Government

July, 2014

Astoria

Maloney urges Congress to extend terror act

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) called on Congress to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act at Ground Zero Saturday. Comment.
Glendale

City releases study on Glendale shelter

An environmental study of the proposed homeless shelter in Glendale acknowledged many concerns raised by residents: some additional 160 children could squeeze already overcrowded primary and middle schools, nearby buses and trains might carry 100 people more during peak evening hours and the facility would sit on soil vulnerable to spills from a neighboring chemical company. Comments (1).
Middle Village

CB 5’s Giordano saluted

State Assembly members Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) and Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) gave Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano a proclamation marking his 25 years on the board during its July 9 meeting. Comment.
Letters

Show Rockaways some love

Rockaway Beach, the land of no! Comment.
Bayside

Nicolosi, 74, served in Assembly

Former state Assemblyman Vincent Nicolosi died Friday after a years-long battle with breast cancer at the age of 74, relatives said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Housing asks for bids in development of Flushing lot into affordable units

As developers put the finishing touches on Macedonia Plaza, the city Department of Housing has launched a process to build more affordable housing in downtown Flushing. Comments (1).
Bayside

Comfort women bill passes state Senate

With the recent passage of a bill introduced by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the Senate is seeking to bring awareness of the Korean comfort women issue into New York’s schools. Comments (4).
Bayside

Braunstein seeks end to phony charity bins

In response to a growing number of recent resident complaints, state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) has written legislation that aims to outlaw clothing donation boxes not associated with legitimate charities. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway angered by swastika ad

Lawmakers across the city criticized an organization this week that was seen flying a large swastika banner over some of the city’s beaches last weekend, including Rockaway Beach. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Van Bramer helps residents to spend $1 million

On a sweltering summer evening, more than 100 people gathered at the Sunnyside Community Services Center because they wanted to control a piece of the New York City budget pie. Comment.
Lindenwood

Lindenwood says flood claim money slow coming

After a sewage treatment plant malfunction, Lindenwood says the city is not helping it emerge from the deluge. Comment.
Bayside

Former Bayside lawmaker, Nicolosi, dies at 74

Former state Assemblyman Vincent Nicolosi died Friday after a years-long battle with breast cancer at the age of 74, relatives said. Comment.
Government

Council seeks to ease alternate-side rules

Every morning you hear it on the news: Alternate-side parking regulations are in effect today. Comment.
Woodhaven

Timeline issued for Jamaica Ave. building repairs

Navy scaffolding casing a squat, two-story building, at 78-19 Jamaica Ave., that partially caved in last spring is slated to come down by October. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Rise in murders may not correlate to end of stop-frisk

A savvy political friend recently described to me in a simple, glib way why shootings generally go up in the summer and stay low in the winter. Comment.
College Point

Consolidation could trim College Point mail center

The College Point Mail Center could be back on the block two years after the community successfully rallied to save it. Comment.
Bayside

City dollars flow to NE Qns

Just a few months after the City Council passed a historic reform package that included changes to the discretionary funding process, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) touted a 2015 fiscal year budget that included nearly three times more funding for his Council district than the area had seen in the past few years. Comment.
Editorial

Katz vs. Library

An outraged and clearly frustrated Melinda Katz used the powers of the borough presidency last week to halt an end run by several rogue trustees on the board of the beleaguered Queens Library system. Comment.
Long Island City

5th Street in LIC will soon be one-way road

One of the most dangerous streets in Long Island City will begin to change July 7. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills education provider billed state improperly: DiNapoli

A Forest Hills-based special education provider billed the state for $875,729 in inappropriate expenses, including lease and insurance payments for Lexus SUVs, rent and cable TV fees for the organization’s husband-wife leadership team and international recruiting, a state audit found. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Schoolgirl hit on Northern Boulevard

A 6-year-old kindergarten student at PS 228 in Jackson Heights will need many months to recover from injuries sustained when she and her mother were struck by a vehicle while crossing Northern Boulevard at 92nd Street one morning last week. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Cuomo OKs reforms for library

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law to reform the Queens Library board of trustees last week, thwarting a last-minute attempt by several members of the nonprofit’s board to squeeze in a special meeting to amend embattled President Thomas Galante’s contract. Comment.

June, 2014

Bayside

State passes Braunstein’s campus safety bill

State lawmakers recently passed legislation that one Bayside representative believes will help better protect students on college campuses across the state from violent crimes. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Mayor rejects Olympic plan for rail yards

Mayor Bill de Blasio has rejected the possibility of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to western Queens. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans gets storm sewers to combat chronic flooding

Some southeast Queens residents, especially around St. Albans, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens, get the chills every time thunderstorms are looming. Comments (1).
Bayside

Council ups spending in 2015 city budget

The City Council last week announced an agreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio on an $75 billion budget for the 2015 fiscal year 11 days before the deadline that includes several funding increases in areas such as education, the arts and public safety. Comments (2).
Long Island City

City bars film crews from shoots in LIC

The city declared a moratorium on film and television production on several streets in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Queens Library meet on Galante’s golden parachute canceled

The board of the Queens Public Library canceled a special meeting to consider a golden parachute for beleaguered President Thomas Galante Thursday after the borough president urged the trustees to postpone the session. Comment.
Jamaica

Pols pass Queens Library reform

State lawmakers set political differences aside last week to make sure the state Legislature passed a Queens Library reform bill. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst to debate Pan Am shelter plan

Elmhurst and surrounding communities are poised to turn up the heat on City Hall for its decision to move homeless families into the 216-room Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens Hills

CB 8 nixes yeshiva expansion

Community Board 8 voted against a Kew Gardens Hills yeshiva’s expansion proposal at a meeting last week after neighbors railed against the plan. Comment.
Letters

City must fix light on 200th St.

The street light in front of my home on 200th Street has been out since February. I called 311 at the time prior to my departure for the winter and was told that it had already been reported. Comment.
Letters

Pols should come to agreement on library

We have been reading and hearing about various reports and allegations concerning the Queens Public Library system leadership over the past several months. Comment.
Long Island City

DOE comes out against Avonte’s Law at hearing

City Department of Education officials criticized a proposed bill last week that would require schools with disabled and elementary students to install alarms on their doors. Comments (1).
Willets Point

Willets shops look for home

The developers of Willets Point are inching toward starting the first phase of their $3 billion redevelopment of the neighborhood into commercial, residential and retail space with a megamall. Comment.
Flushing

Macedonia readies rentals

More affordable housing is about to come online as the Macedonia Plaza development in downtown Flushing nears completion. Comment.
Bayside

Avella’s water bill passes Senate

The state Senate passed Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) bill to eliminate minimum water charges Monday. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Cornell starts demolition for Roosevelt Isle campus

Work on Cornell University’s new Roosevelt Island tech campus is underway. Comments (1).
Bayside

Senate passes Avella bill calling for longer terms

The state Senate passed a bill last week authored by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that would increase terms for members of the state Legislature from two to four years. Comments (2).
Flushing

