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FOLLOW THIS HISTORICAL EVENT LIVE:  May 24-26, 2014 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople-New Rome and Pope Francis of Rome will meet in Jerusalem John and Margo Catsimatidis and their family will participate in Jerusalem in the visit of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Apostolic Pilgrimage: May 25 & May 26th Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

Political Junkie is Watching: Shhhh! It's the Library! Comptroller Stringer vs Comptroller Hevesi City Comptroller Stringer takes the Queens Library to the Manhattan State Supreme Court to question the legality of a so-called arrangement between former Comptroller Hevesi and the library. Hearing Scheduled for June 24, 2014 Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

HISTORIC PILGRIMAGE: Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land: Ecumenical Celebration: 50th Anniversary of Meeting Between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.  Pilgrimage of His Holiness to the Holy Land, May 24 - 26, 2014

New York City Leaders Participate
COMMON DECLARATION OF POPE FRANCIS AND THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW I Article includes photos of 2004 and 2008 meetings with the Pope and Patriarch; and Catsimatidis Roundtable AM970 interview with Rabbi Arthur Schneier of the Park East Synagogue, Founder of Appeal of Conscience Foundation.

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LAST CALL:  Join Us With Michelle Knight, one of the Three Women Held Captive for a DECADE in the Cleveland Kidnappings. She will Receive a Special Award from The Guardian Angles in NYC this Tuesday, June 3rd at their GALA Michelle Knight, one of the three women held captive in the Cleveland kidnappings, has a Guardian Angel connection. She will be joining The Guardia Angels for dinner Tuesday June 3rd to tell New Yorkers about it. Ms. Knight has just published a book about her ordeal, Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness. Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

World Poised for New Era of Unity and Peace through Religious Leaders. BREAKING NEWS: Pope Francis; the All Holy Patriarch Bartholomew I; Machmud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine; and Shimon Peres, President of Israel ALL to meet at the Vatican for prayer for peace. Go to Full OurLIC Article. .

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City Council Speaker Melisa Mark-Viverito Discuss New New York City ID Program for ALL New Yorkers, and the $75 Billion Budget Signed 6/27/2014 (UP 7% with NO TAX INCREASE!)

John Negroponte, former Ambassador to Iraq and the UN Discuss the  Crisis in Iraq and What the US Should Do.

Dr. Anthony Limberakis on Religious Freedom and Persecution of Christians by Muslims, and Crucifixion in Syria

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Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce

NEW SEAL!

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce has announced a NEW seal.


  • In an abstract way, the image captures the many different parts of the community that the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce unites. The lines come from many different points, and then together...and UNITES them to a single focal point.
  • The image has the look of a bird in flight, with a wide span. This suggests "PROGRESS AND GROWTH".
  • This seal captures the old and the new of Long Island City / Astoria. Its font is a contemporary version of an OLD font.The image itself, is a gentle high tech image representing Applied Sciences. Applied Sciences will be an important part of the future of the communities as the Cornell-Technion campus begins to influence western Queens. Our Chamber will help attract high tech businesses that we will want to have locate in our neighborhoods.
  • The 'forward slash' in the Chamber's corporate name is treated as part of the graphic itself, making it look very natural.
  • The wire look is, in an abstract way, capturing the bridge architecture that connects all the Greater Long Island City communities with each other and with Manhattan.
  • The image is very clean and modern looking - and it is a DYNAMIC and three dimensional image.
  • This seal is distinctive and memorable.
  • While all designs are art, this design is both ART as well as a reflection of ARTISTS in the sense that it is fluid and an image that represents DESIGN ITSELF. The artists are an important constituency in the LIC community.
  • When we think of a seal that a restaurant, a bank, a salon, food store, insurance company, or any other business will place on their front door, or on their website, we think that the design is important. This is a simple, clean design that I think people will use.
  • The seal uses a variation of the the colors of the State of New York

The design of the new seal was create by Marvin Berk, WestGroup Alma Bank sponsored a contest, offered to award a winning artist or designer in the Greater Long Island City area with $500 for creating a seal to be selected by the Board of Directors of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce from entries. A number of excellent seals were submitted.

Renos Kourtides, Chief Planning Officer for Alma Bank and Chairman of the Board of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, said

Arthur Rosenfield, President of the Chamber, said that "This seal captures a spirit of that will make every member of the Chamber proud to be part of it. For decades, that spirit will fuel us all ~ and inspire us to grow and prosper together.

NYC Sets in Motion Five New Measures to Support Small Business

The measures announced October 2, 2012 include:

  1. Identification of violations for which businesses should receive a warning or opportunity to cure the violation instead of an automatic penalty or fine
  2. Elimination of obsolete violations;
  3. Streamlining of regulatory processes; Simplification of the Place of Assembly permitting process;
  4. Standardization of customer service training for all agency inspectors; and
  5. Designation of agency liaisons to serve as points-of-contact with chambers of commerce and industry groups.

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MEETING

There will not be a meeting of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce on April 24, 2014. Please check here for meeting and event schedule.

Part 5: Assisting Government with Regulation Reform for Small Business

LIC Community GETS Chamber Made!

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce received Certification of Incorporation under Section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York on September 5, 2012. ...Continued at OurLIC News


Daily News May 19, 2011
LIC Entrepreneur wants more commerce. Establishing a Long Island City Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Daily News.

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To make reservations, suggestions, requests, or to become a Founding Partner or Sponsor, please use the Sign In / RSVP Form; or, contact Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC, Arthur@LICChamber.com, 646-920-4652. Please do not call the restaurant for reservations.

Regular Monthly Meetings will be held on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month.

To make Reservations, suggestions, requests, or to become a Founding Partner or Sponsor, please use the Sign In / RSVP Form; or, contact Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC, Arthur@LICChamber.com, 646-920-4652. Please do not call the restaurant for reservations.

Membership

Membership and volunteer opportunities are open to businesses, restaurants, retailers, professional firms, contractors, institutions, hotels, organizations, media, and others with an interest in Long Island City including Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, and Astoria.

To make suggestions, requests, to become a Founding Partner or Sponsor, please use the Sign In / RSVP Form; or, contact Arthur Rosenfield, OurLIC, Arthur@LICChamber.com, 646-920-4652.

Travel and Tourism Council for Long Island City

The Tourism Project initiated by OurLIC for Long Island City / Astoria / Sunnyside / Woodside will become part of the Long Island City Chamber of Commerce.

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Meeting for LIC/Astoria Chamber of Commerce - Long Island City Journal

Officers Elected At LIC Chamber Luncheon - Queens Gazette

Comptroller Candidate Addresses LIC Chamber - Queens Gazette

LIC/Astoria Chamber Sets Schedule, Hears Halloran - OurLIC NEWS

Candidate for Comptroller of The City of New York, Dan Garodnick, Addresses the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce - OurLIC NEWS

Chamber Of Commerce Gets Nod From LIC Business Owners - Queens Gazette

Long Island City Chamber of Commerce to be Formed ~ Motion Passed. - OurLIC NEWS


CATS ROUNDTABLE:  John Catsimatidis Gets to the TRUTH in City, Regional, and International News with his  August 10, 2014 Talk Show.  Listen

Former Vice President Dick Cheney; Canadian Consul General in New York City, John Prato; Former Congressman Vito Fossella; NYPD Sergeants' Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins




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Political Junkie says: "Remember; You read it here."

Calls for ELECTED OFFICIALS to act and to sue the City of New York and the Mayor for an unprecedented abuse of power.

Well they're investigating Cuomo, BIG TIME!

Remember when I asked, "Whatever became of the Moreland Commission"?

Well some former members of the Board are suing Borough President Katz because they want their jobs back.
Remember when I said, "Shss, It's The Library"?

Well the Astoria Cove development has two "Nay" votes (CB1 and BP Katz) and is on its way to City Planning this week.  Meanwhile, Con Edison has admitted that the workers on the gas lines at the site that exploded a couple of months were not sufficiently trained.

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PUBLIC HEARING: City Planning Commission will hold a hearing about the proposed development on Wednesday, August 6 at 10:00 am

Astoria Cove 2030 Project Developers' Plan Update Presented to Astoria Houses Residents Association as Presented 5/22/2014

Presented by Jay Valgora, Architect; Ron Mandel, Land Lease Attorney; Howard Weiss, Land Lease Attorney.

Architect Jay Valgora presented the planned Astoria Cove development to the Astoria Houses Residents Association at a meeting on May 22, 2014. The meeting was chaired by Claudia Coger, President of the Astoria Houses Residents Association who told the residents she wanted them to be informed, and not wake up one morning and be surprised.

The Astoria Cove development has been CERTIFIED by city planning and now must go before the Community board for a public hearing. Once approved, it will be passed to the Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, and the New York City Council. 

Queens Community Board #1 will have a special zoning committee meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday June 2nd and then a VERY SPECIAL PUBLIC HEARING ON JUNE 10 BEFORE THE June 17th regular meeting where a vote to approve/disapprove will be taken.

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PUBLIC HEARING: City Planning Commission will hold a hearing about the proposed development on Wednesday, August 6 at 10:00 am

Astoria Cove 2030 Project Developers' Plan Update Presented to Astoria Houses Residents Association as Presented 5/22/2014

Political Junkie speaks: Borough President Public Hearing re Astoria Cove

"Red Light" means "stop". It also means "Don’t go until the light is green."

Last Month Community Board One voted a “Red Light” to the proposed development known as Astoria Cove. A “Red Light” means “stop”. It also means “Don’t go until the light is green. We are more than suggesting that this proposal be approved after some of the stipulations be agreed to. We want ALL of the stipulations fulfilled.
The developer speaks of the many times he has met with the Zoning Committee regarding this proposal. This should amplify the many times the representatives (all volunteers) have met .

At the Public Hearing for this development the vote was unanimous to NOT allow this development to continue unless all of the stipulations were met.

This was done because in the past we’ve issued a “Yellow Light” to many proposals only to have most of our stipulations passed over.

