Government

December, 2011

Forest Hills

Weiner’s wife gives birth to baby boy

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner became a first-time father yesterday after his wife gave birth to 7-pound boy, the New York Post reported. Comment.
College Point

Pols save College Point postal facility from ax, for now

Legislators eager to keep Queens mail in Queens have received at least a temporary reprieve. Comment.
Editorial

Lowest Bidder Should Not Run Prisons

Despite the thinking that the private sector can do almost anything government does better and for less money, we remain uncomfortable with private companies running our prisons and jails. Case in point: the federal immigration detention center in Springfield Gardens. Comment.
Government

Queens parks missed out on $730K: Liu

A city watchdog issued a report last week saying that concession businesses in Queens parks could have raked in an additional $728,358 over the last three years if it were not for the city Parks Department mishandling of the contracts. Comment.
Government

Governor signs law to cut MTA payroll tax

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation cutting back a payroll tax passed in 2009 to rescue the financially imperiled MTA, which has been assured any lost revenue will be made up by the New York state Legislature. Comments (1).
College Point

College Pt. postal plant gets five-month reprieve: Gillibrand

Elected officials from Queens announced Tuesday an agreement had been reached with the U.S. Postal Service to delay the closure of all postal facilities, including the mail sorting facility in College Point, for at least five months. Comment.

November, 2011

Government

Ackerman wants feds to raise boro lending limits

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said last week he was leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize the housing market in Queens and other high-cost areas by raising the limit on mortgages the government is allowed to guarantee. Comment.
Forest Hills

112th crime prevention officer warns Forest Hills about laptop thefts at Starbucks

City Comptroller John Liu said he has beefed up the office’s audit and contract review functions since his election two years ago during a meeting of Community Board 6 last week. Comment.
Flushing

Halloran touts city plan for assistance in heating

For borough residents who want heating assistance from the city during the winter, the application can sometimes seem more like a test. Comment.
Astoria

Social Security to merge LIC, Astoria offices

The U.S. Social Security Administration will be moving its offices from Steinway Street in Astoria and Crescent Street in Long Island City to a brand new building on 37th Avenue mere blocks from the N and Q lines. Comment.
Bayside

Braunstein renews fight against abuse

In the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse cover-up scandal, state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) is renewing his call for passage of a bill that would require New York colleges and universities to report on-campus violent crimes immediately to the authorities. Comment.
Editorial

Northeast Cup Is Half-Full

In his second annual town hall meeting, City Councilman Dan Halloran took aim at the city government, which he, of course, is a part of. He accused various elements of the government of neglect, malfeasance and outright neglect of his district. Comment.
Government

Dems retain all judgeships in Queens after election

Democrats retained their stronghold on Queens Supreme Court Tuesday, when the borough elected six judges from the party, along with re-electing District Attorney Richard Brown and a southeast Queens councilman who ran unopposed. Comments (2).
Bayside

CB 11 approves Little League bleachers plan

Bedlam broke out at Monday’s Community Board 11 meeting — brought on not by any of the usual suspects like the city Board of Standards and Appeals or the Star Nissan auto company but by Little League baseball bleachers. Comment.
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