Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kim Political Posters Torn Down

According to the Queens Tribune the poster wars are begining in the 19th Council District. It always anmuses me when grown men act like little babies tearing each other posters down in some sensless act of defiance.

A Bayside man was caught on video tearing down campaign signs from a private construction site on Northern Boulevard – and admits to having torn signs down from the same site and others previously.

Richard Lazar ripped a full construction wall’s worth of signs down individually near midnight of June 11, and threw them over the construction wall. The site’s building manager filmed the act, and later Lazar’s erratic reaction on being caught. The footage culminated with Lazar threatening the cameraman with a broom, after he followed Lazar to his home and onto his property during their confrontation.

The entire construction wall was covered with signs for District 19 Democratic candidate Kevin Kim, the result of three hours of canvassing, said Justin Kang, the owner of the building who had previously posted Kim signs on his wall which were also torn down. The footage shows Lazar spending about 10 minutes tearing signs from the wall.

A Vallone campaign sign stood on Lazar’s lawn Friday, though he said the sign was put up by his daughter without his knowledge, and he has no stake in the race one way or another. He said he has since taken it down, and put it in the window.

“This is a community; we try to maintain it, keep the place neat,” Lazar said regarding his motivation to tear down the signs. “It is not a shanty-town. It makes the community look tacky.” He added that he didn’t mind when candidates put posters in store windows.

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Field same Shiti Mets

Here at Save Flushing Queens we will often take a few moments to cry over the missed opportunity for our beloved New York Mets. This weekend was as depressing as could be as the New York Skankees swept our team. First we had to endure every radio station was playing Michael Jackson while I have to admit I love his music his personal life disgusted me and I hated seeing him idolized!

Then our Mets showed us that we are once again Pretenders rather than Contenders. Now I must focus on the things that matter this summer the 2 elections that face our section of Queens the 19th and 20th Council districts. But I am still keeping my fingers crossed that the Mets get healthy and win while the best candidates for the 19th and 20th Council districts are also victorious.

So Cry today for our Mets who had an abysmal series against that team from the Bronx and may we be continuously entertained with the Races for City Council Mayor and Comptroller.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Shocking First Political Poll Finds Flushing’s John Liu with 6 Point Lead Over Nearest Opponent Melinda Katz Second

John Liu the newcomer to the citywide race for Comptroller has sent a shockwave through the city’s political clubhouses with his surprising 6 point lead in the early stages of this heated contest for one of the most coveted elected positions in New York State.

Many political pundits and junkies dismissed Liu’s chances at victory but are now singing a different song. The poll has veteran Melinda Katz running second and fellow Queensite David Weprin running last with a measly 5 percent of those surveyed.
The only real surprise is that 5 percent of those surveyed find David qualified! Although, Weprin is a nice man, he is completely inept. After all it was under his leadership as the powerful Council Finance Chair that the slush fund scandal was in full swing.

Stay tuned folks, this race is long from being over.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Debra Markell Dominates Queens Civic Congress Forum

At a recent candidates’ forum hosted by the Queens Civic Congress, City Council hopefuls tried to wow the crowed with their command of the issues. From the start, it was clear that there were some who knew the issues, some who didn’t and some who could care less.

According to Queens County and government insiders it was no surprise to see that Markell was quick on her feet and knowledgeable on the issues during the Queens Civic Congress Forum. She was even humorous when she started out with “as you can see, I’m not just one of the boys” which received laugh from the crowds. Her combination of wit and poise coupled with her absolute command on the issues and her ability to articulate her beliefs made her the clear winner of the night’s forum.

Word on the street is that Markell is an extremely hard worker and has been running a very effective campaign. After the forum she has sent a clear message that she is a candidate to be reckoned with.

20th Council District Race Heats Up

According to the City Hall News, the 20th Council District race is proving to be one of the most interesting races that will take place this year. In a crowded Democratic Party field things are starting to heat up and some interesting ethnic boundaries are being drawn.

By Chris Bragg
When John Choe entered the Council race to replace Council Member John Liu (D-Queens) a few weeks ago, there were two immediate opposite reactions.

The Queens Democratic Party jumped at the chance to endorse Liu’s longtime chief of staff, even though Choe had declared his candidacy only a day before the county’s endorsement meeting.

At the same time, a faction of the Korean-American population in the Flushing district strongly denounced him, even though Choe appears to have a good shot at becoming the first Korean-American elected to the Council.

The county support for Choe is easy to explain: he has the backing of the popular Liu, and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx), the Queens County chair. Similarly, Choe said that the promise of county support was one of the main factors in his decision to finally go public with his candidacy.

The big controversy, though, is not over this political maneuvering, but over a foreign policy issue half a world away.

In 1999, Choe founded a group called Nodutdol, whose stated aim is the reunification of North and South Korea. Some in Flushing, however, have labeled Choe a Communist sympathizer, since the group has arranged numerous trips to North Korea for members, and because the group’s website has featured glowing accounts of North Korea and its communist dictator.

