Police Commissioner O’Neill’s Message Regarding the Death of Detective Brian Simonsen

To All the Members of the NYPD:

Last night, we lost a dedicated, true hero and – make no mistake – it was solely because another career criminal put the lives of civilians and police officers in jeopardy.

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was shot and killed while
doing his job: fighting crime and keeping everyone in our city safe. He had 19
years with the NYPD, all of it in the 102nd Precinct, where he first patrolled
and later went upstairs to join the squad. A great investigator held in very
high esteem by his coworkers, Brian was soon elected the squad’s Detectives’
Endowment Association delegate.

This absolute tragedy highlights the incredibly brave
actions our members perform each day in the name of driving down violence and
disorder in every neighborhood. And I hope that it helps all New Yorkers
understand just how difficult it is to be an NYPD officer.

The outpouring of support we are receiving as a police
department is simply overwhelming – from our law enforcement partners at the
local, state, and federal levels across the nation and the world; to the
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center doctors and nurses, who fought so hard to save
Brian; to the FDNY firefighters and EMTs, the New York State Police troopers,
the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority cops and many more, who all stood at
attention and saluted in the cold rain as the ambulance transporting Brian from
Jamaica to Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan passed by.

This is heartbreaking. But we are not alone. Please remember
that what you do every day for the people of this city matters a great deal.
And for that, I am humbled by you, I am infinitely proud of you, and I
sincerely thank you.

Always stay safe,

James P. O’Neill

Police Commissioner

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Brooklyn Officer Brings Cops and Kids Together

Police Officer Michael Vera, a 13-year veteran of the NYPD, is a neighborhood hero to many Brooklyn kids. While working in the 94th Precinct, he has become deeply involved in NYC Together, a non-profit after school program bringing police officers and kids together in an effort to create an open dialogue. He has also channeled his love of sports to bond with local kids in the Police Athletic League. What started out as a pick-up football game the weekend after Thanksgiving, slowly grew into a weekly game. Not only do the kids bringing their friends to play, but Officer Vera brings his fellow cops to join in on the fun.

This past December, Officer Vera coached a youth flag football team in a league run by Patrol Borough Brooklyn North and the Amateur Athletic Union. In his spare time, Officer Vera helps schedule charity sporting events such as the NYPD vs. FDNY basketball game. He is constantly seeking new ways to create positive activities for local Brooklyn kids. In the near future, we can expect a collaboration between the local YMCA and 94th Precinct in a 3 on 3 youth basketball league.

Thank you Officer Vera, for your dedicated service to the youth of Brooklyn.

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Citywide Overall Crime Continues to Drop in the First Month of 2019

566 Fewer Crimes in January 2019 Compared to January 2018

York, New York
–This January, New York City experienced 7.4% less index
crimes than in January 2018 and it also marks the lowest number of index crimes
in any previous January in the modern CompStat era. New York City also saw
11.9% fewer shootings than in January, 2018.

“New York City has seen
massive overall reductions in violence and disorder over the past five, 10, 25
years,” Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said. “But we
have a moral obligation to improve on our past success, and we will not stop
until every street, in every neighborhood, is as safe as our safest streets
already are today. That is our pledge: To ensure that all neighborhoods are
safe, regardless of where the people we serve call home. Because your zip code
should never be the determining factor when it comes to your safety.”

“Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe in their home.
While crime is at a historic low across the city, this is unfortunately not the
reality in every neighborhood,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We
are doubling down on our efforts to bring these communities and police together
to find new ways to fight crime and make our City safer and fairer.” 

Key highlights from this month’s crime statistics include:

  • Record low index crimes in January 2019 (7,072), compared to January 2018 (7,638) marking the lowest number of index crimes in any January in the CompStat era.
  • Transit crime down -1.5% in January 2019 compared to January 2018. 
  • Shooting incidents down -11.9% in January 2019 compared to January 2018.
  • Robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, and grand larcenies all down -19.5%, -7.9%, -11.6%, -2.4% in January 2019 compared to January 2018 respectively; record low robberies in a January in the modern CompStat era. 
  • The Police Commissioner made this announcement in the 73 precinct, one of the six precincts that at the end of 2018 had violent crime rates more than twice as high as the rest of the City. The precincts include: 73, 75, 40, 41, 42, 25. Through Neighborhood Policing and this targeted effort, the NYPD is focused on ensuring zip code is never the determining factor when it comes to safety. “Additionally, the first meeting to identify strategies and resources that will be newly deployed to bring crime down will take place tomorrow, February 6, in the 73 precinct.