This is a serious situation. It involves many challenges to the community and to the need for jobs.I want to mention that a similar proposal in size, structure and location is already under way and only magnifies the challenge. This was considered by CB1 when considering the feasibility of Astoria Cove at this time.

Another quote from the developer's architect indicates that the location is isolated on a peninsula.

This is TRUE.  There is only essentially one way in and out through "Old Astoria, 27th Avenue.  Plans or the Hallet's Point development include an extension of Astoria Blvd., through the NYCHA development and continuing south around to Vernon Blvd. When asked o NYCity Planning when this will be done, the answer is, "We don't know."

I am asking today, July 17th 2014, that the Borough President fully support the findings and motions of
Community Board 1.

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Freedom is Not Free. A Soldiers Pledge - Ronald Reagan

If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much
prospered in a way that no other people on earth, it was because here in this land
we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than
has ever been done before.
Freedom and the dignity the individual have been more available
and assured here than any other place
on earth. 
The price for this freedom at times has been high
but we have never been unwilling
to pay that price.
Those who say that
we're in a time when there are no heroes
they just don't know where to look.
The sloping hills in Arlington National Cemetery
with its row upon row a simple white markers
bearing crosses four stars at David.
They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price
that has been paid for our freedom.
Each one of those markers is a monument
to the kind of hero I spoke up early. Their lives ended
in place is called belleau wood they Argone
Omaha Beach, Salerno, and halfway around the world on Guadacanal
Tourour, Porkchop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir,
and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles
a place called Viet Nam.
Under one such marker
lies a young man Martin Treptow who left his job in a small town barber shop
in 1917 to go to France with the famed rainbow division
there on the Western Front
he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery
fire we're told that on his body was found the diaries
on the Flyleaf under the heading
my pledge
He had written these words.

"America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.''

We must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world
is so formidable as the will  and moral courage
a free men and women it is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have
it is our weapon that we as Americans
do hey let that be understood by those who practice terrorism
and prey upon their neighbors as for the enemies of freedom
those who are potential adversaries they will be reminded that peace
is the highest aspiration of the american people we will negotiate for it
sacrifice for it we will not
surrender for it now or forever.
We... are Americans.

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Freedom is Not Free. A Soldiers Pledge - Ronald Reagan

New York City's Billionaire Greek-American Industrialist, John Catsimatidis, to buy Athens Hilton Hotel


Catsimatidis campaign for Mayor of New York City 2013


Hilton Athens reported in Greek press to be acquired by John Catsimatidis


CEO, Red Apple Group, John Catsimatidis holds a piece of steel to be used at 81 Fleet Place, Brooklyn during an onsite Topping Out Party for the construction workers.

Owner of Red Apple Group, Gristedes Supermarkets, United Metro Energy Corp, United Refining, real estate developer, and candidate for Mayor of NYC in 2013, plans acquisition of Athens Hilton Hotel, Greece.

Article published in crashonline.eu

Media reports resurfaced on July 4 that billionaire Greek-American John Catsimatidis has agreed to buy the prestigious Athens Hilton Hotel from Alpha Bank’s subsidiary Ionian Hotels.

According to Sofocleous.gr the price of the hotel has been agreed to stand above the company’s market value. This means that Alpha will earn substantial capital gains from the sale of Ionian’s shares in the hotel. According to Athens Stock Exchange data, the capitalisation of Ionian Hotels stands at 93 million euros, down from 100 million euros in the beginning of the year.

The fall in the price of Ionian is, according to the reports, a strategem related to the Hilton sale because the bank mustn’t appear to sell Hilton at a large discount. But the real performance of the hotel remains profitable despite the crisis which has hit its numerous expensive restaurants and cafes.

Hilton’s turnover in 2013 reached 26.1 million euros against 23.4 million euros in 2012, recording inreases in revenue for all its basic sources of revenue, while profits before tax reached 800,000 euros in 2013 compared to a loss of 4.1 million euros in 2012.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization – EBITDA – were 4.1 million euros in 2013, up from 1.3 milion euros in 2012.

John A. Catsimatidis (born 7 September 1948)  is the owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Gristedes Foods, the largest grocery chain in Manhattan, and the Red Apple Group, a real estate company with about $700 million to $800 million in holdings.

Catsimatidis also owns the Hellenic Times, a Greek-American newspaper based in Manhattan. He is also the chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group subsidiary United Refining Company. He currently hosts a talk-radio show on WNYM.

The Red Apple Group also has holdings in aviation and real estate interests in New York, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He was a Republican mayoral primary candidate in the 2013 New York City primary mayoral election

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KEYNOTE: Information Technology High School Annual Graduation Commencement  Class of 2014 June 25, 2014


Arthur Rosenfield, Keynote Commencement Speech, ITHS Class of 2014. President, Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce


Principal Joseph Reed, Information Technology High School. Commencement Ceremony. Graduating Class of 2014


Information Technology High School. Commencement Ceremony. Graduating Class of 2014

York College Performing Arts Center.

On June 25, 2014, Information Technology High School Class of 2014 participated in a Commencement Ceremony to celebrate their graduation.

Information Technology High Schoool plays an important role in the future of New York City ...and Long Island City...for two reasons. 

First, Information Technology High School has as its mission to educate students and prepare them for JOBS in technology and the emerging areas of information and applied sciences.  This means that the students are learning not only using technology in order to learn traditional curiculum, but they are learning and training to prepare to have productive careers that are critical for their success, and where the demand is high for competent "technology class" employees.

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KEYNOTE: Information Technology High School Annual Graduation Commencement  Class of 2014 June 25, 2014

The Guardian Angels Hold GALA to Celebrate their 35th Anniversary, Tell their Story, and Give Awards







An Estimated 300 people gathered at the Edison Ballroom in NYC's on June 3, 2014 to Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the group and raise funds for the organization.

On June 3, 2014, Curtis Sliwa held a 35th Anniversary GALA at the Edison Ballroom in the heart of Tmes Square for the Guardian Angles.  It was also his 60th Birthday.

In order to understand the importance of The Guardian Angels, it is important understand some simple facts about crime in the most fabulous city in the world.

1n 1997, crime was at a peak in New York City.  Under Mayor David Dinkins, at the insistance of then Speaker of the City Council, Peter Vallone, Sr., the state of New York mandated an increase in police because crime had become a very serious problem. The program was called "Safe Streets. Safe City", and the the police department force was significantly increases.

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The Guardian Angels Hold GALA to Celebrate their 35th Anniversary, Tell their Story, and Give Awards

CATS Family Sponsors Hudson River Park Clinton Cove Cypress Grove between 54 -57 Streets on Hudson River


Clinton Cove Cyprus Grove at Hudson River Park. Photo Credit: Jill Nelson


Dedication of the Cypress Gove at Clinton Cove, Hudson River Park. (L-R) Paul Dranginis FOHRP, Margo Catsimatidis, John Catsimatidis, John Catsimatidis, Jr., Andrea Catsimatidis Cox, Toby Pearce FOHRP. Photo Credit: Jill Nelson


(L - R) Margo Catimatidis, John Catsimatidis, Andrea Catsimatidis-Cox, John Catsimatidis, Jr. Photo Credit: Jill Nelson

Catsimatidis' donation helps HUDSON RIVER PARK jumpstart effort to identify sponsors for support the trees campaign in park

John Catsimatidis, the successful businessman and former candidate for Mayor of New York, joined with family and staff members of the Friends of Hudson River Park (FOHRP) for the dedication of the Cypress Grove at Clinton Cove located at the foot of West 55th Street in Hudson River Park. A six figure gift by the Catsimatidis Family Foundation will pay for the ongoing care and maintenance of a grove of Bald Cypress that line the western side of the lawn in Clinton Cove which sits in the northern limits of the nearly 550 acre park. Hudson River Park stretches from West 59th Street to just north of Battery Park City, attracting 17 million visits annually by residents and tourists.

John Catsimatidis said, "In less than 20 years, the banks of the Hudson River have been transformed from an underutilized eyesore, filled with rundown buildings and decaying piers, into a magnificent combination of open space and recreational facilities that have opened the Hudson River waterfront to millions of New Yorkers and visitors per year.

"Located on the site of a former municipal cement plant, Clinton Cove has been transformed into a peaceful oasis where New Yorkers can relax, sunbathe, fish or merely watch the river flow by. In addition, Clinton Cove sits one block from my corporate headquarters on 11th Avenue, so it is a natural magnet for many of my employees during their lunch break. My family and I are happy to do our part in supporting the great work of Friends of Hudson River Park and we urge all New Yorkers to join with us in supporting their effort."

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CATS Family Sponsors Hudson River Park Clinton Cove Cypress Grove between 54 -57 Streets on Hudson River

Legal Traps New Small Business Owners Must Avoid

Part 2: Defining and Documenting “the Deal” Among Company Founders.

This is the second in a series of articles covering topics for those in the early stages of starting a new business. The articles can serve as a jumping off point for future consultations with an experienced attorney to ensure your new venture begins on sound legal footing.

By Everett Carbajal, Esq.

Summary: When a new business is about to be formed – particularly if it involves more than one founder – there are many decisions that cannot be left “to be determined.” Those decisions relate to: how the company will be managed; the roles and responsibilities of the founders; the possible restrictions on ownership and ownership transfers; how to deal with “ghost” founders; how to allocate profits and losses; and how to resolve disputes.

To ensure the venture’s success, it’s essential that those who are starting a new company make those decisions before undertaking any significant operations, and they must also adequately memorialize what they decide with the appropriate documentation.

Note: For the sake of convenience, the words “venture,” “company” and “business” will sometimes be used interchangeably to refer to both a business corporation and a limited liability company, both of which are the business structures focused on in this article. Also, “founder” and “owner” will be used interchangeably.

The Documents and the Deal

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Legal Traps New Small Business Owners Must Avoid

Feature News

FACT SHEET for NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

The FACT About NYC's New PAID SICK LEAVE...Including Part Time and Temporary Employees

FACT SHEET from Department of Consumer Affairs

The new City Council passed a NEW PAID SICK LEAVE Bill, which was signed by Mayor de Blasio on March 20, 2014 after much controversy.

