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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019                                THE QUEENS TIMES                                                             PAGE 9



           Delegation of Queens Elected Officials Urge MTA to                                        Senator Sanders’ Bills Regarding
                    Reconsider Plan For Jamaica Bus Depot                                       Health Signed Into Law by Gov. Cuomo

             Council Member I. Daneek            For  years,  the  Southeast  depot, ATU 1056.        Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-  quarterly reports on the status and
        Miller and Senator Leroy Comrie  Queens has been left to deal with       The enclosed parking alterna-  Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway)  outcomes of various initiatives
        and sixteen other Queens elected  the dysfunctions brought on by  tive will help mitigate environ-  is proud to announce that three  to address the heroin and opioid
        officials  sent  a  letter  to  MTA  the outdated and aging structure.  mental and spatial disruptions and   of his bills were signed into law  epidemic.
        Chairman Patrick Foye and NYC  Residents surrounding the current  provide more parking spaces than   last week by Governor Andrew       “The more we understand this
        Transit President Andy Byford  bus depot live with the improper  an open air depot. This enhanced   Cuomo. This legislation relates  epidemic, the better prepared we
        urging the MTA to construct the  storage  of  buses  on  residential  capacity is essential to address   to improving nursing home care,  will be to address the negative
        new Jamaica Bus Depot with en-  streets and in front of senior cen-  the Eastern Queens transit desert   tackling the opioid epidemic and  impacts it has on our city, state and
        closed parking, as opposed to the  ters. Pollutants and loud mechani-  and also end the improper storage   clarifying the definition of pallia-  nation,” Sanders said. “The only
        authority’s preferred plan of open  cal noises negatively impact the  of buses on residential streets at   tive care.   way to tell if the methods we are
        air parking.                 quality of life of locals and to add  what is one of the busiest depots     More information on the bills are  currently using are working, and
             The Jamaica Bus Depot is over-  insult to injury, the MTA now pro-  in the city.   below:                       working well, is to periodically
        capacity and in a state of disrepair.  posed to reconstruct the depot as       For these reasons, the Jamaica        S4583 - Requires nursing homes  evaluate them.”
        Its proposed reconstruction has  an open air parking lot. However,  Depot must be constructed with   to provide potential residents with       S4582 - Relates to conforming
        been delayed for years after its  enclosed parking is necessary for  the enclosed parking alternative.   their policy on granting physician  the definition of palliative care
        initial debut in the MTA’s 2010 –  this residential neighborhood and  The attached letter illustrates both   privileges prior to the execution of  under hospice provisions to be the
        2014 Capital Plan, and it remains  is also preferred by both the lo-  the  support  of  the  community   a residency agreement.  same as under other public health
        included in the most recent 2020  cal Community Board and union  and the elected officials whose        “Potential nursing home resi-  law provisions. Palliative care is
        – 2024 Capital Plan.         which represents the works at the  districts are served by the depot.  dents have a right to know which  specialized medical care for people
                                                                                                physicians  will  be  available  to  living with a serious illness. This
               Rozic, Kaminsky Announce Hate Crimes                                             provide care prior to signing a  bill will add a definition for and
                                                                                                residency  agreement,”  Sanders  update other references to pallia-
                          Legislation Signed into Law                                           said.  “Many  individuals  enter  tive care in the hospice law.