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HOPE Awards

New York, New York – The  American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention – New York City Chapter (AFSP – NYC)
co-hosted with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) the first-ever HOPE
Awards. The ceremony, presided over by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill,
was held at One Police Plaza today to recognize the actions taken by members of
the NYPD that contributed to the rescue of suicidal persons/people in crisis.

The actions of the awardees include using crisis
communication skills, team tactics, relying on their specialized training to
treat wounds, and sharing information to dispel  suicide and mental
illness myths while also how to recognize the signs of a person in crisis and
how to proper respond to that person. The incidents involving suicidal people
ranged from being high atop a bridge, a person being armed and barricaded in an
apartment, to detectives having to travel across boroughs while utilizing
social media and technology to find and rescue a person.  

The HOPE Awards is a continuation of the long-standing
partnership between the NYPD and AFSP – NYC as well as their national office.
The partnership has included AFSP staff sharing their Talk Saves Lives
presentations at police-community events to raise awareness of the risk factors
and warning signs of suicide, helping develop training for police officers, and
AFSP having sponsored and participated in the first-ever NYPD psychological
autopsy training created specifically for law enforcement.


1. Police Officer Miguel Donovan

Police Officer Donovan, assigned to the 48 Precinct in the
Bronx, was one of the numerous police officers who responded to a call of an
emotionally disturbed man at an intersection in the Bronx. When he
arrived, Officer Donovan observed a man keeping police officers at bay while
holding a knife to his neck and threatening to kill himself. While the man was
distracted, Police Officer Donovan rushed forward and was able to bring the man
to the ground and disarm him. Officer Donovan’s quick actions resulted in no
one being injured during the incident.

2. Detective Claudio Sanchez

During an intense standoff, Detective Sanchez of the
Emergency Service Unit was able to rescue a suicidal man atop one of the
RFK Bridge towers. Working closely with more than 30 other ESU members on the
ground, air, and water, Detective Sanchez engaged the man in dialogue,
assuring him they were there to help him. By building trust and rapport with
the man, Detective Sanchez was able to get him to sit down. Shortly after, the
man became disoriented and Detective Sanchez rushed toward the man, grabbing
him, and bringing him to safety.

3. Police Officer Darlene Guillen

Prior to becoming a police officer in Brooklyn’s 84
Precinct, Officer Guillen was a NYPD Communications Technician. Her role
included teaching her peers Mental Health First Aid. The training, part of the
City’s THRIVE NYC outreach, increases NYPD civilians’ awareness of mental
illnesses, aswell as teaching suicide prevention strategies, communication
tactics, and overall self-care approaches to maintain one’s mental wellness.
Because of her work, civilian members of the Department are now better prepared
to help others in crisis and be better able to take care of their own mental

4. Sergeant Christopher Marrone, 5. Detective Jacob Habib
and 6. Detective Andrew Shore

Sergeant Marrone and Detectives Habib and Shore,
all members of the NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT),assisted
with a tense standoff incident involving a man wanted for previous crimes. He
was barricaded in a residence and holding multiple people hostage at gunpoint.
The man also made suicidal threats and engaged in actions of self-harm. Working
with other emergency responders, the HNT members were able to maintain their
calm and professionalism while engaging the man in dialogue.  This
contributed to the end result of the man being taken into custody and the
hostages safely being freed.

7. Police Officer Corey Bleaken and 8. Police
Officer Gary Strebel 

While working on patrol on the Upper East Side in the
confines of the 19th Precinct, Police Officers Bleaken and Strebel received a
radio call for a suicidal man who had injured himself. The man had originally
called a suicide hotline when the crisis counselor reached out to the
Department for immediate assistance. Upon arriving on the scene, the officers
quickly applied their Department-issued tourniquet to the man’s injuries saving
his life. While they waited for an ambulance to arrive, the officers kept the
man safe and assured him they were getting him help.  

9. Detective Walter Warkenthien

Detective Warkenthien was on his way to being promoted at a
ceremony at 1 Police Plaza when,
as he waited for the subway on the Upper East Side, he noticed a man in crisis
sit down on the subway platform edge. Detective Warkenthien immediately went
over to the man and engaged him in conversation.  The man started dangling
off the side of the platform and stated he needed his medication while
uttering other statements. Realizing the train could come into the station at
any moment, Detective Warkenthien grabbed the man pulling him to safety. As
they waited for other first responders to arrive, Detective Warkenthien assured
the man he was going to be okay.

10. Police Officers Alexander Malave and 11. Matthew

Police  Officers Malave and Vitale, both assigned to
the Housing Bureau’s Police Service Area 3,  rescued a suicidal Brooklyn
man who was in the midst of a mental health crisis as he was sitting on the
rooftop ledge of his apartment building. The officers used their crisis
communication strategies and team tactics to slow the situation down, and ease
the man’s worries that he believed he was in trouble, and ultimately were
able to rescue him from the roof-top ledge saving his life.

