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  • Friday, December 28, 2018 3:51 PM | Isannah S. Winley (Administrator)

    ADA Kelli Muse, formerly the Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau and Hate Crimes Unit, has been appointed Chief of the Hate Crimes Bureau.

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  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 5:04 PM | Isannah S. Winley (Administrator)

    The Honorable Valerie Brathwaite Nelson was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Department in February 2016, making history as the first African-American female from the County of Queens to be elevated to Associate Justice of the Appellate Division.

    Prior to her election as Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 2005, Justice Nelson served two years as an elected Judge of the Civil Court of New York. She grew up in Queens and graduated from P.S. 134 in Hollis, the Renaissance Middle School in St. Albans and the Campus Magnet High School in Cambria Heights. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Syracuse University, graduating with honors in only three years.

    Justice Nelson went on to receive her Juris Doctor degree at George Washington University, was admitted to the bar in New York and later admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court as well as various other courts. Justice Nelson has received a host of honors and recognitions, including the Women of Achievement Pacesetter Award, United States Congressional Award, a New York State Senate Award, New York State Assembly Award, the Queens Borough President’s Award and the New York City Council Outstanding Service Award. She has been featured in various articles, and her distinguished record of service has been profiled in the media.

    Justice Nelson has been an active participant and leader in various professional and community organizations, including past member of the NYS Continuing Legal Education Board, past first vice president of the York College Community Advisory Council, past member of Community Board 12 in Queens, a former Girl Scout Troop Leader, former Vice Chancellor, Trustee and member of various boards and committees for the Diocese of Long Island and former warden and member of the vestry of St. Gabriel’s Church, Hollis. She is a Silver Star member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of The Links, Inc.

    Justice Nelson is grateful for the opportunities that have been provided to her by others, and she is eager to continue to make positive contributions to society. She is married to Nicholas J. Nelson, Ph.D., and they are the proud parents of three children.

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  • Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:04 AM | Victoria Fleary (Administrator)

    Induction was held inside a court room at the Queens Civil Court located at 89–17 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica NY.

    In attendance were judges, attorneys, political leaders such Hon. Leroy Comrie, New York City Council Member Daneek Miller, Friends and Family, some familiar faces from the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club, and still more from inside and outside her community. The Master of Ceremony was none other than Judge Cheree Buggs brother who is a renowned Radio Personality Fred Buggs.

    Judge Buggs has nearly nine (9) years experience as a sitting judge. She was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County in 2007; she then presided in Queens Family Court for one (1) year; Civil Court for seven (7) years--nearly four (4) of those years as a "hybrid" Acting Supreme Court Justice; Criminal Court (weekend arraignments) for approximately 4 1/2 years; and Supreme Court since January 2016. She has a diverse legal background, including having handled various matters as a solo practitioner before becoming a judge, as well having served in a quasi-judicial capacity for various City agencies (Parking Violations, Environmental Control Board, Department of Health), and having been a legislative attorney with the New York City Council for two (2) years. Judge Buggs has received numerous awards and accolades over the years for her role as a community servant. She considers it an privilege to be able to serve the people of her native Queens County as a member of the judiciary.

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 9:00 AM | Victoria Fleary (Administrator)
    High School for Math, Science and Engineering offers students community spirit, rounded academic program

    Surrounded by striking neo-Gothic buildings and lush green lawns, students at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering get more than a taste of college life.

    They use the same gym and cafeteria as students at the City College of New York campus where the high school is located. During breaks from classes, the high schoolers get to stretch their legs and play Frisbee on the quad.

    But the 475-student school also offers a supportive, tight-knit community to help teenagers in the vital years before college.

    “We believe in developing the whole child — academically, socially and emotionally,” said Principal Crystal Bonds. “That’s what works for us.”

    The rigorous academic program features an extended 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. day. Students have two 90-minute classes in the morning and two 90-minute classes in the afternoon. In between is a 45-minute lunch period and one elective class.

    All students take four years of math and four years of science. Freshman take two math classes.

    Each must choose a concentration by their junior year: the Mount Sinai biomedical research program, mathematics or engineering.

    The faculty includes former engineers and architects.

    “Not only do students earn high school and college credit, they also have experienced professionals bringing what they know into the classroom,” said Bonds.

    There are also opportunities to get hands-on experience outside the classroom.

    Students in the Mount Sinai program take part in biomedical research and shadow doctors. They use their architecture and engineering skills in an exercise to create an urban park in response to a city request for proposals.

    And the teens can get their hands dirty at the RoofPod garden on the nearby Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, where they learn about culinary skills as well as the culture and science of food.

