Astoria Times

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

Jackson Heights

Stavisky, Koo focus on economic crisis

Heading into the final week before the general election, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) and her Republican challenger, Peter Koo, were singing similar tunes — that mending the country’s weakening economy will be the top priority facing New Yorkers in the coming two years. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Memorial held for Malakov

On any other stormy day, the entrance to the Annadale Playground in Forest Hills would be empty of visitors, but on Tuesday bad weather did not deter the family and friends of slain orthodontist Daniel Malakov from visiting that spot. Comment.
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Tavernetta Europa: Charm intact after move

Change is good, and when it comes to politics we’re all for it. But in some areas we’re very resistant to change. Like, for example, when it comes to our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. Comment.
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Preserve American democracy by voting this Nov. 4

On Nov. 4, the most eagerly anticipated presidential election in a generation will take place. Many agree it will be historical. The stakes are much higher than ever before. Comment.
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LIRR reports fewer diesel engine breakdowns

Long Island Rail Road officials have reported a 32 percent drop in breakdowns and delays among its diesel locomotives as the result of new maintenance procedures. Comment.
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Queens split as Council approves third term

The controversial term limit extension bill passed in the City Council last week split Queens delegates as they wrestled with the impact on city politics and their own careers. Comment.
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Markey, Nunziato set to face off in Assembly fight

As the 2008 campaign reaches its final days, a two−term state assemblywoman will square off against a well−known preservationist to keep her seat in western Queens’ 30th District. Comment.
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6 times the diaper duty for dad

Whitestone resident Digna Carpio successfully gave birth to sextuplets Oct. 5, marking just the second time in city history six children have been born to one family at once. Comment.
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Donohue faces Weiner on Conservative line

Though voters will not head to the polls for days, Alfred Donohue, the registered Democrat running on the Conservative ticket for the 9th Congressional District, has already conceded he will not likely defeat U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D−Forest Hills). Comment.
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Hillary praises Obama at Queens Village gala

The Clintons came back to Queens last Thursday with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D−N.Y.) making a stop to schmooze with Queens Democrats and stump for presidential hopeful and former opponent U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D−Ill.). Comment.
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Schumer endorses Addabbo’s bid for state Senate

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) picked up a big endorsement for his bid for the state Senate from one of New York’s leading figures Sunday. Comment.
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Qns. polling places to get high−tech machines

The borough’s polling places will be featuring new technology when voters cast their ballots, but the old−style lever machines will still be in place, according to the state Elections Board. Comment.
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SE Qns’ black leaders canvass swing states for Obama

As Election Day approaches, City Councilman James Sanders (D−Laurelton) said there is a big push within the southeast Queens community to get the vote out — not in the borough, but in hotly contested areas of the country. Comment.
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Gioia, Katz, Liu will not pursue third term

In the wake of last week’s term limits vote, the fortunes of several of Queens’ political heavyweights may have changed in an instant. But while some elected officials are eyeing the comfort of a third term, others remain undaunted in their quest for higher office. Comment.
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Queens property values declining quickly: Report

A report by the Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate company revealed that the median price for homes in Queens plummeted by 11.4 percent in the third quarter of this year in a continuing slump that began in the summer of 2007. Comment.
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Queens law students to hit polls

With a large number of newly registered voters expected to flock to the polls on Election Day, CUNY Law students said it is more important than ever to ensure individuals — especially immigrant, minority and poorer voters — are not harassed at polling stations or deterred from casting their ballots. Comment.
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Asian legal group ready to help immigrant voters

A Flushing−based Asian−American legal advocacy group said last week it will be out in force in Queens and elsewhere to ensure immigrant voters are not confused or turned away from polling sites. Comment.
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LIRR hearing exposes pension irregularities

Witnesses at a hearing investigating the possibility of widespread disability fraud among Long Island Rail Road retirees said some LIRR managers counseled employees on how to apply for questionable disability benefits from a federal agency. Comment.
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Holliswood Hospital CEO aims to debunk mental health myths

