City Island Issues




A couple of hundred elected officials in New York are pushing to cut property taxes, but not all are in favor. Where does your representative stand?

“Sky-high property taxes have been an unsustainable financial burden for working- and middle-class families in the Southern Tier and all across the State. We capped property taxes and now we have to cut them,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our tax reform proposal provides more than $1 billion in relief to those New Yorkers while also encouraging local governments to cut costs and share services in order to address the incredible tax rates that currently exist. This is an agenda that has attracted support from hundreds of local leaders across the State, who recognize the importance of increasing government’s efficiency and standing up for the taxpayer. I urge the legislature to join us by passing property tax reform this year.”



RETURNING BY POPULAR DEMAND, Lynn and Bob are organizing The semiannual City Island Reunion tomorrow, Saturday August 22, 2014 at Ambrosini Field.

Come reunite and celebrate with old friends and family. Some you haven’t seen in decades, some you've seen at the last reunion.

• Listen to live music by local bands, past and present.

• Entertainment for kids, including volleyball, basketball and softball games, so bring your glove.

• There will be a memorial board to post photos of beloved family & friends.

• Reunion memorabilia will be available for sale.



A Jew, a Communist and a practicing Catholic were working a construction site in Argentina. It’s not a joke but a story Pope Francis told to a group of young Cubans urging them to seek friendships across the political divide. “They were all working for the common good,” Francis said. “This is social friendship, to look for the common good.” It is a poignant message in the Cuban nation split between pro and anti-regime sentiments.

Lucky For US?


Is it too early to start getting tired of winning, Mr. President? You vowed “We're going to win so much you may even get tired of winning. And you'll say 'please, please it's too much winning. We can't take it anymore."

When can we expect your campaign promise of “make America great again,” POTUS?

What appears to be abundantly clear is that Trump has his work cut out. A new ranking of the best countries on earth shows The USA has just fallen to seventh place.



Since it's inception last year, City Island Images has continually grown a significant following as a result of our daily news and information service. According to Google, City Island Images enjoyed 28 thousand page views last month. As a result of our daily news coverage and our live video streaming of midtown City Island, City Island Images has been featured in Sunday's New York Post, as well as other local newspapers.

This 28K figure is several times the population of City Island and nearly 10 times the circulation of The Island Current, which only publishes 10 times a year.



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

Trump-backed Senator Luther Strange loses Alabama Republican primary to Roy Moore

Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama

Regrets? In Alabama Senate race, Trump had a few