City Island Issues




On Jan. 31, Asians and people all over the world will be celebrating the Lunar New Year with many festivities that literally last for weeks. More than a billion individuals are preparing for the Year of The Horse. The Chinese year 4712 celebration begins 1/31

In the West, the Lunar New Year is often referred to as the Chinese New Year, and while this is correct, it also marks the first day of the Spring Festival for so many other countries that use the lunisolar calendar.



NY state officials have announced an Unemployment Strike-force, a new multi-pronged campaign to target areas of the State with the highest unemployment rates and boost employment. In partnership with New York State, Empire State Development, the State Department of Labor and other partners, the campaign will be strategically focused in Bronx, Kings, Jefferson and Lewis counties through the end of 2014.

NY state officials have worked to streamline economic development, job training and job placement. Thus far, New York State's unemployment rate has dropped from 8.2 percent to 6.7 percent, the economy has created more than 440,400 private sector jobs and New York is one of only 17 states to have regained all of the private sector jobs lost during the recession.

The initiative will first be piloted in Bronx County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state, according to state and federal data. After that, the Strike-force will direct similar resources to the three other target counties.

Equipping New York trainers and workers with the skills that employers are demanding is a key priority of Strikeforce. JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work Initiative was designed to address this issue in communities across the country, and the firm announced today it will invest $20 million in New York over the next five years. A critical component of this initiative includes sector-based, employer-driven training to give more New Yorkers the skills they need to get back to work.

“Although there is a significant number of Americans looking for work, we hear from clients every day about the challenges they face finding workers with the right skills for jobs that are open right now,” said Priscilla Almodovar, head of Chase’s Community Development Banking. “That’s why we’re working with community leaders across New York – technical training programs, community colleges, policymakers and employers – to help address these issues.”

In the Bronx, this investment will be aimed at connecting individuals to jobs and training in six high-demand sectors: Healthcare, Information Technology, Office and Administration, Transportation and Warehousing, Sales, and Hospitality.

Dedicated Strike Force staff will work closely with local elected officials and community-based organizations in the Bronx to connect jobseekers with local business opportunities.

“Often the most expensive part of doing business is job training,” said State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera. “These partnerships will help businesses by reducing or eliminating that expense and help jobseekers by giving them an entry into a career. The Bronx is just the start and the place we know this type of program will have the biggest impact.”

“New York State’s economy has been revitalized under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, thanks to strategic partnerships, smart investments, and innovative initiatives like the Unemployment Strikeforce,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “This campaign will help job seekers tap into many opportunities and connect New Yorkers with companies that are looking to hire in their area.”

Hostos Community President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, said: “It is an honor to be part of the first-ever statewide jobs initiative in the Bronx being launched by Governor Cuomo. I commend him for making the Bronx a central part of this effort. Hostos remains committed to working with community-based partners, employers, state and city agencies to connect students and job seekers with jobs, and provide the education and training needed for them to be ready for the workforce.”

“Montefiore is proud to work with Governor Cuomo and our partners – JPMorgan, Phipps and Hostos – to develop a healthcare workforce pipeline for Bronx youth,” said Steven M. Safyer, President and CEO, Montefiore Health System. “With a workforce 23,000 strong, Montefiore is the largest employer in the Bronx. Our collective efforts will both ensure a promising future for Bronx youth and a workforce that will advance Montefiore's excellence in patient care.”

“Phipps Neighborhoods is delighted that Montefiore Medical Center and Hostos Community College have partnered with us to offer the Career Network: Healthcare, which is helping young people in the Bronx pursue a career in a growing industry that leads to financial independence,” said Dianne Morales, executive director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods. “Each partner brings their expertise and deep commitment to this initiative, and key support from JPMorgan Chase helps make this work possible.”

Saving Lima's Street Girls


Melody Mills a CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, B.A. in psychology and political science, 2014 sees potential in the "street girls" of Lima, Peru, despite their tenuous circumstances.

Living on the capital's streets, the girls are exploited as child labor, and drug addiction many sniff cheap glue called Teracol is common.

Affordable Education


Do you want to economize your six figure college education? You may first wish to consider enrolling into a junior, otherwise known as a community college.

Many people who are planning to go to a university or four year college in the fall are worried about the high cost of tuition and the staggering student loan debt. Fortunately, if you're smart about it, a good education can be achieved without these pitfalls.

No Coattails Kicked Tails


Alabama Firebrand judge Roy Moore won the Republican primary runoff for US Senate kicking the butt of an appointed incumbent backed by President Donald Trump Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Moore, a Bible-thumping preacher who has been removed from the bench several times vowed to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to Congress.

The tendency for political party leaders to attract votes for other candidates of the same party in an election is supposed to be victorious for candidates who will often win because they're “on the coattails” of the Senate majority leader, the vice president, and the president. Not any longer for Trump's #GOP Posse. #TrumpPosse

So much for political coattails and is he tired of winning yet? Is this STRANGE #GOP politics and doesn't it also seem that @POTUS and @VP are turning into Amos 'n' Andy because no one believes or takes it seriously. and they keep losing time and again?

Roy Moore, Alabama’s winning GOP Senate candidate, has us extremely worried

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Memorial Day News Cycle


The President of The United States sees his popularity plummeting, as the war drags into another year... Congressional crusades continue stirring public fears... The disclosure of widespread corruption among federal employees rocks the current administration.



The President of The Philippines has declared his nation a calamity as a new storm makes landfall.

The devastation will certainly affect the Philippine economy as the storm has now slammed as many as 9.7 million people and many countries have pledged assistance, with the U.S. deploying an aircraft carrier from Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, The UN has launched a $300m appeal and warships head to Philippines and an army of soldiers were dispatched to prevent looting as survivors scoured for food as festering bodies still litter the streets in many areas, with the smell of rotting flesh hanging in the air and increasing the fear of disease with the following tropical heatwave.

RIP Harold Ramis


He was called a comedy genius and was best known for his work on films like "Ghostbusters," "Stripes," "Groundhog Day," and "Caddyshack.

Harold Allen Ramis was a comedy actor, director, and writer. His best-known film acting roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981)
Dead at 69 - November 21, 1944 - February 24, 2014, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Ghost-busters Actor DEAD | RIP | VIDEO:



The National Weather Service earlier issued a Flash Flood Warning for the New York City area and due to a flooding condition, the Cross Bronx Expressway was temporarily closed in both directions at Jerome Avenue in The Bronx. There are two more rounds of rain coming our way before welcoming a clearer day.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall caused flooding of urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.



7.3 quake hits the devastated nation three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake.

The $4.4 Billion acquisition gives the telecom company an entryway into competitive online video platforms.

US Secretary of State is meeting Russian president attempting to warm up recent post-Cold War lows.

Besides propaganda posters, its difficult to notice that the kingdom is leading an offensive in Yemen.