The Law makes provision of five sick days for temporary, part time, and full time employees working for companies with FIVE employees or more. The defining element is 80 or more hours per year, and covers residents and undocumented workers.  Government AGENCIES are excluded from the requirements of the law.

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The FACT About NYC's New PAID SICK LEAVE...Including Part Time and Temporary Employees

New York City News

PAL Luncheon Speaker: Scott Stringer, Comptroller NYC.

Comptroller Scott Stringer tells Business Leaders at PAL Luncheon that PAL is "an Organization that Keeps KIDS SAFE"

"As Comptroller" Stringer said "I am going to do everything in my power to work with this organization and all of you. Nothing is more important than the kids and teenagers in NYC.....If we don't give them the tools and the opportunities, what a waste, and what a failure of our city government and of our people. We can not let that happen."

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the Police Athletic League (PAL), held its monthly Business Luncheon. Scott Springer, NYC City Comptroller was feathre speaker. As former President of Manhattan, Scott has been very involved in PAL. 

Following a welcome by master of ceremonies and Member of the Board of Directors, Mark Simone, Chair of the Business Luncheon, John Catsimatidis, addressed the group of business leaders gathered.  Having just returned a few hours earlier friom Jerusalem, Catsimatidis began by telling the group about the profound pilgrimage of Pope Francis and Ecumentical Patriarch Bartholomew's meeting, in which John and Margo Catsimatidis and their family participated for two days.

Chairman of PAL, Robert Morganthou, introduced NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.  Springer told an anecdotal story about his campaign for President of the Manhattan Borough...once saying that he wanted to start a sports league for kids.  He was quickly called by Morganthou who told him that "one already exists. PAL"

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Comptroller Scott Stringer tells Business Leaders at PAL Luncheon that PAL is "an Organization that Keeps KIDS SAFE"

SPECIAL OurLIC WORLD REPORT :  "Give us a Fair Deal and We will Invest. "

John Catsimatidis, CEO Red Apple Group, receives award and says "Politicians around the world have not succeeded in making PEACE. But maybe through religion, we could make peace." May 26, 2016 [ FULL VIDEO WITH ARTICLE ]

John and Margo Catsimatidis returned from a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, stopping in Athens, Greece where John recieved the Capital Link CSR Award for his contribution raising Greece's profile abroad and for his philanthropic work and support of the Diaspora and of Greece and for his role in promoting Hellenism. 

During an interview with the Greek American News Agency, and then followed by his speech at the event, Catsimatidis, the Common Sense, modern American Industrialist who ran for Mayor of NYC in 2013, made the following comments to a group of over 500 Greek leaders:


New York City Council Majority Leader, Jimmy Van Bramer, Serves as Grand Marshall of the 22nd Annual Queens Pride Parade




On June 1st, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and his colleagues in the LGBT Caucus served as the Grand Marshals in the 22nd Annual Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights. The annual parade brings together thousands of participants who march down 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights and celebrate the achievements of the LGBT community has made in New York City and throughout the nation.

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New York City Council Majority Leader, Jimmy Van Bramer, Serves as Grand Marshall of the 22nd Annual Queens Pride Parade

New York City News

SPECIAL OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION:  They are OUR Angels. Let's Give them the Support They Need.

Since 1979, Curtis Sliwa and his Guardian Angels have been helping to keep neighborhoods, subways, and cities safe.

It is New York City 1979, the city has a crushing crime rate with violence and drug crimes that are intolerable.

Even after the "Safe Streets, Safe City" program of adding more police was having its impact,  New York City was still not a safe place.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, wanting to take back the streets, finally authorized a group of GOOD...and TOUGH... young men wearing red berets to ride on subways, and stand on the corners of difficult neighborhoods, including Time Square, to help prevent criminals from menacing people. It was part of the successful initiatives that led to a safe city.

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SPECIAL OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION:  They are OUR Angels. Let's Give them the Support They Need.

Community News

Reading in the Park with the Friends of Hunters Point Library

The Queens Library is Coming to Hunters Point

QUEENS LIBRARY & FRIENDS OF THE HUNTERS POINT LIBRARY PRESENT 'THE SOLAR POWERED LIBRARY' ALL SUMMER IN GANTRY PARK; May 31 Kick-Off to Offer Hours of Free Reading Fun

Queens Library and the Friends of Hunters Point Library are pleased to announce a special series of library services coming to the Gantries all summer long. All activities are free.

Beginning May 31st and continuing on Saturdays:

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The Queens Library is Coming to Hunters Point

Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., President & Founder Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Message Delivered at the NYS Comptroller’s Press Conference on Brooklyn's Economic Development and Job Growth, and CACCI's role in the community. Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am delighted to have been invited to participate in NYS Comptroller Tom Di Napoli’s Press Conference and to witness the release of his report on the growth of businesses in Brooklyn.

I would like to commend the NYS Comptroller for sharing with us the good news and the positive report on Brooklyn's economic growth which has impacted the Caribbean American business community and other neighborhoods where immigrant businesses are located. 

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Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., President & Founder Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry

BROOKLYN BOOM: New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says Job growth in Brooklyn is twice the rate of the rest New York City, and reflects strong economy.


ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT Brooklyn


New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli


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State Comptroller DiNapoli presents an Economic Snapshot in Brooklyn

According to a report published by the New York State Comptroller's Offic today, over the past decade, Brooklyn has expanded at a rapid pace by attracting new businesses and residents.

Downtown Brooklyn is New York City’s largest business district outside of Manhattan, and there are a number of other important economic centers in the borough, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Sunset Park, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.


Since 2003, the number of businesses in Brooklyn has grown by 21 percent, a much faster rate of growth than in the rest of the City. Job growth has also been strong (19.8 percent), nearly twice as fast as in the rest of New York City.


Health care and retail account for almost half of the jobs in Brooklyn, but many of these jobs offer modest salaries. Professional and business services are growing rapidly, technology and creative firms are expanding, and manufacturing is reviving. These industries are helping to increase
opportunities for better-paying jobs.

Highlights


Special Report

John Catsimatidis at Daemen College Commencement with College President Dr. Gary Olson.

Doctor of Humane Letters Conferred by Daemen College to Honor John Catsimatidis

Catsimatidis unlocks the future in his Commencement Speech to the graduating class at Daemen College.

John A. Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and Candidate for Mayor of the City of New York in 2013, was honored by the prestigious Daemen College in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

After an inspiring Commencement address to the graduating class of Daemen, Catsimatidis was conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters.

Dr. Catsimatidis, a modern American Industrialist and Philanthropist who has built and owns a large cluster of businesses in oil, real estate, aviation, and retailing, told the graduating class that only in America, they could be as successful in their dreams as he is. His family immigrated to New York City 100 years ago. While he was born on the Greek Island of Nisyros, he proudly grew up in Harlem. Catsimatidis went on to share personal anecdotes.

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Doctor of Humane Letters Conferred by Daemen College to Honor John Catsimatidis

A look at the World's Fair Anniversary Festival

Letter for Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz

President 

Borough of Queens

Dear Friend, 

I hope you were able to attend the fantastic World’s Fair Anniversary festival held Sunday, May 18 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. I was privileged to co-chair the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee with Assembly Member Margaret Markey.

More than 60,000 people attended the festival, which took place from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. under clear skies and comfortable temperatures. It was held to commemorate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs, which were held on the grounds of what eventually became the park.

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A look at the World's Fair Anniversary Festival

Legal Traps New Small Business Owners Must Avoid

Part 1: Choosing the Right Form of Legal Entity

This is the first in a series of business law-related articles covering topics for those in the early stages of starting a new business.  The articles can serve as a jumping off point for future consultations with an experienced attorney to ensure your new venture begins on sound legal footing.    

Summary:   When considering the different formal structures – or “legal entities” – that are used to run a new business, two key factors to be concerned about include protecting your personal assets and ensuring your tax obligations are minimized.   When it comes to those two factors, the choice of legal entity often boils down to selecting either an S-Corp or a Limited Liability Company.   However, choosing one over the other then depends on other considerations which require a careful analysis that goes beyond personal asset protection and the tax man.  Those factors include future financing plans, the desired management structure, and the ongoing costs to maintain that legal entity.


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Let's say you have an idea for a new business.  It could be a restaurant, a new smartphone app, or an auto supply shop.   After you’ve done a business plan to make sure the idea is viable, it’s appropriate to consider which legal structure to go with to run the business.  You could use:

Vision Zero Workshop: NYS Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas Calls for Increased Pedestrian Safety


Hit and run accident in Astoria underscores need for better traffic safety and enforcement

On Wednesday, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas participated in a "Vision Zero" pedestrian safety workshop in conjunction with fellow elected officials and area civic leaders. The workshop comes on the heels of an alarming hit-and run incident which left a 19-year-old hospitalized with serious injuries in Astoria last weekend.

"This weekend’s accident is tragic, unacceptable, and indicative of the continued need to improve pedestrian safety across our city," Simotas said. "The Vision Zero initiative and its workshops are just one step we can take to educate local residents and provide an open forum to identify dangerous locations and propose permanent solutions."

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program combines stronger enforcement policies and improved roadway engineering with public input and visibility campaigns to discourage dangerous behavior on city streets. The plan’s ultimate goal is to cut pedestrian deaths across New York City to zero.

Simotas is also a co-sponsor of Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell’s legislation to reduce New York City’s speed limit to 20 miles per hour. The speed at which a motorist is driving correlates strongly with the likelihood that an accident with a pedestrian will be fatal.

"We need to be doing all we can to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from unsafe road conditions and dangerous driving behavior," Simotas said. "For the many families, senior citizens, and young children in our community, safe streets are non-negotiable."