In a district where the Falun Gong has for years protested Liu at every turn for what they believe are the councilman’s own alleged Communist leanings, Choe said similar forces are now marshalling support against him among Korean-Americans.

John Hong, of the Korean American Association of Flushing, said Koreans are likely to instead support S.J. Jung, a community organizer, who has also received the backing of the Working Families Party and 32 BJ.

Hong said he did not know what to think about Choe.

“I have heard the rumors about North Korea,” Hong said. “I don’t know if they are true. But I have heard them.”

Choe, however dismissed the whole controversy as irrelevant to his candidacy.

“I’m not running for secretary of state—I’m running to represent the 20th district in the City Council,” Choe said.

Some outsiders are also getting involved. Former Council Member Julia Harrison, who is white and preceded Liu on the Council, has been strongly expressing her concerns about Choe’s candidacy.

“I am very concerned about the perception in the community that the North Korean government has a spokesperson,” said Harrison.

But Harrison has been divisive herself. In 1996, for instance, she referred to the new immigrants in the neighborhood as “colonizers” and prompted a 2,000-person protest in front of City Hall. She later apologized. But that comment helped convince Liu to run against Harrison in 1997 (he lost) and again in 2001, when he won and became the first Asian-American elected to the Council.

Harrison had at one point discussed trying to make a political comeback this year but opted out of the race.

Choe, who was college classmates with Liu, said he also got involved in politics to bridge the divide between the older, white population and newer immigrants. With the county endorsement, and a forthcoming endorsement from Liu, Choe appears well positioned to do that.

Even if Choe did have the full support of the Korean-American community, he would still have to bridge the demographic divides. The district is roughly 10 percent Korean-American, 20 percent Chinese-American, 15 percent Hispanic and 37 percent Caucasian.

There are also two Chinese-Americans in the race: Yen Chou, a former staffer for Council Member David Weprin (D-Queens) and James Wu, a political strategist. Chou is leading the race in fundraising with over $210,000, much of it culled from Chinese-American businesses.

But what is really important about that figure, she said, is what she believes it demonstrates about her resonance in the community.

“Money is not really the point,” Chou said. “It shows that the people respect you.”
In an effort to unify the voting bloc, Chou has also recently been calling on Wu in the Chinese press to drop out of the race, Wu said. He has declined.

Two white candidates—Isaac Sasson, head of the Holly Civic Association, and Constantine Kavadas—are also running. Sasson is considered a dark horse with strong roots in the area who could win if the vote splinters on ethic lines.

Should that occur, it would set up a general election scenario in which Republican candidate Peter Koo, a wealthy Chinese-American businessman who lost a race to State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Queens) last year, could be running against a white candidate. This would force voters to choose between ethnic allegiances and party affiliation, potentially giving the GOP a chance to pick up the seat.

Many believe that after Liu’s political ascension, the Korean-American community in Flushing is now ready to elect one of its own, with money pouring into the race from around the country and first-generation immigrants giving way to a more politically sophisticated second generation.

Yet the political lines in the area remain blurred for now, as is evident in the history of the local Assembly seat, which has gone to four different people in the last four elections.
Assembly Member Grace Meng (D-Queens), who is Chinese-American, was able to beat the county party-backed candidate Ellen Young in 2008 by forming a coalition with Harrison and former Assembly candidate Terence Park, who is Korean-American.

Meng said the winner of the Council race would likely have to follow a similar strategy.

“You have to be able to build coalitions, whether you’re Korean or another ethnicity,” she said. “Just because you’re Korean-American doesn’t mean you can just stay focused on that community. You have to make other communities realize that you understand their problems and that you have been there for them in the past.”

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Local businessman Peter Koo on Cutting Edge

According to a recent article, local businessman Peter Koo is using the latest technology to assist his clients in understanding the medication they are being prescribed. The nice thing about this is Peter Koo is not using government resources to fund this new technology and patient service program. Kudos to Koo for using business know how instead of government hand-outs to get the job done.

June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Language is sometimes a barrier for patients when it comes to understanding instructions for taking medications. A prescription label language barrier increases the risk that a patient will use medication improperly and fail to obtain the benefit or suffer an adverse drug event.

ScriptPro robotic prescription dispensing systems incorporate technologies that translate medication instructions and drug auxiliary warnings, and print them on prescription labels in the preferred language of the patient. Languages covered include Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Thai and Maori, in addition to English.
Navarro Discount Pharmacies, Miami, FL, prints approximately 75% of their prescriptions in Spanish. The focus of the largest Hispanic owned chain in North America is to meet the needs of and provide customer service to the Hispanic community in and around Miami, according to Albert Garcia, Executive Vice President of Pharmacy for Navarro.

