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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Donovan Calls On Senate To Pass Cancer Research Bill

By Rachel Silberstein on Sep 30, 2015 03:05 pm
Donovan-and-Cancer-Research-Advocates-702x527Congressman Dan Donovan met with cancer research advocates from Staten Island and Brooklyn Tuesday to discuss a new measure aimed at advancing medical research, and to call on Senate to pass the bill. Donovan is a co-sponsor the 21st Century Cures Act — legislation that provides billions of dollars in funding for medical research to [...]

Gerritsen’s P.S. 277 Wins National Blue Ribbon Award

By Alex Ellefson on Sep 30, 2015 01:35 pm
Fourth Grade students from Public School 277 examine marine life.Public School 277 in Gerritsen Beach was recognized — along with 334 other schools nationwide — as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School based on its overall academic excellence, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday. Nestled between Plumb Beach Channel and Marine Park’s salt marsh, at Gerritsen Avenue and Bijou Avenue, P.S. 277 provides students [...]

Register For Luna Park’s Halloween Dog Parade & Costume Contest

By Rachel Silberstein on Sep 30, 2015 11:56 am
parade of poochesHalloween is not just for humans. A parade of pooches will hit the catwalk at Luna Park’s annual Dog Parade and Costume Contest (1000 Surf Avenue) on Sunday, October 11, from 2pm to 4 pm. Check-in and the parade will begin in Scream Zone. The contest will take place at the main park on the [...]

City Moves To Seize Vacant Coney Island Lots Using Eminent Domain

By Rachel Silberstein on Sep 30, 2015 09:50 am
thunderboltThe city is weighing plans to grab three abandoned Coney Island lots from developers by invoking the power of eminent domain, which allows the government to seize private property for the public’s use. The largest space being eyed by New York’s Parks Department is a 60,000-square-foot tract near West 15th Street, the site of the [...]

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One Last Note: Republicans Defeat Zadroga Act Extension, As They Had Vowed To Do

Since way back, the GOP Leadership has vowed to cut off aid to all who are suffering from September 11 and its aftermath, -- some bending to pressure locally ( like Rep. Peter King, who of course is actually against the Zadroga Act but realizes his constituents are NY area people who will object)

Boehner was always a big foe of the Zadroga Act--not as big as people like Paul Ryan, of course, or Scott Walker types and the whole Ayn Rand- Tea Party faction of the GOP)

I have relatives in the Midwest who are retired Firefighters who have let me know that people there " don't want to remember Sept 11 anymore" and this is probably true in many other parts of the country--

Good grief, people from the NYPD and FDNY helped out in Oklahoma City after the bombing there,  but Oklahoma with its Big Oil shill Senator Inhofe and general population of smug bible belt types could care less about the people who are now dying of cancer and other illnesses

Donald Trump of course will keep permanently quiet about the whole issue, opportunist that he is

This article from some time back sums it up pretty clearly


‘Never Forget’ that John Boehner is an insufferable A-hole

When the twin towers came tumbling down in New York in 2001, Americans watched in horror as First Responders rushed into the burning buildings to save survivors only to have the towers come crashing down upon them. Americans watched the rescue and recovery operations for weeks and months afterwards as men and women worked tirelessly to find any survivors and then remains as they cleared the rubble from Ground Zero.
Today, Ground Zero still affects those men and women, through asthma and terminal cancers from inhaling toxic chemicals and dust from the site. Americans promised to ‘Never Forget’ and extended health benefits to Ground Zero workers through the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was signed by President Obama in 2011 after lengthy debates and filibusters by the Republicans in Congress.
Now those health and death benefits for First Responders and Ground Zero workers are about to expire and are facing the same opposition by Republicans in Congress.
Speaker John Boehner is strongly opposed to helping these Americans out. The bill was passed before two-thirds of Republicans in Congress were elected, now with a Republican majority skeptical of anything Democrats favor, this bill needs Boehner’s support more than ever.
On a tour of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Boehner said:
So you hear what they’re telling you, but you are also reliving what happened. Your heart breaks for the families. The resolve pushes its way through. You stop to collect your thoughts. You are right back there.
I’m glad I had the chance to go. God bless America.
While Boehner’s “heart breaks” for those who died on 9/11, he hasn’t enough heart to help out those still living with illnesses and cancer caused by the terrorist attacks.
According to The New York Daily News:
The Speaker remains publicly opposed to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which helps those first responders get healthcare. Due to a compromise to ease passage in 2011, the act will start to expire this year if Congress does not extend it.
Through the bill, about 33,000 people, and counting, receive treatment for a least one health issue, ranging from asthma to terminal cancer, linked to exposure to toxins around Ground Zero.
The 64th Chairperson for the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, said:
Boehner voted against the bill in 2010. He has not changed his view.
Republicans who think themselves Patriots, morally superior, and “real” Americans have no respect for the backbone of this country. Don’t forget this is the same party that is quick to send young men and women off to fight in the wars they create only to deny them benefits and care when they return home from war battered and broken. So, I guess this isn’t actually surprising.
There is no telling if Boehner is willing to compromise again to convince his party to vote to renew the benefits before they expire for these dedicated Americans who sacrificed their health and well-being by working tirelessly and bravely at Ground Zero. What is telling is how Republicans toy with ill and dying people and they treat these benefits that are sorely needed as a political game.
Party of moral superiority? Not according to their record.

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See Where NYC Home Prices Have Risen the Most Since 2004

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It's no secret that real estate prices in New York City have gone from "expensive" to "maddeningly over-the-top pricey" in the past decade—heck, in the past few years, in certain neighborhoods—but sometimes, it takes seeing the data mapped out in front of you to really drive home precisely how gaga home prices have gotten. To that end, PropertyShark recently released a new mapping tool, using its sales data from the past decade, to calculate how the median home price for neighborhoods in four of the five boroughs (sorry, Staten Island) has changed from 2004 to 2014. The difference, as you can probably imagine, is staggering in many places. 
Some interesting points to glean from this: 
· The biggest price increases were in Brooklyn: They've gone up a whopping 320 percent in East New York, with other big jumps in Williamsburg (260 percent), Fort Greene (126 percent), Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens/Gowanus (92 percent), and Bushwick (85 percent).
· But on the flip side, prices in Red Hook dropped by 22 percent, perhaps thanks to the post-Sandy hesitancy over living close to floodlines.
· Similarly, home prices in Howard Beach and the Rockaways also, for the most part, dropped.
· Harlem and East Harlem saw big jumps, of 102 percent and 80 percent, respectively.
· Long Island City and "Hunter's Point" (still LIC, but whatever) also increased substantially: 110 and 132 percent, respectively. 
You can poke around and see more via PropertyShark.
· Cool Map Thing Archives [Curbed]
Wow, Red Hook is 22% cheaper than 2004??
I'd like to see the data behind the map. I have a hard time believing price per sqft stayed stable or went down over so much of the city.
Anywhere there was flooding during Sandy, such as Gerritsen Beach, I'd imagine that prices would drop.
Greenpoint jumped despite Sandy. The waterfront developers and City are in denial. They think plopping a few 36" diameter perforated pipes into the ground is going to cut it. This information mind you, is not available at the DoB Hub and development pr peeps will only share stamped DEP letters, reluctant to share actual information. 




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