Preventing Teen Dating Abuse At The Source

BY JORDAN GIBBONS

The recent incidents of domestic abuse in the NFL has placed a spotlight on an issue that has been tolerated for too long and Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is hoping to help build a support system for New York teenage athletes.

Wills recently had a teenage member of the community come into his office in District 28 with a domestic violence case but the Councilman said that the major barrier was the person did not want to report it.

“The need for help was there, …

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City could track paid sick leave under proposed bill

City could track paid sick leave under proposed bill

Councilman Ruben Wills introduced a bill to track the city’s effort to require paid sick leave.
BY ERIN DURKIN 

Councilman Ruben Wills — who expressed fears about the expanded paid sick leave mandate’s effects on small businesses but voted for it anyway — introduced a bill to require the city to track those effects.

Under the bill introduced Wednesday by the Queens Democrat, the Independent Budget Office would have to prepare annual reports tracking job numbers and wages at affected businesses and failure rates for small businesses.

The expanded bill, …

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Council Member Ruben Wills with Bill Cosby

Council Member Ruben Wills with Bill Cosby

Queens politician Ruben Wills goes homeless for three days to understand the experience

Queens politician Ruben Wills goes homeless for three days to understand the experience

Councilman navigates life on the streets, in the city’s shelter system and in hospitals without IDs to highlight the plight. He also made $14 in tips!
By Clare Trapasso / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

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Councilman Ruben Wills made $14 in tips pumping gas at the Gulf station on N. Conduit Ave. on Tuesday, the first day of his three-day odyssey as a homeless man.

That raggedy guy earning tips by pumping gas at the Gulf station on North Conduit Ave. on Tuesday was …

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Pol wants to rename Jamaica street in honor of Tuskegee Airmen

Pol wants to rename Jamaica street in honor of Tuskegee Airmen

 

By Maggie Hayes

The Tuskegee Airmen broke the race barrier as they flew through the skies and fought the enemy during World War II. Now, one southeast pol wants to honor them at home.

The “Tuskegee Experiment” was developed in the 1940s by the Department of War to assess whether black men could function under pressure and operate and maintain combat aircraft.

“We not only fought, we won,” said original Airman Dabney Montgomery.

On October 3, the City Council’s Parks Committee held a hearing on renaming South Road in …

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Council members from county give $29M to district schools

Council members from county give $29M to district schools

By: Rich Bockmann

The 14 members of the borough’s City Council delegation gave almost half of their combined $66.4 million in capital budget member items to schools this year, although the way that money was spent varied from district to district.

Compared to the city’s $70 billion operating budget, the $15.5 billion capital budget — which builds and maintains the city’s infrastructure — is relatively small, but each Council member has more individual control over how it is spent.

Each Council member is allocated a certain amount of …

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Wills gets two guns off streets of SE Qns.

Wills gets two guns off streets of SE Qns.

By: Rich Bockmann

As a southeast Queens community still reeling from a senseless murder earlier this summer prepared to rally against crime, two more handguns were taken off the streets.

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) delivered two firearms to South Jamaica’s 113th Precinct Tuesday evening that he said a constituent had brought into his office, no questions asked.

“I didn’t ask any questions about how he got it,” Wills said. “You don’t want to ask questions. Once you do that, people don’t want to bring them to you.”

Just …

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Councilman Ruben Wills Back to Schools and Sean Bell Family Day Celebration

Councilman Ruben Wills Back to Schools and Sean Bell Family Day Celebration

BY: Jeremy Maynard
NY Fatherhood Examiner

August 29, 2013

Jamaica, N.Y. – Councilman Ruben Wills of the 28th District of Queens really knows how to throw a celebration. The goal was to honor and highlight community. The festivities began at noon on Sat. Aug. 24 at the Baisley Pond Park Extension with a Bike Blessing to commemorate the untimely passing of Sean Bell, who was unarmed and killed by policemen. Pastor Richard Hogan of Divine Deliverance Ministries prayed for the family, including Bell’s former fiancee, his father and …

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By Steven J. Ferrari       

Hoping to bring attention to issues in Southeast Queens, three area City Councilmen kicked off a series of Barbershop Tours for Mayoral candidates over the weekend.

Comptroller John Liu, running for Mayor on the Democratic ticket, was the first invitee of the event, organized by Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica).

Liu visited two barbershops on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica – Mr. Rooney’s and Next Millennium Cuts – on July 6, taking …

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City Council Passes 2 bills To Rein in The NYPD’s Use of Stop And Frisk

By Erin Durkin / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Defying Mayor Bloomberg and his top cop, Raymond Kelly, the City Council passed two bills Thursday morning to rein in the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk.

The Council voted with veto-proof majorities for the bills to create an inspector general who will oversee the NYPD and to allow people to sue over racial profiling by cops.

The inspector general bill passed 40-11, and the racial-profiling bill by 34-17 — getting exactly the number of votes needed to withstand Bloomberg’s expected veto.

The votes came …

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