12. Detective Robert Alartosky

Detective Alartosky, while working with other members of the
Detective Bureau, rescued a suicidal Manhattan woman. A woman was speaking
with her friend on social media when her friend told her she wanted to take her
own life. The woman rushed to the 107 Precinct in Queens and asked for the
officers to help her friend who was in Manhattan. Detective Alartosky, along
with others from the precinct detective squad, sprang into action, and while
working with technology experts in the Detective Bureau, they tracked the woman
to a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Detective Alartosky and the others found the
suicidal woman who was already in the process of trying to take her life. Due
to their quick actions they were able to rescue the woman.

13. Police Officer Andrew Fitzgerald

While returning from a community meeting in Queens, Police
Officer Fitzgerald responded to a radio call for a suicidal teenage girl
threatening to job from Cross Island Expressway
overpass. Working with a Good Samaritan, Officer Fitzgerald kept his calm and
approached the teen by making his way onto the narrow ledge as traffic went by
underneath them. After engaging the young woman in dialogue, he was able to
convince her to follow him back to safety.

14. Sergeant William Hart

While crossing the Manhattan Bridge, Sergeant Hart saved a
suicidal teenager. As he approached the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan
Bridge, Sgt. Hart was alerted by people that a boy was sitting on the ledge of
the bridge. Sgt. Hart quickly approached the teen and engaged him in dialogue.
While relying on his previous experiences working in the Emergency Service
Unit, Sgt. Hart realized how dangerous it was to approach the young man, but
also realized that time was very precious. Determined to rescue the young man,
Sgt. Hart slowly approached him knowing that because the teen was not
responding to him, the situation was reaching a critical point. Sgt. Hart
reached out and grabbed the teen, who then began engaging the sergeant in
communication. The teen followed the commands Sgt. Hart gave him and the two
walked back together to safety. 

If you are feeling suicidal or in a crisis help is available
and you have options. For emergencies, call 911. Options for help include:

· In New York City, reach out to NYC Well: www.nyc.gov/nycwell, call 1-888-NYC-WELL, text WELL to 651173

· Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.TALK (8255)

· Text TALK to Crisis Text Line at 741741, police officers text BLUE to 741741

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Queens Officers Help Elderly Couple Before Winter Storm

While conducting routine patrol in the 107th Precinct, Police Officers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Svenelid found 88-year-old George walking down the street in the brisk cold. Concerned with his well-being, they stopped their car and asked him where he was headed. When he told them he was walking to the grocery store in anticipation of the upcoming winter storm, they took it upon themselves to drive him there. Once they dropped him at the store, they resumed patrol.

“I’ve been close to the Fresh Meadows community for my entire life. From visiting family here as a child, to graduating from both high school and college, it’s almost been a second home to me over the years. When one of our local seniors asked my partner and I for help heading to the grocery store before a winter storm, I was more than happy to assist. It was almost as if my own family was asking,” said Police Officer Kelly.

A few minutes after leaving George, they spotted his wife outside worrying about where her husband had gone. Without hesitation, the officers brought her to meet George at the grocery store so she could help him shop. When the couple was finished, Officers Kelly and Svenelid loaded up their police vehicle, brought the couple home, and carried their groceries to their kitchen.

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Births/Deaths Marriages

Confesora Aviles Ruiz, 80, February 25, 1938 - February 16, 2019, Fairview, New Jersey

Confesora was born on February 25, 1938 and passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Confesora was a resident of Fairview, New Jersey at the time of passing.

Visitation is on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00pm to 9:00pm at RIOTTO FUNERAL HOME & Cremation Company, 3205 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306. Everyone will meet for a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 10:00am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 8011 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, NJ 07047. Interment...

Rebecca Stanback, February 15, 2019, Brooklyn, New York

Rebecca passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Rebecca was a resident of Brooklyn, New York at the time of passing.

Sandy Earley, 56, December 24, 1962 - February 17, 2019, Brooklyn, New York

Sandy was born on December 24, 1962 and passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

Sandy was a resident of Brooklyn, New York at the time of passing.

Ruth Crabb, 79, February 13, 2019, Brooklyn, New York

Ruth passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Ruth was a resident of Brooklyn, New York at the time of passing.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday 11:00 AM at Reunited in Christ Church with Rev. Ramon Belton officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 AM prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Mableton Memorial Gardens. FEB 20. 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Reunited in Christ Family Worship Center 3888 Oglesby Road Powder Springs, GA,...

