|A New Publication Serving
Southeast Queens &
An Old Assemblywoman
By: MICHAEL SCHENKLER
PRESS: Ive been doing this
guiding the Queens Tribune for some 21 plus years. I took it over, as
most of you know, from Gary Ackerman when he was first elected to public office in 1978.
Its been challenging and lot of fun.
After we joined with News Communications
a publicly traded media company in 1989, I had the opportunity as an officer
and director to oversee, supervise and become involved with the management, development or
creation of 23 other publications including Our Town in Manhattan, Dans
Papers in the Hamptons, The Hill in Washington, D.C. as well as a number of
other weeklies in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Nassau.
Of all the publishing challenges Ive
faced, the venture we are about to embark upon, I expect, will be the most rewarding since
first becoming Trib publisher.
After many years of presenting ourselves as
boroughwide in scope, this company that has proudly published the boroughs largest
community newspaper, the Queens Tribune for 30 years intends to fulfill our
boroughwide mandate. Next week, the Press of Southeast Queens will take its
first breath. Committed to serving the dynamic southeast Queens neighborhoods of St.
Albans, Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, South Ozone Park and
others, the Press shall offer to the predominantly black population of the
area, a similar brand of advocacy journalism, community information and serve as a local
sounding board just as the award-winning Tribune has championed in the rest
of the borough.
This all-new paper will be molded and
produced by its own staff with the assistance and guidance of our talented Tribune
team. Leading the Press of southeast Queens effort is Marcia Moxam Comrie, a
20-plus-year resident of southeast Queens and a graduate of York College, the areas
educational leader. A former SE Queens neighborhood development executive director, Marcia
studied journalism at York. She lives in St. Albans with her two young children, Liana and
Benjamin, and her husband Leroy, who is district manager for Councilman Archie Spigner and
President of suspended School Board 28 a story Im certain that will make the
pages of our new publication.
Marcia, a transplant from the island of
Jamaica, will face the challenge of guiding a publication that will serve a readership
equally divided between African Americans and Caribbean Americans. With a team of two
full-time reporters and freelancers who are being recruited locally supplemented by the
extensive Tribune network, the Press promises journalistic
excellence for a community that has heretofore been underserved by community newspapers.
Hundreds of distribution stops including
free street boxes will bring the weekly into the hands of southeast Queenss
Its an exciting time for us. Perhaps,
it will provide new insights to share with our Tribune readers.
Advertising opportunities abound, as do
employment opportunities we seek reporters, telemarketers and outside salespeople.
We also seek the news. Want to reach Marcia or the Press of Southeast Queens?
Call (718) 357-7400; e-mail Moxom@QueensTribune.com or write Press, 174-15
Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.
I can, as always, be reached at
See you here and in southeast Queens next
NOLAN: Had breakfast with Cathy Nolan
last week. Our column exclusively revealed that the long-time Asemblywoman will be facing
a primary from former Queens ADA Patrick OMalley, brother of the Democratic Mayor of
Baltimore, and it prompted Nolan to call us. Cathy was one of the few legislators we cover
that I really didnt know. She thought it was time elections frequently make
elected officials seek out the press.
It was a good breakfast at our office
Mike Nussbaum brought the bagels, tasted like the good ones from Juniors
some pleasant talk; some ideas exchanged. Cathy can talk. Boy, can she talk! But
shes charming and knowledgeable. Shes committed to the people of her district
and to the borough. Overall she impressed me as a fair, competent caring legislator who
got caught up in a battle that she really didnt want and wound up with a serious
To explain: Cathy is part of the three
amigos of western Queens who oppose the candidacy of Congressman Joe Crowley based largely
on the manner in which County Leader Tom Manton handed over the seat by declining the
office after petitioning so that Crowley would face no opposition. Since then, Walter
McCaffrey who is challenging Crowley, Councilman John Sabini who is running
McCaffreys campaign, and Nolan have been viewed as the enemy of the Democratic
organization. After talking to Nolan, we gather that it was not a role she wanted. She
just was never made welcome on the inside. It sounds like a foolish and sad scenario.
