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Whitestone faces a civic war

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 19, State Senate on May 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

Whitestone’s civic leaders are clashing and local politicians are taking sides. The Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Association will likely soon be facing new competition from the Welcome to Whitestone Commercial and Residential Civic Association proposed last month by Devon O’Connor, founder of the year-old Welcome to Whitestone community group. The possibility of a new game in [...]

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Maloney says state secured $295M for Sunnyside Yards

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 26, Governor, U.S. House on May 12, 2011 | No Comments

At a fund-raiser in a Sunnyside restaurant Monday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) announced the state had secured a nearly $295 million grant to improve part of the Sunnyside Yards and ready the system for high-speed rail. “New York is going to put high-speed rail on the map,” Maloney predicted at Dazies Restaurant, at 39-41 [...]

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Keep big high schools open in city: Lancman

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 25 on May 12, 2011 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) has only been in office for five years, but he is already dealing with his third governor. Lancman said the culture in Albany, known for its corruption and inability to get things done, has changed now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has arrived on the scene. “It’s very different,” Lancman [...]

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Health-care pros outline reform in Flushing

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, District 9, U.S. House on May 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

The debate rages on about the wide health-care reform legislation passed last year, but a forum at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library Friday featured no rancor — only people determined to explain the new law and express concerns about its impact. “It starts with trying to debunk some of the ‘bumper sticker’ things [...]

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Liu says SE Queens small biz need help

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Comptroller, City Council, City Offices, District 27, District 28 on May 5, 2011 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu told about 30 business owners in St. Albans Friday he was fighting to ensure they were not unfairly burdened by city government rules and could work to recover the city’s economy. “The only way we’re going to bring ourselves out of this is by going to small business,” Liu said. Joined [...]

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Cautious optimism from Queens reps

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 19, District 5, District 6, District 7, U.S. House on May 5, 2011 | No Comments

The borough’s elected officials said the death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in which 76 firefighters from Queens were killed, was a tremendous achievement but cautioned that the killing does not mean the country no longer has to worry about terrorism. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), a member [...]