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PAGE 2                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                              THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017


                                                                       Crowley, DenDekker Secure Missing
                                                                   Medals for Queens Korean War Veteran


                                                                       (Continued from page 1)  men and women in uniform. The  proud and I’m thrilled he is once
                                                                                                medals  earned  by  these  brave  again in possession of the decora-
                                                                        On Monday, November 13,  Americans are tokens of apprecia-  tions he so rightly deserves.”
                                                                   House Democratic Caucus Chair-  tion for their service and I’m proud       In addition to replacing the
                                                                   man  Joe  Crowley  (D-NY)  was  to have helped secure the reissue  medals West had lost, Crowley
                                                                   joined  by  NYS  Assemblyman  of the medals Robert West was  and DenDekker also presented
                                                                   Michael DenDekker, Chair of the  awarded,” said Crowley. “We owe  him with an American flag flown
                                                                   Assembly Committee on Veter-  a debt of gratitude to individuals  over the U.S. Capitol in recogni-
                                                                   ans’ Affairs, to present military  like Robert and this is the least we  tion  of  his  service  in  the  U.S.
                                                                   service  replacement  medals  to  could do to honor his commitment  Army.
                                                                   Jackson Heights resident Robert  to our nation.”               Born on December 22, 1932,
                                                                   West,  a  veteran  of  the  Korean       “I thank Congressman Crow-  in Newport, West Virginia, West
                                                                   War. Crowley secured for West of  ley for his role in replacing these  enlisted with the U.S. Army on
                                                                   a total of four military decorations  important military service medals  January 27th, 1953, and was hon-
                                                                   including: The National Service  for someone who gave so much  orably discharged on December
                                                                   Medal, the Korean War Medal, the  of himself to our country,” said  7th, 1954. He last served with the
                                                                   Combat Infantryman Badge, and  DenDekker. “I salute Robert West  3rd Division, 15th Regiment Army
                                                                   the United Nations Service Medal.  for serving with great distinction  Med. Co. West also served with
                                                                        “We can never forget the in-  and courage. He has made our  the New York National Guard at
                                                                   credible sacrifices made by our  Queens community and our nation  the 369th Armory.
                                                                     Meng Meets With U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

                                                                       (Continued from page 1)  in Flushing. Three people were  that are important to the people of
                                                                                                killed in the accident and several  Queens,” said Meng. “I look for-
                                                                   is constantly advocating for more  others were injured. Meng urged  ward to working with the Secretary
                                                                   federal resources for noise mitiga-  the Secretary to work with her on  on these and other issues that affect
                                                                   tion efforts – whether through new  preventing future crashes once the  our borough, and hope that she will
                                                                   technologies or practices – and  National Transportation Safety  be a strong partner in addressing
                                                                   urged Chao to work with her to  Board (NTSB) completes its inves-  the concerns of Queens residents.”
                                                                   address the problem.         tigation into the incident.       The meeting, which took place in
                                                                        Meng also discussed the need       “I thank Secretary Chao for  the Rayburn House Office Build-
                                                                   to improve charter bus safety in  speaking with me and for listen-  ing, was held to discuss priorities
                                                                   the wake of the charter bus crash  ing to the issues I raised about  for advancing the nation’s trans-
                                                                   that took place two months ago  transportation-related  matters  portation and infrastructure needs.
                                                                      House Democrats on Department of Homeland Security
                                                                         Decision to Reconsider Rejected DACA Applications

