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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019                                THE QUEENS TIMES                                                             PAGE 3

        Congresswoman Meng Introduces Legislation to                                                   A & F Auto Repairs, Inc.
                    Close The Nation’s Homework Gap                                                                General Auto Repairs

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                                     But it breaks my heart knowing  Director  of  Government  at  the                 Accessories
                                     that millions of kids, every night,  National Education Association.            • Tires • Batteries
                                     are unable to finish their home-  “With more than seventy percent             • Electronic Tune-ups
                                     work  simply  because  they  are  of  educators  assigning  school              • Inspection Station
                                     without internet access. Before the  work that requires the Internet,              • Towing
                                     internet became ubiquitous, stu-  our educators and students expe-
                                     dents completed their homework  rience first-hand the challenges
                                     with pencil and paper—today, that  created in teaching and learning.   ARIS & FRANK
                                     is no longer case,” said Congress-  A solution as simple as mobile
                                     woman Meng. “We cannot allow  hotspots for students would go a     43-05 111th Street • Corona Heights, NY
                                     this to go on. My bill is simple and  long way in closing this inequi-  Greek, Spanish and Italian Spoken
                                     does not require investing funds  table homework gap.”
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                                     instead, it builds on and expands  are uniquely positioned to bridge
        Bill  would  fund  the  purchase  existing infrastructures. Mobile  the digital divide,” said Wanda
        of mobile hotspots to ensure all  hotspot devices already exist, and  Brown, President of the American
        students have internet access in  with my bill, we can get them to  Library Association. “The nation’s   Queens’Finest
        order to complete assignments  more students who need them. Es-  more than 120,000 libraries play
        at home                      sentially, students can “check-out”  a vital role in providing access to
                                     these mobile hotspots from their  high-speed internet. Many offer   Italian Restaurant
             U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY),  schools or local libraries – just  fee-free Wi-Fi 24/7 and parking
        announced  the  introduction  of  as they do for books. I encourage  for users after hours. Many also
        the Closing the Homework Gap  all my colleagues in the House to  lend hotspots – but we can’t keep
        Through Mobile Hotspots Act,  support my bill – and help break  enough of them on our shelves to
        which would create a $100 million  down barriers to education.”  meet the demand in our communi-
        grant program for schools, librar-       “Each night, millions of kids  ties. The American Library As-
        ies, U.S. territories, and feder-  are  not  able  to  complete  their  sociation couldn’t be more pleased
        ally recognized Indian Tribes to  homework because they lack ac-  that Rep. Meng and the long list
        purchase mobile hotspots to help  cess to the internet at home,” said  of cosponsors have a plan to fill
        close the nation’s homework gap.  Federal Communications Com-  that need through the Closing the
        They would use the funds to cre-  mission  Commissioner  Jessica  Homework Gap Through Mobile
        ate mobile hotspot programs for  Rosenworcel.“This  Homework  Hotspots Act. More hotspots in
        students to have internet access to  Gap is the cruelest part of our digi-  our nation’s libraries is the surest
        complete their homework.     tal divide. The good news is that  way to make progress in achieving
             As many as 12 million stu-  technology can help – wireless  digital equity across the country.”
        dents in the United States lack  hotspots can help children get on-       “Home internet access is so
        broadband  at  home.  For  these  line, do research, learn new ideas,  essential today that we must have
        students, completing homework  download assignments, and com-  a variety of strategies,” said An-
        that requires internet access cre-  municate with their teachers—in  gela Siefer, Executive Director
        ates an additional barrier to their  short, help them succeed. It’s on  of the National Digital Inclusion
        academic success. Students with-  us to ensure that every child has  Alliance. “Representative Meng’s   Park Side Restaurant
        out the internet at home must find  a fair shot at that success.  Kudos  bill provides a solution for one of
        public venues that provide free  to Congresswoman Meng for her  our most vulnerable populations.
        Wi-Fi,  or  miss  completing  the  effort to bridge this divide and  The mobility of hotspots as the   About Park Side Restaurant - An Italian Landmark in the
        assignment.                  make sure no child is left offline.”  connectivity solution allows stu-  heart of Corona, Queens, Park Side Restaurant is truly a
             Meng’s bill would ensure that       “We applaud Congresswoman  dents who spend time away from   destination that is worth the trip. After one visit, you will
        students can access the internet  Meng’s commitment to closing  home or with multiple caregivers   be sure to be back again and again for one the city’s Best
        through mobile hotspot devices  the homework gap to ensure all  to  always  have  access  to  their   Italian restaurants. Bring your appetite and enjoy authentic
        to complete their assignments at  students have the access they need  online homework. NDIA commits   and always delicious dishes using the freshest ingredients
        home.                        to continue learning and doing  to providing implementation guid-  and attention to detail served by our professional staff.
             “Every child deserves their best  homework – especially after the  ance when this bill passes in order   Park Side is also happy to host your next function with
        chance at pursuing an education.  school day ends,” said Marc Egan,  to ensure maximum impact.”  our private dining area and flexible banquet packages.
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                          Legislation Signed Into Law                                                        - Reservations Suggested -

