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PODCAST REPLAY: Today's Cats' Roundtable on Ebola, ISIS and the Economy

 

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OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Talks with OurLIC about her Vision for a National Women's History Museum on the Washington Mall

Bill Passes Congress 383 to 33 on May 7, 2014... Stalls in Senate because of Senators Coburn and Lee.

The House of Representatives has passed legislation to form a Congressional Commission on the creation of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC.  The proposed location for the museum is the Washington Mall.

OurLIC met with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to discuss this Bill which is Co-Sponsored with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

Maloney discussed her various accomplishments while serving in the House of Representatives.

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

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

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SPECIAL JULY 4th VIDEO MESSAGE FROM OURLIC

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

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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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KEYNOTE: Information Technology High School Annual Graduation Commencement  Class of 2014 June 25, 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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CATS Family Sponsors Hudson River Park Clinton Cove Cypress Grove between 54 -57 Streets on Hudson River

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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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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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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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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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.

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


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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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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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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:

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

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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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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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:

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A look at the World's Fair Anniversary Festival

Letter for Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz

President 

Borough of Queens

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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What is Wrong with this Picture?

It is a TALE OF TWO AGENDAS

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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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.

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

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, 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:

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

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.

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

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:

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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO Presented with this article.

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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!

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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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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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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FLASH NEWS: Heating Oil Companies Face Inquiry on Purity of Fuel

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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

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

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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OKEANOS Greek Seafood Restaurant Earns Recommendation from CityEntree

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

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

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.

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Conversation with Mayor Ed Koch

Mayor Ed Koch speaks out about Albany, Jerusalem, the flotilla attack, and himself during a video conversation with OurLIC on June 4, 2010.

When Mayor Ed Koch speaks, the world listens.

Mayor Koch saved the City of New York from bankruptcy and in doing so restored the pride of New Yorkers.  During his three terms as Mayor from 1978-1989, he restored fiscal stability to the City of New York, and he was responsible for placing the City on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget basis.  He created a housing program which, over a ten-year period, provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing financed by City funds in the amount of $5.1 billion.  He created for the first time in New York City a merit judicial selection system and selected some of the most outstanding public servants to serve in his administration.

Prior to being Mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a Congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council.  He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943.  In his last year of college, he was drafted into the Army where he served with the 104th Infantry Division.  He served in the European Theater of Operations, received two battle stars, the Combat Infantry badge, and he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946.  In that year, he also attended the New York University School of Law.  He received his LL.B. degree in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter.

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ANNOUNCING

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Examples are viewable at OurLIC Discount Coupons, OurLIC FLYERS, and OurLIC CARDS. For more information on OurLIC programs, please use our Optin page or contact us directly at Arthur@CityEntree.com or 646-920-4652. We are also accepting special advertising sponsorships for the new OurLIC CALENDAR.

'OurLIC Business' integrates with BizWiz Services for Business-to-business.

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OurLIC for Business provides companies, business people, and professionals in Long Island City with a platform offering the newest tools, technology, and space to communicate, share, publish, distribute video, exchange ideas, collaborate, seek solutions, and to reach out to accelerate their success.

BizWiz, The Internet's Largest Business Network and Resource Marketplace, has been providing business-to-business services to help companies get connected to their markets and customers since 1995. It is a self contained system of services that can help any size company improve its business.

BizWiz is owned and operated by Rainbow Pages Inc., the owner of OurLIC.com. Join BizWiz

Sponsorship, Advertising, and Guide Profiles

If you are interested in special promotions on OurLIC.com or advertising in OurLIC Newsletters. If you would like to have your company or organization profiled in our GUIDE, or want display advertising, please contact Arthur Rosenfield at 646-920-4652 for rates.

If your company or organization is not in our searchable MARKETPLACE for business-to-business, OurLIC Business MARKETPLACE, please let us know the details.

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Alma Bank, Settng a New Standard for Banking
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BluePay
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