                                                                                                relationships with doctors in their  portant because it aims to provide
            (Continued from page 3)  and xenophobia, and particularly  firms the importance of empow-  nursing homes having pre-existing       “This type of care is very im-
                                     the rise in hate crimes in New  ering law enforcement with the  community. Whether or not those  the relief of symptoms associated
        hate crimes. We are grateful to   York the last couple of years, it is  skills necessary to enforce hate  physicians already have or have  with serious illnesses, including
        Assemblymember Rozic and Sen-  critical that New York State take  crime laws and keep every New  the  opportunity  to  be  granted  managing the stress associated
        ator Kaminsky for their leadership  action to respond. We are grateful  Yorker safe.”   privileges may play an important  with  them,”  Sanders  said.  “By
        and for introducing this bill.  We  to see Governor Cuomo sign this       While New York has some of  role in choosing a nursing facility.”  clarifying the current law, this
        are proud that AJC NY played a  bill that would protect New York-  the strongest protections against       S4650 – This bill requires the  legislation will aim to improve the
        role in ensuring the passage of  ers, and thank Assemblymember  hate crimes in the nation, recent  Office of Alcoholism and Sub-  quality of life for both patients and
        this important legislation. We are  Rozic and Senator Kaminsky for  incidents have highlighted a need  stance Abuse Services to provide  their families.”
        thankful  for  Governor  Cuomo  their  leadership  on  this  urgent  for better training in recognizing
        signing the bill and making it law,  issue.                and responding to hate crimes for   Mobile, No-cost Breast Cancer Screenings
        which will benefit all New York-       “We at Asian Americans for  local law enforcement. By estab-
        ers throughout our great state.”  Equality  (AAFE)  stand  united  lishing a hate crimes recognition        The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s (AICF) mobile, No-Cost
             Yawar Shah & Bahman Far-  with all diverse communities in  training program, this measure   Breast Cancer Screening Program which provides mammograms and
        ahdel, co-chairs of the New York  the battle to stop bias-motivated  will help ensure all state and lo-  clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically underserved New
        Muslim-Jewish Advisory Coun-  crimes wherever they occur,” said  cal law enforcement agencies are   York City women is scheduled to conduct screenings in your neigh-
        cil  said:  “The  Muslim  Jewish  Thomas  Yu  and  Jennifer  Sun,  properly trained in recognizing   borhood. Below is a list for our upcoming community no-cost Breast
        Advisory Council, convened by  co executive directors of Asian  and responding to hate crimes,   Cancer Screenings.
        AJC NY, brings together Muslim  Americans  for  Equality.  “We  discouraging future crimes and        To schedule an appointment please call 1-877-628-9090.
        and Jewish leaders to advocate  applaud our elected officials for  creating greater accountability.
        on domestic issues of concern to  enacting this important legisla-       The bill’s passage and signing   Thursday, December 5, 2019, Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center,
        our communities.  Our support  tion  to  equip  law  enforcement  followed months of advocacy and   6200 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, NY 11692
        for Assemblymember Rozic and  agencies with the tools they need  a roundtable discussion with com-  Friday, December 6, 2019, Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center, 1288
        Senator Kaminsky’s bill stemmed  to combat hate crimes across the  munity leaders and activists on   Central Ave., Far Rockaway, NY 11691
        from our common concern about  State of New York. AAFE thanks  the increase of hate crimes across   Friday, December 6, 2019, Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center, 11439
        growing hate crimes and we are  Assemblywoman Rozic for her  New  York.  The  coalition  dis-  Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11434
        grateful to the Assemblymember  leadership on this critical issue.”  cussed how their communities can   Saturday, December 7, 2019, New Life Community Health Center, 82-
        and Senator for shepherding this       Sim J. Singh, Senior Advocacy  work together on legislative solu-  10 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, NY 11373
        bill through passage which will be  &  Policy  Manager  of  the  Sikh  tions and the grassroots response   Sunday, December 8, 2019, KCS Community Center, 203-05 32nd Ave,
        an additional tool to protect our  Coalition said: “Combatting hate  necessary following a hate-based   Bayside, NY 11361
        communities and all New York-  is not a Sikh problem, a Jewish  incident. The legislation is sup-  Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Queen’s Health Center, 9704 Sutphin