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Vision Zero Workshop: NYS Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas Calls for Increased Pedestrian Safety

The Cretan Association Omonoia, Located in Astoria, Welcomed Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis from Staten Island  5/21/2014


Nichole Malliotakis, NYS Assemblywoman representing Staten Island and South Western Brooklyn


George Delis introduces Assemblywomen Nichole Malliotakis at the Cretan Association


(L) Assemblywoman Nichole Malliotakis (R) John Catsimatidis,

Event Sponsored by Peter Roadamis, President

On Wednesday night, May 22, 2014, Nichole Malliotakis was welcomed by the Cretan community at The Cretan Association Omonoia on 31st Street. The event was sponsored by its President, Peter Roadamis.  George Delis, formerly District 1 Community Board District Manager, acted as Master of Ceremonies.

Malliotakis is outspoken against a "campaign finance reform" bill, saying that the proposed legislation is just a nice label for the legislators to tax the public in order to spend money on their campaigns.  She said it is just the wrong thing to do, and beleive that the taxpayers would be against it if it were not sugar coated with names like "campaign finance reform".

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The Cretan Association Omonoia, Located in Astoria, Welcomed Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis from Staten Island  5/21/2014

New York City News

Catsimatidis Calls for a Task Force for a New York City World's Fair 2024

He says "We need another World's Fair!" and "We need something to take our city to the next step."

John Catsimatidis, the modern American Industrialist who ran for Mayor of New York City in 2013, made news again.

Speaking at a Queens Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast moderated by New York Daily News, 'CATS' said he had a proposal for a New York City World's Fair for 2024, and called upon the Mayor and Governor to get involved by creating a task force to assess the feasibility of this dream, including the five Borough Presidents and the City Council.

Catsimatidis, who ran for Mayor of New York City in 2013 as a 'visionary', was energized and articulated his views on a New York City World's Fair for 2024. He pointed out that the plan he has in mind could mean important development for LaGuardia Airport and Kennedy Airport, along with interboro waterway connections and monorail service for the city's future.

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OurLIC Gives a Look Inside and Behind the Fence at a "Topping Out" Party for Construction Workers, Trades, and Sub-Contractors at 81 Fleet Place in Brooklyn, at Myrtle Avenue Near MetroTech...and the Man behind the Building.


CEO, Red Apple Group, John Catsimatidis holds a piece of steel to be used at 81 Fleet Place, Brooklyn during an onsite Topping Out Party for the construction workers.


John Catsimatidis with construction workers at 81 Fleet Place, Brooklyn during an onsite Topping Out Party.


John Catsimatidis with construction workers at 81 Fleet Place, Brooklyn during an onsite Topping Out Party.

A Topping out party is a way to celebrate the last piece of steel added to the top of a building.

Real Estate and residential development is TOP NEWS throughout New York City today, as developers adjust to new expectations by the public, and changes within NYC's government.

On March 29, 2013, OurLIC had a VIDEO CONVERSATION with John Catsimatidis, CEO Red Apple Group and Real Estate Investments.  At the time,, just over a year ago, Catsimatidis was candidate for Mayor of the City of New York.  He talked about his real estate developments, creating jobs, and his high level of interest to invest in New York City.

In the video he discussed development of apartments along Myrtle Avenue near MetroTech.  It was property he had purchased 30 years earlier, but the circumstances were not right for construction. He also discussed property he plans to develop on Coney Island.  At the time, his company had just put the shovel in the ground at the second Myrtle Avenue property.

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OurLIC Gives a Look Inside and Behind the Fence at a "Topping Out" Party for Construction Workers, Trades, and Sub-Contractors at 81 Fleet Place in Brooklyn, at Myrtle Avenue Near MetroTech...and the Man behind the Building.

MOTHERS...Rally Yourselves. Reinstating the Vallone Scholarship Can Give a Better Chance to Your Child's Future



The Honorable Peter Vallone Sr. and wife Tena, active supporter of the Arts in Queens and Astoria, and Saxophonist. Photo shot at APAC event honoring Peter Jr. 3/24/2011


Frank Sinatra School

Mothers, you can do it. The Vallone Scholarship can be reinstated.

Mothers, however you feel about charter schools or Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy, she was a City Council Member... and she knew enough about Government to make a difference at exactly the right time, with exactly the right method. She rallied. She got attention. She fought.  She made a difference.

On the eve of Mother's Day, May 10th, 2014, the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund held its 23rd annual Gala and awarded a number of students with scholarships.  Business and Government leaders who were honored gave students good advice.  Written across the podium it said:

 "Today's Students are Tomorrow's Hope...Let's Give Them a Chance..."

Other children in New York City...your children... who are studying to acheive success in life, need this same chance.

Mothers, the time is right NOW to get your friends together to rally and advocate to REINSTATE the VALLONE SCHOLARSHIP.   It can make the difference between your child having the funds necessary to go to college, or not.

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New York City News

Catsimatidis inks deal to make United Metro Energy Corp. the largest heating oil and motor fuels distributor in the New York City metropolitan area UMEC acquires substantial heating oil business previously owned by Direct Energy Business

United Metro Energy Corp Makes Acquisition.  Becomes the Largest Heating Oil and Motor Fuels Supplier in the New York City metropolitan area

Former Mayoral candidate and modern day American industrialist, John Catsimatidis expands his CLEAN FUEL business for New York City's growing energy needs.

United Metro Energy (UMEC), with a terminal facility located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn just across the Newtown Creek from Long Island City, has acquired the fuel oil supply business of Direct Energy Business, LLC. This will make John Catsimatidis' company the largest supplier of heating oil and motor fuels in the NYC Metropolitan Area.  The company expects to have revenues of over $1.0 Billion. The company plans to continue the excellent service and reputation of Direct Energy Business, LLC earned over the past 50 years.

In addition to its terminal in Greenpoint, United Metro Energy Corp (UMEC) operates a terminal in Calverton, Long Island. The business is supported by United Metro's own fleet of more than 55 delivery vehicles and a strong network of carrier relationships.

United Metro was acquired in February 2013.  John Catsimatidis is Chairman and CEO. Purchased in 1987, Catsimatidis also runs United Refining Company (URC) of Warren, PA.

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United Metro Energy Corp Makes Acquisition.  Becomes the Largest Heating Oil and Motor Fuels Supplier in the New York City metropolitan area

Ponticello Ristorante. A World Class NYC Restaurant


Located in Astoria, this Five Star Diamond Award Winning Restaurant is a favorite.

Ponticello Ristorante is a world class, New York City restaurant.

It was chosen by internationally renowned Trustees and Members of the Academy of Hospitality Sciences to receive its Five Star Diamond Award. This is a very special place.  The restaurant has received accolade after accolade from food critics; and, Proclamation after Proclamation from the NY Senate and the New York Assembly.  It demonstrates a commitment to hospitality in every aspect of its operation. The owners demonstrate their commitment to community service at the same high level.

For more than 30 years, Ponticello Ristorante, on Broadway in Astoria, has consistently been among NYC's very finest quality restaurants....a place where the owners treat their customers like family.

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Ponticello Ristorante. A World Class NYC Restaurant

Feature News

What is Wrong with this Picture?

It is a TALE OF TWO AGENDAS

What is the meaning of the fact that Queens and New York City are celebrating both the 50th and 75th anniversary of the World's Fair, and planning to invest millions of dollars to bring back the New York State Pavillion from 1964...while at the same time there is a Mayor of NYC who is deeply committed to deleting the famed Central Park, Horse Drawn Carriages.

A few weeks ago, on March 28, President of the Borough of Queens, Melinda Katz, along with her World's Fair Committee, announced at a Press Conference that Queens institutions would Commemorate the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs with a seres of summer World's Fair Anniversary events throughout the Borough.

She also announced a movement to repair the aged New York State Pavillion.

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Will Push a Bill for a Museum in Washington to Honor Achievements of Women.

Scott Stringer Discusses the Need for a "Five Borough Economic Strategy" to Deal with Skyrocketing Housing Costs.

Michael Long says Medical Marijuana will Add to Already Existing Problems in New York State with Drugs.

Catsimatidis' new radio show on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM 970AM. "It is the show to be on." says Comptroller Scott Stringer.

When John Catsimatidis first started his radio talk show on WNYM 970AM radio, his first show, aired March 16th, featured Governor ANDREW CUOMO and former Governor GEORGE PATAKI as initial guests.   Former US Congressman Representing Staten Island, VITO FOSSELLA, stopped in to kick off the show.   Emmy Award-winning New York City television news anchor, ERNIE ANASTOS called in to wish his friend, John Catsimatidis, well and welcomed him to broadcasting. Rudy Giuliani was scheduled to be on the show, but time ran out. He was on the following week.

Catsimatidis Roundtable
AM 970 Radio, WNYM

Sunday mornings. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
MORANO with Frank Morano

The new show was packed with with fresh news and opinion. It seemed like a new nucleus of leadership for the city with Catsimatidis applying his Common Sense brand of thinking to a fast paced talk-show.

It has not stopped! For six straight weeks, Catsimatidis has been bringing in news makers and policy makers for an 8-10 minute conversation. In addition, his producer, veteran Frank Morano, spends 10-15 minutes probing the "Head Cats" point of view on a number of timely topics.

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Will Push a Bill for a Museum in Washington to Honor Achievements of Women.

Scott Stringer Discusses the Need for a "Five Borough Economic Strategy" to Deal with Skyrocketing Housing Costs.

Michael Long says Medical Marijuana will Add to Already Existing Problems in New York State with Drugs.

New York City News

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Mayor is Helping Kids Go Places at a NYPD Police Athletic Meeting in Manhattan April 11, 2014

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks to NYPD's PAL  4/11/2013

A role model, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor says "I grew up playing in the streets of the Bronx. I just got lucky."

"One day, I found myself laying in the grass and looking up" Justice Sotomayor told a gymnasium filled with Police Athletic League (PAL) supporters gathered on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the PAL Duncan Center on West 52nd Street in Manhattan for the First Annual PAL Awareness Luncheon.

The words she had for kids in New York City were simple and clear. "There is Hope. We are in a world where people care about you. You have pathways to success. Don't sell yourself short. No matter what you try to acheive, something good will happen."

Justice Sotomayor made a special visit to the meeting of PAL supporters because of her long friendship with District Attorney Robert Morgenthau (Chairman of PAL), who she affectionately called "Boss" during her talk, and  others like PAL Board member John Catsimatidis.

