Friday, August 29, 2008
Daniel Dromm, Democratic District Leader, will be in front of the Post Office on 37th Avenue and 78th Street in Jackson Heights on Saturday, August 30th to register voters to help Senator Barack Obama win the White House.
He'll be there from 10 AM - 1 PM and he could use your help. Come by to meet neighbors, talk politics and stay as long or as little as you like. While we are at it, let's cheer on our presidential candidate - Senator Barack Obama! Hooray! It's an exciting time to be a Democrat!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
From Queens Chronicle:
Idle chatter about what Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to do next is nothing new for New Yorkers. It seems like every day the city’s leading billionaire has a new objective. President? Vice President? Governor? But now it’s beginning to look like Bloomberg is choosing to forego those ideas and go for a different gig: the one he already has.
Rumors are swirling around the city about a clandestine meeting Bloomberg reportedly held with the publishers of New York’s largest newspapers. The topic? His desire to reset the clock on his remaining time in office.
Not everyone is so keen on it, though. Daniel Dromm, a Jackson Heights district leader and City Council candidate, said on Tuesday that the mayor agreed to serve two terms — and only two terms — when he ran for office in 2001.
“I strongly believe that any attempt to overturn the will of the voters by legislative maneuvering will undermine our democracy,” Dromm said. “Term limits can help keep elected officials accountable to the public and defend against the abuses of unlimited tenure. The people of New York City benefit when our elections are more competitive and the nearly insurmountable advantage of incumbency is leveled.”
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
"The voters of New York City have twice voted in favor of term limits. I strongly believe that any attempt to overturn the will of the voters by legislative maneuvering will undermine our democracy. Term limits have helped bring a new generation of leaders into city government. New voices and progressive ideas are the tangible benefits from the increased opportunity for citizens to serve. Term limits can help keep elected officials accountable to the public and defend against the abuses of unlimited tenure. The people of New York City benefit when our elections are more competitive and the nearly insurmountable advantage of incumbency is leveled. I urge Mayor Bloomberg and the members of the City Council to respect the voters of our great City.- Daniel Dromm"
Thursday, August 21, 2008
From Queens Chronicle:
Across the borough, Con Edison customers like Laura Cadorette are cutting back on electricity, buying energy efficient light bulbs and suffering through hot summer days without the air conditioner, all because of an expected 22 percent Con Ed rate increase over last summer’s rates. Only in Cadorette’s case, all that conserving didn’t translate into a lower, or even a modest increase in her electric bill. Like millions of New Yorkers, the Jackson Heights resident recently got a shocker in the mail — a $190.80 Con Ed bill for her 1,000-square-foot apartment, outfitted with $100 worth of new energy saving bulbs and with her 15,000 BTU air conditioner left silent, a relic of better times.
At a rally in Jackson Heights last week, Daniel Dromm and lawmakers joined area residents to rail against Con Ed, a utility with few friends among city ratepayers and co-op managers like Debbie DaGiau at section three of Southridge Co-op in Jackson Heights.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
From Queens Ledger:
"How much is too much? That is the question being asked by community leaders regarding another increase in electricity costs that will be wreaking havoc on the finances of everyone who lives and works in New York City.
To combat the rate hikes, Daniel Dromm, Democratic district leader, and a number of elected officials have created several initiatives that will hopefully get utility prices down, including a postcard mailer and re-regulation of Consolidated Edison.
“I wanted to use the occasion to call attention to Con Ed’s fleecing of the public,” Dromm said. “Con Ed places shareholder profits over customer concerns and customer well-being.”
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
From NY Daily News:
With New Yorkers already feeling the pinch from historically high gas prices, locals are now focusing their ire on Con Edison.
"This summer, Con Ed increased its rates for residential customers by 22% and for its commercial customers by 25% for its supply of electric power. This comes on the heels of a 6% increase for the delivery of electric power in April," said Daniel Dromm, a Democratic district leader in Jackson Heights.
"Now we are turning our disgust into action," said Dromm, who organized the rally to announce a campaign to send protest postcards to Con Ed chief Kevin Burke.
Friday, August 15, 2008
From El Diario:
A comienzos de verano, Con Edison anunció que las tarifas aumentarían un 22% entre los meses de mayo y septiembre del 2008. La compañía ha explicado que adquiere electricidad a través de diversas compañías reguladas por el gobierno estatal a precio del mercado, el cual ha subido a la par que el petróleo y el gas natural. También ha advertido que las facturas son más altas porque la gente consume más electricidad en verano.
Sin embargo para Danny Dromm, líder del Distrito 39 de la Asamblea Estatal, de Queens, son frecuentes las quejas de los residentes y dueños de negocios.
Dromm dijo que la comunidad “va a luchar en contra de los aumentos de tarifa”, y pidió a los residentes que firmen una tarjeta que se está distribuyendo en la comunidad, llamada “Aquí tenemos algunas brillantes ideas”, mediante la cual se demanda que Con Edison deje de lado los recientes incrementos de tarifa.
Laura Cadorette of Jackson Heights removed her air conditioner this summer, bought dozens of energy efficient lightbulbs and does everything she can to conserve energy. Yet she says her Con Edison utilities bill still keeps going up.
“I was outraged by the fact that I had spent a lot of money and a lot of time trying to decrease my electric bill, and it seems like no matter what you do, your electric bill goes up,” said Cadorette.
Con Ed’s supply costs are going up this month, meaning consumers will see an increase of 20 percent in their bills, following a rate increase in April.
So Cadorette joined a protest in Jackson Heights lead by Daniel Dromm calling on Con Ed to stop raising prices and start improving service.
Community activist Daniel Dromm leads a rally of Queens residents and business owners in protest of Con Edison rate hikes.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Con Edison has jacked up its electric rates 22% for residential customers and 25% for its commercial customers this summer; that's right after getting a 6% increase in April. Soon, Con Ed will be back asking for more money. Enough is enough!
Con Ed has failed to provide reliable service in an affordable way. In 2006, thousands of Queens residents lost power for 9 days in the middle of a dangerous heat wave. Con Ed lied about the scope of the blackout while our community suffered.
Your rates are going up to pay for Con Ed's CEO Kevin Burke's 24% salary increase - paying him almost $5.5 million (including a $1.1 million performance-based bonus)!
We are demanding a reduction in rates, more accountability, improved reliability, and major changes in the way Con Ed conducts business.
Sign our petition and join us at a community rally:
Thursday, August 14th - 11 AM
Corner of 37 Avenue & 78 Street in Jackson Heights
Assembly Member Jose Peralta
Council Member Eric Gioia
District Leader Daniel Dromm
District Leader Dorothy Phelan
image credit: flickr/shoehorn99