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Friday, March 6, 2015

Corona

Plans for convention center in Corona scaled back to a conference hotel

When the Fleet Financial Group purchased the DiBlasi Ford Dealership in Corona for $17 million in December 2013, it announced it would build the borough’s first convention center. The $200 million project called for a 106,000-square-foot-complex that would “rival the Javits Center” and include a 25-story hotel, residential apartments and plenty of retail space. Comment.
Astoria

Award winning gin to be produced in first Queens distillery since Prohibition

An Astoria man is planning to open the first craft spirits distillery in Queens since the Prohibition era back in the 1920s. Chris Murillo, the founder of the Astoria Distillery Co., has been making his award-winning gin Queens Courage at an upstate Rochester-area facility and he is negotiating for a space to manufacture in western Queens. Comment.
Bayside

Consumer Affairs, banks offer affordable bank account to NYers

For New Yorkers who have been relying on check-cashing services as an alternative to bank accounts, the city Department of Consumer Affairs has partnered with financial institutions to offer an affordable bank account. Comment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Business

Governor announces wage hike for tipped workers

Thousands of restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers across New York state will enjoy a wage hike that will raise their hourly pay to $7.50, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The increase was ordered by Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino and it will go into effect later this year. Comment.

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