City to tackle sludge in Flushing Creek

The city launched a planning process last week to clean up the ever-smelly and polluted Flushing Creek. Comment.
Lindenwood

Pols seek to slow traffic

Elected officials implored the city to install speed bumps and paint a crosswalk near PS 232 about a week after two adults and their special needs child were hit by a car near the Lindenwood school. Comment.
Flushing

Latimer Gardens to get cameras: Mayor

After years of pleas from residents, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced Latimer Gardens is one of a number of housing developments across the city that will soon receive security cameras. Comment.
Editorial

Library Oversight

Why is Tom Galante still sitting in the CEO’s chair at Queens Library amid the public outcry for his removal and the board’s refusal to agree to an audit by the city comptroller? Comments (1).
Letters

Reader wrong on haves, have-nots

What reader Ed Konecnik fails to understand is that the “haves,” who he is so enamored with, are not against welfare and socialism as it applies to them — only as it applies to the masses. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens Library reforms stall after passing State Assembly

The state Assembly passed a Queens Library reform bill Monday, but it is unlikely to even come up for a vote in the state Senate. Comments (2).
Murray Hill

City to reconstruct Murray Hill bridge

A Murray Hill bridge, closed for years so it could be rebuilt, needs to be completely reconstructed for a second time, elected officials announced last week. Comment.
Flushing

CB7 nixes basement apartments

Community Board 7 gave a resounding no to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to consider looking at legalizing basement apartments at a meeting Monday night. Comments (4).
Flushing

Developers push to halt sewage in Flushing Creek

A coalition of developers, businesses and environmentalists have launched a bid to clean up Flushing Creek. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Lancman offers workplace safety bill

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) has introduced new bills he hopes will bring down workplace injuries at city agencies. Comment.
On Point

Mayor’s budget will spell doom for city in the future

Years from now, when the city is teetering on the financial abyss, just like Detroit, folks may ask, “How did this happen?” Comments (1).
Editorial

A Bold Stand

It took a strong woman to agree to give up some of her power in the City Council. Comment.
College Point

Avonte’s family files suit for $25 million

Avonte Oquendo’s family is ready to take the city to court. Comments (4).
Glendale

Crowley calls for streamlining 9-1-1 call system immediately

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) says too many dispatchers on a 911 call may be bungling the response. Comment.
Jamaica

Electeds at odds over reforms at Queens Library

With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers have been working to get through an impasse on dueling Queens Library reform bills. Comment.
Long Island City

Hundreds call on DOT to make Center Boulevard safer for child pedestrians

A boisterous crowd of nearly 250 Long Island City residents, many of them schoolchildren, gathered at the corner of Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue to demand traffic calming measures from the city Department of Transportation last Friday. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria Post Office opens

A new Astoria post office’s first day passed without ceremony Saturday, but several at the 30-11 21st St. facility stopped to praise it. Comment.
Bayside

Fund seniors: Vallone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is one of three city representatives asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase funding for the city Department for the Aging in the 2015 budget. Comment.

May, 2014

Queens Village

Mayor says he’s not interested in bringing Olympics to NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday put the brakes on any talk of bringing the 2024 Olympic Games to New York City. Comments (1).
Little Neck

E. Gluck agrees to lower wall in Little Neck

Northeast Queens lawmakers announced Monday that the E. Gluck Corporation has agreed to modify a 36-foot gray wall that has become the source of dozens of complaints from Little Neck residents. Comments (4).
Glendale

Glendale details shelter concerns residents want included in study

Hundreds poured into Christ the King Regional High School’s auditorium last week to share concerns about how a homeless shelter could strain Glendale: Which sewage system would the facility link into? Would it exacerbate flooding? Could it blend with the area’s mostly single- and two-family homes? Comments (2).
Bayside

Council to distribute funding more equally

The City Council officially adopted a detailed reform package earlier this month that includes changes to the way funds are distributed to all members for non-profits in their districts by leveling the playing field. Comment.
College Point

TNP trucks must go: Avella

College Point residents who have wrestled with a trucking operation in their neighborhood for years might finally be on the verge of closing it down. Comments (2).
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Glendale

Crowley office moving to Atlas Park

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) announced this week her district office will move from 64-77 Dry Harbor Road into The Shops at Atlas Park. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Boro leaders say no to basement apartments

Community leaders were loud and clear about their concerns over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to look into legalizing basement apartments at Monday’s Borough Board meeting. Comments (4).
Jamaica

Pols support Queens Library bill

Borough President Melinda Katz has thrown her support behind a state bill that she said would enhance oversight and transparency at Queens Library. Comments (3).
Woodside

Woodside street renamed for late Walter McCaffrey

The life and legacy of the late Walter McCaffrey was celebrated in Woodside Saturday when the corner of 61st Street and Woodside Avenue was renamed in his honor. Comment.
Bayside

Avella touts water rate bill

Despite a recent report that said there was not a significant way to prevent citywide water rate hikes without cutting infrastructure costs, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) hopes to lower some ratepayer’s bills through new legislation. Comments (3).
Little Neck

Gluck agrees to lower wall

After receiving dozens of complaints from residents and civic associations, the E. Gluck Corp. announced this week it would be making changes to a 36-foot-tall gray wall the company put up last month at the site of its new warehouse in Little Neck. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Bratton shares collaborative vision in Jamaica

Police Commissioner William Bratton pledged to make collaboration the hallmark of his tenure at the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. annual meeting Wednesday afternoon. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Whitestone fire chief named FDNY head

A retired Whitestone fire chief is coming out of retirement to become Mayor Bill de Blasio’s FDNY commissioner. Comments (1).
Political Action

2014 politics will portend trends in 2016 races

The Queens Village Republican Club has been hosting guest speakers who have been attracting large crowds to the meetings. Comment.
Editorial

Stop the Corruption

Gimme a break. Comments (2).
Letters

Forget horse carriages and focus on the budget

I am writing on behalf of city Public Advocate Leticia James with a need so severe for those who need help in our city that there is no doubt her budget needs to be increased. Comment.
Flushing

Schneiderman warns Flushing seniors on fraudsters

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman came to Flushing this week to host a seniors fraud prevention forum with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Comments (1).
Flushing

Stavisky announces re-election bid

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) officially launched her re-election bid Friday afternoon. Comments (1).
Flushing

Jung to challenge Stavisky

Flushing activist and businessman S.J. Jung has kicked off a campaign to challenge state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) in a September primary. Comment.
Jamaica

Library board refuses to fully open books

City Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted the Queens Library for rejecting his call to open its books last week. Comments (1).
Flushing

State Senate passes Lunar schools bill

Queens’ Asian community’s fight to get a school holiday for the Lunar New Year cleared a major hurdle Tuesday. Comments (9).
Government

Boro pols applaud budget

Queens’ elected officials raved about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget, but it was greeted less graciously in accounting offices. Comment.
Rego Park