Joseph Dominick Castellano, 79, March 28, 1939 - February 15, 2019, Jersey City, New Jersey

Joseph was born on March 28, 1939 and passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Joseph was a resident of Jersey City, New Jersey at the time of passing.

A visitation for Joseph will be held on Monday, February 18, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Visitation at the Riotto Funeral Home from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on February 18, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Joseph's family to assist with the funeral arrangements.


Special Express Arts - Special Needs Adults

Date: February 7, 2019

This program engages special needs adults through art for self-expression. Create fun mix media art to take home.

Please schedule in advance to participate.


  • January: Whimsical Winter Wonder... Inspired Art
  • February: 3D Valentine Hearts
  • March: Up-Cycle to Art Containers

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

Senior Games Clinics: Track and Field

Date: February 11, 2019

Train with us for the NYC Parks Senior Games! At our clinics, you can get a feel for what the Senior Games are like, sharpen your skills, learn new strategies, and meet new friends.

Track and Field Clinics
Fort Hamilton Recreation Center is hosting Track and Field Clinics from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from February 1 through April 29. Train with some of our best staff to prepare for the Games!

About the NYC Parks Senior Games
NYC Parks is inviting seniors and adults ages 50+ to compete in the fourth annual Senior Games on May 6-10, 2019! Additional competitions include swimming, basketball, bowling, table tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, cornhole, and a 9.3-mile run. To register, visit our Senior Games page. Registration ends on Friday, March 8.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center (in John J Carty Park)

School/Class News

Kingsborough Community College Earns New Honor for Excellence in Student Success: Achieving the Dream’s Leader College of Distinction Designation

Only community college in New York State to earn the newest recognition for high achievement

ATD-Leader College Distinction Logo

Brooklyn, NY: It was announced tonight that Kingsborough Community College (KCC) has earned Achieving the Dream’s newest recognition for achieving higher student outcomes and narrowing equity gaps: the designation Leader College of Distinction. KCC was one of 11 community colleges nationwide to earn the accolade, the only one in New York State. The college earned Leader College distinction in 2015.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a national network of more than 220 community colleges championing evidence-based improvements to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

Participating colleges focus on seven essential areas: leadership and vision; data and technology; equity; teaching and learning; engagement and communication; strategy and planning; and policies and practices.

“The college as a whole has embraced ATD’s principles. Subcommittees of faculty, staff, and students have been gathering and analyzing data to develop new strategies aimed at strengthening and promoting more equitable outcomes,” noted Kingsborough Community College President Claudia Schrader.

Kingsborough has focused on overcoming opportunity gaps by identifying barriers that are nearly always outside the student’s control, including race, English proficiency, and family or community wealth.

“The metrics ATD established for Leader College of Distinction are meant to encourage colleges to sustain aggressive efforts that result in far greater student success and equity,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “The honor recognizes Network colleges that have stayed focused on the change process and seen real improvements in student achievement across the institution.” Only colleges that have been Leader Colleges for three or more years were invited to apply.


About Kingsborough Community College  

Kingsborough Community College is dedicated to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community. Kingsborough annually serves approximately 15,000 full- and part-time students in liberal arts and career courses. The only one of The City University of New York’s seven community colleges to be located in Brooklyn, Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into professional careers.


Lynn Reddy | Achieving the Dream Inc. / lreddy@achievingthedream.org
JoAnne Meyers / JoAnne.Meyers@kbcc.cuny.edu / 718-368-5169

Exploring the relationship between sexual orientation components and health risk behaviors

woman in club accepting pills from manIn recent studies, women who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB), or who report attraction to or sex with women indicated greater levels of substance use and risky sexual behavior. Few studies have measured associations between different components of sexual orientation (i.e., sexual identity, attraction, or behavior) and health risk behaviors, particularly over time.

To address this, CUNY SPH doctoral graduate Margaret Paschen-Wolff led a study for her dissertation with committee members Christian Grov, Elizabeth Kelvin and Nicholas Grosskopf. Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), the researchers compared past-year sexual risk behavior, binge drinking, drug use, and sexually transmitted infection treatment among sexual minority women (SMW) versus sexual majority women (SMJW) by each sexual orientation component separately and by all components combined and tested for effect modification by NSFG survey cycle. The study was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The researchers found that, in multivariable models, SM identity, behavior, and attraction individually predicted significantly greater odds of risk behaviors. After adjusting for all three orientation components simultaneously, only non-monosexual attraction and behavior (i.e., attraction to and sex with both males and females) continued to predict elevated odds of risk behaviors. Non-monosexual attraction and behavior remained associated with sexual risk behavior and drug use over time. Trends in disparities over time between SMW versus SMJW varied depending on how sexual orientation was measured.

