FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM MAY 11, 2017 • THE QUEENS COURIER 23 Assemblyman’s wife launches City Council bid BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI email@example.com / @smont76 An incumbent councilman representing Flushing faces a new challenger. Alison Tan-Kim, a member of Community Board 7 (CB 7) who’s also married to Assemblyman Ron Kim, announced on Monday that she would challenge incumbent Councilman Peter Koo for his seat representing the 20th City Council District this election cycle. She will run as a Democrat. “I know everyone on the board understands the duty we have to being civically engaged,” Tan-Kim said during public participation at the May 8 CB 7 meeting. “To have a say in our neighborhood; to be on the front line protecting where we live from interests that are frequently, frequently in direct opposition to the quality of our lives.” Tan-Kim said she has learned a lot about public service through her husband’s experience in the Assembly. She also cited her time serving on the community board, in her career in the private fi nance sector and as a mother raising two children in Flushing as valuable experiences that make her fi t for the job. “I want to take ownership of my neighborhood,” she continued. Tan-Kim cited an overcrowded school district “bursting at the seams,” a lack of Alison Tan-Kim (at left) is challenging incumbent City Councilman Peter Koo (at right) in the September Democratic primary. sanitation, and air, noise and water pollution as some of her top concerns in the district. “Since I moved to Flushing six years ago, the quality of life hasn’t improved,” Tan-Kim said. “We are losing to special interests.” “I don’t want to be a nice person,” THE ELEVATOR ABOVE Q: One day in my work as an elevator repairman, I was called to fix an elevator’s safety shoes (something that is unrelated to normal wear and tear). Although it turns out there was a ‘kill switch’ located in the building superintendent’s office, I was not aware of it. What’s more, the super did not remain on the premises while the repair was ongoing, as required by the service contract. You guessed it: the elevator fell on top of me. A: This elevator required securing for the purpose of your repair work. It was a falling object within the contemplation of section 240(1) of the Labor Law. Under that statute, the owner of a building can be subject to absolute liability for injuries which result from its failure to provide you with proper safety devices, without regard to your comparative fault. Sometimes, a defendant will contend that the worker was the ‘sole proximate cause’ of his injury: that adequate safety devices were available, that you knew that they were available and that you were expected to use them, but that you unreasonably chose not to do so. Here, there is such no indication. As for section 200 of the Labor Law – common-law negligence – your attorney may be expected to contend that the owner had supervisory control over the means and methods of your work. As one indication, the service agreement between the owner and your employer provided that the owner would shut off the power to the elevator in the case of repair. As another, the owner (or its employees) sometimes gave you specific instructions. Tan-Kim continued. “Incumbent City Councilman Peter Koo is a nice person. But I want to be a Council member in the City Council as a force to be reckoned with, as an angry mom.” Koo, who also served as a member of Community Board 7, was elected to the New York City Council in November 2009. He sits on committees including Health, Immigration and Land Use and belongs to the Black, Latino/a, and Asian (BLA) Caucus. Th e New York City Campaign Finance Board lists Issar J. Faradi as another candidate vying for the seat this election cycle. WINTER SAVINGS 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE With Coupon. Not combinable – New Orders Only. Limit 1 per customer. $150.00 max for discount.
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