Tip of the week

Flushing

SJ Jung to challenge state Sen. Stavisky

Flushing activist and businessman S.J. Jung has launched a bid to unseat State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). Comment.
Ozone Park

Ulrich proposes veterans department

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) wants to replace the branch of the mayor’s office charged with assisting veterans with an autonomous department. Comment.
Bayside

Vallone reflects on first months in office

With a little more than 100 days in office now under his belt, Bayside’s new city councilman, Paul Vallone, says he is the happiest man alive. Comments (1).
Editorial

Open Communities

Greater transparency may be coming to Queens community boards, which are the lowest rung of government and serve an important role in giving ordinary citizens a voice in neighborhood rezonings, school locations and liquor licenses. Comments (1).
Government

Queens welcomes ruling on prayer at gov’t meets

Queens elected officials were quick to praise the diverse roster of spiritual leaders tapped to give invocations at City Council meetings following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that opening local government meetings with sectarian prayers is constitutional. Comment.
Addisleigh Park

Queens Impact Awards: Mentor serves as a role model to Queens youngsters

When Rodney Pride retired a few years ago from his career as a social worker after more than three decades, it may have been a little too soon for the man who has a sense of service pumping through his veins. Comment.
Letters

NYCHA must not throw out its own residents

Ralph Calinda is 91. He is a World War II veteran and neighborhood gardener. He has been a tenant leader in the Flushing apartment complex where he has lived for the past six decades. Comment.
Pomonok

Lancman says NYCHA backtracked on pledge

The city’s public housing authority has reneged on a pledge to let seniors stay in their homes while it re-examines its downsizing policies, officials said last week outside the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Whitestone

De Blasio taps retired Whitestone chief as fire commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named retired Whitestone fire chief Daniel Nigro as his FDNY commissioner. Comment.
Maspeth

SLA denies Knockdown Center’s liquor license

The Knockdown Center’s drinks will stay virgin — for now. Comment.
Bellerose

Avella calls on city to shovel hydrants

Following a harsh winter that pounded New York City with an uncharacteristic amount of snow, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced legislation that would transfer the burden of shoveling out fire hydrants from homeowners to the city Sanitation Department. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Wills charged with grand larceny

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with grand larceny and fraud for allegedly stealing some $30,000 in state and city funds, authorities said. Comments (7).
South Ozone Park

NYRA skimps on Aqueduct

NYRA appears to be doing little to up the ante in favor of Aqueduct Racetrack. Comments (3).
Fresh Meadows

IBO weighs in on water rate hikes

Queens homeowners should not expect to get relief on their water bills any time soon, according to a new report by the city Independent Budget Office. Comment.
Jamaica

City releases housing plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday released his much-anticipated, $41.1 billion housing plan laying out with broad strokes his administration’s goal to create 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade through a combination of preservation and new construction. Comment.
Bayside

Avella fights legalizing basement apartments

Forget air rights — below-ground space may now be the most contentious aspect of the Queens real estate market. Comments (3).
Bayside

Queens Quiet Skies hi-fives roundtables

Members of Queens Quiet Skies were feeling optimistic about the results of the first set of roundtable meetings that took place last week between New York’s major airports and the advocacy group fighting to reduce airplane noise throughout the borough. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Councilman Wills arrested by attorney general’s office

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, a law enforcement source said. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Wills calls on city to boost funding for youth

City lawmakers have about one month to pump up funding for anti-violence initiatives so they are in place when summer comes, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) said last week. Comments (2).
Maspeth

SLA to vote on Knockdown Center license

One community’s art is another’s pornography. Comment.
Flushing

Gay rights pioneers honored with Flushing street naming

For Jeanne Manford, it never mattered that her son, Morty, was gay. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Budget agency eyes payments to library

The city is giving a second look at the receipts the Queens Library submitted for reimbursement on its controversial renovation of the central library in downtown Jamaica. Comment.
Rego Park

Peralta lands crossing guard for dangerous intersection

It took more than a year and a half and dozens of letters and phone calls, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) will finally get a crossing guard replaced near PS 206 in Rego Park. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Board of Elections eyes new site in Forest Hills for boro offices

The city Board of Elections is planning to move its front offices up Queens Boulevard from its current location at 83rd Avenue in Kew Gardens to Muss Development’s 17-story office tower at the corner of Union Turnpike. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Four dispatchers suspended after Far Rock fire: FDNY

The FDNY said it suspended four staffers at the Queens dispatching center after a preliminary investigation found they mishandled calls during a fatal Far Rockaway fire. Comment.
College Point

Avonte bills packaged

In the wake of Avonte Oquendo’s death, a package of bills aimed at providing additional services for disabled children was highlighted at a joint hearing last Friday. Comment.
Kew Gardens

DA funding formula sought

The Queens district attorney’s budget averaged out to $2,029.20 per major felony, far lower than the $3,078.29 afforded to Manhattan prosecutors or rates at other borough DAs, according to calculations by the TimesLedger Newspapers based on NYPD crime statistics and last year’s city budget. Comment.

April, 2014

Cartoon

Tip of the week

Corona

Mayor appoints Queens Museum head as commissioner of cultural affairs

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Queens Wednesday to tap Tom Finkelpearl as his commissioner of cultural affairs. Comment.
Letters

Mayor’s housing program not right for the city

Early in March, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced he was running for governor. The Republican easily won his second term as executive by a wide margin in a heavily Democratic county, due in large part to voter outrage about the overreach of the federal government regarding the county’s 2009 affordable housing settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Northeast Queens elected officials tout Fair Wages Act

Two state lawmakers from northeast Queens were among a group of legislators calling for a $15 minimum wage for workers at large businesses last week. Comments (2).
Sunnyside

Van Bramer wants to reshape Board of Standards & Appeals

The City Council’s second most-powerful lawmaker would like to loosen City Hall’s grip over the panel that considers construction and renovation proposals that fall outside zoning regulations. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

City announces 3.35% water rate hike

The city Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday a proposed water rate hike of 3.35 percent for fiscal year 2015, much to the chagrin of City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows). Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Pols demand funding for Jax Heights seniors

Several elected officials joined 150 senior citizens April 17 in Jackson Heights to demand city funding for three residence programs for older adults, two of them in Queens. Comment.
South Jamaica

Success Academy Jamaica to get new home in Rosedale

The mayor’s office announced Saturday a South Jamaica charter school, previously turned down for co-location, will have a new home this fall. Comment.
Jamaica

St. John’s asks Traditions Bar to protect students, neighbors

As a popular college bar in Jamaica Hills awaits news from the state Liquor Authority on the status of its license renewal request, nearby St. John’s University is hoping the establishment will consider some suggested changes that the school believes will help improve the safety of its students. Comments (1).
Bayside

Credit to lessen taxes for small properties

With the passage of a state budget earlier this month, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has secured an income tax credit for some homeowners within New York City that he says will give them a small but much-needed break from continuously rising property taxes. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Library audit stymied: Stringer

