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Anything goes at Astoria town hall meeting

Posted by Bill Parry in Assembly, District 13, District 36, State Senate on April 11, 2014 | No Comments

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For the ninth straight year, the Museum of the Moving Image opened its doors for a town hall meeting last Thursday. The stage in the Sumner Redstone Theater was packed with representatives from more than 30 city agencies as well as political leaders and the commander of the 114th Precinct. State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) [...]

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Avella announces transit study

Posted by Kelsey Durham in Assembly, District 11, District 25, State Senate on April 11, 2014 | No Comments

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Lawmakers and civic leaders gathered in Bayside last week to announce a half-million dollar funding allocation in the recently adopted state budget that will allow the MTA to conduct a bus restoration study in northeast Queens. In a study set to take place over the course of a year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will look [...]

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Asian immigrant wins U-Visa as crime victim

Posted by Bill Parry in City Council, City Offices, District 25, Mayor on April 4, 2014 | No Comments

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Li Ping traveled to Jackson Heights from her home in Flushing to be the face of City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) new campaign to raise awareness about the merits of U-Visas for immigrant victims of violent crime. After the 66-year-old emigre from China was brutally attacked in 1997 and had her throat slashed, she [...]

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Weprin bill asks schools to teach anti-bully class

Posted by Kelsey Durham in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 22, District 28, District 31 on April 4, 2014 | No Comments

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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. Weprin introduced a bill last week calling for all city public schools to institute required anti-bullying education for students as young as the grade school level, with [...]

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Avella wants new precinct

Posted by Kelsey Durham in Borough President, City Offices, District 11, State Senate on March 28, 2014 | No Comments

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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. The creation of a 116th Precinct was included in a [...]

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Lancman asks mayor to freeze city water rates

Posted by Alex Robinson in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 23, District 24, Mayor on March 28, 2014 | No Comments

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City councilmen from northeast Queens called on Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to put an end to inflated water rates. “For about 10 years now the city has been ripping off middle-class New Yorkers who pay water rates that are far in excess of what it costs to run our water and sewage system,” [...]

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