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Guv presents budget in boro

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 22, District 6, Governor, U.S. House on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

After his Albany address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget plan for a second time in Flushing last Thursday morning, which had many Queens officials in the audience nodding their heads in agreement. Aside from a Queens College professor claiming to represent the “99 percent,” the audience largely hung on the governor’s words as he [...]

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Jackson Heights residents cry foul on Trade Fair

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 21, District 25 on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jackson Heights residents are demanding that the Trade Fair, at 75th Street and 37th Avenue, take down its sidewalk enclosure and make changes to its practices, but the grocery chain denies it is doing anything illegal. “To me it’s outrageous to think that people can build on the [...]

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Queens dreads 11 weekends of 7 train outage

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 26 on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a town hall meeting with representatives of the MTA last week about extensive renovation to the No. 7 line that will mean some Long Island City stops will be out of order for 11 straight weekends. “I wanted to have this town hall so people have an opportunity [...]

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More bread for top teachers

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Offices, District 39, Mayor on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address last Thursday in the Bronx. The mayor also called on the state to pass minimum wage legislation so the pay is higher than federal standards. “The single most important factor [...]

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Civics want new election district

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, District 24, District 26, District 33, Governor, State Senate on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

Leaders from more than a dozen eastern Queens civic groups met in Bellerose last week, demanding their communities be united by the state task force that will redraw the area’s legislative lines for the coming decade. The state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment is expected to release its first-draft maps within the [...]

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College Pt. spa plan gets Avella’s support

Posted by Joe Anuta in Borough President, City Offices, District 11, State Senate on January 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

The man who wants to open a new spa in the College Point Corporate Park got the backing of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week, and the lawmaker questioned why the proposal was ever denied by both Community Board 7 and the borough president in the first place. “I thought it was a good [...]