Colors: Blue Color

2021 was set to bring in much-needed change and cautious optimism, but for residents of Kew Gardens, New Years was fraught with more of the same violence that has disturbed the neighborhood’s peace over the last number of months, when a triple shooting took place at the Umbrella Hotel on Queens Boulevard, leaving one dead. The homicide was the City’s first of 2021. In the most ironic of realities, other vile criminal acts, including prostitution and drug dealing, continue directly across the street from the Queens Criminal Courthouse and detention center, as well, and Queens Borough Hall at Queens Boulevard and 82nd Avenue.

An Alumnus’ Story

I have a lot of advice for Past Me, but if we’re playing the time-travel game, I’m going to be practical: invest in Zoom.  Go to Notre Dame before the gargoyles are all gone.  Don’t go so fast on your bike down that hill on Booth Avenue.  Plan more zoo trips before March 2020. 

James F. Gennaro is running for City Council because he believes his crisis management experience is needed in managing the COVID crisis, his budget experience is needed to help see the City through its second COVID budget, and his practical, common sense approach to governing is sorely needed when the prevailing political climate seems to favor political philosophy over much-needed practical and fair results-oriented government. Governing, he believes, is an action verb – it is about doing, it is about achieving, not merely discussing. No one in New York City has his depth of experience and legislative achievement with the Council, and no candidate in this race has his proven record of service to the residents of the 24th District. His proven record of accomplishment and experience is the difference.

One who is seeking health should remember not to place his faith in doctors, but rather in Hashem, who grants the doctors their ability to effect a cure. There is a famous story told of a man suffering from a terrible illness who traveled to the tzadik Rav Yitzchak of Neshchiz and begged him for a promise that he would be cured from his illness. Rav Yitzchak refused to grant such a guarantee, but the man continued to beg him. Finally, Rav Yitzchak told him, “It is possible that you will be healed, but I cannot promise with certainty that this will happen. The problem is that you have forgotten to place your trust in Hashem, Who alone can save you, since you heard that ‘there is a man from Neshchiz who is a wonder worker,’ and you placed your faith in him! When you again place your faith in Hashem Yisbarach, then you will merit your salvation!”