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is turning to the courts to compel embattled Queens Library President Thomas Galante to open the nonprofit’s books. Comment.
Astoria

Ravenswood Houses to get new $4M lighting system

Residents of the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria are relieved to be getting a $4 million overhaul of the facility’s outdoor lighting system, something they say has been needed for decades. Comment.
Little Neck

Neighbors protest Gluck wall

About 60 members of the Little Neck community joined elected officials outside the former Leviton property Tuesday morning to protest the construction by E. Gluck Corp. that has led to a 35-foot-high wall being put up on a property line that faces a residential area. Comments (17).
Letters

Base taxes on regional income

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They have worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, L.I., and hoped to remain there to be near family. Comment.
Political Action

Third parties play important roles in city elections

New York state has an almost unique system of third parties that appear on the ballot in addition to the two major parties. Comments (1).
Editorial

Punctuality Problem

We may have missed the deadline for evaluating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 100 days in office, but we know he’ll forgive us as the champion of fashionable lateness. Comment.
Pomonok

Lancman grills NYCHA on Pomonok downsizing

NYCHA officials announced they are reviewing certain aspects of their so-called “rightsizing” policy after a grilling by City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) at an oversight hearing last week. Comments (4).
Bayside

Weprin names five projects that win budget vote

School technology and community safety were among the items that topped the list of winning projects in this year’s participatory budgeting process for City Council District 23. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Baisley Houses get new basketball courts

Come this summer, the residents of South Jamaica’s Baisley Park Houses will have something else to celebrate at their annual fete: a new basketball court and playground redesigned from the ground up. Comments (2).
Woodhaven

HPD to demolish caved-in Jamaica Ave. building

Woodhaven leaders hope a wrecking ball bound for a partially collapsed Jamaica Avenue building can bring the block back to its foundation as a neighborhood nexus complete with a senior center and volunteer ambulance corps. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Avella pens duelling bill detailing library reform

Several weeks after six out of seven of the borough’s state senators penned their names to a Queens Library reform bill, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced his own proposal that one-ups his mainline Democratic colleagues. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. senior center saved by $100K in state funds

For the second time in as many weeks, a northeast Queens senior center in danger of shutting down got a reprieve Tuesday. Comment.
Government

NYPD disbands spy unit

The city announced earlier this week that the Police Department will shut down the unit that targeted Muslim groups. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Wills lays out plan to clean up southeast Queens

Southeast Queens lawmakers are taking the gloves off in order to deal with the area’s persistent trash problem. Comments (3).
Astoria

Costa calls Doe Fund to tackle trash troubles

After 90 days in office, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has crossed a major campaign promise off his “to-do” list. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone center for seniors rescued

A Whitestone senior center, in danger of closing down this summer because of funding problems, will be able to keep its doors open, thanks to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Peralta discusses bills to fight sex trafficking

Few politicians aspire to bring the ambiance of Times Square to their districts, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said a stretch of Roosevelt Avenue that has grown saturated with prostitution could use some of the sterilization that transformed Times Square in the 1980s. Comments (3).
Astoria

Anything goes at Astoria town hall meeting

For the ninth straight year, the Museum of the Moving Image opened its doors for a town hall meeting last Thursday. Comments (1).
Flushing

Boro reps sign minimum wage letter

U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) signed a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking that local municipalities be allowed to set their own minimum wages. Comment.
Howard Beach

Community Board 10 elects officers

Community Board 10 re-elected Betty Braton as its chairwoman during its April 3 meeting. Comment.
Maspeth

Petitions debate Knockdown Center’s place in Maspeth

Dueling petitions have cropped up debating the merits of the Knockdown Center in Maspeth. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct meets its new commander

The new top cop in Jamaica said that when he learned about his new assignment, his first thought was of a notorious slaying 26 years ago in southeast Queens, where bloodshed is still one of the biggest problems the commander will have to tackle. Comment.
Jamaica

Katz slams library board for refusing to oust prez

Borough President Melinda Katz made her displeasure known after nine members on the Queens Library’s board of trustees shot down a measure to send embattled library President Tom Galante on a temporary leave of absence. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Small donors still have major role in New York City elections

The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the right of large donors to pour even more money into political campaigns. The opinion by the highest court equated the right to donate with the right to free speech. Comment.
Pomonok

Seniors refuse to leave homes in Pomonok

After being asked by NYCHA to leave their multi-room apartments to make room for families, a number of seniors in Pomonok Houses said they are not going anywhere. Comments (6).
Bayside

CB 11 unites to oppose illegally zoned housing

Community Board 11 voted at its monthly meeting this week to stand against legitimizing any illegally zoned housing units within the board’s district. Comments (4).
Flushing

Speaker taps three Qns pols to join policy working group

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) named three Queens Council members to her new Policy Working Group last week. Comment.
Letters

Blacks need to understand politics

I watched your “Morning Joe” show March 12 from around 6 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. as it reported on the win of David Jolly in the special election in Florida’s 13th congressional district. Comment.
Bayside

Avella moves 2011 bill weeks after joining IDC

After campaigning his way to Albany on pledges to push for longer legislative terms and limiting lawmakers’ time in office, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he made headway on his first state bill, which would extend legislators’ terms to four years, by joining the Independent Democratic Conference. Comments (2).
Hillcrest

Lancman to keep an eye on NYPD’s new watchdog

The city Council’s Public Safety Committee is hoping the new NYPD inspector general can effectively walk the line between deterring crime and protecting civil liberties. Comment.
New Voices

Group looks out for voting rights of Asians in Queens

Queens’ political nature has changed dramatically from a decade ago. A year after a round of redistricting has been completed, immigrant communities in the borough continue to flourish and old City Council districts have grown or shifted with new residents. Comments (4).
On Point

Drivers must fight city’s plan for congestion pricing

The highway robber barons are at it again. “Congestion pricing” has now morphed into the euphemistic “Fair Tolling and Transportation Reinvestment Plan.” Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Weprin bill asks schools to teach anti-bully class

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has introduced new legislation he hopes will tackle an increase in bullying among schoolchildren that he believes has become a dangerous epidemic. Comments (1).
College Point

Avonte’s teacher knew he was a runner: Mother

Avonte Oquendo’s mother broke her silence last week for the first time since her son’s remains washed up on the College Point shore in January. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens Library board deadlocks on vote to suspend Galante

In a special session Thursday evening, the Queens Library board of trustees deadlocked on a motion to force embattled President Thomas Galante to step down temporarily from his job. Comments (1).
Glendale

Study on opening shelter in Glendale afoot: Pols

Glendale may be one study closer to hosting a homeless shelter. Comments (1).
Glendale

Pair of Glendale freight trains slated to get $3M for upgrades

Citizens United for Railroad Environmental Solutions rejoiced when state legislators secured $3 million in the New York budget to retrofit a locomotive with a newer, cleaner engine for the second consecutive year. Comment.
Jamaica

State lawmakers introduce Queens Library reform bill

Now Albany is turning up the heat on embattled Queens Library President Tom Galante. Two state legislators have crafted a bill to reform the operations of the library’s Board of Trustees and improve the organization’s overall governance. Comment.
Woodside

Vision Zero comes to Woodside, Jackson Hts.

