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Costa plans to back Vision Zero to cut traffic deaths

Posted by Christina Santucci in Uncategorized on January 31, 2014 | No Comments

Astoria’s new city councilman hopes to make his district safer, cleaner and greener, he told supporters during a ceremonial inauguration Sunday. “This is your victory. This is your community, and I promise to work as hard as I can,” Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) told the crowd gathered at Long Island City High School. An Astoria [...]

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Speaker joins push for Lunar holiday

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City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) joined Queens elected officials in Flushing last week to renew a call to make Lunar New Year a school holiday. The initiative was the latest in what has become a yearly push by legislators to give Asian-American students a day off for the celebration, which is considered the most [...]

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Lancman touts public safety role

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 31, 2014 | No Comments

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) came up empty-handed when the Council speaker was doling out committee chairmanships last week, but the Queens Democratic Party loyalist did get a seat on all three public safety committees, a vantage point he said puts him in a unique position to ensure the city’s safety. Lancman, the former state [...]

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Van Bramer, Ferreras land key spots

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 | No Comments

City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) came out as big winners in the Council sweepstakes when Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) named the two Progressive Caucus members to a pair of top positions Wednesday. In addition to retaining his chairmanship of the Cultural Affairs Committee, Van Bramer was appointed [...]

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Constantinides calls for safety on 21st Street

Posted by in Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 | No Comments

Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) held his first press event as the new city councilman for District 22 in Astoria Friday, tapping into the borough’s hot-button topic of the month: traffic safety. Constantinides called for improved safety measures on a notorious stretch of 21st Street during a speaking event that drew nearly a hundred concerned citizens. “Three [...]

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Queens Village plays host to annual MLK breakfast

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 | No Comments

Income inequality was the term on everyone’s tongue at the United Negro College Fund’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Queens Village Monday, when speakers invoked the civil rights leader’s embrace of economic justice that defined the latter part of his life. Keynote speaker the Rev. Michael Walrond, pastor of Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist [...]