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Monday April 14, 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.

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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SUNY Chancellor Speaks at Long Island City Meeting on Her Views About Early Education, and Why it is Important to SUNY.

OurLIC Video Conversation with SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher participated in a Cradle-to-Career community briefing held by Zone126 at the Variety Boys & Girls Club.

The Chancellor discussed her experience with assisting children to reach their full promise through community based programs.

OurLIC NEWS participated in the meeting and presents a VIDEO of the Chancellors comments along with full video coverage of the meeting. Presentations are made by Zone126 as well as all other organizations attending the briefing.   This article is work-in-progress. Please check back.

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Two Astoria Businesses Organize an Easter Party for Kids Thursday, April 17, 2014, at The Candy Bar on Ditmars Blvd.

Private IslandĀ® Entertainment, The Candy Bar Team up to create a special Easter Event for Hour Children

Two Astoria-based businesses, Private Island®  Entertainment LLC and The Candy Bar have teamed up to facilitate an Easter Party for children. The event will be for Astoria-based Hour Children. The party will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at The Candy Bar, 19-31 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, N.Y.

“This event will benefit children who might not otherwise have a joyous Easter celebration,” explained Randy Klein, owner of The Candy Bar. Children participating are involved in the Astoria, N.Y.-based charity, Hour Children (www.hourchildren.org), of Astoria, N.Y., are scheduled to attend the Easter party, she noted

Hour Children acknowledges the important hours that shape the life of a child with an incarcerated mother. The organization’s mission is to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration and help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunite with their families and build healthy, independent and  secure lives.

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Greek Community Leadership Breakfast with Comptroller Scott Stringer 4/11/2014

More than 5,000 Greeks have settled in Astoria during the past year

New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, hosted a breakfast for Greek community leaders in his Board Room at 1 Center Street in Manhattan.

The Comptroller is considered a friend of the Greek community and wanted to recognize Greek Independence Day.

During the Comptroller's comments, he said that "The Greek community symbolizes the backbone of the working people of our city."

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Political Junkie Asks "Where Did the Money Come From"

Answers or non-answers will appear here in the future.

Often we ask, "Where did all the money go"? That could be at the end of the week when we find our pockets empty.
It often happens at this time of year when we have to dig deeper to send a payment to cover our income tax bill.
But this year, as the news is reporting, we won't be asked for any additional tax $$$ even though we will be able to afford programs such as Universal Pre Kindergarten. In addition to that the Doe Fund will be used to keep our streets cleaner.

There is no doubt that most of us will be delighted with the news especially because these are two programs where  voters can see the results directly in their neighborhoods.

Let's ask Governor Cuomo.  Where did the $$$ or Pre-K come from? It's a plan promised to be funded for five years without any additional taxes, even from the "rich".  How does Albany "find" the money so quickly, even quick enough to get the budget completed "on time".

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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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VIDEO: Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and United Community Civic Association  (UCCA) Host Annual Town Hall Meeting           April 3, 2014

On Thursday evening, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) hosted a Town Hall Meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Over 100 residents were at the meeting to ask question and make commentaries.  Elected officials, respresentatives from approximately 30 agencies of government, Queens Community Board #1, and ConEdison were available to answer questions.

In addition,  Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Senator Jose Peralta, and Councilmember Costa Constantinides spoke to the attendees.

The meeting was moderated by both Assemblymember Aravella Simotas as well as RoseMarie Poveromo, President of UCCA.

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NY State Comptroller DiNapoli Weekly Newsletter for the Week Ending April 6, 2014

For the Week Ending April 6, 2014

DiNapoli Report Finds Medicaid Costs for Treating Asthma Rising

New York’s asthma–related Medicaid expenditures rose more than 26 percent in the last five years, as the state’s overall annual asthma bill topped $1.3 billion for medical costs and lost productivity, according to a report released Friday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli: Preschool Special Education Contractor Overcharged Taxpayers $875,000

TheraCare Preschool Services Inc, a downstate provider of preschool special education services, overcharged state taxpayers by more than $875,000 for improper staff bonuses and executive compensation over a three-year period, according to an audit released Wednesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli Releases Bond Calendar for Second Quarter

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Tuesday announced a tentative schedule for the planned sale of obligations for the state, New York City, and their major public authorities during the second quarter of 2014.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Friday announced his office completed audits of the Town of Andover; Town of Caledonia; Village of Lyons Falls; North Shore Public Library; and the Town of Westerlo.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Friday announced his office completed audits of the East Moriches Union Free School District; Orchard Park Central School District; Oysterponds Union Free School District; and the Salem Central School District.


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