Keeping Up With The Times
Move over Simpsons, the borough president's website is here.
Claire Shulman's on-line picture and the constituent services office is just a click away.
And you can hear Claire's voice, too!
But the site, filled with cartoon-like illustrations, like the one above, isn't kid-stuff. It is a good way to get to know the beep's office and it's at queen7.nyc.ny.us.
Claire Comes To
Now you can enjoy the words of Queens first woman borough president from the comfort of your living room thanks to a video series made available by a journal published by the New York Law School.
The journal CityLaw a bi-monthly publication that covers city government and issues has made available through its website the video titled "Claire Shulman Queens Borough President The View From Queens"
The video was shot as part the CityLaw breakfast series, which features prominent figures involved with New York City and its community.
The video costs $15 but this one isnt available at your local Blockbuster store.
As far as we know, copies of the video can only be purchased online by logging on to www.citylaw.org/odr_cmnt/odr_cmnt.htm.
A political insider has informed QConfidential that, a group of Queens Assistant District Attorneys were walking down the street from their nearby office engulfed in conversation when they witnessed a bizarre episode in front of Borough Hall.
They saw a woman bending down and picking up garbage in front of the building on Queens Boulevard. It would not have been such a big deal, if it werent for the fact that the lady was none other than Queens Beep Claire Shulman.
Always on call.You Say It's Your Birthday
Everyone knows that one day out of the year can hold a world of historical significance, and the birthday of outgoing Beep Claire Shulman, Feb. 23, is no exception.
On that day in 1945, after bitter fighting on Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raised the flag on the recently captured Mount Suribachi. A lucky photographer present snapped the picturewhich would land him a Pulitzer and forever be engrained in the minds of Americans.
Nine years later the first mass polio inoculation for children began in Pittsburgh. Jonas Salk, who incidentally attended Townsend Harris High School, developed the vaccine.
Fast forward to Feb. 23, 1991 thats the day that Dubyas daddy announced allied ground forces began engaging Iraqi targets in the Middle East.
And of course exactly six years later the world was introduced to Dolly, the first adult mammal successfully cloned by scientists in Scotland.
Sorry, we missed it.
Happy Birthday, Claire.Meet & Potatoes
After being borough president for 15 years, Claire Shulman has had to go to hundreds of meetings. From civic groups to Community Board meetings, her patience wears thin sometimes.
Never getting to the point, one Department of Protection spokesperson was nervous speaking and would never answer any of her questions clearly. "Every time this guy would speak you would see Claire get visibly agitated. Shulman would get so belligerent with the DEP spokesperson that when he left the running joke was that Claire beat up on him so bad he had to retire."
Shulman has also heard her share of bizarre complaints at these meetings. "At one meeting," said a source, "a resident came up to her and said they have a problem with lifeguards. There is always a need for more lifeguards, so Claire heard her out. At some point, Claire realized the beach had a lifeguard. When she asked what the problem was, the resident said the lifeguard is fat, and Im afraid he cant swim fast enough to rescue me."
One thing Shulman will not miss is the meetings.
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