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks to NYPD's PAL  4/11/2013

New York City News

Commission William Bratton, New York City Police. (L) Peter Vallone, Sr. First Spealer of the New York City Council at Astoria Civic Assoication meeting April 8, 2014

Commissioner William Bratton Speaks at Astoria Civic Association. Distinguishes between Prevention and Enforcement in Police Work

Bratton says the cost of compliance to new laws and court order will be extremely high in both dollars and manpower. Changes have had an effect on NYPD morale.

Commission William Bratton spoke at an Astoria Civic Association meeting April 8, 2014.  He was among friends, since he had worked closely with the Civic Association Chairman, Peter Vallone, Sr., when Vallone was the First Speaker of the City Council. At the time, Vallone was the architect of "Safe Streets,Safe Cities." Bratton, then head of the Transit Police, credited Vallone with creating the turning point in NYC's historic downturn in crime that has lasted through all Mayoral administrations since David Dinkins.

Bratton also discussed a number of other topics, including the impact of the three new City Council initiated laws, and the Federal Court's decision in 2013.

OurLIC NEWS was at the event and presents full video coverage with this article.

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Commissioner William Bratton Speaks at Astoria Civic Association. Distinguishes between Prevention and Enforcement in Police Work

Feature News

Chef / Owner of Opendoor Restaurant displays an EXACT REPLICA of the restaurant he envisioned, and ultimately built...by hand.

VERY SPECIAL VIDEO: Chef Nick Guitart Builds Opendoor Restaurant...HIS WAY!

OurLIC presents video and photo documentary of the Chef who built his own restaurant with his bare hands...his way! Watch the whole story through OurLIC archives.

This is a story that began as dream...and a Community Board meeting in September 2009 and continued until a restaurant named Opendoor opened in March 2013.

Chef Nick Guitart did it his way!

OurLIC NEWS documented the design, development and construction of Opendoor Restaurant as it was happening, at each step. Photography and a special Video are presented with this article.

Opendoor Restaurant is located in the trendy Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, New York, which lies directly on the East River, and is known for its breathtaking views of several miles of the Manhattan skyline. When Nick Guitart discovered Long Island City, with its combination of gritty and new, of trendy and old neighborhoods, it was love at first sight.

He knew it was the place for his new restaurant opendoor.

As LIC folks know, LIC is famous for the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign that you can see from Manhattan. The sign was originally on top of a Pepsi bottling plant and luckily was preserved when they took down the plant in 1999. Just so there would be no mistaking where opendoor’s allegiances were,  chef-owner-operator Nick Guitart  designed and built a 25-foot long replica of the Pepsi sign--from the back! the LIC side! Nick’s Pepsi sign is mounted on the wall in the middle eating section of the restaurant. The understated red neon glow of the sign warms the restaurant and customers love it! Many people come in because they have heard about Nick’s great sign!

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VERY SPECIAL VIDEO: Chef Nick Guitart Builds Opendoor Restaurant...HIS WAY!

Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President, Announces Commemoration of 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.


Unisphere at Flushing Meadows. A worldwide symbol of America and New York City.


Queena Borough President, Melinda Katz


John Catsimatidis talks to NY1 Reporter about his vision for a NEW World's Fair for New York City, and the meaning of a WOW moment to the children of NYC. Catsimatidis also has a TALK RADIO program, CATS ROUNDTABLE, on Sunday mornings 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Queens to Celebrate major anniversaries this year the 50th and 75th anniversary of World's Fair.

John Catsimatidis calls on Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to at least discuss a commitment to a NEW World's Fair in NYC for 2018 or 2020

In 1939 and again in 1964, Queens hosted the World’s Fair. Both were historic events for Queens, the city and the world. WWII had ended, and only a short few years later, the United States had entered a race for outer space and rocketry with Russia.  The United States was a clear worldwide leader. People wanted to know what we did and how we did it.

The World's Fair in 1964 attracted over 50 million people over a two year period to Queens.  The Unisphere became a symbol of the technological progress and leadership of the United State. By 1969, a mere five years later, that technology took the US to a moon landing in July.

Fast forward to 2014, Queens Borough President, and a committee representing institutions and city / state government announced that Queens would celebrate both World's Fairs by special events at the Cultural Institutions and parks throughout borough as a way to promote Tourism, and re-brand Queens as a destination becasue of its diveristy and attractions.


Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, and a committee announced on March 28 that during the next six months, various Queens entities — including Louis Armstrong House Museum, New York Hall of Science, Noguchi Museum, NYC Parks, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Center, Queens Historical Society, Queens Museum, Queens Theatre and The Port Authority of NY & NJ — will hold commemorative events, such as exhibits, plays, concerts and even a beer festival saying that "People will come to enjoy Queens parks, eat in the restaurants, and stay in the hotels."

Many people who came to the World's Fair decided to live in Queens, ultimately making it the most diverse place in the world.

Borough President Katz also announced a commitment to refurbish the New York State Pavillion. On April 22nd, the Pavillion will open for the first time in decades.

The UniSphere, located in Flushing Meadows Carona Park, has become a Worldwide symbol of Excellence in the United States, seen by every passenger landing in New York City airports and traveling to one of the Boroughs.  Katz wants all travelers to stop at the Unisphere.

Speakers included:

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Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President, Announces Commemoration of 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.

OurLIC VIDEO REPORT: Residential Design, Development & Construction in NYC - 2015


MODERATOR: Louis Katsos, President, Jakmar Associates and Adjunct Professor, Cooper Union

Roy Chin, Regional Director of TD Bank, N.A.

James Davidson, AIA - Partner of SLCE Architects

David Dods, Senior Vice President of MacGraw Hudson Construction Corp. / Mackloowe Properties

David Rothstein, Executive Vice President, Construction. Excell Development Company

The Design, Development & Construction Committee of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce held its Spring 2014 meeting at Holy Trinity Cathedral Ballroom on April 3, 2014.

There is optimism about residential real estate development in NYC, with some reservations including the hope that the new city administration can learn the lessons from the prior administrations; and, that employment trends will increase at the same rate as rental costs increase in the city.

The Design, Development & Construction Committee of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce held its Sprint 2014 meeting at Holy Trinity Cathedral Ballroom on April 3, 2014.  Four panelists told a group of approximately 200 gathered, that they were optimistic about residential real estate development in NYC, with some reservations including the hope that the new city administration can learn the lessons from the prior administrations; and, that employment trends will increase at the same rate as rental costs increase in the city.

Panelists include:

MODERATOR: Louis Katsos, President, Jakmar Associates and Adjunct Professor, Cooper Union

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An Art District is Born for New York City...in Astoria.  3/28/2014

Kaufman Art District


Hal Rosenbluth, President of Kaufman Astoria Studios, Talks with OurLIC about his vision for the Kaufman Art District

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra Hifgf School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Performers from Frank Sinatra High School give a taste of the new Kaufman Art District. OurLIC Video offers performance.

Hal Rosenbluth, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Talks with OurLIC about the DREAM behind Kaufman Art District.

The Kaufman Arts District, named and designated on March 28, 2014 by the NY City Council at a ceremony, is bounded by 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east and 37th Avenue to the south.  The founding partners of the Arts District are Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts.

Within the Kaufman Arts District is the Museum of the Moving Image, the only museum in the City dedicated to the art and history of film, television and digital media; The Astor Room, a restaurant that is housed in the former Paramount commissary with much of the original interior still intact; Studio Square NYC, an enormous 30,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden that is also used for film and TV shoots; the Queens Council on the Arts, a non-profit organization that supports and develops artists and arts organizations throughout Queens; the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public school founded by Tony Bennett; UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas, a 14-theater multiplex; the Theater Development Fund’s Costume Collection, a repository of costumes available for use by theater, film and television productions; and the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

OurLIC discussed the new Art District with Hal Rosenbluth, President of Kaufman Astoria Studios in a VIDEO CONVERSATION presented with this article. At the end, Rosenbluth responds to a question about NYC needing people who DREAM, says:

That's right. I have been very blessed to work with George Kaufman since 1980, and the ability to put our heads together to create a vision; and, then be the guy who executes it, has been a career and a thrill of a lifetime that I am very proud of; and, I will always be proud of it and my family will be proud of it.

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An Art District is Born for New York City...in Astoria.  3/28/2014

Kaufman Art District

Special Report

American Jewish Congress 2014 Stephen S. Wise Award Dinner honoring Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, for Lifetime Achievement.

SPECIAL VIDEO REPORT: Hillary Rodham Clinton Honored by American Jewish Congress; Asks 'Would Iranians Rather End  Up like North Korea... or South Korea.' 3/19/2014

American Jewish Congress 2014 Stephen S. Wise Honoree, Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks out on the US Commitment to Israel, and the impact of sanctions on Iran.

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the American Jewish Congress presented Hillary Rodham Clinton with its prestigious Stephen S. Wise Award.

Sounding very impressive and "presidential",  the formidable Mrs. Clinton made it absolutely clear, to hundreds gathered at Cipriani in NYC, that there is an "unshakeable bond between the United States and Israel" saying "America will always have Israel's back through every up and down.  That's what we do. That is who we are."

In asking the question "Would Iranians rather end up like North Korea...or South Korea", the former Secretary of State for the United States of America summoned up the history, talents, and greatness of the people and Civilization of the Iranian people; and, contrasted it to "the distortions that have seized the dreams and aspirations of the Iranian poeple", leaving it with a failing economy that has taken place as a result of the sanctions that have taken a toll on Iran.

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SPECIAL VIDEO REPORT: Hillary Rodham Clinton Honored by American Jewish Congress; Asks 'Would Iranians Rather End  Up like North Korea... or South Korea.' 3/19/2014

New York City News

William Bratton, Police Commissioner, NYC speaking at a PAL Business Luncheon 2/26/2014

William Bratton, NYC Commissioner of Police, Tells PAL Business Luncheon that Murders are Down from 53 in 2013 to 42 this Year as of 2/26/2014

He is glad to be back. Says crime is down in NYC during the first two months, and that he is building on the legacy of Ray Kelly.