But Nolan says shes ready. She loves
her job and loves her life. Shell take the primary. Shes confident. She
probably has a right to be. Shes worked hard and has represented her constituency
well with the exception of one issue. Nolan voted against the NYC Commuter Tax costing the
City some $4,000,000 and getting nothing in return. She explains her vote as a show of
support for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver who had to build coalitions and win an upstate
election to get another Democratic Assembly seat. Well, they lost the election and as we
see it, failed to get anything for the City in exchange for the $4 mil.
We have clearly stated our feeling about
those who sold out the City on the Commuter Tax vote we stated it long before Nolan
faced a primary. Nolan was the only non-freshman Queens Assemblymember to blindly follow
the Speaker and sell out the City. It wont be easy to forget.
But were not a one-issue newspaper,
Nolans not a one-issue candidate and one issue probably wont decide this
Cathy clearly is a strong candidate and a
We havent met Pat OMalley yet.
SHEPPARD: We were somewhat surprised
with the overwhelming reaction of approval to last weeks column critical of the
abusive behavior of civic activist Joyce Sheppard. Many public servants applauded the
column. It seems when they have not done what Sheppard has demanded, there was frequent
and unreasonable abuse. I have identified people by job description so as to save them
some of the Sheppard grief my column wrote about.
Me, Im signing my name; I expect
Sheppard to try to come and get me.
Sheppard was one of two contacts received
that took issue with the column and this paper will not serve as a forum for any of her
abusive tirades. However, the other response (via e-mail) comes from a much publicized
anti-Giuliani activist who writes:
"Mr. Schenklers attack on
activist Joyce Sheppard misses the key point of the political situation it attempts to
analyze the elected officials Ms. Sheppard engages with her confrontational style
are unfortunately not responsive to anything else. I know from experience that Joyce
Shepard attempts to effect change first via the social niceties and only goes to the next
level when the niceties have been consistently ignored." - Robert Lederman,
President of A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists Response To Illegal State Tactics).
Sadly, Mr. Lederman, Ms. Shepard has never
been civil with this writer. Our personal experience, which seems to be echoed by the
response weve received, is that if you dont blindly march to Joyces
drummer, then you are evil. She knows not what "social niceties" are. Everyone
is not evil, are they?
A sampling of the overwhelming reaction to
the column, with names withheld, follows:
"I really enjoyed your comments on
Joyce Sheppard. And you have now settled a question for me: I had been wondering if ours
was the only office that had been treated with such utter disrespect and rudeness by
Joyce. Frankly, Im saddened to learn that others have faced the same abuse. Thanks
again." Chief of Staff, member of Congress
"I applaud you on your article on
joyce. Got a call from an east Flushing civic and she told me to read the article. It was
long overdue . . . Again heres to a standing ovation" Chief of Staff
N.Y. State Assembly member.
"I second your comments about Joyce
Sheppard. Well written. Watch your back." Spouse of an elected official.
"Your column this week on Joyce
Sheppard is OUTSTANDING! Wonderfully written, hard hitting and 100% on target. Congrats
and thank you for a job well done!" NYS Senator
"Great column, and important public
service." Member of Congress
Board District Manager
"I love you!" City
LUCK! Occasional Tribune contributor
Barbara Nadel of Forest Hills is a candidate for the American Institute of Architects
(AIA) National Vice Presidency. The convention of the 65,000 member professional
association is presently meeting and voting in Philly.
REPORTER: A hot shot East Coast
newspaper reporter was on assignment in West Virginia when he struck up a conversation
with a young lady in a bar. After a half dozen drinks, he suggested they get their own
bottle and retire to his motel room. Surprisingly enough, she readily agreed.
"Say, how old are you anyway ?"
the reporter asked as the obviously young lass was disrobing.
"Thirteen." she replied with a
"Thirteen??? My God girl!!! You get
those clothes back on at once and get the hell outta here! Are you crazy?" he
Pausing briefly at the door as she left,
the perplexed nymphet smiled and said, "Superstitious, huh ?"
Pic of the Week
doesnt get better than this!
When two mega-giants collide,
the people of Queens and major markets across the country lose out.
How can we be expected to survive a night without Regis and "Do You Want To Be . .
To find out what happens with this story, dont watch Channel 7. All Time Warner
Cable is showing is the screen pictured here blaming Disney, along with a scrolling
Disney, according to reports, doesnt agree.
Michael Schenkler can be reached at: MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com
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