The Vision Zero traffic safety plan will soon make its Queens debut at the Northern Boulevard intersection with 61st Street in Woodside, where Mayor Bill de Blasio first announced the initiative Jan. 15. Comment.
Jamaica

Wills hails cooperation on homeless deal

More than 10,000 homeless families — including 22,000 children — will get a helping hand to land back on their feet now that the state has agreed to free up money for a city rent-assistance program, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) said. Comments (1).
Letters

Reader confused about tax dodgers

Letter writer Ed Konecnik complains about the delusions of the left. It is obvious to knowledgeable readers that his flawed bullet points come from right-wing media and talking heads. Comments (6).
Jamaica

Katz calls on Galante to take leave from Queens Library

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz called on Queens Library President Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence Monday following more than two months of criticism over the non-profit executive’s compensation and the library’s operations. Comments (4).
Elmhurst

U.S. rep from California inspires South Asian youth in Elmhurst

A California congressman came to Elmhurst Saturday to meet with South Asian youths. Comments (1).

March, 2014

No Holds Barred

Mayor should get his act together ASAP

Now, to show that this native Manhattanite can give some digs on both sides of the Hudson, I shall proceed to our imperious new mayor. And, yes, I mean, imperious, on the basis of his early actions. You can look it up. Comments (4).
St. Albans

FBI raids office and home of Assemblyman William Scarborough

Federal agents conducting an investigation of state Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) raided the lawmaker’s home and his offices in southeast Queens and Albany Wednesday, authorities said. Comments (2).
Corona

Crowley announces child care bill in Corona

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) came to Corona to announce legislation to increase access to quality and affordable child care for low-income families. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Wills pushes rent subsidies

Advocates for the homeless said there is still time for Albany to approve a plan being pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) that would free up existing state funds in order to create a housing-subsidy program for those who need it most. Comments (4).
Fresh Meadows

Lancman’s first 100 days

For City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), the transition from Albany to City Hall has been relatively seamless. Comment.
Howard Beach

Addabbo pushes for member items alternative

While most legislators are busy haggling over pre-kindergarten funding and campaign finance reform in the state budget, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has renewed his bid to secure money for Queens nonprofits. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park street, sewer work slated for fall: City

It may take state Supreme Court intervention, but the city said it is prepared to make good on three decades of pledging to improve sewers, streets and sidewalks in Ozone Park. Comments (4).
Kew Gardens

DA wants to turn empty prison into office space for prosecutors

A defunct detention center that has served as a backdrop for shows such as ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Blue Bloods’ would be perfect place to send the borough’s prosecutors, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Comments (2).
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio’s key to success should be compromising

It is often said that good politics involves the “art of the compromise.” To get things done and make progress, which should be the goal of every elected leader, there needs to be give and take. Comment.
St. Albans

Scarborough’s home, office raided by FBI

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) said he had not abused Albany’s travel reimbursements after federal agents raided his home and offices Wednesday. Comments (1).
Government

Human rights report faults Queens electeds

When it comes to human rights, City Council members from Queens collectively did not have a shining record in 2013, a new report by the Urban Justice Center said. Comments (2).
Jamaica

FAA approves JFK runway plan

Washington has given the Port Authority the go-ahead on a plan to rehabilitate a runway at JFK Airport, but those in adjacent neighborhoods opposed to the construction said they intend to appeal the decision. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Avella wants new precinct

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) this week applauded the dedication of Borough President Melinda Katz after she named the creation of a new police precinct to cover the northeastern part of the borough as one of her top budget priorities for the 2015 fiscal year. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Lancman asks mayor to freeze city water rates

City Councilmen from northeast Queens called on Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to put an end to inflated water rates. Comment.
Bayside

Cuomo orders plane noise studies

Residents in northeast Queens fighting the increase in airplane noise rejoiced this week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority to complete a series of tasks intended to address their concerns. Comment.
Bayside

Proposed bill calls for fee on grocery bags

The City Council has received a proposal calling on grocery stores citywide to charge customers for the bags they use to take their groceries home. Comments (1).
Bayside

Poll shows New Yorkers support horse carriages

A recent poll produced by Quinnipiac University revealed that the majority of about 1,200 New Yorkers who were surveyed are in favor of keeping horse-drawn carriages in Central Park despite opposition from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city and state lawmakers pushing to ban the industry. Comments (3).
Bayside

Clinton Dems celebrate Women’s History Month

The Clinton Democratic Club commended Tuesday evening several females whose areas of expertise range from acting to poetry to advocacy as part of Women’s History Month. Comment.
Jamaica

Wills asks Albany to free up homeless dollars

A lawmaker from southeast Queens who spent two days on the street last year wants Albany to ease restrictions he says are preventing the city from helping the homeless get back on their feet. Comments (1).
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Bayside

Cuomo orders Port Authority to conduct noise studies

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to complete a series of tasks intended to address concerns from residents about the recent increase in airplane noise in the New York City area. Comment.
Letters

Ulrich should back renaming

Let me first introduce myself as a former constituent within Queens Community Board 9 from Richmond Hill, with relatives who had resided in Ozone Park and Howard Beach over the years within your district constituency. Comment.
Flushing

No gas for Pomonok tenants

More than 250 apartments in a Flushing housing complex could be without gas for two months, tenants said after a gas leak cut off their service last week. Comment.
Flushing

John Liu files suit vs. city over lost matching funds

John Liu isn’t stepping out of the spotlight anytime soon. Comments (2).
Floral Park

Rep. Israel writes bill to help small business

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) introduced new legislation this week that aims to help small businesses by encouraging them to put money into a special savings account that can be used tax-free in times of need. Comments (1).
Political Action

Labate, Lally set for GOP primary to unseat Israel

New York state’s 3rd Congressional District, which runs along the north shore of Long Island, is in three counties: Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. It contains, within its Queens part, Douglaston, Little Neck and parts of Whitestone and Bayside. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Viverito proposes measure to regulate car wash biz

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) wants to clean up the car wash industry in New York City. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

CB 9 votes new slate of officers to board

Community Board 9 unanimously elected Ralph Gonzalez its new chairman Tuesday. Comment.
Flushing

NYPD declares war on double parkers

Double-parkers have been warned. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

Brown names nine new ADAs

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last Friday the appointment of nine law school graduates as assistant district attorneys. Comments (1).
Letters

Writer has much to learn about U.S.