Garcia says that understanding the prescription information is vital to having a successful course of drug therapy, especially when the patient is ill or nervous about receiving directions from the prescribing physician. He adds, "Having the Sig and auxiliary label in Spanish increases compliance and reduces the chance of over/under utilization of the medication or performing an activity that might be detrimental to the patient's health."

Peter Koo, R.Ph. and owner of Starside Pharmacies, built his five pharmacies to focus on the Sino-American communities in the New York City area. ScriptPro robotic and workflow systems allow his pharmacies to print prescription labels in Mandarin Chinese for his customers. According to Koo, "There are many opportunities for pharmacies to provide distinctive and valuable services to patient populations that might otherwise be challenged by language barriers." He also hires employees with strong linguistic skills.

ABOUT SCRIPTPRO: ScriptPro develops, provides and supports state-of-the-art, robotics-based management and workflow systems for pharmacies. ScriptPro is dedicated to helping pharmacies lower operating costs, reduce dispensing errors and maximize customer satisfaction. ScriptPro technology helps pharmacies operate efficiently and profitably so they can deliver the maximum contribution to the healthcare system. ScriptPro, with headquarters in Mission, Kansas, provides automation to thousands of pharmacies worldwide.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Save the RKO Keith on Facebook

We encourage everyone to join the "Save the RKO Keith" facebook group.

Here is an excerpt

Friends and supporters of the Grand Lady, the famous RKO Keith's Theater in Flushing NY. Once one of the most celebrated palaces of New York City, the RKO Keith's in Flushing, Queens is only a ghost of its former self.

In 1986, after almost fifty years of showing movies, the theater was closed and sold. Soon after, its owner attempted to demolish it before a hearing could be held to decide its fate.

Having already removed its famous facade and with part of the theater already gutted, the demolition was halted by the city. The owner soon forfeited the property and the damaged and stripped RKO Keith's has sat and waited for its final demolition for over 20 years.

No one has ever decided what to do with the building and it sits to this day. Originally opened in 1928, the RKO Keith's is a 2900 seat theater that has been through some turbulent times , various owners and has sat empty and boarded up for years. Ideas for redevelopment and any ideas on who to contact to save the RKO Keith's can be noted here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Broken Clock Avella is Right Twice a Day

Iannece Unfit for Office

Councilman Tony Avella the world's largest egomaniac took time from his favorite topic ...HIMSELF to decry that Jerry Iannece is unfit for office. Avella stated in an interview with City Hall newspaper "I believe that he is inappropriate for public office,” Avella continued, “and that a lot of other people also hold that sentiment.”

Well Tony it is a rare occasion that you are right! Iannece is known throughout Political circles as a hot head who involves himself in organizations so that he can get elected to the City Council. Iannece can be a raving lunatic one minute then kissing ass the next. We deserve better. After 10 years of running for office you would think he would have learned to be genuine...NOT. That’s why for the first time we can say we agree with Tony Avella... That was tough to admit!


Friday, June 5, 2009


The attached article our brave police articles need compensation and with lunatics like this running around we need more police on the street.

New York Post Article by BY IVAN PEREIRA AND STEPHEN STIRLING, http://www.yournabe.com/

Chaos broke out inside the 109th Precinct Thursday morning when officers opened fire at a knife-wielding man who attacked a civilian outside the Flushing station house, police said.

The incident took place shortly after 11 a.m. when Armando Torres, 38, of Northern Boulevard, approached an unidentified man who was standing outside the precinct, located at 37-05 Union St., and stabbed him in the back and slashed his left arm, police said. Torres, who has a prior police record for assaulting a police officer, then entered the station and lunged at an officer at the front desk, according to authorities.

Two 109th detectives and an officer retaliated by firing five shots, two of which struck Torres's left arm and chest, police said. Both he and the stabbing victim were taken to New York Hospital Queens. Authorities said Torres was in critical but stable condition, while the victim's condition and identity remained unknown.

Authorities said two officers were also taken to the hospital, but it remained unclear if this was precautionary or if they had been injured.

The victim was waiting at the station for an accident report, police said. It was not known where Torres was coming from or why he allegedly assaulted the man, according to police. The investigation was ongoing.

The precinct was shut down while the police conducted their investigation.
Outside of Torres' home Thursday, neighbor Florencia Serrano, who has known the 38-year-old since he moved to the United States from El Salvador eight years ago, said she was shocked at news of the incident.

"Oh, my god, I don't believe it," Serrano said.

Serrano said Torres, who lives on the fifth floor, was known to have a drinking problem but "he never caused any problems here."

Torres' apartment building played a role in another major crime in Flushing.

In January the Queens district attorney said 41 year-old David Williams, who also lived in Torres' apartment building, allegedly stabbed 78-year-old John Purcell, his 71-year-old wife Joan and 41-year-old Juhn Fook repeatedly with a large serrated knife next door at 147-15 Northern Blvd. before assaulting another man and eventually scuffling with police officers near the location.

John Purcell died of his injuries days later, and Williams is currently awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges.