ALBERT BALDEO LAMENTS "THE
BRUTAL REALITY OF KATRINA..."
Katrina highlighted what is wrong in America. The gap between rich
and poor, favored and disfavored. While many people with vehicles
escaped before Katrina hit, others, particularly the poor, old and
disabled, could not find the wings to flee the hurricane. They were
deserted, left to cope in a flooded city with no clean water, no
food, no working toilets, no air conditioning, no medical care,
no transportation, and no reassurance that help was on the way.
Recriminations have begun, but long term solutions must be implemented
to prevent another Katrina. We failed our fellow Americans terribly.
Plans to improve the levees and to deal with major floods were absurdly
inadequate although we knew of the potential problems. The picture
of thousands of our desperate brothers and sisters, and their families,
many of them poor and black, left to fend for themselves in a city
of chaos, speaks volumes about a society polarized between the privileged
classes and a marginalized underclass. This sin must not be committed
again. We must heal the wounds so savagely and swiftly inflicted
by hurricane Katrina.
Tom White must serve ALL constituents equally:"Follow the example
of Council members John Liu & Gale Brewer"
The freedom of religious practice is enshrined in our Constitution.
The large number of Hindus in our community will soon celebrate
Deepawali, the message of darkness unto light is given through the
festival of Deepawali to all peoples of the world. Comprising of
immigrants and citizens from Guyana, India, Surinam, Trinidad and
elsewhere, they form part of the rich mosaic of diverse cultures
that define New York City, the financial and business capital of
the world. And yes, we pay taxes too. During the night of Deepawali
the myriads of little clay lamps (dias) silently send forth Deepawali
messages: Come let us remove darkness from the face of the earth.
This is not the work to be done by one dia or by one individual.
It requires collective effort. In the diffusion of light the question
of high and low is forgotten. This is the lesson taught by both
small and big dias, and the fusion of the Hindu culture into mainstream
America, "the nation of immigrants."
In keeping with the freedom of religious worship, Alternate Street
Parking should be suspended throughout New York City, as obtains
on such other holy occasions like Christmas and Yom Kippur. The
Bill for Suspension of Alternate Street Parking was introduced by
the Hon. Council Members Gale Brewer and The Chairman of Transport
Committee John Liu. The entire Transportation committee voted unanimously
in favor of the Suspension of Alternate Street parking on the Day
of Deepavali. We applaud the efforts of Council members Liu and
Brewer and demand that this bill be passed into law now.
I recently asked Tom White what was the most significant thing he
had done for the large Indo-Caribbean community in Ozone Park, South
Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, which comprised part of his District
(#28) for his 10 years in office. After a deafening silence, he
told me, "I...I...believe that I installed a stop sign at ...ah..at
an address I cannot now remember." I know that he will have
a much better answer the next time around! White, and our other
representatives, are advised to look into these problems:
1) MTA has cut back service on the A train going to Lefferts Boulevard.
This means longer waiting time for commuters traveling from the
Lefferts station to 104th Street station.
2)Schools in District 28 are overcrowded, especially in Richmond
Hill where makeshift classes are held.
3)More recreational facilities and after school programs for children
and young teenagers are needed throughout our community.
ATTORNEY AT LAW ALBERT BALDEO REALIZES AMERICAN DREAM FOR PHILLIPS
Albert Baldeo (in tie), shares a congratulatory moment with the
Phillips family after he represented them in obtaining American
citizenship and in the purchase of their own home in Queens. "I
am now advising my client in securing his own business, which will
be a corporation. Overcoming the pitfalls in America should be the
focus of every lawyer, in his duty to assist his clients, and at
the Law Offices of Albert Baldeo & Associates, that is our primary
focus. We avoid the problems and simplify the process" Baldeo
IF YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL & COMPETENT REPRESENTATION IN IMMIGRATION,
PURCHASE & SALE OF YOUR HOME, BUSINESS INCORPORATIONS, ACCIDENTS
& IN PUBLIC BENEFITS, CONTACT: Albert Baldeo, Attorney at Law,
106-11 Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417 (718) 529-2300.