Funny how you never hear the over-bloated do-nothing Leroy Comrie addressing quality of life issues in Jamaica, including his district, way back when he was Council-member for 12 years, you know issues like illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal parking of tractor trailer trucks, the take over of Merrick Blvd by thug auto body shops who clogged our streets and sidewalks with junked and unlicensed vehicles, tons of illegal garbage dumping and the BIG ISSUE of Royal Waste, the poisonous polluting waste transfer station smack in the downtown area, near thousands of residents, including Muslims. THOSE he does not address, but he makes sure to show up at the Jamaica Muslim Center, to talk about “hate crimes” which he really is powerless on this issue, but actually can do something along with other local elected officials to address LOCAL issues like what I mentioned. BUT then that would mean he would have to actually work as oppose to speak at some PR stunt and of course to make sure he gets the Muslim votes. But if you are going to talk about “hate crimes”, why just pick out one group. What about gays, what about blacks, what about Jews, what about transgender and on and on. So if you are going to discuss “hate crimes”, why do it at a specific religious site as opposed to an open forum at a non-religious or ethnic site. VOTES, that is why.
In the meantime another local elected official, Councilman Lancman wants a grant of $25 million towards hate crimes. REALLY isn’t ALL CRIMES just that CRIMES. Doesn’t matter why it was committed, it is a CRIME period.
Seems like more of Democratic identity politics that really piss people off and creates even more division that is necessary. Between Republicans and Democrats, I don’t know who is worse for the division of people and communities. It seems like Republicans start it and Democrats just throw gasoline on the fire.
From Times Ledger:
Jamaica Muslim Center head wants to build wall against hate
“No one should be afraid if they are the victim of a crime,” says Carmencita Gutierrez, the Queens DA’s director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs.
The Jamaica Muslim Center was packed last Friday as state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) held a Town Hall Against Hate with representatives from nonprofits and city agencies throughout New York.
“It’s important to get the information out to as diverse a community,” Comrie said. “The Jamaica Muslim Center is at the forefront of Muslim affairs in bringing peace and harmony to the community.”
He pointed out that Queens residents must have every chance to protect and defend themselves.
One of the members of the center was Kagi Oddin, 36.
“We are suffering [from hate crimes] and this kind of program is good for us,” he said. “This will create more dialogues that will benefit our community.”
Jamaica Muslim Center President Nizam Hassan opened the proceedings.
“I came here for a better education, to be a better individual,” he said. “I’ve been asked about my time here now and when I initially came to America,” Hassan said. “I said yes, we need to build a wall, a wall against hate, we need to deport hate not liberty.”
Comrie was the first panelist to address the crowd.
“It disturbs my heart the hate speech coming out of Washington, D.C.,” he said, referring to some of the comments made by President Trump and members of Congress.
Comrie added that the rhetoric was “causing a divisiveness that should never happen in this country [and it] compels me to say that we need to change the course of this country by voting.”
Comrie later said that “by doing that we can change the country from the inside out.”
Comrie emphasized that he intends on keeping New York a sanctuary city and that he will combat misinformation that creates “anxiety” and “panic” in the Muslim-American community.
City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), spoke about the recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents.
“The tremendous spike in hate crimes in this city and this country has gone through the roof in the first two months,” Lancman said, referring to the period following Trump’s inauguration. “Not just Jews but Muslims as well,” he added. “All of us must work together in coalition as friends.”
“It starts with knowing what your rights are,” Lancman added.
The policy manager from the New York Immigration Coalition, Muzna Ansari, advised Muslims-Americans and immigrants how to proceed in difficult situations.
“If you are an undocumented immigrant, you should have an emergency plan,” she said. “If ICE comes to your home, you do not have to open the door unless they have a warrant with your name on it signed by a judge.”
Ansari further explained how undocumented immigrants should respond to police officers, that they should have a person to provide legal authority over their affairs, to document improper search and seizure and what to do about a deportation notification or court warrant. She also elaborated on arrangements for minor children, travel under the new travel ban and how citizens have the right to deny giving their technical devices to airport officials.
Queens Borough Director of Community Affairs Jessica Douglas represented the mayor at the event.
“I want to relay that for those that might not have the courage to be here tonight we are here to support you,” said Douglas. “It’s only through education that we can eradicate this fear to make this community great not just with citizens, but with immigrants, too.”
The last main speaker of the night was Carmencita Gutierrez, director of the Queens District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
“District Attorney [Richard] Brown created the Office of Immigrant Affairs so that no one should be afraid if they are the victim of a crime,” Gutierrez said.
“We should not be afraid to seek help,” she added. “Just like Lady Liberty stands in the harbor to welcome all, Lady Justice, she represents justice for all.”
From Times Ledger:
Lancman leads the call for $25 million security grant
City Council members asked the city for a $25 million grant to protect community institutions from hate crimes.
City Council members gathered on the steps of City Hall last week calling for a $25 million security grant to combat the rise in hate crimes.
Members of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, Council members, city leaders and non-profit institutions asked the city to fund a $25 million security grant to protect Jewish, Muslim and other community institutions. This comes after the NYPD announced hate crimes have gone up 55 percent from last year, the increase is being driven by a 94 percent increase in anti- Semitic hate crimes. While the rise in hate crimes has been a national trend since the election of President Donald Trump, New York City has outpaced the national rise despite the 2.8 percent drop in overall crime. Hate crimes in New York City have included bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and graffiti.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) joined Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), who led the call for the program. According to the councilmen, federal government and New York State both fund programs designed to improve safety and security at schools and day care centers at risk of being targeted in hate crime attacks. The Council members called for the creation of a companion city-funded security grant program to assist community centers and cultural institutions that are considered at risk of being targeted because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. These funds would pay for security upgrades at the institutions, including equipment and additional staffing.
The existing federal and state programs focuses mainly on school security, but the coalition of city leaders and nonprofits called for city funding that would focus on community centers, cultural institutions, and advocacy organizations. The program would be open to institutions that face a higher risk of being targeted in hate crimes.
“I am proud today to stand with my colleagues in the City Council to call on the city to make this crucial investment in a security grant program that will help protect at-risk locations,” Lancman said. “In the face of rising anti-Semitism and hate crimes in New York City, we must take action to best ensure the security of at-risk NYC community centers and cultural institutions. The security grant program will be an essential resource to keep New Yorkers safe.”
Council member Mark Levine (D- Manhattan), chair of the Jewish Caucus, said institutions being targeted for hate crimes need additional funds for security.
“We are here today to respond to an unprecedented rise in hate crimes across New York City,” he said. “Though there are state and federal programs to enhance security for at-risk schools and day-care centers, our city’s community centers and cultural institutions, which have been repeatedly targeted in recent months, are left with nowhere to turn for help in meeting their security needs. When hate crimes and threats occur, they are not just an attack on innocent victims, but on the values we share as New Yorkers.”