This article is work in progress.  Please check back.

OurLIC NEWS attended the Police Athletic League Business Luncheon, sponsored by Mutual of America, February 26th.  William Bratton, the NEW Police Commission for the City of New York, was featured speaker as the organizations Honary President.

John Catsimatidis, candidate for Mayor of NYC and Member of the Board of Directors of PAL, Chaired the meeting.

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William Bratton, NYC Commissioner of Police, Tells PAL Business Luncheon that Murders are Down from 53 in 2013 to 42 this Year as of 2/26/2014

SPECIAL OURLIC REPORT: SAFE STREETS, SAFE HOME.  NYPD and Community Leaders Respond to Increase in Crime in Astoria




COMPSTAT Statistics for 114th Precinct

NYPD 114th Precinct Responding with increased presence of patrolman, seen on Ditmars Blvd and 30th Avenue.

Peter Vallone Jr, Three term City Council Member and former Chair of the City Council's Public Safety Committee, says:

"We are now seeing burglars  and rapists right in the heart of Astoria. Our undermanned precinct needs more cops immediately- especially since the ones we have have been handcuffed by the City Council"

If there is one thing the public does not like, it is when their homes and their streets and their shops are not safe.

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SPECIAL OURLIC REPORT: SAFE STREETS, SAFE HOME.  NYPD and Community Leaders Respond to Increase in Crime in Astoria

New 'Dining Guide LIC' Launched for Astoria, Sunnyside, and Greater Long Island City



Waterfront Crabhouse


Sac's Place

Beta Test of New Technology to present Restaurants

OuLIC / CityEntree have launched a new service at DiningGuideLIC.com, including new technology to present restaurants in a fresh, new way.  CityEntree Recommended MARCH restaurants are available to view.

This is the first step in highlighting restaurants in Greater Long Island CIty, Astoria, and Sunnyside. The service and technology are being powered by CityEntree, and restaurants from the area will also be promoted on the CityEntree service.

The plan is to produce the service as part of Neighborhood Life on OurLIC, and present the restaurants on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. The system is fully geocoded and will be available to provide service based on the immediate location of the user on a cellphone or tablet. It will also be tied to promote tourism for the area.

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New 'Dining Guide LIC' Launched for Astoria, Sunnyside, and Greater Long Island City

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TALK TO DONNA FUREY ABOUT MEDICAID INCOME AND RESOURCE LEVELS FOR 2014


Feature News

Hunters Point South Phase II

Contract Awarded for Phase II of Hunters Point South. Includes 1,193 Apartments, with 796 Units being Affordable to Moderate- and Middle-income families.

TF Cornerstone to build Hunters Point South

In May 2013, the New York City Economic Development Corporation issued an RFP for the development of the Phase II or Hunters Point South, the peninsular between the East River and Newtown Creek where the City initially intended to put the Olympic Village.

On Thursday, December 5th, the NYCEDC announced that it was awarding the contract to TF Cornerstone, a developer already very familiar with Long Island City.  This latest project will create 1,193 apartments, with 796 units being affordable to moderate- and middle-income families. One hundred of those apartments will be reserved for low-income seniors. The remainder will be market rate.

Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement regarding the launch of the Hunter’s Point South Phase 2 development.

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Contract Awarded for Phase II of Hunters Point South. Includes 1,193 Apartments, with 796 Units being Affordable to Moderate- and Middle-income families.

Queens News

Queens Economic Report delivered to the community at a Press Conference December 13, 2013 by NYS Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli

Economic Snapshot Shows that Queens has Rebounded Strongly from Recession

Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, documents growth of Queens.

Queens County has rebounded strongly from the Great Recession over the past two years with employment now at a record level of nearly 500,000 private sector jobs, according to an economic snapshot of Queens released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Queens is a classic New York success story that is well-positioned for the future,” DiNapoli said. “Superstorm Sandy impacted thousands of Queens residents, but the borough is on the recovery path. With a strong economy, a fast growing and diverse population, and several large projects on the horizon, Queens is booming. ”

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Economic Snapshot Shows that Queens has Rebounded Strongly from Recession

Progress Made by Mayor Bloomberg's Executives to Help Small Business Owners Avoid Fines and Fees


Avoid the MOST COMMON Violations



New information and tools, legislation, review of top violations to prevent fines and fees, plus new fee structure presented at meeting between City Agencies and Non-Government Organizations and Chambers of Commerce that work with small business.

As reported in OurLIC and discussed at the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce meetings for the past 18 months, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has had an objective to make NYC more "business friendly" for small businesses, without diminishing the improvements in NYC quality of life that the Mayor has acheived throughout his administration. Similarly, the City Council has acted with the Mayor, and passed a series of legislative acts that support this objective for the City's restaurants and small businesses.

After a year of dedicated work on this, today a team of Bloomberg Senior Advisors, Assistant Commissioners, Senior Inspectors and others from the Bloomberg Administration presented the latest information, tools, structure, and strategy to ease regulations and fines in order to help achieve the objective of making NYC more business friendly for small business owners.

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Progress Made by Mayor Bloomberg's Executives to Help Small Business Owners Avoid Fines and Fees

Kaufman Astoria Studios Cuts Ribbon on the FIRST Dedicated Backlot on the East Coast


Senator Chuck Schumer cuts the ribbon on the new Kaufman Astoria Backlot 12/3/2013



"The Backlot is an exciting new development for the film and television industry in New York as well as for this area of Astoria. It will draw more world-class productions to New York and gives these productions much needed outdoor space to create temporary sets that can stay up for as long as they need to shoot," said Hal Rosenbluth, president of Kaufman Astoria.

On December 3rd, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Kaufman Astoria Studios, cultural leaders and elected officials celebrated the grand opening of New York City’s first outdoor stage. Council Member Van Bramer, Chair of the New York City Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee, has played a pivotal role in working with Kaufman Astoria Studios  to create the block-long, 34,800-square-foot studio space which will allow productions to shoot exterior and special effects shots outside in a controlled environment.

"The addition of New York City’s first-ever outdoor sound stage puts Astoria on the map when it comes to producing blockbuster movies in the United States," said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the New York City Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee. "I am proud to have helped make this historic project a reality in the same neighborhood where I grew up. By expanding Kaufman Astoria Studios we are continuing the resurgence of the arts that has spurred a renaissance here in Astoria. From a dormant building in the late 1970’s, Kaufman Astoria Studios has built a world-class institution that has helped Western Queens become "Hollywood East".

"As the first dedicated Backlot in the five boroughs, film and television productions are now more likely to yell ‘action’ and choose Kaufman Astoria Studios and New York City as a location for filming," said Senator Charles Schumer. "Today’s ribbon-cutting is a tremendous milestone for the neighborhood, the city, and the thousands of people who work in New York’s booming film and television industries."

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Kaufman Astoria Studios Cuts Ribbon on the FIRST Dedicated Backlot on the East Coast

People Profile

Dr. Roy Hastick; President and Founder of Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (CACCI)

LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Roy Hastick

There is a man, who, having the vision and leadership qualities to organize the Caribbean community of leaders and business people into a profoundly successful and influential organization known as the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has led the way for millions of people over more than 30 years.    

One-by-one, deed-after-deed, one proclamation after another proclamation, one achievement after another achievement,  this man has lifted the trade between Caribbean Countries and New York State, and lifted New York State's immigrant community representing 27 Caribbean nations.

Day-after-day, this one man, with the support of his wife, children, friends, and many in government, just never stopped. 

Roy Hastick is Founder and President of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Between TOURISM and TRADE, the Carribean is among New York City's major international partners.

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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Roy Hastick

Alba Restaurant, a Traditional Italian Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd that Starts with Freshness and the Highest Quality Imported Ingredients.


Alba Restaurant, Ditmars Blvd, Astoria

Ask about dining in the private dining room in the rear of Alba.

Western Queens has put itself on the culinary map with some of the finest, most popular, and trendy restaurants and cafes. 

Alba Pizza & Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd, is a traditional, family style restaurant with an extensive menu and high value pricing that appeals to discriminating...and experienced... taste buds.

Everything that you expect from an authentic Italian restaurant starts with the freshness of imported ingredients.

Alba has been popular with pizza lovers for years.  But, Alba is also a full menu, traditional Italian restaurant with wine and beer service that has been owned and operated by the Barretta family since 1987. When you first meet Sal Barretta, he will tell you about the quality of the ingredients that he imports from Italy.

He is right...and you can taste the freshness with every delicious mouthful.

The hallmark of this restaurant is the quality and freshness of its ingredients, and the warm family service that makes you feel at home.

We watch for places like this that stick to the traditional formulas that people really appreciate....lots of familiar menu items, made skillfully with fresh ingredients, served in generous full portions at attractive prices.

Alba is now in second generation, with son Sal responsible for operations. But that doesn't mean that Sal and Maria have left. They are there every day.

On one visit to Alba Restaurant we watched Maria Barretta cutting large, fresh Mushrooms the way she would at home for her family.

This popular restaurant is located on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria, which places it in a neighborhood known worldwide for restaurants with top quality, authentic food. Surviving in this neighborhood for 30 years is a testimony to the quality of food, hospitality, service and high value provided by Sal and Marie and their son Sal.

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Alba Restaurant, a Traditional Italian Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd that Starts with Freshness and the Highest Quality Imported Ingredients.

OURLIC SPECIAL REPORT: NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE in Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City


NY Marathon along Vernon Blvd

30th Avenue Astoria Neighborhood Life

Ditmars Blvd Astoria Neighborhood Life

Madera Cuban Grill - Vernon Blvd LIC

Sugar Freak - 30th Avenue Astoria

Grand Cafe - 30th Ave Astoria

The attractive neighborhoods in Greater Long Island City are changing. New trends emerge.

Lifestyle trends  are often subtle. Transformations in a community are slow.  They sneak up on us, and suddenly, something has changed...and things are different. What we say "WILL" happen, is suddenly a reality.

