Flushing Times

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Practically all of Queens has undergone rezoning

Decades ago residents of Queens neighborhoods recognized that their regular one- and two-family houses had been built in areas where their houses could be torn down and larger houses could be built. Some of the houses were so big they were called McMansions. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Mideast policy, health care dominate Weiner town hall

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) recently held a town hall meeting concerning Iran and Israel. While the initial questions concerned Iran, Israel and the United States, questions about health care reform were later asked. Comment.
Flushing Times

Political Action: Padavan says GOP can gain victories in next year’s elections

Padavan has pointed out that last year, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama carried his state Senate district with 70 percent of the vote. This one factor alone had a lot to do with the closeness of last year’s race. Padavan sees nothing like that happening again next year. Comment.
Flushing Times

Mourners at E. Elmhurst ceremony honor lost 9/11 responders

The families of firefighters, police officers and Port Authority officers who died Sept. 11, 2001, gathered last weekend for a solemn ceremony at East Elmhurst’s St. Michael’s Cemetery, which hosted a smaller, more intimate commemoration for the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

MTA needlessly spends on projects: DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA has spent millions of dollars in recent years on hiring outside agencies for projects it might have been cheaper to perform itself. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Sept. 11 ceremony at Boro Hall salutes Bayside hero

Among the nearly 2,600 people killed at the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001, were three state court officers who ran into the burning building to get civilians to safety. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Klein Farm day care plans move to Bayside

Notorious developer Tommy Huang and the owner of a day care center at Klein Farm struck a deal in Queens Civil Court last week, allowing the business to operate rent free for the next three months in exchange for vacating the property by the end of November, about three months before the lease was set to expire in February. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

BP Marshall wins decisively

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall won the Democratic primary in her bid for a third term Tuesday, easily defeating challengers Marc Leavitt and Robert Schwartz in the three-way race for the nomination, unofficial election results show. Comment.
Flushing Times

Weprin wins primary for seat in Council

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck) handily beat his two challengers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race to replace his brother, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis), according to unofficial results from the city Board of Elections. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Exxon station can stay on Bell

Community Board 11 voted this week to allow a 77-year-old gas station on Bell Boulevard to remain in operation as well as approving the renaming of two northeast Queens streets after labor leader Ron Carey and a former CB 11 member. Comment.
Flushing Times

Senate OKs boro-raised transit guru to helm MTA

Jay Walder, renowned for his innovations in London’s transit system, now envisions some bold changes at the MTA. Comment.
Flushing Times

Boro man has losing streak

A Whitestone man who was threatened with jail time after gaining the distinction of being Citi Field’s first streaker will pay fines and complete 20 days of community service instead, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

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