Paschen-Wolff says that, in a shifting political and social context, research should include multidimensional sexual orientation constructs to accurately identify all SMW and prioritize their health needs.

“Our findings indicate that measurement methods matter when assessing associations between sexual orientation and health risk behaviors,” says Paschen-Wolff. “To identify the specific mechanisms that contribute to elevated risks for non-monosexual women observed in multiple NSFG survey cycles, future research should investigate health outcomes separately among women who express non-monosexuality in terms of identity, behavior, and/or attraction rather than considering all sexual minority women as a composite group. Multilevel interventions should be implemented to achieve health equity for all SMW.”

Paschen-Wolff MM, Kelvin E, Wells BE, Campbell ANC, Grosskopf NA, Grov C. Changing Trends in Substance Use and Sexual Risk Disparities among Sexual Minority Women as a Function of Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Attraction, Arch Sex Behav(2019)

BCC Starts the New Year with Three New Grants:

Bronx Community College is swinging into the spring semester with a big assist from three grants.

A $1,190,090 grant from the New York State Education Department under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. This continued funding makes it possible for BCC to provide essential career and technical education-related programs and services to better prepare our students for employment upon graduation. An annual evaluation of the programs supported through this grant demonstrates that each initiative has a strong impact on students’ workforce preparedness.

A $100,000 grant from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation in continued support of the Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund, which provides BCC students with emergency aid for short-term financial crises, including, but not limited to: temporary loss of income, medical/dental emergencies, loss of child care and homelessness or sudden loss of housing. This brings the total BCC has received for this invaluable fund to $600,000 since December 2013.

A $1,500 “Vision” Planning grant from Humanities-NY, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will support BCC faculty in planning an arts and community event on campus this fall. The grant will underwrite a call for and juried selection of artists across a broad range of media to re-envision fame and public commemoration at BCC’s Hall of Fame for Great Americans. The planning team is led by Professor and Archivist Cynthia Tobar.

These grants will allow us to further our goal of building a community of excellence.


Kaileah Gaynor ’20 Malcolm/King Scholarship Winner Sets Her Sights On Law School


To continue our celebration of Black History month, and in anticipation of our 29th Malcolm/King Awards Breakfast, we spoke with the recipients of the Malcolm/King Scholarship. Their success serves as an inspiration to students of all races, and their deep understanding and appreciation of African-American history is a testament to the many contributions African-Americans have made to this country. Our first “Malcolm/King Scholarship Spotlight” is Kaileah Gaynor, a junior majoring in Law and Society.

February is Black History Month. What does it mean to you to celebrate the many achievements African-Americans have contributed to this country?
It makes me proud and honored to be where I am today, and to have the opportunities that I have today. Years ago, school wasn’t accessible to African-Americans—especially for women. To be able to come to school and achieve a higher education is an honor.

What goals do you have for advancing equality and fairness for all people, especially African-Americans? 
I currently work as an after-school counselor for kindergarten and first grade. What I really want to do is to work in legislation, making sure that all schools have the same resources that upper-class, predominately white neighborhoods already have—the sports programs, the music programs, the language classes. I want to make sure that all kids have these resources.


“What I really want to do is to work in legislation, making sure that all schools have the same resources that upper-class, predominately white neighborhoods already have.” —Kaileah Gaynor, ’20


When you think of African-American history, what makes you the proudest?
Probably the perseverance and the drive that a lot of our ancestors had in paving the way for the future generations. Both of my grandparents immigrated from Jamaica. My grandmother came to the United States and got her bachelor’s degree. Then she got her master’s degree and became a teacher. My grandfather was a mechanical engineer and worked tirelessly to make sure that my father would be able to go to school and get his education. They pushed us all to do the same thing.

If you could talk to Malcolm X or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., what would you say to them?
First, I would say thank you. Then I would ask them what kept them going, especially through such a hard time when they were facing adversity and everyone was against them. They still continued to fight and work towards an equal world where there is opportunity for all.

Dr. King once famously said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” As a student at a school focused on justice, what does that quote mean to you? 
At the end of the day, justice will prevail. You may feel like you are always fighting and you may not see the end point, but even though the road is long it will always lean towards justice and equality.


“At the end of the day, justice will prevail.” —Kaileah Gaynor, ’20


What does it mean to you to receive the Malcolm/King Scholarship? 
It’s an honor to receive this scholarship. It’s the first scholarship that I’ve ever gotten. I don’t get financial aid, so I have to take out loans and pay out-of-pocket. I plan on going to law school after John Jay, and this helps ease the weight of those loans.

If everything goes according to plan, where do you see yourself in 10 years? 
In 10 years, I see myself finished with law school and practicing law. Right now, I’m looking at the University of Miami Law School. I’m not 100 percent sure where I will be, but I know that I want to go into legislation and work on making laws for underprivileged schools or for women’s rights.



