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Hero Cops Acknowledged at Community Council Board Meeting

By Editor | January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements It was thanks to the quick thinking of two officers from the 113th Precinct that a one year old’s life was saved.  Officers John Simicich and Tim Molinet intercepted a call going to 911 and responded.  They were able to transport the baby to Jamaica Hospital ahead of EMS while performing chest […]

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Inauguration of First Woman for City Council District 28

By Editor | January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements It’s official!  Adrienne Adams is now the first woman to serve as a Council Member for District 28.  Sunday, January 14, was the inaugural ceremony.  Her term began just after she won the November election as the seat was vacant. ‘The heart of the community’ was the theme of the event which […]

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Rikers Island Detention Center Closing Summer 2018

By Editor | January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

George Motchan Detention Center is set to close this summer. The jail on the Rikers Island complex currently houses approximately 600 men.  The Mayor’s administration says the closure is possible due to the decrease in the city’s jail population which dropped below 9,000. There have been numerous reports of abuse and violence at the facility.  […]

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Daddy Diaper Law set to take effect Summer 2018

By Editor | January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements   Beginning July 2018 all public buildings will be required to provide diaper changing stations to all parents, regardless of gender. Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law Intro 1241-A, affectionately referred to as the Daddy Diaper Law.  It was 2016 when then President Barack Obama signed into law the Bathrooms […]

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Governor Expands Opportunities for Minority Businesses to Obtain Government Contracts

By Editor | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On December 29, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) Bill S6513B.  The law will increase the City’s discretionary spending to $150,000 from its previous level of $20,000.  It will also allow the City to consider a firms M/WBE status when using the best value procurement.  This can be a […]

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Black Businesses Path to Government Contracts in 2017

By Editor | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements Government funding and large scale projects came to Southeast Queens in 2017. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $10 million dollar grant for Downtown Jamaica revitalization. The City Council approved a zoning plan for housing and commercial districts in Far Rockaway. The Long Island Rail Road’s (L.I.R.R) $1.9 billion dollar third track […]

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Focus on Black Businesses & Entrepreneurs During the Holiday Season

By Editor | December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by KAREN CLEMENTS editor@thecommunitiesofcolor.com  During Black Friday Weekend 2017, The 5th Annual Stuyvesant Indi Winter Holiday Bazaar, set up a vendors marketplace in an expansive basement of a Brooklyn Brownstone on Quincy Street. With music in the background and space for children to be creative, the market had various vendors selling a wide variety of […]

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New Chair For Community Board 12

By Editor | December 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements editor@communitiesofcolornyc.com Community Board 12 (CB12) has a new chairperson. Rene Cheatham-Hill was voted in as Chairperson at the Community Board Meeting on November 15, 2017. The question is, will the win be legitimate. The Board had to elect a new chair as its former chair, Adrienne Adams, resigned. Adams was elected to […]

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Advocacy Group Needs Residents to Help Improve Access-A-Ride

By Editor | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Missed appointments, vehicle breakdowns, taking long, circuitous routes, being subjected to rude personnel and leaving individuals stranded at night.  Who would pay for a transportation service that subjected its passengers to these, and even more, egregious occurrences? Sadly, disabled and senior populations are subjected to these events each and every day when using the Access-A-Ride […]

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Free Projects Available to Help Residents Clear past Convictions

By Editor | November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Legal Aid Society and the Legal Action Center are two groups that have new projects to help individuals get their records sealed. In October, Governor Cuomo signed into law that New Yorkers who have not been convicted of a crime in the past 10 years can have up to two prior convictions sealed.  This […]

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