                                                                        Leading House Democrats  so that they can live and work in  tions of these DREAMers,” said
                                                                   issued the statements below after  the only country they have ever  Congressman  Krishnamoorthi.
                                                                   the  Department  of  Homeland  known, so it makes no sense to  “We still have a long road ahead
                                                                   Security announced its decision  deny young people the ability to  to ensure that all DREAMers will
                     Subscribe to the                              to reconsider the applications of  live and work in the United States,  continue to be protected, but this
                                                                   Deferred Action for Childhood  especially when they applied and  will make a huge difference in the
              Queens Times                                         Arrivals recipients who applied  paid  for  it  and  did  everything  lives of these young people.”
                                                                   for an extension by the deadline  right.”
                                                                                                                             While this decision from the De-
                                                                   but were rejected after delays by       “It’s critical that we honor the  partment of Homeland Security is
               Your Local Newspaper-One Edition for All Of Queens  the  U.S.  Postal  Service  and  at  extension applications that were  encouraging, there are still press-
                                                                   agency receiving locations.
                                                                                                submitted by DACA recipients but  ing issues facing DREAMers and
                                                                             This  decision  comes  after  were rejected because of mistakes  their families. Unless congres-
                     Just $28.50 per year... and have the paper    House Democrats, led by House  made by the USPS,” said Con-
                                                                                                                             sional Republicans act, 800,000
                       delivered to your door by US Mail           Democratic  Caucus  Chairman  gressman Espaillat. “Regardless  young men and women will face
                                                                   Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Reps.  of your religion, color of skin,  deportation.  House  Democrats
                   Please Enter my Subscription For One Year       Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Adri-  ethnicity, or cultural background,  have called for the passage of the
           Name ..............................................................................  ano Espaillat (D-NY), and Raja  any  immigrant  coming  to  this  bipartisan,  bicameral  DREAM
                                                                   Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), publicly  country with a vision for hope,  Act, legislation that would put the
           Address ..........................................................................  condemned the Trump adminis-  freedom and opportunity – for  DREAMers in this country on a
                                                                   tration’s initial decision to reject  themselves and for their families,  path to earn citizenship.
           City..................................................Zip...........................  these applications as unnecessary,  should always feel as though they       In September, the Trump ad-
                                                                   heartless, and unproductive.
                                                                                                belong here in the United States  ministration announced it would
              Please make check payable to: Queens Times and mail to:         “Accepting the applications of  of America. I commend the U.S.  end the DACA program in early
                    11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357       DACA recipients who sent in their  Citizenship  and  Immigration  2018,  giving  DACA  recipients
                                                                   renewals on time is the right thing  Services agency for its decision  whose  status  expires  between
                                                                   to do,” said Chairman Crowley.  to allow the previously rejected  September 5, 2017 and March 5,
                                                                   “The DACA program gave sanc-  DACA renewal applications to be  2018 just one month to renew their
                                                                   tuary to nearly one million young  resubmitted following a delay that  status. Despite calls from congres-
                                                                   men and women, and the Depart-  was at no fault of the applicants.  sional Democrats and advocates,
                                                                   ment of Homeland Security should  These individuals did what was  the  administration  refused  to
                                                                   have never held them hostage due  right, and now we must do the  extend this deadline to allow re-
                     Published every week by C.T. Publishing Corp.  to the errors of the U.S. Postal  same.”                 cipients with expiring status more
           Executive Office: 108-59 49th Avenue, Corona Heights, NY 11368  Service.”                 “I’m glad to see the USCIS and  time to fill out and submit renewal
                Operations: 11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357  Congressman  Gutiérrez  said,  the Department of Homeland Se-  applications. It is estimated that
                    Phone (718) 592-2196 • FAX (718) 606-8202      “This is about getting Americans  curity do the right thing by heed-  the DACA status expires for 122
                     Web Site: www.queenstimes.com                 into the system and on the books  ing our call to process the applica-  DACA recipients each day.
                     email: editor@queenstimes.com
               James C. Lisa  .............................................. Publisher/Editor  NYC Parks Announces City’s First-Ever Guidelines For
               Lew Scala .............................. Associate Publisher/Webmaster  Developing Resilient Coastal Parks
               Joseph V. Dorsa ..............Assistant Editor/Photo Journalist
               Lou Duro  ................................ International Correspondent       NYC Parks Commissioner  planning  and  design  –  includ-  The Guidelines are available for
               Merle Exit  ...................................Arts/Entertainment Editor  Mitchell  J.  Silver,  FAICP  an-  ing recent lessons learned from  download at nyc.gov/parks.
               Robert Elkin ....................................................... Sports Editor   nounced the release of Design and  Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane       “Communities shouldn’t have
               Nicole Rescigno ...............................................Office Manager  Planning for Flood Resiliency:  Irene – the Guidelines provide  to choose between vibrant parks
               Bob Grant........................................................ Photojournalist  Guidelines for NYC Parks, the  tools and information for plan-  and a resilient coastline. As the
         The Queens Times is published weekly by C T Publications, Inc. for an annual   agency’s  first  comprehensive  ners, designers, builders, property  newly reconstructed Rockaway
         subscription charge of $28.50, mail subscription request to Queens Times:    set of guidelines for developing  owners, and academics to make  Boardwalk  illustrates,  the  best
                                  11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357  coastally resilient parks. Draw-  well-informed  decisions  when  coastal parks and public spaces are
                                                                   ing on NYC Parks’ decades of  designing, renovating, building,
                                                                   experience with waterfront park  or  studying  waterfront  parks.   (Continued on page 3)
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