district, which has the E, J and F [subway] lines,” Everett said.

Offering his committee’s report and recommendations, Land Use Chairman Glenn Greenidge wasn’t impressed.

“My feeling is this isn’t something we want to do …” Greenidge said. “We don’t want to leave ourselves open to developers’ liberties.”

He also said the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, one of the agencies key to the proposed changeovers, “has not always been a friend to this community.”