Hunter, Brooklyn Ride Offensive Onslaughts Into 2019 CUNYAC Championship Final

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Feb. 19, 2019) - On Tuesday, top-seeded Hunter College and second-seeded Brooklyn College didn't leave much doubt in the semifinals of the 2019 CUNYAC Women's Basketball Championship.

Smith embracing challenge of critical season

The flocks follow Peter Alonso everywhere he goes, snapping pictures, pining for sound bites, wondering whether he will make the team. Far more anonymous in the early days of camp has been Dominic Smith, spending the past two mornings swinging on a quieter back field.

Versatility can only help Hech's roster chances

About a week before Adeiny Hechavarria signed with the Mets, he met with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, assistant GM Allard Baird and manager Mickey Callaway near his Miami home. Over dinner, the four talked about an opportunity in Mets camp, where the team had accumulated scant shortstop depth behind Amed Rosario.

Here are the Mets' 2019 Top 30 Prospects

While there are 24 homegrown players on the new Mets Top 30 list, it's only fair to wonder how different the list could look a year from now as the front office continues to address its short-term needs.

Olympic Star Teresa Edwards to Serve on Broadcast for CUNYAC Basketball Championships

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Feb. 19, 2019) - The City University of New York Athletic Conference is excited to announce that five-time Olympic basketball player and National Basketball Hall of Famer Teresa Edwards will join Friday's broadcast of the 2019 CUNYAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships.


Weather Reports

The Single Guy Blog

My New Dream Girl

Well it has been a while since I posted. I guess after finding out my dream girl was having a baby by another guy I just wasn’t in the mood to post. But I’m back folks! So I have a new dream girl. It is a bit of a long story so sit back,pour a cup of coffee and relax. So I have been stalking the Facebook page of the bar I use to work at-ya know how a single guys does when he has no life. I saw some pictures of a beautiful girl that bartends there. Blond hair,beautiful smile…just perfect. Of course I figured I would never have a chance with her-specially since she is about 20 years younger. But a guy can dream right? So a couple days ago I was looking around seekingarrangements to see if anyone new had signed up and who do I see? Yep that girl! We will call her…Tanya…So I figured hey send her a message who knows what might happen. She sent me a message back and we sent a few more messages back and forth. I gave her my number and SURPRISE she sends me a text! So we have been talking for a couple days now. She even says she likes older guys and not the young military guys that come into the bar where she works. We are planning on meeting this week. So we will see what happens…I have my fingers crossed and won’t be surprised if she disappears before we actually meet….but I might just actually have found my future wife-or she may just “ghost” on me like so many flakey girls do. Stay tuned..maybe the Single Guy won’t be single much longer!

My Dream Girl’s Baby Daddy Revealed

Well after a month of stalking my dream girl’s facebook page I finally found out who her baby daddy is. To get you up to speed I was shocked a while back to find out my dream girl was pregnant. I had never even seen her post anything about a man in her life. Well after a long wait she finally tagged her baby daddy to a post about the baby. I of course had to click on his name and check him out. And of course he is a low ranking military guy. Now don’t get me wrong I respect our military. But in this area most of the military guys are not the most upstanding people. And this guy is no different. So prediction-in a year or two my dream girl will be a single mother,left by her baby daddy when he got transfered or cheated on her with some other flavor of the week. But hey that is the life of a single guy-watching the hot girls fall for the cool guys that don’t deserve them and will treat them like crap.

My Dream Girl Is Pregnant

I was stalking around Facebook the other night checking out different posts by people like I do when I am bored. I checked out the Facebook page of a girl I have always had a huge crush on. This girl is beautiful. My total dream girl. What did I see? A post saying she was pregnant. That’s right my dream girl is pregnant. Now don’t get me wrong I always knew and know I would never have a chance with this girl. But what surprised me is that she never talks about a man in her life. She never posts pictures of her and a guy. And in fact I always thought maybe she was a lesbian because she always posted pictures of her and her hot model girlfriends. So now I am wondering who is the father? Is she dating someone and just not posting it? Even in the comments on her posts about being pregnant everyone just congratulates her. They never mention a boyfriend. Did she get pregnant by having a drunken one night stand? Did she intentionally get pregnant even though she says it was a surprise finding out she was pregnant? I mean no offense but there is so much birth control around if a girl gets pregnant she is either really stupid or wanted to get pregnant. And I have never considered this girl to be stupid. And who is the guy and what is he like? Is he some military guy from Fort Drum? Is he a professional? Is he unemployed? And does he ever know or care he is going to have a baby with this goddess? So many unanswered questions! One thing for sure,I will be checking out her page a lot to see if I can get an idea of exactly who this lucky guy is. This guy that knocked up my dream girl!

