On Saturday February 9, The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its annual officer installation dance and dinner at the Roma View catering hall. State Senator Shirley L. Huntley was honored for her tireless dedication to the organization. Other local politicians, including Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer, also helped to celebrate Broad Channel’s 103 years of service.
Editorial feature in The Times LedgerBy Nathan Duke
State Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) has so far raised more money to retain his seat during this year's election than either of his two Democratic challengers following a slim victory in his 2006 re-election bid, according to the latest Campaign Finance Board filings.
State Senator Shirley Huntley was joined by an enthusiastic group of children and parents from southeast Queens for the celebration of the 3rd Annul Winter White Toy Drive. Huntley co-hosted the event together with Christina Winslow, founder of A Cause, A Concern, A Solution Network Inc.
For years, students at PS 48 in Jamaica had to eat lunch, take gym classes and hold school events in a crowded, multi-purpose room. Administrators tried to get the 72-year-old building renovated to have the necessary facilities for their 360 students, but it was impossible.
Shewanna Dill-Darby’s gym, Curves, was filled with women working out on July 19, when Department of Buildings officials walked in and asked to see building inspection documents. It was then Dill-Darby learned the building’s temporary certificate of occupancy –– proof the building structure is suitable for the intended use –– was invalid. The certificate was obtained by her contractor Satroghaun Singh, who allegedly forged an engineer’s signature on nearly 300 documents related to building plans, according to the Queens District Attorney.
The process of trying to reopen a Curves Gym that was shuttered by the NYC Department of Buildings last July hasn’t been easy. The department told the owner of the Springfield Gardens gym, Shauwana Dill-Darby, that the certificate of occupancy was invalid because the contractor she hired allegedly forged an engineer’s signature on the documents used for its acquisition. According to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, the contractor, Satroghaun Singh, repeated the practice on nearly 300 other documents related to building plans in Queens.
There was hardly an empty seat at last Thursday’s education forum in St. Albans that gave parents a chance to address Department of Education officials and Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff. A long line of people wrapped around the room in the St. Albans Family Center on Linden Boulevard. Some representing P.S. and I.S. 208 wore blue T-shirts that read: "We educate the whole child." When parents reached the microphone, they challenged officials to explain the department’s complex budget, questioned the placement of a site for suspended students inside I.S.
Freddie Dill’s legacy was solidified last Friday when friends and elected officials formally declared 129th Avenue in Springfield Gardens"Freddie Dill, Sr. Avenue." Friends remembered Dill, who died in 2001, as more than just a well-respected businessman and the owner of Pooor Freddie’s Tire Center and the Rib Shack on Linden Boulevard. "Freddie was a beautiful person," said Richard Gibbs, a friend who attended the ceremony.
With National Missing Children's Day approaching, and days after a New York City girl thwarted a would-be kidnapper, State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) today encouraged parents to discuss ways to keep their children from being harmed by predators.According to the most recent FBI statistics, more than 662,000 children were reported missing in 2005. 58% of them were girls; 33% were African-American.
JAMAICA - State Sen. Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) is urging workers and volunteers who helped with the recovery or clean-up efforts on or after Sept. 11, 2001 to register with the New York Workers' Compensation board by its Aug. 14 deadline.
When I went to Albany on Day One, I went there with the understanding that sometimes I may agree with my colleagues and sometimes I may not. But I also went to Albany knowing that at the end of the day I am the only State Senator for the 10th Senate District of Queens and it’s my responsibility to fight for you, even if that means disagreeing with the Governor, the State Legislature, the advocates, special interests or anyone else for that matter.