Enhancing the Student Experience ThroughParental Involvement and Financial Support
By Senator Shirley L. Huntley 10th Senatorial District
The start of school for New York City children signifies the “unofficial end of summer” for them. From my role as an involved mother, to my early activism as president of Community Board 28, to my current advocacy as State Senator in the 10th senatorial district, I know all too well the affects this transition has on parents and children alike.
On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Senator Huntley held her second town hall meeting at Baisley Houses. Michael Kelly, NYCHA General Manager, Carolyn Jasper, NYCHA Director of Queens/Staten Island Management Department joined Senator Huntley to listen to the concerns of the residents. Several key concerns were mistreatment of tenants by management, lack of repairs, the poor condition of playground courts, and the lack of a community center. At the end of the meeting many of the residents felt their concerns would be acted upon.
Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) was clearly at home as she spoke in an open forum at the invitation of the community and 113th precinct located at 167-02 Baisley Boulevard. During the meeting she briefly explained her role in the New York State Senate and discussed several initiatives she has been working on. Some of the following intiatives are increasing the number of adult homes for the mentally and physically disabled and launching a "Wednesday Night Speak" where she speaks to community members about their concerns.
We could be in for another long day here at the Capitol. Key Democratic senators told the DN's Glenn Blain they are still awaiting word from Team Bloomberg as to whether any amendments to the Assembly mayoral control bill are acceptable. It remains unclear if the measure will be voted on today.
Newly-elected State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Queens) today criticized the Majority-controlled Senate for once again failing to deliver on their promise of legislative reform. The Senate Minority Conference recently proposed changes to the Senate rules that would increase participation of rank-and-file members by recording each vote a Senator takes, providing equal resources and making it easier for Senators to get their legislation voted on.
On Asthma Awareness Day it is essential that we continue to raise awareness of the adverse impacts of engine idling on those suffering from the respiratory disease," said Senator Shirley L. Huntley. "Legislation such as the city’s new School Zone Idling Law could prevent asthma attacks experienced by hundreds of students citywide. I commend the City Council for their steps to curb engine idling across the city, and urge my colleagues on all levels of government to continue the dialogue to ensure a higher quality of life for all New Yorkers."
Senator Shirley Huntley (D - Queens) and P.S. 48Q school officials will be joined by community leaders and educators as they officially unveil the plans for the highly anticipated construction of P.S./I.S. 48Q with a ground breaking ceremony. The new building is a part of the 368-block Downtown Jamaica Rezoning Plan. Local elected officials were successful in ensuring the school was included in the plan to address the growing student population in the area.
Program sends free personalized postcards to troops
State Senator Shirley Huntely (D-Queens) is getting out the word on "Let's Say Thanks," a program that gives citizens the opportunity to send a printed postcard to U.S. military personnel stationed around the world, free of charge.
Queens—State Senator Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) today said “a lot of great work was accomplished in the final days of this legislative session, but there is more to do.” The lawmaker pointed out that brownfields clean-up legislation, a bill to crack down on predatory lenders and help families facing foreclosure stay in their home, and “green” job growth initiatives all passed in the final days. Two bills sponsored by Senator Huntley also passed:
When we talk about affordable housing in New York City, we are talking about doing two things: expanding the number of affordable housing units to meet our city's pressing need, as well as preserving existing units as affordable.
State Senator Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) said predatory loans are causing too many residents of her district to lose their homes and action must be taken to curb the practice during a forum last week to address the issue at York College."I can tell you that in the next year more than half the houses in southeast Queens will be foreclosed if something doesn't happen," Huntley said.
The result was not a miracle. But it was an important beginning. Some day in the distant future, economists can figure out what exactly has gone wrong. To be certain, in better times many homeowners in southeast Queens were encouraged to take out adjustable-rate mortgages that soon became unaffordable. It's likely that the blame can be shared by the buyers, the banks and the brokers. But for now, the question is what can be done to help keep desperate families in their homes.