I had to chuckle upon reading a letter in which the writer cautions the ever self-congratulating Ed Konecnik to be careful not to dislocate his shoulder while constantly patting himself on the back. Comments (1).
Glendale

Glendale pols to discuss shelter plans with city

Several of Glendale’s elected officials plan to discuss a proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue with the city, and one state assemblyman has made it clear he wants a review of the recently conducted audit of the proposed operator at the top of the agenda. Comment.
Bayside

Avella urges Cuomo to ban hydrofracking

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined a state environmentalist group last week to present new evidence about the dangers of hydrofracking and to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to outlaw the practice in New York. Comments (4).
Willets Point

Willets Point repair shops find a home

A group of more than 40 Willets Point business owners who are relocating to the Bronx together have a few kinks to work out before they can move into their new home. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Boro leaders back budget proposals

Melinda Katz and her staff received unanimous support among the borough’s leadership for her initial budget proposal as the new borough president. The leadership group, known as the Queens Borough Board, is comprised of all 11 Community Board leaders and all 14 of the City Council members from the county. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Councilmen back bill to webcast CB meetings

Two city councilmen from Queens are backing a newly introduced bill that would require all community boards in the city to provide live webcasts of their monthly meetings. Comment.
Bayside

Avella responds to actor’s support for horse carriages

As the war over horse-drawn carriages continues to divide New York City, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is standing firm on his position to ban the industry despite comments made by movie star Liam Neeson this week backing the carriages. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Meng gets visas for families of LIE crash vics

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has successfully obtained visas for a group of family members of two Queens teenagers who died in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway last month. Comments (2).
Oakland Gardens

Project ideas displayed at participatory budget meeting

Advocates for several northeast Queens nonprofits gathered at a participatory budget meeting last week to present their ideas for community projects in hopes of securing funding for the work in the city budget. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Hydrants should be more clearly marked: Weprin

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) is renewing his quest to make fire hydrants across the city more visible. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets Point business owners sign lease to move to the Bronx

A group of more than 40 Willets Point business owners have found a new home in the Bronx. Comments (3).
Letters

Dems back high minimum wage

In response to a Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Bayside Times letter by Bob Friedrich (“Don’t give political parties labels”), about the “bad” Republicans and the “good” Democrats, the Democrats want to extend unemployment, the Republicans do not. They want to pay for it. Comment.
Letters

People should want to pay taxes

Frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik wants to know how much of the money he earns belongs to me in the name of social justice and why, but that is not the right question to ask. Comments (4).
Bayside

Avella still seeking mute swan legislation

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he is not letting up on his fight to stop the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to eradicate thousands of mute swans, despite a statement from the agency last week saying it would reconsider its proposal to do so. Comments (1).
Flushing

Put Flushing sites on national register: Meng

Officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the agency that oversees federal parkland, threw their support behind legislation last week that could pave the way to putting two historic Flushing sites under the National Park Service. Comment.
Auburndale

CB11 denies Auburndale owner’s zoning request

Community Board 11 voted down an application at its monthly meeting Monday that would have allowed the owner of an Auburndale building to complete renovations under previous zoning laws that were changed six years ago, citing safety concerns that would arise if the project were to move forward. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Whitestone nixes Nonna’s

A Whitestone pizzeria’s plan to add a sidewalk cafe to the sidewalk outside has been met with strong opposition by residents. Comment.
Middle Village

Juniper Park seeks sting for unpaid fines to DOB

The Juniper Park Civic Association says it is time the city abandon its tactic of trying to fine landlords who fail to address building violations. Comment.
Government

Boro councilmen grill city Board of Elections

A profound political bent should be a prerequisite for employment with the city Board of Elections, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets Point shops blast EDC relocation effort

A number of Willets Point business owners joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week to demand better relocation options from the city. Comment.
Government

Queens pols sign on to keep state money from groups opposing Israel

A majority of Queens’ state legislators support bills designed to penalize colleges that use state funds to pay membership fees or attend conferences hosted by groups boycotting Israel. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Boro prez asks mayor to handle library bids

Borough President Melinda Katz asked City Hall earlier this week to remove all control over selecting contractors for construction projects at the Queens Library that was in the hands of embattled CEO Thomas Galante, who is reportedly under investigation to see if there have been any improprieties. Comments (1).
Jamaica

3 Jamaica dairies at center of comptroller’s DOE audit

Dairies in Queens could have possibly milked the Big Apple for millions of dollars because the city Department of Education lacked proper oversight of its school lunch contracts, the city comptroller said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Haider elected as head of CB 11

Community Board 11 celebrated several new leaders at its monthly meeting this week as new board members were elected at the same meeting where new Borough President Melinda Katz spoke about saving the New York State Pavilion and keeping closer tabs on nonprofits. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Weprin wants hazing redefined

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Tip of the week

Bayside

Haider to replace Iannece as CB11 chairman

Community Board 11 voted in Christine Haider as its new chairwoman during a monthly meeting Monday night to replace longtime leader Jerry Iannece, who will be forced out by term limits at the end of this month. Comments (2).
Astoria

Western Queens organizations make their pitch for funding

Western Queens’ nonprofits asked Borough President Melinda Katz for money to keep the arts scene vibrant for the county, while other organizations had different needs. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident tapped to head children and youth services

Udai Tambar, a Forest Hills resident and head of South Asian Youth Action!, is slated to begin as the city’s director of children and youth services March 3. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Boro Hall fields budget requests

Community leaders and nonprofits filed into Borough Hall to seek funding for projects rooted in a large swath of Queens from $60,000 to pay a grad student to research expanding Ridgewood’s historic district to creating a four-block pedestrian plaza in downtown Far Rockaway. Comment.
Maspeth

Plan to plug potholes starts in Maspeth

With help from city Department of Transportation staff, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept debris out of a last pothole, shoveled in asphalt and pounded in the filling on a Maspeth street corner. Comment.
Bayside

Health care is major priority in 2015 NE Qns budget needs

Several nonprofits in northeast Queens delivered budget testimonies last week in front of Borough President Melinda Katz as they formally requested funding to help maintain vital programs across their institutions. Comment.
On Point

‘Tale of Two Cities’ reveals hypocrisy of new mayor

It has become clear what Mayor Bill de Blasio had in mind with his Tale of Two Cities parable. He presented it as an allegory of the haves and have-nots, but neglected to tell us who they are. Comments (6).
Editorial

Mayor’s Shaky Start

Our new mayor has had a bumpy ride in his first few weeks on the job. Even though Bill de Blasio has been a public figure in his roles as a city councilman and city public advocate, the rules of the road change when you’re the top dog in City Hall. Comment.

