Gladys Carrión, commissioner of the New York State Office of Children & Family Services, oversees 26 juvenile detention facilities that hold close to 2,000 kids under 16 who have committed criminal acts. In a 2008 interview with New York Daily News, she stated that over 80 percent of the adolescents in this system have serious mental health problems that go untreated. Carrión described the network of juvenile facilities as a “pipeline to prison.” The system damages children and families and fails to make our neighborhoods safer.
This past Friday morning, three immigrant worker advocates left the parking lot of the Hempstead Home Depot and started walking toward Queens.
“Working together is not in Long Islanders’ DNA.”
I sometimes hear that when I share with people examples of regions acting in cooperative ways to address their problems.
On Saturday, March 6, I went to Colleran Park with seven young children. I live in the neighborhood, and thought that this was the perfect park as I could watch all of them and they could not go far. Unfortunately, the park was locked with no explanation. Needless to say, the children and I were very disappointed.
The lands, waters, and wildlife of New York are vital to our state’s identity and strength. If enacted, Governor Paterson’s FY2010/11 Executive Budget proposal would strike a harsh blow to the state’s ability to address critical environmental issues now and for years to come. Our rich natural resources protect our drinking water, contribute billions of dollars a year in revenue through tourism and other industries, provide green spaces for millions of city residents, and support a breathtaking variety of wildlife. From the Adirondacks to the shores of the Hudson to the bays and beaches of Long Island, our precious lands and waters must be protected—for our health, for our prosperity and for our children’s future.
Tough times call for tough measures, or that’s what you would think. In Nassau County, they are thinking the opposite. Peter Schmitt and the Republican Majority of the Nassau County legislature voted for pay raises for themselves in one of the worst economies since the Great Depression. Our newest Legislator Joe Belesi supported the idea without question, having been in office for only a few days. His predecessor, Dave Mejias, fought against these raises his entire six years in office. It took Belesi less than a week to do the complete opposite. Joe Belesi and the Republican Majority have shown their true colors. You can lead them to the legislature but you can’t make them think.
Albany is playing games again, and it looks like those of us who enjoy our State Parks might be the losers!
Autoimmune hepatitis is a common form of chronic liver disease that is quite commonly encountered in our area. As there are no specific markers for this condition and it is seldom considered by physicians, its diagnosis is often delayed or not made at all. This chronic condition is a result of alterations in the body’s immune system which lead to the production of specific chemicals that attack liver cells. These specific chemicals have yet to be identified, however the condition of autoimmune hepatitis is well described. Simply said, this condition is a result of an enhanced immune response directed at the liver.
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