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Avella wants Van Buren HS principal replaced

Posted by Rich Bockmann in District 11, State Senate on February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with discouraged parents and community members outside Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village last week, calling on the city Department of Education to remove the school’s principal. The school’s overall grade on the city’s progress report has fallen from 58 (B) in 2008 to 44.5 (D) in [...]

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Dromm wants new drug law

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, Mayor, State Senate on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration for the large number of marijuana possession arrests made on his watch and advocated for legalizing medical marijuana, he said he was not dismissing the drug’s ill effects. “Nobody wants people to go into an addiction,” Dromm said. At a meeting of the [...]

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Civics urge Mormons to build on own Flushing lot

Posted by Joe Anuta in Borough President, City Offices on February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

Flushing residents and civic associations want to know why the Mormon church is intent on constructing a chapel on 33rd Avenue that exceeds zoning regulations when it could build one on the land it already owns downtown. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has drawn the ire of Flushing civic associations for its [...]

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Assemblymen urge restoration of LIRR Rockaway Line

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 23, District 38 on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

Two state assemblyman and transit advocates are pushing for the old Rockaway Beach line of the Long Island Rail Road to run trains again after a 50-year absence. Rehabilitating the line would ease the commutes of those in southern Queens, Assemblymen Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) said Friday as they stood in [...]

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Ferreras touts plans to improve streets and tourism

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 21 on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) advocated for better streets and for making the neighborhoods she represents a destination at her State of the District address last Thursday. “We are in a state of transformation,” Ferreras said, “but I believe the state of our district is strong and it gets stronger every day.” Speaking at [...]

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Schumer wants kinder TSA

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, U.S. Senate on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

Spurred by three elderly women who alleged they had been mistreated by U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday he was introducing legislation mandating the agency create positions for passenger advocates. “While we must do everything we can to ensure the safety and security [...]