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Mayor sets date for southeast Queens special election

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 11, 2013 | No Comments

While candidates planning to run for City Council seats in November are just starting to pick out color schemes for lawn signs, campaigns to represent the southeastern-most neighborhoods of Queens are in full swing ahead of a special election next month. Civic-minded hopefuls started seriously eyeing the District 31 seat covering Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens [...]

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Cuomo lays out gun agenda

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 11, 2013 | No Comments

In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a seven-point plan to address “the plague and scourge of gun violence” during the upcoming legislative session. In the days leading up to the speech, it was expected the governor would lay out an agenda to strengthen and expand the state’s already [...]

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Sanders’ old Council offices still open for biz

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 11, 2013 | No Comments

The City Council is divided into 51 districts that serve as points for constituents to access their municipal government on a local level, but for the time being that number stands at 50 — sort of. Residents in Rosedale, Laurelton, Far Rockaway and Springfield Gardens have been without a sitting Council member since Dec. 31, [...]

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Districting Commission gives boro third chance

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on January 4, 2013 | No Comments

The commission in charge of redrawing City Council districts for the next 10 years scheduled a public hearing in Queens for early January to discuss changes made to the 51 seats — a meeting that a little more than a month ago seemed nearly impossible. The hearing is slated for Monday, Jan. 14, and will [...]

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Estelle Cooper dies amid legal troubles

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on January 4, 2013 | No Comments

When former Assistant Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper died Saturday, she left behind a history of public service in Queens clouded by legal troubles associated with her tenure as head of a nonprofit that funded upkeep at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Aside from working in the city Parks Department and running the nonprofit, Unisphere Inc., the [...]

Art and Pat Duffy peer into the remnants of their summer home in Breezy Point.

Electeds decry delay on vote for Sandy aid

Posted by cngadmin in Uncategorized on January 4, 2013 | No Comments

Queens lawmakers denounced Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday for failing to vote on a recovery package that would help New York and New Jersey rebuild after being ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. “This is an act of spiteful indifference that will go down in history as a low point in a low era,” [...]