Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Learn The Places To Get Your COVID-19 Vaccines In Southeast Queens

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NYS Senator Leroy Comrie Share Places To Get COVID-19 Vaccines in Southeast Queens

ADDITIONAL VACCINE SITES

Please note that each provider manages its own schedules and appointments. This list is intended to aggregate all of that information and make it easily accessible to Southeast Queens residents. Each facility also has limited supply of the vaccine. More sites are being added every week.
 
AdvantageCare Physicians - Cambria Heights Medical Office
Primary Care
206-20 Linden Boulevard, Queens, 11411
(866) 749-2660
Appointment required

AdvantageCare Physicians - Jamaica Estates Medical Office
Primary Care
180-05 Hillside Ave, Queens, 11432
(866) 749-2660
Appointment required

NYC Health Department Vaccine Hub - August Martin High School
Community Health Center/Clinic
156-10 Baisley Boulevard, Queens, 11434
(877) 829-4692
Appointment required

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

State Senators James Sanders Jr., And Law Makers Introduce Comprehensive Search Warrant Reform Legislation in NYS

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State Senators James Sanders Jr., Brian Benjamin and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell Introduce Comprehensive Search Warrant Reform Legislation in New York State, With Campaign Zero

State Senators James Sanders Jr. and Brian Benjamin, along with Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, today introduced a pioneering and comprehensive bill in the New York State Legislature that would restrict the use of dangerous No-Knock warrants and raids across the state. This legislation, developed in collaboration with Campaign Zero and police scholar Dr. Peter Kraska, will serve as a nationwide model for search warrant reform, addressing the systemic abuses that have cost lives, undermined trust, and caused incalculable damage across our state and country.

Senator Sanders' bill is S.11 for 2021. It is being carried by O'Donnell in the Assembly as bill number A.11171 for 2020 but it will have a new bill number in 2021.

State Senator James Sanders

In New York, a bill to reform how these warrants and raids are used has been languishing in the State Legislature for nearly two decades. Prompted by the unnecessary and tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor and others, these members of the State Senate and Assembly reignited this police accountability reform by introducing the boldest proposal yet that would regulate these military-like tactics used by police. This is also the first reform nationwide to receive 15 of 15 points using Campaign Zero’s model legislation rubric.

"We must stop the over-militarization of our communities," said Senator James Sanders Jr.  "The abuse of no-knock warrants disproportionally affects black and brown people and can often result in death as was seen in the tragic cases of Breonna Taylor, Alberta Spruill and too many others. Today, we are putting forth the most comprehensive, groundbreaking legislation in the nation when it comes to these police raids, which should only be used under extreme circumstances and with accountability."

The proposed bill will:
  • Restrict the issuance and execution of all No Knock warrants and raids by limiting them only to instances when human life is in jeopardy. 
  • Increase the application requirements, requiring officers to report age/gender/known disabilities of all occupants. 
  • Ensures warrants expire after 7 days and prevents the use of stale information (officers have to provide current evidence in the 24 hrs. before warrant execution). Breonna Taylor's evidence/surveillance was 60 days old when officers went to execute the warrant.
  • Add more specifics for how all warrants can be executed (i.e. officers required to be in uniform, must wait 30 seconds, and may not use flash bang grenades).
  • Add measures of oversight and accountability by making audio/video and warrant execution reports available for review by independent oversight.
  • “It’s hard to believe that anyone can argue that the public is well served by allowing armed officers to smash into a house out of the blue,” said State Senator Brian Benjamin. “How can this possibly be the safest way to arrest someone? We’ve seen hundreds like Breona Taylor killed or harmed because people decided that using these tactics was no big deal. We need to rein it in, and we need to do it now.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Listen To The Queens RN Sandra Lindsay The 1st US COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient

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The Historic USA COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins With RN Sandra Lindsay In Queens
RN Sandra Lindsay First American To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

On Monday, December 14th, the first American and first New Yorker was administered the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine outside of trial. Sandra Lindsay, RN is a critical care nurse who works on the frontlines of the pandemic at Long Island Jewish Medical Center here in Queens. Administering the shot was Dr. Michelle Chester, the Director of Employee Health Services. New York received 170,000 doses of the vaccine upon its approval by the FDA.

This is a monumental day that offers us the biggest and brightest glimmer of hope that we've received since the beginning of this pandemic. Today, as I celebrate this news, I also reflect on the more than 300,000 Americans who we have lost to this awful disease since March.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered first to nursing home residents and health care workers, followed by long-term and congregate care staff and residents and EMS. Dr. Anthony Fauci indicated that the majority of low-risk individuals should expect vaccine availability in the early spring.

Get the facts on the COVID-19 vaccine here.