    German, known as the language of engineers, is taught at the school along with Spanish. Bonds calls German a “leveler” since it is equally challenging to all members of the diverse student body.

    While math, science and engineering are the focus of the school, the arts and humanities are still a strong part of the curriculum.

    Colorful and detailed student artwork lines the halls and students play musical instruments in an elective class.

    Along with the demanding course load there is a strong effort to allow students to decompress with fun activities such as a talent show, ice cream days and even an alcohol-free Oktoberfest.

    A new wellness center provides a place for students to receive free counseling or just sit and relax.

    “The kids stop by whenever they are feeling overwhelmed or they are feeling stressed,” said Kristina Gowin, a mental health clinician at the Wellness Center. “My door is always open.”

    Senior Carin Queener, who is planning a career in engineering, said she selected the school because of its programs and close-knit atmosphere.

    “I came in as a home schooler and I wanted a small school with a community,” she said.

    “The engineering track at the school has really provided me with a lot of great opportunities to explore engineering with real hands-on practice a lot of high school students don’t get.”

    Reposted from the NY Daily News

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 10:30 AM | Victoria Fleary (Administrator)

    Reposted from QChron.com

    The Jamaica Branch of the NAACP will host a candidate forum for those seeking election in the 29th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd state Assembly districts, as well as the 10th and 14th Senate Districts beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Majority Baptist Church in St. Albans.

    The event is co-sponsored by the Epsilon Pi Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Zeta Zeta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.

    The NAACP is billing the forum as an opportunity for residents to meet candidates.

    “NAACP members and others fought and died for the right to vote in America,” the NAACP said in a statement. “Our participation in this process ensures that their dying was not in vain. The local elections are paramount to the overall quality of life and well-being of our community.”

    Members of the community are invited to attend, and will be welcome to ask questions of the candidates.

    Majority Baptist Church is located at 115-21 Farmers Blvd. Further information is available from the NAACP at (718) 723-3653.

  • Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:13 AM | Victoria Fleary (Administrator)

    Excerpt from the article:

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced ten appointments to fill vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in all four of New York’s Judicial Departments. The justices selected today are a dynamic collection of talent and experience from the trial courts and reflect the excellence and diversity of the judicial system throughout New York State. 

    “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the state’s Appellate Division,” said Governor Cuomo. “These justices are each tremendously qualified and have shown a remarkable commitment to justice, and I am proud to appoint them to their new roles. Their service on the bench will benefit New Yorkers for years to come.” 

    Appellate Division-Second Department Appointees:

    The Governor appointed Supreme Court Justices Francesca E. Connelly and Valerie Brathwaite Nelson to fill two vacancies on the Appellate Division-Second Department. The Second Department comprises a ten-county downstate region that includes Kings, Queens, Richmond counties, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley.

    Honorable Valerie Brathwaite Nelson
    Justice Brathwaite Nelson was elected to the New York State Supreme Court for the Eleventh Judicial District in 2004. Prior to her election as a Supreme Court Justice, she also served for two years as a Queens County Civil Court Judge. Before becoming a jurist, Justice Brathwaite Nelson served in a variety of public and private legal capacities, beginning as a Law Clerk with U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Other public sector roles included, as a Law Clerk for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, an Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, Deputy Counsel with the New York State Department of Labor, an Attorney for New York State Senator Alton R. Waldon, Jr., and as an Attorney with the United State Postal Service. Justice Brathwaite Nelson was also a Senior Associate with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. before establishing her own private practice from 1989 to 1999. She has been an active participant and leader in various professional and community organizations, including a former Vice President of the National Bar Association’s Labor Law Section and the York College, City University of New York Community Advisory Council. Justice Brathwaite Nelson received her B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University in 1975 and her J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1978.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:36 AM | Jeanine Marcel Taylor (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Epsilon Pi Omega member, Adrienne Adams on her appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library, by Borough President, Melinda Katz!

    See link below for more info and press release!

    EPiO Member Appointed to Queens Library Board of Trustees

  • Sunday, December 28, 2014 2:24 PM | Jeanine Marcel Taylor (Administrator)

    On Thanksgiving morning, members of Epsilon Pi Omega participated in its annual Thanksgiving Feast/Clothing Distribution.  This event, which in years past took place at the African Poetry Theatre, took place at First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, NY.  The purpose of the event was to serve a hot meal to those in the community that do not have access to regular meals as well as an opportunity to donate gently used or new items of clothing for men, women and children.  This year there was also a large donation of seasonal wraps, hats, gloves and scarves.  

    View a clip from NY1 here:

    EPiO Thanksgiving

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