U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced plans to introduce legislation named after a Sunnyside schoolboy who died two years ago. Rory Staunton was just 12 years old when a scrape became infected and caused his death from sepsis after doctors failed to diagnose it in time. Comment.
City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) joined workers from the DOE Fund in College Point this week to announce a $67,000 funding allocation that will allow the organization to clean up the streets of northeast Queens. Comments (2).
Just five days shy of the one year anniversary of the death of her 19-year-old son, Luis Bravo, Marta Puruncajas clutched a portrait of him and wept as an announcement was made in the Red Room at City Hall. The Justice for Hit and Run Victims Act had been passed unanimously by the City Council Tuesday, drastically increasing the penalties for drivers involved in hit-and-runs in which a victim is seriously injured or killed. Comment.
More than 300 Queensites came out to a rally at Cunningham Park Sunday afternoon to demand an end to the constant din emanating from airplanes traveling to and from the borough’s airports. Comments (8).
City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) was chosen by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) to serve as chairman of the Council’s newly created Committee on Courts and Legal Services. Comment.
After a couple hours of yelling, confusion and chaos, Community Board 7 voted Monday night to extend a variance for an Auburndale business on Northern Boulevard, preserving the conditions of a previous agreement. Comments (1).
The funeral for an NYPD sergeant who served eight years at the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst lent a compelling backdrop to the latest push by political leaders to reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Comment.
In the 1970s, when I was a teen on the Upper West Side, I was mugged twice in broad daylight. The city felt more dangerous then, in the wake of the early ’70s fiscal crisis and the blackout of ’77, which led to widespread looting, and gritty movies like “Death Wish,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3.” Comment.
Opponents of a proposed megamall on the former site of Shea Stadium vowed to appeal the decision by state Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez to throw out their lawsuit against the city and the project’s developers last week. Comment.
After watching and reading accounts of protests and town hall meetings against new homeless shelters in East Elmhurst and Elmhurst, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) kept quiet because the controversy lay outside his district. Comments (3).
Elected officials fanned out across the borough this week performing what has become an end-of-summer ritual as they handed out donated backpacks to needy children who will head back to school in a few weeks. Comment.
An ongoing community fight to reduce airplane noise throughout the metropolitan area was fueled by heated tempers Tuesday night at the second aviation roundtable held near LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst. Comments (6).
Opponents of the Willets Point redevelopment have claimed the city cannot legally transfer all of the land for the project to developers without additional approvals from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Queens Borough Board. Comments (1).
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday that gives New York City the power to lower its speed limit from 30 to 25 mph. The legislation seeks to lower the number of vehicle and pedestrian collisions, news that comes as a relief in western Queens — especially in neighborhoods that have Northern and Queens boulevards to worry about. Comments (3).
A federal court judge has removed herself from the court battle over the firing of six Queens Library trustees because of her friendship with a justice the nonprofit hired to conduct an internal whistleblower investigation. Comment.
The legalization of basement apartments is high on the agenda of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Civic organizations have spent the last decade working tirelessly to protect residential communities from overdevelopment through the process of rezoning. Comments (6).
Borough President Melinda Katz has rejected the appeal of six members of the Queens Library trustees to get their posts back after she dismissed them for standing by embattled President Thomas Galante. Comments (3).
The City Council last week overwhelmingly passed Avonte’s Law, a bill that will require the city Department of Education to install door alarms in schools that accommodate elementary school children. Comments (1).
A Beechhurst resident has been locked in a years-long struggle with the state Department of Environmental Conservation over his seawall, which he claims protected his waterfront property when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the city’s coast. Comment.
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Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio have removed eight members from the Queens Library’s board of trustees after they refused to oust the nonprofit’s embattled president, Thomas Galante. Comment.
A second house is about to spring up on a Flushing block where neighbors have been raging over another recently constructed, two-story dwelling which they said dwarfs the size of their own homes. Comments (17).
A recent audit found the city struggled to monitor nearly $20 million in emergency contracts to house and support families after Hurricane Sandy, with lapses severe enough to threaten reimbursement from the federal government. Comment.
U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) rode a Citibike onto Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, where he announced new legislation that would allow workers to use their pre-tax commuter benefits for bike share programs. Comments (1).
Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio have removed eight members from the Queens Library’s board of trustees after they refused to oust the nonprofit’s embattled president, Thomas Galante. Comments (1).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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. Comments (1).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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 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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).