Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) faced unexpectedly stiff competition for his seat in the City Council from Democrat opponent Lew Simon but retained his post by winning 53 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported. Comments (1).
Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 19 seat, which represents Little Neck, Bayside, Douglaston, North Flushing, Whitestone, Auburndale and College Point. Comments (2).
Frustrated by what they call “inaction” by the city Department of Transportation, dozens of Woodside residents rallied outside the Big Six Towers to draw attention to a dangerous intersection at 47th Avenue and 60th Street. Comment.
Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 27 seat, which represents St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica, Baisley Park, Addisleigh Park, Queens Village, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Comments (1).
The only way the citizens of northeast Queens are going to get results from the industry-slanted Federal Aviation Administration is to start protesting immediately in front of their offices, government buildings and airline ticket offices. Comments (4).
As one of the more vulnerable links in the business community, immigrant businesses struggled during the Great Recession. Though buoyed by growing immigrant communities, many found themselves in direct competition with chain stores and large retailers that have flourished in the past few years, some anchored by large-scale real estate development. Comments (1).
In response to a column written by Bob Friedrich in TimesLedger Newspapers Oct. 4-10: “There may be light at the end of the tunnel for the nightmare faced by families zoned for Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. MVB evokes wonderful memories for its alumni, but while its former reputation as a community school with high graduation rates is well-known, it has since fallen on hard times and by any objective measure of success is a failed school.” Comments (1).
The Port Authority has tweaked its plan to rehabilitate a runway at JFK Airport, but some southeast Queens residents still want an in-depth analysis of the impact the revised plan will have on airplane noise. Comment.
LONG ISLAND CITY — Police arrested a man who was depicted in surveillance video allegedly smashing his way into a Long Island City warehouse with a fire extinguisher, cops said.Kenneth Chapman, of the Bronx, charged with burglary and criminal mischief in connection to a break-in at a warehouse on 24th Street last week, police said. Comment.
State Education Commissioner John King is getting rid of some standardized tests. Did this maven of multiple choice feel the pressure or did he see the light? Enlightenment is a long shot, but miracles happen. Comments (1).
On the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Museum of the City of New York has brought back vivid recollections of the incredible destruction wrought by the storm in a display of 200 photos, including one shot by TimesLedger Newspapers Photo Editor Christina Santucci. Comment.
Justin Bertea sat on the Molloy bench for 80 minutes praying and thinking about how cool it would be to score the winning goal and send the Stanners back to the city title game. Then he got to find out. Comment.
A standing-room-only crowd jammed the glass-walled atrium in the Long Island Rail Road station’s AirTrain building in downtown Jamaica last week in a ceremony celebrating a century since the LIRR’s original depot opened in 1913. Comments (2).
Each of southeast Queens’ three City Council districts will be contested in next week’s general election, but the candidates challenging the winners from September’s Democratic primaries are facing steep odds. Comments (1).
Things are confusing enough without having to turn the clock back this weekend, but I guess we have to. The extra hour gives me more of a chance to savor my Halloween trick-or-treat haul, while adding on another pound or two and watching lots of thin and healthy people run the NYC marathon. Comment.
In the 19th City Council District in northeast Queens, it has been a hard-fought race between Republican Dennis Saffran and Democrat Paul Vallone. Both are attorneys and have run for this seat before. Vallone ran in a Democratic primary four years ago but lost to Kevin Kim. Twelve years ago, Saffran ran against Tony Avella in the general election and lost by a narrow margin. Comments (1).
A federal appeals court Thursday temporarily suspended the court-ordered reforms to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics and removed the judge who ruled the controversial practices unconstitutional as the city appeals the case. Comments (1).
Four of the five candidates for the 22nd Council District seat squared off in their last debate Monday, just a week before Election Day, but the event at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria failed to draw more than 20 constituents. Comment.
Students who attend the small high schools opened by the Bloomberg administration — such as the East-West School of International Studies in Flushing and the High School of Applied Communication at LaGuardia Community College — are more likely to make it through the first year of college than their peers at larger high schools, a new study shows. Comment.
A group of hurricane victims commemorated the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy by walking with clergy from Far Rockaway to City Hall to demand that the next mayor speed up recovery and create jobs as well as affordable housing in the hard-hit Rockaways. Comment.
Tuesday’s general election will mark the end of a long and contentious campaign to restore the reputation of the northeast Queens City Council district after its city councilman was arrested earlier this year. Comments (3).
A City Council hopeful from northeast Queens pledged a strong allegiance to his flag pin after a scuttle with the city Campaign Finance Board over whether or not he could be pictured wearing it. Comments (2).
The only political debate between two Middle Village candidates for City Council was a fiery one, prompting a steady stream of cheers and jeers from the audience for nearly an hour and a half. Comments (1).
Hundreds of students and parents packed the auditorium of Long Island City High School last week to protest a plan proposed by the city Department of Education to co-locate a new career and technical education school inside the building next year. Comment.
FOREST HILLS — A Brooklyn man has been charged with breaking into 11 homes in Queens and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, cameras, computer equipment, sports memorabilia and ammunition, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.
Donna Episcopio and Nicolle Holloran realized just how important the next few points would be as a throng of spectators along with their St. Francis Prep teammates walked down to the tennis court after all the other matches concluded. Comment.
One of the greatest political books ever, “A Team of Rivals,” by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, tells the compelling and relevant tale of President Abraham Lincoln’s unprecedented hiring of his presidential rivals to serve in his administration. Comment.
There was no reason for Queens Public Television to flip-flop on plans to air its borough president debate because the station was not required to invite third-party candidate Everly Brown in the first place, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Comments (2).
Hoping to shed New York’s reputation as a tax-heavy place that sends startups to places like California, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced Jamaica’s York College will be one of a number of havens across the state where new and high-tech businesses can work tax-free for the next decade. Comments (1).
The New York state attorney general announced a probe into Barneys and Macy’s about racial profiling at the two department stores after a black teen from Corona was arrested when he bought an expensive belt at one of their Manhattan emporiums. Comment.
The community’s opposition to the co-location of another school at Queens Village’s Martin Van Buren High could not be more clear as everyone readied themselves for Wednesday’s official vote on the plan. Comments (1).
When 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo walked out of PS 277 in Long Island City at 12:38 p.m. Oct. 4, he was heading in the direction of the East River and the non-verbal autistic youth has not been seen since. Comment.
Four City Council races involving 11 candidates will be on the ballot in northeast Queens on Election Day, setting the stage for a potentially different political landscape by year’s end. Comments (1).
None of the candidates for borough president disagree on which one among them has the backing of Queens’ political and business establishment, but they do differ on how that should sway voters in next week’s general election. Comment.
Holy Cross has asked a lot from its talented defense as a young offense has struggled all season. The Knights have used four different quarterbacks and were shut out the last two weeks of a three-game losing streak. Comment.
Eugeneia McPherson didn’t get to finish her St. John’s University career the way she envisioned. Instead, she will get a chance to script an ending unlike any other player in the history of women’s basketball at the school. Comment.