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

See Why NY State Senator Leroy Comrie Honors Dawn Kelly As 2020 Woman Of Distinction

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DAWN KELLY HONORED BY STATE SENATOR LEROY COMRIE AS 2020 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
Dawn Kelly is CEO of The Nourish Spot Inc., her family owned and operated healthy food, smoothie and natural juice bar. Ms. Kelly is also Partner at the Metropolis Group US, a virtual public relations consultancy.

Formerly Department Vice President of Prudential Financial, Inc., Ms. Kelly is a trusted, seasoned and proven public relations and strategic communications executive with a track record of developing and implementing large-scale innovative, integrated communications plans to build brand awareness for businesses, including her own.

She and her children have received numerous honors and recognition for the business’ community partnerships, including Micro Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration NY District, beating out over 1 million other competitors for the prestigious award. She collaborates with community-based and nonprofit organizations across the City to provide internships, culinary and hospitality training to neighborhood youth. Once internships are complete, she has offered many of the young adults part-time jobs.

New York State Senator Leroy Comrie Honors Dawn Kelly


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Senator James Sanders Jr.'s Statement on the Passing of Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins

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Senator James Sanders Jr.'s Statement on the Passing of Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins

I am deeply saddened by the passing of David Dinkins. As New York City’s first and only African-American Mayor, he was a trailblazer who worked diligently to unify the city during a time of much racial strife, violence and economic inequality, yet he does not get the accolades he truly deserves. I, and others, stand on his shoulders.

He set the foundation for the work that could be later accomplished to transform this city. He inherited challenging circumstances and he rose to the occasion.

Senator James Sanders jr.

David Dinkins served in the Marine Corps from July 1945 through August 1946, attaining the rank of private first class. As a Marine Corps veteran myself, I can tell you that Marines lead from the front and that's what David Dinkins did. He increased affordable housing to reduce homelessness, tackled the HIV/AIDS epidemic and decreased crime by creating the "Safe Streets, Safe City" program.

David Dinkins accomplished so many great things during his long and illustrious life that it would take many pages to name them all. He saw the city as a "beautiful mosaic," and I think that it something we all strive to celebrate and preserve. He was a role model and inspiration to many and he will be greatly missed.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Give Thanks Jazzing It UP With The Legendary George Cables Trio and Special Guest Ed Jackson

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Legendary Jazz Pianist George Cables and His Talented World Class Trio Gives Thanks & All That Jazz From Queens New York 

By Kamau Austin with Ed Jackson

St. Albans New York - Jackson Room, the go to local venue for outstanding jazz, and Ed Jackson, club owner and leader of his highly regarded quartet that bears his name, is again acting on their mission: to "bring world class jazz back to our community."   The jazz epicenter Jackson Room, has become the place to be for exceptional jazz performances in Queens - the perennial home for classic jazz greats like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Lena Horne, Illinois Jacquet, Miles Davis, and many more musical icons.

The Southeast Queens, near Jamaica, New York, jazz spot will be hosting the living legend jazz pianist George Cables. Ed Jackson, the group leader and sensational alto sax musician, is also a successful entrepreneur in the area.  He started Jackson Room, as a community outlet to also showcase premier jazz acts and groups on a monthly basis.

"After a tumultuous year of striving and surviving this year - giving thanks is certainly in order. In fact, we would do well to jazz it UP in celebration of overcoming this challenging Thanksgiving season" notes Jackson.

Ed further sounds out "I can think of no better person to perform at Jackson Room in our live stream this month, sharing our sound globally, than living legend and pianist extraordinaire George Cables!" 

George will be performing with his highly regarded group the George Cables Trio, with Ed Jackson also as his special guest: Saturday, November, 28th, 2020, at 8:30 ET. You can register for the exclusive streaming performance live from the standard bearer of Queens jazz, The Jackson Room, when you click here

Checkout This Amazing Video of Jackson Room Performances


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

See Why Concerned Fathers And The Nation Of Islam Are Looking For Missing Mother Destini Smothers

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A FATHER’S LOVE, FATHERS ALIVE IN THE HOOD, THE NATION OF ISLAM, AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS RALLY IN EFFORT TO FIND DESTINI SMOTHERS

November 16, 2020, Far Rockaway, New York - Maurice Williams, the Founder of A Father’s Love, Kenny Carter, the Founder of Fathers Alive in the Hood, members of the Nation of Islam, as well as other community-based organizations and community leaders will rally in the Far Rockaway to demand answers from her paramour for Destini Smothers whereabouts.

The mother of two young children, Destini Smothers, 26, was last seen on November 3, 2020, at Bowlero Bowling Alley, located at 69-10 34th Avenue. The paramour initially stated that they argued while driving, and Destiny got out of the car. He is currently refusing to cooperate or provide any additional information about Destini. Destini left her pocketbook in the car and did not have a cell phone when she disappeared.

In November 2019, Samantha Clarke wrote a Medium article concerning 64,000 missing black women in the United States. The #bringbackourgirls was an effort to raise awareness of this disproportionate statistic on social media.