When trends become reality, it changes the way we look at everything that is important to us.   Trends in a community influence where we live and what we do....where we shop and what we eat. They influence travel, entertainment, investments, relationships and just about everything else.  It is not unusual in history for trends to emerge during recessions. People have ways of adapting. Even policy makers, Community Boards, and others manage to spot trends and adapt their thinking and decisions, once their meaning is understood. Even politics change, as new voters move into districts in large numbers. Shifts in population effect everyone and everything.

Since its beginning in 2008, OurLIC has been like a SCOUT...looking under the surface and behind the doors to explore and reveal the hidden virtues of "our" Long Island City community.   We've identified the new things and tied them together with the old to help make sense of change that has been part of the vision of the community for its own future. The camera has been an incredible tool to chronicle the changes. "Everything Important. Everyone Important. Every Day"....has brought the photos and videos from economic development to block parties and kitten adoptions.

Now, we are opening a new chapter of this service with the announcement of "NEIGBORHOOD LIFE".  With OurLIC NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE we will reach deeper into the changes on each major Avenue, Street, Road, and Boulevard of NYC where we can spot the trends that are changing our lifestyle, quality of life, neighbors, restaurants, shops, and quality of business in Astoria, Long Island City and perhaps catch the shifts in the NYC experience.

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OURLIC SPECIAL REPORT: NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE in Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City

OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant Earns Recommendation from CityEntree


Fresh from the market, grilled fish at OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria

Put OKEANOS at the top of your "to go" list. It is on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria.

OKEANOS is definitely one of the best Greek restaurants in New York for both traditional and innovative Greek cuisine. Their excellent chef has been honing his skills for the past 30 years; and, the perfecting of his dishes are the reward that you will enjoy!

We are excited about the food at OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant. It is delicious and world class, offering diners a great value.  Food is abundant and presented in an appetizing way.

OKEANOS is a CityEntree RECOMMENDED restaurant.

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OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant Earns Recommendation from CityEntree

Feature News

NYC Department of Planning Begins Study of Western Queens Transportation

On June 27th, the Department of City Planning for the City of New York kicked of a Western Queens Transportation Study.  Members of the Greater Long Island City leadership community were invited to participate in the Technical Committee along with various government agencies including the MTA.

OurLIC NEWS attended the meeting and presents a full video with this article.

Watch here for HIGHLIGHTS.

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NYC Department of Planning Begins Study of Western Queens Transportation

Feature News

(L) John 'CATS' Catsimatidis, Candidate for Mayor. (R)Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Founder and President of ERDA. Bishop of Center for Hope International Church

A Tale of One City

When HOPE becomes a path, a dream becomes a promise.

One man grew up in the neighborhood of Harlem in the 1950's and 60's... touched by the Civil Rights movement and the generation that started to break down the barriers.

The other man grew up in the neighborhood of Queensbridge Housing, a decade younger, with an inspiration given to him by his father to make things better.

Both men love NYC and the everyday people that walk our sidewalks, ride our subways, and want to succeed.

Both men, gifted and skillful, climbed to leadership in NYC from backgrounds of humility and modesty.

Both men want to make a difference for children and families in NYC that remain in a struggle to fight crime in their immediate neighborhoods, gain access to funds and financial counsel that is normal and common for others, find work to earn an income, and seek higher education.

Both men know the secrets that all mothers and fathers know. They lived it themselves as children and parents.

One man broke through in the Ministry and had the help of politicians, elected officials, friends, and generous donors who backed his vision. The other broke through in business and NYC community work especially with children and his church.

One man walked into the other man's office. When it came to discuss guns and new City Council legislation, one man said to the other, "I talk to the mothers. They tell me that it is sons killing other sons in their own neighborhood. It isn't sons going to 5th Avenue to shoot people.

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A Tale of One City

Why Consult an Elder Law Attorney?

Attorney Donna Furey is a Contributor to OurLIC specializing in Elder Law, Probate and Administration of Estates, Estate Planning and Protection of Assets, Medicaid Planning and Applications, Medicare and Medicaid Advocacy, Planning for People with Disabilities Guardianship

Why Should You Consult an Elder Law Attorney on Medicaid Issues?

Many people are reluctant to consult attorneys on legally-related matters due primarily to inexperience in working with attorneys.  This is doubly true with respect to issues related to Medicaid coverage of nursing home care for the following reasons:

The cost of consulting with an attorney.


Medicaid eligibility is seen as a non-legal matter that should be straight-forward and not require legal assistance.
Nursing homes often offer to prepare Medicaid applications for residents for no charge at all.
Discomfort with using a public benefits program.

Let’s discuss each obstacle to legal representation in turn.

COST

There is no getting around it.  Lawyers are expensive.  But the bottom line—since that is what we are talking about here—is that they are a lot less expensive than nursing homes.  In the New York City area, nursing homes generally charge $11,350.00 or more a month.  Unless your situation is very complicated, the legal fees will not approach this figure.  If the consultation with the lawyer saves even a month of nursing home fees, the legal costs will be more than justified.  At stake can be a lifetime of hard work and saving.

MEDICAID AS LAW

Certainly, public benefits should be available to those who qualify without having to resort to hiring an attorney.  Unfortunately, this aspiration and the reality of the Medicaid rules are far apart.  The eligibility requirements are defined in a conflicting set of state and federal laws, regulations, bulletins and practices that make it impossible even for attorneys to fathom unless they specialize in the field.  Your case may be simple and may not require the depth of knowledge needed to plan for a more complicated estate.  However, you cannot be sure of that without first meeting with a specialist.  Again, a lot is at stake and given the cost of nursing homes, it is not difficult for a qualified attorney to save the client more than the attorney’s fee.

 

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LIC Headquartered Guardian Data Becomes Certified for Hard Drive Destruction by National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)


Glenn Laga, President of Guardian Data Destruction holding remains of a shredded hard drive.



PHOENIX, ARIZONA – In June, Guardian Data Destruction, Inc. became certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) for computer hard drive sanitization and physical destruction.

"“To support our continued growth with our full suite of onsite data destruction services it is imperative that we provide the client with a secure and standardized process so the experience is to the same service standard at any of their sites in the U.S.,' said Glenn Laga of Guardian Data Destruction. "Becoming NAID certified provides our clients with a third party, industry recognition that GDD meets NAID’s security procedures and validates to the client that GDD will execute a standard process at any of their location in the U.S.';

Guardian Data Destruction is a secure information destruction company based in Long Island City, N.Y. with locations in Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and Seattle. They specialize in onsite data erasure or destruction, asset logistics, site decommissioning and asset disposition. By becoming NAID certified, Guardian Data Destruction can demonstrate its compliance with operational and security specifications.

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LIC Headquartered Guardian Data Becomes Certified for Hard Drive Destruction by National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)

Halletts Point Community Approved by Community Board #1 5/21/2013




Over 2,000 Units on East River

On May 21, 2013 Lincoln Equities Group, the Development Partner, presented a plan for "Halletts Point ~ A New Queens Community" to the Queens Community Board #1.  The plan was substantially approved.

Hallets Point is a peninsula on the East River that is located just north of the tip of Roosevelt Island, and just South of Randalls Island, forming a narrow tidal strait called Hell Gate.

Project Objects for the area of development include:

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Halletts Point Community Approved by Community Board #1 5/21/2013

Prepare Yourself.   Welcome to the VIDEO WORLD of the Students at Information Technology High School's Video Academy in Long Island City!







OurLIC brings you inside the Video Academy and the evolving "Media Lab" at ITHS on 44th Drive and 21st Street.

A few months ago, OurLIC took an interest in Information Technology High School because it seemed that NYC's plan to place an APPLIED SCIENCES campus, Cornell Technion, a short distance away created an unusual opportunity for the students and the community.  The school's instructors, and its Principal, Joseph Reed, were interested in creating more awareness of the Information Technology High School, and were interested in gaining more support from the community.

After receiving permissions from the Department of Education, OurLIC produced a SPECIAL REPORT on Information Technology High School: OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION & TOUR:  Principal Joseph Reed, Information Technology High School.  Giving Students Access to Opportunity

After that article, we met with an instructor, Michael Vanderputen, to discuss the idea of creating a "Media Lab" at the school, and found that much of what was needed, already existed....especially the talent.

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Prepare Yourself.   Welcome to the VIDEO WORLD of the Students at Information Technology High School's Video Academy in Long Island City!

Rockrose's Elghanayan and DouglasElliman's Kotler Speak at LIC BID Annual Meeting 6/26/2013



Court Square Bid Zone Map


VIDEO Presented with this article.

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Rockrose's Elghanayan and DouglasElliman's Kotler Speak at LIC BID Annual Meeting 6/26/2013

SYMPOSIUM VIDEOS: Long Island City “Place-Making Economic Development & Corporate / Real Estate / Social Value Creation Strategies” for February 27 / 28, 2013


John Catsimatidis. KEYNOTE Speaker. Candidate for Mayor of NYC. Symposium on Valuation Strategies, Long Island City / Astoria Chamber or Commerce February 27 / 28, 2013

Long island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce Presents 'Community Leadership Resolution' to Hon. Peter F. Vallone, Sr. First Speaker of the City Council for the City of New York

Lindsay J. Thompson. Lindsay Thompson is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore, Maryland,

David J. Wilk, CRE, MAI, National Director, Corp RE & Advisory Services, Sperry Van Ness and Corporate Valuation Advisors (moderator)

Kathrine Gregory, Entrepreneurs Space. Panelist at Community Symposium February 28, 2013 hosted by Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

Kip McMahan, Principal, Fletcher Thompson Architects

Full Video Coverage of Community Symposium made available by Sponsors: Alma Bank, 30th Avenue Business Association, and OurLIC NEWS.

