LIES, LIES and more LIES and Queens Chronicle should have called Katz out on her bullshit and lies. Examples:
It was just over a year ago that Queens Borough President Melinda Katz unveiled her Jamaica Now initiative, aimed at restoring the neighborhood to its former grandeur as a destination for shopping, culture and living. NOPE
Barry Roopnarine, the collision and refinishing instructor at Edison and Ojeda said they are seeking to broaden the number of area auto repair businesses that accept their students as interns. BUT NO MENTION OF THESE SAME AUTO REPAIR BUSINESSES MAKING A COMPLETE MESS OF THIS COMMUNITY AND MERRICK BLVD WITH JUNKED AND UNLICENSED CARS ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS AND SIDEWALKS.
Now let me show you my findings and they certainly do not show concrete results even though Katz and all her bullshit cronies are aware of.
Jamaica Now shows concrete results: Katz
Borough president says CTE students at Edison HS prove investment works
It was just over a year ago that Queens Borough President Melinda Katz unveiled her Jamaica Now initiative, aimed at restoring the neighborhood to its former grandeur as a destination for shopping, culture and living.
Looking to concrete proof of progress, she brought the program’s leadership council to Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica on Monday morning.
“One of our strategic action items was to increase access for students to internships and apprenticeships,” Katz said. “That is happening here.”
Thomas Edison specializes in career and technical education disciplines. Katz and her team were joined by Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) for a guided tour of the school’s auto body restoration shop, electrical installation lab, computer labs, culinary program and even its model United Nations class by Principal Moses Ojeda.
But the first stop was in a hallway, where the school now displays seven banners representing gold medals the Edison students brought home from the New York State SkillsUSA Leadership competition in categories including robotics, auto collision repair, technical computer applications and web design.
“Those students are going to Kentucky in June to compete in the national competition,” said Ojeda, a graduate of Edison who made zero effort to conceal his pride in his students.
Katz and Deputy Borough President Melva Miller said investments made in the school by her office and the state already are paying dividends for the students.
Katz said her office funded one of the automotive restoration programs to the tune of $150,000, while the state came through with $1 million for a modern, state-of-the-art chamber to paint newly repaired cars.
Katz’s allocation allowed the school to turn a one-year elective in auto body restoration into a three-year program.
“Complete with professional and OSHA certifications at a high school level,” Ojeda said.
“That is a concrete result of our investment,” Katz told the Chronicle. “That painting chamber is a concrete result.”
Barry Roopnarine, the collision and refinishing instructor at Edison, said all his students now train for certification from OSHA, short for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which governs workplace safety.
He and Ojeda said they are seeking to broaden the number of area auto repair businesses that accept their students as interns.
In reference to Katz’ plans to wire all of the Jamaica commercial corridor for Wi-Fi?
“We’d like to have our [technology] students working on that,” Ojeda said.
And just in case Katz or Grodenchik have a little more funding to throw around in the immediate future, Thomas Edison High School’s principal dropped a broad hint when the group was in the school’s electrical laboratory.
“I want to start training them on solar panel installation,” Ojeda said.