February, 2014

Queensbridge

Young man recalled at vigil year after death in Queensbridge

Relatives of a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser responding to an emergency last year in Queensbridge have been waiting for a year to find out the circumstances of Ryo Oyamada’s death. And they believe a federal court ruling directing the city to release materials from an investigation into the fatal accident by mid-March could provide some of the answers they have been looking for. Comment.
Maspeth

Mayor announces more than $7 million to plug potholes

With help from Department of Transportation staff, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept debris out of a pothole, shoveled in asphalt and pounded in the filling on a Maspeth street corner Thursday morning. Comments (1).
St. Albans

DA Brown applauds NYPD’s Chief Banks

The NYPD’s second in command was honored by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week at a Black History Month event in the prosecutor’s offices. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing organizations seek funding from BP for projects

Flushing nonprofits appealed to the borough president last week to get their piece of the budget pie. Comment.
Jamaica

Galante addresses salary controversy

The embattled CEO of the Queens Library told reporters earlier this week he does not believe the continuing criticism over his executive compensation and the library’s spending will pose a problem when it comes time for the nonprofit to raise funds. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct funding sought

The New York Racing Association and state Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) are at odds over which community is entitled to revenue generated at Resorts World in South Ozone Park. Comments (3).
Oakland Gardens

‘Michael Deng’s Law’ would amend definition of hazing: Weprin

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comment.
Astoria

Canadian pipeline to send cleaner power to Astoria

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is supporting a plan to construct a $2.2 billion transmission line to import cleaner electricity to the Con Edison facility near 20th Avenue in Astoria from Canada. Comment.
Middle Village

Icy sidewalks pose peril

The city may be the worst landlord in town, if you let Middle Village residents tell it. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Queens Library board agrees to review Galante’s salary

The Queens Library’s board announced it will take a new look at library CEO Thomas Galante’s salary after the borough president called on the trustees to review the embattled executive’s compensation. Comments (1).
Bayside

Cuomo asks state to fund college for prison inmates

Two state lawmakers from Queens had mixed reactions this week to news of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative that would allow inmates to earn a college degree while serving their prison sentences. Comments (2).
Political Action

King, possible ‘16 contender, speaks at boro GOP club

The Queens Village Republican Club recently held its annual club dinner. It is estimated it had more than 200 guests, which is a lot for a club function. Comment.
Jamaica

Katz urges library to review prez’s salary

Borough President Melinda Katz delivered a list of recommendations to the Queens Library’s board of trustees in response to the ever-growing controversy enveloping library President Thomas Galante over executive compensation. Comments (1).
Flushing

Bowne St. building blames floods on city

After years of flooding problems and spending tens of thousands of dollars to repair his building’s sewer system, a Flushing building owner says his troubles are the city’s fault. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Small streets left unplowed

More than three years after contracts were signed to outsource plowing of the city’s tertiary streets, some City Council members say they have received complaints this winter claiming that small streets in many neighborhoods are still not being cleared after snowfall. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Expand Avonte’s Law: Vallone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Whitestone) introduced legislation last week that seeks to expand U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) “Avonte’s Law,” which will provide tracking devices for autistic children. Comment.
Government

Electeds lament food stamp cuts but welcome more halal offerings

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) unsuccessfully railed against $39 billion worth of food stamp cuts written into the Farm Bill, but the two managed to guarantee that food aid allotted under the legislation would include kosher and halal options. Comment.
Editorial

A Fair Shot

The political climate has changed dramatically since Bill de Blasio was swept into office as a progressive mayor on the strength of his Tale of Two Cities campaign, which struck a deep chord in Queens and other outerboroughs. Comment.
Flushing

CB 7 approves development of Main St. hotel

Community Board 7 approved a 180,000-square-foot, multi-use complex including a hotel for downtown Flushing Monday night. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Beep outlines economic agenda at chamber’s breakfast meeting

Borough President Melinda Katz rubbed shoulders with Queens’ movers and shakers during a meet-and-greet breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Tuesday, when she said tackling the borough’s unemployment rate and luring a big-name retailer to Far Rockaway will be some of the keys to driving the borough’s economy. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

CB 9 chair and district manager say they’ve mended relationship

Community Board 9 Chairman James Coccovillo and District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced they had put their differences aside with help from the borough president’s office during the board’s Tuesday meeting. Comment.
Willets Point

Avella sues city over mall

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and a number of park advocacy groups and Queens businesses slapped the city and Willets Point developers with a lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of their plan to build a megamall on parkland. Comments (2).
Queens Village

Civics say Creedmoor needs tighter security

The recent escape by a patient from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital in Queens Village has surrounding residents calling for a full review of the incident as well as an in-depth look at improvements they believe can be made to the facility’s security procedures. Comments (1).
Bayside

CB 11 to elect new chair as Iannece’s term ends

After 10 years as chairman of Community Board 11, Jerry Iannece will step down next month due to term limits and a new leader will take his place. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio sticks to his guns on taxing rich for pre-K

You have to give credit to new Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has presented a clear progressive vision during the campaign and in his first 40 days in office he has hit the ground running, doggedly pursuing his bold agenda. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Klein Farm tenants fined for tree cutting

The rental tenants on the historic Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows were issued fines Wednesday for cutting down trees and altering the property without the necessary permission. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Pol calls on library prez to resign

Pressure mounted on the head of the Queens Library this week as one state lawmaker called for the nonprofit executive’s resignation days after he was questioned by a special City Council oversight committee at a hearing on the library’s finances. Comments (1).
Letters

Don’t believe right-wing lies about the left

TimesLedger Newspapers reader Ed Konecnik finds it perturbing that some folks do not believe in his philosophical world. Since he refers to the U.S. Constitution all the time, he is either a constitutional lawyer or one of those laughable right-wingers who carry around a pocket Constitution and flash it at every progressive they see as if it was a cross to vanquish a vampire. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

City to drop appeal in stop/frisk lawsuit

Borough President Melinda Katz said she supported Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to drop the city’s appeal to the federal stop-and-frisk case. Comment.
South Jamaica

Sanders seeks more NYCHA oversight

Public housing tenants in southeast Queens have long suspected their neglected apartments may have something to do with increased asthma rates and possibly even cancer, and now one lawmaker wants to send the state on a fact-finding mission to see if those theories are true. Comments (2).
Willets Point

Willets Point shops scramble for new home

Many Willets Point business owners have been left without a home after they surrendered their auto shops’ properties to meet a deadline that passed last weekend. Comments (1).
Flushing

Meng looks back at first year in House

Having survived a government shutdown, a shooting outside the Capitol and a mugging, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) first year in Congress was anything but uneventful. Comments (5).
Political Action

Bridgegate raises questions over Christie as president

The recent situation involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the slowdown on the George Washington Bridge that lasted for several days raises a significant number of questions. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Queens Library chief questioned at hearing

Members of a special City Council oversight committee on the Queens Library grilled library President Tom Galante for more than two hours last Wednesday during a hearing on executive compensation and outsourced labor, with promises of more inquiries to come. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Klein farm tenant admits tree cutting

Tenants of the historic Klein farm in Fresh Meadows accepted responsibility for cutting down trees and altering the driveway of the property without permits at a hearing Tuesday. Comments (5).
Letters

Reader right about obstruction

In response to a letter in the Jan. 10-16 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers, Robert La Rosa is right on. Comments (3).
Letters