On February 27th and 28th, the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce presented a Symposium as part of a Community Development Symposium Series it is organizing.  The theme of this Symposium was “Place-making Economic Development and Corporate Real Estate/Social Value Creation Strategies" which presented innovative ideas on strategies for corporations, municipalities, and entrepreneurs to create new economic development and jobs within the communities. The Symposium was created by Corporate Valuation Advisors and Sperry Van Ness, leading national real estate and valuation consulting firms recognized for their work with corporations, private equity firms, universities, governments, and communities throughout the United States (www.valuecreaterealestate.com)

In his Keynote comments, John Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and candidate for Mayor of the City of New York, echoed the perspective of Peter F. Vallone, Sr. in his FIRST WORDS at the previous night's reception. Vallone had described a period in the history of Long Island City and Astoria when there was high crime.  He attributed the safer, more desirable neighborhoods to actions taken such as the formation of the Astoria Civic Association and the Boys and Girls Club.  Families appreciated that the community offered productive solutions for their children; and that the streets were made safe.  Catsimatidis made similar points with his views that education is the foundation for job qualification, especially in the trades. He talked about his own life. He said that "NYC is failing its children" by not preparing them properly. 

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SYMPOSIUM VIDEOS: Long Island City “Place-Making Economic Development & Corporate / Real Estate / Social Value Creation Strategies” for February 27 / 28, 2013

Feature News

OurLIC.TV launched as a Community TV Platform.

OurLIC Announces New Community TV Platform at OurLIC.TV

Channels to provide news, information, entertainment, and public service for Greater Long Island City

On April 22, 2013, OurLIC launched a new community TV platform for Greater Long Island City. The service is available at OurLIC.TV

Like Cable or Broadcast TV, the idea of a community TV platform is that organizations and entrepreneurs can license a CHANNEL on contract.  The MIX of content on OurLIC TV CHANNELS will be of interest to residents and business people living in Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Dutch Kills, Roosevelt Island, and other relationally connected areas.

OurLIC.com has an established library of over 3,100 videos, and has been providing the Greater Long Island City neighborhoods with coverage of important events and conversations with important people since 2008. In many cases, the coverage of meetings has been complete and comprehensive. OurLIC NEWS has been the closest thing to community TV for some time. This is a natural extension of the OurLIC media services.

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OurLIC Announces New Community TV Platform at OurLIC.TV

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FIVE SPECIAL REPORTS AND VIDEO INTERVIEWS

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John Duran, Chef, Foodcellar Market & Eatery Go to Special Report

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer
Jimmy Van Bramer, New York City Councilmember District 26, addresses Long Island City Business Development Corporation.

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Joseph Tazewell, NYC Regional Director, Empire State Development

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New York State Senator President Pro Tempore Malcom A. Smith

The Foodcellar Market & Eatery Offers New, Innovative Carving Station with Culinary Quality Foods Chef John Duran prepares imaginative food for the sophisticated tastes of Long Island City residents.

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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer Adresses Long Island City Business Community LICBDC Hosts Business Breakfast with Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer April 21, 2010

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Queens Economic Development Leadership Council Hears Overview of Empire State Development and its Economic Plans from Joseph Tazewell, NYC Regional Director; ESD. Discuss Governor Paterson's 2010-2011 Executive Budget.

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Jobs for the 21st Century. The New York State Tri-Level Joint Legislative Task Force holds Hearing in Queens. Joint Legislative Hearing for Queens. 4/23/2010

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Natural Frontier Market Grand Opening Continues through June 30th Go to OurLIC GRAND OPENING Profile of Natural Frontier Market.

OurLIC has launched OurLIC Culture.

We are pleased to present CulturePop, PANORAMA, INTERSECTION, Ear to the Ground by Insider Contributors who know what is happening in Long Island City because they live it every day as experts in their area. Additionally, we are very proud to be able to bring you Ed Koch Reviews, written by the former Mayor of The City of New York and presented here for your entertainment.

Ed Koch Reviews is written by Former Mayor Edward Koch of The City or New York. It is presented to OurLIC readers for your enjoyment.

The neighborhood is hopping with culture these days. Music, visual art, theater, dance. CulturePop is written by Sofia Landon Geier, an OurLIC Insider Contributor.

Art is the language of the human spirit. It is as old as our earliest civilizations. Art is a language that is also universal -- it speaks to us no matter what words articulate our thoughts. Living with art that not only reflects our vision but also expands our spirit is essential. The call and response of the human spirit is amplified through artwork. Come out. Look. Bring your check book. Buy art, buy local. P A N O R A M A is written by Karen Fitzgerald, an OurLIC Insider Contributor.

This column in OurLIC will have a meaning for the word INTERSECTION both as a physical location as well as a place where there is a merging of diverse cultures. INTERSECTION is written by Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, an OurLIC Contributor, Instructor, and Urban Geographer.

Everyone knows that keeping your "ear to the ground" means paying attention to what is happening around you; getting an early sign that something is coming, pay attention to rumors.

To us "ear to the ground" items are things that are not in a calendar yet, and stories that are still too early to write articles about. Even a well confirmed rumor will qualify.

Ear to the Ground is written by Dana Humphrey, an OurLIC Insider Contributor.

OurLIC EXCLUSIVE

Economic Forecast Breakfast with Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City


Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
Go to Full Video and Photo Coverage of Economic Forecast.

 


Gayle Baron, President, LICBDC Go to LICBDC

 


Seth Bornstein, Executive Director, QEDC Go to QEDC

 

Presentation made possible by the Long Island City Business Development Corporation [ LICBDC ] and Queens Economic Development Corporation [ QEDC].

 

Long Island City, New York March 18, 2010 - Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, addressed a gathering of business and organization leaders about the challenges faced due to the economic downturn. Her economic forecast focused on the difficult challenges facing the global community as part of an economic recovery. The meeting was organized by the Long Island City Business Development Corporation [LICBDC] and the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

Ms. Wylde began her address by declaring that she was not an "economist", and not an expert in the local Long Island City market; but, wanted to talk about the larger context of the economy (globally, nationally, and Albany) and how they were effecting the development of strategies going foreward.

On the same day, Partnership for New York City released a PricewaterhouseCoopers Report indicating that New York City Remains a Global Powerhouse, but that issues of cost, livability and sustainability are significant future challenges. Go to March 18th Press Release.

Full video coverage of her address and follow up Q&A are available in the left column in 20 segments of approximately three to five minutes each.

Highlights:

  • In a global sense, the economic forecast is pretty good.
  • We are coming out of a two year global recession, and; based on actions of governments and central banks around the world, we avoided avoided a great depression.
  • We are experiencing a jobless recovery and noone is certain where the jobs of the future will come from in this country.
  • Our economic growth will come from trade and business relationships with China and India, where growth this century will come from.
  • The GDP in the US is expected to grow by over 3.0% in 2010. At 3.0% growth, it would take a decade to get back to where we were in terms of jobs in 2007.
  • We have a longterm prospect of relatively high unemployment, and the social and economic consequences of that.
  • Nationally, the three big challenges are:
    1. Jobs.
    2. Bringing Consumers back into the market.
    3. Dealing with the continuing credit crunch faced by small business.
  • Large and mid-sized businesses in most sectors have money to invest, and are preparing for increased activity. But they are not rehiring, and may not rehire in this country at the same levels as before the cuts.
  • New jobs will take a while. They will come from new start-up companies, new industries taking shape, and foreign companies setting up operations in the US.
  • THE FIRST COMMERCIAL TENANT CONTRACTED IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IS A REAL ESTATE COMPANY FROM CHINA THAT WILL BRING CHINESE COMPANIES TO THE US.
  • New York City and Queens can excell in jobs related to the "export sector".
  • More available on video segments to the left.

Job creation, and investment in the future, both Citywide and at the local level.

Go to Full Video and Photo Coverage of Economic Forecast.

New Service Promotes Long Island City Performing Arts

OurLIC STAGE

OurLIC has launched an important new section of its service to provide an online stage for the growing performing arts community of western Queens. A unique format will permit each theater, studio, or company to have its own virtual stage representing its actual physical stage. Performing companies can add videos, calendars, booking and other content, plus integrate their OurLIC STAGE with their OurLIC Profile and OurLIC Social Networking tools to expand promotional capability and personalize their theater or studio.

Expanding and promoting the performing arts, and the talented people who create dance and theater, is an important way to build the quality of life in LIC; and a great way to strengthen the economy here.

OurLIC is helping to cross promote participating restaurants and hotels with theaters and studios. The service will also highlight promotional offers between theaters like the Secret Theatre and restaurants like Da Gianni Ristorante.

For the past year, OurLIC has provided space for Artists, Photographers and Designers through its popular OurLIC GALLERY.

Organizations interested in Travel and Tourism should also refer to Travel and Tourism Council of Long Island City, a newly forming Council being spearheaded by Anna Gaffney, Director of Sales and Marketing at Holiday Inn Manhattan View.

For questions, comments, and feedback please use our Optin Form or send an email about Performing Arts in LIC to Arthur@CityEntree.com

Go to OurLIC Stage.

Go to Valerie Green's Green Space.

Go to Harriet and Ned Kinter's Ballet for Young Audiences

Long Island City News

News

Library at Queens West / Hunters Point, OurLIC Contributer: Don Dodelson, President, Friends of Queens Library at Hunters Pint / Queens West, Long Island City.

Letter to LIC Community about the planned Library at Hunters Pint / Queens West

Dear Neighbor,

Did you know that a public library is promised to us to be built here on the river in Long Island City?

This is what I know about the project:
Go to Article

Don Dodelson Profile

OurLIC TidBits

Ring 8 Background and History, OurLIC Contributer: John Edebohls, Member of Ring 8, Long Island City.

Go to Article
John Edehohls Profile

Two Long Island City Restaurants have launched new websites to kick off 2010.

Lounge 47 begins the new year with a new website that focuses on Vernon Blvd and the people that make Lounge 47 an interesting place. It notes that Lounge 47 is a Reflection of Vernon Blvd:
"Amidst all of the change that is taking place, Lounge 47 has become an important gathering place for both newcomers and long time residents."

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Bel Aire Diner & Restaurant on 21st Street and Broadway in Astoria, is known for its food and service. It promotes it's "Best Diner in Queens" award from the DAILY NEWS. That is quite an achievement.

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