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💊 Health Union Funds for the Opioid Crisis + Brooklyn Queens Crossing

Good morning Queens

  • A group of union health funds sued global consulting firm McKinsey & Co this week for its role in the opioid crisis that has cost New York unions millions.
  • 🚉 Impossible – a transit option connecting Brooklyn and Queens?
  • Return to the Distribution Committee drawing board. The proposed demarcation map was rejected.

☀️ Partly sunny. High: 70 Low: 58.

Here are the top news in Queens today:

1. A group of union health funds filed a lawsuit this week in Queens Supreme Court alleging that global consultancy McKinsey & Co.’s role in the opioid crisis caused “serious injury” to New York’s unions. The lawsuit was filed based on the conduct of 50 local Health and Welfare funds, which cover dozens of construction trade and other unions, including ironworkers, workers, metal polishers and NYPD traffic enforcement agents — most of whom are workers who do manual work and have a greater chance of working. Injury at work. In less than a decade, each of these unions has spent millions of dollars not only on prescription opioids, but also on detox treatments, rehabilitation facilities and other hospital stays for members. “Pharmaceutical companies have profited from the opioid epidemic that has destroyed families and destroyed lives,” said Lewis Picani, president and chief operating officer of Teamsters Local 456, one of the locals named in the new lawsuit. “We have lost so many members and their loved ones. It must end, and those responsible must be held accountable.”


2. MTA transportation officials identified light rail cars as the potentially easiest way to build a new transit connection between Brooklyn and Queens, and thus realized that Gov. Hochul’s Suggest Interborough Express. Hochul’s plan is to offer passenger service to a set of 14-mile freight lanes that stretch from Bay Ridge to Jackson Heights. A dedicated bus route has also been proposed. After a federally required environmental review over the next six weeks, MTA officials plan to confirm their preferred line choice.

New York Daily News

3. In a move that came as a surprise to many, the city’s zoning commission voted against sending a proposed redistricting map to the city council for refurbishment. The process that occurs once per decade will now take longer than expected. On the bright side for Queens, many of the concerns raised by residents and lawmakers who testified about the initial maps appear to have been addressed and mostly read. Rochdale Village, the city’s second largest co-op community and one that includes largely black homeowners, is no longer divided. And District 26, which covers much of western Queens, no longer extends into Manhattan. However, problems remain, as the map divides parts of Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Kew Garden Hills, and Rego Park.

Queens Daily Eagle

4. Queens 105 Eastern Provincewhich spans 350 miles of roads across eastern and southeastern Queens, has seen a 31% increase in major crime, according to a recent NYPD Statistics. Neighborhood coordination officers are working hard to combat the worrying trend. According to statistics, last year, major car thefts increased by 65%, and home burglaries increased by about 40%.

Queens Courier

5. Jim Burke, co-founder of the 34th Avenue Open Streets Coalition, tends to a 26 tree-lined stretch of Jackson Heights — 1.3 miles of residential streets closed to traffic as part of the city. open street program. During the pandemic’s early days, these open streets were a bright spot for many isolated New Yorkers. Now, however, many question their continued place in society – and have concerns about their safety.

New York Daily News

🗞 Are you hungry for more news? 🍴 Snack at these addresses:

  • New York City officials visit the Queens shelter where the asylum seeker died Queens Daily Eagle
  • Teen attacked at Queens bus station; But the knife breaks and the student escapes unharmed (New York Daily News ; NBC New York)
  • Queens Borough Bureau Chief Richards hosts Wellness Day in Queens with Deepak Chopra and Queen AFUA (press release office)
  • Ung announces partnership with Queen’s Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses thriveQueens Courier)
  • NYPD and DA Melinda Katz to hold a gun buyback event in Queens (WCBS 880)

🗓 What to do today in Queens:

  • Rockaway outdoor market10 am)
  • Cleaning Jamaica Bay by RISE/Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (11 am)
  • Art in the Garden Opening Ceremony: Spread the Love, Small Mural Installation (11 am)
  • Saturday in the Bay: Flushing Bay Canoe/Kayak launch (12 noon)
  • “Out of the meter, on the record” given by the Greek Cultural Center ( 15:00)
  • Live at Culture Lab LIC! (5 m)
  • Movie Night: WALL-E at Queens Botanic Garden (7 pm)

To do tomorrow:

  • Free surfing lessons for kids and teens8 am)
  • Down to Earth Cunningham Park Farmers Market (9 am)
  • Maspeth Lions Bocce Championship (11 am)
  • Bang on a Can at The Noguchi Museum: Ned Rothenberg (4 pm)
  • Kiarostami for children (6:30 pm)
  • Sam Blaxley’s big band, Culture Lab LIC (7 pm)
  • Movies Under the Stars: Rich 2 (7:30 PM)

🗣 Queens Shutter:

  • Happy New Year’s Day: “Shanah Tova to all the families of Queens celebrating Ras Al Hashanah starting Sunday evening! Wishing you and my family a Happy, Healthy and Beautiful New Year.Queens Borough President Donovan Richards via Facebook)
  • Grow your small business: “PETIA ABDUR-RAZZAQ. Learn how to make your small business more accessible. As businesses build digital connections that allow people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate and interact with products and services, they expand their market. Implementing accessibility best practices can help businesses grow and improve the experience for all Users In this session we’ll show you how: What does online accessibility mean How to design for accessibility: web pages, email, and tips for physical spaces Tips for being the most comprehensive free webinar provided by Petia A. Abdur-Razzaaq Professional Speaker @ Grow with Google Partner Trainer “(Queens Chamber of Commerce via Facebook)
  • moms here: “#mothers You have reached! These tiny buds may look unassuming today, but don’t let them fool you—they will soon produce an impressive flower display. Choose yellow, purple, red and bronze varieties of this perfect fall flower at the farm shop!“(Queens County Farm Museum via Twitter)
  • Get ready to take over Masaaki Yuasa!: “It’s Masaaki Yuasa’s acquisition! We are pleased to present two films from one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary animators – his acclaimed and exciting debut, MIND GAME, and the new musical epic INU-OH! September 30 – October 2. Tickets:“(The Museum of the Moving Image via Twitter)

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Emma Radu Figuera

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