While care for individuals with psychiatric conditions has become better in recent decades, public attitudes toward people with mental disorders remain unhealthy. Jeffrey Borenstein, the CEO of Holliswood Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Jamaica Estates, hopes to change that. Comment.
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Bill Clinton praises Obama during Queens College visit

Visiting a borough that holds “a special place” in his heart, former President Bill Clinton encouraged an enthusiastic Queens College crowd to go to the polls Nov. 4 and elect U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D−Ill.) as the country’s next leader. Comment.
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Pols oppose Astoria shelter

Western Queens elected officials said they opposed a state−funded project that would house 50 mentally ill homeless people across the street from Astoria Houses on the grounds that the facility posed safety concerns and would likely impede development in the neighborhood. Comment.
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Vallone to run for his Council seat for third term

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D−Astoria) said he plans to seek a third term after voting to extend term limits last week and hinted that he would likely run for Queens borough president in five years. Comment.
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SE Queens voters unhappy with reps’ votes

Southeast Queens voters say they were snubbed when their city councilmen voted last Thursday for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bill to extend term limits, but at least one of the leaders said he will be working to address those issues with the constituents immediately. Comment.
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Hillary touts Obama at Qns. Village gala

The Clintons came back to Queens last Thursday with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D−N.Y.) making a stop to schmooze with Queens Democrats and stump for presidential hopeful and former opponent U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D−Ill.). Comment.
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Bx. man challenges Crowley for House

Longtime U.S. Rep Joseph Crowley (D−Jackson Heights) has a challenger for the 7th Congressional District, but how big a threat that challenger poses remains to be seen. Comment.
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Maloney, Heim see economy as top issue

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D−Astoria) said the nation’s struggling economy has been her top priority during her bid to retain her congressional seat as she faces Republican challenger Robert Heim. Comment.
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Onderdonk House cancels Harvest Festival after budget cuts

The city’s shrinking budget and a change in City Council representation has claimed an annual festival at Ridgewood’s historic Onderdonk House. Comment.
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Boro groups register thousands of voters

Waves of Queens residents and grass roots organizations have done everything from attending naturalization ceremonies to knocking on neighbors’ doors to register thousands of new voters to cast their ballots in what Make the Road New York Co−executive Director Ana Maria Archila calls a “historic election.” Comment.
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Accused cop shooter faces multiple charges

The man accused of shooting two police officers in the Queensbridge subway station last week faces serious charges from the incident he claimed started because he feared deportation, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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School in Astoria faces 400% rent hike in 2015

An Astoria charter school that pays $700,000 in rent is facing a 400 percent rate increase when its lease expires in 2015, the school’s assistant principal said. Comment.
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Queens Int’l Film Festival showcases indies, shorts

The Queens International Film Festival will unveil a lineup of films as diverse as the borough that is hosting it when it kicks off its sixth year in East Elmhurst Nov. 6. Comment.
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Sliding into the spotlight

“Axiom” is the first release as bandleader for jazz musician Bill Cantrall, who, along with his ensemble, will be debuting some of the album’s tunes at a release party at Manhattan’s Smoke Jazz Club Nov. 19. The New Jersey native, now a two−year Astoria resident, has played trombone for years as a sideman in salsa groups and big bands from here to Chicago. Cantrall decided the time had come to take the role of band leader, and so this summer “Axiom” was born. Comment.
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APAC stages readings of new plays at church

Tom Wojtunik, who’s just been named the artistic director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center, wants his playwrights to hit the big time, which means Broadway. Comment.
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Tragic musical ‘Evita’ triumphs at BroadHollow

Has there ever been a musical that so despised its subject as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita?” Every song in the first act mocks and derides her through the improbable character of Che (Guevara? Was he really hanging around during all this?), a sneering anti−Peronista type who’s supposed to be the voice of conscience. Comment.

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