GOP not as extreme as Cuomo claims it is

On behalf of the Queens Village Republican Club, I would like to thank the media outlets which covered our “Cuomo Outrage” press conference at Queens Borough Hall Jan. 21. Thanks for helping to make our voices heard in protest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s intolerant remarks directed against a large swath of New Yorkers with politically different opinions than himself, that they should leave New York state. Comments (2).
Glendale

Hevesi wants $3M for a new locomotive engine

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) has again requested $3 million in the state budget be reserved for retrofitting a high-emissions freight locomotive with a more modern engine. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights road given new traffic light

City Councilmen Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) met on the border of their districts last week to tout the installation of new traffic lights as the kind of results the two members of the Progressive Caucus will deliver over the next few years. Comments (1).
Government

Borough leaders celebrate extension to sick pay law

Supporters of a bill that would increase paid sick leave for part-time workers are celebrating after Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) announced an agreement that will likely expand the legislation by its inauguration in April. Comment.
Letters

Don’t give political parties labels

I have been reading a lot about the “bad” Republicans not wanting to extend unemployment benefits and how the “good” Democrats want them extended to help the unemployed. Comment.

January, 2014

Flushing

Traffic islands must go: CB7

The construction of traffic islands on College Point Boulevard has created a number of traffic problems and an increase in accidents since it started, community leaders say. Comments (10).
Bayside

Bayside street to honor cadet

Every December, family members gather to honor Mohammad Salman Hamdani, a Bayside police cadet who died after rushing to assist at Ground Zero Sept. 11, 2001. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Electeds to track how funds spent at Queens Library

Borough lawmakers are calling for an investigation — and even a reorganization — of the Queens Library after a news report detailed the library’s spending under President Thomas Galante. Comments (7).
Willets Point

Second deadline approaches for Willets Pt shops

Willets Point business owners scrambled to relocate as another deadline approached this week. Comments (4).
Flushing

Speaker joins push for Lunar holiday

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) joined Queens elected officials in Flushing last week to renew a call to make Lunar New Year a school holiday. Comments (6).
Flushing

John Liu lands teaching gig at CUNY’s Baruch College

Former city Comptroller John Liu did not stay unemployed for long. Comments (3).
Maspeth

Compost pilot program in western Queens to start

Come spring, families living in Community Board 5 will have access to a free, organic waste collection program offered by the city. Comment.
Letters

DOE should comply with FOIL

The Freedom of Information Law is an instrument of democracy and sometimes, therefore, a pain, and that is the way it should be. Whether or not it is exercised in a particular situation depends on who may be gored by public disclosure. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Parks Department unveils Rockaway Boardwalk plans

Plans to replace the Rockaway boardwalk may put the peninsula on a map in a whole new way. Comments (3).
Woodhaven

Miller aims to save street parking for N.Y. cars

State Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) only wants to see yellow and navy plates when he looks out on the street at night. Comments (6).
Fresh Meadows

State records reveal Huang’s firm was dissolved

A Huang family company that racked up city Department of Buildings violations in December for allegedly cutting down trees on a protected property in Fresh Meadows has not been a registered business since 2009, according to Department of State records. Comment.
Flushing

Stringer vows to keep close eye on city contracts

Newly inaugurated city Comptroller Scott Stringer made a surprise appearance at a Community Board 7 meeting Monday. Comment.
Letters

Some people blind to truth about the poor

My letters seem to have perturbed and provoked some readers into a mean-spirited frenzy of ad hominem attacks. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Cuomo appoints Gennaro to new state DEC position

After he was term-limited out of office at the end of the year, former City Councilman James Gennaro wasted little time finding a new job. Comments (1).
Letters

New mayor develops blemish with Mark-Viverito as speaker

The people are best served when government operates with checks and balances. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Cheap Shots faces loss of liquor license

A bar whose neighbors have complained for years that its patrons have wreaked havoc on Kew Gardens Hills residents came one step closer to losing its liquor license Monday night. Comments (1).
Glendale

CB 5 forms committee to analyze shelter plan

Glendale has escalated its fight against a proposed homeless shelter now that a new administration runs City Hall. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio joins ranks with Clinton as master tactician

Once upon a time, not too long ago, politics was considered an honorable profession where high-minded people toiled to serve the public. Comment.
Government

City Board of Elections rife with patronage: Report

Good government groups are not the only organizations calling for city Board of Election reform these days. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

CB 9 district manager says chair harasses staff

District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced at the Jan. 14 Community Board 9 meeting that she felt harassed by the board chairman following a poor performance review and had contacted her union. Comment.
Letters

CEOs have a lot to answer for

I need letter writer Ed Konecnik to explain how the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are being nullified by trying to put American workers on an equal playing field with CEOs. Comments (2).
Letters

Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg

Thank you for using your position and, at times, money to walk the talk regarding your desire to make our lives better. Comments (5).
On Point

Columnist hopes his dreams for the new year come true

As the new year begins, I like to create a civic-themed “wish list” in the hope that lawmakers may have an epiphany and aspire to fulfill these wishes. I have kept the list brief this year, hoping to improve my chances of success. Comment.
Letters

Mayor, unions must work together

As we begin 2014, we also begin under the administration of a new mayor. Comments (2).
Flushing

ConEd probes Farrington

Con Edison started the last phase of an environmental investigation at the former Farrington Street Gas Works in December. Comment.
Flushing

HPD to build housing on Flushing’s Muni Lot 3

The city Department of Housing has started a public process to redevelop Flushing’s Municipal Lot 3 into affordable housing. Comments (2).
Political Action

State should readopt June primary election schedule

With the 2014 New York state legislative session about to begin, the issue of moving the state political party primary from September to June will be one of the important matters considered by our state Legislature. Comment.
Government

County hopeful on stop-and-frisk reform

Leaders in the Queens communities where stop-and-frisk was most heavily used during the 12 years of the Bloomberg administration said they were encouraged by recent statements made by some of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top appointments. Comment.
Flushing

Muni Lot 1 deal reached

The developers of Flushing Commons have cleared their last hurdle before going ahead with the long-delayed development of Flushing’s Municipal Lot 1. Comment.
Letters

Mayor did more harm than good

As departing Mayor Michael Bloomberg skirts the city saying his farewells and touts his accomplishments, I reflect on his mayoralty from my Flushing digs. Comments (4).
Fresh Meadows

Klein farm owners face hearings: DOB

The owners of the historic Klein Farm have been issued summonses to appear at hearings concerning the illegal removal of trees at the protected property. Comments (2).
Editorial

Safety Nets Tossed

Two months after food stamps for Queens residents were cut for the first time in 80 years, Congress ended long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans across the country. Comment.
Jamaica

Bloomberg touts prison record

Just a few days before he left office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in downtown Jamaica last week touting his administration’s work to reduce incarceration rates at the same time the city is experiencing record-low levels of crime. Comments (1).
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