2017-And Still Single

Well we are almost a month into 2017-and I am still single. I wonder if Miss Right will find me this year. She seemed like she was in hiding during 2016. I mean I realize a lot of things happened in 2016 and she was probable busy. My Miss Right was probable busy helping Trump get elected President. Miss Right most likely was working with Obama to fight this Isis problem. Miss Right was obviously tied up helping my Cowboys win the NFC East. Oh and I am totally sure my Miss Right was completely taken up with helping to stop this whole Global Warming situation. But come on enough is enough….come on Miss Right…put all this dam community service aside and find me already!

Scam Girls

I never thought I would fall for it-but I did. You see there is a large group of girls on the internet that try to scam guys. They try to get them to send them money with the promises they want to meet but need some help to get by. I always have thought I was smart about all this. When I start talking to a girl off one of the dating websites I always try to look her up to make sure she is real. Well I started texting a girl yesterday off the Seekingarrangement website I have been on for about a year. We were texting back and forth. I searched her number on facebook and found her profile. Everything seemed legit. She said she wanted a long term arrangement with an older guy. We talked until about 5pm. Then she said she was trying to get money for her baby sitter and gas in the car and if I would send her some money. She even said she was sorry she was asking and would pay me back when she got paid next week. So I sent her $50 through Paypal. She said thank you so much. I said your welcome. And that was it. I texted her a few times after that and no response. I sent her a friend request on facebook and she blocked me. I had fallen for it. A scam girl had gotten me! The funny part about the whole thing is she could have gotten way more from me if she had kept talking to me and kept me going. I mean seriously $50 is not much,hell I spent more then that on lunch yesterday. But it’s just the point I got had. But you live and learn. But one thing is for sure-if your on seekingarrangement.com and start talking to a girl with lots of tatoos from Elmira Ny that calls herself Hannah,don’t send her money! You can thank me later for saving you money!

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Let’s be honest, even if you do get dressed up for thanksgiving, there’s a good chance you’re going to be changing into something a little bit, shall we say, roomier? Especially as the food coma sets in and all of the Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales start going live.

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The holiday season is here, which has always been my favorite time of year! Time spent with family and friends, exchanging gifts, cooking food together, baking the day away and sharing in traditions that we do every year. I’ve spent a few Thanksgivings away from my family, and this year they’ll be on the east coast while we stay on the west coast, so it’ll be our first Thanksgiving in a new place, a long way away from what’s been our home for a long time.

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Health and Fitness Q+A

Health and Fitness Q+A

I’ve had a few questions about what I eat, what my workout routine is, and other things related to health, fitness and wellness, so I thought it was about time to do a Q&A roundup to answer some questions!

Topic: Ayurveda

“You said that you practice Ayurveda.

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I’ve been seeing so many different leopard print pieces lately, and I wanted to share my top picks that I’ve seen! It’s hit or miss with me when it comes to leopard. Sometimes I think it can look a little bit cheap and tacky if not done right, but other pieces are put together so well, between choosing the right colors, fabric, and design.

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As promised, here is part two of answering your beauty questions! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below, send me an email, or send me a direct message on Instagram!

What natural shampoo do you recommend? To be honest, I have yet to try a natural shampoo that actually works for me without making my hair feel like straw, but I have friends who use different brands, and they’ve recommended Calia Natural and Rahua which I haven’t tried yet but they say are amazing.

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From red and navy plaid, to emerald green velvet, black leather and hot pink corduroy, the options of pants to choose from are endless this season. As much as I love a great pair of jeans, I’ve been leaning more towards styling outfits with pants this fall. Sometimes it’s nice to take a breather from high-waisted […]

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Beauty Q&A: Part 1

  Last week I did an Instagram Story asking what your beauty questions were so that I could work on answering them through a Q&A on the blog, so this is Part 1 of answering your questions! Part 2 will be coming out next week on the blog, so stay tuned. Without further ado…  Beauty […]

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My Top 5 Favorite Free People Cardigans for Fall

It’s that time of year here where everyone, even here in California, are cozying up and looking for the best sweaters of the season. I’ve been loving wearing cardigans since they’re so easy to put on and take off depending […]

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Day Trip to Big Bear Lake, California

Outfit Details: Anthropologie Sweater, Anthropologie Scarf, Ralph Lauren Jeans, Nordstrom Booties (similar to ones I’m wearing) As much as I’ve been absolutely loving the sunshine and beautiful weather in California, I’m an east coast girl and always loved the seasons growing […]

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How To Dress for Fall in California

