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Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Today, Take A Moment To Remember And Honor His Legacy - "Life's Most Persistent And Urgent Question is: What Are You Doing For Others"

The third Monday in January has been designated as a Federal holiday in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was born January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Dr. King is remembered and honored for many things including his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail".

An excerpt:
... A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state's segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered. Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?

Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in it's application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest....
The full text of Letter From A Birmingham Jail is here and a short excerpt of audio below.



Here's an excerpt of Dr. King's last speech - I've Been To The Mountain Top.



Politcio has an excellent article on the last years of Dr. King's life.
... Almost 50 years after his death, we remember MLK as the transcendent figure who helped lift the South out of Jim Crow. We also remember him as almost preternaturally calm in the face of great pressure and danger. He was indeed all of these things. But the passage of time has obscured his dimensionality. In the last years of his life, King expanded his vision beyond the former Confederacy and took on a broader struggle to dismantle America’s jigsaw edifice of racial and economic discrimination—a struggle that took him deep into northern states and cities, where onetime allies became bitter enemies. He did so even as he strained to keep a fractious civil rights movement unified, and in the face of unremitting sabotage from federal authorities.

He was a young man, still in his 30s—foisted onto the national stage with actors many years or decades his senior, suspect in the eyes of both younger and older civil rights leaders—and the burdens of leadership took their toll on him....
Take a moment today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
and the good work he accomplished to make our country a better place:
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
More on Dr. King from History.com

Watch Video Of Roosevelt Island Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's Forum On How New Tax Plan Affects New Yorkers - "Tax Scam Will Be Devastating For New York City" Says Maloney

Roosevelt Island's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney hosted a forum on how the new Tax Plan will impact New Yorkers last Sunday. Elected representatives attending the forum included:

You can watch the forum below.
According to this January 13 Press Release from Congresswoman Maloney's office:
Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) hosted a community forum on how the GOP tax law affects New York State. She was joined by a panel of experts including Director of Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign Mark Hannay, Senior Budget & Policy Analyst at the Fiscal Policy Institute Jonas J. Nazimoff Shaende and AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel. The panel used their expertise to help break down the GOP tax law that was rushed through the House and Senate at the end of 2017 despite opposition from every Democrat in both chambers.

“While Americans were celebrating the holidays, President Trump and Congressional Republicans handed millions of hardworking people a big lump of coal with their tax scam, disguised as a tax reform bill,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “This tax scam will be devastating for New York City and raise taxes on over 80 million Americans across this country. The new Republican tax law steals from states like New York and borrows another $2.3 trillion that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back, in order to give massive tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthiest, fortunate few.

“This bill is a disaster for the middle class, for healthcare, and for New York. Our state already pays more than its fair share. We were already sending over $56 billion more to the federal government in taxes than we got back in federal spending. We are a donor state – and proud to do our part, but we’re not fools and can see how badly we’re being taken advantage of.”

Constituents spent over an hour asking questions about the State and Local Tax Deduction cap, the mortgage interest cap, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate, the $25 billion cut to Medicare, and the Republicans’ plan to slash funding for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. A full video of the event can be found here.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Help Needed In Finding Missing Roosevelt Island 28 Year Old Man

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beautiful And Spooky Low Hanging Fog Over East River Roosevelt Island Waterfront And Below Queensboro Bridge Today

That's right. Here's what the fog looked like from the Roosevelt Island ground,



above it all



and from the Cornell Tech campus.

UPDATE 2:55:

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - But No F Service Between 57th & York Street Says MTA

According to the MTA, there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service


to and from Manhattan this weekend.

But:
SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS Service is rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn...

...No F service at 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 23 St, 14 St, W 4 St, B'way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St/Essex St, East Broadway, and York St.
Image From MTA

Click here for more MTA Weekender info.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Roosevelt Island F Train Commute May Have Gotten A Little Bit Easier - Countdown Clock Installed At Station Entrance

In early December, the MTA installed one countdown clock on both the Manhattan and Queens bound Roosevelt Island F Train Station.


Roosevelt Island residents asked for additional Countdown Clocks to be placed at the F Station entrance before the turnstiles and at opposite sides of the platform.





Today, I noticed that a countdown clock has been installed


at the Roosevelt Island F Station entrance.