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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Queens) today applauded an agreement on a series of reforms that will strengthen ethics laws and practices in Albany.
"For years, Senate Democrats have been at the forefront of efforts to change the way we do business in Albany. Now we have a partner in Governor Spitzer who will use his tremendous mandate to reform State Government," Senator Huntley said.
State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Queens) reminds New Yorkers that despite the recent 34th anniversary of an historic Supreme Court decision upholding a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health choices, access to safe and legal abortion services remains in jeopardy.
"While the importance of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling should not be underestimated, it would be an even greater mistake to underestimate the forces at work in our country today to limit or overhaul the meaning and authority of that decision," said Senator Huntley.
State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Queens) today encouraged every adult woman to take advantage of Pap smear screening, which tests for cancer of the cervix, the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb. January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month. "With the start of a new year, as many of us make resolutions to improve our lives, January is a perfect time to make an appointment to be screened," Senator Huntley said.