  Happy Thursday! I think I finally put together the perfect “Fall in California” look that’s been working for me trying to figure out how to dress here. It’s usually chilly in the morning, warm in the afternoon, and chilly […]

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War Is Coming

People don’t want to admit it but war is coming between the U.S. and North Korea. North Korea is getting close to having a long range Nuclear missile that can hit the U.S. Americans don’t have the stomach for war but they need to get it and fast. If North Korea is allowed to get a missile that can strike our home land the party is over. The war is not going to be pretty. Lots of people in South Korea will die and so will American soldiers. But war is the only way to stop the mad man in the North. The left wing Liberals,liberal media and lots of gutless Americans think that we can talk to the leader of North Korea to get him to stop his Nuclear and missle programs. But that just won’t work. The more we talk the more he keeps building. He now has a million man army. Now to be honest-again something the Liberal media will not tell you-a lot of those million soldiers in the North are just teenagers. When the real fighting starts a lot of that million is going to run home to mommie. Right now the boys think they are cool in a uniform fighting for their country,but when the bullets and bombs fly the coolness will end and they will drop their arms and run. But there will still be soldiers that fight. The war will start shortly with an air campaign. Once our bombings of the North start then North Korea will start bombing South Korea. Then China will get in as well as Japan. If we are lucky the Russians might sit this one out. They have no real interest in that area of the world and they know they have their hands full in Syria. The war will be short but bloody. And President Trump will carry the blame,when he is actually doing what Presidents before him should have done. They should have stopped North Korea long ago before they were strong enough to give us a battle. But yes America war is coming-so get ready for it!

Why Obama Care Didn’t Work

President Trump is now in the process of repealing and replacing Obama Care. Everyone knows Obama Care didn’t work,even if they do not want to admit it. What a lot of people don’t know is why it didn’t work. It is very simple-Obama Care didn’t work because to many people were forced to buy insurance. The insurance industry is a business,and as a business they need to make a profit. Insurance companies rely on more people having insurance then actually use it. But when Obama Care mandated that everyone had to buy insurance people instantly wanted to use the insurance they purchased. Before,when people didn’t have insurance if they got a cold they stayed in bed,had chicken soup and recovered in a few days. Now with people being forced to buy insurance you can bet as soon as they even got the sniffles they went to the doctor. Before Obama Care people bought insurance for emergencies. The people who had insurance knew that some day they would need it for a major illness,but did not use it for the slightest ailment. The new health care plan that has been introduced does not have a mandate. If they keep that then this new health care law should do fine.

Hollywood Is Out Of Touch

After watching and listing to some of the actors and actresses in the past week talk about President Trump I now know that Hollywood is out of touch with main stream America. Hollywood just can not deal with the fact that their views do not reflect American values. What is worst is Hollywood can not deal with losing the election. Clinton did in deed win the popular vote. But what people don’t want to admit is Clinton won that popular vote by winning NYC and the LA/Hollywood areas. A lot of people live in these areas but their values are not the values of main stream America. Clinton did not win the working voters in Michigan or the farmers in the Midwest. She did not win the Southern voters in the bible belt. Clinton did not win the retired population in Florida. The protesters this past week are showing this generations true colors. A generation that has always gotten a trophy even if they finished last. A generation that has always gotten their own way-from Gay rights to Womens equal rights. A generation that has been able to work less because the government will give them a hand out to make ends meet. Well Hollywood and NYC better buckle their seat belts because the next four years and beyond are going to be a very bumpy ride. President Trump is in the White House and main stream America has taken back their country!

President Trump In 7 More Days

Well its been a long road but in just 7 more days we will have a new President. The last year and a half has been up and down. For a while I actually had my doubts if Trump could do it. But he did! And it is pretty obvious Clinton supporters thought for a long time that she would be the next President. Hotels in the Washinton DC area reported a huge number of cancellations because Clinton supporters had already made reservations planning to come to see their candidate take the Oath of Office. Now most hotels are booked back up again with Trump supporters. To get a room in the Washington DC area next week it will cost over $1,000 a night. Who knows what the next four years will be like. Maybe Trump will be a great President and maybe he won’t. I am certain of one thing however,the liberal media is going crazy trying to figure out what happened. They still will not admit that they were out of touch with main stream America. The liberal media thought what they believed was what America believed. Trump hit a nerve with Americans. When I say Americans I am not talking about people in NYC or LA. Those people do not reflect true Americans. True Americans think the government has gotten out of control,that there is to much interference in our lives and special interest groups like the Gaye and Lesbian groups have gotten way to much attention over the past 8 years. America took their country back and next week their leader will take control of a country wanting and needing a change. God Bless President Trump and God Bless the USA!