        ers. We are thankful for Governor  problem, or a Muslim problem  ported by the Anti-Defamation   Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435
        Cuomo signing this bill into law  — it is a problem any of us can  League,  the  American  Jewish   Thursday, December 12, 2019, South Island Medical Association, 17-31
        and the impact it will have on New  face at any time. If we are going  Committee and Muslim Jewish   Seagirt Blvd., Far Rockaway, NY 11691
        Yorkers.”                    to protect communities impacted  Advisory  Council,  the  Muslim
             Carlyn Cowen, Chief Policy and  by hate, it is imperative that law  Bar Association of New York, the
        Public Affairs Officer at the Chi-  enforcement  understands  the  Sikh Coalition, Asian Americans   ‘Tis the Season For Shopping:
        nese-American Planning Council  communities they swore an oath  for  Equality  and  the  Chinese-  NYS Division of Consumer Protection Reminds
        said: “With the increase in racism  to protect and serve. This law af-  American Planning Council.  New Yorkers to Make Informed Decisions During
              More Than 189,000 Queens Residents Can’t                                                      the Holiday Shopping Season
                                  Afford Enough Food

                                                                                                    (Continued from page 4)  give social security numbers or
            (Continued from page 6)  New York State Assemblywoman  The  number  of  food-insecure                            other  personal  information  in
                                     Catherine Nolan, whose district  households declined over the past   ternate addresses.  response to a charitable solicita-
             Forty-five percent of emer-  includes Long Island City, said,  year, which suggests that when   Charities and Donation Sites: Last   tion.  Never give out credit card or
        gency food programs in Queens  “We  must  continue  to  support  we come together to fight hunger   year, consumers gave over $380   bank account information over the
        also reported, in the Hunger Free  governmental policies that provide  in this city, we can have a real   million on Giving Tuesday and   phone or to an organization you
        America survey, that they had to  dignified support to families. I  effect on the lives of vulnerable   that number is expected to climb   are not familiar with.
        turn people away or limit their  am also grateful to so many in  New Yorkers.” Fitzgerald added:   this year. If consumers plan on   The New York State Division of
        hours of operation during the last  our community who donate and  “This time of year, people are in-  giving, there are a few things to   Consumer Protection serves to
        year due to a lack of resources.  support  Hour  Children  and  all  credibly generous, especially with   consider:  educate, assist and empower the
             “Our pantry distributes nearly  the food pantries in our district.”  food drives. But hunger of course   •    Beware of fake websites and   State’s consumers.  The Division
        10,000 food allotments each year,”  New York City Council Member  is year-round, and donations are   pushy  telemarketers.  Don’t  be   provides voluntary mediation ser-
        said Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, Execu-  Francisco Moya, whose district  what keeps us going. We’re grate-  pressured, and do not be afraid   vices for consumers experiencing
        tive Director of Hour Children —  includes several neighborhoods in  ful for people who remember us   to say no.     a marketplace dispute.  If you need
        a nonprofit that provides support  Queens, said in a statement, “Ac-  and their neighbors in need even   •    Research the charity. Make   information, please call the Con-
        to formerly incarcerated women  cess to nutritious and healthy food  when the holidays are over!”  sure you know where your money   sumer Assistance Hotline: 1-800-
        in addition to community health  is a fundamental necessity and a       The study, “The Affordability   goes, and find out if the charity   697-1220. Consumer complaints
        programs.  “Our  ‘supermarket  natural right. As Thanksgiving ap-  Crisis and Hunger: Soaring Costs   is properly registered – check out   can be filed at any time at www.
        style’ system allows our clients  proaches, we must remember that  of Housing and Other Basics of   https://www.charitynavigator.  dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection.
        to  choose  for  themselves  what  food insecurity affects one million  Living Leave Less for Food,” is   org/ or the New York Attorney   The Division can also be reached
        they and their family need. There  people  in  communities  across  available on Hunger Free Amer-  General’s Charity Bureau website   via Twitter at @NYSConsumer or
        is dignity in that choice, and it  this city. That figure is sobering  ica’s website: hungerfreeamerica.  at https://www.charitiesnys.com/.  Facebook at www.facebook.com/
        also probably leads to less waste.”  but there is reason to be hopeful:  org/media-research/research.  •    Protect your finances. Never   nysconsumer.
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