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Halloran hands budgeting reins to his constituents

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 | No Comments

Constituents of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) started a year-long process last week of deciding where their tax dollars will go. Halloran is one of eight Council members across the city, including three in Queens, who will allow residents to pick budget items, a process known as participatory budgeting. “This is an experiment,” Halloran said. [...]

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Popular bubble tea jeopardized by ban

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 | No Comments

The mayor’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks has implications for a popular Asian beverage served on the streets of downtown Flushing, a group opposed to the proposal said. Certain types of bubble tea, a Taiwanese invention and a libation ubiquitous in predominantly Asian communities, would be banned in containers larger than 16 ounces, according [...]

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Fed’s auto industry bigwig pays Queens a visit

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The federal government’s efforts to save the auto industry got a lot of hype in other parts of the country, but the man overseeing the recovery toured a College Point facility Monday to see how New York fared after the 2009 bailout. Jay Williams, executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and [...]

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Flushing forum set for Assembly race

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A Korean nonprofit specializing in outreach to new immigrants is set to host a candidate forum Thursday for the crowded Flushing state Assembly race. “One of the things we thought we would see is excitement and interest in these particular races from the community,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the Flushing-based MinKwon Center for [...]

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Messer gets Chinese name in Flushing Assembly race

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 | No Comments

John Messer, a candidate opposing state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) for a seat based around Flushing, is targeting his campaign at the Asian-American voters in the district. Last week, Messer announced the promotion of Diana Her, former chief of staff to state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), as his lead campaign manager in a widely distributed [...]

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Qns hearing planned for new Council lines

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 | No Comments

A commission is set to host next week the only public hearing in Queens on the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the City Council’s district lines. The public forum is scheduled for Tuesday at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public library from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will give residents and civic organizations a [...]