             Assemblywoman Nily Rozic  “I was proud to see this legislation       Muslim Bar Association of
        (D-Fresh  Meadows)  and  State  I sponsored signed into law—it  New York said: “The Muslim Bar
        Senator Todd Kaminsky (D-Long  will go a long way to ensure law  Association of New York thanks
        Island) announced the signing of  enforcement officers are adept  Governor Cuomo for his leader-
        legislation  (A3606/S3909)  that  at  identifying,  responding  and  ship in enacting A3606a/S3909a
        they sponsored that would create  investigating these dastardly acts.  and to Assemblymember Rozic
        hate crimes response and recog-  I will continue to do all I can to  and Senator Kaminsky for shep-
        nition training for state and local  protect  our  communities  from  herding the passage at this critical
        law  enforcement  officers.  The  anti-Semitism.”          juncture. Even as the scourge of
        measure  directs  the  Municipal       Evan R. Bernstein, Regional  hate crimes increases across New
        Police Training Council to work  Director, ADL New York / New  York and much of the nation, many
        alongside the New York State Di-  Jersey said: “We are thrilled to see  experts agree that hate crimes are
        vision of Human Rights and Hate  Governor Cuomo prioritize hate  under-reported.  One  important
        Crimes Task Force to develop,  crime training for law enforce-  factor in under-reporting is the in-
        maintain and distribute policies  ment by signing S.3909/A.3606  vestigating officer does not iden-
        and procedures ensuring local law  into law. At a time when marginal-  tify a bias motivation or does not
        enforcement are properly trained  ized communities are particularly  include bias in an incident report.
        in recognizing and responding to  vulnerable to hate-motivated vio-  This timely and important law will
        hate crimes.                 lence, and yet hate crimes remain  help ensure officers across our
             “With the steady surge of hate  vastly underreported, ensuring  state are trained to recognize and
        crimes across New York, there  that law enforcement is equipped  respond to hate crimes.”
        is little room for complacency,”  with the tools needed to identify       Michael Schmidt, Director of
        said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic.  and understand the unique im-  AJC NY said: “With the alarming
        “This new law will equip local law  pact of such crimes is critical to  increase  in  hate  crimes  across
        enforcement with the proper tools  combatting bias and hate in our  New  York  State,  particularly
        to identify, report, and respond to  communities. We are so grate-  in Jewish communities, we are
        these crimes that continue to di-  ful  to  Assemblymember  Rozic  pleased that this new legislation
        vide and instill widespread fear.”  and Senator Kaminsky for their  will provide our police with the
             “Anti-Semitism, hate and intol-  leadership, and we look forward  training and support to identify
        erance have no place in our state  to continuing to work together in  and report anti-Semitic and other
        and nation,” said Senator Todd  our collective fight against hate in
        Kaminisky, a former prosecutor.  New York.”                    (Continued on page 9)
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